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  • #15108
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    ajroyle
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    The winners are all pictures which have novelty; the wide vista of Ullswater with the tiny boat, the eerie castle, the mono tele- view of the transporter bridge and, perhaps the most novel, a view of a landscape through a mirror. Or is it novel? At one time it was the way you were supposed to view a landscape.

    We all take landscapes but few seem appreciated. I gave a landscape my “win” in the comp. I judged last week at Nantwich. I have found out since that it is in their exhibition at the Museum. (I didn’t go before because I felt it might prejudice my judgement). It is the one by Alma Sankey called something like “Three men and their boats” . I judged them as PDIs and she loves using textured paper  and it takes the sparkle off the print a bit but I was really captured by that picture. I could smell the sea and hear it slapping the boat sides, and the wind smacking the sails.

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    #15106
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    ajroyle
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    I remember you mentioning the incident Ken. Pleased it has been resolved at last.

    #15080
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    ajroyle
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    It would, Ken, but it cannot be done, except for a short time after upgrade, which is now long gone. You can reset back to a standard W10, but that won’t stop the juganaut of updates, the last few of which, I think, are the cause of the problem.

    #15044
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    ajroyle
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    This morning I have reset my laptop. You lose all installed software but it saves all your files.

    It appears to have cured my Windows 10 problem.

    Radical, but necessary.

    If anyone else is interested in doing this it is easily found in Windows updates in Settings.

    Settings>Update and security>’recovery>reset this P C.

    It gets you back to 1702 Version (or thereabouts) leaving you only a few security updates short of normal current state.

    #15039
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    ajroyle
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    Alas the 1702 update has failed miserably on my laptop and rendered Edge kaput.

    Having that experience you can imagine how I felt in facing up to the fact that I had to let it update on the club machine.

    Fortunately, it worked.

    #15026
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    ajroyle
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    ….and this one from David George I thought was really beautiful..

    Eagle Wharf

    The atmosphere, geometry, the poignant single room light and traffic cone pointing to it – great!

    The picture is from a series called Nine Square Kilometres.

    Of course the club judge would have us cloning out the cone and also all the tiny bits of litter.

    #15022
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    ajroyle
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    Thanks for putting that on Ian. I was struggling yesterday trying to put the link on the front page using my phone. Editing by phone is very much better than it was but copying and pasting is always very difficult on mine anyway.

    I did get a fair way into the 5390 and it is well worth a look. Jane lines has a couple of interesting ones and I see Phil Portus has entered one of his conductor shots – I’ve been seeing those in L&CPU comps for quite a while now? They did pick good ones but missed a few I would have chosen. Your pictures certainly stand a better chance if they feature people.

    Why don’t we post a few here and comment?

    Here is one of Jane’s that I particularly liked. As soon as she gets all the club awards going I think we might see more like this one.

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    #14996
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    ajroyle
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    Good topic choice Peter. It makes me think that I often used to comment on the weight of elements in a composition and that is what balance, to me, is all about.

    Ians profile of the judge is a good example. You could crop, or take, it differently but I think he has just the right balance between the head and the space. That is a very good image.

    Ralph’s style shot has balance too. The single person to the left and the single person to the right contribute greatly to it.

    Ken’s gulls need a bit more space to right and left to get the balance right.

    #14993
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    ajroyle
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    You may all like to listen to an interview with David Hurn on FFOTON.

    https://www.ffoton.wales/interviews/2016/1/david-hurn-1

    It is in two parts – the link is to he first, obviously. They have interviewed many photographers and the site is really worth exploring.

    #14988
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    ajroyle
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    Many of those would be very clear examples for this months topic – Balance.

     

     

    #14947
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    ajroyle
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    I presume this was in the days of low resolution 9″ tubes.

    At the time, most would have agreed.

    #14946
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    ajroyle
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    The purpose of the Photo of the Week is primarily signal that the website has been up-dated, or indicating a change at least to the casual surfer.

    It is often easy to make the selection, since our last competition provides us with at least three and that pattern keeps us going throughout the season.

    After the season finishes it becomes gradually more difficult to select something. We are back now with a supply of new winners from our first competition.

    I added the comment about “improvement”  simply to make it a bit more interactive than usual.

     

    #14898
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    ajroyle
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    A few years ago a member of another club told me that they had a married couple who were members who had had many of their locomotive pictures published, yet they could never get anywhere with the same images in club comps. The reason was simple, the magazines valued the images for reasons that the non-enthusiast was quite unaware of and the pictures lacked excitement or interest for the non-specialist viewer.

    Peter B is up against the same problem with his aeroplane pictures but do you remembr what he said in his talk, he tries to take pictures which show how he feels.

    Your comments show that you understand this perfectly well. Personally, I dont think the detail shots are a way forward.

    Is there any mileage in shots taken in the paddock area (Peter R had some interesting ones a while back) ? or perhaps ones taken on the inside of a corner.

    Perhaps a still picture of something whose movement conveys so much is always going to be a bit challenge. There isnt that pivotal moment that you get in gymnastics, so quick it deceives the eye, whichthe camera can capture.

    I saw an exciting shot in the PAGB print exhibition a while back. The bike was a production racer, so no fairings concealing the “works”. The photographer had chosen his spot well, getting the bike just at the top of a small rise in the road, so it was well defined  in a telephoto shot. It was on a corner. Two other factors helped; it was in mono and, best of all, sparks from the footrest grounding were the finishing touch.

    Hope these ramblings help!

    #14868
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    ajroyle
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    Judging by my results over the last few years I would say most of my work is “not the normal type of entry”.  That goes for quite a few of us I would think.

    In actual fact the idea behind this image is not so unusual. What is an unusual feature is the bright background.Top marks for trying something new Wallace, you could start a trend!

     

    #14788
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    ajroyle
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    Well done Ken.

    Wallace, of course! We discussed your camera for long enough! Still looks a lot like you!

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