When we hold a competition the pictures are judged by someone from outside the club, who is, of course, unaware of who has taken them, consequently progress by members in the quality and nature of their work goes unremarked. This week, however, we will be putting that to rights by taking a second look at some of the prints from the last competition. As just one example, Ralph Browes, a relatively new member, put in three very good nature prints and it was indicative of the quality of the rest of the field that he failed to get a place. I particularly liked his prints of a sunflower and one of a pony, both photographed in the Dolomites. The pony stands our boldly from the limestone ridge and billowing cumulus clouds in the background, its legs and neck form a pleasing pattern of triangles. The colouration is particularly pleasing and the clouds almost echo its shape. I lovely piece of work which we will be looking at again this week.
I think it was Edward Weston who said that composition rules followed great photographs rather than the other way round, but in any event a study of what makes a pleasing arrangement of things in your pictures can be very rewarding and useful. Last season member Ian McNab talked to us about the principle which underlies the way that Henri Cartier-Bresson’s framed his shots and this week he will show us some classic works and how they do (or do not) follow similar structures.