We also asked Bob Brown and John Royle to comment on their section winning prints, firstly Bob
The Waxwing was taken on the 29/12/2016 at Llandudno, B&Q car park. This was my third attempt in North Wales, in different areas. In the previous two attempts I had views of the Waxwings, unfortunately too distant to photograph. The ones on B&Q carpark we’re about 30 feet away, a flock of about 40 feeding on the berries. They tend to gorge on the berries briefly then fly off into a much taller tree to digest the berries, then fly back again after about 10 minutes.
The photo was taken on quite a bright day. I used a Canon 1D Mk1V 500mm f4 lens with a 1.4x converter.
Shutter speed 1/5000. AV f5.6. ISO 500. Exposure compensation 0. Shot in Raw format.
I did very little in Photoshop, just toned down the brightness, High pass filter to lightly sharpen. I printed the photo on my Canon IP8750.
This type of image is well known to club photographers and a street in Ronda was an example not to miss; the chevron cobbling, the interesting ironwork, the uniform colour of the houses and the well at the end as our “focal point”.
I took a shot immediately of the empty street but I wanted a person walking down that road on the right. It didn’t take long before my nattily dressed guy appeared and all I needed was for him to remain the only occupant of the street and to turn right. Luck stayed with me and I got my wish!
The picture was taken with a Fujifilm 100F. This camera has a fixed 23mm lens (35mm equivalent) but there are adaptors available and I was using the wide-angle one giving 19mm. I would have preferred that the adaptor had not been on but I liked the result and the only cropping is that due to correcting the diverging verticals.
1/950 @ f8 ISO 200 19mm
With processing, there was a fair amount of divergence which was easily corrected in Lightroom. I changed the camera profile to ACROS +red filter in Lightroom and then played with black and white clipping, shadows and highlights and contrast until I was happy with the rendition of the light and dark areas.
I printed it on Pinnacle Baryta paper with my R2880 Epson printer. I think I had tried it on Oyster first but just didn’t get the density in the blacks which I was looking for.
The photograph was taken during a few days in Andalucia in May last year. I only took the 100F, two adaptors, tiny flash, batteries and charger in a very small bag. In the heat we endured I was so grateful to have little to carry whilst confident I would easily get good 20”x16” enlargements from the files.