The GDPU Image League battle against Queens Park took place tonight. Unfortunately the battle was a well deserved win for Queens Park, who now go on to the final in April. We wish them well in the final.
There was a good turnout for the talk on "The Northern Lights" by Simon Van - Orden. The talk was both interesting and informative and illustrated with some excellent images taken in various countries over a number of years. Adding to his presentation there were two lovely sequences put to appropriate music. Thanks to Simon for sharing his knowledge and images with us.
The four way print battle (in digital format) was the closest ever tonight with Carluke winning by one point over Hamilton and Motherwell gaining third place only by two points. Lanark were a little behind in fourth place. The quality of the images was exceptionally high with four images being awarded 20 points, two from Carluke and two from Motherwell. Members Dominic Smith and Wullie Graham with Colourful Gallery Reflection and Frozen in Motion respectively gained the maximum score. Well done to them. Carluke is one of the best clubs in Scotland so getting two twenties in a competition with them is no mean feat.
The meeting next week is the GDPU battle against Queens Park and is on Wednesday for one week only. Just use the usual link to get on to the weekly meetings.
There was an excellent turnout on Zoom this week for the talk by Sally Sallet entitled "Never under estimate an old woman with a camera." The talk was both inspiring and inspirational as Sally talked us through her journey into photography. An excellent night of photography was enjoyed by all present.
At the Zoom meeting the members attending were shown two sections of the Scottish Photographic Federation Portfolio. These were images from the Colour and the Mono print sections.
The Portfolio is made up of the top images from all 31 clubs entering this year’s competition. In total there were 244 Colour images and 144 Mono images entered into these two sections from the 474 and 662 images across all Print and Digital submissions.
In common with many other competitions affected by Covid 19, the print sections were based on digital images submissions, but this did not prevent the members enjoying a wonderful evening of photographs from across Scotland and beyond ranging from portraits, sports, still life, travel and landscapes. All images in the Portfolio were awarded a score of 17 points or higher by the judges.
In the Colour Print section, the scores achieved by Motherwell Photographic Society’s entries placed us mid table at 15th out of 31 clubs, with an image from Linda Greenhill scoring 17 points and one from William Graham scoring 18 points.
In the Monochrome Print competition, the club fared much better, coming 9th out of 31 clubs. In this section William Graham had two images selected that both scored 18 points.
The first print competition took place tonight. The judge was Simon Allen from Dumfries
The results are as follows -
1st Cold Forest by Vicky Galloway
2nd Snowy Walks by Vicky Galloway
3rd Icy Chains by Vicky Galloway
Advanced Landscape and General
1st Frozen in Motion by Wullie Graham
2nd= A Walk in the Woods by Dallas Carter
2nd= Mysterious Hydro by Dominic Smith
1st Hair Flare kid by Wullie Graham
2nd= Intensity by Brian Saberton
2nd=Weathered by Dominic Smith
2nd=Paula by Wullie Graham
At tonight’s second meeting of the New Year, the club members were treated to a talk from Photographer, Pauline Martindale of Edmonton Camera Club in London.
Pauline’s presentation was entitled ‘A Journey Around the UK,’ and took us on a road trip that ranged from Cornwall in the south west of England to the Highlands of Scotland.
In between there were stops in the Lake District, Northumbria, Wales and many other locations complete with a range of photographs that was both educational and inspirational.
Pauline kept us all enthralled for over 2 hours with her travels and was thanked at the end of the night by Wilson Murray our Competition Secretary.
At a close contest between Motherwell and Airdrie and Coatbridge Camera Club we were pipped at the post in the last few images. Well done to Airdrie and Coatbridge and good luck to them if they manage to get to the final of the GDPU image league.
First evening of the season was a members night and the following members put forward their presentations. Brian Saberton took us on a tour of Yorkshire, president Linda Greenhill presented a series of miniature images she has been taking during the current restriction, Bill Lamarra took us to Chatelherault for some snowy images he had also taken recently and last but not least, Dominic Smith showed a great variety of his images taken in Italy.
Dominic was congratulated on being the first winner of the year in The Daily Record's weekly photographic competition. It is open for anyone to enter their images of Scotland and give them a chance of winning the £100 prize.