Feedback from local camera club comps

As I said, a couple of weeks ago in this post, I’ve joined the local camera club – much to the other halves amusement as he is seriously worrying about my current level of geekiness. I enjoy getting together with people once a fortnight who aren’t going to ridicule me – at least not to my face. And, to get feedback on photos from an independent source outside of the club who doesn’t know who’s photo he is critiquing is proving very interesting – even if I don’t always understand their point of view. Anyway, some I thought might do OK bombed out and others that were tentative did quite well. Baring in mind entries rarely score below 14, here’s the results:

Print competition:

16/20
16/20
20/20
20/20
18/20
18/20
19/20
19/20

Digital Competition:

15/20
15/20
20/20
20/20
19/20
19/20
16/20
16/20

The most interesting thing I learned was to put a white vignette around very dark photos like the girl in white. When this was being shown, she looked minute as the black bled into the surface the photo was being projected onto. And then, the photo of the Jack Russell did spark a debate about whether pets should be entered in the Portrait section. What do you think?

Overall, I think I did very well for a newbie and I’m very happy with the feedback.

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What to do as I can’t calibrate a laptop monitor?

I sent a photo to someone the other day and they had recourse to send it back to me querying whether I’d sent them the right file. It looked OK on my laptop but when I viewed it on the  tablet… What a difference! So, of course, this set me thinking about how photos show up online from other devices… I can see them from my laptop and my ipad… But, what do other viewers see?

As I can’t calibrate the laptop monitor, I had a little hunt around Google and discovered a little app called ‘Dual Display’ which links the ipad as a second monitor, I’ve had a little experiment and, if anyone could give me feedback on what you are seeing (colour and tone and not composition etc) in the three versions of the same photo – out of camera, edited for laptop and edited for ipad – I’d be mighty grateful:

Straight out of camera

Out of camera
Out of camera

Edited for laptop

Edited for laptop
Edited for laptop

Edited for ipad

Edited for ipad
Edited for ipad

straight out of camera

Out of camera
Out of camera

Edited for laptop

Edited for laptop
Edited for laptop

Edited for ipad

Edited for ipad
Edited for ipad

A grey day at Rock-A-Nore

It’s been a while since I’ve found the time to get to the local beach. Such a shame because I always thoroughly enjoy losing myself under the cliffs and through the boats. Anyway, what a treat it was today and, as a bonus, I also got to watch the  firemen rescuing some tourists from the East Hill funicular which had broken down. Boy, is that steep and the poor fireman were up and down those tiny steps for hours.

Building Frenzy in the UK

DSC_4181What is going on in this country at the moment? Every tiny plot, every seemingly unsuitable site, every street corner seems to have a digger, a dumper or a pile of scaffolding around it at the moment. I can’t believe that this swamp land on the marsh is being cleared for construction – surely any building placed here would sink. Although saddened by the loss of wildlife habitat, it was fascinating to watch the smoke rise against the setting sun.