I’ve been reminded by someone at work that I haven’t updated my blog recently, which is true, so I’m just posting some random images I’ve been working on.
I’ve entered an international in Argentina and because I need to get lots of new images accepted, out of the 12 images I entered 11 of them have not been entered anywhere else. So hopefully that will bump the acceptance numbers up. Here are some of them.
First three from Holly, who else, including some in monochrome for a change. I make no apologies for the number of pictures of her that I use as she is so versatile and creative, and it really is your own fault if you don’t get decent images of her.
In this one I must apologise for slightly elongating her legs as this was taken with a very wide angle lens, but she looks great even out of proportion.
Next I was crawling along this bathroom ceiling, and I looked down. Handily I had my camera with me so was able to grab this quick shot :D
This is a random one from last year’s summer holiday, where I was playing around with vignetting, Raphaella of course.
Another one that went to Argentina, this time Iveta. I have done a print in this lovely peachy colour and it looks wonderful. I think the competition entry was a monochrome image, which looks just as nice.
And almost finally I was checking a memory card before formatting it, and found images from a shoot last September aagain with Raphaella that I haven’t even looked at. yet Fortunately all the images were already copied to my computer and backed up 3 times, so I was safely able to wipe the card, and here is a literally random image from the shoot. I love the way the colours in the wall complement Raphaella’s skin tones. I will do a proper entry about this shoot sometime.
And definitely finally, my camera club belongs to a regional federation called the MCPF that covers clubs all the way from Cheltenham up to Leicester, and each year they have a competition to find ‘allegedly’ the best club in the region. They were using one of my prints this year for the first time, and I was really worried as you don’t want to get a poor score that makes your club not do well.
I was helping out on the day, and my job was reading the scores out from the LED display connected to the judges scoring keypads. Three judges scores from 2 to 5, giving a score for each image of between 6 (oh dear, why did you fire that shutter!) to 15 (perfect score of three 5’s). When a 15 was scored I tried to do my equivalent of the darts ‘one hundred and eeeeeighty’ announcer (apologies to non-darts fans who won’t understand that) with a ‘Fifffteeen’.
My image of Holly ‘Simply Red’ came up, and I saw the first two judges scored 5, while the judge on the left hesitated and leaned forward to get a better look at the print, then I saw that third 5 come up, and according to my friends present my reading out of the score was a bit more exuberant than the other 15’s I read out – so apologies to other photographers who scores the maximum :) I’ve scored 15 before, but reading your own perfect score out is very nice and a bit special.
Our club won the championship for the print section (and came joint 1st in the projected image section), and to top it all off my print was given the individual medal for the Best Colour Print of the championship.
So here’s the image again:
So that’s three print competitions it’s been entered into and 3 medals it’s won. I won a grand total of zero awards or medals last year, so it’s difficult to describe what it feels like for the medals to come rolling in for this amazing image. The models are actually not that interested in your images and their successes as they are shooting with different photographers every day, and its generally other photographers who are pleased for you as they know what it means for you, especially the two female photographers I shoot regularly with.
I love this image so much, not because of its success as I loved it before it had even been entered into a competition. It’s actually hanging on the landing of our home as a 30 inch square canvas (75cm square for our metric friends) and it gives me a good feeling inside as I look at it as I walk past it each day, that’s the measure of a good image, thank you again Holly.