27 December 2014

Our Annual Photo Trek

Each year, our Camera Club holds a competition called The Photo Trek. A destination is given, along with 20 set 'subjects', which members have to fulil. We are given a couple of months to get all the photos as it's not always easy for all of us to get to the prescribed place. A month or so later, a competition is held, with three Club members who haven't taken part, performing as judges. Each image is marked out of five points per judge, and those three marks are added together (to give a maximum of 15 marks per shot).

This year, the destination of the Photo Trek was Dorchester-on-Thames, a very pretty village about half an hour away from here. I went over there twice, thanks to the a fellow Club member (thanks, Lou!) giving me a lift.  The following images are my final set of 20: 

1. Open Subject. 
I chose to use this shot of a stonemason at work at the Dorchester 'Artisan' weekend.

2. Landscape. 
This shot was taken from the top of the Abbey tower. Lou managed to talk herself into a trip up the tower, and since Laura and I were with her, we got to go too. The views were amazing.

3. Window.  
I took this shot with my little Canon S95 camera, on the fish eye scene mode.

4. Roofscape. 
This shot, like No.2, was taken from the top of the Abbey tower.

5. Thatch.  
I thought I'd try and be 'different'. Instead of shooting one of the pretty thatched cottages, I entered this, more graphic, shot. I sholdn't have done that - the judges didn't like this one - it didn't score very well at all.

6. Decorative brickwork. 
Another fish eye scene mode shot - this time of some bricks and tiles on a very pretty building.

7. Trees, Plants or Flowers. 
I took this shot of flowers at the allotments in the village.

8. 18th Century Building with date.  
This was easily the most tricky shot to find. In the end every single person who entered the competition showed an image of this particular building. We did find another cottage to fit the category, but it was behind such high hedges, we couldn't get a shot of it. I decided to make mine a study of the date and window reflection in an attempt to be a bit original.

9. Behind the High Street. 
I took this shot of a private garden at a house behind the village High Street.

10. Allotments or Garden. 
Another shot of the same garden as the category before, only a wider view. It was so lovely there.

11. Open Subject.
Another open category. I entered this pretty shot of some autumnal looking leaves.

12. Black & White.
Lou and I encountered this gentleman up at the allotments in the village. I asked him if he'd mind me taking his picture, and he said not at all. 'What do you want me to do?' he asked? I suggested he just carry on with whatever he was doing, and he did. We chatted as he watered the plants belonging to his friend, and I clicked away.

13. A Row of Cottages.
There were plenty of rows of pretty cottages from which to choose!

14. Ugly.
Do you think he or she would mind me calling him or her 'ugly'? 

15. A Splash of Colour
Such lovely colours in this bloom.

16. Water
For a place having the title 'Dorchester-on-Thames' there wasn't a vast amount of water to be seen! However, we did find this little stream at the bottom of a garden, and the moored punt made a nice focal point.

17. A Coaching Inn.
There were a couple of coaching inns along the high street. Most entries were of the other one, so I was glad I plumped for this one. I got lucky that this old car was parked outside, so I gave the image a sepia tone to attempt a vintage look.

18. Close Up.
A lovely fluffy bumble bee feasting on some budding flowers.

19. The Abbey
I took so many shots of the Abbey but didn't like any of them once I got home and looked at them on the computer. This was about the best of a very bad bunch.  It is a beautiful building; I really wish I could have done it justice.

20. Open Subject.
The final category was another open one. I decided to enter this macro of a dandelion seedhead. Dandelions are such photogenic plants.

Anyway, after the competition was finished, and all the scores were added up, it turned out I came second! Woohoo. I haven't had a hugely successful year at Camera Club, so that was a very welcome turn up for the books. My friend Anna Marlowe won: You can see her set of images on her website. Congratulations, Anna!

I think this will be my last post here of 2014. I'd like to thank anyone and everyone who has visited and viewed, read, and/or commented. Next year I plan to to another 365 project (a picture a day for the every day of the year) so there will be plenty with which to bore you. 

18 December 2014

A Few More

... Shots from my 52 in 2014 project at Flickr (which I've now completed - hooray!)

Some apple and cinnamon pastry hearts, whilst in the making. I used this shot for the category 'Unfinished'. The resulting pastries took less time to disappear than they did to make.

The feet of an author I photographed at a local Literary Festival.
I used this shot for the topic 'Footwear'.

This is a picture of part of the workings of the clock in the tower of Dorchester Abbey.
I used it for the category 'Time'.

A crafty still life for the topic of 'Buttons'.
I made quite a few of these little wool mix felt gingerbread men decorations this year. 

An image taken at St Giles Fair in Oxford. I used this one for the 'Abstract' challenge.

A small tortoiseshell butterfly on a lavender flower. I am usually unlucky at attempting butterfly shots - they move so quickly! But this one sat still for a second, and enabled me to get this image, which I used for the categroy 'Insect or Spider'.