Landscapes & Judging photographs

Another excellent crop of prints was presented at this session, this time on the subject of “Landscape”. We even ended up having a discussion as to what “Landscape Photography” meant: it’s interesting to look at which includes comments like:

Landscape photography shows spaces within the world, sometimes vast and unending, but other times microscopic. Landscape photographs typically capture the presence of nature but can also focus on man-made features or disturbances of landscapes.

 Landscape photography commonly involves daylight photography of natural features of land, sky and waters, at a distance—though some landscapes may involve subjects in a scenic setting nearby, even close-up, and sometimes at night.

 Landscape photography often overlaps the activity of wildlife photography and the two terms are used somewhat interchangeably.

So there you are – you can interpret it to be almost anything, as long as it’s outdoors (with or without sky).

Shark Bay

We then had a couple of short items on the new theme of “Talking about GoD”, i.e. Gadget of the Day. One was a three-dimensional spirit level that slots into the camera’s accessory shoe. For those that didn’t pooh-pooh the idea as being for wimps that can’t tell up from down, you can find plenty of these on Amazon by searching for “spirit level” under “Electronics & Photo”.

The second GoD was a hand strap to make it easier to hold/carry a camera over a protracted time while keeping the camera ready to shoot at short notice. Again, Amazon is your friend: search for “camera hand-strap” under “Electronics & Photo”.

The main section was the skills session run by John Minter, who judged our annual competition. He showed a selection of stunning photographs taken by himself and his wife and provided interesting critiques on them, concentrating on how competition judges think.