Entered my first images in camera club's competition!

Discussion in 'Miscellany' started by BostonRott, May 11, 2007.

  1. I want to extend many thanks to all here at the Cafe who have helped me out so much!! I can not even begin to list whom, how and with what, that would be pages in and of itself.

    Your comments/critiques on photos, guidance in PP and general encouragement have been wonderful. Thank you!!!

    I joined a local camera club in March, and the atmosphere there is VERY similar to the one here: a vast array of experience, and those who are experienced are very willing to help out. Once a month they have in a guest judge from other clubs and have a competition. I entered two images last night.

    I was very nervous about doing so, didn't even make the decision to actually do it until 10min before I went out the door. Grabbed two of my bald eagle shots from Feb. for entry into "Digital - Nature," class B (of course!).

    In looking at what was chosen, I decided this judge was one (of whom I've seen few so far) that chose scenaries/landscapes over fin/fur/feather. I was actually really happy to see some of those landscapes earn 15's, as we have some VERY talented people in that club and landscapes often seem to get short-sticked.

    The first image I entered was this juvenile in flight. This was take with the 70-300D hand-held, and was my first trip up to see the Eagles. He gave me some nice complements on exposure and capture. Biggest critique was that I should crop more off right side and bottom. I'll have to go back and look, but I believe this was already a fairly decent crop and I didn't want to cross over that line where things start looking bad.
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    Score: 12 (out of 15)

    My second image was taken on the second trip up to see the Eagles. None were flying and it was a disappointing visit (especially having driven over an hour). On the way out, I spied this Eagle sitting in a tree in someone's yard. There was quite a crowd gathering under the tree, and I joined them.

    He liked the diagonal line of the branch, the framing of the branch on the left, and the eye contact with "the maker." :smile: Again, said I could take a bit more off the right. I had worked to not center the Eagle in my cropping, thus the reason for that much dead space.

    Score: 13 and 2nd place! :biggrin: (5 of us rec'd 13's and 2nd place, 1 person received a 14 and 1st place). I called my Dad on the way home (a D70 shooter and avid photographer) and told him I'm now "an award winning photographer." HAHAHAHAAAA!!!! :tongue: :biggrin:

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    I'm really looking forward to working on my skills this summer and trying to build up a portfolio of stuff to enter over the course of next year (competitions will start again in Sept).

    I do not feel I earned these scores, but rather was coached to them by many of you here. Thank you!!! :smile:
     
  2. Way to go Gretchen! We expect better and better images from you.

    Rich
     
  3. Congrats Gretchen! I personally wouldn't change the crop on the second one at all. Great pics.
     
  4. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    You earned every point you got, and beautiful images:))
    Congratulations
    and keep up the wonderful work:>))
     
  5. eng45ine

    eng45ine

    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Hey congratulations, what a cool benchmark for you. I can only assume that it only gets better from here for you. Keep entering and keep us posted on how it goes. We are proud of you.:wink:
     
  6. Thank you Gale, you are most kind!! This really has inspired me to find "stuff" to shoot this summer in prep for the return of competitions in September! :smile:

    Thank you! I too like where it is, don't think I'd change it either. The first one, I agree with.

    I will work on it, promise!!! :smile:
     
  7. I plan to!! My goal is to see if I can make myself eligible for the "A" classes. You have to have an average of "12" in scoring and have participated in X% of the competitions (in both Nature and Open). Hopefully this Summer brings lots of inspiration! :smile:
     
  8. Leigh

    Leigh

    Feb 19, 2005
    Alabama
    Way to go, Gretchen!
     
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