The first of the East Sutherland Camera Club competitions for 2022 took place earlier this month with silhouettes as the theme.
It’s always an added challenge to have a theme for a photo contest, but the members rose to the occasion with 50 excellent entries, giving Tain judge Mark Janes a tough job deciding the winners.
Mark did a thorough analysis of all the images, which members found both informative and helpful. He offered helpful tips on composition and other techniques, including post-processing.
In the color category, Alan Butcher, Golspie, came out on top with “Anna”. Not only is the performer silhouetted by the stage lighting, but the careful inclusion of part of the audience by means of highlighted profiles creates a mood that draws the viewer directly into the event.
The second was Rob Zywietz, Badninish, with “Judy G”, a very atmospheric and moody shot. Third was Zoe Gray, Portmahomack, with “Christmas Sunset Over Tain”, showing statuesque figures against a beautifully graduated winter sunset.
Monochrome photography is not simply about removing color from an image, but rather enhancing and enhancing it by removing distracting colors.
This section did not disappoint in this regard with images that could have worked in color but where the graphic qualities were enhanced and transformed by the use of monochrome.
First up was Sheila McKenzie, Bonar Bridge, with her “Coming into Roost,” a stunning backlit burst of avian action.
The Commando War Memorial at Spean Bridge has to be one of the most photographed sites in the Highlands, but Andy Kirby, Dornoch, managed to capture the stark, rugged nature of its setting, effectively conveying the emotive context of the memorial.
Andy also came third with another much-photographed Highland landmark, Ardvreck Castle on Loch Assynt, but giving it an interpretation tourists may not be looking for!
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the club’s planned return to the Brora Community Center in January has been postponed. For more information about the club visit www.eastsutherlandcc.org.uk