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Yet more on club judges.

Discussion in 'Talking Pictures' started by MickLL, Jan 16, 2015.

  1. MickLL

    MickLL Well-Known Member

    Last night we had the chairman of the county judges panel, Here's one of his remarks,

    "this would have got top marks except that there's a dog in it and I hate dogs".

    Audience reaction - hoots of prolonged laughter. No-one, but no-one, took him seriously.

  2. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Did he know his audience? Or was he just in his own world?
  3. MickLL

    MickLL Well-Known Member

    He certainly did know his audience. He used to be a member of our club and is a frequent visitor. What I didn't tell you was that there was a great deal of good natured banter going on during the comments - much more than usual.

  4. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    I thought that might have been the case! Good.
  5. MickLL

    MickLL Well-Known Member

    I thought that, to be fair, I should come back and put a bit more meat on the bones.

    Last night was principally our annual 'record' competition but alongside there was the annual 'small print' competition. The small print is an informal event organised by some members who particularly like doing what it says on the tin - small prints.

    The small prints don't actually get marked but a judge is asked to pick his top three - and it was one of those top three that had the dog referred to in my first post. the reference to marks was a slip of his tongue.

    His judging of the main event was amazing. He's an articulate and erudite man and was able to comment on photo technique and also often add information about the subject itself.

    Because he's a 'friend' of the club the older members feel free to indulge in some very mild and jokey barracking and he responds. A great deal of fun is had by all.

    To round off the evening he showed half a dozen of his own prints - mostly church interiors. They were part of a panel due to be submitted for him to get even more letters after his name (not RPS). I have to say that they were outstanding (if a little 'samey' by the sixth one) and the interesting thing was that each and every one was HDR. Not a single member of a very experienced audience spotted it.

    I have to say that the evening was a good advert for club life.

  6. lfc1892

    lfc1892 Well-Known Member

    haha, that's ace!
  7. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath


    It is, of course, just possible he was dropping that in as a wind-up, to liven up the evening and there was something else, not quite right, gut feeling, etc., about the picture that he couldn't identify & explain in the time. But the obvious question to push him on, probably afterwards, was what did he consider was the main subject.

    Was it the dog?

    If not, what if anything could he say was 'wrong' with the dog beyond his dislike? To be followed by the question, "Well, as a Judge should you air your prejudices & dislikes like that - isn't it better to keep quiet about them?"

    Good grief! Another Thread about Judges. I keep intending to sit down and look through the posts on the previous one and I'm not sure I'm done with the one before that. Have I finished this one off OK?

    PS: Just read posts #2 - #6. Phew!
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2015
  8. MickLL

    MickLL Well-Known Member

    Altogether too serious Oly. It was just his little joke.

  9. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    Para 1, Mick ;). Have I been known to do the same? I couldn't possibly comment. :D Cheers, Oly
  10. MickLL

    MickLL Well-Known Member

    Sorry to liven this thread again.

    Look out for loads of internet complaints about judges in tomorrow's threads. Tonight I'm doing the judging (specialist Natural History) !!!

  11. Sejanus.Aelianus

    Sejanus.Aelianus In the Stop Bath

    Mick, Mick, draw back from the dark side, before it is too late!

  12. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Go on! Don't be modest. Give us some links here so that we can see for ourselves. :D

    Only kidding. Go for it!
  13. MickLL

    MickLL Well-Known Member

    I've already joined the dark side I'm afraid.

    The competition is one that a friend of mine judged some time ago. (he's now deceased - nothing to do with the story I'm about to tell). He was presented with a picture and the title TOAD and the latin name was given.

    His remarks consisted of the following, "what I see is a photo of a common frog - not a toad. Zero marks".

    It was my picture and his 'joke' - caused uproar in the club.

  14. MickLL

    MickLL Well-Known Member

    No links. It's my own club NH competition so I'm bound to win. :D

  15. MickLL

    MickLL Well-Known Member

    Last night the judge said that the one below was "struggling for sharpness". Anyone agree?
    I know about the near eye - it's DoF issue.


    PS He did say that ,"in other company it would have done better but the earlier one was better".

  16. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    I think the near eye, being near the point of maximum contrast, distracts me from viewing the rest of the picture. The overall impression is one of softness because of the background and colours. It's nicely not an in your face image but if there were others with more areas of high contrast, then perhaps they got away with dof issues more easily!
    It's delicate and pleasing and nicely not the normally seen heavily saturated and sharpened damselfly image.

  17. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    Hi Mick, Good for you! We need more Judges in the Federations and good ones, too. Hope it went well. Cheers,Oly
  18. willie45

    willie45 Well-Known Member

    Hi Mick,

    Your club sounds like fun. Reading your thread is tempting me to join one again.

    The one I was in some years ago also used to be good for banter and it made competitions much more enjoyable.
  19. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    Was it a print or DPI. On the screen I'm using, DoF looks OK, covers the wings; bit much for it to cover all the legs but they look pretty good. Suggest it could be because the eye 'moved'. Living creatures breath, twitch, wriggle; bit of a pain if shutter speeds are a bit low.
  20. MickLL

    MickLL Well-Known Member

    Thanks Oly. It did go well and I enjoyed it. It only happened because the proper judge had an accident and couldn't attend. I was probably fourth choice especially as it was my own club. I had entered the competition but had to withdraw for obvious reasons. The admin guy forgot to remove my pictures and so when they came up I made no comment other than 'superb - 20 marks'. Of course I've been a member for so many years that most of the audience knew that the picture was mine so that caused a lot of amusement too.

    There was even more banter than usual (you can insult a friend much more freely than a stranger!) and, I hope, a good time was had by all. I certainly got no grumbles afterwards and I did get waht seemed to be genuine thanks.

    As I said I enjoyed it but it hasn't made me want to join the regular federation circuit. These oddball requests are enough for me.


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