El Presidente Competition

Hot on the heals of the last quarterly competition it’s the president’s plaque. A print and digital themed competition, this year it’s Wildlife.

I was going to enter a couple of Robin images from the depths of my Lightroom library, but I accidentally showed them to the club whilst demonstrating the club’s new website. So I decided to try a bit of nature in my back garden…..

Morning Brew
Pigeon Portrait

No prints for me on this one as I’ve not got anything ready.

Final Quarter…..

With the league table very close after the 3rd quarterly I suppose I need to select carefully for the next round. My initial selections for both print and digital are below.

I’m not one to repeat images as mentioned before, but for the final competition a couple of returns are in order. Although strictly speaking only one is returning in its original form. 1st up are the prints. Paignton Pier was 2nd/3rd (I can’t remember exactly!) in the Mono competition so I can use it for the quarterly comp.

Fujifilm X-Pro2 – XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS – ƒ/11.0 – 18mm – 30 Seconds – iso200

The North Face image won the mono Digital completion, so I can use it again – but decided to enter it as a print this time. I’ve not got the print yet, so depending on the quality it might still be digital, but for now it’s a print.

Fujifilm X-E3 XF14mmF2.8 R ƒ/10.0 – 1/100 – iso200

Digital entries now…

Fujifilm X-Pro2 XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR ƒ/6.4 100.0 mm 1/7500 200

It’s a bit of an experiment is the above A380. It was well received on Twitter so I might just give it a go. I’m getting a print of this, so it might turn up in the print side of the comp – we’ll see.

Fujifilm X-Pro2 XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR ƒ/6.4 196.6 mm 1/8000 200

Another mist shot, now the danger here is the judge might determine one mist shot to be better than the other and reject one. So this one might change. An alternative shot might be the following Street shot (The Point) – although as an art form Street doesn’t seem to go well with some judges.

Fujifilm X-E3 14.0 mm f/2.8 ƒ/8.0 – 1/80 – iso200 – Fuji Acros mode +Yellow filter

Competition Time – 3rd Quarterly (Transport)

An unusual 3rd quarterly this time as it’s a themed round. I was undecided about the prints as I was looking to have my 747 landing image, but couldn’t quite make it work ratio wise for a print. So a raid of my Lightroom library revealed some old train images from the (now closed I think) Electric Train Museum in Baginton (Near Cov Airport). I had intended to use the Maglev image, but wanted to check the print in Colour and Mono – decided Colour offered a better quality.

First the Prints:

End of the Line
Magnetic Levitation – the future of transport

Now the digital:

Commuter’s Delight
Morning Flight

Slight late amendment – I didn’t think the 747 offered much so I’ve replaced the image with the Morning Flight above.

Me, in a Church!

No don’t worry regular listeners – I’ve not found god, however I was invited into Birmingham Cathedral (St Philips) as part of the Birmingham We Are / We all shoot Photos group.

It’s a place I’ve walked past on many occasions and never thought to venture in (not knowing if you are allowed to take photo’s etc – seems they are fine with it!!)

Fujifilm X-Pro2 XF14mm f/2.8 R ƒ/8.0 – 240seconds – iso200 SRB Photographic ND 1000 Filter
Fujifilm X-Pro2 XF14mm f/2.8 R ƒ/11.0 – 1/30 – iso200
Fujifilm X-E3 8.0 mm Samyang Fisheye II 1/60 iso 3200

An interest place to photograph as it’s open to the public and at certain times services are being conducted. I’m pleased with how the first image came out as I was using an ND1000 filter to remove people from the shot – hence a 4 minute exposure. The last image was high iso as I was hand holding the X-E3 whilst lying down.

As a group they are trying to get access to other building in the city for us to point our lenses at,

Competition Update

Pleased with the result of the mono competition. First up, I was placed first on the digital competition with my Selfridges image – Clovelly wasn’t placed.

Almost made it on the print side, however I was pipped to the 1st position by Cherie’s portrait. 2nd and 3rd was fine though. The images might make a reappearance in the 4th quarterly – I normally don’t add images a second time round, but as prints cost money it would be best to get some value out of them!!