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photoblog image (North Wales Notebook)  Borth-y-Gest 5/5

(North Wales Notebook) Borth-y-Gest 5/5

If you remember on Wednesday I said to remember the image centre right on the collage.  As with yesterdays posting this is the same area 2 1/2 hours later when the tide had gone out.  One can walk for miles along the sands being careful, of course, not to get cut off by the incoming tide.  Once again this is a proper HDR made up of 3 bracketed exposures taken in to Dynamic Photo HDR for combining and Tone Mapping before finishing with a touch of Topaz in CS3.

 

My Monday posting came before a judge who is regarded as one of the best in the Midlands, and who judges in the higher echelons, at my club on Tuesday night.  He immediately classified it as "chocolate box" which meant it was no longer worthy of serious interest besides which it had a very poor sky and lacked anything in depth of colours.  Also this one from last year was a waste of time because, nice as the church looks, it is too far from the camera, the gate should have been open, and anyway it hinged on the wrong side so why bother to have taken it.  How can a guy like this get to be a judge at high levels, he has been talking rubbish like this since I first saw him twenty odd years ago, he certainly doesn't have much imagination in my opinion and glories in the fact that he still uses film nearly all the time.  Good job after 40 years in clubs I've got broad shoulders.

(North Wales Notebook) Borth-y-Gest 5/5

If you remember on Wednesday I said to remember the image centre right on the collage.  As with yesterdays posting this is the same area 2 1/2 hours later when the tide had gone out.  One can walk for miles along the sands being careful, of course, not to get cut off by the incoming tide.  Once again this is a proper HDR made up of 3 bracketed exposures taken in to Dynamic Photo HDR for combining and Tone Mapping before finishing with a touch of Topaz in CS3.

 

My Monday posting came before a judge who is regarded as one of the best in the Midlands, and who judges in the higher echelons, at my club on Tuesday night.  He immediately classified it as "chocolate box" which meant it was no longer worthy of serious interest besides which it had a very poor sky and lacked anything in depth of colours.  Also this one from last year was a waste of time because, nice as the church looks, it is too far from the camera, the gate should have been open, and anyway it hinged on the wrong side so why bother to have taken it.  How can a guy like this get to be a judge at high levels, he has been talking rubbish like this since I first saw him twenty odd years ago, he certainly doesn't have much imagination in my opinion and glories in the fact that he still uses film nearly all the time.  Good job after 40 years in clubs I've got broad shoulders.

comments (23)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Feb 2011, 00:56
Tch, Tch...calm down, Brian.

Your work stands up very well to my scrutiny...and, as your SC buddy, I am much more important and enlightened than any old Midlands Judge who is still trying to work out where to stuff his ektachrome in his Nikon dSLR...
Brian Walbey: Lol. I am going to propose a competition called "Chocolate Box Picture" next year and ask this p%&*t to come and judge it smile
Pay that judge no mind. I wouldn't give his opinion much weight if I were you.

Is that kelp covering the rocks, Brian? I can almost smell the outgoing tide here.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bevery. Yes I think it is some type of Kelp.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Feb 2011, 06:52
It sounds like that judge is resisting coming out of his stone age into the new age of dSLR, Brian. Not that the stone age is bad, mind you, but can't the two exist peacefully side by side?! Once he figures that out maybe he'll become a better judge. But it reminds me of my son who has only done film photography in the past. He has told me more than once that the digital world scares him. Once he enters it, he'll probably never go back!
Brian Walbey: A friend called in yesterday and remarked on what a useless judge this guy is, how he got to judge at higher levels I'll never know, and he is such a bighead, he has no sense of imagination or ability to actually read a picture, oh and of course every picture had to have the sky cut off, another of his quirks. Strange man! have a good weekend you two, I will calm down by Monday.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Feb 2011, 07:15
Take no notice of carping criticism Brian: these are good photographs
Brian Walbey: Many thanks, I will calm down by Monday.
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 11 Feb 2011, 08:43
I like the different layers the landscape has here
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chantal.
Brian to me Photography is all about how you see a scene and if it pleases you capture it.
I do take note of what others say but feel that so called experts can become besotted with their own self importance and should be ignored at all costs.
Brian Walbey: Couldn't agree more Martin, somehow this guy has got to be a little fish in a big pond but lacks any ability to read a picture and enjoy it, he only wants to make carping remarks all the time.
(1) This picture is great, I love the seaweed covered rock.
(2) Monday's pictuure doesn't look like chocolate box to me - but it would make a real difficult jigsaw puzzle.
(3) The church photo - if you got closer the gate wouldn't show, if it was hinged on the other side and open it would point to the church and dominate the picture.
(4) Forget the old judge who hasn't moved with the times. As long as YOU get satisfaction from YOUR pictures that's really all that matters.
(5) All your SC friends are still apreciating your efforts, so mentally tell him to s*d off.
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Sheila, after 40 years in clubs I've seen and heard it all befoe, just resent, as does one of my friends, having carping remarks made about my images but one such as he.
Stick with us, Brian. Most of us rarely judge anyone harshly here and aim for encouragement instead. I love this shot with the bright colour across the way. Very nice shot.
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Mary, you said it, this guy gave no-one any encouragement, just carping comments.
I would not take any notice, as they say, those that can do, those that can't teach or critisice.
Brian Walbey: Couldn't agree more John, a frind came round yesterday and made the same remarks as me, without any prompting, about this bigheaded, full of himself, idiot.
This is truely a very beautiful landscape and you captured it so well. Love it !!!
Brian Walbey: Many thanks laurette.
I like this very much Brian with the rocks in the foreground, then the sea , hills in the distance and then the sky. That judge sounds like he should be put out to pasture and I can understand why you are feeling rattled
Brian Walbey: Thanks Janet. Out to pasture would be too nice for him smile
Idiot judges was the main reason that when I rejoined my camera club I wouldn't enter any competitions. I take pictures to please me. If others like them that is a bonus. I enjoy your pictures Brian
Brian Walbey: I know how you feel Bill, he was one of those judges who didn't even look at a photo as a photo but just for things wrong. I dread to think what he is like judging at international level, mind you that is why he is such a big-head.
Oh, yes! Better composition than yesterday's, Brian.
Brian Walbey: A bit more to it really Tom.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Feb 2011, 17:22
Wonderful shot, love the coastlines and the beaches.
It must be very special out there!
Have a great weekend Brian and please say HI to Maureen too.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Astrid. Wales is a very lovely country, especially round that area.
I like the composition of the rocks, and lovely scenery in the background smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Linda.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 11 Feb 2011, 18:41
Great scene, all the way into the distance.
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Chad.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Feb 2011, 20:18
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" Brian. The judge sounds like he has sight but no vision. If you like it, then that is all that matters. Looks like others here are of the same opinion.

This is another fine image with good colours.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Alan. He didn't actually really look at the images as images, just looked for things wrong, I dread to think what he is like judging at international level.
this is how I imagine North Wales
Brian Walbey: It is a lovely part of the country Rob.
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 12 Feb 2011, 18:24
I like what you have done with the HDR Brian....it brings out much more contrast....keep an eye on the tides and tell that judge to shove it for megrin....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Peter. Next time this judge comes I might actually put a picture of a chocolate box in just for fun smile
Excellent clarity and interest, Brian. Not bad for someone whose gate's hinged on the wrong side!
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Graeme. Gate hinged on the wrong side, now whereelse have I seen that today ? smile
Not chocolate box at all Brian. I have never considered judges as reliable people!
I really like the composition and the tones of this one.
My work seems going back to normal slowly so I'll try and visit you more often.
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Richard, I never have rated this particular judge, he has head too large for the body problems I think.
  • Sidney
  • Germany
  • 13 Feb 2011, 23:42
Wow... excellent image.
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Sidney.
Well surely he couldn't complain about this one Brian. The foreground rocks give it depth and interest and it's an all round good shot. Don't let him dishearten you. He's a nitwit.
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Pamela, I couldn't agree more.

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