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On 22nd October we were visited by members of the Grwst Club from Llanrwst for a resumption of the annual inter-club event, judged by Diana Magor from the Hoylake Photographic Society. In a close-fought battle, Grwst won the Prints section by 242 points to Ruthin’s 235, but Ruthin won the Projected Digital Images (PDI) by 258 to 238 and therefore were overall winners (493 to 480). Afterwards the usual social and supper rounded things off nicely.

A week later Tom Wood, who now lives locally, gave a brief insight into his journey into a career in photography, including his love of North Wales. Tom evidently likes to include water in his images. He went on to explain his use of filters for landscape photography including graduated neutral-density filters for long exposures.

Conwy Camera Club’s Sue Clark returned to Ruthin on 5th November to judge the second Major Competition of the season, namely “Reflections”. From her thorough and comprehensive comments, it was evident that Sue had given the entries much time and thought. In the Colour Prints section, the winner was Phil O’Loughlin with “Old bothy at Barg, Isle of Muck”, with Dan Muckle-Jones in 2nd spot (“High Street summer”) and Jan’s “Frogs” in 3rd place. Four others were awarded Highly Commended and three Commended. Moving on the Monochrome Prints, this proved a simple story: Dan Muckle-Jones came 1st, 2nd and 3rdwith, successively, “The first shot of the day”, “Ce n’est pas Magritte!” and “Floats”, there being just one Commended. The best PDI was Annie Davies’ “Mall mayhem”, followed by Phil Durrell in 2nd and 3rd places with “In front and behind at Salford Quays” and “The effect of movement”. Three Highly Commended awards were made and four Commended.

“It’s Your Choice” was the theme on 12th November, when members were encouraged to show their own work, on any topic of their choosing, in up to 12 images. One member showed slides, one displayed prints and ten members presented PDIs. Unsurprisingly, the images shown covered a wide variety of subjects, including particular localities, a weird grotto, church windows, unusual exhibits from museums and (not forgetting - how could we?) the process towards painting a still life using a stuffed jay!

In contrast, the following week was all about the talents of just one member, when Stephen Yates splendidly reminded us of his knowledge of, and aptitude for photographing, nature subjects in their natural habitats, on this occasion “Anglesey wildlife”. An amazing variety of creatures were revealed in detail, especially insects, reptiles, birds and red squirrels. Stephen gave a lesson in what can be seen in a small area, if you know where to look. Members commented that most of us would simply pass by without noticing, lacking the necessary expertise.

Phil Durrell (Secretary)

20th November 2019

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