Success! Reflex triumphed – admittedly our first in a time anyhow – in the inter club battle with Backwell. It was close all the way through and our excellent hosts with Reflex taking the Mono (174 to 180) and Colour Print (182:185) rounds and Backwell the Digital Projection (184:181). Final score Backwell 540 Reflex 546.
|1||Black Mountain Filly||Reflex||19|
|5||The 15:10 to Hasselfelde||Backwell||17|
|7||Look at That||Backwell||17|
|8||I’m in the Pub||Reflex||20|
|9||The Stamp Dealer||Reflex||17|
|10||Taking a Moment||Backwell||18|
|11||Vicar’s Close, Wells||Reflex||18|
|14||The Sign of Aries||Reflex||16|
|15||Cycling over the Bridge||Backwell||18|
|19||British Summer Time||Reflex||18|
|Monochrome Print Result||174||180|
|22||Leap of Faith||Backwell||18|
|23||I Wish I Was Out There||Reflex||18|
|27||Dancer and Guitarrista||Backwell||18|
|28||Lunch is Served||Reflex||18|
|31||Man from Trinidad||Backwell||18|
|32||Me and My Fella||Backwell||20|
|33||Cold Comfort Farm||Backwell||18|
|34||Lady of the Lake||Reflex||20|
|35||Ashton Star Hill||Reflex||18|
|41||That 80’s Feeling||Reflex||19|
|42||Behind the Curtain||Backwell||18|
|44||Wild Female Kestrel with Prey||Backwell||20|
|53||The Long Goodbye||Reflex||18|
|59||Glacial Ice Sunset||Reflex||18|
The standard was high, individual marks ranged between 16 and 20 with no less than 10 images rated at 20 out of 20 and a further 4 at 19 out of 20. The modal average score was 18, with just over half the images scoring thus and the remaining 25% 16 (3 images) and 17 (12 images). The distribution of marks between the clubs was pretty even as the table below shows:
Peter Weaver, our judge for the evening and our thanks to him for a sterling job on first sight of the entries, judged our last season’s battle with Bristol PS and of the two prints in common both were marked consistently (within 1 mark) so I think it valid to draw some conclusions about the development of the club in the intervening 15 months. In the Bristol battle the marks awarded for Reflex ranged between 14 and 17 with the majority at 15/16 (75% of the marks awarded). This time round, with a 50% larger entry, the majority of the images, 53%, were scored 18, that is higher than the top marks we scored 15 months ago. All in all 70% of the images entered scored higher than we did in competition, with the same judge, 15 months ago. OK the numbers are too small to be definitive statistically but trends are clear.
What might that be? There has been an improvement in the competitive quality of the entries that the club is putting out AND most importantly, we are not talking about the same few members increasing their competition output. We are seeing a mixture of established (pre BPS battle) and new (Post BPS battle) members putting their work forward and we are seeing an across the board improvement. If it is happening for some then I am pretty sure that it is happening across the board, whether you enter your images in competitions or not (and why not? You get free feedback from very experienced people specific to you). This, I would surmise, is down to the strength and variety of the programme and the fact that there is always someone willing to help out with questions on club nights or through its social media outlets. Maybe, and possibly counter-intuitively, it is down to the fact that we are not really a competition oriented club, that is to say we have four rounds plus a creative round and we do two club battles a year. Some clubs think nothing of having monthly competitions (OK we do have the club Flickr competition but that is pretty low key, awarded by popular acclimation and the voting is open now on April’s competition, so get voting!).
That is not the same as saying competition is a bad thing, what it does say is that the right sort of competition for the club you are in is the one where it develops its members abilities, curiosities, and, for Reflex, a willingness to share all that. Deliver that on the back of a strong programme and you might get the odd visit from the Goddess Nike.
A N N O U N C E M E N T S
23rd April: Your Picture Your Way (Portraiture and Macro). Following the inaugural, and I thought successful, YPYW, we repeat the exercise with, you’ve guessed it, Portraiture and Macro. Mr Gerry Painter explains here >>>Your Picture Your Way.