The winners were all inside!

The subject of the July online competition was “Interiors” which, given the normal British summer, would have been appropriate. However it’s been a long time since the rain forced us inside so I reckon many people had to rely on images in their archives. It did, however force our judge who for this month who was David Kershaw to spend some of his time indoors picking his winners. David’s vry full comments are below.

1st place – Liverpool Central Library – Wow! What an interesting stair well. You have just added one more place to my bucket list of locations I must see and photograph. The lighting ‘on the day’ looks as if you had to handle strong contrasts and complex shapes. Have you chosen the best viewpoint? I’ll only know once I’ve been. This is my winning image, that may not be a big surprise!
2nd Place – Cragside Kitchen – A very traditional interior shot, but so well done. It’s full of detail, interests and activity. This was my second choice and very nearly took first place. I spent an age comparing this and Liverpool Central Library.
3rd Place – The Lounge, Montserrat, After the Eruption – Such difficult lighting, controlled really well. The space has so much potential, you may also want to use this image in the 5th round of our Clubman competition? At first I was unsure of the ‘diagonal’ composition, but it seems to work. If I have a criticism, I think it would have worked better if you had kept crossbeam in at the top of the picture and just possibly straightened the converging verticals. Well done.
Hull Cathedral Roof – Plenty of detail, well controlled colour and an interesting viewpoint. It’s just a pity that you were just slightly ‘off centre’ when you took the picture. The subject cries out for symmetry. Other than that, it is very difficult to find a fault, well done.
Ceiling Light Shade, Salts Mill – Intriguing! Most people would never think of looking up and seeing the possibilities presented by the lamp shade. Great photographs are usually very simple and uncluttered, this fits into that category, but I think you need to clone out the three small light areas ‘breaks in the paint’ on the extreme bottom right. I also think there is a depth of field problem, the lamp shade seems a little soft.
Wakefield Cathedral – I have to admire someone who tackles such a difficult subject.  The background competes and the flames (especially the one bottom right) are a major distraction. Possibly a very shallow death of field would have concentrated the viewers eye on the face of the statue? It’s such an interesting viewpoint, please keep working on the idea.
Sleeping Quarters – Perfectly exposed and controlled. The image leaves me wanting to know more about the location.
Inside St Mary’s Church, Studley Royal – A wonderful image. The detail looks to be all there, nothing is burnet out and the blacks are not blocked. I just want to ‘tweak’ it in curves and possibly adjust the exposure by half a stop.
Monet For Dinner Anyone? – interesting effect. I want to make more of the candlelight. However, for me the image is more of a Renoir than a Monet, possibly I’m missing something? Well excited and composed.
Caso Battio Tiled Area Through Glass – This could so easily be one of my pictures. I may have wanted to adjust the composition a little, but that is ‘nit-picking’, well seen. Unfortunately, the image is not really an ‘interior’ from my point of view.
It’s All in the Curves – This has always been a difficult subject and you have captured it really well, though I would like to see a little more light in the shadow areas, especially the lower floor.
Coventry Font – Well at least you picked the right judge to try this image on. I like the looseness and the flowing colours. However, I would have liked the working part of the font to be sharp and defined, so that it was identifiable as a font.
Bell Pepper – Following in the footsteps of Edward Weston? I applaud the try, but unfortunately, it’s a little soft and the large white area is distracting.
Edinburgh Cathedral – a tricky thing to photograph. I would have liked to see the base of the structure, but that may not have been possible. Would it improve if you corrected the converging verticals?
David K


Thanks for all those comments David. I am sure everyone will appreciate them. Now on to name the winners. In third place with “The Lounge, Montserrat, After the Eruption” was Michelle Howell and in second place was Robert Bilton with “Cragside Kitchen”. Top of the heap in first place was Tim Jonas with “Liverpool Central Library”. I agree with David that this seems to be a “must visit” place. 

So that’s it for this month but remember entries are open for next month’s online competition, the theme of which is “Monochrome”. Good luck.

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