There were some fantastic entries in the BenQ photo-critique competition at The Photography Show 2015. Visitors to the show were invited to book a free 15 minute photo-critique from an industry-leading expert. The three best images were awarded ‘Photo of the Show, with each winner receiving a fantastic prize. The first place winner will receive a brand new BenQ colour critical monitor and the two runner-ups will be awarded with a framed print of their image.
We are delighted to announce Steven Reid, from Wiltshire, as the winner with his fantastic image ‘Night at the Station’ and the two runner-ups, Meredith Lewis with her image ‘Blackbird’, and Robert Johnston with his image ‘The Dark Stones of Calanais’.
“I am so happy to have won a BenQ PG2401PT, I saw one at the Photo Show and it went straight on my want list,” says Steven. “I entered for the Photo Critique, which was extremely useful, and I have already put into practice some of the pointers I received from Keith. I now feel a winner twice over!”
Steven continues: “The photo was taken as part of a night shoot with reenactors at Kingswear Station on the Paignton to Dartmouth Railway. The reenactors took up their positions and then froze for a couple of minutes. It was then the turn of the photographers to work as quickly as possible to set up their shots and take them before letting the next photographer in to take their shot. I remember getting rather cold and west as the wind and rain swept in at the open end of the station, but it was worth it.”
“When I processed the image I converted it to black and white and tried to invoke a film noir feeling to the image.”
“This image was taken at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford in the US Air Force building”, says Meridith. “I really like the aircraft and enjoyed seeing one in person. I was trying to get a nice photo of the shapes of the plane and when the small boy reached up towards the plane I thought it made the shot, as he helps give scale and it seems he is appreciating the Blackbird too”.
“I have been taking pictures of stone circles and standing stones for years now, always in black and white and sometimes in infra-red in order to try to conjure a feeling of mystery,” says Robert. “This was the first time though that I used light painting. I was on a trip to Lewis and Harris in the outer Hebrides in 2013 and was particularly hoping to get a good shot of Calanais (or Calanish) stone circle in Lewis to add to my project. The weather did not oblige though.”
Robert continues: “The lighting was flat, but we had brought two powerful torches, so after dark the circle was lit by two people madly shining their torches around while trying to remain hidden behind the stones. In that sense it was a combined effort. It took about six tries before we got it right. The image is of a portion of the circles with the exposed rocks of the chambered tomb in the foreground. The challenge was to find a way of photographing something that has been photographed many times before but to make it different. Hopefully I succeeded. This image was taken with a Sony Alpha 77 and was converted to black and white using Silver Efex pro 2. The exposure was 30 secs at f8, ISO 800.”
Expert judges Mark Wood and Keith Cooper came to a unanimous decision on these entries. Thank you to everyone that took part and congratulations again, to the winners!