Shoot Maldon Live


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On Sunday, I had the pleasure of participating in the Shoot Maldon Live competition run by Upminster Camera Club. The members were paired up and given six themes to shoot between 9am and 1pm. Each pair had to select just ONE image per theme and hand in their six pictures straight out of camera (no fiddling) at 1pm. Then it was my job to judge the entries during the afternoon and round it all off with dinner at the Blue Boar.

The weather was vary variable, swinging between dull, overcast and on the verge of rain to bright and sunny with big fluffy clouds. We didn’t actually get wet, although there were times when I regretted leaving my coat in the car!

I decided I should have a go at the themes myself (it only seemed fair), and although I kept all my images, I did select my best six – unedited – for the club to see after I’d done my bit. Here they are:

1. An Image Showing Three Of Something

Three Ladies
Three Ladies

2. An Image Showing Texture

Spiral Textures (my picture of the day)
Spiral Textures (my picture of the day)

3. An Image Showing Liquid

Floating Boating
Floating Boating

4. A Closeup Of Something Nautical

Through The Porthole
Through The Porthole

5. An Image Of Something Which Is No Longer Used

Dead Red Balloon
Dead Red Balloon

6. A Wide View Of Maldon, With A Strong Foreground Element

Metal Crane
Metal Crane

Back To Basics

I found the discipline of shooting everything right in camera was quite tough at times – you should try it! These days, it’s so easy to think “oh, I’ll just crop that bit off, clone that out or tweak the levels a bit” before you’re satisfied. There are some images which I would love to have done so (minor things mainly), but in the spirit of the competition, I’ve uploaded them to Flickr as if taken straight out of camera (they have been resized and a watermark added, but no post-processing otherwise):

Strong Competition

I really enjoyed seeing the club members’ work. There were one or two shots which were quite similar, but out of 72, there were plenty that were different and innovative. It was a pleasure to be asked to take part in such a fun day out!