Tuesday, January 13, 2009
The post brought a deposit cheque and a confirmation letter from the couple I spoke to last week about the wedding in March. They've booked without even meeting us!
Last night was competition night at the photographic society. They judge the prints (colour and mono) first, then after the tea break it's digital images and slides. As soon as the judge started I got nervous. He was not the most consistent judge I've come across and some of his comments were very critical! However, he liked Phil's picture of Chicago at night and he got first prize in the Advanced Colour Print section.
When he judged my (entry level) section, he seemed to be in a grumpier mood. Maybe no-one sugared his tea? I was quite shocked by some of his dismissive comments. My first two photos got off fairly lightly but were obviously not going to place. I was cringing by the end as my last photo was one I didn't have any confidence in. I was imagining his criticisms before they came.
To my astonishment he made one or two nice comments and then gave me 20 points and the winning position. I was gobsmacked. I do think he could have been more encouraging in his comments to others though. I know how easily you can be put off by an ill-judged remark or non-constructive criticism.
My winning photo is above; taken on the shores of Windermere a few years ago - before my DSLR days! i've always liked it and am glad it wasn't mauled by Mr Nasty!