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Best in Show Award

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Guest Post by David Pollard


“Looking Back”

“Looking Back”

Best in Show Award



 I’d like to thank Garry for this opportunity to comment on my recent Best in Show Award at the 2011 Ottawa-Outaouais Inter Club Photography Competition.  Garry, one of three judges, describes the competition’s background in a previous entry.


To say that I was stunned by my result is an understatement.  The quality and variety of the 183 digital and print submissions was, to me, impressive.  I was satisfied with my entries to the point where I was prepared to submit them (are we ever truly satisfied?) and had thought the portrait might do well.  Notwithstanding, over the course of the evening, and as the photo review progressed, I reached a  point where I simply hoped for a reasonable score.  Thus, to receive a perfect score from all three judges for my print “Looking Back” was beyond my wildest dreams.  And yes I”m satisfied with the result for my other submission even though wasn’t a winner.


What has this competition and its result meant to me?  First, it validates my work; after all I was reasonably happy with the print to start with.  Second, it  means I should trust my own judgement but continue to seek input from others; those who had previously seen the print thought highly of it, even earlier discarded versions.  I am my own harshest critic and once I’ve decided on an approach I don’t always like to hear criticism from others (I might change my approach but that’s my choice).  The lesson then is don’t ask if you if you’re not going to listen.  Lastly, in a competition, you don’t really know how the judges are going to base their scoring.  So, while it’s fantastic to win, in the end you learn more by losing.  If you’ve done your best and are satisfied with your submission, then learn from the judges comments and keep them in mind for the next time. 


Regarding the photo: shot during an October 2009 workshop outing to Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg, Ontario (UCV).  The subject, one of the UCV interpreters, was standing in the doorway of the Livery located behind Cook’s Tavern.  The original file shows him from head to knees but my preference was to crop to a head and shoulders portrait.  For those interested in the technical info: shot with a Nikon D700, RAW in 14 bit mode, 105 mm @ f/5.6, 1/60 second, ISO 400, distance to subject 3.4 meters, matrix metering with fill flash, and auto white balance.  It was printed using an Epson Stylus Pro 3800 on Epson UltraSmooth Fine Art Paper.


Thanks for reading.

 David Pollard

Ottawa Interclub Photo Competition 2011

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
Ottawa-Outaouais Interclub Photo Competition



Last Thursday evening  I judged the 2011 Ottawa-Outaouais Interclub Photo Competition along with fellow judges Elizabeth Lees and Dan Jones.  This is an annual competition where photographers from the 4 camera clubs in the Ottawa region can compete with one another. The membership between all of the  clubs is slightly over 600 members, so winning this competition is a pretty big deal.

The theme of this year’s Interclub Competition was “Reflections”.  On Tuesday (last night) all of the submitted photos were shown and the awards were presented to the winners, in a combined meeting with all 4 clubs in attendance.  Thanks go out to Pierre Gauthier and the host club for this year the RA Photo Club for putting together a fantastic evening.  Congratulations to all of the people who submitted photos for the competition!!!

Canadian Camera Conference 2011

Monday, February 14th, 2011

The London Camera Club will be hosting the 2011 Canadian Camera Conference from June 29 to July 3rd. This is an annual photography conference that is hosted by different Canadian camera clubs on a rotating basis.

I know several of this year’s guest speakers; Nevada WeirEllen Anon , Ethan Meleg and  Joseph Rossbach  in addition to these photographers/photo instructors there is a large line-up of many other presenters. It looks like an excellent educational and inspirational weekend! I am not a presenter at this year’s conference, I was in London last year and gave an evening presentation and also conducted a 2 day workshop….which was extremely well organised by the club.

Orleans Photo Club Presentation

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

This Saturday morning, February 12th  at 9:30, I will be giving a presentation on Landscape photography at the Orleans Photo Club  I will show and discuss how to give your images that WOW factor. The program will include photos that I have made on my travels around the world and right here in Orleans.  The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. This is a FREE event!!! Hope to see you there.

Orleans Photo Club Presentation

Recommendations for Photoshop Books

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

The other evening at the RA Photo Club, I was asked by a couple of people if I had any recommendations for some books which I thought would be useful in learning Photoshop. So here, and in no particular order, are my top 4 suggestions which are linked to (Canada)

These 4 books are on my bookshelves (virtual bookshelves), as well as many other ebooks on photography and Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop CS5 One-on-One

The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers

Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: A professional image editor’s guide to the creative use of Photoshop

Photoshop CS5 for Nature Photographers: A Workshop in a Book

HDR Photography – Ottawa RA Photo Club

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
HDR Photography - Ottawa RA Photo Club

HDR Photography Presentation

Tonight I will be one of the presenters at the RA Photo Club’s panel discussion on HDR photographic techniques.

HDR Software:

OLONEO – Beta Version

Photomatix – 15% off use Promo Code: garryblack15

Nik Software – 15% off use Promo Code: GBLACK

Ottawa RA Photo Club Presentation

Saturday, November 6th, 2010
Mont St Michel, Normandy, France

Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy, France

It has been nearly 30 years since I gave my first presentation to the RA Photo Club in Ottawa. Since then I’ve accumulated quite a large collection of RA Photo coffee mugs which I have received from the club for my numerous presentations and also for judging at their competitions.

My topic for this presentation is Passion For Photography

I can’t begin to explain or tell you how huge my passion for photography is, but maybe I can show you! My passion isn’t about equipment and camera gear, it’s about seeing and expressing myself through photography. It’s about creating and making images. This presentation will cover my approach to capturing, editing and processing images. Topics that I could talk about forever.

My presentation for camera club is this coming Tuesday, November 9th at 7:30 and best of all it’s free! You don’t have to be a member to come to this meeting to see my presentation, love to see you there!

RA Photo Club Website

Colour vs B&W

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Black and White vs Colour

Next Tuesday, I will be taking part in a discussion panel at the RA Camera Club in Ottawa, the topic is “Black and White vs Colour”.  Notice that the wording in the topic is “vs” which hints that it just might be a little confrontational, sort of like the Saints vs Colts or the Senators vs Leafs.  The guidelines for the presentation are: Where, Why, When and How? Is one better than the other? Where is each best suited?

From my perspective I don’t think that one approach is better than the other, it’s not an either-or situation. Having said that, there are certain times, depending on the subject and what I’m trying to convey with that image, that I do think one is better.   For some pictures I like every possible variation that I can produce from a single image. These variations range from  colours that are vivid and over-saturated, to colours which are soft and muted, or to one of the many variations done in Black & White,  infrared, sepia or toned. I am quite sure that most photographers have their own personal preferences and probably accepts both approaches. There are, however, photographers who want to distinguish and separate themselves from others, and who strongly believe that photography should be carried out only in one medium, Black & White or colour.  I, for one, am not one of  them.  I can appreciate the merits of both.

It was just a few short years ago that you would have had to make a conscious decision before you took the shot whether it was going to be B&W or colour. Some photographers had 2 camera bodies, one for B&W and the other for colour. Today, shooting digital raw files gives you the opportunity in post processing for either colour and/or B&W images. Isn’t life great!

What’s your preference – Colour or Black and White?

Upcoming Ottawa Camera Club Presentations

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Ottawa Camera Clubs

In the upcoming months I’ll be giving a couple of presentations to both of the Camera Clubs in Ottawa. It’s been a few years since I have given presentations to these clubs, so I’m looking forward to seeing some old friends and making some new ones.

On January 19th @8:00pm, I’ll be giving an instructional program to the Camera Club of Ottawa. This program will cover the various elements of image design, compositional techniques, subject selection and the creative use of Photoshop and plug-in filter programs for post-processing images. Here’s the link to the Camera Club’s Website

For the RA Photo Club on February 9th, I’ll be participating in a panel discussion on “Colour vs Black and White”.  I’ll be one of the panelists giving a presentation on which format is our preference. This will be followed by questions from a moderator and then followed by questions from the audience. This should be an entertaining and enlightening evening. Here’s the RA Camera Club’s Website

CAPA 2009 Annual Digital Competition

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Windows, Santorini Greece

Today I’ll be judging the 2009 CAPA (Canadian Association for Photographic Art) annual digital competition. I’m very honoured that I’ve been asked to judge this national competition again, this is the second time within recent years that I’ve been a judge for it. This year’s topic is “Windows and Doors”, the photo above isn’t the winning entry, it’s a photograph that I took during one of my workshops to Greece.