Monday, 31 December 2012

Ups and Downs at Lindisfarne

David Byrne of Cannock PS  has triumphed at last with his super photo of Lindisfarne Castle and boats.

He had a bad time of it in October when he won the Take A View Landscape Photographer of the Year competition but was then disqualified for what some photographers thought was over use of Photoshop.

The following articles explain what happened and include some more great photos. On a positive note - they also share some  interesting PhotoShop ideas.

"Too Much Shoppin"

A. Nail Blog

T. Parkin Blog

"Haunting Picture"

Cannock PS is now happy to report that David Byrne has been awarded  an  FIAP Gold Medal for 'Lindisfarne Boats' in the Slovenian Salon along with 10 acceptances.

David's Gallery


  1. The Lindisfarne Boats is not a new image and has been taken by many photogs many times (yours truly included) in exhibitions around the country, all versions has certain amount of post-processing which is required to make the image pop, a straight image is generally kept on the computer and will never see the light of day, after all images are to be seen. Perhaps in this type of competition (money prize and a book)a more straight image would have been more appropriate. For Christmas I had the Landscape Photographer of the Year book in which the disqualified image is shown, but for consistency purposes I think the judges of the competition should re-visit all of the images portrayed in the book as many are showing death by Photoshop. I personally don't have a problem with HDR style images (bracketing)which is acceptable but blatant use of gaussian blur and effects filters according the rules should not be allowed, rant over.
    After saying all that the Landscape Photographer of the Year books are fantastic and I would highly recommend owning one of the six in the series, the images are of great quality taken by amateur photographers, something to aspire to although a lot of the images are taken sunrise or sunset.

  2. What a storm in a teacup! In the days of wet photography that image could have been produced in the darkroom, added clouds etc were the norm. Some may say that it took more skill to do in those days but it was accepted as part of photography. Now PS has so much power that, with a bit of practice and time, virtually any one can manipulate an image. the problem is that current salon fashion dictates a degree of over processing. Personally I find some images such as this one pleasing but I do get a bit tired of the HDR sunsets/rises ad infinitum