McIntyre’s Cardinal earns photo of the month honors

By Kevin Spradlin

ROCKINGHAM — The assignment: Red. The task: Capture a photo with red as the dominant theme.

Photo by Betty McIntyre

Photo by Betty McIntyre

Betty McIntyre, of Rockingham, managed that task better than anyone else over the past month and her effort earned top honors as photo of the month in the Richmond County Photography Group.

“I wanted something ‘different,’ but didn’t seem to find what I was looking for until one day right after it rained,” McIntyre explained. “I opened my back door after the rain stopped, and through my glass storm door I saw this beautiful cardinal sitting on my lawn furniture. I hurried to get my camera with the hopes it would still be there when I returned, and it was.”

McIntyre used a Fujifilm Finepix HS10 to snap the photo, and she managed to take the photo while pointing the lens through the glass door, “for if I opened it, I would have scared the bird away.”

The blurred white lines on each side of the photo is not a special effect. McIntyre said those lines are the white rails of her deck.

“I like the blurred effect that the edge of the white rails gave the picture, as well as the drops of rain that were still hanging on the edge of the chair where the bird stood.”

Membership into the photography group, which meets monthly, is free. Group leader Jimmy McDonald makes the monthly assignments that members are to use when taking photos and then, at the next month’s meeting, bring a printed 8″ x 10″ for other members to evaluate on a scale of 1 to 5. On Thursday, seven members voted. The maximum score was 35. Other entries included photos of flowers, birds, bricks and trucks.

The monthly assigned between now and the group’s June 19 meeting is “window.” In addition, the quarterly assignment of “self portrait” also is due. As of Thursday night, the group planned to meet at 6 p.m. on June 19 at the amphitheater at Cole Auditorium on the campus of Richmond Community College in Hamlet.

Group members from across the country regularly participate in weekly Facebook assignments, though no weekly awards are bestowed.



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