Sunday, 19 February 2017

Friday 17th February - Husky Racing

Another good turnout for this event with club members spread throughout Kings Forest West looking for husky action. The early start was well worth it to see the larger teams racing by. The organisers of the event BSHRA were extremely friendly and helpful and kept us informed of what was going on. 

After the morning's excitement a good number of us managed to find our way to the very excellent Elveden Inn for lunch!

Here are a few of our husky images:

Getting Untangled by Liz Blake

Having a Chat by Sue Baldwin

Full On by Robin Orrow

A Team of Eight by Geoff Lingwood

Going For It by Daphne Lingwood

One Man and His Dog by Caroline Tillett

Watching You by Graham Jackson

Team of Four by Andy Caws

Go!Go! by Tim Leonard

Samoyed Team by Di Jackson

Flat Out by Andrew Barnes

Friday, 17 February 2017

Tuesday 14th February – "My Photographic Journey" by Roy Essery

It was a great pleasure to welcome Roy Essery to our club meeting this week.
Roy prints many of his images and he walked us through his photographic journey from a real newbie to achieving his MPAGB last year; the panel of which was on display. Roy had us all enthralled giving hints and tips along the way on a wide range of photographic subjects, be it papers to use, printing knowhow, actual camera techniques and composition points to note. The stories relating to some of the prints were also very interesting and amusing.
It was a change to see prints as opposed to PDIs and in some instances to compare the same image printed  in colour or black and white or perhaps toned or the same image printed on different papers.
All members were very appreciative and have asked for Roy to come back again.
Some of his images can be seen on his website Click here.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Tuesday 7 Feb - celebrating more success

They say success breeds success and it's certainly true for our club right now!  

At last Sunday's EAF Interclub PDI Championship we not only progressed into the second round, we finished joint second.  It was very tense and stressful sitting there as the images flashed up for just a few seconds and the three judges' scores were called out!  Our entry of 25 images came from 12 club members and two of them Robin Orrow and Di Jackson, scooped Selector's awards - well done everyone.  This result means that WDPC go forward to the National Championship in July.   

And that's not all...  Robin announced the PAGB GB Open and Nature Cup results and again we did really well and finished up with the big boys in this national competition!  In the GB Cup (Nature) we finished 18th and in the GB Cup (Open) we finished in 14th place.  Caroline Tillett had a surprise when Robin announced she had been awarded a bronze medal for her image 'Spectator' - congratulations Caroline. 

It doesn't end there!  Paula Cooper has had two images accepted in the International Garden Photographer of the Year both of which have been included in the printed book - well done Paula.

After the amazing announcements of the recent club successes we settled down to hear what Robin had to teach us about NIK software.

Starting with the basics Robin clearly explained the principles of how the software worked and then continued to demonstrate the various different software in this suite of programmes, culminating in a very powerful demonstration of how to convert  a coloured image into a black and white. He made the use of the control point technology look easy whilst at the same time showing how powerful and effective it could be.
There was something for everyone, from beginner to advanced. 

Robin had encouraged all members to download NIK which is now freely available, so everyone  should now be able to get to grips with this powerful software to improve their images so we can achieve even more success.

Thanks to Robin for an excellent evening. 

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Tuesday 24th January - Round 2 Digital competition 'A Sporting Life'

There was a definite buzz in the air at the beginning of this meeting as we celebrated the club's success in the Cambridge Inter-club competition and showed off the silverware.  

Then it was business as usual as our EAF judge Nick Akers began analysing and scoring the 60 digital images which had been entered.  As Nick commented, the photographs featured a good variety of sporting topics.  Quite a few looked as if they had come from, or been inspired by, club events.

Thanks to all members who entered images and congratulations to the following photographers whose images achieved 19 and 20.

HOLD TIGHT by Ann Barber (19)

TAKING THE CORNER by Jim McConnell (20)

DETERMINATION by Christine Alcock (20)

THE SKATEBOARD KID by Jan Murphy (20)

MUDDY SPLASH by Francesca Shearcroft (20)

SKATEBOARDER by Liz Blake (19)

HARD CHARGING by Keith Mountford (19) 

MY SPORTS FILMSTRIP by Vanessa Robertson (19)

OUT OF THE WATER by Keith Mountford (19)

Sunday, 22 January 2017

WDPC WINNERS Cambridge Inter-Club Competition

What a day!  Yesterday Wayland & District PC's 5 images in the Cambridge Clubs competition achieved the highest score (96 out of a possible 100) and won the John Lewis Trophy.  Just when we thought it couldn't get any better, Di Jackson's image of Wild Dogs Confronting Rhino was judged the best image and winner of the Roy Pitman Plate.

Several club members were there to support and there was a fair bit of clapping, whooping and general mayhem when we were announced winners!

Well done Wayland!


OPHELIA by Robin Orrow

SCURRY RACING by Robin Orrow

WAVES OF LIGHT by Paula Cooper


Judge Rosemary Wilman and WDPC Rentacrowd

Rosemary Wilman presents plate for Best Image to Di Jackson

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Tuesday 10th January 2107 – "The Creative Side of me" a talk by Malcolm Bumstead

We welcomed Malcolm Bumstead from Ipswich for tonight's meeting. Some of Malcolm's images are fairly conventional but most are still life or "Creative".
Don't be surprised if you see members going to car boot sales to acquire just the right props, taking pictures in unusual positions and then assembling the various elements in photoshop, with frequently over 100 layers!! All of this seemed to be in an evenings work for Malcolm.
Malcolm's talk included just the right amount of detail for both beginners and advanced members in the audience. It was informative, inspirational, entertaining and enjoyed by all members and visitors present. Thank you Malcolm.
Many of his images shown last night can be seen here.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Tuesday 6th December – Focus on Flash & Zimanga Slideshow

There were fewer than usual entries for the Focus on this time, only 17. None the less they were very varied in subject, including floral, portraits and still life. The top four winning images are shown below.

After coffee we were treated to a slide show from the Safari Adventure that some club members had attended in October. The birds were amazingly colourful and ranged from small bulbuls to very large Fish Eagles. As for animals, there were some spectacular images taken in daylight, some at sunset and some taken at a watering hole at night. Large elephants, small wild dogs, rhinos and lions and unusually some giraffes standing very close to a cheetah. Some have already been entered in club competitions whilst others I feel sure will be entered very soon.  Thanks to Di Jackson and Andy for putting the slide show together and thanks to Kim, Roy, Rachael and Robin for sending in some images.

The favourite four flash images judged by club members at the meeting were:

1st  TURBINE AT NIGHT by Jack Mitchell

2nd  PORSCHE THE RAGDOLL by Jack Mitchell

3rd  LADY SLIPPER ORCHID by Di Jackson

4th RED BUDS by Marnie Ball