Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Tuesday 10th May - Focus On ... Street Photography

It was not an easy task to pick our favourite street photography images from the 42 entries.  To make it a bit easier we were picking a top five (rather than a top three as in previous Focus On sessions).  Everyone at the meeting identified their favourite five, the weighted scores were computed and Keith Mountford's 'Quick While No-one's Looking' scooped the top prize.

Well done everyone who entered.  Here are the images which finished in the top 10.  

1st  QUICK WHILE NO-ONE'S LOOKING by Keith Mountford


2nd  ON THE BUS by Jack Mitchell


Joint 3rd  DANCING IN THE STREET by Di Jackson


Joint 3rd  GRAFFITI BINS by Jan Murphy


Joint 5th  SHOPPING by Andy Lowe


Joint 5th  MEETING POINT by Tim Leonard


7th  THE WINDOW DRESSER by Caroline Tillett


8th  STREET PERFORMER by Jim McConnell


9th  OBLIVIOUS by Caroline Tillett


Joint 10th  TOUGH TIMES by Sarah Pymer


Joint 10th  THE BOY UPSTAIRS by Di Jackson

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Tuesday 3rd May - Jayne Odell 'The Monochrome Effect'

We were expecting seascapes and landscapes from Jayne Odell and we got that and more.  Jayne's photographs showed a different approach to some traditional shots and her energy and enthusiasm were inspiring - it was exhausting just sitting there listening!  Many of her images were taken on an iPhone and processed with various apps but as Jayne said, such images are unlikely to be appreciated by most club competition judges!  Nonetheless, I know many club members will be having a go after being inspired by Jayne's talk. 

If you'd like to see Jayne's photographs again, here's a link to her website http://jayneodellphotography.co.uk/.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Thursday 28th April - Pensthorpe Wildlife & Gardens

17 of us made it to Pensthorpe on a beautiful Spring morning.  We split up with some starting out at the wader scrape and hides whilst others started in the wader aviary or the conservation area with the Cranes, Flamingos, Ibis and Red Squirrels.  After lunch in the cafe most of us ventured to the areas we hadn't visited in the morning.

Pensthorpe provides an excellent venue for practising your photographic techniques whether you're a novice or more experienced nature photographer - the Bearded Tits proved almost as difficult to photograph in the aviary as they do in the wild!

Some of our images can be seen below:


Bearded Tit by Jack Mitchell


Devoted Dad by Sue Baldwin


Smew by Graham Jackson


Mallard Drake by Caroline Tillett

Greylag Gosling Foraging by Tom Thurston


Jackdaw by Tim Leonard


Red Squirrel by Di Jackson


Crane by Francesca Shearcroft

Moorhen with Chick by Caroline Tillett


Face On by Jack Mitchell

Taking a Break by Tom Thurston

Avocets by Tim Leonard


Long-tailed Tit by Di Jackson

Feeding Time by Francesca Shearcroft


Ruff Displaying by Di Jackson


Skunk Cabbage by Francesca Shearcroft

Coot Chick by Graham Jackson

Egyptian Goslings by Tom Thurston

Mandarin Duck by Tim Leonard


Tough Love by Graham Jackson

Turning the Eggs by Sue Baldwin

Little Egret by Jack Mitchell


Thursday, 28 April 2016

Tuesday 26 April - Round 3 Print competition - Close Up and Macro

We had 60 prints for tonight's judge, David Steel, DPAGB, to study, assess and score.  David's concise and constructive comments were much appreciated (perhaps more so than his jokes!).  He only awarded 3 top scores of 20 - well done Pam, Heather and Elaine for creating the best prints of the night.

Thanks to everyone who entered a print, it made an excellent evening.  The images which David held back and then scored 18 or more can be seen below.

ON TAP by Pam Rutty (20/20)

TREE MOSS FOREST by Heather Ryder (20/20)

BOOKWORM by Elaine Stubbings (20/20)

EAGLE OWL by Suzi Senior (19/20)

AN UPHILL CLIMB by Liz Blake (19/20)

FOUR SPOTTED CHASER DRAGONFLY by Robin Orrow (19/20)

POLLEN COVERED BEE by Caroline Tillett (19/20)

SUNFLOWER by Diana Graham (19/20)

THAWING MOSS by Graham Jackson (18/20)

NESTING by Di Daniels (18/20)

RAINDROPS HAVE FALLEN by Francesca Shearcroft (18/20) 

SIX SPOT BURNET MOTH by Di Jackson (18/20)






Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Tuesday 19 April - Dave Mason, street photography

We had a lively and entertaining meeting last night when Dave Mason presented his 'I shoot people' talk.  It was refreshing to hear Dave encouraging us to take photos for ourselves and not always to please camera club judges.  I know they say a picture is worth a thousand words, but Dave's stories behind his images were well worth hearing!

You can see some of Dave's images on his website http://www.davemasonimages.com/.


Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Tuesday 22 March - Round 3 Digital competition - Nature

Our Nature competition was very well supported - we had a total of 74 images across the three groups.  We were very fortunate to have David Tipling as our judge.  David visited the club last year with an inspiring presentation featuring his natural history photographs from South Georgia and closer to home in Norfolk.  

Tonight, David gave a succinct critique of each image before scoring.  Here are the images which David scored highest in each group.



YESTERDAY I WAS AN EGG by John Kerr

SIX SPOT BURNET MOTH by Suzi Senior

FLOWER by Bob Fleming

SANDHILL CRANE by Suzi Senior

CLINGING TO THE ROCK by Sue Baldwin

A FLOCK OF GEESE by Sarah Pymer

TEASLE TANGO by Elaine Stubbings

CROCODILE ATTACK by Andy Caws

AUTUMN LIGHT by Paula Cooper

SALMON RUN by Robin Orrow

FLYING IN THE SUN by Jack Mitchell

MURMURATION by Paula Cooper

YELLOWSTONE COYOTE by Andy Caws