Friday, 1 July 2022

Tuesday 28th June – Image of the Year

For the first time in nearly three years we were able to hold both a print and a digital competition. There was only one class in each category and members could submit one of each. We welcomed Andy Swain as our judge who had the difficult task of selecting a first, second and third and any highly commended or commended images that he felt warranted such an accolade. 

Andy was fair and consistent in his comments from which, if nothing else, members learnt how important the mount was!!

It was also significant as for the first time we used the new print stand which was not only very stable but showed the prints brilliantly. Thanks to committee member Jack Mitchell for making the extended top for the projector stand.

There were 28 digital images and 20 prints.

The winning images are shown below.

DIGITAL IMAGES:

Winner: Frigate Bird in the Rain by Roy Scrivener

2nd Place: There may be Trouble Ahead by Graham Frost

3rd Place: The Wren Welcomes a new Day by Jack Mitchell

Highly Commended: Coffee Explosion by Jan Murphy

Highly Commended: Under the Strawberry Moon by Andy Caws



PRINT IMAGES: 

Winner: Prized Possession by Di Jackson 


2nd Place: Making a Splash by Jan Murphy

                                  3rd Place: A Vision of the Countryside by Andy Ca

                                       
Highly Commended: Jaguar with Caiman Prey by Dennis Brown

                                                
Highly Commended: Sunrise at Thurne Dyke by Carol Martin

                                                            


Commended: Bar-tailed Godwit by Graham Frost





Commended: Daddy's Lil Monster by Roy Scrivener





Commended: In a World of her Own by Sue Baldwin



Commended: White on White by Liz Akers




Thursday, 16 June 2022

Wednesday 15th June - Thursford Steam Museum & Binham Priory

 A first visit for the club to Thursford Steam Museum and it proved to be quite a tricky location for photography - a combination of very dark and very bright played havoc with trying to get your exposure just right!  Hopefully everyone managed to get some interesting shots of the many varied exhibits. 

It was lovely to meet up again with club members and relax for half an hour listening to the mighty Wurlitzer belting out a few old favourites!

A few of us travelled up the road to Binham Priory to marvel at this Benedictine monastery which is still very much part of the local community as Parish Church and occasional venue for concerts and art exhibitions.


Some of our images can be seen below:


Hitching a Ride by Tim Leonard

The New Organist by Pam Rutty

Carousel Face by Nick Akers

Wheels by Liz Akers

Trying a New Hat by Tom Thurston

Whirling Horses by Francesca Shearcroft

Through the Arch by Sue Baldwin


Galloping Wendy by Andy Caws


No Comfort Spared by Pam Rutty


Stop-Go Controls by Nick Akers


Charging Horses by Di Jackson

Planet Cogs by Francesca Shearcroft

Early Health & Safety Notice by Tom Thurston

Suspended by Liz Akers

Copper and Brass by Sue Baldwin

Swinging from the Rafters by Andy Caws


Binham Priory Ruins by Di Jackson

The Mighty Wurlitzer by Di Jackson

Trying 2nd Curtain Setting by Tim Leonard

Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Tuesday 14th June: Presentation by David Clapp – "Images with Impact"

Again we were meeting on Zoom tonight, the benefit of which we saved our speaker a very long drive!!

David started his talk by giving us a potted story of his photographic journey so far. This appears to have been influenced by his strong musical interest as was evident also by references throughout his talk.

In the first half David talked about various compositional aspects of his images, using a marker on the screen to demonstrate his points. He encouraged us to get out of our comfort zone, have a go at taking different types of images and to consider having a project to develop an idea and  to show the images as a printed body of work, rather than just taking single images.

The second half was more of a travel log and was illustrated with many images from his recent trip to Death Valley. David stressed how important it was to plan carefully, to study the subject before taking any pictures.

Many if his photos were unusual in the way they depicted the subject. He showed a lot of infrared images, including different types of IR strengths, and recounted interesting stories which related to some of the pictures and again to present our photos as a body of work.

David kindly let us record the talk so members can revisit in their own time. His images can be seen on his website:https://www.davidclapp.co.uk


Thursday, 9 June 2022

Tuesday 7th June – Focus on Macro

 It is a while since we had a Focus on competition....when the members present are the judges and vote for their top 5 images. Only rule being that you cannot vote for your own image.

It was good to have so many images, a total of 39, but the holiday season has kicked in and the audience was quality rather than quantity!! Small edible prizes were awarded to the top 3 images.

After the break and a short brainstorm for programme ideas, we watched the images from the recent PAGB Gold Cup, both Nature and Open. Some lovely images and something for us all to aspire to.


1st  Wing Detail by Caroline Tillett


2nd Hover Fly on Leaf by Stephen Gregory

3rd Ornamental Poppy by Tom Thurston


4th Triple Jump by Robin Orrow

5th About to Land by Andy Caws

6th Black Tailed Skimmer by Diana Graham

7th Common Carder Bee by Stephen Gregory

8th Spotted Bush Cricket by Robin Orrow

9th Robber Fly by Mick Ladner

10th Jewels on a Dandelion by Francesca Shearcroft




Wednesday, 25 May 2022

Tuesday 24th May - Digital Competition - Nature

This was the 6th and final round of this season's league competitions.  The theme was Nature and we saw a wide variety of subjects during the evening including birds, animals, insects, fungi and plants.

Our judge, Daphne Hanson DPAGB, HonPAGB, was faced with the task of scrutinising 66 images before giving them a score.  She did a great job identifying the strengths and weaknesses of each image and deciding on a score.  Daphne commented that it was a tough job because there were a fair number of excellent images.  Her constructive criticism should help us improve our photographs in the future.  

You can see the images which scored 19 and 20 below.


Members Class:

SEAL AND PUP by Daphne Lingwood 20/20

BROWN HARE by Dennis Brown 20/20

SPARROWHAWK WITH PREY by Di Daniels 20/20

JUVENILE KING PENGUIN by Isabella Knight 20/20
 
NESTING BLUE TIT by Mary Laing 20/20

LESSER VIOLETEAR HUMMINGBIRD by Dennis Brown 19/20

EMERGING OTTER by Carol Martin 19/20



Advanced class:

SWALLOWTAIL by Paul Radden 20/20


NORTHERN GANNET DISPUTE by Christine Frost 20/20

SPARRING ZEBRA by Di Jackson 20/20

FEMALE SPARROWHAWK ON PREY by Nick Akers 20/20

ELEPHANT FAMILY HAVING A DUST BATH by Tim Leonard 20/20


ORANGE-TIP FEEDING by Geoff Lingwood 20/20

LITTLE OWL WITH COCKROACH by Di Jackson 20/20

ORANGUTAN by Les Thwaites 20/20

STARLING by Jan Murphy 19/20

GREAT CRESTED GREBE WEED DISPLAY by Andy Caws 19/20

REDSHANK WADES ACROSS THE MUDBANK by Graham Frost 19/20

BANDED DEMOISELLE by Liz Akers 19/20

SPARROW HAWK by Francesca Shearcroft 19/20

BAR-TAILED GODWIT PROBING FOR FOOD by Graham Frost 19/20