Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Tuesday 11th November 2014 - Walking With Bears - Robin Orrow


Our thanks once again to Robin Orrow for another fascinating presentation. This time we learnt about Robin's determination to observe and photograph bears. His journey took us from Finland and Bavaria, via Spitsbergen to North America. Many of his most recent photos in Canada and Alaska were shot with a 50mm lens which certainly adds impact - not for the faint hearted!

Robin mentioned a number of people and places and here are links to three useful websites:

Spirit Bear Lodge

Ian McAllister website

Info on Katmai National Park Alaska

Thanks again, Robin.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Tuesday 4th November 2014 'Focus On ... Monochrome'

We had a record entry of 62 images (should have been 63, sorry Helen) for this 'Focus On Monochrome' session making a difficult task for the 43 members there to pick their favourite images.  After three viewings of all images, the voting papers were collected in.  Our spreadsheet crunched the numbers (3 points for a vote for 1st, 2 points for 2nd and 1 point for 3rd) and the favourite monochrome image was Robin Orrow's 'Walking The Walk' (25 points), followed by Dave Angood's 'The Deck' (22 points) and joint 3rd place went to Di Jackson's 'Political Storm' and Robin's 'The Scream' (20 points).

Robin then reworked some of the images and demonstrated what could be achieved using Lightroom.  Most of the adjustments resulted in improvements but others got mixed reactions and sparked discussions.  As with many aspects of photography, it comes down to personal preferences and there were 43 different opinions to consider last night!  Thank you Robin for taking the time to edit over 30 images.

The favourite monochrome images of the meeting are here.  Many thanks to all those who contributed images.

WALKING THE WALK by Robin Orrow (25 points)

THE DECK by Dave Angood (22 points)

POLITICAL STORM by Di Jackson 20 points)

THE SCREAM by Robin Orrow (20 points)

WAITING by Christine Alcock (19 points)

EYES by Chris Kot (16 points)

FULL ON AT OULTON BROAD by Di Jackson (16 points)

BAY OF FIRES by Jan Murphy (11 points)

THE CUSTOM HOUSE by Heather Ryder (11 points)

VINTAGE MARINE GLORY by Jack Mitchell (10 points)

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Tuesday 28 October Round 1 Digital Competition

We had a busy evening with 76 images for judge Frank Blyth to review and score.  Once again the judge commented on the high standard in the Club class.  Ten images were awarded top marks (20/20) and Christine and Jan achieved top scores for both their images.  Well done to the top scorers and to everyone who entered.  

Here are the images which scored 19 and 20:

CRICKET by Marnie Ball

BANK VOLE by Graham Goodwin

WINDY FARM by Kim Scrivener

BIG BEN by Jan Murphy

THE PIER by Jan Murphy

SPIDER WEB JEWELS by Martyn Anderson

COSMOS by Christine Alcock

CROMER SEAFRONT by Roy Scrivener

LONDON BY LIGHT by Christine Alcock

NECK AND NECK by Keith Mountford

WHEATEAR by Graham Goodwin




THE BALLERINA by Robin Orrow


ALL FISHED OUT by Jack Mitchell

DAHLIA REFLECTIONS by Francesca Shearcroft

Monday, 20 October 2014

16th & 19th October - Fungus Forays at Dersingham Bog

 This was our first event of the new season and we were fortunate on both days to get fine weather.

Many thanks to Nigel Downer for leading these two practical workshops to Dersingham Bog National Nature Reserve.

We were shown many interesting and unusual fungi and given plenty of help and advice with identification and on how to obtain the best images of the fungi in their natural environment.

Some of the resulting images are shown below:

Fungi by Pam Rutty

Fungi Lace by Kim Scrivener

Come along Kiddies by Roy Scrivener

Little Grey Caps by Jan Murphy

Thursday's Crew by Caroline Tillett

Gill Detail by Jim McConnell

 Birch Bolete Fungus by Tom Thurston

Yellow Stag's-horn by Diana Graham

Variation on a Theme by Di Jackson

One Forager to Another by Sue Baldwin

Nigel Downer with Keith and Rita

Hard at Work

Only taking a Photo by David Wilkin

Sulphur Tuft Fungus by Christine Alcock

Smaller Than a 5p Piece by Andy Caws

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Tuesday 14th October - Phototrek 2014 results

At last night's meeting the results of this summer's Phototrek challenge were announced.  Congratulations to Caroline Tillett and Christine Alcock who are our Joint Champions, and to Jan Murphy in third place.  Scroll down to see their winning portfolios of six images.

Several other photographers achieved high scores in the individual categories and these images are also shown here.  Thanks to all 24 club members who took part in this summer's challenge.

In the second part of the meeting, we looked at what made strong Black and White images.   Many thanks to Christine, Francesca, Di J and Roy for demonstrating the four different methods. 

Joint Phototrek Champion Caroline Tillett's winning portfolio

ABANDONED by Caroline Tillett

BEACH DETAIL by Caroline Tillett

BIG SKY by Caroline Tillett

MOVEMENT by Caroline Tillett

STREET LIFE by Caroline Tillett

THREE OF A KIND by Caroline Tillett

Joint Phototrek Champion Christine Alcock's winning portfolio

ABANDONED by Christine Alcock

BEACH DETAIL by Christine Alcock

BIG SKY by Christine Alcock

MOVEMENT by Christine Alcock

THE PIER by Christine Alcock

THREE OF A KIND by Christine Alcock

Third place portfolio by Jan Murphy

ABANDONED by Jan Murphy

MOVEMENT by Jan Murphy

THE CHURCH by Jan Murphy

THE PIER by Jan Murphy

THE RAILWAY by Jan Murphy

THREE OF A KIND by Jan Murphy

Other images that top scored within their categories

ABANDONED by John Bunning

THREE OF A KIND by Heather Ryder

BEACH DETAIL by Sue Baldwin

BEACH DETAIL by Kim Scrivener

THE CHURCH by Andy Lowe

THE CHURCH by Roy Scrivener

THE PIER by Dave Angood

THE PIER by Roy Scrivener

THE RAILWAY by Di Daniels