Monday, 21 September 2015

Sunday 20th September 2015 - Kentwell Tudor House and Gardens

This Tudor Michaelmas and Apple weekend was one of many special events organised by Kentwell throughout the year and the first time we as a club had attended a re-creation/costumed event.

What a fantastic day.  We really were able to immerse ourselves in the sights, sounds and smells of the 16th century.  The re-creation of an entire community, both inside and outside the house, all carrying out a huge variety of daily tasks really was special.  I think we were all impressed by every costumed character that we came upon being so authentic and informative about their particular skill or task.

We all briefly left the 16th century to enjoy the delights of the 21st century restaurant providing a good selection of lunches and a particularly excellent choice of cakes!

Some of our images can be seen below:

Sisters by Diana Graham

The Alchemist by Sue Baldwin

Having a Gossip by Andy Caws

Tired Baby Tudor by Sarah Pymer

Kentwell Reflection by Caroline Tillett

Trying on Chainmail by Caroline Tillett

Young Gentry by Sue Baldwin

Keeping the Accounts by Andy Caws

Preparing the Feast by Sarah Pymer

It's Been a Busy Day by Diana Graham

Making the Crumb by Di Jackson

The Gentry by Di Jackson

The Alchemist's Assistant by Di Jackson

Monday, 27 July 2015

Saturday 18th July - Great Witchingham International Horse Trials

This was our last club event of the season and we were not disappointed ... fantastic weather and a wonderful venue provided us with plenty of photographic opportunities - horses, people and dogs everywhere you looked!

15 members + 3 guests enjoyed the day - many of us totally exhausted and sunburnt but still happy at the end of the day!

Some of our images can be seen below :

Refusal by Marnie Ball

Sharp Right by Caroline Tillett

Flying Along by Jim McConnell

Fun in the Stream by Roy Scrivener

Down but OK by Keith Mountford

At the Gallop by Di Jackson

Over the Jump by Marnie Ball

Hold On by Caroline Tillett

2 Redheads by Jim McConnell

Making a Splash by Di Jackson

Caroline by Roy Scrivener

Out of the Water by Keith Mountford

Monday, 20 July 2015

Tuesday 14th July - AGM and Presentation of Awards

A very good turnout for our AGM which was followed by the presentation of awards to the club members who had either done well in the Photographer of the Year Competitions or had success in the Image of the Year Competitions.

We then watched an AV of the highest scoring images from the various competitions throughout the year which Robin Orrow had compiled for the club - what an amazing collection of really high quality images - well done everyone!

To round off the evening we had a buffet plus drinks which seemed to be appreciated judging by the speed it disappeared!

See below for some of the award winners:

7th July - Barbie Lindsay 'Creative Photography'

This was our last proper meeting of the year and Barbie Lindsay made sure we went out with a bang not a whimper.  Her presentation was titled 'Creative Photography' and the images and stories she shared with us demonstrated many creative approaches.  Not all the images appealed to everyone, but no-one can deny the technical skills and vision that Barbie uses to create her award-winning images.  A thought-provoking evening - thanks, Barbie .

You can catch up with Barbie's latest activities via her website

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Tuesday 23rd June Image of the Year Competition

It was a case of quality not quantity.  Initially, I was disappointed that we only received 24 Digital entries and 22 Prints but as our judge Brian Collins commented, the standard was very high.  Picking a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Highly Commended images must be a tougher task than regularly scoring out of 20 but Brian managed to do both and he also provided a detailed critique of all images.

In the digital competition, 6 images were held back and after some deliberation, the winners were chosen:

Digital Image of the Year was Swan Lake by Diana Graham.  Second place went to Family Ties by Di Jackson and third place, London by Light by Christine Alcock with A Touch of Frost by Sarah Pymer Highly Commended.

In the print competition, 8 images were held back and after more deliberation, the winners were chosen:

Print Image of the Year was The Dude by Roy Scrivener.  Second place went to Puffin With Sea Campion by Di Jackson and third place, Brown Hare Galloping by Robin Orrow with Meadow Pipit by Caroline Tillett, and Relay Anchor Leg by Andy Caws Highly Commended.

Thanks to all Club members who supported this competition by entering images and attending on the night.  Here are our 2015 Images of the Year.

SWAN LAKE by Diana Graham

THE DUDE by Roy Scrivener

FAMILY TIES by Di Jackson


LONDON BY LIGHT by Christine Alcock


A TOUCH OF FROST by Sarah Pymer

MEADOW PIPIT by Caroline Tillett


Friday, 5 June 2015

Thursday 4th June - Somerleyton Hall and Gardens

16 of us met up at this beautiful Estate and spent the day enjoying the wonderful gardens in brilliant sunshine - quite tricky conditions for photography but nobody was complaining!
The maze provided an interesting challenge and at the last count everyone made it out again.

Some of our images can be seen below:

Somerleyton Hall by Jan Murphy

Concentration by Diana Graham

Rhododendron by Martin Ryder

The Pergola by Jan Murphy

Pink Perfection by Jim McConnell

Cypress Cone by Tim Leonard

Clematis Seed Head by Jan Murphy

Garden Features by Martin Ryder

Clematis by Jim McConnell

Yew Hedge by TimLeonard 

I Salute You by Diana Graham

Beyond the Wisteria by Heather Ryder

Damselflies in the Somerleyton Sun by Tom Thurston

Dream House by Di Jackson

Geraniums Escaping Greenhouse Roof by Tom Thurston

Heckingham Church by Andrew Barnes

Looking Spruce in the Sunshine by Heather Ryder

Old Thatched Barn by Andrew Barnes

Rhododendron by Di Jackson

Somerleyton Hall by Di Jackson