Wednesday 28 May 2014

Tuesday 27 May 2014 - Round 3 Digital Competition - People

This was the last competition of the season and judge Frank Blyth from Lowestoft gave our 60+ images a thorough assessment.  For each photo, he described the positive points and for most, he found some aspects that could be improved.  Across the three groups he awarded 8 top marks of 20.  Well done Jan for scoring two 20s.

Here are the images scoring 20:

All Aboard by John Bunning

Cobbler at Work by Martyn Anderson

Head Conductor of Puffing Billy Train by Jan Murphy

Man's Best Friend by Andy Caws

Riding the Footplate by Dave Angood

Sunset Silhouettes at St. Kilda by Jan Murphy

The Worried Man by Di Jackson

Together by Christine Alcock

... and the following images all scored 19

La Man by Johnnie Jensen

Old Pharmacy by Roy Scrivener

On the Footplate by Diana Daniels

Overshadowed by the Angel by Francesca Shearcroft

Say Cheese by Keith Mountford

The Fallen Don by Caroline Tillett

The Station Master by Heather Ryder

The Thinker by Roy Scrivener

Time to Stand and Stare by Diana Graham

Time by Andy Lowe

Wednesday 14 May 2014

Tuesday 13 May - Club meeting

We had a busy and productive club meeting last night with several different groups working on different aspects of their photography.  Robin's group started outside taking images for focus stacking, then watched a demo using Photoshop CS.  Francesca then demonstrated focus stacking in PS Elements so no excuses, everyone can give it a go.

In other groups, Keith, Di J and Andy were going through camera settings and controls and some PS Elements basics.  I think everyone went away having learnt something new or helped someone else improve their photography.

Well done Suzi for completing the Moon Walk

Wednesday 7 May 2014

Tuesday 6 May 'A Walk on the Wildside' with Robin Orrow

Another excellent meeting thanks to Robin Orrow who showed us a selection of his wildlife images.   For each image he also revealed his camera settings and explained the rationale behind them.  His photographs clearly demonstrated that we have plenty of wildlife subjects here on our own doorsteps if only we take the time to stop and look.

BROWN HARE by Robin Orrow

STARLING by Robin Orrow

From his trips further afield, Robin showed us an AV of images from the Farne Islands, Bass Rock, The Cairngorms, The Bavarian National Forest, Svalbard and Yellowstone.

BOBCAT by Robin Orrow

COYOTE by Robin Orrow

Many thanks to Robin for taking the time to create an excellent presentation and AV and presenting them with his usual passion and enthusiasm.  You can see more of Robin’s images on his website 

Friday 2 May 2014

Thursday 1st May - Hickling Broad Boat Trip (NWT)

19 club members gathered at Hickling Broad’s visitor centre for our boat adventure - we had exclusive use of both of their electric boats to enable us to get to parts of the Broad that are only accessible by boat.  Although we had plenty of sightings of raptors in flight or skimming over the reed beds they were too far away to get any decent shots.  We were able to get slightly closer to some waders and wildfowl but not close enough for most of us.  In spite of there being fewer birds than we had hoped for, everyone seemed to enjoy the trip and our two drivers from the Norfolk Wildlife Trust were excellent and provided us with some fascinating stories about the history of the Broads and some of the interesting characters involved.

After our day in the fresh air everyone seemed to have got quite an appetite so we made our way to the Greyhound Pub in Hickling village.  In spite of not pre-booking they made us all very welcome and served us with some superb food - a great end to another club outing.

Di Jackson
Events Secretary

Avocets in Flight by Keith Gilbert

Greylag by Dave Westall

There she blows by Christine Alcock

Up the Creek Without a Paddle by Andy Caws

Heron Flight by Roy Scrivener

Greylag on Nest by Dave Westall

Swan Aggression by Caroline Tillett

Dave and Joy by Christine Alcock

Intrepid Explorers by Di Jackson

Peacock by Geoff Lingwood

Panel of Three by Jan Murphy

Avocets Feeding by Tom Thurston

Duck Family by Roy Scrivener

Bottom's Up by Caroline Tillett

Duckling by Di Jackson

Grey Heron by Geoff Lingwood

Caroline by Roy Scrivener

Grey Heron by Tom Thurston

Egyptian Geese by Di Jackson

Great Crested Grebe by Tom Thurston

Grey Heron in Flight by Andy Caws

Rogues Gallery by Di Jackson