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

Tuesday 2nd June Belinda Buxton Studio Portraits

Thanks to professional photographer Belinda Buxton, model Jade and right hand man Steve, we all enjoyed a busy evening with our cameras. Belinda's tips, enthusiasm and gentle cajoling soon got us taking photos.  We started outside using just a reflector.  Then we carried on indoors where she demonstrated how to achieve some subtle but powerful differences by adjusting one studio light, the model's pose and the photographer's position.

Everyone there had several opportunities to take photos and benefit from Belinda's helpful advice.

Many thanks to Belinda and her team for an excellent evening.  You can find out more about Belinda's work on her website

Jade by Andy Lowe

Jade by Andy Lowe

Jade by Andy Lowe

Frightened by Graham Jackson