Our final PDI league competitions of the year, with ‘open’ and set subject ‘heat’ were held this week.
The competitions had another great response of entries with 111 Images initially put forward. In order to enable sufficient meaningful critique from our visiting Judge Steven Galvin, the numbers were reduced to 32 in the open and 29 in the set subject, a total of 61, giving each author their first choice in each competition.
The competitions provided some Interesting Images in particular the set subject with the various interpretations of ‘heat’.
It was great to see a number of our newer members scoring high in both competitions.
As part of our celebration of ‘Croxfestweek’ we held an open evening at the club. A chance for the members to have some of their talented work shown and displayed to visitors at the club.
In addition to a PDI screening of some of the entries into this years competitions we were given presentations by members Mike Brankin giving us an Interesting talk on his recent travels showing some great Images. Our youngest member Beth Christie displayed her successful panels for her GCSE’s and spoke of her journey using a film camera. Tom Chesterton also showed an entertaining ‘AV’ of Salcomb Estuary.
A nice social evening celebrating the diverse creative talented members we have.
Our theme for our workshop evening this week was ‘experimental lighting’ presented by ‘Ant’. A really good Interactive evening including the use of powerful patterned backdrops with projected lights. This was made all the more effective by visiting model ‘Emily’ who was her normal professional self, enabling some great shots to be obtained by the members. Another great evening in our diverse season programme of events.
This week we had a great talk and enjoyable presentation from Chris Shepherd entitled ‘London Light, London Life’. Chris shared many excellent Images he had taken in London, a lot during his lunch breaks from his workplace in the City. With good humour he explained the locations and occasions he had taken the shots.
He also shared his mantra and approach to photography, explaining that the more practice and use of his camera the more competent he became. He felt the reverse also applied, that by not taking pictures on a regular basis was detrimental to his creative craft, hence his almost daily lunchtime photography sessions.
This week we celebrated Halloween with our own ‘spooky’ studio night, a workshop evening where members brought along their cameras and spooky materials to photograph. During the evening we explored ‘painting with light’ using long exposures and used some of the Halloween themed materials to great effect. A good evening, where we all enjoyed the Interactive workshop and creative use of the themed night. – Steve
Our first print competition of the season featuring ‘Open’ and set subject ‘people at work’ judged by Kathy Chandler. We had a good response to entries with 35 prints in the open and 33 in the set subject.
Once again some great Images were produced by the members giving the judge another difficult task of choosing the eventual winners on the night. It is appreciated the extra work in producing a competition finished print over PDI’s but hopefully the rewards of personal satisfaction on the finished item outweigh the extra effort.
We also received the results from our first external competition of the season held at Park Street CC during the evening, where we learnt we had finished 7th but only 3 points behind the winning Club. We look forward to the next external competition.
This week we held our Autumn social, a chance for members to share some of their Images with the group and talk about photography experiences. A good social evening complemented with nibbles and drinks and some excellent cakes provided by Vanessa.
In addition, we covered preparing for our forthcoming Triptych competition by viewing and discussing examples of previous entered Images, to help the newer members understand the concept.
Our Second PDI competitions of the season featured set subject ‘Colour’ and ‘Open’. Once again we had great enthusiasm for the competition with Initially 110 entries from 28 authors. This quantity was reduced to 82 giving each author 2 entries in the open and 1 entry in the set subject. Still a very full evening of viewing!
A very high standard of Images gave the visiting Judge Damon Guy a tough task in awarding the points and choosing the ultimate winning Images.
This week we held a Video evening where members where Invited to bring along AV’s (audio visual) photographic slideshows, with music or narration.
We had a great response, with members creating twelve AV’s for the evening. We had some really Interesting sets of Images and all set to appropriate music. For the talented members to produce AV’s to such a standard was really appreciated and made for a very enjoyable evening.
We also had a presentation of this season’s external competition entries, also set to music!
Our first League competitions of the season with open and set subject ‘Sky’ the challenge for the members.
We had huge enthusiasm for the competitions, with over 125 entries initially submitted. This total was based on Two entries per competition per person. To make the night meaningful and to give visiting Judge Micki Aston quality of time to critique we reduced the second entry for each author, giving a total of 65 Images over the two competitions.
Some great Images were produced by our members and it was particularly good to see the work of eleven new members entering the competitions and gaining points in the league.