Our first trophy competitions of the season were held at the club. ‘Nature’ and ‘Triptych’ were the themes for the challenge. Another great response of entries from our talented members with a total of 76 Images for judging, it was a very challenging night for the visiting Judge Alan Taberer. The standard was very high with some well thought out compositions for the ‘Triptych’ and some further wonderful Images presented in the ‘Nature’ section.
Congratulations to the winning authors for their successful Images
Alan Rhodes – Nature Gordon Calder – Triptych
Thanks to everyone who entered the competitions, making the well attended night really enjoyable.
This week we hosted the 2nd round of the Rosebowl competition. Other competing teams visiting were Buckingham, Woodley and Witney along with our own representation of Images. There were a total of 60 Images shown for judge Peter Prosser to critique and score.
It was great to have such an array of really good Images shown and to appreciate the levels being achieved at other clubs. There were some really creative and well thought out Photography shown.
It was a high standard and understandably the scoring was very close, with most of the Images having already scored 19 or 20 in their own club competitions.
Our congratulations go to the ultimate winner on the night ‘Buckingham CC’.
A fitting end to the year, celebrating Christmas with our annual seasonal social evening. A great night with a few quiz’s (thanks George), great food and drink (thanks Vanessa, Denise and Alan) and a Photography themed raffle ( thanks Rod and all that donated prizes).
A really good relaxed social evening with plenty of opportunity to talk together about our shared enjoyment from photography. We look forward to the second half of our season starting on 9th January 2020!
The main subject of this weeks meeting was to review the recently carried out members survey, where an opportunity was given to every member to give valuable feedback to Influence the running of the club. An excellent PowerPoint presentation was lead by Cat Humphries, reporting the responses to each category. Overall we had received very positive feedback from the survey regarding all aspects. All of the comments and additional ideas were welcomed and will be reviewed by the committee to ensure we have an all encompassing programme within the club.
The full details of the survey are available to read in our newsletter and will be shortly published on the website.
A good evening which was completed with a couple of excellent members Av’s shown to an appreciative audience.
This season we joined the North West London Federation Inter Club Competition. Which selects a number of camera clubs to compete, Initially in a league of 3. Last night we hosted our third round at Croxley. We had visiting clubs Watford and Wycombe in the three way challenge which Involved both prints and pdi’s being shown. The Judge for the evening was the experienced Peter Prosser at the well attended event.
Some great Images were shown by all of the competing clubs. Unfortunately the points did not favour us on the night and in the final tally Watford cc were the overall winners. However valuable experience was gained for the club from entering this competition and we look forward to the fresh challenge next season.
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