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.
This week was our first Workshop of the season where we gave a presentation on preparing for print Competitions. This Interactive evening covered many issues including discussions on printers, paper and mounts. We gave a number of options to discuss, whether to print your own Images or purchase from external services. Also we demonstrated two different mount board cutters and discussed the various options of mounting Images.
In addition ‘Ant’ gave an overview of colour control, comparing colour on screen to actual printed Image. Amongst the detail demonstrated, was how to achieve the correct calibration to ensure best results.
This week we had an entertaining talk given by Andy Sands who owns Chiswick Camera Centre and is an excellent Wildlife Photographer.
Andy highlighted the latest Olympus camera and lenses by showing us the brilliant Images he had captured using the state of the art Olympus equipment.
Among the many features, the camera was capable of focus stacking using the in built software which Andy demonstrated through his many Images on show, which Included birds and Insects focus stacked to a final Image with amazing results.
Andy shared with the members many humorous stories of his trails while capturing his great shots, giving a very enjoyable and Informative delivery.
We finished our current season with our annual awards night.
Where we celebrated the excellent photography that had been produced during the
A fun filled evening where the successful members were
presented with the trophies and certificates of achievement. Each award was
presented with the winning Images shown on screen, reminding everyone, what a
high standard had been achieved in all competitions, both PDI and Prints.
Congratulations to everyone who achieved an award and for
raising the bar once again with the Clubs standard of photography.
The evening was completed with drinks and nibbles and
highlights were discussed of events during the summer break and new features
for next season starting on September 5th.
This week we had our last competitions of the season,
choosing the best colour and monochrome prints. We had 50 entries that
qualified from previous competitions in the season (37 Colour and 23
Monochrome) All prints had scored 19 or 20 points in the Colour and 18 and
above in the monochrome.
Our judge was the very experienced Dave Hipperson who had
the difficult task of choosing the winning Images.
Congratulations to the ultimate winners of these closely
fought competitions and a big thank you for all members who have entered
throughout the season.
The standard has been very high this season in all competitions PDI/prints and we have had a tremendous response of entries, for every event
This week we had a talk entitled ‘Masterclass’ with Jon
Jon is a professional life style, fashion and advertising
photographer with over 40 years experience. His presentation was to give us a
masterclass in his style of photography.
During the evening we were treated to many excellent Images
from Jon’s wide ranging portfolio, which covered advertising materials such as
beer and fizzy drinks to high end perfumes and jewellery. In addition his
studio work with celebrities and other models.
During the evening Jon shared many tips and techniques he
uses in his varied commissions, to produce top level commercial photography.
Overall a very Interesting Inspiring evening and another
very good presentation we have had in this season’s programme.
The clubs AGM was held, a necessary annual formal
requirement in the running of the club.
This year we also combined the event with the AGM, drinks and nibbles and voting for the members choice of best highest scoring PDI Image of the season.
During the AGM section, all of the existing committee team
had agreed to continue with the good work produced this season and were
unanimously nominated by the members. This is a tremendous result for the club,
to have this continuity of talented Committee members continue in these roles.
A lot of good suggestions were made during the AOB section,
all of which will be reviewed and actioned where relevant.
Thank you to all the members that were able to attend last
night, giving your valuable support.
We look forward to further progressing as a club into the
new season with many exciting and diverse photography events planned.