Club night summary – 19th March

Because of the Coronavirus situation, we are no longer meeting at the community centre until further notice. However we are still running the club online. On Monday the committee had their first online run through, which showed great promise using audio/ visual communications.

On Thursday we had our first club programmed meeting, entitled ‘You be the judge’ where the members viewed, passed comment and scored Images that had been entries into the Portrait of Britain competition.

This gave an Interesting and Interactive evening, with the members discussing the various merits of each Image before reaching a score from the comfort of their own homes.
The online system was a great technical success with over 20 of our members using it and able to contribute to the discussion with ease. A big thank you to Stuart Craig who controlled and managed the event on the night.

Thanks to the enthusiasm and technical expertise of our talented committee, we Intend to complete the remainder of the published programme for this season, by using this online system.


Club night summary – 12th March

More great Images were displayed in our final league PDI competitions of this season.

Martin Patten was the experienced judge visiting the club to critique and score the Images. A number of authors were very close on points in each of the league tables, giving extra edge on the evening for the final results to decide this years PDI league winners.

The competition contained both ‘open’ and set subject ‘closed’. The membership entries gave a good Imaginative Interpretation of the topics, giving the judge a difficult task to decide the winning scores.

Thanks to everyone who entered this years PDI league competitions, producing such a high standard for the club.

Congratulations to the ultimate winners who will be announced shortly.


Club night summary – 5th March

This week we held our annual spring social with a fish & chip supper followed by some excellent Quizzes (cleverly put together and presented by George, Mike Collins and Rod). As always great fun, with the members on the various team tables, (as with our photography competitions), competing to win!

Congratulations to the ultimate winners on the night named ‘mostly Canon’.
The evening was rounded off by a raffle with prizes donated by our members.

Thanks to all that attended and to the organisers of the event (George, Denise, Rod, Vanessa, Tom and Alan).


Club night summary – 27th February

This week we had ‘talks from our members’ a very entertaining evening with 3 different photography related topics covered.

David Eckland spoke about his recent external learning course which lasts for 10 weeks and is aligned to LRPS distinction. David gave a PowerPoint presentation giving an Interesting Insight into the criteria of the course and the benefits.

Gordon Calder talked about photoshop/lightroom photo manipulation and the reason why with a little skill, you should take a second look before you press the delete button on your computer. Gordon gave some great visual examples of ‘before and after’, where he had used his manipulative skills to transform some of his Images into winners!

Archie Bagworth gave an Insightful view on the current Laws and the role of police and security with various restrictions for Photography. It was really useful to be reminded of the ‘do’s and don’ts’ within Archie’s PowerPoint presentation.

We are very fortunate to have such talented members within the club, providing a great evening and sharing valuable and Interesting Information.


Club night summary – 20th February

Jim Nemer was our judge for the Print competitions this week featuring set subjects ‘patterns’ and ‘open’.

We had had a total of 62 print entries over the 2 events giving the judge a difficult time in scoring and choosing the eventual winners. He stated that the overall standard of the club prints were excellent.

Thank you to all that entered and congratulations to the high scorers.

The league tables positions are now very tight, with a number of authors hitting great form at this Important stage of the season.

Once again a very enjoyable evening of creative work on display.

View the high scoring images on the Galleries section.


Club night summary – 13th February

This week we had a talk presented by Rojer Weightman entitled Still life, Allegory, Vanitas and Momento Mori. Rojer explained the history and explained the differences between Still life and its variants in Art and photography.

The presentation gave many examples of artwork and Rojer displayed a number of his photos where he had interpreted the work and Influences into his own photography.

The style was of paintings by the ‘Dutch masters’ with accent very much on the lighting, giving great atmosphere in all the Images.

A very stimulating topic and well delivered.


Club night summary – 6th February

Food photography was this weeks theme for our workshop. Members were Invited to bring along their cameras and materials (food and props) for a practical evening.

The Inspiration behind the session was to photograph food and also in some cases Incorporate a few tricks to fool the viewers eye by using some alternate materials with the food to good effect eg shaving foam as an alternative to whipped cream etc. Materials often used in professional photo shoots.

Hot Coffee – photo Steve. Props David Eckland including shaving phone for cream and incense for steam.

Thank you to everyone who brought along creative props to make a fun Interactive night. 

A full evening in which Tom also gave a presentation on ‘the effect of light on colour.’


Club night summary – 30th January

An engaging talk given by our guest speaker Kathy Chantler who gave us details about her journey to ARPS distinction from the Royal Photographic Society.

Kathy brought along and displayed her excellent prints which were used in her presentation to the RPS for both gaining LRPS and ultimately her ARPS.

She gave tremendous detail within her Inspiring talk, emphasising the commitment  required to attain the prestigious awards.

Her submitted print panel for her ARPS award was totally original, showing striking abstract art taken from reflections.


Club night summary – 23rd January

Our workshop theme this week was ‘the wonderful world of post processing’ an excellent presentation given by Cat Humphries, with both practical demonstrations and open debates on the various techniques we can use to Improve our Images.

We are very fortunate to have Cat within the club who is proficient in both the use of ‘Lightroom’ and ‘Photoshop’ and an excellent communicator.

Another enjoyable evening of sharing tips and techniques to obtain the best from the chosen software and helping towards ‘successfully fulfilling the artistic intention of our Images’.


Club night summary – 16th January

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.

Steve 🙂