Club night summary – 20th June

We finished our current season with our annual awards night. Where we celebrated the excellent photography that had been produced during the season.

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.

Steve

Club night summary – 6th June

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

Steve

Club night summary – 30th May

This week we had a talk entitled ‘Masterclass’ with Jon Gray.

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.

Steve.

Club night summary – 16th May

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.

Steve

Club night summary – 9th May

Our well attended talk this week ( members and guests)was with Andrew Scriven who gave an excellent presentation entitled ‘ Mindfulness and photography’. His talk covered his great photography achievements including being a Sony ambassador and being awarded Digital photography Wildlife photograph of the year. He also Introduced his Interest in Meditation and experimental photography and the Importance of music as a factor, which helped enable him to get into a creative zone with his photography.

Overall a very enjoyable presentation helped by Andrews delivering style. Definitely the most unique talk this year and a first for the Croxley Camera Club to participate in ‘Meditation’ during a club evening.

Steve

Club night summary – 2nd May

Judge Kathy Chandler had the daunting task of choosing the PDI photograph of the season. With 96 Images qualifying, scores ranging from 18 to 20 in previous competitions. The standard was very high from the talented Croxley membership.

22 different authors were represented with their work, offering a very diverse selection for the judge.

In addition to the judge choosing the ultimate winner of the trophy she also Identified 2nd and 3rd positions with highly commended and commended Images.

Congratulations to all nominated members and the winners on the night, with special praise for Rod Lacey’s ultimate selected winning Image.

Steve

Winners

WinnerRod LaceyCook runs out for his last test innings
SecondDenise NoverreCruising through the fjords
ThirdArchie BagworthLunch

Highly Commended

Steve BaileyThe Croft House
Gordon CalderFifty shades of Grey
Mike LooseRay Bans for colourful friends

Commended

Rod LaceyReflection
Amanda CulleyBike Park
Mike BrankinConcentration
Winner
Originally entered in Open
Second
Originally entered in Travel
Third
Originally entered in Open
Highly Commended
Originally entered in Open
Highly Commended
Originally entered in Wildlife
Highly Commended
Originally entered in Open
Commended
Originally entered in Open
Commended
Originally entered in the Open
Commended
Originally entered in Square Format

Club night summary – 11th April

This week a double PDI trophy competition was held with a good response to the entries, with 85 Images challenging for the silverware.(54 Landscape and 31 SB cup).

Our judge was the very experienced Jim Neman from Ealing CC.

Some brilliant Images were shown, in this keenly fought contest, making it very difficult for the judge to pick the ultimate winners of the trophies.

Congratulations to the winner of the SB cup Stuart Craig and Mike Brankin winner of the Landscape cup and the highly commended and commended members who also produced excellent Images.

Thanks to everyone who entered producing a very high standard of entry and once again raising the ‘bar’ of quality within the club.

Steve

Club night summary – 4th April

This week we held a workshop taking a look at layers and masking in photoshop.

This excellent workshop was led by Cat Humphries, who is very conversant and skilled in the use of photoshop. A number of members brought along their laptops and were able to work along with Cat’s demonstrations.

Cat explained how layers worked and how we can use them for our photographic projects. She guided the members through the layers palette,experimenting with blend modes and layer masks, in addition to making quick and easy selections with select and mask.

Steve

Club night summary – 28th March

Another league print competition this week ‘Open’ and set subject ‘Shape’. Great response on entries (as we have had on all competitions this season) A total of 77 prints over the two competitions. 38 open and 39 ‘shape’.

When you consider the amount of effort in producing prints compared to PDI’s, that really is a tremendous contribution from everyone who entered.

The standard was very high, with some innovative ideas on the Interpretation of the ‘shape’ Prints.

This gave the visiting Judge Rojer Weightman a difficult task, choosing the ultimate high scoring Images.

Overall an enjoyable night and some excellent work was produced, which once again will enable us to choose some strong Images to represent the club in external competitions next season.

Steve.

Club night summary – 21st March

This week we had a talk/ presentation given by Steven Galvin entitled ‘ I shoot animals and sometimes I chop their heads off’.  The presentation featured mainly wildlife and some underwater photography. Many of the interesting Images were off a very high standard coupled with a good narrative delivered with enthusiasm and passion for photography. In addition Steven placed some superb Prints around the hall for the members to view during the evening.

Another good speaker and Interesting topic on our varied programme of events during the season.

Steve