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.
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.
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
Congratulations to all nominated members and the winners on
the night, with special praise for Rod Lacey’s ultimate selected winning Image.
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.
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.
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.
Our final league PDI of the season with the final league positions being decided on the outcome of the night. Another excellent response of entries totalling 96 for the two competitions of set subject ‘night’ and‘open’. Sadly the entries needed to be reduced to 69 ( 32 ‘night’ and 37 Open)to give the judge a chance and be able to give meaningful comments on each image.
The overall standard on the night was once again very high,
with a good spread of Club authors scoring well.
Damon Guy competently judged the competitions. He commented at the end regarding the high standard the members had produced, to make an interesting and enjoyable night.