Club Night Summary #97

Defeat at the NW Fed!

Part of our ongoing pledge to our members is to try to provide Inspiration, generate enthusiasm and creativity. We had plenty of Inspiration and enthusiasm provided by our latest speaker. David Boag who gave us a riveting evening as he presented his topic of ‘the world of a wildlife photographer’ David the Author of eighteen published books, filled the evening with wonderful Images and stories of his travels around the World capturing some amazing Images. He covered a tremendous amount of material in the allotted time, explaining among many things, his business ethic and how photography life had changed from when he first started his career to the current day.

Thanks to club Secretary Denise for once again providing another top class speaker making this such an enjoyable night for everyone.

Earlier in the week, our semi final in the NW federation competition resulted in a win for our opponents Amersham. Some great Images were entered by both clubs which meant a very competitive encounter. Unfortunately Amersham had the edge overall winning with 317 points against our 307.5. We had entered a strong selection of Images from our talented membership, with our top scores going to;

  • Cat Humphries ‘ Haunted’ 20 points
  • Gordon Calder ‘ Bodacious’ 20 points
  • Cat Humphries ‘ Hollywood Starlet’ 19.5 points

It was a tremendous achievement for our club to reach the semi final of this competition and there was certainly not a lot to choose between the two sets of Images entered by each club. Thanks to external Competition Secretary Stuart for his diligent work in organising and his careful final choice of Images to represent the club.

Thanks also to those that were able to tune in on the night for the Zoom meeting to support the club.


Club Night Summary #97


Second round

On Tuesday we took part in the 2nd round of the prestigious Rosebowl competition. Hosted by Witney cc on Zoom, with Buckingham and Windsor camera clubs also taking part We finished joint third on the night in this very tightly contested event.

  • Windsor 271 points
  • Buckingham 266
  • Croxley 265
  • Witney 265

There were some great Images entered by all the clubs which meant a very narrow margin on the final scores. We had some great scores with Mike Brankin receiving 20points for his ‘the eyes have it’ Image. We also received 3 x 19’s for;

  • Cat Humphries ‘Haunted’
  • Stuart Craig ‘Reclining nude’
  • Steve Bailey ‘Character’

Plus four Images that scored 18 points. Thanks to all that represented our club and for presenting such a high standard. We now look forward to our next external contest, the semi final of the Nw fed competition on Wednesday against Amersham. On our club night on Thursday we had our first Trophy competitions of the season for both Nature and Triptych cups. Judged by Peter Cox, there were some great entries amongst the 55 Images, spread across the competitions.

Our multi talented Cat Humphries was the recipient of both trophies with her great images in both competitions. The full results were:

1stLove triangles on Sunset BoulevardCat Humphries
2ndTriple pointeAnthony Highet
3rdThe defining bootsMike Brankin
1stRobber fly at restCat Humphries
2ndEmerging otterSteve Bailey
3rdDragonflyRod Lacey

Many congratulations to Cat and the other placed authors and thanks to everyone that entered both competitions, making it such an enjoyable night.


Club Night Summary #96

Quick Fire Editing

Members share their tips

As we start 2021 we wish everyone a Happy New Year. Thank goodness the vaccine is now being rolled out at pace and there is sight of some form of normality on the horizon. We hope that soon we will then be able to continue our wonderful photography hobby, without the caution and restrictions we are currently enduring.

At our first meeting of the new year we continued our excellent programme with a members forum/ Workshop evening, featuring quick fire editing techniques given by a number of our talented members. It was a great Interactive evening led by Anthony Highet with David Eckland, Arron Dowdeswell, Alan Rhodes and ‘Ant’ all contributing editing techniques, that they use as part of their editing workflow. Each of them shared their screens and presented the varied Information, which ranged from photoshop tips through to a background ‘walk through’ Information on ‘Capture one’ software. It was a fascinating workshop with lots conversation and creative Information shared by the members. Thank you to all that made this such an enjoyable night.

We have a very full January programme which Includes two external competitions. On Tuesday 12th we have the second round of the prestigious Rosebowl competition which is hosted by Witney cc with Buckingham cc and Windsor cc also taking part.

On Wednesday 20th January we have our semi final of the NW fed competition against Amersham cc. A very busy month which also features a Wildlife talk, two trophy competitions and a an open league PDI to enjoy.


Club Night Summary #95

Happy Xmas

Signing off for 2020

As we approach our Christmas break in this most unpredictable year, we held our first virtual Christmas party online.

A fun packed night, with quizzes and good humour enjoyed by us all on our weekly get together on Zoom, which has been a godsend in keeping us together as a club and enabled our programme of events to seamlessly continue since March.

Thanks to Rod for the quizzes he had put together and great dialogue as a quizmaster! We also had a musical classic Christmas tunes challenge, which covered the decades with very familiar songs. All ably put together and technically controlled by George. In addition we had a challenge to put up the best festive zoom backdrop of which there were many challengers, thanks to everyone who presented. Although a difficult choice, the ultimate winner was Arron Dowdeswell with his excellent snow covered Christmas tree scene. Congratulations also to Cat as the overall winner of the accumulated scores on the quizzes.

Although we miss the physical contact and communications the community centre hall brought us, while the world is still battling the coronavirus pandemic, Zoom has offered us a good alternative, which we have adapted too.

Thanks to everyone that attends the weekly meetings, making the club so successful in its endeavour to continue to grow and develop as a camera club. We understand that meeting online isn’t for everyone and we appreciate some members that have still rejoined this year but aren’t able to attend the meetings. We hope that next season we will be able to resume physical meetings in the hall and finally get everyone back together.

We wish every member a happy and safe Christmas and look forward to continuing our exciting programme on January 7th 2021 Merry Christmas

Steve 🎅🏻🌲☃️

Club Night Summary #94

No Layers Editing

With Gordon Calder

We are very fortunate to have a lot of talented club members, who are always eager to share knowledge and techniques with other members of the club. On Thursday at our last workshop evening of the year, much valued club member Gordon Calder gave a great presentation, with the intriguing title of ‘No layers editing’.

Gordon brilliantly demonstrated examples of how he turned his visions of an Image into reality, by some ‘fine tuning’ and professional use of photoshop to complete the transition.

It was a really enjoyable presentation in which Gordon shared a number of his successful competition Images, by showing ‘before and after’ photographs and explaining and demonstrating via shared screen on zoom, how he achieved the ultimate desired result.

It was an Inspiring presentation which had something for every member, no matter what level of editing competency they may have. It’s really great that despite our enforced change of meeting weekly on Zoom this year, we have seamlessly been able to maintain such a consistently high standard of programme, which has been supported and embraced by a large proportion of our membership.


Club Night Summary #93

Croxley Goes
Though to NW Semi Finals!

It’s always great to report success, regarding the very talented and versatile photographers within our club. We are delighted to report another successful league competition against Harrow and XRR, has now given us a semi final place in the Federation of south west London photographic society competition.

Another hard fought evening, judged by the experienced Micki Aston and hosted on Zoom by Croxley, once again had some excellent Images entered by all three clubs. The final score was;

  • Croxley 186
  • XRR. 178
  • Harrow 173

The judge awarded two Croxley photographers with the coveted competition stars awarded for their excellence. Congratulations to Gordon Calder and George Purchase for their achievement.

As with the previous rounds in the competition, the Croxley team scored consistently high throughout all disciplines of the competition;

  • Gordon Calder. ‘Bodacious’ 17
  • Gordon Calder ‘La Vie En Rose’ 20 ⭐️
  • Steve Bailey ‘Chinese water dragon’ 19
  • Steve Bailey ‘Character’ 20
  • Stuart Craig ‘Fun in the square’ 18
  • Cat Humphries ‘ Haunted’ 18
  • George Purchase ‘A modern pin up’ 17
  • George Purchase ‘East Lyn Devon’ 20⭐️
  • Gordon Calder ‘Partial Eclipse’ 19
  • Ian Bennell ‘ Brighton Sunset’ 18

Thank you to all photographers representing our club with their Inspirational Images.

Special thanks to our external competition Secretary Stuart Craig, who expertly curated the final entered Images from the committee selected pool, which was taken from Images produced last season.

We look forward to our semi final place against Amersham cc in January.


Club Night Summary #92

NorthWest Federation Second Round & Print Set Subject

Some weeks ago we were delighted to report we had won the first round of the NW fed league against Harrow and XRR. On Tuesday we had the second round of this competition hosted by Harrow, using Zoom online.

The outcome was another victory for Croxley, confirming the strength of our talented photographers. We had a very strong performance throughout despite coming up against against some very good Images from the other clubs. The results were;

  • Croxley 176
  • Harrow 175
  • XRR 172

Congratulations to Gordon Calder who scored 20 and was awarded a star for his Image of the Asian lady.

We also had 5 of our authors scoring 18, giving us a consistently strong presence in the competition. These authors were;

  • Mike Brankin
  • Arron Dowdeswell
  • Cat Humphries
  • Denise Noverre
  • Steve Bailey

After two rounds of the contest it leave us with the following points;

  • Croxley 397
  • Harrow 380
  • XRR 388

This week we host the third and final league competition against these clubs, with a semi final place going to the winners! Special thanks to Stuart Craig for his ongoing coordination of the external competitions.

The Images Involved In our external competitions all come from last season and were judged in competition prior to our selection process. Our latest league competition of print set subjects ‘Weather’ and ‘tunnels and corridors’ produced another crop of outstanding Images for experienced Judge Micki Aston to critique and award marks.

This standard of entries will make the club potentially stronger in external competitions next season.(view on the clubs website gallery)

Thank you to everyone that submitted Images, which naturally were shown as PDIs for practical purposes and congratulations to the higher scoring authors.


Club Night Summary #90

Landscape Photography
with Paul Mitchell

As the nights continue to draw in and winter is knocking on the door we need all the photography Inspiration we can get, to keep our creative spirits up. This week we had the perfect tonic with a great talk from landscape photographer Paul Mitchell. Paul has won the Sunday times landscape photographer of the year, among many accolades in his career.

His comprehensive presentation covered a tremendous amount of Information with detail ranging from ideal equipment to carry when out shooting, to cover all conditions and eventualities. To apps to find such things as tidal information and weather conditions.

In addition with his fabulous Images he themed his presentation to cover; Leading lines, The golden hour, The blue hour, Atmospherics, Extended exposures & infra red

Giving details and great examples, with Information about many locations he has visited to photograph. Paul has a great presentation style and was also eager to answer as many questions that the membership had. He clearly has extensive knowledge and a real passion for landscape photography.

I’m sure a number of our club photographers will be out trying one or two new techniques shared by Paul from this excellent and Inspirational presentation.

Denise Noverre, our new club secretary this season, has excelled in her choice of speakers for the club to present on Zoom, with this being the third excellent presentation we have had so far.


Club Night Summary #89

Open PDI Competition

As we start our second lock down period in the country, to try and slow down the pandemic. It naturally has an effect on any photography plans we may have had. From travel which has in the past provided us with so much fresh material for competitions. To communications and meeting to share Ideas and Inspiration. We were hoping to be able to carry out a survey around now, to see if we could consider a safe return to the community centre hall, but unfortunately that has now moved further into the distance.

Thank goodness we have the Internet and zoom to facilitate our Thursday meetings and we are able to operate a full programme. As we have said before, the Internet doesn’t suit everyone, but we are here with a warm welcome for all and in particular for any members that haven’t tried it and of course for any new members.

The club provides a welcome distraction from what’s happening in the world and hopefully provides a level of communication and Inspiration to take your creative mind elsewhere for a few hours. Our excellent committee work hard to make sure we have all areas in the club covered to a very professional standard providing a great product to the members.

On Thursday our third league PDI competition of the season, once again produced some great Images. The competition was judged by Kathy Chantler who ultimately chose the high scoring Images. (As always these can be viewed on our website) We had an Interesting and diverse collection of Images within the competition which, as always was tightly contested to gain points in the league.

Thank you to all that entered, making it a good nights viewing. Congratulations to those who scored the highest points.

Club Night Summary #88

Rosebowl 1st Round

It was a tale of two Catherine’s in our first round of the prestigious Rosebowl inter-club competition. We hosted the event using Zoom, pitched against Chesham and Field End with judging from the experienced Colin Harrison. We were joined by members of all represented teams, creating a good friendly atmosphere for the evening. There was a total of 45 Images to be critiqued and scored from the teams. Strong Images were naturally entered by all clubs, keen to continue their journey within this long standing prestigious competition.

Ultimately it was the two Catherine’s that achieved the biggest Individual award on the night by receiving a star for their outstanding Images. Catherine Allen for Imaginary flowerscape (Field End) Catherine (Cat) Humphries for Haunted (Croxley)

Field End won the overall first round by scoring 285 points. Croxley came Second with a very strong 272 points Chesham came third with 252 points.

We had a very strong selection and scored highly with a number of Images;

Cat HumphriesHaunted20 points
Gordon CalderBodacious20 points
Stuart CraigFun in the square20 points
Arron DowdeswellAftermath19 points
Steve BaileyCharacter19 points
Ian BennettGannett Love 19 points
Mike BrankinThe eyes have it19 points

Well done to all the team that represented the club in the competition. Congratulations to Field End for their result and we look forward to the next round and continuing in this competition.

Following our recent win in the first round of the NW fed competition and a second place now in the Rosebowl we have got off to a good start in external competitions. Thanks to our creative and talented membership.