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 #91

Zoom Interactive Night

Our season has certainly got of to a busy start this year with a great and versatile programme. We have already had four league competitions a couple of Internal member photo challenges. Three brilliant guest speakers joined us on separate evenings with topics covering Abandoned architecture, sports photography and Landscapes. We’ve also hosted the first round of the prestigious Rosebowl Competition.

So it was good to put the brakes on for a week and have a good Interactive relaxed members evening on Zoom. We had originally planned to continue the traditional Croxfotofest celebrations with members proudly showing and talking about some of their creative work in our community centre hall. However with the current coved pandemic, this clearly couldn’t happen this year.

Our Interactive evening covered many areas from within and outside the club exchanging views and sharing Photography Information. George presented the current updated league tables and Stuart gave us details on the next round of the Nw fed league and showed the selected Images. We even had a couple of entertaining and enjoyable Av’s from Barbara and Tracy! It was also announced that we are Increasing our author entries on both PDI and print ‘open’ competitions from 2 to 3 per person with Immediate effect.

In addition George gauged the feelings of the members regarding creating an Individual members gallery on our website. This news was received very positively with a request to Instigate as soon as possible.


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.


Club Night Summary #87

First Print Competition

Last season we joined the NW federation league for the first time as an additional external competition during the season. It was an Interesting excursion, but unfortunately we didn’t fair to well against the other camera clubs, but it was valuable experience.

This week we started the new NW fed competition and were drawn against Harrow cc and XRR cc with a very different outcome in the first round. We won on the evening by a clear margin scoring 221 points against XRR 216 and Harrow with 205. A very satisfying outcome for the first external competition of the new season, which bodes well for the club and our talented membership.

There were more excellent Images on show for our first print league competition (shown as PDIs for practical reasons). The evening was judged by Paul Burwood who gave the critique on the Images. It was an ‘open’ competition with a tremendous amount of subject matter variety within the entered Images. The standard was very good, giving the judge a further headache when selecting the higher scoring Images, holding back a large amount for final scoring.

Thank you to everyone that entered the competition and congratulations to the higher scoring authors on the night. As always, you can view the winning Images on our excellent website gallery.


Club Night Summary #86

Mark Pain Sports Photography

From the moment our guest speaker played the opening Av style Photography (Images set to music) showing amazing sports shots, we knew were we in for a treat of an evening.

Mark Pain multi award winning photographer joined us on Zoom last week to give a presentation on sports photography.

Mark shared his vast experience in the Industry having been Chief sports photographer for the Mail on Sunday for over 20 years and winner of many awards including Olympic photographer of the year 2012 and SJA sports photographer of the year 2013.

The much travelled photographer shared detail on how some of his amazing Images, ranging from professional golf, formula one racing and premiership football were achieved, often in difficult circumstances, dealing with Inclement weather and physical locations. In addition to giving great tips on equipment and how to best tackle sports photography.

In the second half of the evening Mark focused on the 2012 Olympics, where once again he Impressed with outstanding shots of many events and competitors and explained a lot of the thinking behind obtaining such fantastic images.

He has a great delivery style and encouraged questions throughout the evening always happy to share his knowledge. It was a very Inspiring and enjoyable evening which had everyone fully engaged with this outstanding prestigious photographer.

Our new season has got off to a great start, which so far has Included two superb talks/presentations.


Club Night Summary #85

Movement and Texture

Despite these difficult times happening in the world, it’s great that our camera club is still flourishing and adapting as best we can to the new normality.

Communication is so Important in all our lives and we continually try to embrace this principle in our activities, through our weekly online meetings, with its varied programme.

We have also Increased our recent external activities, with club members organising small group gatherings within Government guidelines. David Eckland has recently organised a London photography walk and Gordon Calder a painting with light Workshop in his home studio, all of which has been very welcomed by club members. In addition Ant (Anthony Highet) has continued to successfully run his model portraiture sessions.

The club has also enhanced its ‘what’s app’ group and is encouraging further communications between weekly meetings to keep in touch. All of this helps us combat these uncertain times and is there for all club members to enjoy.

Last week was our 2nd PDI league competition with 2 set subjects ‘Movement’ and ‘Textures’. A tremendous response of entries with 78 in total. The judge for the evening was Alan Taberer who had the difficult task of sorting the excellent Images and ultimately choosing the higher scoring Images.

There were some great Interpretations of both set subjects, the higher scorers are featured in the clubs website gallery. Thank you to all that entered the competition, giving us all a very enjoyable evening.