Stevenage Photographic Society Exhibition

Yes, that’s right! The Stevenage Photographic Society has a new Exhibition on display at the Pi Bistro Gallery in the towns Gordon Craig Theatre. It’s on for a number of weeks so be sure to get down there and visit it!

Club Members Christmas Dinner!

⛄️Here is the Christmas Meal 2016 Menu my lovelies. 🎄

⭐️The meal will be at The Cricketers in Weston on December 2nd at 8pm.

⭐️I’ll be taking all your orders tomorrow night during tea break and after the meeting. If you can’t attend tomorrow or know someone who isn’t can you tag/forward them a copy and get them to message me their order.

✨The price is costed at the total of your own meal order and your plus one if applicable (as there is no set price here) + your drinks on the night.

✨Meal orders are due tomorrow and monies by the following Mondays meeting.

✨Feel free to grab me and ask and questions if you like tomorrow or message me at any time.

🎅🏻Bring on Crimbo!

❄️Danielle xox

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New season starts & our competition winners!

Well the new 2016/17 season has started and it was great to see everybody down the club house once again! I’m certainly looking forward to this seasons offering!

Competition Winners! 2015-16 Season.

Here are last years competition winners, can they hold on to their titles this year?

Novice

Novice Prints – Geraint Williams
Novice Projected Images – Robert Nurse
President’s Shield Novice – Geraint Williams

Advanced

Advanced Prints – Chris Thurston
Advanced Projected Images – John Crouch
President’s Shield Advanced – Chris Thurston

AV Competition

Winner – Thomas Ashley
2nd – Dave Hill
3rd – Adele Gibson

Movie Poster

Winner – Andy Hitchens
2nd – Thomas Ashley
3rd – Chris Ludwick

Internal Competitions

Winner – Nicola Scott
2nd – Nicola Scott
3rd – Jo Sowden

Arthur Ash Trophy

Winner – Adele Gibson
2nd – Mick Grayson
3rd – John Crouch

Portrait Photographer of the Year

Winner – Chris Pike
2nd – Tom Couch
3rd – Andre Riphagen

Photographer of the Year

Winner – Chris Pike
2nd – Chris Thurston
3rd – Jo Sowden

Jim Lucas Award for Best Images

Winner – Chris Thurston
2nd – Chris Pike
3rd – Jo Sowden

 

Octobers open DPI

With the next Open Theme DPI upon us, here are the images that were submitted for the last internal digital projected image competition.

Enjoy

Another Great Studio Night

Last Monday saw us hold yet another great Studio Night, I hope you all had fun and got to shoot in a live studio set up. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to allow us to enjoy these evenings so we all owe Beatrice a huge thank you. On the night Paul, Chris and Rob were on hand to provide excellent advice on set, a big thank you to those guys as well. Our brilliant and talented friend Lisa Jayne brought along what seemed to be an entire wardrobe of hats, outfits and sparkly knick-knacks for us to dress our models in. Our models for the night; Roisin, Lianne and Protea Misstery, were awesome. I’ll put some links below so you can all pay them a visit.

So what’s next….well we’d love to see your images from the night so please post them up onto our Facebook page and send them to us to post here in our members galleries. For those of you that were studio virgins we hope that you got plenty of thrills from the evening and it has inspired you to want to do more !

https://www.facebook.com/roisinmm

https://www.facebook.com/Protea.Model

https://www.facebook.com/lianne.buttle

http://www.lisajaynemillinery.com/

Keith Leedham

Last night’s Audio Visual Shows from Keith Leedham was simply stunning. Keith tells stories with his photographs, adding music and sound effects along the way. “A Soldier’s Farewell” nearly brought a tear or two to the room. “Our Trip to Cornwall” was really funny and “I Believe” was a very powerful message.
Keith was kind enough to give us a copy of Pictures 2 Exe. The software can cost up to £164. If you would like a copy, please send me an email at johnkcrouch@gmail.com
Many thanks to Keith for a very enjoyable evening.

John Crouch's photo.

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       THIS WEEK
28th September 2015

STUDIO NIGHT

Bea has a very exciting and

interesting evening planned for

you!

Hi all

I’ve put together macros
stands for the studio night

and would love some help
if possible please. I will list
stuff I will need and if you
have it at home and can
bring it for the evening
please put your name down:

1 Make plastic fantastic:
Soft box – Simon
Clear plastic cutlery –
Polarising filters – all

2 Fruit salad:
Soft box no 2 – Simon
Apple
Lime
Lemon
Orange
Pomegranate
Knife – Bea

Dish – Bea
Clear glass (optional) –

3 Alphabet:
Alphabetti spaghetti-
Dish – Bea
Spoon – Bea
Studio light – At the club

4 Bubbles:
White card – Bea
CD cases – Bea
Plastic syringe (no needle) –
M&M –
Studio light – at the club

5 Droplets:
Saline solution – Bea
Various flowers (does anyone have anything in the garden?) –
Colourful backdrops – club/Bea

6 Bokeh:
Black card – Bea
Card cutters – Bea
Christmas lights – Bea
Love hearts sweets (if I buy them I will eat them 😜)-

7 Get busy with the fizzy:
Colourful pencils – Bea
Sprite –
Soft box no 3 –
Clear dish – Bea
Other stuff that could be dipped in sprite –

8 Reflections:
Tulip –

Small LED flashlight-
Black backdrop –
Clear or dark tinted glass-

9 Smoke:
Scent sticks – Bea
Some sort of curtain and
rail arrangement to protect
smoke from draft – Chris T
Studio light – at the club

Obviously there are lots of things I
can get at tesco so if nobody will be
bringing these I will just go there on
my way to the club and purchase them.

Do we have enough lights and
reflectors for all the above?

Any other items that will look good
backlit, as a reflection in
water droplets or dipped in liquid?

Regards
Bea

So…lots of setting up to do when you arrive.
Please help Bea!

….and DON’T FORGET YOUR CAMERAS
AND TRIPODS IF YOU HAVE THEM!

         LAST WEEK

Monday September 21st at 7 45pm

We had a very special and inspring evening with

BOB NORRIS APAGB EFIAP

Currently the President of the East Anglian Federation, Bob has been a major figure in the EAF for donkeys years. Likewise at Ware & D PS where he has been a member for 37 years. Bob shared loads of wonderful photographic images, tips, anecdotes and just general all round knowledge which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.
Some members have been inspired enough to put what they’ve learnt into practice and that’s the best way to learn and develop.

It was a great evening.

Many thanks Bob!

Dear Andy and the rest of the team,

I’m emailing from Hertfordshire Life magazine – this is just a quick message to let you know about our 2016 calendar photography competition so your members can send in their entries!

The competition is looking for images of Hertfordshire, celebrating its people, landscapes, nature, towns and villages – as well as shots which reflect the months and seasons of the year.

Winners will have their image (with their name and a description of the image) featured in the glossy 2016 calendar which is going to thousands of homes and businesses in our December issue. They will also win a 12 month subscription to the magazine (including the December issue).

If your members would like to take part they can email as many digital images as they like (but they must be high-res jpg files with 300dpi and a minimum A4 size) along with details of what/where the image is and when (which month/season) it was taken. Entrants should also include their name, address and contact details.

Emails should be sent to competitions@hertfordshirelife.co.uk with the subject ‘2016 calendar competition’ – and they can include a file transfer link if you prefer not to email the images directly.

The closing date is Monday October 5 and the winners will be chosen by our editor Richard Young. I hope many of your members will be eager to send in some images – and I look forward to viewing them! Best of luck.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes,

Laura Vickers
Editorial Assistant
Hertfordshire Life Magazine
Bank House, Primett Road, Stevenage, Herts SG1 3EE

P.S We’re also always looking for images from Herts photographers for our monthly Readers’ Photos pages. I’d be thrilled if you could let your members know that we’d be delighted to receive their images of Hertfordshire, and if they have any questions at all they shouldn’t hesitate to get in touch.

      NEXT WEEK

Monday October 5th 

COMPETITION

ROUND 1

OPEN

DPI
Reminder:You will need to size your dpi’s at
Landscape 1400 px
Portrait 1050 px

 PLEASE UPLOAD BY FRIDAY 2ND OCTOBER AT THE VERY LATEST

PLEASE ENSURE YOUR IMAGE FILE NAMES ARE:

NAME OF IMAGE by YOUR NAME

We open this season’s competitions with a DPI round.
It is an open competition so anything goes.
You will need to be a member to get your
upload facility and 
password.

If you don’t already have these,
and for details/questions
please get in touch with Rob
at
rob@unknowngeeks.com

 we need to let members know that only your best two from three scores  to count in the monthly 
competitions.
 STUDIO CT CLUB 

Chris T (oh, that’s me…)
will be holding studio sessions in our hall
on the
1st Sunday of every month
from
10 30am to 1 30pm

There will be a maximum of 10 places and it will cost you £20 per session. This is to cover the cost of models, equipment, hall hire etc.

If you’re interested in joining, please email me
chris30magic@gmail.com

Don’t forget to keep up to date with what’s happening in the club, locally, in the EAF, and in our big national and international world through the PAGB by checking the websites regularly.

SPS WEBSITE 

EAF website

PAGB website

You should also make sure you subscribe to their newsletters!

PAGB NEWS

…and one last thing!

Studio lighting 
A lot of you pointed out this didn’t work last week.
Sorry about that,
so
here’s a different one!

Studio Lighting

and here’s a bit on the science

Three Rules of Lighting
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…and here is another

Useful video from YOUTUBE

A little tip on

MACRO 

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THIS WEEK          
Monday September 21st at 7 45pm
We are going to have a very special night.

On the agenda the living legend that is
BOB NORRIS APAGB EFIAP
What can be said about this man.

Currently the President of the East Anglian Federation, Bob has been a major figure in the EAF for donkeys years. Likewise at Ware & D PS where he has been a member for 37 years. Loads and loads of wonderful photographic images, tips, anecdotes and just general all round knowledge which he will be sharing with you.
It’s going to be excellent! 
We look forward to seeing you!

         LAST WEEK          
Monday September 14th
How To Use Your Camera
A very interesting and entertaining evening evolved on Monday and from the feedback everyone really enjoyed themselves. Lots of information being shared round, given and received, so many thanks to everyone involved for playing your part.
It would appear more of this would be appreciated so we will try to find ways to fit it into the programme. However, we do have a full and exciting season ahead and we will find plenty of avenues to develop and enjoy our photography.

Just look at this week’s event!   

 

        NEXT WEEK          

28th September 2015
STUDIO NIGHT
Bea has a very exciting and
interesting evening planned for
you!
 

Don’t forget to keep up to date with what’s happening in the club, locally, in the EAF, and in our big national and international world through the PAGB by checking the websites regularly.
 SPS WEBSITE 
EAF website
PAGB website

You should also make sure you subscribe to their newsletters!
PAGB NEWS

…and one last thing!
Studio lighting
A useful video from YOUTUBE

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         THIS WEEK

Monday September 14th at 7 45pm

How To Use Your Camera

Bring your cameras and manuals 🙂

Ever wondered
what all those
bells and whistles are
in your camera?
Come along this week to find out!

If you have any specific queries bring them along, too!

We look forward to seeing you!

         NEXT WEEK

Monday September 21st at 7 45pm

We are going to have a very special night.
On the agenda the living legend that is

BOB NORRIS APAGB EFIAP

What can be said about this man.
Currently the President of the East Anglian Federation, Bob has been a major figure in the EAF for donkeys years. Likewise at Ware & D PS where he has been a member for 37 years. Loads and loads of wonderful photographic images, tips, anecdotes and just general all round knowledge which he will be sharing with you.

It’s going to be excellent! 

OPENING NIGHT
Monday 7th September

Well, the season kicked off in splendid style with a very jolly and friendly opening evening. Good vibes all round and some lovely new people to befriend along with the lovely old people!

It’s going to be an excellent busy and fun-packed season but it will all be so much more enjoyable with your contribution!

You get out of it what you put in as they say 😉 

Let’s help each other to make Stevenage Photographic Society even better!

Don’t forget to keep up to date with what’s happening in the club, locally, in the EAF, and in our big national and international world through the PAGB by checking the websites regularly.

SPS WEBSITE 

EAF website

PAGB website

You should also make sure you subscribe to their newsletters!

PAGB NEWS

…and one last thing!

If you’re into portraits you might find this bit of software very useful

PORTRAITPRO

And…. We’re off

The Stevenage Photographic Society kicked off its 41st year last night with the start of its 2015/16 season at our trusty community centre on the London road. It was a largely informal night and great to see so many regular faces returning for the new season and even more wonderful to see a good few new ones too! We offer our newcomers a warm welcome and hope that you all enjoy the club and get a lot out of it.

Our very own vice-chairman Mr Tony Brooks introduced the rest of our committee to the group which was followed by a brief rundown of whats to come with our extensive programme that has been put together by our talented programme secretary and news letter editor Mr Chris Thurston. Our exhibition secretary Chris Pike broke some amazing news about our planned exhibition this year, as he has secured space at the Gordon Craig theatre in town for the princely sum of nothing! So start putting all your images together as we have a real chance of absolutely packing it out with all your wonderful work. Don’t let him down! We had a quick run down on the new website and it’s new features which hopefully the club will embrace. A few of the members have already started uploading images so that we can get an impressive gallery going with members having their very own page if they wish!

So with the season underway, we are looking forward to all the events in store with the lectures, monthly competitions, studio nights, tutorials, advice, natters, and social nights. Welcome back everyone, (and newbies) and see you all next week for our collaborative ‘How to use your camera’ group session. Don’t forget to bring your cameras!

Bye!

New Season Alert

By Simon Cooper

It’s that time of year, summer is all but done and September is upon us and so with it  the new season starts. Last season saw a few changes to club nights and this season may see a few more.. We have lectures, competitions – internal and external, studio nights and much more to look forward to. It is always exciting to see new images and the quality that our members can produce. I’m sure we all want to be winning some plaudits and of course bragging rights especially in the external competitions..it’s about time SPS had some engraving done so…it’s up to us folks, we have the talent, we have the quality..let’s go win some trophies ! Of course though our main objective is to enjoy what we do, share some knowledge/share some laughs and try not to cry (even if a judge is just plain mean/blind/doesn’t like beards/scared of contemporary/longs for the days of slides..or any other reason to score you a 12/20).

Lets do this people..have a great season.

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THE NEW SEASONBEGINS

NEXT WEEK

Monday September 7th at 7 45pm

A very exciting new season kicks off at the
Stevenage Photographic Society.

We have loads of top quality stuff to look forward to as you will have no doubt seen from the programme on the website.

SPS WEBSITE 

As ever we will be looking to take your photography on to the next level, from beginners to intermediate, and intermediate to advanced.
Whatever your level there will be much for you to enjoy and learn along the way.
Share that experience and make new friends.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

OPENING NIGHT
Monday 7th SeptemberWe will be introducing the events to look out for in the coming season.
:Lectures
:Competitions
:Workshops and Studio nights

You will also have the chance to hear from members of the committee what their plans are and they will answer any questions you may have.

We will then discuss your aspirations for what you want from the club.
What can we do for you?
How can we pool our knowledge?

Let’s help each other to make Stevenage Photographic Society even better!

THE CLUB WISHES TO THANK THE INDEFATIGABLE

TONY BROOKS

For organising a highly entertaining and diverse

SUMMER PROGRAMME

A lot of people had a lot of fun!MANY THANKS, TONY!

Our new website has launched!

With the new season about to start in September, we are pleased to have launched our new website! The club would like to thank our previous hosts for looking after our website for us for so long! The new site will go through a number of changes as the season progresses and we hope that all our members will enjoy using it!

 

SPS Exhibition

IMG_1456There are lots of stunning images currently on display at the Gordon Craig Theatre so be sure to go and check them out the next time you’re in town. It’s well worth a visit!

The end of the season!

This last Monday saw the final SPS gathering of the season!

The club met for our AGM which ended with the members voting for our committee members for the next season. I for one retained my position as web guru and internet genius! Largely the committee members has remained the same with a couple of exceptions. Our very own Arthur Ash has stepped down as club vice chairperson after long and distinguished service, and we all thank Arthur for his time, effort and commitment that he has shown the club over many years and hope that he continues to enjoy the clubs programmes.

Tony Brooks steps in as our new vice chairperson having relinquished his position of social secretary which has been appointed to Jo Sowden. We wish Jo a very warm welcome to the committee and look forward to all that she can offer. Chris Pike has also taken on the unenviable task of organising the clubs exhibitions which enable you all to show off your photographic skills whilst promoting the club!

The evening ended with prize giving for the various competitions that have been run throughout the season with our winners being immortalised on the various cups and trophies. Very well done to all our winners!

So that’s it for the season, we wish everyone an enjoyable bank holiday weekend, and hope you all enjoy your summer break and we look forward to seeing you all for the new season come September! For those of you who can’t wait that long, then come along to our more informal summer season programme! Chris Thurston will keep you all up to date as usual with his newsletter and we hope to see as many of you as possible during the summer programme which kicks off on Monday June 1st at Fairlands Lakes for a nice photo walk with Des. The summer itinerary is as follows. (this will of course be updated on the website calendar programme.)

 

  • 1st June – 19:30 – Fairlands Lakes photo walk with Des.
  • 8th June – 19:30 – Back to basics with Chris Thurston – (Venue to be confirmed)
  • 15th June – 19:30 – Ware photo walk taking in the church & river.
  • 22nd June – Social evening at The Crown.
  • 29th June – Country walk with Des.
  • 6th July – Summer BBQ – The White Horse – Burnham Green.
  • 13th July – 19:30 – Bowling!
  • 20th July – Q&A Session with CT/PM/TA. (Venue to be confirmed)
  • 27th July – Ruby Murray – (Curry night – details TBA)
  • 3rd August – Bank Holiday (Newly invented – now cancelled – evening TBA)
  • 10th August – Members choice!
  • 17th August – The largest parish church in Herts – St Mary’s, Hitchin.
  • 24th August – Old Town, Stevenage photo walk (period building) (pub crawl?!)
  • 31st August – An actual Bank Holiday
  • 7th September – NEW SEASON! WOOHOO!

 

 

Photographer of the Year 2015

There were fifteen sets of six prints entered for the POTY this year which were judged and critiqued by the eloquent and talented Chris Palmer FRPS EFIAP DPAGB APAGB.  It was a very entertaining evening with some superb photographs for all to enjoy.


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First up was Stewart Warren with a nautical feel.


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Tanya Warren was next with a lovely colourful selection.


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The judge was very impressed with Adele Gibson’s delightful set.


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Chris Thurston also made Chris Palmer’s night with his olive grove and Les Mis pics.


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Mick Grayson entered this varied and very interesting set.


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These amazing pictures were taken and entered by Chris Pike.


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Clare Hancock chose these unusual and well mounted images for the competition.


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Our well travelled Chairman, Andy Smith showed us the places he has seen recently.


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Thomas Ashley presented these little corkers.  Just lovely.


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David Cole brought these amazing prints in for our delight.


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I was pleased with the remarks I got for my set.


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Alan Brown pleased the judge with his set, but the horse on the bottom right failed to impress.  Bizarre.  That’s my favourite!


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Mike Kersley entered these little beauties.  Like, like, like!


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Tom Couch went for versatility and variety in his set.


 

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Simon Cooper certainly gave us plenty to enjoy here.


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David Cole was thrilled to get third place.


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Alan Brown was second.


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Adele is the winner and Photographer of the Year 2015.  Many congratulations, Adele!  Well done.


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Tom Couch won the Jim Lucas Award for Best Image.  Very well done, Tom!


Well done to all who took part.  It was an absolute pleasure to see all your images.  Many thanks to our presenters, Andy and Sarah and our judge, Chris Palmer.

Astronomy and Macro

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Rob Ryder was our guide to the universe tonight.  With his big Russian mirror lens and huge Sky Watcher telescope, he was more than qualified to lead us out where no man has ventured before.  A very interesting talk which gave some of our club members food for thought.  Many thanks, Rob.

We also had a demonstration on macro photography by our good friends, Chris and Adele.  A practical demo on depth of field.  Many thanks guys.

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The Arthur Ash Trophy 2015

The annual panel competition judged by the one and only Arthur Ash took place last night.  There were some very creative andinteresting entries.  Well done to all who took part.  Many thanks to our judge, Arthur Ash.

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Mick Grayson took these timeless sepia shots.


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The Red Arrows caught Adele’s attention.


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Clare got these snowdrop shots at Benington Lordship


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Stuart’s nature photography were a treat to see.


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Thomas revved up his motor bikes from last week


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Andy showed us his monotone collection


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David Cole presented us with a lovely landscape panel


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JC put together a colourful and varied panel


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JP steamed in with a model train selection.


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Stuart is pleased with his 3rd.


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Adele flies in for 2nd place


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Thomas is delighted to be this year’s winner!


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JP gets a Highly Commended


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Mick gets a Highly Commended as well.


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Thomas Ashley with his winning formula.