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

The Oscars 2015

An actual Oscar statuette to be presented during the 79th Annual Academy Awards sits in a display case in Hollywood

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John Crouch


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Beatrice Dach


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John Crouch


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Clare Hancock


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Mick Grayson


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John Crouch – Featuring Rob “Steampunk” Ryder


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Rob Ryder


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Thomas Ashley – Winner


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John Crouch – With help from “Jason” aka Simon Cooper

I must tell you a funny story about this picture.  One of our kitchen knives had gone missing for several weeks.  It’s in a knife block, so it’s loss was noticeable and irritating.  I was blaming Nic and Hilary.  We were all puzzled.  When this picture popped up last night, I remembered what I had done with it.  It was in my props bag.


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Adele Gibson


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John Crouch -(my favourite)


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John Crouch


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Rob Ryder


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Clare Hancock


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Chris Thurston


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Winner – Thomas Ashley – Miss Minoes

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Thomas


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Adele


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Rob


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Chris


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Judge – Dr John Law – Top Bloke!


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Clare


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The Oscars 2015 last night were a resounding success and terrific fun.  Dr John Law treated us to an hour of his own wild and wacky photographs before judging the Movie Poster Competition.  He did a marvellous job and kept us entertained all evening.  He enjoyed the whole concept of the competition and declared that he couldn’t remember when he had had so much fun at a camera club.  If someone could remind who did Pulp Fiction and Red Shoes I will update the page.  Well done to all who entered.  Really good fun.  Congrats to Thomas for winning the prestigious Oscar and to Mick and Clare who picked up a Dr John Raspberry each. Many thanks to Adele for popping all that popcorn.

Monochrome Print Competition March 9th 2015

This print competition was well supported with a lovely selection of black and white prints with a couple of toned images as well.  Our dapper judge was the excellent

Colin Southgate FRPS

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Colin found a kind word for every entry and eventually decided on his top pictures.

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Tom Couch

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Tanya Warren

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Paul Munns

A big well done to all who took part in this, the final monthly competition in the season.

PDI Open Competition Monday February 2nd

Our last PDI competition of the season was held on Monday February 2nd and was judged by the lovely Barbara Lyddiatt.  Barbara was a new judge to our club and it turned out that she had killed two birds with one stone while in Stevenage by visiting an online friend who lives in the town.  Her friend, Sheila, runs the Stevenage Freegle group that some of you may have heard of.  It’s a handy recycling group that find new homes for unwanted items.

I have delayed posting this review of the evening as I have been waiting for the images from the authors that won a twenty.  They are still not forthcoming, so here are the winners anyway.  They all got a twenty.  It would have been nice to see their images as well, but I can’t post what I haven’t got.  Well done to them and indeed to all who entered.

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Chris Thurston

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Adele Gibson

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Andre Riphagen

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Mick Grayson

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Alan Brown

Landscape Competition

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was on fine form last night for our print competition.  He describes himself as a “Counter Conformist” and he certainly lived up to his own handle.  When faced with a themed competition, he looks for “Hard Bits”.  That is the actual foreground, background and in between ground.  Then he looks at the “Soft Bits”.  Lighting and treatment.  But, most of all, he looks for the “Wow Factor!”.

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He is a very entertaining judge who has critiqued more than a million images in his time.

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I found him to be fairly harsh with some images.  Beautiful scenes were rewarded with a lowly 15 for no apparent reason.  Anything that didn’t seem like a landscape to him ended up with a 12.  Dr John seems very enthusiastic and passionate about photography.  He touches and caresses the prints as he looks for their finer points to talk about.

He found his winners.

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Andy’s volcanoes exploded with Wow Factor!

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Andre scored an amazing 21/20 for his print which was deemed to be “Print of the Night”.  Andre is also a genius who needs to be nurtured and encouraged.  Dr John pointed out that there is a very thin line btween genius and madness, as if we needed telling. Andre’s picture was reminiscent of a Jackson Pollock masterpiece and the judge was actually speechless as he admired it.  Remarkable.  Some people thought that Andre had simple snapped a picture of someone else’s art, but what do they know?

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The other 20 was won by Alan Brown who chose not to attend again.  What could be more important than seeing your pictures win 20’s?  Alan is becoming The Invisible Man.

Very well done to everyone who entered.  A very good quantity of prints with excellent quality.  Presentation was very, very good across the board, too.  No one was marked down for poor mounting or scruffy entries.  Sara and Andy worked well together.  (How come I never thought of getting someone else to call out the titles?  Doh!)

A great competitive night.  Those scores will be getting exciting now.

Open Competition – Projected

Our open competition was judged by Naomi Saul ARPS DPAGB APAGB EFIAP.

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Twenties were scored by the following.

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Chris Pike

Sitting Pretty by Chris Pike

Sitting Pretty by Chris Pike

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Gwen Flynn

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Snow Bird by Gwen

Norweigan Blue by Gwen Flynn

Norwegian Blue by Gwen

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Chris begs Naomi for a 20

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Forked by Chris Thurston

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David Cole

Autumn colour at Crummock Water by David Cole

Autumn Colour at Crummock Water

Well done to all who entered.  A very entertaining and inspirational evening.  Apart from Nat, who fell asleep, of course.  Many thanks to our lovely judge, Naomi and also to Sara for all her hard work collating and renaming.

Congratulations to our Winners!

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POWER by Tom Couch

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There were 90 entries on Monday for the attention of judge, Paul de Silva.

POTY 2014 – The Winners!

So here are the winners of this year’s Photographer of the Year Print Competition.

Commended
Chris Pike – Commended
Mick Grayson - Commended
Mick Grayson – Commended
Sara Holmes - Highly Commended
Sara Holmes – Highly Commended
Tom Couch - Highly Commended
Tom Couch – Highly Commended
Ron Pickford - 3rd Place
Ron Pickford – 3rd Place
Adele Gibson - 2nd Place
Adele Gibson – 2nd Place
Chris Thurston - Winner - Photographer of the Year 2014 - Congratulations!
Chris Thurston – Winner – Photographer of the Year 2014 – Congratulations!
Tom Couch - Winner - JimLucas Award for Best Image.  Well done Tom!
Tom Couch – Winner – Jim Lucas Award for Best Image. Well done Tom!

 

Very well done to everyone who entered and to all those who came along to enjoy the images.

Come on you Stevenage!

What happened at the 4 Way Battle tonight, you are all wondering. Well. We only went and won it again! Fan-bloody-tastic! Woohoo! Many thanks to our members who entered their images. Thanks also to our selectors, Andy Roo Smith and Sara Holmes.

The first half was tense. Our five prints scored 16, 18, 18, 15 and 19. Not bad, but Hertford had a couple of twenties. It was close. In the second half we surged ahead with the PDIs. 16 was followed by 19, 20, 19 and yet another 19! We did good.

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Me with Judge Allan Hale – A man with impeccable taste and excellent perception.

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settlement

Our next external competition takes place on Thursday November 28th at Letchworth Settlement, 229 Nevells Rd, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire SG6 4UB

We will face Hertford, Welwyn Garden City as well as Letchworth in this annual head to head competition.

Beds Invitation Inter Club 2013 Results

Ampthill & District CC

Competition Results for
2013 Bedfordshire Invitation Inter-Club

Judge
Graham Hodgkiss ARPS MPAGB APAGB AFIAP

Position Club Name Author Title (Points) Score
1 Leighton Buzzard PC Clive Rayment The Breaker (20) 99
Dave Cromack Jackinabox (20)
Andrew Turner Frosty Sheep (18)
Roger Gage Stay Away (14)
Bernie Raffe Musical Camden Market Trader (14)
Clive Daniels Bearded Dragon Feeding (13)
2 Stevenage PS Tanya Warren Surface Tension (20) 97
Elliot Hook La Vie a la Plage (19)
Adele Gibson Lone Tree, Rydal Water (16)
Elliot Hook Elgol Blue (16)
Tom Couch Cabbage White (14)
Wasi Siddiqi Ruins on the Beach (12)
3 Biggleswade & District CC Ian Gostelow Encroaching tide (20) 96
Chris Davies Winter fantasy (19)
Stacey Purkiss Marmelade Fly (17)
Tim Walton The Fire Queen (16)
Ben Pike The Bug (12)
Chris Davies In Winters Grip (12)
= 4 Shillington & District CC Peter Turner Recession (17) 95
Shirley Hollis In The Lead (17)
Jose Currant Mist over Exmoor (16)
Naomi Saul A Night at the Ballet (16)
David Randall Shimbashi Subway (16)
Ron Johl I’m Stuck on You (13)
= 4 Harpenden PS Colin Southgate THE PINK BAG (20) 95
Stephen Pritchard TO THE NEXT GATE (19)
Trish French PARISIAN STAIRCASE (18)
Peter Milsom HANNAH COCKROFT (14)
Sarah Cody HAPPY HIPPY (13)
Angela Williams CONTEMPLATION (1) (11)
5 Gamlingay PS Stan Saunders Red Grouse in flight (20) 93
Ron Pickford Mid Winter Fields (19)
Stan Saunders Knapweed Fritillary (18)
Paul Langshaw Moody Dixie (15)
John Clark Let us Out (11)
Jackie Bruce Trees in a Winter’s Landscape (10)
6 Ampthill & District CC Valerie Elliott Ready to Surf (20) 92
Ben Peet Shell Shocked (19)
David Wear FREESTYLE JET SKIER (17)
Graham Frost A WEE DRAM (13)
Ben Peet PONY PROFILE (12)
Louise Brinklow CHICAGO (11)
7 St Albans CC Peter Tatton DIVE (19) 91
Helen Cullens KING’S CROSS (16)
Helen Cullens LIGHTS ON THE MILLENNIUM BRIDGE (16)
Juliet Morton A Sienese dawn (15)
Chris Drury CATCHING THE SUN (14)
Colin Hicks LOOKOUT (11)
8 Rushden & District PS Graham Taylor A Home No More (17) 90
Elaine Nash Teapot (17)
David West Ducks at Dawn (15)
Tony Joyce Carnival Queen (15)
Elaine Nash Interior of St Andrews, Cranford (14)
Keith Millard From Below (12)
9 Bedford CC John Pegram Bearded Seal (20) 88
Steve Ridgway Pastures New (16)
Ian Whiting Geese At Sunset (15)
Ian Whiting Street Dancing (15)
Chris Pike The End of the Pier Show (12)
Chris Pike Light ReLeaf (10)
10 New City PS Simon Raynor BLUE DANCER (16) 83
Colin Mill PENMON FLOW (15)
Jamie White PINK LIGHT DISTRICT (15)
Don Byatt REMEMBRANCE (14)
Geoff Einon EUROPEAN BEE-EATER (12)
Neil Schofield A HUMBLE STARLING (11)
11 Hitchin CC Gareth Kitchener Gerbera (16) 82
Tom Salmond Porth Nanven Dawn (16)
Rafe Abrook Peacock Tree Frog (14)
Greg Covington Chalkhill Blue (13)
Isla Knight Reflections of Colour (13)
Andy Hyde Turning Pages (10)
= 12 Park Street CC Rosemary Wenzerul Eagle Owl Portrait (17) 80
Connie Fitzgerald Tulips (15)
Sue Hipperson Flood Tide Dawn Thornham Harbour (12)
Jeremy Fraser-Mitchell Pallas Cat (12)
Chris Gilbert Starling Wars (12)
Dave Hipperson Thornham Beach (12)
= 12 Letchworth Garden City CC Gary Neesam Taking Baby Home (16) 80
Rob Fairhead Recumbent Puffin (15)
Dennis Anguige Lao Boy (14)
Peter Freeman Hellebore (14)
Kirsty Gifkins Sunset Rays caught ‘by the Tide (11)
John Dingemans Brown Hare (10)
13 Buckingham CC Adrian Davies Natasha (17) 78
Adrian Court Beached (13)
Jon Downs One Day in London (13)
Adrian Davies Glancing Light (12)
Nick Biswell Tough Skinned (12)
Jon Downs Returning (11)
14 Kempston CC Donnie Canning Head in my Hands (16) 73
Donnie Canning Jaguar (13)
Peter Darby I Have Spotted Lunch (12)
Roy Backhouse Stealth Attack (11)
Roy Backhouse Ram (11)
Peter Darby Raindrop on Mushroom (10)
15 Vauxhall & Chilterns PC Keith Knight Coming Round (16) 71
Graham Owen Follow me (12)
Innes Griggs Anxiety (11)
Stephan McDonald Three Abstracts (11)
Chris Taylor Arachnophobia (11)
Dave Spacey Constellation of holly (10)

The Melbourn Trophy 2013

The Melbourn Trophy 2013

1st Round

Melbourn CC vs Stevenage PS

At Foxton Village Hall, Hardman Road, Foxton, Cambridge, Cambs, CB22 6RN

Judge – Adrian Stone

All are welcome to attend to cheer on Stevenage.

Arthur Ash Trophy

Arthur is the one on the left. I don’t know who that other bloke is… Very colourful!

The Arthur Ash Trophy

This popular competition takes place on Monday April 8th, straight after Easter Weekend.

3 Way Battle

Dave Smith from Biggleswade & District Camera Club receiving the shield from judge Dr John Law

We saw some stunning images on Monday 25th March at the Annual 3 Way Battle between ourselves, Kempston and Biggleswade.