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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John Crouch


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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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John


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Mick


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.

Portrait Photographer of the Year & Photographer of the Year 2013

Our lovely judges, Russell and Barbie Lindsay

Portrait Photographer of the Year  & Photographer of the Year 2013

Will now be held on the same night.  Monday May 13th.  We will have Russell and Barbie Lindsay to assist in the task of choosing the winners.  Let no one be under the illusion that this will be easy.  There will be a lot of work to do on that night and we will need an army of volunteers.  I need you all there at 7:30, please.  We’ll get out tables, print stands, the 35mm projector for lighting and the large print stand.  We have the portraits there so they can be put up straight away.  We will start judging at 8pm on the dot.  We may not be finished until 10:30. 


The portraits will be put up first.  Bring your POTY entries with you and keep them to one side ready for the switch over at the break.  Make sure that your name is on each and every print.  Russell will judge the portraits and award the slips and cup before the break.  As soon as we break, you will need to grab your portraits and take them away.  If you are entering Photographer of the Year, you will need to put up your six prints as you want to see them displayed.  Do this before you get your coffee or tea so that the judge can check them out before we start part two.  You can see that, if you are entering either of these comps, you will need to be there in person if possible.


Tea break will be no more than ten minutes, depending on the number of POTY entries.  Like Russell, Barbie will not get much more than two or three minutes on each entry by my estimate.  It should be enough.  These guys are good and don’t waste words.  They know what they are talking about and their constructive criticism is worth it’s weight in gold.

Some members have been asking about the entry conditions for the photographer of the year competition.  I have attached a copy of the up to date rules for you to print out and keep for future reference.  Your entry will consist of your six best prints.  The judge is looking for technical excellence as well as variety and versatility from the author.  Your entry does NOT have to be arranged as a panel, like the Arthur Ash Trophy Competition, but some entrants prefer to show their work like a panel anyway.  That is their choice, but you will not lose points if you have different coloured mounts or different sized prints within the mounts.  The mounts will have to measure 50cm x 40cm as this is the standard size for all of our club comps and the EAF.
Barbie will also be asked to choose the best single image from the POTY for the Jim Lucas Trophy.  This can be from any of the sets and does not have to be part of the winning set.  Here are the entries from last year to give you an idea of what is required.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me on this address.  stevphosoc@gmail.com

In July we have an exhibition at what used to be the Boxfield Gallery in the Gordon Craig Theatre.  It is now called Pi Bistro.  The exhibition will be on the restaurant walls, so it will get even more attantion than usual.  We will require your best prints for this exhibition directly after the POTY Competition.  We would like to have at least one from everyone in the club if possible.  A maximum of three, please.  You can add portraits as well.  I will have Arthur at the back table by the window to collect them from you.

Good luck on Monday everyone!

Henry O'Dwyer

An Evening with Henry O’Dwyer

Henry is a good friend of Ron Pickford.  I’m afraid I don’t know much else about him.  He has agreed to come and talk to us.  I’m sure it will be an entertaining and informative evening.  Come down on Monday April 29th and find out for yourself.

 

Portrait Photographer of the Year

was a total disaster this year due to not having a judge.  There seems to have been some sort of mix up and the judge, Russell Lindsay, thought he was coming to Stevenage next Monday.  Russell and his wife, Barbie, live in Suffolk and it would have taken too long even if they had set out as soon as they realised.  Clearly, we need to ensure that our speakers and judges are reminded by email and that we have contact details for them on the night.  It doesn’t happen very often, but it is a real nuisance when it does.  I do apologise to everyone who came down to the club expecting an exciting competition.  Also to all who entered.  We had more entries than ever before.  The entries have been boxed up and we are going to try and judge them on the evening of May 13th with the Photographer of the Year Competition.  Some members asked if they could add their portrait images to this competition.  I have to say no, as it wouldn’t be fair to all those that had their sets ready for last Monday.  I would like to thank Gary for going through the programme for next year and explaining what we have to look forward to.  David made a collection of “Portrait Cakes”.  He was going to send me a picture of them, but I haven’t received anything yet.  They were very tasty if the one I had is anything to go by.
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Eric Saul ARPS, EFIAP, DPAGB, APAGB

We are very sad to announce the death of local photographer, judge, speaker and friend of many of our club members, Eric Saul.  Eric has been suffering with his mobility for some years now, but has bravely battled on, visiting camera clubs with his wife, Naomi to judge images or speak about photography.  Together they have played a pivotal role in the running of the East Anglian Federation, where Eric was Treasurer for many years.  They were regular members at Shillington Camera Club and were passionate about their photography and encouraging young photographers.  We extend our condolences to his family.

 
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EAF Exhibition

Congratulations to all those below who had images accepted by the EAF Exhibition.  Good work, Team!

 

EAF Exhibition 2013

 

Stevenage PS acceptances

 

Monochrome Prints

 

Chris Thurston – Lone Tree –  12

Chris Thurston – An Alternative Fashion – 11.5

 

Adele Gibson – Rydal Water Tree – 12

 

Elliot Hook – Still Waters – 12

Elliot Hook – The Second Severn Crossing – 12 (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)

 

Gary Nicholls – Lombok Street Carver – 13 (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)

 

Colour Prints

 

Chris Thurston – Walking the Dogs -12

Chris Thurston – Frosty Teasels -12

 

Adele Gibson – Symmetry – 13

Adele Gibson – Luskentyre Beach – 12 (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)

 

Lynne Owen – On a Spin Cycle – 11.5

 

Gary Nicholls – Storm over Bamburgh – 12

 

Digital

 

Elliot Hook – Brown Hare – 13 – Highly Commended – (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)

 

Jeff Owen – Waiting and Wondering – 12 (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)

 

Tanya Warren – Surface Tension – 12 (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)

 

Gary Nicholls – Saved from her Reverie – 11

 

Paul Langshaw – Iranian Protester – 12 (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)

 

Chris Thurston – Macabre Night – 12 (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)

Chris Thurston – Walking in the Snow – 11

 

 

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The Cambridge Inter Club Competition

Chris Palmer ARPS AFIAP APAGB DPAGB
Today was the day of the Cambridge Inter-Club Competition. http://www.cambcc.org.uk/digital/
A digital battle between 36 camera clubs from all over the south east area. Our judge was Chris Palmer ARPS AFIAP DPAGB APAGB who was very harsh with his marking, but he justified his scoring with his critique. Our first slide up was one of Ronnie‘s called St Pauls City Scape. The judge commented on the sky and various artifacts that possibly remained after cloning or manipulation. He enjoyed the view from the old wobbly bridge, but marked it at 14. Jeff Owen‘s Caroline was next in the People catagory and did quite well. The judge liked the angle of her head and the framing of her face. The eyes were as sharp as it was possible to be. 17. Up next before the break was Elliot Hook‘s 60 Seconds of Sunrise. Chris loved the sky, but felt that the tree could have been better placed. Had the tree been silhouetted against that sky, then Elliot would have been celebrating a 20. As it was, he will have to be happy with a 15.
We had a break for tea and cakes which was spoilt by not having anywhere to set down your cup or plate so that you could enjoy it. We were herded back into the hall and expected to eat at our seats. Disgraceful. Lovely home made cakes. Several people went back for seconds. I was good. Just one slice of Victoria sponge. I also went for a walk round the block afterwards with my camera to see if there was anything in Whittlesford worth capturing. (There was!)
Back to the competition with Natural History and Stacey Purkiss predictably scored a 20 for Biggleswade with his gruesome Flesh Fly. Ugh. *shudders* We replied with Elliot’s Brown Hare and got 18 for our trouble. That should have been a 20 in my opinion. On to the next Open round and we steamed in with Gary Nicholls‘ Storm. The judge was very critical of the sky in Gary’s masterpiece and thought it was over worked and the lightning was unnecessary. I don’t think he even noticed the hands as trees. It ended up with a 17.
So all the scores were totted up and we got 81. The overall winner only got 87, so we weren’t far off the mark at all. Most important of all was the FACT that we got 4 points more than Ware & District PS! Interestingly, we also got the same score as Bigglewade & District CC who we face next month in the Melbourn Trophy.
Winners today Benfleet Camera Club. 2nd PeterboroughPS. Joint 3rd – Cambridge CC and Norfolk PG. Best Image was by Mark Edwards of Notley PC.
Well done to our External Comp Sec, Ron Pickford and all who entered their images for selection. It was good to see so many members from our club there today as well. I enjoy this event as it’s good to see so many old and new faces from the world of photography.
The day was sponsored by John Lewis today. Chris Thurston suggested that we get Poundland or Primark to sponsor us… Whatever does he mean?

'Twas the night Before Christmas

I popped round to see Arthur this afternoon as he wasn’t able to make the club last Monday due to just coming out of hospital.  His wife told me that he is on chemotherapy for cancer.  This came as a surprise to me as I only saw Arthur last Tuesday at Christine’s funeral service and he hadn’t mentioned hospital at all to me.  He had told me that he had bladder cancer, but that was early last year.  Typical Arthur.  He is one tough cookie.  He hates to admit defeat and will carry on to the end.

When I saw him he was in good spirits and determined to come back to the club next Monday.  I left him some prints that need mounting and asked him to bring some mount card down next week.  I settled up with subs that I had collected and tea money.

 

I found this online and thought it was quite amusing.

Twas the night before Christmas

(… or “If anything can go wrong, it will”)

Twas the night before Christmas

And all through the place

A photographer wandered

To catch Santa’s face

He’d set up his tripod

And cocked up his shutter

When he heard in the chimney

A cough and a splutter

He steadied his camera

And charged up his gun

For the best of all candids

In life he had done

With a soot cloud of blackness

Down Santa he came

The photographer pounced

A great image his game

But the lens he discovered,

As he saw Santa’s foot,

Had poor optic properties

– it was covered in soot