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.
Eric Saul ARPS, EFIAP, DPAGB, APAGB
Congratulations to all those below who had images accepted by the EAF Exhibition. Good work, Team!
EAF Exhibition 2013
Stevenage PS acceptances
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)
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
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
Lynne and Jeff Owen did a talk for us on Monday night. They explained how they do their location shoots and some of the inspirations, tricks and tips behind the scenes to get the results that they have so much success with in competitions. In fact the trick is quite simple. It involves hard work and preparation. The lengths they go to are considerable. Props, outfits and locations all need to be just right. Some of their models are just gorgeous. I especially enjoyed the pin ups with the fur coats and stockings. It was great to see their images and it made for a very enjoyable evening. Many thanks guys!
In recognition of Lynne and Jeff’s model shoots, David baked some bra and panties cakes.
Today was the day of the Cambridge Inter-Club Competition. http://www.cambcc.org.uk/
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?
To celebrate Movember, when all the Bros are growing Moes for charidee, David decided to add some fun to his home made cup cakes this week.