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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

Newsletter

newsletter

         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!

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.

Pyramid Clicks Photographic Studio

 

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This is Brian Conran in his diner.

Did you know that there is a photographic studio in Stevenage that specialises in glamour, vintage and pin up photography. It’s fully kitted out with lights and back drops. All you need is your camera. They are currently offering a 20% discount to Stevenage PS members. If you are looking for somewhere exciting and different to shoot models, ring Brian Conran on 0789 614 2530

Brian can also help with models.

https://www.facebook.com/pyramidclicksphotographicstudio

Description


Full Lightling for sets.
Wall booms for Lighting.
Manfrotto Expan backdrop system, vinyl backdrops
(WHITE, GREY & BLACK) 3M WIDE X 8M LONG
Weighted boom arm and heavy duty stands
Beauty dish with honeycomb grid and diffuser
Strip soft-box with baffle, diffuser and cloth grid
3 light stands (light or heavy duty )
Reflector arm and stand
5-1reflector
Bowens fit barn doors, including gels and honeycomb grid
Bowens metal snoot
500w Elemental strobe
600w Elemental strobe
Bowens fit reflector bowl (for lights) x2
3 x 300w Stobes
Coloured Gels

The Annual Stevenage PS Barbecue

The Winners of the Quiz - Norfolk Enchance
The Winners of the Quiz – Norfolk Enchance
Paul's Foot
Paul’s Foot
Sensible Camera Club
Sensible Camera Club
Nutty Camera Club
Nutty Camera Club
Completely Bonkers Camera Club
Completely Bonkers Camera Club

We held our Annual Barbecue at the Fox Inn, Woolly Green last night and the weather stayed warm and dry!

Photo Walk

lyttonarms

At the committee meeting we decided to invade Old Knebworth this year on our photo walk. Please meet in the car park round the back of the Lytton Arms public house in Park Lane, Old Knebworth SG3 6QB at 7:30pm on Monday June 10th.
There are many points of interest around here within walking distance with a chance of a good sunset if the weather plays ball with us. We’ve made it 7:30 to give us a chance of some “Golden Hour” lighting. Bring your camera and a tripod if you have one.
http://www.lyttonarms.co.uk/

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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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.

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?

Website updates for new season

The web site has had a number of updates for the start of the new season which I’d like to tell you about.

  1. A new “Beginners Corner” has been introduced in the special interest groups section of the forums. The new forum is a place where you can come and ask questions on how to achieve a particular effect or simply, ask questions about using your camera. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, someone in the club will have the answer or be able to point you in the right direction.
  2. An “Introductions” thread is now in the General Board forum. Please come along and introduce yourselves to the other club members. Let them know what kind of photography you like, what kind of kit you use, your web site address or flickr account name so that we can get to know you. Don’t forget to mention what kind of photography you’d like to get involved in as well. This equally applies to all of our existing members as well.
  3. Don’t forget that if you want some feedback on your images, you can post them in the “Image Feedback” forum.
  4. The first challenge has been posted to the Photoshop forum. Using either Photoshop or you favorite tools, what can you come up with using the posted image as the starting point.
  5. I’d like to try an online competition for all members with a little twist to encourage everyone to partake. So here is what I propose:
    1. All entries must be sent to the dpi@stevenagephotographicsociety.org.uk email address with a subject line of “Competition 1”.
    2. All entries will be displayed on the web site for other members to view, BUT each image will not have a photographers name displayed, just the images name (if supplied).
    3. After the closing date, I will add a poll so that we can vote on the images. I’ll set the closing date for voting once the closing date for entries has passed.
    4. If you send more than one image, the last image you sent will be your entry.
    5. The closing date for entries will be the 15th of September 2011.
    6. Please enter even if you don’t normally enter a club competition.