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

 

Newsletter

newsletter

       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 

Newsletter

newsletter
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!

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.

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!

 

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!

 

 

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.

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

About The Club

Stevenage Photographic Society meet every Monday night (excluding bank holidays) from September through to May, with an additional summer program that runs from the end of May until the new season starts in the following September.

If you would like to sample what we have to offer, then please feel free to pop along on a Monday night!

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 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

Photo Walk

We were so lucky with the weather on Monday night. The sky had been as dark and gloomy as a wet blanket all day. Then at about 7pm, it popped it’s head out to say hello and welcomed us to our Photo Walk around Old Knebworth. Several of our club members knew the lie of the land and Anita led us to the church and the lake in the grounds of Knebworth House.

Prize Giving 2013

After the AGM on Monday we presented the trophies and certificates to the worthy winners.

Paul Munns presented the monthly awards

Gary Nicholls got joint 2nd place Advanced Prints
Ron Pickford got joint 2nd place Advanced Prints
Elliot Hook 1st place Advanced Prints

 

Anita Hoyle – 3rd place Novice Prints
Brian Hunt – 2nd place – Novice Prints

 

Alan Brown – Winner – Novice Prints

 

Paul Langshaw – Winner – Advanced Projected
Anita Hoyle – 3rd place – Novice Projected

 

Alan Brown – 2nd Place – Novice Projected

The President’s Shield was presented by President, Don King

Alan Brown – Winner – President’s Shield – Novice
Paul Langshaw – Winner – President’s Shield – Advanced

Of course, Arthur Ash presented the Ashes Awards

Clare Hancock – Commended – Arthur Ash Trophy
Wasi Sid Siddiqi – Highly Commended – Arthur Ash Trophy
Mick Grayson – Highly Commended – Arthur Ash Trophy

 

John Poxon – 3rd place- Arthur Ash Trophy

 

Anita Hoyle – 2nd place – Arthur Ash Trophy

Elliot Hook presented the awards for Portrait Photographer of the Year 2013

Paul Langshaw – Commended – Portrait Photographer of the Year
Sara Holmes – Commended – Portrait Photographer of the Year
John Poxon – Highly Commended – Portrait Photographer of the Year
Gary Nicholls – 3rd place – Portrait Photographer of the Year

 

Paul Munns – Winner – Portrait Photographer of the Year

Paul Langshaw presented the awards for Photographer of the Year 2013

Ron Pickford -Commended – Photographer of the Year 2013
Wasi Sid Siddiqi – Highly Commended – Photographer of the Year 2013
Elliot Hook – 3rd place – Photographer of the Year 2013
Gary Nicholls – 2nd place – Photographer of the Year 2013

The Chairman’s Medal was awarded to the member showing the greatest enthusiasm and promise within the club.

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

Henry O’Dwyer – Talented Photographer

Henry was well received at our club last Monday.  He showed a selection of his photos from various locations and taken with different cameras and lenses.  It would be fair to say that Henry has a penchant for the fish eye lens in particular and wide angles in general.  His quirky views of locations were unusual and inspirational.  I enjoyed his images and felt that the evening went very well.