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       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 

Landscape Competition

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Dr John Law UPI ZEUS UPI 4 CROWN FRPS MFIAP
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.

Congratulations to our Winners!

IMG_5342Alan Brown receiving his certificate from judge Paul de Silva

IMG_5343Jo Sowden was another worthy winner.

Cormorants on the Thames by Jo Sowden(1)Cormorants on the Thames by Jo Sowden

Hold on Tight by Alan Brown
Hold Tight by Alan Brown

POWER by Tom Couch

Power by Tom Couch

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Tom Couch

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

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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6th Monthly Competition – Theme – "Motion"

Nee naw nee naw!

We will be going through the motions on Monday with the delightful Daphne Hanson DPAGB CPAGB judging our work in this, the 6th and final monthly competition of the 2012/2013 season.  It will be projected and marked out of 20 with winners of 20’s getting a certificate and scratchcard for their trouble.  The deadline for your entries is tonight at midnight.  Thursday March 14th.  Don’t be a Cinderella.  Get your work in NOW!

The theme is “Motion” and I am looking forward to your interpretations of this challenging theme.  I’ve posted the one that I didn’t use above.  One of my panning shots taken outside the Arts Centre.  I shall probably regret not using it on Monday when I get a 12 or something ridiculous for one of the others.

It’s very close at the top.  Gary has posted  the results so far.  I don’t think I am troubling anyone.

Good luck everyone!

Win a Year's Free Electricity!

Hello,

 

I just wanted to let you know about a photography competition that’s just been launched by Friends of the Earth, with some fantastic prizes available.

 

The theme is renewable energy, which can be interpreted as creatively or imaginatively as you like. The winning and shortlisted photos will appear in an exhibition to be held in the autumn.

 

And there are prizes available for winning photos including a year’s free electricity.

 

Full details are available here: http://www.foe.co.uk/living/competitions/cbe_photo_competition_36350.html

 

The closing date for entries is 17 August, and photos should be emailed to: photocomp@foe.co.uk

 

I would be very grateful if you could let your members know about this competition.

 

Many thanks,

 

Glyn Thomas
Friends of the Earth

Portrait Photographer of the Year

 

 

 

Don’t forget that the next competition is Portrait Photographer of the year on the 23rd of April. The entries need to be:

  1. 6 prints within the standard competition 40×50 dimensions.
  2. Not be more then 24 months old.
  3. Not have been used in a previous Portrait Photographer of the Year competition.
  4. Each print must have its own title.

Good luck!

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.

Holiday Snaps Entries

Night Time Shots by Jeff Owen
Pairs by Peter Carpenter
Cromer Crabs by Lynne Owen
Gran Canaria by Rita Flain
French France by Roger Andrews
Shuttleworth by Ron Pickford
Southport by Clare Hancock
Italia by Tracy Dunsford
Sail Round Maldon by JC
Muddy Maldon by Adele