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.

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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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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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.

Monochrome Print Competition March 9th 2015

This print competition was well supported with a lovely selection of black and white prints with a couple of toned images as well.  Our dapper judge was the excellent

Colin Southgate FRPS

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Colin found a kind word for every entry and eventually decided on his top pictures.

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Tom Couch

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Tanya Warren

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Paul Munns

A big well done to all who took part in this, the final monthly competition in the season.

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

Landscape Competition

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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.

Open Competition – Projected

Our open competition was judged by Naomi Saul ARPS DPAGB APAGB EFIAP.

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Twenties were scored by the following.

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Chris Pike

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Gwen Flynn

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Snow Bird by Gwen

Norweigan Blue by Gwen Flynn

Norwegian Blue by Gwen

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Chris begs Naomi for a 20

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Forked by Chris Thurston

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David Cole

Autumn colour at Crummock Water by David Cole

Autumn Colour at Crummock Water

Well done to all who entered.  A very entertaining and inspirational evening.  Apart from Nat, who fell asleep, of course.  Many thanks to our lovely judge, Naomi and also to Sara for all her hard work collating and renaming.

Congratulations to our Winners!

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POWER by Tom Couch

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

Come on you Stevenage!

What happened at the 4 Way Battle tonight, you are all wondering. Well. We only went and won it again! Fan-bloody-tastic! Woohoo! Many thanks to our members who entered their images. Thanks also to our selectors, Andy Roo Smith and Sara Holmes.

The first half was tense. Our five prints scored 16, 18, 18, 15 and 19. Not bad, but Hertford had a couple of twenties. It was close. In the second half we surged ahead with the PDIs. 16 was followed by 19, 20, 19 and yet another 19! We did good.

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Me with Judge Allan Hale – A man with impeccable taste and excellent perception.

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 Melbourn Trophy 2013

The Melbourn Trophy 2013

1st Round

Melbourn CC vs Stevenage PS

At Foxton Village Hall, Hardman Road, Foxton, Cambridge, Cambs, CB22 6RN

Judge – Adrian Stone

All are welcome to attend to cheer on Stevenage.

Judging the Judges

Monthly Print Competition

Jim Hartje was our judge last Monday at the Open Monthly Print competition and he explained in advance that he intended to use the full range of marks.

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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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.

Street Life Competition

Malcom Tinn LRPS – Great judge!

Alan Brown got TWO Twenties! Well done, Alan!

 

Paul Langshaw- Congrats, Paul!

The lovely Lynne gets a well deserved 20. I love that image.

As Elliot sits down, Lynne gets up to collect her certificate.

Well done, Elliot Hook