Keith Leedham

Last night’s Audio Visual Shows from Keith Leedham was simply stunning. Keith tells stories with his photographs, adding music and sound effects along the way. “A Soldier’s Farewell” nearly brought a tear or two to the room. “Our Trip to Cornwall” was really funny and “I Believe” was a very powerful message.
Keith was kind enough to give us a copy of Pictures 2 Exe. The software can cost up to £164. If you would like a copy, please send me an email at johnkcrouch@gmail.com
Many thanks to Keith for a very enjoyable evening.

John Crouch's photo.

Newsletter

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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 

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

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 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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Beatrice Dach


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Clare Hancock


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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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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.

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

Sitting Pretty by 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

Forked

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.

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.

Photo Walk

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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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Location Shoots with Lynne and Jeff Owen

Jeff and Lynne – Interesting… AND Enjoyable!
Lynne and Jeff Owen did a talk for us on Monday night. They explained how they do their location shoots and some of the inspirations, tricks and tips behind the scenes to get the results that they have so much success with in competitions. In fact the trick is quite simple. It involves hard work and preparation. The lengths they go to are considerable. Props, outfits and locations all need to be just right. Some of their models are just gorgeous. I especially enjoyed the pin ups with the fur coats and stockings. It was great to see their images and it made for a very enjoyable evening. Many thanks guys!
David’s Bra & Panties cake – Genius!

In recognition of Lynne and Jeff’s model shoots, David baked some bra and panties cakes.

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?

Print Competition

Gerry Metcalfe DPAGB – Firm, but fair

Can I just say what a pleasure it was tonight to sit in the audience and just enjoy the competition. That was the best competition I’ve ever been to at Stevenage PS. Normally I am running around like a blue arsed fly trying to make sure everything gets done. Gary, Sue and Zoe were great tonight. Many thanks, guys.

Highlights of the evening: Paul Carver’s Twiggeries. (Great word!) Gary’s face when Gerry couldn’t understand his “Storm” picture. Lynne’s agitation when her “Lies” image was being slated and got a 16. (That picture was voted Best Image in the exhibition by another judge.) Disappointment of the evening: No doughnuts. Well done everyone. A great nights entertainment.

Well done to everyone who entered.

Tutorial Workshop

Gary and Elliot thrilled the audience on Monday night.

Monday night’s tutorial really was something special. Gary Nicholls and Elliot Hook put together a lecture on using ND filters and polarisers that was out of this world. Well planned, well prepared and well executed. Nothing left to chance. All questions were answered and even some that we didn’t even think to ask. Who knew that dogs liked tripods so much?

I felt sorry for Elliot struggling through it despite suffering from a horrible cold. If this is him when he is under the weather, we just have to see him when he is on top form! Gary was enthusiastic, humorous and inspirational. His lead in was a work of art. I’ve got a strong feeling that we are going to see quite a lot of these boys. They won’t be allowed to walk away now. I loved it. I hope you did too. (I just want to get out there with my ND filter and tripod now!)

We have had many favourable reviews of Monday’s lecture.

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

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