Another Great Studio Night

Last Monday saw us hold yet another great Studio Night, I hope you all had fun and got to shoot in a live studio set up. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to allow us to enjoy these evenings so we all owe Beatrice a huge thank you. On the night Paul, Chris and Rob were on hand to provide excellent advice on set, a big thank you to those guys as well. Our brilliant and talented friend Lisa Jayne brought along what seemed to be an entire wardrobe of hats, outfits and sparkly knick-knacks for us to dress our models in. Our models for the night; Roisin, Lianne and Protea Misstery, were awesome. I’ll put some links below so you can all pay them a visit.

So what’s next….well we’d love to see your images from the night so please post them up onto our Facebook page and send them to us to post here in our members galleries. For those of you that were studio virgins we hope that you got plenty of thrills from the evening and it has inspired you to want to do more !

https://www.facebook.com/roisinmm

https://www.facebook.com/Protea.Model

https://www.facebook.com/lianne.buttle

http://www.lisajaynemillinery.com/

Newsletter

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THIS WEEK          
Monday September 21st at 7 45pm
We are going to have a very special night.

On the agenda the living legend that is
BOB NORRIS APAGB EFIAP
What can be said about this man.

Currently the President of the East Anglian Federation, Bob has been a major figure in the EAF for donkeys years. Likewise at Ware & D PS where he has been a member for 37 years. Loads and loads of wonderful photographic images, tips, anecdotes and just general all round knowledge which he will be sharing with you.
It’s going to be excellent! 
We look forward to seeing you!

         LAST WEEK          
Monday September 14th
How To Use Your Camera
A very interesting and entertaining evening evolved on Monday and from the feedback everyone really enjoyed themselves. Lots of information being shared round, given and received, so many thanks to everyone involved for playing your part.
It would appear more of this would be appreciated so we will try to find ways to fit it into the programme. However, we do have a full and exciting season ahead and we will find plenty of avenues to develop and enjoy our photography.

Just look at this week’s event!   

 

        NEXT WEEK          

28th September 2015
STUDIO NIGHT
Bea has a very exciting and
interesting evening planned for
you!
 

Don’t forget to keep up to date with what’s happening in the club, locally, in the EAF, and in our big national and international world through the PAGB by checking the websites regularly.
 SPS WEBSITE 
EAF website
PAGB website

You should also make sure you subscribe to their newsletters!
PAGB NEWS

…and one last thing!
Studio lighting
A useful video from YOUTUBE

Newsletter

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         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.

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!

 

 

Ron's Amazing Haircut

Ron

A very important announcement from
Ron Pickford

As part of a larger fund raising event I am going to get my beard and hair cut.  Not trimmed but severely chopped.  The purpose of this is to raise funds for the St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger.

The event on the 24th of January is part of a larger fundraising challenge where Matt Givertz and his ex-wife, Sarah, will be driving a 1968 Morris Minor Traveller (Albert) to Mongolia and back.

So sponsor me now or come along to the event on the 24th January 2015 at Potton Market Square and watch the action as it unfolds and, if you want to donate even more, have go at helping the cut!  Hair and beard cutting will start at around 1pm and go on for as long as it takes.

For more information on the event or to find out about Albert’s adventure go to Albert’s web site or Albert’s Mongolian Adventure on Facebook

Thankyou for your support

Ron has sent this link if you would like to sponsor him having his hair cut off. Don’t forget your balaclava, Ron!

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.

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)

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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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?

Extraordinary General Meeting – Monday 3rd September 2012, 8pm

 

Extraordinary General Meeting – Monday 3rd September 2012, 8pm

 

Proposals for changes to Competition Rules

 

Proposal 1:

 

Proposed by Wasi Siddiqi, seconded by Elliot Hook

 

Addition of the following statement to the general rules:

‘Subjective interpretation of themes (including the Portrait Photographer Of The Year) is permitted’.

 

Proposal 2:

 

Proposed by Ron Pickford, seconded by Gary Nicholls

 

In addition to the statement above, a definition of ‘Monochrome’ is given in the rules.

This is thought to be necessary as from the following season a constant set theme of ‘Monochrome’ prints is to be introduced.  A definition of ‘Monochrome’ is given by the PAGB (our governing body) and therefore it makes sense to adopt this definition.

Definition of Monochrome:

A black and white image or one which has been modified by the addition of a single tone to the entire image.  All other images are defined as colour images.  A black and white image that has been modified by the addition of partial toning or the addition of one colour to any part of the image is a colour image.

In the event of a Natural History theme being selected, the PAGB also have a strict definition of this theme.

Definition of Natural History:

Nature photography depicts living, untamed animals and uncultivated plants in a natural habitat, geology and the wide diversity of natural phenomena, from insects to icebergs.

Photographs of animals which are domesticated, caged or under any form of restraint, as well as photographs of cultivated plants are ineligible.

Minimal evidence of humans is acceptable for nature subjects, such as barn owls or storks, adapting to an environment modified by humans, or natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves, reclaiming it.

Any manipulation or modification to the original image is limited to minor retouching of blemishes and must not alter the content of the original scene.

After satisfying the above requirement, every effort should be made to use the highest level of artistic skill in all nature photographs.

 

 

 

 

Currently these are the only 2 themes given a definition by the PAGB.

This could be introduced now or wait until the event of a Natural History theme being selected.

If introduced now then the ‘Proposal 1’ statement could read:

‘Subjective interpretation of themes (including the Portrait Photographer Of The Year) is permitted, with the exception of themes defined by the PAGB (see Appendix)’.

Appendix

Definition of Monochrome:

A black and white image or one which has been modified by the addition of a single tone to the entire image.  All other images are defined as colour images.  A black and white image that has been modified by the addition of partial toning or the addition of one colour to any part of the image is a colour image.

Definition of Natural History:

Nature photography depicts living, untamed animals and uncultivated plants in a natural habitat, geology and the wide diversity of natural phenomena, from insects to icebergs.

Photographs of animals which are domesticated, caged or under any form of restraint, as well as photographs of cultivated plants are ineligible.

Minimal evidence of humans is acceptable for nature subjects, such as barn owls or storks, adapting to an environment modified by humans, or natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves, reclaiming it.

Any manipulation or modification to the original image is limited to minor retouching of blemishes and must not alter the content of the original scene.

After satisfying the above requirement, every effort should be made to use the highest level of artistic skill in all nature photographs.

 

Proposal 3:

 

Proposed by Mike Kersley, seconded by Paul Munns

 

In addition to the above proposals the club adopts the age limit ruling currently in use by the EAF for the EAF exhibition (see below).  This would replace the current club age limit of 24 months for all competitions with the exception of the Arthur Ash Trophy which carries no age limit.

‘Prints and projected digital images must not be more than 4 years old. (This does not refer to the date the image was captured)’.

 

These proposals are to be discussed and voted on at the EGM on the date above.

 

 

Adele Gibson

General Secretary

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!

Enter the EAF Exhibition Now!

EAF Annual Exhibition 2012

Adele is collecting images for the upcoming EAF exhibition.
Last collection date is Monday 5th March.
60p per image to be given to Adele at same time as images.
Rules are summarised below:
Maximum of 3 monochrome prints, 3 colour prints and 4 PDIs per entrant.
Definitions:
Monochrome print: black & white or modified with a single tone applied to the entire image.
Colour print: All other images including a black & white image which has been modified with partial toning or by addition of one colour to any part of the image.
Same or similar images must not be submitted in more than one section.
Final images must not be more than 4 years old (N.B. final images not image capture date).
Images must originate entirely

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.