Bikers in Town





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Andy, our trusty mechanic, was on hand to keep the two wheeled machines road worthy after they came into the club for a fantastic photoshoot.  Many thanks to Chris Pike for organising the meet and to Stevenage & District Motorcycle Club for their patience as we tried to pose them and their bikes.


The Oscars 2015

An actual Oscar statuette to be presented during the 79th Annual Academy Awards sits in a display case in Hollywood

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John Crouch

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Beatrice Dach

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John Crouch

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Clare Hancock

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John Crouch

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Mick Grayson

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John Crouch – Featuring Rob “Steampunk” Ryder

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Rob Ryder

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Thomas Ashley – Winner

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John Crouch – With help from “Jason” aka Simon Cooper

I must tell you a funny story about this picture.  One of our kitchen knives had gone missing for several weeks.  It’s in a knife block, so it’s loss was noticeable and irritating.  I was blaming Nic and Hilary.  We were all puzzled.  When this picture popped up last night, I remembered what I had done with it.  It was in my props bag.

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Adele Gibson

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John Crouch -(my favourite)

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John Crouch

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Rob Ryder

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Clare Hancock

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Chris Thurston


Winner – Thomas Ashley – Miss Minoes










Judge – Dr John Law – Top Bloke!







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


Colin Southgate

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


Tom Couch


Tanya Warren


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.


Chris Thurston


Adele Gibson


Andre Riphagen


Mick Grayson


Alan Brown

Lightroom by Paul Munns


Getting to grips with a new photo editing software can be daunting.  It’s often a very steep learning curve with many hours of frustration and annoying mistakes along the way.  Our very own Paul Munns did his best to smooth out that journey and his sound advice and informative teaching techniques were very well received by those attending on Monday evening.

Digital enhancement of photographs is not only accepted these days, but, in fact, is essential to bring out the best of your efforts.  Very few, if any, “Straight our of Camera” shots do well in competitions.  Paul showed us how just simple changes can make huge differences to images, turning them from average snap shots to prize winning beauties!


Paul Munns – Lightroom Guru

As often happens, we ran out of time on Monday, but Chris Thurston is encouraging all club members to explore the benefits of Audio Visual Slideshows.  An AV gives you a chance to show many pictures at the same time to music.  I have used them with wedding pictures to great effect.  We aim to hold an AV competition to honour the memory of Roger Andrews who was the master of this particular facet of photography.  Pictures 2 Exe is probably the most widely used software to create AVs.  It’s easy and intuitive.  Give it a try.

Robert Ryder, our Webmaster, announced some improvements and enhancements to our website including more use of member galleries.  Bring it on Rob!

Ron's Amazing Haircut


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!

Ann Miles

We had a visit from the multi talented Ann Miles tonight.  Talking mainly about monochrome images, she had some breathtaking work to show us.


Whether you enjoyed her landscapes, her snow scenes, her night shots or her architecture images, you can find more at her web site and her blog post.

A very enjoyable evening with plenty of inspiration for everyone.

Landscape Competition


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!”.


He is a very entertaining judge who has critiqued more than a million images in his time.


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.


Andy’s volcanoes exploded with Wow Factor!


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?


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.

About The Club

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

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

Jane Goodall – The Beautiful Light

about me

Jane Goodall combines a Senior Research Fellowship with an established career in photography. Inspired by the natural landscape and captivated by the fleeting moments of changing light and tides she has been drawn to the British coast, regions that include Dorset, Cornwall, Northumbria and the Scottish islands. She has exhibited internationally and judges for the East Anglian Federation of photographers. Jane travels throughout the East Anglia region and beyond, to visit photographic societies and judge their work and give talks on her photography.



Jane insists that her most important piece of kit is her pink wellington boots!


Jane with her delightful image of Brighton Pier

There was a good crowd in tonight to see Jane Goodall and her amazing images.  We certainly had our socks blown off by her delivery and descriptions of her preparation for taking photographs.  She brought in her camera, her tripod and even her hat and mosquito net!  She is an entertaining and eloquent speaker with a charming personality.  On top of all that, she can take amazing photographs.  Life just isn’t fair sometimes.  Click here if you want to visit Jane’s website.

Open Competition – Projected

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


Twenties were scored by the following.


Chris Pike

Sitting Pretty by Chris Pike

Sitting Pretty by Chris Pike


Gwen Flynn


Snow Bird by Gwen

Norweigan Blue by Gwen Flynn

Norwegian Blue by Gwen


Chris begs Naomi for a 20


Forked by Chris Thurston


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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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


Tom Couch

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

This week – Monday 21st July

Peter Warne was our expert guide this week into the world of Natural History with his lecture on
‘Finding Wildlife in Epping Forest’.
Peter provided a highly entertaining and informative evening for us as he led us through the wilds of Epping Forest with some wonderful photography, videocam and birdcalls!
There is clearly a lot more happening in the forest than we tend to realise!

Peter does have some photography workshops coming up which will be of major interest and as we get any information we’ll let you know, but in the meantime Peter is happy to be contacted at

Peter also has a Flickr page where you can see more of his work

Peter also suggests for nature workshops you may also be interested in


Coming up….

This coming