“Where I Photograph Wildlife in the UK” with Malcolm Hupman

This Friday we continue our summer programme with the first talk for the season. Malcolm’s presentation features 134 different species of Birds, Butterflies and Mammals at 37 different locations with Maps and Directions showing Date, Equipment and Settings.

All events in our summer programme. including 3 more talks, walks, competitions and other events are available to guests for the low total sum of £7. See our website for more details. All events, except walks, are virtual via zoom.

SCPF AGM 9th May 2021 13:00


9th May 2021

This is our final event of the 2020-21 season, and will be on Zoom; it can also be followed (view only) on YouTube. The links are set out below. 

The AGM will start promptly at 1pm but the other timings are approximate 

13.00 AGM

14.15 Judging of the top scoring images from each participating club in the PDI League 

15.30 Talk by Roger Hance FRPS AFIAP DPAGB BPE5*

16.15 Announcement of winners

16.30 Meeting over

We hope all clubs will attend.

Please contact the League Secretary if you have any queries.

The links for the Zoom session:

Link for the YouTube live stream:

PDI Competition 8 April 16th

42 Images was submitted, and judged by Peter Markwick. Once again we had a lot of high scoring images with 7 photos achieving a maximum score of 20. Stella Fagg managed the impressive task of scoring a 20 on all of her images, and was the clear winner of the competition. David Childs were runner up, while Drew Malloch secured the 3rd place.


MemberOverall Score
Stella Fagg60!
David Childs56
Drew Malloch55
Dorothy Wood54
Janet Marshall54
Stella Fagg – Imperfections in Glass
David Childs – Mount Etna Having A Coughing Fit
Drew Malloch – Towering Block
Stella Fagg – Curious Concentration
Richard Keating – Tree with Cloud
Bo Hansen – Sing me a song
Stella Fagg – Sea Weed or Sea Monster

Brian Hodgson Trophy

Doors and Entrances was the set topic for this season’s Brian Hodgson Trophy competition. 17 members took part and were judged by Daan Olivier. Out of the 51 images submitted Daan held back 15 images, which indicates the high standard of the photos submitted. In the end 2 photos got commended and 2 highly commended in addition to the top 3 places.


This year’s winner of the Brian Hodgson Trophy was Janet Marshall LRPS with Deliveroooxford. Runner up was Steven Day with Church Gates, and Stella Fagg’s Making An Entrances secured her third place.

Janet Marshall LRPSDeliveroooxford1st
Steven DayChurch Gates2nd
Stella FaggMaking An Entrance3rd
Bo HansenShame About The Plain DoorsHC
Bo HansenPark GateHC
Janet Marshall – Deliveroooxford
Steven Day – Church Gates
Stella Fagg – Making an Entrance
Bo Hansen – Shame About The Plain Doors
Bo Hansen – Park Gate

Robert Harvey – Notes and Links

Robert Harvey has been in touch after last Friday’s talk. He wanted to thank us for the warm welcome he received. He continues:

I would be very pleased for Reading Camera Club members to join Inspirational Outdoor Photography on Facebook.

I have wildlife, landscape and astrophotography tours which will be operating again from June. Details can be found here.

I would also welcome club members on my mailing list to receive my newsletter four times a year. Subscribers will be invited to a pre-publication offer price on my next book “Britain’s Best Landscapes and How To Photograph Them“. To subscribe, members may visit my website.

PDI Competition 5 February 5th

48 entries by 16 members was entered into the competition. Julian Tubb rated our images very highly, 20 of the entries scored a 18 or above. Len Quinn and Stella Fagg were joint winners with Janet Marshall securing the third place.


MemberOverall Score
Stella Fagg58
Len Quinn58
Janet Marshall55
Keith Hull54
Bo Hansen54
Len Quinn – Pink Puffs of Roseate calm
Stella Fagg – San Francisco Fire Hydrant
Len Quinn – Abandoned on the shoreline
Janet Marshall – The night market
Keith Hull – 3 Quadrants

PDI Competition 4 January 15th

21 members gathered via zoom to witness Caroline Colgate judge the 39 entries to this open competition. The new SCPF judging guidelines were reiterated by Caroline and she proceeded to explain that images are now marked with are wider ranges of scores than in past years.


The winner was Len Quinn, who had the top 3 high-scoring images of the evening. Runner up was Janet Marshall. Drew Malloch and Stella Fagg shared the third place, followed by a group consisting of Richard Keating, Marianne Chandler and Bo Hansen in joint 5th place.

MemberOverall Score
Lenn Quinn58
Janet Marshall51
Drew Malloch49
Stella Fagg49
Richard Keating47
Marianne Chandler47
Bo Hansen47
Len Quinn – On the safe perch – Common Blue
Richard Keeting – Impossible Mission
Len Quinn – Shard up to the Cloud
Stella Fagg – Fading Memories
Drew Malloch – It’s a long cold night
Marianne Chandler – Nasturtium
Len Quinn – Deep Blue Pool Isolation

Adrian McGarry iTakes Talk links

On Friday 11th of December we had the pleasure of a zoom talk from Adiran McGarry, on photographing / editing purely uses a smart phone. It was a well attended and appreciated talk. Adrian has shared some links to the tools he uses below:

The promised links to the list of iOS apps that I featured in my talk (and a few others) which can be found at: https://www.adrianmcgarry.com/iphone-takes/my-top-iphone-photography-apps

Some Android alternatives to consider are:

An alternative for photo-resizing is https://www.image-size.com/
Filmic Firstlight is a newer camera app on Android and iOS. It’s a full manual camera with exposure compensation, ISO, shutter speed, focus, white balance, and more. It also supports RAW photos, has a live histogram, and more.  https://www.filmicpro.com/products/firstlight/
Long exposure app  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.longexposure2
I cannot vouch for the compatibility or quality of Android apps.

I was asked if Snapseed was available on Surface Pro – I promised to look into this and I still think the answer is no. There appear to be ways to run it as a Chrome extension or with an Android emulator but I can’t provide further information.

I promised a link to the Shoulderpod S1 combined grip and tripod mount. It is compatible with virtually any smartphone model with or without a case. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shoulder-S1-Smartphone-Photography-Tripod-black/dp/B00MAARLT6/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=shoulderpod&qid=1583878455&sr=8-2
My Zoom WorkshopsLearn iPhone Photography At HomeTo show my appreciation for booking me to present to your club, I can offer an exclusive 25% discount for all members on the above workshop. The voucher code of RDG25 will be valid for use until 13/12/20 and is based on availability of spaces.

How To ArticlesI publish regular articles on my iTakes blog.https://www.adrianmcgarry.com/iphone-takes