SCPF League results 2020-2021 so far

All Clubs  Round 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Round 5Round 6
Reading72      2nd65      3rd69      3rd65.5     1st63.5     6th67.5     5th
Dorset Light67.5    6th63.5    6th65.5    7th 57       9th59       9th66.5     6th
Burghfield69       4th53.5    7th69.5    2nd60       7th63.5     5th     65.5     7th
Focus Ryde67.5     7th61.5     8th63.5     8th61       6th61.5     7th70       3rd
Hungerford73        1st69.5     1st72.5     1st61.5    5th71.5     1st71       1st
Lambourn66        9th65.5    2nd66        6th64      2nd64      4th70       2nd
Woolston68        5th60.5     9th58        9th60       8th69.5     5th64.5     9th
Boundary67        8th64        4th69       4th63.5    4th65       3rd69.5     4th
Cricklade70       3rd64        5th67       5th63.5    3rd67.5     7th65        8th

Although coming 5th in the last round, we’re in 2nd place overall after Hungerford, who seem to be on a bit of a roll. Three competitions to go, so keep your eyes peeled!

Individual scores for our images

  Rd. 1Rd. 2Rd. 3Rd. 4Rd. 5Rd.6
Judge Keven SandellCarl ReeveMartin PicklesJim OwersPaul BradleyZaid Meharall
Abandoned at Pin MillNigel Holmes887.58.578.5
Harris HawkIan Marshall10810989.5
It’s That Time of DayDrew Malloch97.56.58.589
Kings Cross StationJanet Marshall LRPS8.591089.58
Beach PatternsDorothy Wood9777.579
Midnight SkylineDrew Malloch89.5108.57.58
Millennium BridgeSteven Day108.59.58.588
Wake up the Judge is HereJanet Marshall LRPS9.57.58.578.57.5
Total 72656965.563.567.5
Position 2nd3rd3rd1st6th5th

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:

Some Android alternatives to consider are:

An alternative for photo-resizing is
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.
Long exposure app
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.
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.

SCPF League rounds 1-4

Hungerford are currently in the lead, and we’re just 1 point behind.

Harris HawkIan Marshall10.
Abandoned at Pin MillNigel Holmes8.
Wake up the Judge is HereJanet Marshall9.
Midnight SkylineDrew Malloch8.09.510.08.5
Kings Cross StationJanet Marshall8.
It’s That Time of DayDrew Malloch9.
Beach PatternsDorothy Wood9.
Millennium BridgeSteven Day

PDI Competition 3 December 4th

20 Members attending the zoom meeting for our third PDI competition of the seasons. Maria Leekblade, our judge for the evening, commented several times on the high quality of our images awarding 11 of the entries a score 18 or above. Maria was very knowledgeable and was helpful, providing tips and tricks on how we could improve our images. The competition was an open subject topic and there were 42 entries.


The overall winner, with two images scoring 20, was Nigel Holmes. Second was Janet Marshall LRPS and Len Quinn. 4th place went to Drew Malloch, while Stella Fagg and Bo Hansen shared 5th place.

MemberOverall Score
Nigel Holmes56
Janet Marshall LRPS55
Len Quinn55
Drew Malloch54
Stella Fagg53
Bo Hansen53
Nigel Holmes – Metropol Parasol
Janet Marshall – On the prowl
Drew Malloch – Dads Army HQ
Nigel Holmes – Preparing For Lockdown
Bo Hansen – Hey, soul sister
Stella Fagg – Approaching Mt Cook
Bo Hansen – Here I go again
Marianne Chandler – Dahlia in Pastel Colours
Richard Keating – Bugatti Vent
Drew Malloch – A Covid Hotel
Janet Marshall – Tom Quad

SCPF League Rounds 1-3

Harris HawkIan Marshall10.08.010.0
Abandoned at Pin MillNigel Holmes8.08.05.5
Wake up the Judge is HereJanet Marshall9.57.58.5
Midnight SkylineDrew Malloch8.09.510.0
Kings Cross StationJanet Marshall8.59.010.0
It’s That Time of DayDrew Malloch9.07.56.5
Beach PatternsDorothy Wood9.07.07.0
Millennium BridgeSteven Day

SCPF League Rounds 1-2

Those of us who Zoomed in on Friday night for our round of the SCPF League competition will know that we came third out of the 9 clubs in our Division.  We came second in the previous night’s round held in Burghfield!  It’s a good start for us and we hope for more of the same for the other rounds.  As always, different judges mark very differently – here’s what scores I have for our submitted images (chosen by members) for the Burghfield round and for the Reading round. 

Harris HawkIan Marshall10.08.0
Abandoned at Pin MillNigel Holmes8.08.0
Wake up the Judge is HereJanet Marshall9.57.5
Midnight SkylineDrew Malloch8.09.5
Kings Cross StationJanet Marshall8.59.0
It’s That Time of DayDrew Malloch9.07.5
Beach PatternsDorothy Wood9.07.0
Millennium BridgeSteven Day 10.08.5

PDI Competition 2 November 7th

The second competition of the season was held on Friday 7th of November. 20 members attended via zoom to view the 42 entries judged by Jim Owers. Jim commented on the general high quality of the images entered and said that Len Quinn’s entry “A touch of Broadchurch” was one of the best landscapes he has seen.


The overall winner was Stella Fagg, with Bo Hansen securing 2nd place. Janet Marshall and Len Quinn shared the 3rd place.

MemberOverall Score
Stella Fagg54
Bo Hansen52
Janet Marshall51
Len Quinn51
Dave Wilder50

Top Images

93 Million Miles – Stella Fagg
A touch of Broadchurch – Len Quinn
Alium Seeds In Pods – Ramesh Naik
The Paper Shop – Dorothy Wood
Australian White Pelicans – Janet Marshall
Maestro – Bo Hansen
Thirsty Comma – Stella Fagg
Double Reflection – Marianne Chandler
Is this ‘The End’ of Plastic Straws in a Glass – Dave Wilder
Hydrangea – Richard Keating

PD1 Competition 1 October 9th

The first competition of the season was held on Friday 9th of October. 22 members attended via zoom to view the 54 entries being judged by Dr Paul Hendley LRPS CPAGB.


We had joint winners, Janet Marshall and one of our new members, Len Quinn scored an impressive 56 points each.

MemberOverall Score
Len Quinn56
Janet Marshall56
Steven Day55
Marianne Chandler53
Bo Hansen52
Drew Malloch52

Top Images

Herring Gull – Steven Day
Pretty In Pink – Marianne Chandler
Taj Explorers – Janet Marshall
Camo Hat – Len Quinn
The Cottages – Drew Malloch
Hocus Pocus – Bo Hansen

Photograph of the Year 2020

What a great evening – a record number of club members joining us via Zoom, and a friendly and personable judge in Kevin Day. The competition was in two halves – one trophy for the winner of the Print section and one for the winner of the PDI section. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look as if the trophies can be physically presented this season, but our Trophies Evening will certainly be factored into next season.

Our webmaster Bo Hansen managed the technicalities of the evening with his usual efficiency and Kevin commented that this was the first Zoom competition he’d judged where someone had the know-how to enable him to see all the images on the screen at the same time for his final assessment and awards.

Kevin considered our images carefully and made positive and encouraging comments drawing our attention only briefly to areas which might not have worked so well. He thanked the club for a very enjoyable evening; he commented that we’d presented him with a lot of good images, and we should all be proud of them.


1st place Ian Marshall – Tea Picker

2nd place Janet Marshall – Wake up, the Judge is here

3rd place Drew Malloch – Midnight Skyline

Highly commended

Bo Hansen – I can see your halo halo halo

Ian Marshall – Turner Contemporary


1st place Steven Day – Misty Morning

2nd place Drew Malloch – Cheers!

3rd place Bill Weaver – Waiting their Turn

Highly commended

Tony Dance – Skyline in Blue

Richard Keating – Porsche Spoiler

Janet Marshall – Watching and Waiting