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.
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.
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
It was a very different experience this year – our first Zoom competition, very capably judged by Niall Ferguson, and with a total of 16 Club members attending. The start was a little delayed as we couldn’t miss the Thursday Clap for the NHS but the whole evening went well and never felt rushed.
We had a pretty wide variety of images, all on the theme of ‘Patterns in Everyday Objects” – pictures ranged from burnt matches to pastry cutters and the occasional Escher-like ceiling which Niall liked but confessed challenged his eyes (mine too – you know who you are, Richard Keating)
Niall commented that the entries contained lots of “photographers’ images”, which we took as a compliment (and hoped he meant it as such). He had an eagle eye for detail and noticed all the little things judges notice when it’s too late for us to do anything about them. We had 14 images held back for further scrutiny and these were whittled down to 8 contenders for the three top places, two highly commended images and two commended.
The winners were:
First place and winner of the Brian Hodgson Trophy – Marianne Chandler with Stairway to a Platform
Second place – Bo Hansen with Light in a Spoon
Third place – Janet Marshall with Lamp
Highly Commended – Piers Smith with Glass Weight, Janet Marshall with Pastry Cutters on Patio Table
Commended – Dorothy Wood with Winter Feathers, Drew Malloch with Match of the Day
Niall rounded off a thoroughly enjoyable evening by commenting that this had been his first Zoom evening, he’d thoroughly enjoyed it, and he’ll certainly be recommending it to others. He very kindly said that our images were super, as demonstrated by the large number he held back, and some of his choices were difficult to make.
It is with a heavy heart that we have to cancel our Friday Club meetings for the foreseeable future, owing to the coronavirus outbreak.We hope to be in touch before too long to announce that we’re able to restart, but realistically speaking this might not be until the new season begins in September.
We’ll keep you posted. Keep those shutters clicking in the meantime – we don’t want to get rusty!
Friday 14th Feb. saw a return visit for Tom Way, a Buckinghamshire based photographer who spends most of his life abroad, mainly in Africa, obtaining stunning images of the animal inhabitants of that continent. Members and guests were riveted by close ups of lions, tigers etc. etc. and intrigued to hear the trouble and time Tom takes to achieve these. He very much favours monochrome images, perhaps not quite what is normally expected in such locations, but he proved that this really works.
Tom told his audience that he has not quite yet achieved the absolutely perfect image and is still trying, they looked pretty OK to us! He always ensures that all 4 legs are visible and that backgrounds are subdued by use of wide apertures i.e. f2.8 usually. He also runs courses and safaris, gives talks and has won several international awards for his work. His style is fresh, informative, and entertaining in the best sense.
He has a repertoire of talks, so hopefully it will not be too long before we meet him again.
Les has 33 years of camera club experience and is a frequent judge
of AV competitions. We were pleased to
welcome him as our first speaker of the season, gaining an insight into the
world of AVs (audio-visuals).
Les gave us a tour around his photo slideshow software package of choice –https://www.wnsoft.com/en/picturestoexe/. He showed us how he uses the Timeline bar to rearrange the images into the order he wants and set the transition time between images, also showing us the range of transition styles available. The audio aspect of the presentation (music and commentary) is added via Audacity (https://www.audacityteam.org) – free to download software. This software can adjust the volume and duration of multiple soundtracks. Les told us he finds it extremely versatile for all styles of music and sound effects, plus spoken commentary.
Once we’d been through the technicalities, Les showed some of his AVs,
which effectively took us on a virtual journey around the world. We started in Venice during Carnival season
with colourful and distinctive shots showing traditional Carnival costumes and
masks. We had a weekend in Paris, took a
boat ride around the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, got close to wildlife in Kruger
National Park, marked the Evolution of Surfing (Beachboys music, of course) and
waited – with Polar Bears – for the freeze in Churchill, Canada. Bournemouth wasn’t forgotten (who knew
seagulls could be so artistic?) and we had a brief trip to the Isle of Man.
Les was an interesting and informative speaker and he happily answered all our questions. We came away feeling that we knew more about AV presentations and could fully appreciate the expertise that goes into putting them together.