As we reach the last of this season's quarterly competitions, tonight's judge Martin was presented with the usual wide variety of subjects and styles typical of an " open " competition. Obviously enjoying the challenge, he commented in considerable detail on all entries, to the enjoyment of those present. Although again a little thin on the ground, with just over half the membership present, Martin's style of judging,with honest and helpful observations, added greatly to the evening. It has been gratifying during the course of the season to see the improvement in newer member's work, helped at least in part by absorbing the advice given by visiting judges. Concluding his appraisal Martin held several prints back for further assessment, resulting in three entries gaining a maximum mark of 20 - " Walkway to the cottage " by Ramesh, " First, second, third Forth Bridge " by Drew Malloch " and" String shadows " from Bill Weaver. The evening produced a tie for first place, shared by Bill Weaver and our chairman Ramesh Naik, both achieving a total of 57 points. Many thanks to Martin for a well balanced ( and well timed ! ) evening.
One of our more unusual competitions, this evening challenges the members to choose a photographic " theme " and illustrate their chosen subject using up to seven prints, maximum size per print 7" x 5", mounted together on one board, and titled. Originally devised in the days of film, the contest, which was judged by the members, continues to be very well supported, with subjects covered ranging from little-known Scottish castes, flora and fauna, and rare letterboxes! The event encourages members to " think outside the box "- plan the " shoot " from an original idea, to composing layouts, and final presentation, with the additional bonus that the end product is relatively inexpensive to produce. Congratulations are due to the large number of members that produced an entry, but particularly of course to the winners! the leaders were (1st ) Ron Povey with " Wonders of Whitley Wood ". Joint 2nd was Richard Keating with " Chimneys " and David Sherwood with " Seasons ", with Janet Marahall taking 3rd place with " Owls on a stick ".
This week was another in-house evening for the club, giving members a chance to show off their own photographic skills. For the first half of the evening members enjoyed watching the latest audiovisual sequences produced by one of the clubs' longest standing members, Rowland Povey. As an avid bird photographer, Rowland showed us in detail the feathered wildlife in a nature reserve near Newbury. There were beautiful shots of every imaginable kind of duck, flying and swimming, with deer and foxes thrown in for good measure, forming a very stylish presentation using ProShow Gold . He then continued with " A Baker's Dream ", i.e. life in a baker's shop after dark, when the buns and rolls come to life and dance the conga and hokey cokey! In the same vein, we then saw Rowland's cats plus a few of their feline friends, performing in the circus, and very acrobatic they were too! Ah, the wonder of software packages like ProShow.
The second half began in a different mood, as Drew Malloch took us for a peaceful and relaxing riverside walk along the Thames at Caversham, accompanied by " Cavatina ". After this our chairman, Dr. Ramesh Naik, showed us some of the fascinating sights in Dubrovnik, with a spoken commentary. These included the old city wall, and interesting pattern pictures of the expanses of very red roofs everywhere, taken from high points around the city. Obviously one of those " not to miss " places.
The evening concluded with a short presentation from ex-professional photographer and member Jonathan Farmer ARPS. Having previously taught photography, he explained some of the mysteries of getting exposures right, based on the 18% greyscale principle, and explained the reasons for those mysterious histograms which most of us tend to ignore. He then gave a second short presentation to explain the whys and wherefores of depth of field and how to make use of this principle. A most useful talk, many comments afterwards expressing the view that this sort of technique session was very useful and did not happen often enough.
It seems the bugs are at last going away as attendance was up for this meeting and we welcomed two potential new members. We were also very pleased and surprised by a visit from our previous chairman, Mick Pound, on a trip to Reading from his new home in Norfolk.
Submitted by Dorothy Wood
The last of this season's quarterly projected digital image competitions, judged by regular visitor Chris, displayed the usual wide range of subjects and photographic styles typical of an " open subject " contest. As is often the case as we approach the end of the quarterly contest input was slightly down on previous events, meaning that Chris had time to explain his markings in some detail. Holding several images back for further comment ( whilst occasionally being reminded that our club scores out of twenty, not ten! ) he spread the points well, awarding three images a maximum mark of 20 ( from Graeme Dykes, Dorothy Wood and Jonathan Farmer ).
Once again we were pleased to welcome our old friend Alan Copeland LRPS, from Whitchurch Hill Camera Club, who came to present his talk about some weird and wonderful items he found while touring the Peak District. We saw things that are usually missed on such trips, such as elaborate Victorian post boxes, gravestones with strange inscriptions, the Buxton water fountain, and even a traffic lights sign where the green was shown at the top and the red at the bottom! Alan concluded with some lovely landscape shots, typical of this area.
In the second half of the evening, Alan presented some sequences from other photographers, a wide variety ranging from gow a married couple both achieved the DPAGB qualification and the images they submitted, to life in the Amish community in Pennsylvania. We also saw a short sequence illustrating the replacement and repair of some beautiful stained glass windows in a church.
All in all, a relaxing and entertaining evening, though unfortunately attendance was once again a little down, obviously the bugs have not yet gone away.
Thanks, Alan, for a good evening.
Contributed by Dorothy Wood