The final competition of the season, named for a previous club chairman, is a " set subject " contest with a different subject each year. It is a print-only event, this year's title being " Around my home and garden", with members contributing up to three prints each, the prints being assessed and marked individually. Our judge for the evening Caroline Colgate ARPS APAGB, visiting from Bracknell Camera Club, was asked to produce a winner from the prints presented, together with 2nd, 3rd and Highly commended. The subject obviously gave members more of a challenge than might seem evident from the apparently innocuous title -but as ever the variations on the set theme were considerable, with much imagination shown by members in producing original work. Congratulations are due to all who entered, input being a little lower than is usual at print events due to the nature of the challenge. Caroline, doing her usual splendid job, eventually awarded the top spot to our Chairman Ramesh Naik. Second and third places ere taken by Dorothy Wood and David Simpson respectively, with Janet Marshall and Marianne Chandler achieving Highly Commended.
The programme listing stated " pdis or prints " - but the evening was actually an old-style " slide race " - but it was definitely girls versus boys ! Following an appeal the previous week by organiser Marianne Chandler, those members who still had stocks of 35mm slides ( regardless of subject ) brought along up to 50 slides each. From that stock of slides the two teams, selected from members present, were asked to make their choice of 30 mixed slides per half-evening. Marianne then announced a subject, the two teams having to choose from their slides whatever they thought was closest to the subject, with points being awarded for accuracy by our two judges ( who had also been chosen from the members ). Inevitably as the evening wore on, and stocks of slides were depleted, what little accuracy in hitting the subjects rapidly faded. The process was repeated in the second half of the evening, the ladies, in the end being triumphant - helped in no small measure by the ladies' team captain being more familiar with the Kodak Carousel projectors than the men! A fun and different evening ( using old technology ) enjoyed by all present.
This evening the club welcomed Jeremy Martin, sales manager of Tamron lenses, from the importer Intro2020, for his first visit. The company is based in Maidenhead, so is convenient for club members for service and spares!
Intro 2020 are agents for many brands of photographic accessories, the main product being Tamron lenses, which come in fittings for all major brands of DSLR such as Nikon, Canon and Sony. Jeremy brought for our inspection a huge number of different lenses, from the 150-600mm superzoom, to a new range of fixed focal length prime lenses for ultimate quality. He also brought Canon and Nikon bodies to allow members to see the actual effect of these lenses. He also showed us lens filter sets bearing famous names such as Hoya and Cokin, in particular neutral density filters of all types, from graduated for darkening skies only, those giving a small exposure increase to ones which appear almost black and provide very long time exposures in daylight to give, for example, fluffy effects on waterfalls and waves. Intro also market several brands of tripod, and a wide range of other accessories, too many to mention here.
Jeremy also showed us how Tamron lenses perform by means of a wide selection of his own images, which proved what an excellent photographer he is, some superb shots which impressed his audience.
Although this was not a sales event, it is fairly certain that several members will now be visiting local retailers ( and even the internet ) to find out more about prices, having been inspired to add to their lens collection.
There is no meeting next week, so Happy Easter to all our members.
Submitted by Dorothy Wood