Saturday, 28 October 2017

2nd. Merit Competition 2017/8 Results

Here are the results of this competition adjudicated over by Graham Walton.

MONO (Combined Novice & Advanced)

1st.  White Sails                                  Steve Mills
2nd. Playing in all Weathers               John McNaughton
3rd.  Winter's Day, Ogwyn Valley      Tom Swallow
HC   Windy Day, Chesterton Mill       Tom Swallow
C      Wet Race                                     Allan Giles
C      Mommy's Boy                             Paul Randell

COLOUR (Novice)

1st.   Rhythm in Red                              June Hurley
2nd.  Rigged for Action                         Allan Giles
3rd.   Studio Glass                                  Irene Mills
HC    How Lovable are You                   Julie Pegg

COLOUR (Advanced)

1st.   A Little Snack                                George Foster
2nd.  Tree Reflection                              Phil Gibson
3rd.   Hockey Player                               John McNaughton
HC    Gathering Storm                            Phil Gibson
HC    Padley Gorge - Hidden Gem         Tom Swallow
C       Crabby Rocks                                Pat Osborne
C       Curlew                                           Jean Tansley

DPI (Novice)

1st.  Dahlia                                               Irene Mills
2nd. Yesteryear Volley of Fire                Mike Yates
3rd.  Life Saver                                        June Hurley
HC    Contemplation                                Irene Mills

DPI (Advanced)

1st.  High Tatras                                       Jean Tansley
2nd. Dawn Flight                                      Tom Swallow
3rd.  Sepia Study                                       Steve Mills
HC   Making Hay While the Sun Shines   Tony Davis
HC   Cascading Waters                              Paul Randell
C      Banded Demoiselle                           George Foster
C      St. Mary's Lighthouse                        Tony Davis

Congratulations to ALL Entrants. You provided stunning images. It is encouraging to see a Novice featuring on the Leader Board of a combined competition.

And THANK YOU to all those people who helped me muddle through by setting up and dismantling all the equipment.

I will be taking a much needed break when the next Competition is held on November 23rd. So I'm looking for a Volunteer to show how it should be done. Don't worry, I'll collate all the images and prepare the paperwork. All you have to do is put the images on the light box. Luckily I have a willing volunteer to operate the demon laptop. Please let me know if you're up for it.

However, it does mean there can be NO late entries, (You know who you are), so get everything ready early please.


Friday, 29 September 2017

1st. Merit Competition 2017

Here are the results from our first competition of the new season.The few number of Novice entries meant that all Categories were for combined Groups.

Mono Prints

1st.   Doorstep Chanteur           -  David Williams
2nd.  Cutting Thro' the Field     -  Paul Randall
3rd.   You Listening to Me        -  Paul Randall
HC    Race to the Finish            -  John McNaughton
HC    Sunset over the Sea          -  Julie Pegg*
C       The Sadness of Begging   -  Mike Yates*
C       Still Life Study                 -  Steve Mills

Colour Prints

1st.    Glorious Game                     -  John McNaughton
2nd.   Approaching Bad Weather  -  Tom Swallow
3rd.   Bristol Balloon Festival        -  Tom Swallow
HC    Wine O'clock                        -  Pat Osborne
HC    Griffin Mantis                       -  Jean Tansley
C       Tamar                                    -  Mike Yates*
C       Red Kite in Flight                 -  Andrew Barrett
C       Misty Landscape                   -  Carol Barrett


1st.   St. Mary's Lighthouse              -  Tony Davis
2nd.  Keeping Time                          -  Paul Randall
3rd    Sidecar Action                         -  Paul Randall
HC    Female Sparrowhawk              -  Andrew Barrett
HC    Redcoat                                    -  Steve Mills
C       Pre- Raphaelite Lady               -  Mike Yates*
C       Gypsy Child                             -  Carol Barrett
C       Dead Flower                             -  Julie Pegg*

Congratulations to all Entrants for producing such marvellous images.
* Special congratulations to these Novice Group entrants. They will receive 1st. & 2nd. Place points in accordance with the recent changes to the Competition Rules.

Finally, THANK YOU to all those who helped during the evening. Couldn't have done it without you.

David Williams

Friday, 15 September 2017

Black Light

Following the 'eventful' session last night, here are the fruits of my efforts.

Now to try to reproduce the effect at home.

David Williams

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Images of Norway

Anne and I were fortunate to be able to spend a week in the Norwegian Fjords a week or so ago. It is a beautiful place made very much better by the fact that we were incredibly lucky with the weather. After three weeks of rain in some of the places we visited, it started to dry up a couple of days before we arrived, and we didn’t see a drop of rain and had blue skies and warm sunshine throughout.

Pete Bissell

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Pat the Petrolhead

Who thought Pat was a Petrolhead?

Simon and I went to Coventry Motofest on Sunday to watch the boy racers. Last year I was lucky and found a gap in the fence to poke my lens through. In case it wasn't there this year Simon carried a pair of steps for me, we did feel a daft and got some funny looks from people. The steps weren't really high enough and eventually my gap became free. I tried fast shutter speeds 1/250s and slow panning 1/15 -1/30s. The most successful shots have something to convey movement, either blur or smoke. Otherwise the cars look like they were parked, not whizzing by.

I spoke to the wife of the SCR car; she pinched my space to video him. I sent them some of my pictures of his car. I was thrilled that he liked them and wants to put some on his social media. He suggested I watermark them and add copyright details, so I have done that this morning in Lightroom. Fortunately my photo magazine had an article on how to do it this month. I took inspiration for my logo from Gary's that I saw on the DVD he made for my friend Geeta after the portrait day.

Free event, £1 to park. What is not to like? Noise, smoke and getting covered in rubber dust!

Pat Osborne

Friday, 12 May 2017

Twitcher Alert

I've recently taken up wildlife photography again and thought you might like to see these pictures

Graham Cherry

Nice to see a different genre, Thanks Graham -


Saturday, 6 May 2017

Beautiful Pembrokeshire

Thanks to Pat Osborne for posting the images of Skomer – some lovely memories.

By coincidence Anne and I were also in Pembrokeshire over the May Day bank holiday weekend, and did a few walks along the stunning coastal path. One walk took us from the Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy to Porthgain. The Blue Lagoon is an old slate quarry that was intentionally ‘opened’ to the sea by blasting a number of years ago. It is now a 25 metre deep lagoon which is used for the Red Bull Diving Championships (well worth checking out on YouTube), and has also featured in a number of films and TV programmes. Porthgain is still a small working harbour, and also has a rich industrial heritage with further slate mines and the remains of an old, but substantial brick works. Another of our walks took us to Slebech Park, which is a private estate with a small boutique hotel and a terrace looking on to the estuary where you can have an incredibly peaceful lunch

Pete Bissell

A Few Snapshots

Allan Giles