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Summer Break

On 13th April we held our Annual Print competition for the first time in two years, having previously been unable to meet in person due to Covid restrictions. There were no leagues, with all members competing equally, and 4 categories: open colour, open monochrome, nature and people.

Due to the competition being for physical prints I sadly have no digital images to show you, but huge congratulations go to all our winners which were:

  • Open Mono
    Bill Pickard with ‘Maasai Warriors’
  • Open Colour
    Gordon Mills with ‘Sunset Klong Muang Beach’
  • Nature
    Gordon Mills with ‘Dalmatian Pelicans Lake Kerkin’
  • People & Portrait
    Ann Bench with ‘We Can All Be Different’

In addition, we hold an annual Lakeland Trophy competition which consists of a panel of 3 prints depicting Lakeland or Cumbria, and our 2022 winner was Jeff Bagnall with ‘Wansfell ponies’ – well done Jeff!

Our season has now finished and we are embarking on a summer break. Although formal meetings won’t be taking place, Club members will be meeting regularly in small, informal groups for days out and details can be found on our private Photoshoots Facebook page.

Our 2022/23 season starts in September. Details of the new programme will be available on the programme page of our website shortly. In the meantime, we hope you all have a wonderful summer – fingers crossed the weather will be kind and we can get out and about with our cameras!

Competition: Annual PDI

On 30th March we held our annual Projected Digital Image competition judged via Zoom by Caroline Preece. There were no leagues, with all members competing equally, and 4 categories: open colour, open monochrome, nature and people.

Starting with the nature category, big congratulations go to Gordon Mills whose adorable image of a ‘Grey Seal Pup’ stole the show.

Next up was the monochrome category, won by beginning photographer Kim Rigg with her image of ‘The Boxer’ – well done Kim!

Following a short break, we resumed judging with the open colour section, which was won by Jeff Bagnall with his stunning landscape shot ‘Wintering’.

Last, and definitely least with only 4 entries, we finished with the people category which was won by Jo Knight with ‘Evacuee’, although she says it was a hollow victory with so few images competing.

Our thanks to Caroline for her excellent critique of our images, which contained a carefully considered mix of positive attributes and constructive ways of the improving each shot.

This Wednesday we are joined by speaker Vincent Scothern who is talking ‘From The Other Side Of The Fence’. The first half of the evening will concentrate on sports photography, and the second half covers Vincent’s DPAGB entries alongside wildlife, landscape and people photography so there’s something for everybody! Guests are welcome, either at the community centre or via zoom – see our membership page for fees and how to join in. See you all on 6th April 😊.

Competition: Panels

Club favourite Gerald Chamberlin EFIAP DPAGB of Morton Photographic Society was our zoom judge for this year’s Panel competition, held on Wednesday 9th March.

Members had clearly taken on board all the recent advice offered on how to build a successful panel and we saw well balanced images, with matching tones and saturation, which told strong stories in creative ways.

I’ll start this week with advanced colour, where the top spot was shared between Bill Pickard with ‘Dancing on water’ and Gordon Mills with ‘Brown Pelican’. Both superb panels and well deserved winners. Second place went to Dave Nelson with ‘Ready Steady Go’ and third place was shared between Maureen Smith with ‘Sunrise on Meathop Moss’ and Jo Knight with ‘A Disabled Experience’.

Dancing on water by Bill Pickard
Brown Pelican by Gordon Mills

In the Club colour section, first place was shared between Peter Kennedy with ‘Sunflowers’ and Bill Lowis with ‘Who ate all the seeds’ – well done both! Second place was awarded to Kim Rigg with ‘Mary’s Shell’ and third place to Suzy Braye with ‘Swaledale Barn’.

Sunflowers by Peter Kennedy
Who ate all the seeds by Bill Lowis

After a half time brew we resumed with Club monochrome, where big congratulations went to Suzy Braye with ‘Old Gang Smelting Mill’. No second place was awarded, but 18 points went to Kim Rigg with ‘Splash’.

Old Gang Smelting Mill by Suzy Braye

Last but not least, we ended with Advanced mono where Bill Pickard scooped his second 20 points of the night with his panel ‘Shades of Blackpool’. Second place was awarded to Maureen Smith with ‘Storm’ and third place went to Jeff Bagnall with ‘Getting ready to play’.

Shades of Blackpool by Bill Pickard

Our thanks to Gerald for his careful consideration and constructive critique of our images 😊. This Wednesday prepare to get wet with our competition on the theme of ‘Water’. Look forward to seeing members and guests (click here to attend as a guest) at 7.30pm, either on Zoom or at Castle Street Community Centre.

Speaker: Adrian Almond

After two years of restrictions, we gratefully welcomed back our first in-person speaker to the Community Centre on Wednesday 23rd February and had our first bash at doing a live Zoom of the meeting to those members still not comfortable meeting up in person and who were watching from home. Thankfully all went well and we had an evening of superb images from Adrian Almond in his talk ‘A Man For All Seasons’.

Starting with landscapes, Adrian showed us some exceptional photographs ranging from the northern lights in Iceland to the majestic Yellowstone National Park, and he was enthusiastic in guiding us through his camera settings and how each picture had been taken.

We were then treated to some fantastic wildlife photographs and I can only imagine the hours of patience it must have taken to capture each shot.

The second half of the evening included some brilliantly captured images of low flying jets, which were so detailed you could even see the expressions on the pilots faces! A thoroughly enjoyable evening of truly outstanding photography and our thanks go to Adrian for sharing his pictures with us.

Next week, we have club member Dave Nelson who is continuing to enthral us with his trip around the West Highlands and Islands. In the meantime, Club members are reminded that the deadline for hand-ins of panels is Friday 25th February.

Competition: Funny Faces

We were treated to a riot of funny faces in our themed competition on 16th February, judged by Kylie-Ann Martin CPAGB EFIAP BPE2* of Great Barr Photographic Society. Despite storm Dudley and a howling gale, several members braved it to Castle Street Community Centre while the judge and everyone else joined on Zoom, including Jo via candlelight as her electric had gone off in the storm!

We’ll start this week’s blog with Club Mono where big congratulations go to Peter Kennedy who hit the double, being awarded 20 points for both ‘Angus’ and ‘Me and my gal’. Ann Dallaway was awarded second place for ‘Masked Man’, with Kim Rigg in third place with ‘Who you looking at’.

In the Club colour section, a big well done to our winner Kim Rigg with ‘Stumpy’, while second place went to Ann Bench with ‘We can all be different’ and third place was shared between Derek Mackie with ‘Look Who’s Coming’ and Kim Rigg again with ‘Funny Man’.

On to the Advanced mono section, with a well deserved win for Maureen Smith with ‘Egg Heads’. Second place was awarded to Phil Drayton for ‘Water Bombed’, and third place was shared between Gavin Lowe with ‘Cat Woman’ and Maureen Smith again with ‘Side Splitter’.

And last but not least our Advanced colour section. Well done to Gavin Lowe with ‘Hot Dog’, which should have won for the title alone 😁. Second place was shared between Jo Knight with ‘Identity Crisis’ and Phil Drayton with ‘Merry go round’, while third place went to both Jeff Bagnall for ‘Fell Pony’, Jo Knight for ‘Tears of a Clown’ and Maureen Smith for ‘Oh no’.

Next week we are being visited via Zoom by Adrian Almond, a photographer recently moved to Cumbria, with his talk entitled ‘A Man For All Seasons’. The evening promises to be wide ranging, with subjects including landscapes, military jets, birds, steam locomotives and nature! Guests are very welcome to join us either at the club or on Zoom – please see our membership page for prices and how to book. Look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday 😁.

Happy Holidays!

The Club’s final meeting of 2021 took place on 8th December, when we had the chance to put on a judging hat and offer constructive critique on images sent to us by North Fylde Photographic Society in our annual image swap.

It’s easy to judge the Judges, call them idiots and whisper loudly that they clearly have no idea what they’re talking about (I’ve done it myself!) but I don’t think we appreciate how difficult it is to set aside our own bias, likes and dislikes and critique images that may not be within our own field of interest or photographs that we wouldn’t necessarily take ourselves.

Outstanding photographs are easy to discuss, and terrible photographs are easy to pick apart, but these are the exceptions in a competition and it’s much more difficult to have something positive and helpful to say about all the other pictures which might only have a couple of technical issues but also don’t have any particularly noteworthy qualities. That’s definitely what our Club members found when trying to judge North Fylde’s images and I hope we’ve all gained some appreciation for how difficult judging is.

The Club is now on its Christmas break and our next meeting takes place on Wednesday 12th January when member Dylan Reynolds will do some live editing of members’ images.

So far this season we have been conducting dual meetings both via Zoom and in person at the Community Centre, however due to the spread of Omicron we are expecting this to change and will keep members informed via email, on our Facebook page and on our website as to the situation before the next meeting.

Members are reminded that images for the next Open competition must be sent to our Competition Secretary by Sunday 2nd January 2022 – please make a note in your diary!

Wishing everyone a very happy, safe, Christmas and we look forward to seeing members old and new in 2022 ☺️.

Members’ Achievements: National Press

The pinnacle for most photographers is to see their work in print but few receive national recognition for their images, which is why I’m thrilled to share club member Russell Millner’s recent press exposure.

Russell takes extended trips abroad to capture images of species not seen in the UK and in September his stunning image of a Gull facing off with an Arctic Fox taken in Norway appeared in the Telegraph newspaper.

More recently, Russell’s beautifully captured image of Polar Bears taken in Canada appeared in The Times. He says “The adult Polar Bears were play fighting as they do when they wait for the ice to freeze.  This is a time of year when Polar Bears tolerate each other’s company, possibly to avoid conflict later on in the season when life becomes more serious (ie seal hunting for food).”

It takes hours of patient dedication, often in freezing conditions and difficult low light, to capture images like these, so it’s brilliant to see Russell’s efforts being recognized by the national press and we look forward to seeing more of his stunning photographs in this season’s club competitions.

Competition: Perspective

Gerald Chamberlain EFIAP DPAGB of Morton Photographic Society was the judge for our Members’ Evening competition on Wednesday 1st December, which had the theme of ‘Perspective’. There were two ways of interpreting the brief: perspective can either represent a point of view, or be the art of representing a 3D object on a 2D surface and we had a mix of both definitions in the 80 images submitted to the competition.

Starting with Advanced mono, first place was shared between Gordon Mills with ‘Taj Mahal’ and Russell Millner with ‘Life and Death’. Congratulations to Gordon, whose stunning image was chosen by Gerald as overall winner. Second place and 19 points was also shared between Jeff Bagnall’s ‘Pyramid Du Louvre’, Maureen Smith’s ‘St Anne’s Piers’ and Dave Nelson’s ‘Hanger Cosford’.

Congratulations to Peter Kennedy, whose well seen photograph ‘Take a left’ won the Club mono section. Second place and 19 points was shared between Elaine Elrick with ‘Criss Cross’ and Derek Mackay with ‘The Cutter’, while third place went to Kim Rigg with ‘The Old Railway Tunnel Keswick’.

Well done to Jo Knight, whose creative image ‘Courage’ won the advanced colour section. Second place was awarded to Dave Nelson with ‘A Sideways View’, while third place and 18 points was shared between Jo Knight with ‘Not Waving But Drowning’ and Gordon Mills with ‘Hudson Boulevard Subway’.

And finally, congratulations to Kim Rigg who won the club colour section with her cleverly seen ‘I’ll take the red one’. Runner up was Derek Mackey with ‘Bird’s eye view’, while third place was shared between Martin Rower with ‘Amble Houses’ and Kim Rigg with ‘Kendal Castle through Batman Bridge’.

Our thanks to Gerald for the obvious time and attention taken to judge all our images and his helpful comments.

Next week members are putting on their judging hats and offering constructive critique on images sent to us by North Fylde Photographic Society. It’s easy to sit and slate judges but when you judge photographs yourself it does give you a new perspective on how difficult a task it is and how hard it can be to remain objective and put aside your own personal likes and dislikes. Guests and new members are always welcome – see our membership page for details of how to join in.

Speaker: Roger Hance

Club members were treated to some gorgeous images of ‘Wildlife in Your Garden’ by multi award winning photographer Roger Hance FRPS DPAGB AFIAP BPE5* at our meeting on Wednesday 24th November 2021.

All of the pictures were taken in his own, or his friends’, gardens during the pandemic and Roger generously showed us how to attract and photograph the wildlife which visit our homes, sharing his camera settings alongside tips and tricks for a successful shot.

A Canon user for over two decades, Roger switched to the micro 4/3rds Olympus system in 2018 and says he’s never looked back. As an Olympus user myself, it was a refreshing change to hear about the lenses, equipment and special features offered by Olympus as most photographers still use Nikon or Canon and one can feel a bit left out of the discussions when you use other kit.

Roger has a YouTube channel which contains videos of his techniques for photographing nature and wildlife and it’s to his credit that he is not precious about his skills and freely shares his knowledge with other photographers. A thoroughly enjoyable night which left me wondering which part of my teeny garden I can dig up to create a pond!

Next week is competition night, with Gerald Chamberlain of Morton Photographic Society judging our images on the theme of ‘Perspective’ via Zoom. It’s always a joy to see the pictures being produced by fellow club members and I’m sure it will be interesting to see how we’ve all interpreted the brief. Guests and new members are welcome – please see our Membership page for details of how to join in.

Competition: Knockout

Wednesday 17th November saw our annual Club knockout competition, where pairs of images are displayed against each other and members keep one in and knock out one, finally culminating in just one remaining image.

Under normal circumstances the knockout is one of the most fun nights of our calendar with lots of ribbing and banter, however Covid has scuppered the usual run of things so the competition was carried out via Zoom. To vote, members had to raise their hand for their chosen picture and banter was unfortunately missing as we all had to mute ourselves so that the titles etc. could be read out (some club members would say that muting me is one of the perks of Zoom and they wish they could do it in real life 😆).

Eventually, only 4 excellent images remained and it was incredibly difficult to choose between them. ‘Grey Seal Pup’ by Gordon Mills, ‘My Family’ by Russell Millner, ‘Sea Channel’ by Jeff Bagnall and ‘Shambles of York’ by Ann Dallaway. Our congratulations to Russell whose gorgeous image of a family of polar bears was chosen by the Club as their winner, while Gordon’s ‘Grey Seal Pup’ was runner up.

The evening was technically difficult event to run, with half our members attending from home via Zoom while half attended in person at the Community Centre watching Zoom on a big screen, and images having to be removed from the competition after each round and a track kept of the scores. So huge thanks goes to Jeff for managing to juggle everything and Gavin for helping with the scoring.

Next week we will be visited via Zoom by Roger Hance FRPS, DPAGB, AFIAP, BPE5*, a multi award winning photographer with a special interest in Natural History. The theme of Roger’s talk is ‘Photographing wildlife in your garden’ and most of the images in the talk were taken during the initial lockdown in the Spring of 2020.  In addition to showing some of his successful photographs, Roger will explain how to attract wildlife into your garden, including how to use hides, and how the shots were set up to obtain the best results. Guests and new members are welcome – please see our membership page for details of how to join in.