We've already been back to meetings for 2 weeks!! Welcome to our new members, I hope you're enjoying things so far.
Last night we had a questions and answers night last night and I just wanted to share a few of the key things which members may find useful.
The first is the presentation on the exposure triangle and the second is the link to the Affinity Photo software and a discount code which is currently working but may not for too long!!
Due to the death of The Queen we have decided to alter next week's planned activity from the first merits competition to a show and tell as we are aware that some members won't be planning to be in attendance. The merits will now be on the 3rd October as we have a guest speaker booked for the last week in September.
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The Annual AGM was held on 13th June 2022. Please find attached the minutes from the meeting which are available for everyone to read. Some important changes were made to various competitions and to membership for the coming year so it is worth a quick read.
The Portfolio is a Bi-Annual Trophy which interchanges with the Field trip Trophy. It asks members to submit three images which are in some way related to each other to create a 'portfolio'. Images are judged as three together as well as considerations made on the individual images making up the panel.
This year Colin Burt judged the portfolio competition for us. Colin, a former member of the club, is an experienced photographer and extremely knowledgeable with regards to art and photography having taught both for many years.
Colin's comments were informative and constructive and we look forward to welcoming him back in the future.
The results were as follows:
Kay Wilson - 1st place with her images on Emerging Dragonflies
Dan Foote - 2nd place with his images on Street Life
Sue Etheridge - 3rd place with her macro shots of flowers and water droplets.
Portrait Photography Talk by Colin Winstanley - 'The Portrait Guy'
Last night we had our final speaker of the year visit the club and gave a great talk on Portrait Photography. Colin Winstanley in based in Exeter and travelled down to show us photos from his extensive portfolio and share editing ideas and tricks with us. For everyone interested in editing and improving their shots there were some insightful comments and tips given.
Another very good choice of speaker - thank you Rob for continuing to provide us with new faces and a variety of subjects on offer.
It was noted last night that the membership turnout was surprisingly low - we really need members to make an effort to attend please - we know it isn't easy when you're busy and tired but it really does make an impact on the room when there are few in attendance.
Some of the editing techniques shown by Colin could be really useful in future for all manner of subjects- the colour grading and texture overlays were perhaps some of the simplest and very effective.
We're hoping in the next year to once again offer a portrait evening with background and lighting all set up with a 'model' and it might also be interesting and beneficial to members if we think about gathering and making our own textured backgrounds to use as overlays as you have to have taken your own images to use when entering photos into a competition. Let us know if this would be of interest to you at next week's meeting.
The link to Colin's website for those of you who would like a better look at his work and to perhaps investigate further is https://www.colinwinstanley.com
Last night saw the final of this years Merits competitions with "Shape" being the category to round out the year.
Again an excellent number of entries in all categories with the subject of shapes generating some interesting images.
COLOUR PRINT, 1st Steve Evans, 2nd, Michael Nancekivell, 3rd, Dan Foote
B&W PRINT , 1st Mike Anning, 2nd, Keith Morris, 3rd, Steve Evans.
PROJECTED, 1st, Steve Evans, 2nd, Louise Richey, 3rd, Mike Anning.
OPEN, 1st, Steve Evans, 2nd, Kay Wilson, 3rd, Michael Nancekivell
We are now needing some suggestions for next year's Merits Themes - please email 2 ideas to Mike for consideration and to go into the vote.
Last night was the judging of our annual Animal Trophy which was conducted via a zoom link to our judge Bill Hall in Stithians.
We were very fortunate to have Bill as our judge for this competition, as not only is he a highly qualified photographer, he is one
of the most experienced judges who now lives in Cornwall. His knowledge on the subject of animals and wildlife was most noticeable.
About 15 members attended the Ashtorre, while a few others preferred to stay at home to view proceedings on laptops.
Following Bill's critique of all the entries the results were as follows.
Highly commended:- Peter Addelsee, David Pemberton, and Kay Wilson.
3rd, Rob Green, 2nd, Kay Wilson, WINNER :- Rob Green.
Thank you to all those who entered, there was a great lot of varied and interesting images on view.
‘The guest speaker was excellent; his images were fantastic and his oration was brilliant too.’
We were very fortunate to receive a fantastic talk from Andrew McCarthy (ARPS) this week.
Andrew is based in Exeter and specialises in nature and wildlife photography. His talk was very inspiring with some amazing images captured using some really interesting techniques. Andrew not only shared top quality images but also helpful tips about the sorts of equipment needed for some of the shots and had a vast knowledge of insects and tips on where to find them and even at what time of year.
If you missed the evening or want to keep in touch with Andrew and his latest projects then his website is:
Last night was the night of the annual battle between Liskeard, Ivybridge and ourselves.
As you know each club submits 8 prints and 8 DPI's and marks are awarded out of 20.
Ivybridge were the organisers but unfortunately at the last moment due to various circumstances, non of their clubcould attend. Luckily we managed to get the listing of entries and score sheets from them in time for the event.
David Bridges from Bodmin was the selected judge, who did a compressive review of each entry and gave marks appropriately.
The scores after the prints were, Ivybridge 118, Saltash 125 and Liskeard 128, so all pretty close at the top with the DPI's to come after the tea break.
Our top score for the prints was MODERN MAN taken by Dan with a score of 19. This happened to be the highest given to anyof the entries all evening, so well done Dan.
After perusing the DPI's and the scores tallied,
Ivybridge had 124, Liskeard 126 and Saltash 131.
Our top scorers for the DPI's of 18 were, KEEPING A WATCHFUL EYE by Michael, OPEN THE GATE by Jason and SNOW AT POSTBRIDGE by Steve.
As you have probably calculated, the final result was a WIN FOR SALTASH with 256, closely followed by Liskeard with 254 and Ivybridge with 242.
Well done to everyone, great team effort which resulted in an enjoyable evening socialising with friends from Liskeard and looking through 48 wonderful images.
The Gerry Competition is an annual competition held between Saltash, Plymouth, Plymstock and Plymouth and District Camera Clubs. Plymouth Camera Club have the honours of hosting and it is quite the competition between the clubs.