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Newhaven Storm by Isobel Chesterman

2021 MCPF Photofolio

We entered 15 image’s into the 3 categories Colour, Monochrome and Nature and had 16 accepted 8 Colour, 7 Monochrome & 1 in Nature

With “Newhaven Storm” by Isobel Chesterman receiving a Highly Commended

We finished joint 12th out of 50 clubs in the Colour with 161. 18th out of 49 clubs in the Monochrome with 169 and 27th out of 44 clubs in Nature with 148


Colour Acceptance Mark 11

“Cariad” Alan Wardropper scored 10

“Focused and Determined” Alan Wardropper scored 13 and was accepted

“Jump for Joy” Alan Wardropper scored 9

“Innocence” James Botterill scored 11 and was accepted

“Orphan’s Hope” James Botterill scored 12 and was accepted

“Waiting for Santa” James Botterill scored 11 and was accepted

“Sea Spray” Julie Holbeche-Maund scored 11 and was accepted

“The Red Dress” Julie Holbeche-Maund scored 13 and was accepted

“Smiling Sphinx Rock” Julie Holbeche-Maund scored 9

Smiling Sphinx Rock Nz by Julie Holbeche Maund

“Chequered” Peter Lawrance scored 10

“Masked” Peter Lawrance scored 9

“Window Light” Peter Lawrance scored 9

“2LBS of Carrots” Phil Mallin scored 12and was accepted

“Carla in White” Phil Mallin scored 10

“Te Hoho Rock” Phil Mallin scored 12 and was accepted


Monochrome (acceptance mark 12)

“Evil Intentions” Alan Wardropper scored 9

“Killing Time” Alan Wardropper scored 11

“Grunta Beach” James Botterill scored 9

“Back with a Splash” Isobel Chesterman scored 11

“Newhaven Storm” Isobel Chesterman scored 14 and was accepted and awarded Highly Commended

Newhaven Storm by Isobel Chesterman

“The Thinker” Chantal Cooper scored 11

“Fun in the Township” Debbie Lowe scored 12 and was accepted

Fun In The Township by Debbie Lowe

“She Warrior” Julie Holbeche-Maund scored 13 and was accepted

“Tegan” scored 10 Julie Holbeche-Maund

“The Pearl Bracelet” Julie Holbeche-Maund scored 12 and was accepted

“The Widow” Julie Holbeche-Maund scored 12 and was accepted

“Birmingham Graffiti” Peter Lawance scored 12 and was accepted

“Massage” Peter Lawrance scored 10

“Roystone Moonlight” Phil Mallin scored 11

“The Starlet” Phil Mallin scored 12 and was accepted

Nature (acceptance mark 12)

“Male Kestrel on the Look Out” Trish Ruddin scored 11

“Mountain Hare Against the Elements” Trish Ruddin scored 13 and was accepted

“Red Squirrel Reflection” Trish Ruddin scored 9

“Red Squirrel” Trish Ruddin scored 11

“Giant Asian Praying Mantis” Ian Waite scored 9

“Harvest Mouse” Ian Waite scored 10

“American Red Tailed Buzzard” Ian Waite scored 9

American Red Tailed Buzzard-Ian Waite

“Hedgehog Unrolling” Chantal Cooper scored 10

“Jumping Fox” Chantal Cooper scored 9

“Redwing” Chantal Cooper scored 11

“Robin in the Snow” Chantal Cooper scored 9

“Secret Squirrel” Debbie Lowe scored 9

“Dark Blue Tiger” Peter Lawrance scored 9

“Keep Your Distance” Peter Lawrance scored 9

2021 PAGB GB Trophy Results

Results for 2021 PAGB GB Trophy saw ESCC finish 18 from 41 clubs with 137 for the top 12 images and also 18 with 174 for top 16 images

We  submitted 32 images into theThe GB Trophy 2021 – GB Cup or Trophy Club Competition/Selection Process.

This Competition/Selection was judged/selected on the 30-01-2021.

Please find your results below :-

Alan Wardropper Looking to the Light 9
Alan Wardropper Searching 9
Alan Wardropper Thoughts 9
Alan Wardropper Queen of the Dance 9
Debbie Lowe Bradgate weir at dusk 9
Debbie Lowe Thoughtful 8
Debbie Lowe Fun in the Township 9
Debbie Lowe Sunset Storm 9
Ian Waite New Crew 9
Ian Waite The Scamp 10
Ian Waite Sydney by Night 8
Ian Waite Coming through 9
James Botterill High Tide 10
James Botterill Mother Cap 10
James Botterill Woolacombe Bay 10
James Botterill Mill Rock Moon 11
Julie Holbeche-Maund Saltwick Nab 13
Julie Holbeche-Maund The Black and White Hat 9
Julie Holbeche-Maund Rydal Mist 12
Julie Holbeche-Maund Smiling Sphinx Rock NZ 11
Peter Lawrance Undercover Speed 9
Peter Lawrance His masters Voice 8
Peter Lawrance Tenament Toil 9
Peter Lawrance Pastel Man 9
Phil Mallin Feather and Silk 9
Phil Mallin Peppers 11
Phil Mallin Vestrahorn 15 4. Certificate
Phil Mallin Ivory Flame 12
Steve Pears The Preacher 11
Steve Pears The Shoeseller 9
Steve Pears Four Men in a Boat 9
Steve Pears Street Seller 11


In the GB Trophy Nature round we finished 25th from 33 clubs with 116 for top 12 images

we entered 16 images into The GB Trophy for Nature 2021 – GB Cup or Trophy Club Competition/Selection Process.

This Competition/Selection was judged/selected on the 30-01-2021.

Please find your results below :-

Chantal Cooper Barn Owl Chick 9
Chantal Cooper Mountain Hare 12
Chantal Cooper Fox in Flowers 9
Chantal Cooper Kestrel feeding on post 9
Ian Waite Bee on Stachys 9
Ian Waite Harvest Mouse 9
Ian Waite Giant Asian Praying Mantis 10
Ian Waite Food Fight 9
Steve Pears Peacock Tree Frog 9
Steve Pears Jungle Babbler 9
Steve Pears Lunch 10
Steve Pears Crested Gecko 8
Trish Rudin Red Squirrel reflection 10
Trish Rudin Mountain Hare against the elements 10
Trish Rudin Male Kestrel on the look out 10
Trish Rudin Blue tit 9


2020 / 21 POTY 7 Environmental Portrait

Last night was the final round of POTY 7 which was themed Environmental Portrait and saw some quite excellent images.


02 (40) Ben – Steve Pears Scores 15.83 9 19 I 5.21 3 7 C 5.21 T 5.14

He seems cheery, his face is well lit – maybe a tad too much considering it’s a grey sky?
Sharp everywhere except on person when zoomed in. Need to focus on face

03 (42) Bob – Dave Varnham Scores 13.38 9 17 I 4.47 3 6 C 4.33 T 4.53

Could do with more concentration on the subject as the person is small in frame, needs cropping and processing, especially on face
Also Dog is slightly cropped, Whole dog or no dog please

04 (28) Bratwurst Boys – Graham Townsend Scores 17.69 10 22 I 6.07 4 7 C 5.67 T 5.73

was taken at Birmingham Christmas Market, 28/11/16. It was really dark. 1/400 f3.2 ISO 400. Overall a bit dark, benefit from dodging and burning on faces but well captured moment expression on middle man makes it.

05 (6) Caught In The Act – Paul Steans – HELD BACK

06 (9) Caught In The Buffers – Ken Chesterman – HELD BACK

07 (9) Coffee Break – Isobel Chesterman – HELD BACK

08 (33) Emerging From The Dive – Alan Wardropper Scores 17.25 12 21 I 5.86 4 7 C 5.43 T 5.86

The divers expression makes i. A little out of focus on his right arm – the sharpness seems to be on the bottles in the front.  Nice image but not much of the subject as lots of equipment and not much portrait

09 (6) Fire Eater – Julie Holbeche-Maund – HELD BACK

10 (25) GCR Loco Driver – Steve Bexon Scores 17.83 10 23.5 I 6.04 4 8.5 C 5.57 T 6.07

Driver is too clean would have helped to see just a bit more train to give the environment

11 (25) Green Braids – Peter Lawrance Scores 17.83 14 22 I 6.5 4 8 C 5.79 T 5.57

The young lady with green hair was walking in London and as you can tell from her expression she was really pleased that I was taking loads of photos of her. Eyes need to be a little sharper and a squarer crop would have been nice.

12 (27) Haute Cuisine – Peter Lawrance Scores 17.75 13 21 I 6 4 7 C 5.86 T 5.79

The Food seller was in Camden market and decided that I must have been hungry as I had stood in the same position by his stall for so long.
Nice image although top half of face a little dark, eyes not sharp

13 (36) Just Popping Out – Gary Wood Scores 16.85 12 21 I 5.53 4 7 C 5.73 T 5.53

Needs more dodging and burning to improve tones

Street band in St Ives, Cornwall. Taken on a iPhone 4S. Drain was removed, background darkened, lamppost signs made less distracting in Photoshop also the image was squared up.

Might have looked better without the lamp post – but made me smile

15 (8) Lady In Waiting – Julie Holbeche-Maund – HELD BACK

16 (23) Latin Dance Competition – Chantal Cooper Scores 18.08 12 24 I 6.3 4 8 C 5.93 T 5.83

The dancers are beautifully clear. Difficult to crop because of background but possibly a better angle or zoom when taking photo as the adults are distracting-crop to just above their knees

17 (1) Master Mason – James Botterill – HELD BACK

18 (38) Missing Person Search Briefing – Debbie Lowe Scores 15.92 10 19 I 5.5 4 8 C 4.93 T 5.29

Too many people which causes the middle person to be obscured. Lacks eye contact from anyone

19 (14) Mr G – John Smith Scores 19.85 15 24.5 I 6.7 5 8.5 C 6.67 T 6.47

Darken to right of ice cream van

20 (4) Mr Valet – James Botterill – HELD BACK

21 (41) Persimmon Workers – Roger Leck Scores 14.46 10 19 I 5 4 7 C 4.73 T 4.73

Bloke in the centre, whatever is in his hand is very distracting, looks like a scratch. Unbalanced. They appear to posing in an ideal position so why squash them at the edge of photo

22 (35) Preparing To Launch – John Denny Scores 17.13 12 22 I 6.04 4 7.5 C 5.5 T 5.57

RNLI lifeboat crew getting ready for training launch at Tenby, Wales. Background separated and levels adjusted, background people (4) removed, some writing removed, glare on visors and highlights edited.
Can’t see faces. Fluorescent lights are too bright. Don’t need the left hand side, needs dodging and burning to get rid of bright lights and enhance people

23 (37) Protecting Richard III – Debbie Lowe Scores 16.79 12 23 I 6.07 4 8 C 5.54 T 5.29

Shame about the onlookers as figures in background are distracting – and the feet missing from the subject – otherwise very emotive. Could be sharper, person at front too dark, lighten and raise clarity. Windows overexposed

24 (16) Putting The Kettle On – Ian Waite Scores 19.67 14 30 I 6.46 4 10 C 6.86 T 6.68

Nice effect. Needs details enhancing and some work on the mono tones to give more impact

25 (21) Re-enactment Indian – Roger Leck Scores 18.73 13 23 I 6.5 4 8 C 6 T 6.13

Right side too bright either step to the right and recompose which would also help to remove distracting stick on left. Or in post production could have been improved by a squarer crop cropping from the right, tone down highlights on person.

26 (24) Rescued Baby Badger – Chantal Cooper Scores 17.88 14 21 I 5.97 4 8 C 5.93 T 5.93

Background too bright

27 (42) Return Of The Coach – Andy Freeman Scores 13.38 10 17 I 4.6 4 6 C 4.6 T 4.2

looks very blurry to me, Poor focus. Too much empty space. Nothing looks sharp, crop off left side

28 (22) Salman – Steve Pears Scores 18.42 14 23.5 I 6.14 4 8 C 6.18 T 6.14

That’s one way to cut your toe nails. Square crop may work better?

29 (39) Sausages And Bacon – Dave Varnham Scores 15.85 12 19 I 5.6 4 8 C 5.07 T 5.13

It would have been better if Carl was facing the camera. Could be improved with a little cropping and details and colours enhancing.

30 (32) Say Hi To The Peaky Blinders – Al Simms Scores 17.33 13 26 I 6.07 4 9 C 5.96 T 5.61

Love the eye contact. Needs dodging and burning. Guys face is soft so losing detail

31 (30) Spit And Polish – Andy Freeman Scores 17.38 12 22 I 6.07 4 8 C 5.53 T 5.73

His face looks out of focus (might be me), Plane in focus, person isn’t losing detail in face, Sky is too bright

32 (11) Stable Girl – Graham Townsend Scores 20.42 13 26 I 6.77 4 9 C 6.87 5 9 T 6.67 4 9

(Perhaps stretching the theme a bit here as it is really a studio portrait, but she is in a stable ?. Perhaps skin tones could be improved on face as a little flat

33 (13) The Barber – Paul Steans Scores 20.17 14 28 I 6.89 4 9 C 6.71 5 10 T 6.68 4 10

Nice image, could have a bit less of the mirror frame on the right. Personally – I’d have liked to have seen a bit more of the lower face, Lighten the shadows a little on barbers face? Shame the customers head isn’t all in the picture

34 (30) The Corner Shop – John Smith Scores 17.38 14 26 I 6.3 5 8 C 6 4 9 T 5.43 3 9

Great image, but a lot of noise.  Crop in slightly from left

35 (18) The Horse And Jockey – Phil Mallin Scores 19.33 14 25 I 6.39 5 8.5 C 6.61 4 9 T 6.36 5 8

The Horse and Jockey- Phil Mallin Taken on location whilst a friends’ son was in training to be a jockey. Crop in slightly on left

36 (18) The Last Check – Alan Wardropper Scores 19.33 14 25 I 6.61 4 8.5 C 6.75 5 8.5 T 6 4 8

3Nice image.  Portrait very small in overall picture so hard to see detail

37 (29) The Proprietor – Gary Wood Scores 17.54 13 21 I 5.9 4 7.5 C 5.77 4 7 T 5.8 4 7

Probably the processing but colours tones look a bit flat, person looking away so no eye contact, Would have like the subject to be looking at the camera. Would have like to see the full shop name

38 (15) The Stoker – Ian Waite Scores 19.71 14 23 I 6.64 5 8 C 6.43 4 8 T 6.46 5 8

Image sharp overall but face loses detail when zoomed in

39 (2) The Sweeps Work Is Done – Al Simms – HELD BACK

40 (17) Up In The Air – Ken Chesterman Scores 19.5 13 24 I 6.43 4 8 C 6.64 4 8 T 6.29 5 8

Probably more impact in colour or colour popped

41 (5) Waiting For The Whistle – Steve Bexon – HELD BACK

42 (12) Will This Do – Isobel Chesterman Scores 20.38 16 28 I 7 5 9 C 6.82 5 10 T 6.79 5 9

06 (9) Caught In The Buffers – Ken Chesterman Scores 20.46 16 25 I 6.93 5 8 C 6.79 T 6.75

A bit more of the environment would have been nice. Lost detail on top of head, benefit from dodging and burning. Is he happy he’s in the photo? Is the bottom left corner grainy or is it me?

06 07 (9) Coffee Break – Isobel Chesterman Scores 20.46 15 26 I 6.82 5 9 C 6.75 T 6.89

was taken in Coventry Town Centre. Face skin tones could be improved, darken bag but otherwise works well as a monochrome image

15 (8) Lady In Waiting – Julie Holbeche-Maund Scores 20.75 13 29 I 6.64 4 9 C 6.89 T 7.25

Taken in a Victorian style house. Lighting set to High Speed Sync so that the outside could be seen. Love the lighting. Face soft and needs dodging and burning to improve mono tones

05 (6) Caught In The Act – Paul Steans Scores 21.29 14 27 I 7.21 5 9 C 6.96 T 7

Those eyes are amazing! They jusy hold you and draw your focus. Cute picture, square crop works well. Well captured pose

09 (6) Fire Eater – Julie Holbeche-Maund Scores 21.29 12 29 I 7.07 3 10 C 6.75 T 7.36

Taken on a lake on an estate. Joel wanted to have an image of him on a burning boat. Lighting set to High Speed Sync. Just after this shot, Joel jumped into the water and forgot that he was filming himself on a GoPro at the front of the boat, which caught on fire and melted.
Well captured, reflection adds. Found the little grey flecks distracting, but really loved the power of the picture. Can’t see much face detail

41 (5) Waiting For The Whistle – Steve Bexon Scores 21.79 15 27 I 7.18 4 9 C 7.14 5 9 T 7.36 5 9

That face has a story to tell. Great image, works well in black & white

20 (4) Mr Valet – James Botterill Scores 22.31 14 26 I 7.43 5 9 C 7.27 T 7.3

Inside of van a bit dark

43 (3) Wood Maiden – Phil Mallin Scores 22.92 18 29 I 7.46 5 9 C 7.57 6 10 T 7.96 6 10

Taken in Harts Hill Hayes Nuneaton, using lighting set to High Speed Sync.

39 (2) The Sweeps Work Is Done – Al Simms Scores 23.75 15 27.5 I 7.64 5 9 C 7.71 5 9 T 8.04 5 9.5

Mono processing handled well with good tones

17 (1) Master Mason – James Botterill Scores 24 15 29 I 8.2 5 10 C 7.53 T 8

STRIKING! Perhaps crop in slightly from the right. What’s the smoke about, it doesn’t fit

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2021 Leicester & Leicestershire Photographic Society Annual Exhibition

Success for both CLub and members in this year Leicester & Leicestershire Photographic Society Annual Exhibition

Greenlees Interclub projected images

1st Earl Shilton Camera Club with “Newhaven Storm” – Isobel Chesterman,

Newhaven Storm by Isobel Chesterman

Newhaven Storm

“Nightime On Tower Bridge” – Steve Bexon,

Nightime On Tower Bridge by Steve Bexon

Nightime On Tower Bridge

“The Thinker” – Chantal Cooper

& “Wanaka In The Breeze” – Julie Holbeche-Maund

Open entry, projected colour images

Isobel Chesterman achieved 1st with “The Home Turn”, a HC for “Paddy Loves the Sea” and also had  “Doggy Paddle”, “Golden Glow”, “Red Kite” & “Sandhole Oak Barn View”  accepted

Phil Mallin achieved 2nd with “Ivory Flame” HC for “Peppers”, “SS Nornen” & “Vestrahorn”

Julie Holbeche-Maund had “Rydal Mist”, “Saltwick Nab”, “Smiling Sphinx Rock”, “The lighthouse”, “The Red Dress” & “Wanaka Tree” accepted

Peter Lawrance had “Flash Mob”, “Forest Fantasy”, “Pastel Man”, “St Pauls At Night” & “The Final Push” accepted

Open entry, projected monochrome images

Isobel Chesterman achieved a HC for “A Storm Brewing”

Peter Lawrance achieved a Commended for “Mont Blanc” & “Outback Stockman” and had “Night Prowler”, “Passionate”, “Towards Tower Bridge” & “Uphill Struggle” accepted

Open entry, projected sport images

Isobel Chesterman had “Forging Ahead” & “That Sinking Feeling” accepted

Peter Lawrance had “About Turn”, “Battling On”, “Hanging On”, “Holding On” & “Mud In Your Eye” accepted

Great Central Railway, projected images

Peter Lawrance achieved a HC got “Happy In The Job” and commended for “Looking Back” & “Overflow” and had “Steaming”, “Thoughtful” & “Vision In Steam” accepted


Full list os accepted images can be found at Accepted Images for the 2021 Annual Exhibition

2020 / 21 POTY 6 Lockdown Walkabout

Penultimate round of POTY 2020 / 21 saw the theme changed from Sport to Lockdown Walkabout

47 images entered

01 2M Rule – Chris Dunne Finished 46th Scored 13.56 9 19 I 4.33 C 4.5 T 4.78

Image contains a very current instruction clearly on the right hand side. Nice coloured houses in the background but not much interest in the bottom left
Probably more impact if sign was in the centre

02 Bad Hair Day – John Denny Finished 25th Scored 16.93 8 23 I 5.65 C 5.71 T 5.41

Location: Hinckley, Leicestershire Taken: 10.44am 14th Jan 2021 in lockdown 3 Camera: iPhone SE
Clarity, dodging and burning on person would improve. Better as a ‘In the Frame’ image than Lockdown Walkabout
Not sure the subject would agree it’s bad hair day! Topical though. Colourful with an interesting face mask.
lockdown aggression personified
Highlights, shadows etc in Lightroom classic, Light, door hinge and notice removed in Photoshop. Image squared up in Photoshop.

03 Blue Coat – Graham Townsend Finished 42th Scored 14.5 9 20 I 4.83 C 4.78 T 4.89

was taken 28/3/21 in fields close to my house 1/100 F 9.0 ISO 100, 24-105 Lens at 82mm.
Blue coat stands out well against the mainly brown surroundings. Like the way the dog is looking at its owner.
Too much negative space in landscape format, try cropping to a portrait format

06 Burbage Woods Snow – Ken Chesterman Finished 11th Scored 19.27 13 27 I 6.65 C 6.47 T 6.24

I like the framing of the trees over the couple but is ruined by the snow which I assumed was added and doesn’t look natural
The people make this image with their colourful jackets against the whiteness.
There are a lot of bright white spots especially in the lower part of image which look strange.
One bright rectangular area in the bottom left looks odd – can’t make out what caused it, unless it’s snow spots on the lens!
colour popping works well

07 City Lock – Andy Freeman Finished 29th Scored 16.53 10 25 I 5.71 C 5.29 T 5.65

Colourful with everything sharp. The lock gate arm takes the viewer to the left of the image which then allows them to look across the top of
the image at the street art on the brick wall, or vice versa. A few triangles created using the lock gate arm makes a pleasing composition.
Everything looks sharp except for the ‘in you face’ lock gate which gets in the way of the background detail

08 Coffee Cup – Dave Varnham Finished 47th Scored 13.38 7 19 I 4.11 C 4.5 T 4.72

Tree cropped too tight. Why a coffee cup on a tree, just take a nice tree
Unfortunately this reflects the sad reality that some people are quite happy to leave their rubbish in the countryside.
Perhaps the author placed the cup on the tree to create the image. The pattern on the cup contrasts nicely with the bark on the tree, even though that is not sharp.
good idea, simple pic

09 Corona Sunset – Graham Townsend Finished 26th Scored 16.88 8 24 I 5.83 C 5.44 T 5.5

is a pano take 7/4/20 1/40 F9.0 ISO 100, 24-105 Lens at 45 mm taken from the bottom of my garden looking across the fields.
Lovely colours in the sky and the viewer is drawn to them especially over to the right.
Nice sky but obscured by bush on right. I know it’s on a hill but I’m sure horizon could be improved
fade off to the left?

10 Dawn Snow Walk – Steve Bexon Finished 31st Scored 16.47 10 21 I 5.35 C 5.47 T 5.53

Dawn Snow Walk-Steve Bexon

Taken early morning after this years only snowfall in January,
50 yards from home on my usual Lockdown walk around my local footpaths and fields in Barwell
Simple enough image, mostly white but the warm rays of the early morning do show beyond the walker.

11 Early Morning Mist – Trish Rudin Finished 27th Scored 16.75 7 23 I 5.28 C 5.61 T 5.67

Can’t make out whether the mist was real or been added later. Was it taken locally? Perhaps extra clarity would improve some of the detail
Good atmospheric shot with just glimpses of the trees, and the silver birches on the left thirds shine through the mist to take our attention.
Good choice of timing for taking the shot. Wish i could walk somewhere like this from my house.
evocative, maybe lose foreground trees

12 Empty Playground – Paul Steans Finished 44th Scored 14.07 6 21 I 4.76 C 4.65 T 4.59

Needs less highlights, shadows opening up and more colour saturation or vibrance to improve
Obviously this playground was closed off during the first lockdown.
When this image was taken it was open for use but I have tried to replicate the situation in the first lockdown.
I have desaturated the colours to make it look as depressing as that time generally was! I tied the face mask to the railings to fix the image in a moment of time.
Very atmospheric, Nice idea

13 Finding Hope – John Denny Finished 22nd Scored 17.13 7 21 I 5.76 C 5.71 T 5.29

Location: Burbage Woods, Hinckley, Leicestershire Taken: 3.04pm 17th Jan 2021 in lockdown 3
Post processing in Lightroom classic, texture increased, luminance details lowered. Background levels adjusted in Photoshop.
The image captures the message of thanks to the NHS during this time, via a rainbow painted on a stone.
The colours contrast nicely against the generally brown background as does the smoothness against the roughness of the bark.

15 Keeping Warm – Andy Freeman Finished 21st Scored 17.6 13 26 I 6.12 C 6.06 T 5.65

Bird slightly soft and a strange blurring over the branch and down it’s tail
Image has a very narrow depth of field resulting in a softness to the blackbird. Perhaps the green area on the right hand side should be desaturated so the viewer is not drawn to that area.
too much contrast

16 Kingfisher – Peter Lawrance Finished 15th Scored 18.47 13 24 I 6.35 C 6.06 T 6.06

was taken a few weeks ago, 3 February. I could not believe it. On a walk from our house, in Nuneaton, about 50 metres from a new building site there is a run off pond for the buildings and there,
lives a kingfisher. I had to return with my 200-500 mm lens. That wasn’t powerful enough really but just put the focusing spot on the tiny spot of colour in the distance and shot away.
Couldn’t believe it when I looked at home and found he had a fish in his beak. The distance meant that the shot lacks the possibility of a closer crop but it was a dream come true.
Good colour and nicely framed
Kingfisher out of focus
Nice bright colours of the kingfisher against the background. However the bird looks rather soft and quite small in the frame.
well captured

17 Millennium Wood – John Smith Finished 38th Scored 15.25 6 24 I 5.22 C 5.17 T 4.83

Like the colouring but would have preferred trees to be vertical.
Nice capture of the quite young wood, with probably a wide angle lens considering how the trees are leaning in on the left. The colours look a bit oversaturated. The person with a red coat isn’t in the best part of the image, shame they weren’t in the left side perhaps between a couple of the close trees.
Strange colours and everything seems to be leaning including the fences and person

19 No Golf For Grandad – Steve Pears Finished 32nd Scored 16.4 9 21 I 5.41 C 5.59 T 5.24

Am assuming this was taken on a golf course, but it is only the title that suggests that. The child looks like they are enjoying the activity, even though there’s not much snow, if any, so perhaps it’s just a very frosty morning.
Darkening the background is a good idea to highlight the people but removes the natural white snow colour
good expressions

20 Orphan’s Hope – James Botterill Finished 13th Scored 18.88 0 28 I 6.06 C 5.83 T 6.44

Again a good picture but don’t think a staged image with added mist, bright lights and possibly a person meets the Lockdown Walkabout intended theme
As before, recognise the train but would have given it a much higher mark in another competition.
Clearly a well thought out set up shot trying to tell a story but doesn’t quite work for me as the train is clearly not functioning. Don’t understand why there is a bright light on the train. Does it have something to do with Hope?
Great composite, white halo around girls boot. Unless its my eyes the girl is too small again the rail track.
very attractive image

21 Pheasant – Phil Mallin Finished 12th Scored 19.2 9 26 I 6.41 C 6.06 T 6.53

Taken at Middleton lakes 5 miles away on our weekly walk. Taken on the 5/3/21 11.23am. 35mm shutter 1/500 at F4.5 ISO400 – Sony RX1R.
A very close capture of the pheasant, presumably by remotely activating the camera from a distance as pheasants are notably skittish. Looks like the
pheasant has been surprised by the shutter! Brilliant colours. Very sharp with a blurred background, probably enhanced blur in post processing but very effective.
Would benefit from increasing the vibrance or saturation on the Pheasant
well done – not easy

22 Rafer At Rest – Steve Signorelli Finished 33rd Scored 16.38 10 22 I 5.78 C 5.11 T 5.44

Cropped too tight in the image giving a Very tight composition, perhaps a bit too tight as part of a paw and its tail have been cut off. Very sharp, nice colours. Perhaps the side of the dog’s face in shadow could have been brightened a bit, especially the eye.

23 Ratcliffe – Daniel Wood Finished 42nd Scored 14.5 7 24 I 5 C 4.72 T 4.89

Dangerous to walk on the road. Walkabout?
Looks like it was taken through a car windscreen in an area which I assume isn’t local enough to be considered as a lockdown walk
Very dangerous someone walking along that road! Seriously though, I am hoping it was the passenger in the car taking the image. The power station is
rather small in the image. It could have been cropped top and bottom to correct this.
maybe lose some top?

24 Red Sky In The Morning – Al Simms Finished 34th Scored 16.07 7 21 I 5.82 C 5 T 5

Have seen skies like this but seems a little overworked and overbalances picture which is top heavy
I’m surprised with the sky colour that the snow isn’t pink. Sky looks very over saturated
What a lovely red sky, like it’s on fire. What a contrast to the cold white snow on the ground.
seems over-cooked

28 Shepherds Warning – Al Simms Finished 22nd Scored 17.13 8 21 I 6.18 C 5.53 T 5.12

Another shot of the red sky, at the same location as before but a different composition. This one is darker so the buildings and ground are not as
clear and there isn’t the contrast between hot sky and cold ground. The author is making the sky more of the subject.
Surprised the bright oversaturated sky is not reflected in the snow or on the buildings

29 Shilton On The Water – Ian Waite Finished 37th Scored 15.27 8 21 I 4.76 C 5.06 T 5.35

The author has spotted a reflection of the sign in the water, it’s a shame there were ripples in the water otherwise it would have been clearer.
I like the arrowhead formed by the cut grass and its reflection, making a triangle, which would have been improved if there had been something close to the point of it near the water, maybe a duck?
The reflection is not correct its along with the water has been added in post production.
Water needs a grad to darken with added clarity to enhance more detail and balance the image

30 Snowy Walk – Steve Pears Finished 16th Scored 18.4 8 25 I 6 C 6.29 T 5.88

Interesting that the author has mirrored part of the image, which makes it look a bit odd! Perhaps just wanted to do something a bit different?
You don’t see triangular fields very often!
Nothing in picture looks sharp perhaps over cropped. Even up image composition by taking off left hand side beyond first two trees
The two figures make this. Without them it would have no vitality.
wide crop works

31 Solitary Jogger – Paul Steans Finished 28th Scored 16.6 9 21 I 5.35 C 5.59 T 5.47

I have desaturated the greens, yellows and oranges to make the jogger stand out. This tries to reflect the situation where many joggers had to go out on their own.
Looks colour popped but still has colour beyond the fence?

32 Spring Cleaning – Ian Waite Finished 18th Scored 18.27 10 24 I 6.12 C 5.94 T 6.06

A good capture and freezing of the motion here. The background is rather dominant though, but that’s inevitable with a man made bird box and its location.
Perhaps a tight crop would be better.
Colours need enhancing on birds. Portrait format may improve composition

33 Spring – Gary Wood Finished 19th Scored 17.75 9 25 I 6.06 C 5.83 T 5.78

A nice low down shot through the daffodils capturing springtime. The main focus is the daffodils and the emptiness of the green grass contrasts well with the cluttered daffodils. The dead tree stump to the right acts as a stop so the viewer doesn’t exit the image stage right.
Colourful, probably don’t need right hand side beyond the daffodils, good depth

34 Stand Out @Market Bosworth – Steve Signorelli Finished 39th Scored 15.06 10 20 I 5 C 4.94 T 5.11

Looks like the author has purposefully composed the dead tree in line with the one in the background to make it appear living? It is central, which is ok but I think it could be cropped left and right as there isn’t any interest there.
Needs exposure and shadows lifting, or some dodging and burning

35 Sunday Stroller – Roger Leck Finished 35th Scored 15.8 9 19 I 5.12 C 5.18 T 5.29

Always include someone in a red coat! Wondering whether it would have been stronger if the person was a bit further away?
IMO better with person further down path
Probably better composition if taken when person further down path as blocking the distant view
Sky composite needs work on the trees.

36 Sutton Warf – Dave Varnham Finished 36th Scored 15.38 9 23 I 5.44 C 4.94 T 5.06

Better if signage and front of boat not cut off
Good clear colourful shot. Maybe better if the person and dogs were walking down the path rather than stopping at the waste bin.
One of my favourites but could have scored higher if the woman was walking into the shot and the writing wasn’t cropped on the edges.
fits theme well

37 The Game Keeper – Julie Holbeche-Maund Finished 41st Scored 14.73 0 26 I 4.59 C 4.71 T 5.24

Taken in our back garden on the 29/10/2020 at 19.10. 25sec, F16, 55mm ISO 100. multiple flashes whilst shutter is open.
Although could have been on a local walk this would have received a much higher mark in another competition.
Good still life composition but for me doesn’t meet the Lockdown Walkabout intended theme
Just a still life, which doesn’t fit the theme as very unlikely to exist in the garden or be found on a walkabout.
doesn’t fit theme

38 The Pollinator – Debbie Lowe Finished 14th Scored 18.87 9 23 I 6.18 C 6.29 T 6.06

Nice colourful image. Vignette is a bit too strong for me.
Sharp in the right places, head of Bee in shadow, could more detail be brought out?
good capture

40 The Woodman – Phil Mallin Finished 29th Scored 16.53 0 26 I 5.18 C 5.35 T 5.59

Done in our back garden under the Conifers on the 28/10/2020. 55mm, ISO640 shutter 1/80 at f10. using multiple flashes taken 17.27pm.
A still life but it probably exists in the author’s garden, so fits the theme. Effective lighting of the scene.
Again a good still life composition but for me doesn’t meet the Lockdown Walkabout intended theme
Similar comments to the Gamekeeper
doesn’t fit theme

41 Twisted Tree – Chris Dunne Finished 45th Scored 13.63 6 17 I 4.39 C 4.67 T 4.33

Not much of the tree is included and some is hidden by the rose border in the foreground. A step to the left might have revealed a bit more of the trunk. Right hand side of rose border has been cut off. Light border around the image works ok.
Some processing would improve and flowerbed positioned in the centre of image
nice image

42 Vaccine Centre – Daniel Wood Finished 40th Scored 14.88 7 24 I 5.17 C 4.78 T 5

Crop from right to removed red blob and light source bisecting tree
Crop off clutter on right hand side and do some alignment on left to improve
Good capture of a very relevant instance from a low viewpoint. Perhaps the red object could be cloned out or desaturated so as to be less of an attraction,
or crop slightly from the right which would also remove the van.
Good subject but crop bottom third to lose red corner and make it a letter box format.
lose the red in the corner

43 View From Upton – Peter Lawrance Finished 17th Scored 18.33 10 26 I 6.47 C 6 T 5.82

taken 23 November on a local walk in Upton. I liked the lead into the tree. Taken on Sony RX100 M7.
Good composition but sky colour looks a little strange. Perhaps increase the orange saturation colour to enhance the autumn leaves
Image has good lighting but the colour of the sky doesn’t look right, which is a shame as there is a lot of interest in the sky. Tractor lines lead viewer
straight to the tree.
The replacement sky does not match the image and the trees has bits of the old sky in it.
odd colour balance

46 Winter Trees – John Smith Finished 24th Scored 17 7 22 I 5.72 C 5.67 T 5.33

Lovely colour in the sky through the trees. Path creates a lead in at the bottom of the image which then ends almost at the horizon where the viewer then
follows the vertical line of the trees into the sky. Some interest at the bottom of the frame, but looks a bit saturated.
Strange colours. Stronger composition if path was in the middle of the frame and more space left around the trees
The sky looks patchy through the trees and there is a lack of focal point.

47 Winter – Gary Wood Finished 20th Scored 17.73 7 24 I 6 C 5.76 T 5.71

Perhaps crop in beyond the nearest tree on the right hand side
What a lovely blue sky. Not sure there is enough interest in the right hand part of the image, so perhaps could have been cropped. The road is a lead in but
unfortunately there isn’t any interest at the end.

45 Winter Night – Roger Leck Finished 10th Scored 19.93 6 27 I 6.41 C 6.29 T 6.82

Composition works well with well balanced contrast in snow and sky
Good shot of snow falling, probably taken from the author’s home. Good sky interest. Nice effect of snow falling lit by the street light.
Standard image but with lovely light capturing the snow
the replacement sky does not work as there is no snow in it plus you would not get that type of sky at night.

18 Mrs Blackbird In Burbage Woods – Ken Chesterman Finished 9th Scored 20.27 15 29 I 7.18 C 6.53 T 6.765

A simple effective composition with a dark bird against the white snow, and it is quite sharp. It is central but that seems to work well.
Good specimen image but white halo around body and legs where no brush has been applied

26 Robin In The Snow – Chantal Cooper Finished 8th Scored 20.38 11 29 I 7 C 6.61 T 6.72

A good Christmas card picture. Was it actually taken in the falling snow?
Another good example of a bird on a stick, which could easily be used for a Christmas card. Not all of the bird is sharp, probably caused by narrow
depth of field but it doesn’t detract from the image.
Not sure about the background

05 Bruce In Burbage Cricket Ground – Isobel Chesterman Finished 7th Scored 20.6 16 28 I 6.59 C 7.06 T 7.12

Good action shot of dog chasing and looking at the ball, which is also in the frame.
Can see slight blur in the dog’s right foreleg indicating movement but everything else sharp. Personally I don’t like this sort of dog though!
Needs some dodging and burning on the dog and it’s coat detail enhancing more. I assume the ball was added
brilliant capture

27 Secret Squirrel – Debbie Lowe Finished 6th Scored 20.8 11 26 I 7 C 6.94 T 6.59

Good sharp framed image but I find the bright lit area on the left a big distraction
Sharp image of the squirrel’s face with the body and background out of focus. Looks like it is resting its head on the branch and posing for
the picture! Vignetting is a bit dark for me and the bright area is a bit distracting.

14 Innocence – James Botterill Finished 5th Scored 21 15 27 I 6.72 C 6.89 T 7.39

Awesome shot. horizon is not level and reflection would be blurred so I think the reflection composite needs some work. Also hotspot on the left distraciting
Good picture but don’t think a staged shot with added mist, soft focus and a bright light really meets the local Lockdown Walkabout intended theme
Great photo but in another competition this would get a much higher mark from me
Quite a simple shot with muted colours and narrow depth of field focussing the viewer on the child.
beautiful colour palette

39 The White Cottage – Steve Bexon Finished 4th Scored 21.2 15 28 I 6.82 C 7.41 T 7

Taken during last years first lockdown on my usual lockdown walk close to home. The view is across a newly ploughed potato field to a cottage on Main Street in Stapleton
Sharp throughout, great leading lines and works extremely well in B/W
Strong lead lines towards the cottage, which sits nicely on the thirds. Perhaps would benefit from making the cottage a little bit brighter. The furrows in the soil keep the viewer inside the image. Good sky interest.
great lead-in, maybe lighten cottage

04 Broughton Recreation Park Trees – Isobel Chesterman Finished 3rd Scored 21.33 16 30 I 7.18 C 7.06 T 7.29

Good effect achieved in post processing. Looks like half the image has been replicated and flipped vertically but the two parts have been blended excellently. Very hard to see the join! Quite minimal in that it’s just grass and trees.
Literally walking round and round and round!
Original take to make an ordinary scene stand out. Difficult to get the join in the central portion as good as this
Something different Well executed

25 Redwing – Chantal Cooper Finished 2nd Scored 22.31 11 30 I 7.67 C 7.28 T 7.17

Excellent capture of a bird on a stick, complete with a berry in its mouth. Background nicely blurred and plain without any distractions, although
there are a couple of lighter areas which could be toned down a little, particularly the one in the bottom right. Also like the thin black line
just in from the edge of the image.
Great shot, , not sure I like the twig coming out of frame. cut out is to sharp
Have marked this assuming it was taken on a local walkabout. Beautifully captured and presented.
Looks set-up and staged, surprised if a picture of this quality was taken on a Lockdown Walkabout as not a common bird. Black border line better nearer the edge
studio backdrop, lose the black line

44 White Haven – Julie Holbeche-Maund Finished 1st Scored 22.33 17 28 I 7.41 C 7.47 T 7.47

Taken just down the road from our house on the 24/1/2021 at 13.10. 5D mk4 ISO200 shutter 1/50 24mm lens.
Beautiful texture in the trees
Beautifully composed with the hint of colour in the fence working really well.
Good snow scene composition. Probably could be improved by bringing out more detail in foreground and lessening the sky brightness
Nice shot with good lead in of the light brown fence towards the wooded area. Bright as you would expect. well exposed

2020/21 POTY 6 Gallery

2020/21 POTY 6 Table of Results

2020/21 POTY Standings after POTY 6

National Photographic Society April

Member Julie Holbeche-Maund ARPS scooped Gold in this months National Photographic Society competition

Plus 3 Highly Commended


Peter Lawrance also got 3 Highly Commended


2021 Ashby Camera Club Interclub

Last night saw the annual clash with Ashby Camera Club all but via Zoom however this proved an advantage as we have significant number of members from both clubs in attendance and were able to use a new judge Pat Couder QPSA CPAGB BPE1  who isnt from our area hailing instead from  south London / Kent.

Pat gave some quite insightful and constructive comments in her critique of each image.

Special mention should goto Steve Gough and David Goacher from Ashby for their images Corner Speed and Yorkshire Scar

And Steve Bexon, Isobel Chesterman & James Botterill for their images London Power, Newhaven Storm, Hot Wheels & Three Wreaks

Newhaven Storm by Isobel Chesterman

Hot Wheels by James Botterill


All of which score the top mark of 20

At the end of the evening Earl Shilton Camera Club emerged winners with 362 to Ashbys 342.

Club Clubs Image Author Title Running Order Image Title ACC ESCC
A 0 A A 0 0      
ACC 1 Phil Richardson Absolutely Conkers 1 1 Absolutely Conkers 16  
ACC 2 Alan Box Are you looking at me 1 2 Are you looking at me 17  
ESCC 1 Isobel Chesterman Back With a Splash 1 3 Back With a Splash   16
ESCC 2 Chantal Cooper Blot On The Landscape 1 4 Blot On The Landscape   17
ACC 3 James Farley Bubbles 1 5 Bubbles 17  
ESCC 3 Phil Mallin Carla In White 1 6 Carla In White   17
ESCC 4 Julie Holbeche-Maund Cathedral Cove 1 7 Cathedral Cove   17
ACC 4 Steve Gough Corner Speed 1 8 Corner Speed 20  
ESCC 5 James Botterill Crow Point 1 9 Crow Point   18
ACC 5 Clive Bew Dustanburgh stacks 1 10 Dustanburgh stacks 15  
ESCC 6 Steve Bexon Electric Power 1 11 Electric Power   20
ACC 6 Thalia Antoniadi Fallen 1 12 Fallen 16  
ESCC 7 Debbie Lowe Fun In the Township 1 13 Fun In the Township   15
ESCC 8 Ian Waite Harvest Mouse 1 14 Harvest Mouse   19
ESCC 9 James Botterill Hot wheels 1 15 Hot wheels   20
ACC 7 Larry South Hunting the Quark 1 16 Hunting the Quark 16  
ACC 8 Steve Andrews In a spin 1 17 In a spin 17  
ESCC 10 Steve Bexon Late Again 1 18 Late Again   17
ACC 9 Larry South LNER No. 1264 1 19 LNER No. 1264 17  
ACC 10 Thalia Antoniadi Lockdown summer 1 20 Lockdown summer 16  
ACC 11 Victoria Ramsbottom Lost in the moment 1 21 Lost in the moment 18  
ESCC 11 John Denny Misty Morning 1 22 Misty Morning   18
ACC 12 Steve Andrews Monarch in the rain 1 23 Monarch in the rain 17  
ESCC 12 Trish Rudin Mountain Hare 1 24 Mountain Hare   17
ACC 13 Brian Botham Mycene inclinata 1 25 Mycene inclinata 19  
ESCC 13 Isobel Chesterman Newhaven Storm 1 26 Newhaven Storm   20
ESCC 14 Steve Bexon Night Time On Tower Bridge 1 27 Night Time On Tower Bridge   19
ACC 14 Alan Box Nuthatch 1 28 Nuthatch 18  
ACC 15 James Farley River Esk 1 29 River Esk 15  
ESCC 15 Phil Mallin SS Normen 1 30 SS Normen   18
ACC 16 Victoria Ramsbottom Smoking 1 31 Smoking 19  
ESCC 16 Isobel Chesterman Taking Off 1 32 Taking Off   18
ACC 17 Martin Cooke The Busy Kitchen 1 33 The Busy Kitchen 16  
ACC 18 Steve Haywood The frozen gate 1 34 The frozen gate 16  
ESCC 17 Phil Mallin The Starlet 1 35 The Starlet   18
ESCC 18 Chantal Cooper The Thinker 1 36 The Thinker   19
ACC 19 John Picken The Working Man 1 37 The Working Man 17  
ESCC 19 James Botterill Three wrecks 1 38 Three wrecks   20
ESCC 20 Julie Holbeche-Maund Wanaka In The Breeze 1 39 Wanaka In The Breeze   19
ACC 20 Dave Goacher Yorkshire Scar 1 40 Yorkshire Scar 20  
            Totals 342 362

2021 Evesham

Congrats to members for gaining an acceptance at Evesham


Peter Lawrance LNPS for his image “Reservoir Mist”

Julie Holbeche-Maund ARPS for here images “The Red Dress”

and “Smiling Sphinx Rock”

Smiling Sphinx Rock Nz by Julie Holbeche Maund

Smiling Sphinx Rock Nz

and Phil Mallin LNPS for his images “Vestrahorn”

and “Peppers”

Click to view the Evesham 2021 Gallery



2020 / 21 Members Talk “Astrophotography” by Rob Jones

Last night we had a very interesting ta;lk from a member Rob Jones who described he journey into the world of Astrophotography.

His interest started just 2 years ago with a BBC Sky at Night magazine that had an article of local interest so his talk went back further to the 24th Dec 1965 covering the “Barwell meteorite” and the visit of Sir Patrick Moore to Barwell

The article mentions Percy England who happened to be the father of another member of the club Trevor England who recounted that it was Christmas eve, we were living at 27 The common Barwell with the brand new Vauxhall Viva parked on the drive. he found the hole in the bonnet with what we now know was the piece of meteorite in the engine compartment , which he threw across the road onto waste ground thinking it was concrete debris.   Christmas came and it wasn’t until  27th  that we became aware that there were quite a few people from Leicester university were about, asking questions and had we seen any pieces of rock….when they offered money for any finds the search was on. Quite a few pieces were found , though not the piece that damaged dads car.. I know… I spent hours on that waste ground!  The insurance did refuse to pay citing ” Act of God” .  Dad did go to the Parish Vicar , he didn’t get very far, but was asked to put any claim in writing ,so he wrote a letter addressed to  Mr God via Barwell Parish Church.  Needless to say he didn’t get any reply.  He didnt personally see Patrick Moore, though he did hear he was in the village on a number of occasions.

He thinks the Barwell Meteorite is still unique, the latest one is a different variety , it will be interesting to see what they can find out. There is still a Barwell meteorite display in the Leicester Museum and at the Science Museum London. BBC
Robs talk ranged from the local solar system including images of several of the planets and the sun, to deep space objects in the local galaxy, to completely different galaxies.

Eagle Nebula-Rob Jones

Sigma Octantis-Rob Jones

Moon and Pleiades-Rob Jones

Andromeda Galaxy-Rob Jones

Orion neb-Rob Jones

You can watch Robs talk again on YouTube



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