2020 / 21 POTY League standings after POTY 2

2020 / 21 POTY League standings after POTY 2

RANK MEMBER TOTAL AVGE SCORE   R1 R2 1 Julie Holbeche-Maund 91.3   46.1 45.2 2 James Botterill 91.1   45.1 46.1 3 Phil Mallin 87.3   45.1 42.2 4 Steve Bexon 82.4   45.2 37.2 5 Isobel Chesterman 80.0   41.3 38.8 6 Peter Lawrance 79.1   40.1 39.0 7 Debbie Lowe 78.8   38.6 40.3 8 Gary Wood 77.4   41.2 36.1 9 Ken Chesterman 76.0   37.8 38.2 10 Steve Pears 75.1   38.4 36.6 11 John Denny 72.7   35.2 37.5 12 Graham townsend 72.4   39.4 33.0 13 Ian Waite 71.8   38.1 33.8 14 Al Simms 71.0   41.3 29.7 15 Margaret Waterson 70.4   38.7 31.8 16 Chantal Cooper 70.0   37.7 32.3 17 Daniel Wood 67.5   33.0 34.5 18 Geoff Whitelocks 67.2   34.4 32.8 19 Andy Freeman 67.0   35.5 31.5 20 Roger Leck 66.5   35.3 31.2 21 John Smith 65.7   32.9 32.8 22 Alan Wardropper 59.0   41.2 17.8 23 Trish Rudin 39.2   39.2   24 Paul Steans 37.3     37.3 25 Loz Waterson 31.5   31.5   26 Md Trigg 30.5   15.5 15.1 27 Dave Varnham 29.0     29.0 28 Jason Wainde 28.3   28.3   29 Chris Dunne 23.7    ...
2020 / 21 POTY 2 Rust and Decay

2020 / 21 POTY 2 Rust and Decay

Last night was the review for the second round of POTY 2020/21 which had 50 images from 27 members with 24 voting The image needed to show something that was in the process of decaying showing the incredible textures that are created by the various processes of decay. Surprisingly there was a very wide variety of shots from staged still life’s to railways to close up rust shots through to imaginative interpretations of the subject. The technical quality was largely very good and that mostly a lot of thought had gone into D of F as shown by the very narrow D of F of Sea Chain (44) and really good bokeh.and exposure. Also composition had been considered in most cases. There were only a few images that could be considered simply snaps. It was a strong set of images. Image 1 (Finished 45) Scored 14.86 2 Stroke Motor, Dave Varnham This is an OK image it certainly has a lot of texture and shows plenty of rust and decay within it so fits the theme, but there appears to have been no processing done and as a result lacks impact. The crop is to tight and the green at the top right is distracting however its the out of focus grey area that dominates as it becomes the focal point Its out of focus because the depth of field is too narrow. . Image 2 (Finished 36) Scored 16.1 Abandoned Wreck, Roger Leck To be fair this is just a record shot. You would expect the colour to give it impact but the white / light vignette detracts....

2020 Cedars Challenge

L:ast night saw our annual Cedar’s Challenge which is a competition between Hinckley & District P S, Broughton Astley P S, Lutterworth Coop P S and ourselves. It was held on Zoom for obvious reasons but there was good representation from all clubs with 55+ participants. Each club entered twelve images that were judged by Dave Tucker EFIAP/G, DPAGB, CPAGB, BPE3* who gave some very insightful comments and in the majority of cases had to be quite hard on the judging purely because there wasn’t much wrong with many of the images. The results were   Club Clubs Image Author Image Title BAPS ESCC HDPS LPSC       0           BAPS 1 Steve Burgess 1 Gloucester cathedral 17       ESCC 1 Peter Lawrance 2 Battling On   16     HDPS 1 David G 3 And in the End     18   LPSC 1 Alan Shean 4 Bird Watching       15 BAPS 2 Karen Collison 5 Portrait of a Spanish Horse 20       ESCC 2 James Botterill 6 Crow Point   19     HDPS 2 R Jacques 7 Curvy Stairs     15   LPSC 2 Michael Vernon 8 Body Sculpture       16 BAPS 3 Steve Burgess 9 Dark Hedges in Ireland 16       ESCC 3 Steve Bexon 10 Electric Power   17     HDPS 3 Chris D 11 Got Air     16   LPSC 3 Rawdon Bottom 12 Dirt Riders       17 BAPS 4 Polly Hall 13 The Night Feed 17       ESCC 4 Debbie Lowe 14 Fun...
2020 / 21 POTY 1 Open

2020 / 21 POTY 1 Open

  Competition: Open       Date: 14/10/20     No Title Author Rank Avge 24 Nightime On Tower Bridge Steve Bexon 1 23.96 48 Wanaka In The Breeze Julie Holbeche-Maund 2 23.74 17 Maruia Falls Phil Mallin 3 23.70 7 Crow Point James Botterill 4 23.13 10 Floral Fantasy Julie Holbeche-Maund 5 22.39 20 Mother Cap James Botterill 6 21.96 40 Sunrise Over Castleton Trish Rudin 7 21.74 29 Riding Into The Sunset Peter Lawrance 8 21.65 37 St. Benet’S Abbey Isobel Chesterman 8 21.65 27 Powder Puff Graham Townsend 10 21.57 45 The Black Hat Phil Mallin 11 21.39 13 Harvest Mouse Ian Waite 12 21.30 38 Star Trails Over Dunstanburgh Steve Bexon 13 21.26 21 Mount Cook Chantal Cooper 14 21.17 43 Sweeps Lunch Al Simms 15 21.04 32 Seeking Inspiration Alan Wardropper 16 20.87 49 West Wheal Owles Gary Wood 17 20.78 39 Stargazer Lily Margaret Waterson 18 20.74 41 Sunset Priests Cove Gary Wood 19 20.43 9 Fairy Steps Alan Wardropper 20 20.30 18 Miss Celis Al Simms 21 20.22 2 Bathed In Light Ken Chesterman 22 20.17 31 Say Hello To My Little Friend Debbie Lowe 23 19.96 46 Totalnd Pier Isobel Chesterman 24 19.61 25 Normanton Sunset John Denny 25 19.39 4 Caribbean Storm Roger Leck 26 19.35 8 Early Morning At The Taj Mahal Steve Pears 27 19.22 19 Morning Crossing Steve Pears 27 19.22 23 New York Apartment Block Geoff Whitelocks 29 18.74 34 Somebody’S Watching You Andy Freeman 30 18.61 42 Survival Of The Fittest Debbie Lowe 30 18.61 12 Froth Peter Lawrance 32 18.43 33 Short Clawed Otters...
2020 / 21 Secretaries Challenge

2020 / 21 Secretaries Challenge

This week we reviewed the 2020 / 21 Secretaries Challenge images. This year the competition was themed ‘Travel’ in memory of MIke Dawe a long time member of the club who unfortunately passed away last year. Unfortunatly due to covid-19 restrictions we had to change this normal print comp to PDI but this enabled us to send the images to the judge Bob Moore Hon.FRPS, Hon.PAGB, MPAGB, FIPF, FBIPP of Arden PS for Judging. Click to View Gallery Image Name   Comments Score (out of 20) 01 Acapulco In Moonlight Geoff Whitelocks Quite a good attempt at a panorama image. Unfortunately,it lacks quality i.e. It’s not very sharp.. 16 02 Alcantara Gorge Sicily Peter Lawrance An image that is difficult to appreciate the scale. I know it’s a gorge, tells me in the title, but how big I don’t know. The limited range of colours is attractive and perhaps the authors’ intension was to create an abstract image. 15 04 Awestruck John Denny Don’t really think the backs of people are very interesting, especially the guy with sunburn, he looks terrible. The quality is fine but I find the subject matter not inspiring. 13 05 Bellagio Ian Waite Reflections are always attractive. I think perhaps you could have straightened the horizon, it is definitely leaning. 14 06 Between The Clouds Dave Varnham Pleasant sunset/sunrise image. Probably taken on a flight. Best used in a travel talk. 13 07 Bustling Bright Brixham Al Simms Although nicely arranged it lacks lighting to give interest. Perhaps just concentrating on the colourful buildings would be more successful. 13 08 Canadian Pacific Railroad Geoff...