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2018 / 19 Neville Jackson Image of the Year

Last night saw the final competition of the season with the Neville Jackson Image of the Year. This is an externally judged open print competition and had 48 entries. This years judge was  John Lewis LRPS. from Daventry who gave some very insightful comments about the images including discussion of the various compositional elements seen in the images from leadin lines, framing, S or C curves, circles, horizons, hands, eyes, closure, foreground elements and whether these can be blurred or sharp, how they provide an impression of depth and how if they’re a strong element they can detract from the main subject, story elements After the main scoring there were some 14 images held back which is a good indication of overall quality of the entries. Following further deliberations this was reduced to 4 “Kelsey” by Daniel Wood “The Scamp” by Ian Waite These were both finally awarded 19 with the remaining 2 images getting 20 “Franz Josef” by Chantal Cooper “Four men in a boat” by Steve Pears With this image being given the overall win Author Image Score Steve Pears Four Men In A Boat 20 Winner Chantal Cooper Franz Josef 20 Debbie Lowe 92214 Leicester City 19 Julie Holbeche-Maund In The Attic 19 Daniel Wood Kelsey 19 Alan Wardropper The Illusionist 19 Ian Waite The Scamp 19 Debbie Lowe Bradgate Weir At Dusk 19 Peter Lawrance Puppet Master 18 Roger Leck Morning On Calpe Beach 18 Steve Bexon Street Artists Meeting 18 Gary Wood Duckpool 18 Ian Waite Garden Beauty 18 Debbie Lowe Summer Sun On The River Lin 18 Graham townsend Excess Baggage 17 Steve...

2019 MCPF Photofolio

Yesterday was the 2019 MCPF Photofolio we entered 15 images into the PDI round 4 of which achieve the acceptance mark of 12 Scoring 10 where Autumn Fashion-Julie Holbeche-Maund LRPS, Talacre Lighthouse & Combesgate Beach-James Botterill, Fairy Glen-John Denny, Scary Clown & The illusionist-Alan Wardropper Scoring 11 Foral Beauty & Last Man Standing-Phil Mallin, Red Squirrel-Trish Rudin, The Scamp-Ian Waite & White Feathered Goddess-Julie Holbeche-Maund LRPS Scoring 12 and achieveing acceptance Chesterton-Gary Wood, Miss Red-Julie Holbeche-Maund LRPS & Porlock Weir-Phil Mallin And scoring 14 and being awarded the Malcolm Cook Medal Vestrahorn Iceland- Phil Mallin      ...

2018 / 19 Speaker “cuba libre”

Last night we had a speaker evening with Anne Sutcliff FRPS giving us her presentation “cuba libre” Which include an appraisal of the history of Cuba and how its changed since the expansion of tourism over the last 40 or so years. She used images from both her and her late husband Alan Millward FRPS to illustrate her talk. You can see more of Annes work at http://www.annesutcliffe.com/empty or...

2018 / 19 POTY 7 – Portraits evening

Last night was the last round of POTY a themed print round for Portraits. This was followed by a video from the Nic team on the usage of Silver EFec’s Pro to alter an image to Monochrome. If you would like to rewatch it its available on You-Tube @...

2018 / 19 Workshop Using Lightrooms

Last night we had a master class in the use of Adobe Lightroom by Phil Mallin. He described his general work flow and the types of adjustments that he does whilst working on an image in Lightrooms. Basic Adjustments: He starts with the basic tools panel which does global adjustments As a general rule he reduces the  Highlights to around -50, increase both the shadows and whites to +50 and finally reduces the blacks to -50. Note  this is just a starting point and during the pressing will often return and do further minor tweaks to these values.   If you want to see the image full screen press F (see https://makeawebsitehub.com/adobe-lightroom-keyboard-shortcuts-cheat-sheet/ ) for other keyboard short cuts Spot removal: Having set some basic adjustments he looks to clean up the image using the spot removal tool Set to heal Scans the image for imperfections due to marks on lens or dust on sensor You probably need to be zoomed in to do this use the zoom options which are to the top left Too move / pan around the image whilst zoomed in and having a tool selected, press and hold down the Space bar which changes the cursor to the hand icon. You can also visualise where these imperfection might be by selecting the visualise spots toggle on the tool bar If this tool bar is missing select the Show Tool bar from the View menu or press T Note although this is called spot removal and the brush is round its really a clone stamp and you can select any area by moving the brush whilst...

2018 / 19 POTY 6 – Patterns & Textures

Last night was the review evening of the penultimate round of POTY. This was a themed PDI round with the theme of Patterns & Textures It was won by Roger Leck with  “Morning On Calpe Beach” 2nd “Converging Lines” by Peter Lawrance 3rd “Spiral Staircase” by Steve Bexon Full Table of Results  2018/19 POTY Table...

2018 / 19 Interclub v Ashby Camera Club

Last night we held the annual Inter-club: vs. Ashby PS. at ESCC it was a 20 Ppint battle and judged by Graham Heywood EFIAP/p FBPE who gave some interesting and insightful comments on all the images. Earl Shilton finally emerged victories with 325 points to 310. Club Author Title ACC ESCC           ACC Clive Bew Chocolate Labradors 17   ESCC Trish Rudin Crummock Water   15 ACC John Picken Are you OK Mum? 16   ESCC Ian Waite The Scamp   16 ACC Nigel Shaw Rowing boats for hire 14   ESCC Jules Holbeche-Maund White Feathered Goddess   19 ACC John Picken The Bridge 15   ESCC Paul Steans Silverback Gorilla   16 ACC Steve Andrews Milk Frog 15   ESCC James Botterill Combesgate Beach   18 ACC Larry South Twins 16   ESCC Jules Holbeche-Maund Black Princess   15 ACC James Farley Vipers Bugloss and hoverfly 14   ESCC Phil Mallin Vestrahorn   20 ACC Nigel Shaw Derbyshire deep mid winter 17   ESCC Phil Mallin Last Man Standing   18 ACC Clive Bew Newly emerged painted lady 16   ESCC James Botterill Talacre Lighthouse   15 ACC Sally Thearle Grey Cob 15   ESCC Jules Holbeche-Maund Autumn Fashion   16 ACC Alan Box Pip 15   ESCC Phil Mallin Floral Beauty   19 ACC Larry South Staithe Lane Thornham 17   ESCC Steve Bexon Lower Padley   14 ACC David Goacher Naked Attraction 16   ESCC Alan Wardropper Scary Clown   15 ACC John Picken Waterdogs 15   ESCC Trish Rudin Red Squirrel   18 ACC Nigel Shaw Start of another day on...

2018 / 19 MCPF Award

Phil Mallin collected his award medal on Wednesday night from The Midland Counties Photographic Federation for his image “Vestrahorn” that he entered into this years Midphot Projected Image...

Upcoming Events

  1. 2018/19 POTY 7 Review

    May 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  2. 2019 Keynote Speaker Charlie Waite

    May 29 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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    June 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm