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2019 / 20 POTY 7 Street

Final round of POTY for the 2019 / 20 Season it was Themed Street ans saw 56 entries although because of the current situation was changed from a print round to web hosted competition. The winner was Steve Bexon with his image “Rain Dance” scoring 22.62 Steve also came second with his other image “A Rubbish Night” scored 22 in 3rd was Ian Waite with his image “Walk on By” scored 21.38 Click for Full table of Results Click for Final 2019 / 20 POTY Table Click for Gallery To help the image review members were invited to return comments an abridged version of these is given below. A couple of the members also made some general comments on the round Generally thought that there was too much processing going on. Street is all about capturing what is happening, so making HDR skies, colour popping and vignettes do not make good Street images, nor do just pictures of streets need to look at The Masters to understand what ‘Street’ is all about. Took ages to add comments so probably wrote too much. I’ve taken more Street photos than anything else over the years and use criteria from a number of sources and publications when taking my own pictures and today when marking our competition, so hope I haven’t been too critical. Some things I look for include A moment in time which tells a story A Strong focal point, A Main subject which pops out of the background Only crop to improve visual balance but keep original aspect ratio or to remove unwanted element, Add More contrast or clarity...

Just 4 Fun 3 Patterns

3rd Week of Just 4 Fun and your getting more creative. 17 images submitted and 23 members voted. Winner was Isobel Chesterman with her image “Kaleidoscopic” which achieving 7 1st 4 2nds & 1 3rd She took a photo of some flowers in the garden and used the Twirl filter in photoshop. First use filter pixelate and then filter blur and then filter distort twirl. She likes doing crazy photos. Odd One Out by Margaret Waterson cam 2nd with 41st 1 2nd 4 3rd She spilled the pegs one day and then had an idea to create a pattern from them , this is the result. At first she tried a light background then thought about this dark background , which is just a black mount board and liked it best All she did was  increased the exposure , added some vibrance , and turned down the blacks , i thought this was enough then decided to change 1 peg to make ODD ONE OUT I enjoy having a go at these it’s keeping my interest in photography going with a bit of fun added many thanks Just piping Steve Bexon into 3rd with Patterns In The Landscape with 41st 0 2nd 4 3rd The image was taken on my daily walk along the footpaths in the fields around Barwell. Many farms in the area have just ploughed and planted their fields. I went out early morning the capture the sidelighting on the furrows. Taken on a Canon R with 24-105 RF lens at 37mm, f/11 1/60 sec 4th Gary wood with Stripes The stripes were on a spare...

Just 4 Fun Wk2 – Food

This week we themed the Just 4 fun to be Food and had 18 entries although a couple were slightly tongue in cheek The winner Cauliflower Small Talk by Peter Lawrance with 6 1st, 2 2nd’s and 3 3rds Fast Food by Ian Waite I was standing on the up platform at Grantham in 1955 when this LNER heavy Freight L1 came by with a load of vegetables from Lincolnshire. Or I glued some peas and carrots on to some coal wagons then took the image with my 12 – 24 sigma wide-angle to try to get as much in focus as possible, selecting f/32 to help also. In Lightroom I cropped out the rest of the room then added a vignette followed by some selective dodging and burning with the adjustment brush. In Photo Shop I duplicated the layer then selected the subject, inversed the selection then applied a zoom blur to the background. It was been suggested that the author could have added some steam to add realism here, possible cotton wool suitably arranged or a boiling kettle held appropriately. This may have resulted in first place) and was also noted that foreground fence wasn’t blurred. Tomatoes And Basil by Julie Holbeche-Maund Stock Pile by Steve Bexon The tins were piled on a large mirror with a black card backdrop. Exposed using subdued window light through a closed curtain and a diffused camera mounted flash. Only basic processing in Lightroom including cropping and darkening the background card. Nothing special about this one. Image taken using my Canon M6 Mk2 with Sigma 56mm f1.4 lens mounted on my...

Just 4 Fun Week 1

Just 4 Fun Week 1 Live Review at 7.30 Chopped Onions by Phil Mallin This image received 4 nominations. The image was taken in the kitchen on our electric hob. It seems thats were we do most of our still life. The camera was the Pentax 645Z with a 50mm lens on a tripod. Phil copped the onion and created the composition so that the small pieces led you into the scene. The axe is one that we use for the small kindling for the fire. The lighting was with a flash set at low hand held. Processing via Lightroom and Photoshop, spot healing brush, dodge and burn, saturation, contrast and sharpening. Tomatoes by Julie Holbeche-Maund This image received 3 nominations. Again the image was taken in the kitchen on our electric hob. The camera was the Pentax 645Z with a 50mm lens on a tripod. I used our grater with the red handle to match the colour of the tomatoes, the wood are two pieces from outside, that will be used for fire wood at some time. The lighting was with a flash set at low hand held. Processing via Lightroom and Photoshop, contrast, spot healing brush, dodge and burn, saturation, and sharpening. The inspiration for the shot came from the internet. Salt & Pepper by John Smith This image received 2 nominations. I decided to use a blue and white linen basket as I was attracted by the parallel lines. Then I experimented with the position of the two ‘pots’. When I was satisfied with this I placed the subject under a window to use natural back...

2019 / 20 POTY 6 Winter

Well last Wednesday should have seen the 6th and penultimate round of POTY for this season but with the appearance of COVID-19 otherwise known as Corona virus everything shut down rather quickly and we reverted to a web hosted competition. It was pleasing to get such a good response from the members with 26 returning voting sheets which is comparable with the previous round of POTY. If you have nothing to do tomorrow evening at 7:30pm were hosting a live slide show of the images as per normal although without commentary Anyways Phil Mallins image “Oxararfoss Iceland” was the overall winner scoring 23.46 From Julie Holbeche-Maund with “Winter Northern Lights Iceland” scoring 22.71 narrowly outscoring James Botterills image “Snow Chase” which finished in 3rd with 22.52 ” Full table of Results Standings after POTY 6 Gallery POTY 7 will now be a web hosted PDI...

2019 / 20 POTY 5 Nature

Last night was the review of the 5th POTY round for 2019 / 20 which was a themed print round with the theme Nature It had 60 entries from 30 members and Phil Mallin won with “Mid Day Herd”   From James Botterill who’s 2 images “Buttermere” & “Peregrine” came 2nd & 3rd respectively 2019 / 20 POTY 5 Nature Gallery Full table of Results POTY Positions after round...

2020 Fosse Coop PS Inter-cities competition

Last Saturday was the Fosse Inter-cities competition. We came fourth out of 13 clubs, which is not bad but the judge did seem to favor people images as that is what he shoots. He misunderstood “Four Men In a Boat” by talking about the added mist. Gave it 13 out of 20 He thought there were too many peppers in Phil’s “Peppers” (did well at MCPF) Gave it 15 Seemed to like “Rydal Water” (another one that did well at MCPF), but gave it 15 He didn’t get “Flamingo” at all, seemed to think there were too many arms. Gave it 14 Leicester Forest were the...

2020 MCPF Midphot

As they say you have to be in it to win it and this year we had a record entry of over 56 images from 9 members. 4 images scored more than the acceptance score of 12 and where awarded “Rydal Mist “ by Julie Holbeche-Maund scored 15 and was awarded a Midphot Golden Jubilee Trophy “Peppers “ by Phil Mallin scored 14 and was awarded a PAGB Silver Medal “Ivoryflame “ also by Phil scored 13 and was awarded a MCPF Ribbons “Normanton Church” by Isobel Chesterman scored 13 and was Highly Commended a further 22 images achieved an acceptance score of 12 Phil Mallin “Hollywood” scored 12 and was accepted “Raudasandur Beach” scored 12 and was accepted “Sydney Opera House” scored 12 and was accepted Julie Holbeche-Maund “Saltwick Nab” scored 12 and was accepted “Still Life-Pheasant scored 12 and was accepted “Pennywise” scored 12 and was accepted “The Black and White Hat” scored 13 and was accepted “The Saloon” scored 12 and was accepted Isobel Chesterman “Doggy Paddle” scored 12 and was accepted “Salad Days” scored 12 and was accepted “Sandhole Oak Barn View” scored 12 and was accepted “Somewhere over the Rainbow” scored 12 and was accepted “Sweet Peas” scored 12 and was accepted John Smith “Serenity” scored 12 and was accepted Alan Wardropper “Flower girl” scored 12 and was accepted “Searching” scored 12 and was accepted “Hungry” scored 12 and was accepted Peter Lawrance “Towards Tower Bridge” scored 12 and was accepted “Battling on” scored 12 and was accepted Graham Townsend “Flamingo” scored 12 and was accepted Steve Bexon “Going Underground” scored 12 and was...

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