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The Final Theme Competition of 2014 - Fashion

Professor Terry Hewitt acted as our judge on 27th November 2014, looking at members' fashion images.  Terry was appreciative of members' efforts and had some good advice to give, particularly concerning portraits. Other topics arising included points on composition, lighting and pattern pictures.

This being the last round of theme competitions for 2014, we now know that the Roy Williamson trophy has been won by Richard Towell. Another good result for Richard - well done!

A selection of the high scoring images is shown below.

Bags Beads n Bits

Bags Beads 'n' Bits

By Judy Bell

 High Fashion

 High Fashion

by Gordon Hartley

 My Posh Frock

 My Posh Frock

by Richard Towell

 Seems like Spots are in Fashion

 Seems Like Spots Are In Fashion

by Nina Thomasson

 Shapes and Shadows

 Shapes and Shadows

by Phil Durkin

 Well I Think Im Trendy

 Well I Think I'm Trendy

by Peter Thomasson

 

Results of the second Audio Visual Competition, 20 November 2014

Ian Stewart acted as our judge for the club's second Audio Visual competition of 2014. Once again we had a full evening, there beng eleven submissions from members of the club. He gave useful feedback, considering such things as the structure of the presentations, the mood created, the use of music and the usefulness of narration on ocasions. He also covered details such as the appropriate style of typefaces used in captions, the speed of zooms used and the technical quality of individual images. It is encouraging to see a variety of members showing an interest in the genre, although there could always be some more! The images below are taken from the top three AV's, although, naturally, it is impossible to do justice to the presentations in a single image.

So far as the Trophy for this year is concerned, we now know that this will be shared between Richard Towell and Jeff Griffiths. Well done to both of you!

The Beaches of Donegal

Image from 'The Beaches of Donegal'

by Ray Jefferson

Judged 1st

Swans

Image from 'Swans'

by Richard Towell

Judged 2nd

Festival of Flowers

Image from 'Festival of Flowers'

by Jeff Griffiths

Judged 3rd

 

October 2014 Theme Competition Results

Our judge on 30th October 2014 was Neil Pascoe CPAGB of the North Fylde Photographic Society. Neil judged our penultimate theme competition of the year, where the theme was 'street entertainment'. With a slightly light entry in terms of numbers Neil was able to give helpful pointers on the work shown. He was looking for a good sense of engagement with the images, achieving a decisive moment for taking the picture, and good composition, as well as the usual technical excellence.

At the conclusion of the competition, progress towards the award of the trophy is looking interesting with David Hawkins and Richard Towell each resting on 60 points. It's all to play for in the last round in November.

Some of the high scoring images are shown below together with the score sheets for the night.

 

Acoustic alchemy

Acoustic alchemy

by Nina Thomasson

Street Artist

Street Artist

by David Hawkins

Ray and Garry

Ray and Gary

by Adrian Drummond-Hill

Street Cred

Street Cred

by Don Isherwood

Street Musician

Street Musician

by David Hawkins

Valencian Violinist

Valencian Violinist

by Peter Thomasson

 

Autumn Exhibition at Waterstones

 

We are delighted to confirm that our Autumn Exhibition opens in Waterstones bookshop on Deansgate in Bolton on Sunday 26th October. Nearly 40 prints from many of our members will be on display on the staircase inside the store.

We thank the Manger and staff at Waterstones for allowing us the space to exhibit our work, which will remain on display until Saturday 22nd November.      

 

Day Out to Blackpool

Blackpool Days Out Report

"Sunset at Blackpool" by Alan Bromiley 

On Saturday 18th October several club members went to Blackpool with the intention of getting some sunset shots with the various Blackpool attractions as added interest.

We left Bolton at about 4pm and got to Blackpool in good time but had great difficulty in parking due to the exceptional volume of traffic. We eventually made our way to the meeting point of Central Pier. It is a long time since Blackpool has been so full of people; everybody remarked that they had not seen the place so full for years.

We set up our gear at the south side of the pier in order to get shots of the sunset. We were not disappointed as there was a good sky with some clouds.

There were certainly plenty of photo opportunities with various versions of Elvis, Superman and Spiderman and other Marvel Comic characters, along with numerous Animal onesies galore, and that was just the “adults”. The children were more sensible and had varying versions of hand held illuminations whirling them around creating their own light show.

The evening was rounded off by a hearty fish and chip supper at Bispham, swapping tales about what we had seen.

I am still convinced we saw the club president arrive at the pier in Cinderella’s coach but others are not that convinced, so if anyone has got that shot I will gladly pay good money for it… as will the President to keep it hidden.

Anyway, it was a good evening even though it was very busy with traffic and people, and our members were very happy with their shots.

 

Wse left Bolton at about 4pm and got to Blackpool in good time but had great difficulty in getting to our intended parking place at the central car park due to the exceptional volume of traffic. We eventually managed to park and made our way to the meeting point of Central Pier. It is a long time since I have seen Blackpool has been so full of people, it was heaving. ; eEverybody remarked that they had not seen the place so full for years. We got down to business and set up our gear at the south side of the pier in order to get shots of the sunset. We were not disappointed as we got athere was a good nice sky with some clouds.

There were certainly plenty of photo opportunities with various versions of Elvis, Superman and Spiderman and other Marvel Comic characters, along with numerous Animal onesies galore, and that was just the “adults”. ”, Tthe children were more sensible and had varying versions of hand held illuminations whirling them around creating their own light show.

The evening was rounded off by a hearty fish and chip supper at Bispham, swapping tales about what we had seen.

I am still convinced we saw the club president arrive at the pier in Cinderella’s’ coach but others are not that convinced, so if anyone has got that shot I will gladly pay good money for it… as will the President to keep it hidden.

Anyway it was a good evening even though it was very busy with traffic and people, and our I think most members were very happy with their shots.

 

 

Two Trophies Decided in the October Print Competition

Tillman Kleinhans came to judge our fifth and final open print competition of 2014. With about 60 images to assess it was a very full evening. Although Tillman was concerned with the technical side of the prints - exposure, focus, composition etc - he was equally interested in the emotional appeal of the photographs and what the photographer was striving to achieve. At one point he declared that he loves decay, there being lots of beauty there to be explored.

This being the final open print competition of the year, we now know the winners of the two trophies involved. Richard Towell will be awarded the Schofield Trophy in the 'Advanced Prints' class, and Alan Bromiley will take the Lindeth Trophy for the 'Beginners' Prints' class. Well done to both of you!

Shown below is a selection of the fantastic images seen on the night together with the usual score sheets.

Bromiley-Blue Morphos Butterfly

Blue Morphos Butterfly

by Alan Bromiley

John Morris-The Railyard

The Railyard

by John Morris

Lindisfarne Evening

Lindisfarne Evening

by David Hawkins

Thomasson N - Sunset Mystery Valley

Sunset Mystery Valley

by Nina Thomasson

Thomasson P - St Pancras Champagne Bar

St Pancras Champagne Bar

by Peter Thomasson

Towell-Wheelie

Wheelie

by Richard Towell

 

Final Open DPI Competition of the Year

It was the 18th September 2014, and we held the final open competition amongst members for digital projected images. Our judge for the evening was George Steele from our neighbouring club - the Bury Photographic Society. George gave useful tips as well as marking our images. Topics such as composition, lighting condiotions, the use of 'levels' and the 'shadows/highlights' tool in Photoshop were covered. George explained how textures can sometimes be improved by rendering an image in black and white rather than colour.

This being the last Open DPI competition of the year, we now know our first trophy winners - Richard Towell has the best overall performance amongst the advanced workers and Ian Walker takes the top slot for the beginners. Well done to both of you!

The images below are the ones scoring 19 or 20 points on the night.

The Path of Stars

The Path of Stars

by Diane Ronson

Off Roading

Off Roading

by John Morris

Arches

Arches

by Ken Tebay

Montserrat Basilica.jpg

Montserrat Basilica

by Phil Durkin

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

by Nina Thomasson

Kitesurfer

Kitesurfer

by Richard Towell

Lily

Lily

by Jeff Griffiths

 

'Vintage Transport' Theme Competition Results

On Thursday 28th August 2014 Ken Geddes of the Ribblesdale and District Camera Club came to our meeting to judge prints and digital projected images on the theme of 'Vintage Transport'. An interesting point arose near the outset as to whether the theme required images to be of a 'record shot' nature, or whether a degree of pictorialism was appropriate. Ken leaned towards the former, although other approaches were not excluded. Ken's helpful comments ranged over subjects connected with colour rendering, choice of subject, the photographer's chosen viewpoint and clutter. However, he appreciated the high standard of the photographs presented, some of which are presented below.
Standard Swallow

Standard Swallow

by Judy Bell

The Original Off-Roader

The Original Off-Roader

by Richard Towell

Vintage Bakers Van

Vintage Baker's Van

by Jeff Griffiths

 2.4

 World War 1 Albion lorry

by David Hawkins

 

Results of the Open Print Competition - 21st August 2014

Pamela Vose from the Leigh Club came to visit the Bolton Camera Club on 21st August and took on the challenging task of judging approximately 60 images submitted by members of the Club. Pamela gave some good tips as she viewed the images, including ideas for cropping, balancing colours in images an enhancing black and white prints. It was pleasing to see many members achieving high scores and producing a high standard of work. The pictures below are representative of those achieving top marks.

Don Isherwood - Out of Petrol

Out of petrol

by Don Isherwood

p.maddock Lakeland Retreat

Lakeland Retreat

by Peter Maddock

Phil Durkin - Running Late

Running late

by Phil Durkin

Thomasson P - Reading

Reading

by Peter Thomasson

Morning paper at the Sage

Morning paper at the Sage

by David Hawkins

Altar and part of chancel St Canice Cathedral

Altar and part of the chancel

at St Canice Cathedral

by David Hawkins

 

Open Digital Projected Competition - July 2014

Cy Newton came to the Club on 17th July 2014 to judge the latest round in our open digital projected competitions. There was a healthy entry, including several welcome submissions from new members. Cy took care to assess the images and gave good pointers for improvement. There were a number of high scoring images, including a couple of 18's for our newcomers. Well done! Below are the ones that scored 20, and the score sheets will follow shortly.

Breaking Cover

Breaking Cover

by Richard Towell

Ethiopian Herdsman

Ethiopian Herdsman

by Chris Evans

Pied Woodpecker

Pied Woodpecker

by David Hawkins

Roof Light

Roof Light

by Jeff Layer

White-tailed eagle in flight

White-Tailed Eagle in Flight

by Blake Wardle

Mad bubbles 2

Mad Bubbles 2

by Tracy Calderbank

Mathematical Bridge - Queens College Cambridge

Mathematical Bridge - Queen's College Cambridge

by Diane Ronson

Ringtailed Lemur

Ringtailed Lemur

by Karen Raffe

 
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