Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Club Report – 3rd PDI Competition (Friday 12th Dec)

Marjorie Burge writes:

Paul Adams ARPS DPAGB FDPS was our judge on Friday 12th December for our 3rd Projected Images Competition. Paul, from Bexleyheath Camera Club, is a premier judge and also President of the Disabled Photographers Society, and this year he won best print in their Annual Exhibition. Paul is a very friendly judge and made sure we were all included in the evening as he kept us entertained and informed as he commented in depth on all images. Out of a high quality entry he chose the following:

Division 1: 1st Richard Nutter with I’m Watching You, 2nd David Marsh with A Man From Planet Voca, 3rd Stephen Cheek with Lilac Breasted Roller Take-off


A Man From Planet Voca by David Marsh

Division 2: 1st Chris Rogers with Angry Hippo, 2nd Graham Salt with Hawker Hind at Old Warden, 3rd Chris Yates with Emilia.

EMILIA by 31

Emilia by Chris Yates

Division 3: 1st Les Gordon with Sarah Playing Barnada With Such Loathing, 2nd Steven Baker with A Balanced Breakfast, 3rd Alan Britton with Common Bonnet (Mycena Galericulata)


Sarah Playing Barnada With Such Loathing by Les Gordon

Top 3 images for each division: http://www.ashfordps.org.uk/respdi-2.htm
League tables: http://www.ashfordps.org.uk/league_tables.htm

The 2nd Round of the Small Print Competition results are:

1st Lesley Parker with I Can See You, 2nd Lesley Parker with Meerkat, 3rd Linda Thackeray with Untitled (B&W Grasses)

Next Friday, 19th December is our last meeting before the Christmas break (back again on 2nd January). It will be a Club Night and, in keeping with the festive season, we will be having nibbles and a quiz. It will also be hand-in for The John Wigmore Rural Landscape Trophy Competition which will be judged after the break by Kevin Bell LRPS.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Club Report – Friday 5th Dec

Marjorie Burge writes:

Colin Page, a horticulturist who specialises in landscape and nature photography, was the ideal judge for our Natural History Competition on Friday. Colin has been a member of Rye & District Camera Club for forty years, and Chairman for 20 years. He is also Secretary of Rye Natural History Society, on the committee of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and has over forty years experience in horticulture.  We had one of the highest entries for many years in this competition and gave Colin the difficult task of picking winners from images covering all aspects of wildlife – some of our photographers travel the world to seek out their favourite shots, some roam the countryside nearer home to catch the local flora and fauna. Colin commented not only from his own point of view as a judge but also from the photographer’s point of view. He understood the difficulties involved in catching the moment and was generous in his praise for all entries.

Prints: 1st Anthony Wright with Hoverflies Mating (Syrphidae), 2nd Bob Devine with Lioness with Playing Cubs, 3rd Dominique Huxley with Springtime in The Weald.

PDI:    1st Avril Christensen with Young Condor in Flight Over Andes, 2nd Alan Britton with Sunflower and Bee, 3rd Graeme Andrews with Male Shoveler Duck Reflected While Preening Itself.

The overall winner for The Bill Waters Natural History Trophy was Avril Christensen with her PDI Young Condor in Flight Over Andes.

Young Condor in Flight Over Andes by Avril Christensen

Action Trophy
Prints:  1st Bob Devine with Osprey Catches Fish, 2nd Chris Rogers with Baby Elephant in Late Sunlight, 3rd Chris Rogers with Heading Off.

PDI:  1st Stephen Cheek with Lilac Breasted Roller at Take-off, 2nd Graeme Andrews with Grey Heron Landing, 3rd David Marsh with Black Headed Gull Attacking Puffin for Sand Eels.

The trophy for the category of ‘Action’ within the Natural History Competition has been kindly provided by Stephen Cheek and this was won by Bob Devine with his print of Osprey Catches Fish.

bob Osprey Catches Fish by Bob Devine

Graeme Andrews photograph “Male Shoveler Duck Reflected While Preening Itself” has also had success outside of the club, coming 1st in the Pentax User forum’s weekly themed competition “Reflection”.  Congratulations Graeme!

MALE SHOVELER DUCK REFLECTED WHILE PREENING ITSELF by  Graeme Andrews 3rd place pdi Male Shoveler Duck Reflected While Preening Itself by Graeme Andrews

Next Friday, 12th December, Paul Adams ARPS DPAGB FDPS will be judging our 3rd PDI Competition.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Club Report – Friday 28th Nov

Marjorie Burge writes:

On Friday 28th November Bob Devine ARPS DPAGB BPE3* EFIAP gave us an insight into ‘The Wild Side of Bob’. A member of APS for over 25 years, Bob’s love of wildlife photography began with trips into his local countryside, happy if he could spot a fox or a badger. If you check his website at bobdevinephotography.co.uk you will see that the images he now treasures are of much wilder animals. Bob enters his images in national and international competitions, gaining distinctions, medals, and silver and gold awards. Although he has travelled with his camera to many countries – America, Asia, Europe - Africa is his favourite hunting ground and he showed us some amazing images taken in and around the national parks of that country. An early start to the day ensured he caught that first light of the morning, and hours of patience and radio contact in the vast spaces gave him opportunities that took our breath away, for lions, tigers, elephants and many quite rare animals. Ever heard of a caracal? Find it on his website. Everyone at APS enjoyed the evening.


Lion and Cub 3 by Bob Devine

Next Friday, 5th December we have The Bill Waters Natural History Trophy Competition to be judged by Colin Page. Because of the very high entry of Natural History images, the Record Competition, which was to be held on the same evening, has been moved to February. A good evening for visitors to enjoy our photography and discover how our visiting judges pick their chosen winners from amongst so many amazing images.