NEWSLETTER SPRING 2018
In this Newsletter there are contributions from Cyril, Dave, Mick, Mike, Denzil, Christine, (who also supplies many images - comp entries etc), Jeanne (I pinch her Courier write-ups often), and Richard. Our thanks to them, I could not have produced this Newsletter without their help.
Your views, comments and suggestions for articles that would interest other members would be gratefully received. Please contact Jeanne, as I’m taking a rest for a while!
THE CHAIR’S BIT
We have arrived at the end of my year as Chair of this club. We have had one of the best winters for quality of speakers we have had for a number of years. The variety of other events also added to a successful winter all round. We now look forward to some trips that the committee are planning to run this summer. I thank the members on the whole for putting up with me and making my life not too difficult. I hope to see you all winter 18/19 when I am sure the committee will have another full and interesting program.
NOTES FROM THE PROGRAMME 2018
5TH JANUARY 2018 – IMAGE MATCHING – JUDGE RICHARD BURSTON
You would think by now that we would all know the rules of this game (sorry “Grudge Match”). Well, it seems that we all do, except for the “Lamb To The Slaughter” mistakenly called “The Judge”. No, it doesn’t matter who it is, nor the number of times said “Judge” has participated as a participant! According to all the teams, this year’s judge “didn’t have a clue”, no change there then I admit from the previous years! Yes, I was a judge once, and fortunately never invited to “judge” again!
Raucous? When we have some visitors? Yep.
The one person we can rely on fortunately, is Michael Elliott, who tackles Mr Microsoft and “The Computer Programme”. No mean feat, especially when the first image to appear is one of last year’s entries!
The idea is to have a fun night and we did. A big plus for this year’s event was, wait for it, a warm room! Well done the team captains, Team A Russ, Team B Andrea, Team C David, Team D Cyril, who have to collect and choose images that would foil any judge. They succeeded magnificently, as the following judge’s comments show:
“Absolutely no idea what that is, nor that one, so they must be a match.”
“Imagine that there is fungus on the tree. Therefore, a match!”
“Judge’s decision is final, even though!”
A great night, thanks to Richard and the team Captains. Do the scores matter? No, but it was close.
12TH JANUARY 2018 - SPEAKER - NIGEL CHEFFERS-HEARD
“A SHORT HISTORY OF IMAGING” & “A STUDY OF THE ART OF SCIENCE”
It was extremely pleasant to welcome Nigel bank to the club - he was our first guest speaker in 1971, shortly after the club was formed!
He started his talk at 15000 BCE, citing cave art (Cave of Hands) along the way. During his talk he also used “old masters” paintings to discuss how they used and dealt with light and astounded us with the first photo which required an exposure of 8 hours! Extremely knowledgeable and entertaining speaker who brought along a few of his old cameras for us to look at.
19TH JANUARY 2018 –AN EVENING WITH THE CHAIRMAN
PART 1 - “FROM NORFOLK TO FINLAND VIA SCOTLAND”
Richard had treated himself to a few “Safaris” recently, from the images he displayed they were obviously very successful, even if the “comfort” factor may have been missing at times! Norfolk saw him braving mother seals in order to get close to the many baby seals, some a few days old, and lucky to have missed the recent storms! Cairngorms in the snow, a grouse moor for the mountain hare, tricky – white on white – and red squirrel.
With “Wild Arena” off to Eastern Finland at the Martin Selkonsen Remote Forest Lodge, right by the Russian border, at times with very basic accommodation (and “in-conveniences”!) but definitely bears. Many bears, many baby bears, and a few more! Richard was in his element, wildlife – he obviously enjoys wildlife photography, and it shows in his excellent photography.
PART 2- THE CHAIR’S CHALLENGE – FLOWER FESTIVAL
Richard had set us a challenge of photographing the annual flower festival- no easy task as flowers, lighting, crowds etc make this very difficult, as most of us have found in previous years. The displays are always stunning, with a theme, and often very big. In particular Richard wanted some images that showed these difficulties, e.g. flash burns out the whites, crowds, and competition between photographers trying for the same sun light effect on a rose (sorry Denzil, after you!). Images from 9 members were displayed with contributions from Christine, Richard, David, Mick, John A, Russ & Denzil. Mike showed his first digital image from 2003 and Anne an AV of Flower Art in Poltimore House.
26TH JANUARY 2018 –PANEL OF FIVE DIGITAL IMAGES
An extremely well supported and thoroughly enjoyable evening. A late revision of the “Rules” meant that we could also show off our images in an AV- although the magic number of “5”? - well more of that later!
Ian surprised us all with 2 panels of Exeter (High St, Paris St, Bus Station, Princesshay) all completely devoid of people, no, not Photoshop – early Christmas morning!
John A, “Playing with Water” at Fingle Bridge, Jeannie “Views of Tintern Abbey (Wye Valley)”, Christine, B&W “Elephants of the Serengeti”, (and explained how she had produced her panel), and “Ox Peckers on Buffalo”.
Anne, “St Fagans National History Village” (complete with Post Office and a red telephone box!),
Terry (we unkindly suggested his panel was “Bob in five different locations”) “West Wales, including Rhossili Bay” (voted Wales' Best Beach 2017), Russ “Hobby” his rifles, ammo making, and how he go on at the range, Mike “Topsham Reflections” perfectly caught on a lovely day, and “A Comparison” explaining how to use a colour look up table when using two different cameras. And of course Mick Wells. I know I flout the rules often, but I think 9000 images (approx.) in an AV of Micks attempts at Model Photography could be thought be over the top! You would be wrong! Yet another of his extremely clever AVs, made up of clusters of pages each of maybe 50 images, all stunning, a staccato viewing set suitably to “The Chain” (Fleetwood Mac).
2ND FEBRUARY 2018 –ENTERTAINING OTHER CLUBS
WITH SPEAKER TONY WOROBIC “ FRAGMENTS OF AN AMERICAN DREAM”
Renowned photographer Tony spoke to a packed audience which included invited guests and members of from other camera clubs. He enthralled us all with his images of abandoned houses and cars, and covered an area through Wyoming, Montana, North and South Dakota, across the Central Plains to Colorado (where he came across black and grizzly bears) and Saskatchewan.
He told us he went with his wife (also a photographer), several times over a number of years, at different seasons, to get an idea of the changes in atmosphere and weather. Everywhere they went was desolation - deserted wooden houses and churches, abandoned cars and schools. The latter were built every 8 miles to accommodate the youngsters from the farms in the area. In North and South Dakota he found indication in the churchyards that the residents tended to be immigrants who lived in groups according to their nationality/heritage, i.e., German, Dutch, Norwegian and Irish. All settlers were all given 350 acres of land and built their farmsteads in the middle of this thus losing any “community”.
As the children got older they went to the nearest town or city to study and decided that the “country life” was not for them, never returning home. When the parents could no longer cope with the farm, nor the weather which could destroy their crops and a whole year’s work, they also left, or died, leaving everything behind. This was the same, right across the different states that he passed through. Completely flat and not a tree in sight!!
A very good evening enjoyed by all, both local and visitors, who were treated to home-made cakes and savoury bites, with cups of tea or coffee at half time break. Definitely worth all the effort that went into putting on the event.
9TH FEBRUARY 2018 –ENTERTAINING OURSELVES
Our booked speaker unfortunately had to cancel at the last minute – but fortunately we had “ reserves”, mainly in the shape of Mr Wells and the Man in the Moon!
Mick showed his AV based on “What is Creative” being a “spoofed up” discussion he had had with Christine (the computer generated voices make this even funnier). This was about the new category for WCPF MPIX - and the WCPF comment that there are NO rules - prompted the idea that you could put someone else's pic in - wizard idea!! This caused great amusement and a discussion between club members. We still don’t know what is “Creative”. I think!
He also showed : AVs of competition entries from 2011, great to see our old entries with a brief discussion “Have we improved?” and an AV “Burgh Island” using photographs taken by Paul McLoughlin.
We showed part of the AV by Irene Froy EFIAP, MPAGB, HonPAGB, BPE4* “Pastels & More- Part 1”. One needs to watch this in small chunks as there is so much information to take in.
Andrea explained how she photographed the “Super” moon, getting hints from the web which recommended F16 1/6sec ISO 400. She showed her several attempts - F11 1/250 ISO 100, and found F7, 1/250 ISO 100 gave best definition. This latter image was very clear, even I could make out a “Man in the Moon” using Mare Imbrium, Mare Serenitatis and Mare Oceanus, with the crater ”Capernicus” making a good belly button. Someone mentioned you could also see an Umbilicus, not sure what that was. I looked on the web for Man In The Moon, but it seems people see him using other “mares”, but least I can now say that I’ve seen the Man In The Moon whilst sober.
To finish the evening Mick presented his “Billy Budd” AV. he had continuously shot an obviously well liked young chap at the annual “Blessing of the Boats” (held after the Fishermen’s Mass) on Barra. Everyone gets soaked in a water fight. His “Billy Budd” seemed to be the centre of the general melee and Mick wrapped up quite a few photos of him into an extremely exciting AV. Oh to be young again!
Ed & Mick.
23RD FEBRUARY 2018 – SPEAKER - ANDREW MCCARTHY ARPS
NATURE & ECOLOGY
Andrew certainly provided an informative and enthusiastic talk, with Digital Images that illustrated he really knew his subject. He kept us all listening attentively for the complete evening to what he was saying. He uses the full range of Photo Processing skills, with his Prints and Digital Images showing his mastery of them. As a professional ecologist Andrew McCarthy has a background that has given him phenomenal wildlife knowledge and field-craft, photographic opportunity and most importantly a passion for his topic. He showed us a series of wildlife prints and projected images.
In the first half we saw examples of just about all British wildlife including seals, deer, birds, bats, frogs, snakes, newts, foxes, badgers, otters, field mice, dormice, water voles and even beavers. His images were superb - photos on his own project themes about seals, deer and foxes, plus 'setup' scenarios for kingfishers and many other birds. His knowledge of the subjects in the photographs were an added bonus for the evening talk. Two of the photos had been used in the Countryside Calendar in previous years. Throughout, he aired his ecology views with a passion, with descriptions of the amount of wildlife we have lost in our lifetimes and discussion regarding the re-introduction of wild boar, lynx and wolves.
The second half consisted entirely of macro work. As well as showing his images he explained his equipment and techniques, concluding with some of his extreme macro images - made up of 300 focus-stacked shots followed up by days of post processing to clean up the final product. Without a doubt an impressive dedication to get good results - stunning photos of beetles and house flies to get absolute pin sharp images of the species. A house fly eye that close up was scary!
We learnt a lot but, most of all, that we still have a lot to learn!
As Richard said - another very good speaker - we all enjoyed it. Dave said given his personal interests, he thought this speaker was the best ever - knowledgeable, dedicated and enthusiastic. Andrew has even offered us the chance to go out with him in the summer – there are many of us looking forward to it!
Christine, Cyril & Dave
Shame I missed this evening, it must have been exceptional - I got three write-ups! Ed
9TH MARCH 2018 - WORKSHOPS
Lots of work stations available for members to try their hand at, including a “new members’ expectations/wants” discussion group led by Cyril, and various computer applications including GIMP, available by Christine and Richard, Smoke (John A), Macro and “interesting things” e.g. coloured pencils, cut fruit & veg , a £1 coin, half a dragon fly (!) - (Dave), Light Box (Mick & a ton of equipment), Oil on Water (Ian), and a huge bubble (Richard).
16TH MARCH 2018 – AV NIGHT
Seven members brought along their Audio Visual presentations providing us with a very entertaining evening. Twelve AV’s were shown, which varied from various landscape images of the Amalfi Coast, Barra in the Outer Hebrides, “Red Hatters”, “Devon Railway Centre”, “Memories” (music: “Remember” clever!), “Christmas Time”, “A Day Out” on the paddle Steamer Waverley (with Timothy and Shane Spall on board) and a trip around the harbour at Chania on the island of Crete, with a very interesting history of the buildings past and present, dating back to 600 years BC! “Fine Art Portraits” with a variety of different models and props, and a very rousing display from the Calgary Stampede. The evening finished with an AV of the pew end carvings from St Swithun’s Church Sandford.
A clever choice of accompanying music enhances the showing of displayed images e.g. "Pokarekare Ana" the unofficial NZ anthem with images of New Zealand.
All in all an evening well worth turning up for. Our thanks to Anne, David, Dennis, Mick, Mike, Peter who took the trouble to put these efforts together. Nice try Russ, but no banana!
5TH APRIL 2018 – 3 WAY CLUB MEETING WITH DULVERTON & OAKHAMPTON
It was our turn to host this event and I am sorry to say I had to miss it! So I am grateful to Mick and Jeannie for the following! I did manage to get some images to Mick for the Workshop AV.
Okehampton kicked off with a presentation by Erica Griffiths of her panel of prints based on her love of nature, and which secured her The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) qualification. She showed us a variety of animals and birds, which were a delight to see. They then showed a digital presentation by John Phillips of his travels in South America, starting at the Atacama Desert, through Puerto Natales (the only city in the province) in Patagonia. From there to the Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park in Santa Cruz, Argentina and thence to Lake Argentino al Calafate, the third largest lake in South America. John informed the meeting that the very impressive images which he showed were only a few of the ones which he took on his travels. He doesn’t enter competitions, so his were taken purely for his own satisfaction as memories of his holiday.
For Crediton, Richard presented his AV of a family of Russian bears in Finland. This was then followed by an AV created of winning entries of all four competitions, then an AV of the images members had taken at the various workshops which have been held over the season. These varied from still life, water drops, smoke trails and models.
13TH APRIL 2018 – YEAR REVIEW AND PRESENTATION OF TROPHIES
Richard reminded us of our guest speakers over the year, all of whom were exceptionally good and not all on the Club circuit! I would remind you of last Autumn’s speakers, e.g. Richard Lappas (exciting press photographer), Vicki Boulter (check out her “Creative” tutorials on line), Phil Mingo (ex member) Sports photographer (don’t forget his offer), and also Andrew McCarthy’s offer above!
We all agreed it was a great year’s choice of speakers, all of whom we would not hesitate to recommend to other clubs – and probably not just to Photography clubs!
AV’s shown - Christine had prepared an AV of all our competition entries for the year (all 255 of them!), and “Mayanmar Revisited”, Dennis “Snow”, Mick “Club’s Workshop Images”, Russ “Canada”, John A “Flower Festival”, Anne “Floral Art”.
The final scores for the trophies were recorded as follows, and congratulations to Mick who receives The John Parkhouse Cup for Digital Images, and The John Mason Memorial Shield for Colour Prints, Mike receives The Phillips & Co Shield for Monochrome Prints. Christine and Dave were both “in the honours” oh so close, and fought hard. I look forward to seeing all four of them battling it out next year!
My thanks to Denzil, Dave and Mike for providing the photos – in no particular order! (mono/mono!)
1st Mick Wells
2nd Christine Marshall
3rd Dave Kirk
1st Mike Elliott 132
2nd Dave Kirk 129
3rd Mick Wells 126
1st Mick Wells 144
2nd Christine Marshall 133
3rd Mike Elliott 122
WESTERN COUNTIES PHOTOGRAPHIC FEDERATION – DPIC COMPETITION
SUNDAY 18TH FEBRUARY 2018 - HELD AT EXETER CORN EXCHANGE
Christine selected 18 images to represent Crediton in this year's event, against 56 other clubs in the WCPF. We scored 189 out of 270 and felt that we had done a reasonably good job overall. Watching over 1200 photos come up is a test of endurance though!
Not quite sure where we came overall, as this was not disclosed at the end by “The Program”. One wonders how they select the judges as yet again one was out of kilter with the other two, so much so that only one image scored maximum 15 points, each judge has only 1 to 5 points to award! They definitely did not like landscapes or lone trees!
A good selection of our images and of these 4 were awarded 12 points, 4 awarded 11, 7 - 10 points, 3 – 9 points. Our thanks to Christine for organising our entry to this event. Oh, alright, we came 33rd!
Christine & Ed
8TH MARCH 2017 SOUTH DEVON PHOTOGRAPHIC LEAGUE – (DPIC) DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION- HOSTED BY NEWTON ABBOTT – JUDGE BRIAN GALBRAITH, WEYMOUTH CLUB
This interclub competition is between us, Exmouth, Newton Abbot, Dawlish & Teignmouth Camera Clubs. This is the second round being digital images. Unlike the judging of the previous round this judge was far too centred on what he would have done rather than actually judging the photos in front of him. He was like a surgeon with no sense of humour. He completely missed the humour not only in Micks “The Cardsharps” but also in John Perriman’s (Exmouth) “Haywain” (a tractor with hay baler superimposed (probably on a “painted” image very similar to “The Hay Wain”) at Flatford Mill! He had spent ages at home dissecting the images, changing them to mono or vice versa, and “flipping”, one of his favourite things. He forgot that we all thought the images were worthy to present to an audience! No, not sour grapes, many others congratulated our Comp Sec who, as per usual, “told it like it was”, despite giving her “The Artist” 17 points, joint 4th!
Newton Abbot was the worthy winner on the night, and overall winner for the second year running. We achieved our usual 4th place. The Pickfords Travel Trophy deservedly remains with Newton Abbot. Some really stunning images were on show and Newton Abbot again laid on a super supper spread, they are wonderful hosts. Ed
Dawlish & Teignmouth