Saturday, 28 February 2009

Photoshop an Illustrated Talk

Photoshop Workshop - Thursday 5th March

Just to remind everyone that we have a Photoshop illustrated talk by Jack Casement ARPS. This should provide an excellent opportunity to ask all those questions you have been dying to ask about how best to sharpen and how much to sharpen etc.

Please remember to bring along your images for the Outings Evening which includes a competition. This takes place on Thursday 12th March

Projected Image Competition 26 February

The first round of our projected images competition proved a great success. Indeed so many slides and images were submitted that there was only time to judge the digital images. The entries where split into advanced and standard classes and ranged from creative abstracts to traditional landscapes. The images that particularly rook my eye was an image of a lavender field bathed in a glorious evening light by Roland Adams who managed to deal the high dynamic range of the lighting very well. The other was the creative abstract by John Horne of disembodied body parts including eyes and mouths against a chequered background.
The slide competition is being rescheduled to the 2nd of April subject to the availability of a room at the Methodist Church, since the Library is closed for repairs to the roof etc.

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Photograph of tea bushes

I came across this photograph in the Telegraph. It struck me as bearing a remarkable similarity to one of the pictures entered in our Club competition. My view is the one in our Club completion is better; the ranks of tea bushes look far less shaggy and the tree is larger

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Competition News

News from the latest round of the SPA competition held at Mid Sussex Camera Club, Burgess Hill . I would like to thank both Dennis and Richard Western for representing Malden Camera Club at this event. Richard has been kind enough to provide this report on the proceedings


Since I don’t think the results of our match yesterday evening made it to the morning News, and we were too late for the papers’ deadlines you probably don’t know the result.

I am pleased to say we won both prints and slides, both by a handsome margin. You would have been proud of your members for their work. You would not of course have been proud of them for their support because it was only Dennis and I flying the flag, but our “away” support has been dwindling for a while, and all the stalwarts bar us had good reasons for being unavailable.

The prints result was 87.5 v 82 in our favour, with their print winning the star, although bizarrely not one of the 10’s. Steve Lawrensen, the judge, and a very good and entertaining one he was last evening, says it is not a requirement that the star must be a 10.

Mind you, he very much liked John’s “Fading away” and Chris’ “Winter oaks”, and I thought he was going to give the star to Duncan’s “Gehry building”, all of which scored 10s, but he did think Duncan had been over-familiar with the sharpening tool on “Red tie”, which set the scene for the evening with an 8, and he made some silly comments about Nadal’s eyes not looking at the ball, having said he was definitely not a “sports” judge and had no interest in tennis, resulting in an 8.5. Unfortunately they did not display the pictures, as we do, and they pulled them off the pile in the order in which we had brought them in the box, i.e. alphabetical order except for the two “extras”.

“Hot work” only got an 8 so it needs to be compared with “Joceline” and “Atmosphere Valley” before the Elimination round.

They had no 10’s, only a 9.5 and then two 7’s, both early on, and a 7.5 later while ours were all being held back, so their cause was fairly hopeless!

Friday, 20 February 2009

Projected Image Competition

Reminder to all members that next Thursday ( 26 February) we have the first round of our projected image competition (Slides & digital projected images). The Judge will Howard Martin ARPS.

Palio Horse Races at Siena

Simon Weir LRPS gave an excellent AV presentation on the Palio that takes place twice each year in Siena in northern Italy. In making this presentation he took several thousand photographs; of which he selected 220 for the presentation, each was on the screen for about 6 secs. The presentation took about 20 minutes; but to produce it, took Simon well over a hundred hours of work using "Sony Vegas". He explained the difficulties of working in large crowds and the the need to use wide angle lens and the creative use of panning and how to create a story line.

All in all a very enjoyable and informative evening