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AV Group 2015/2016 season

AV Group 2015/2016 season

The Audio Visual group has 11 members, with between 8 and 10 members attending each meeting through last season. We had 5 meetings between October and April this year. There have also been a couple of introductory sessions for 5 people not in the AV group who wanted to see what is involved. If any of you are interested in learning more about AV please tell me, and next season we could run some beginners evenings. Just be aware that it is a time-consuming occupation!

In November we had a friendly AV evening with Alton Camera Club and Windlesham and Camberley CC. This is a regular event  and next time it will be here at Ludshott on 16 January 2017. All members are invited to attend, and AVs from all 3 clubs will be shown purely for entertainment.

On 10 November we entered the Keith Hunt trophy competition at Woking,  judged by Paul Keene FRPS MPAGB.
The winner was, ‘Thistlegorm Remembered”, by Len Deeley of Godalming Photographic Club with the voice of David Bird.
Second place was awarded to “We never go out any more”, by Kathleen Bird .
Third place went to “www.love (technology)”, by Peter Walmsley and Mike Reed of Windlesham & Camberley Camera Club.

In March Carole Speight and Graham Sergeant entertained us with an Audio Visual evening here, and in April Carole came to judge the Jim Henson Trophy. This is a new competition aimed at promoting AV among clubs in and around Surrey. There were 17 entries, and we had the excellent result of keeping the trophy here at Ludshott. For more information click here,

In April there was the annual Mid Thames AV Day at Wokingham, which some of us attended, an excellent day with Ian Bateman commenting on our AVs in the morning, and showing us some of his excellent shows in the afternoon.

Kathleen has been to the U3A photographic group in Farnham and to Kingston CC this year to tell them about making AVs and to show them a selection with different subjects. Both events went well with a great deal of interest being shown.

Our set subject for the year was “Old buildings”, and for next season it is “Liquid”. Good luck with that, it doesn’t sound easy!

PAGB Awards

Above: John with other successful  DPAGB candidates

Two of our members were successful at the recent PAGB awards.

John Witchall gained his DPAGB, and Gordon Rae was awarded a CPAGB. Congratulations to both of you.

The Awards for Photographic Merit are open to all members of Clubs affiliated to the PAGB through their Federations and are at three levels

  • Credit (CPAGB) – Blue badge and certificate
    Standard: Good Club Photography
  • Distinction (DPAGB) – Red badge and certificate
    Standard: Open Exhibition Photography
  • Master (MPAGB) – Yellow badge and certificate
    Standard: Highest Standard of UK Amateur Photography

The awards are held for life without any annual fee and holders are entitled to use the designated letters after their name.

More information about obtaining an award can be found  at http://www.thepagb.org.uk/awards/apm-awards/

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Some of the successful images.

Yateley CC Annual Exhibition 2016

Ludshott Photographic Club entered the Yateley 8x8x8 competition in May 2016 with 8 black and white images. 8 invited clubs enter 8 images by 8 different authors.

Our entries are by Gordon Rae, Kathleen Bird, John Wichall,  Iain Morrison, Sheila Orford, Brian Marjoram and Doris Marjoram.

On display were the 8x8x8 Competition Panels. Also displayed were Yateley Camera Club members’ print and PDI panels.

SPA Exhibition – success for Ludshott

Two of our members won awards at the 2016 SPA Exhibition, held at Guildford House Gallery.

 Gordon Rae LRPS won The Derry Wilman Nature Trophy for the Best PDI Nature. His image was Masked Weaver Nest Building

John Wichall ARPS, CPAGB won the judges medal for Siamang Gibbons. The medal was given by  Clive Tanner FRPS MPAGBP.

 

Jim Henson Trophy results

This competition is dedicated to Jim Henson,  one of our original AV Group members. Jim has produced many excellent and innovative sequences over the last 10 years,  and for the last four years he has organised our Audio Visual competitions.

The first Jim Henson AV competition took place on 18 April 2016.
Our thanks go to the judge Carole Speight ARPS who commented on each sequence. The awards were presented by Walter Benzie HonFRPS, President of the RPS.

The winning entry was “Battle of the Waterberg” by Kathleen Bird LRPS CPAGB.
Second went to “The Compassionate Man” by Len Deeley FRPS DPAGBA EFIAP BPE3.
Third place – “The West Coast of Scotland” by Norman Horsham CPAGB

There were 3 Highly Commended entries –
“Metal” by Brian Marjoram LRPS
“www.love” by Peter Walmesley
“The Berlin Wall” by Mike Reed CPAGB

Behind the Scenes of the Bloodhound Project – Stefan Marjoram

Stephan Marjoram

Stefan gave us a close and personal look at the Bloodhound Project on Monday evening 15 February. We followed the project all the way through to its current “almost finished” position with  Stefan’s excellent photographs and videos. The attention of visitors and members was held  throughout the evening with plenty of questions asked at the end.

Thank you Stefan, your knowledge and enthusiasm inspired us all.

Visit to the Watercress line

On Wednesday 28 October 6 club members drove to Ropley to meet our guide John at 8:30am. John took us round the yards and workshops, explaining what was happening in each area. The locomotives were firing up, the volunteers on duty that day were arriving, and the workshops were being prepared for the day’s work.

We spent several hours learning about the workings of the railway, and we also travelled up and down the line. At Arlesford we saw Bitterne, sister engine to Mallard, who broke the speed record in 1938. The locomotive was about to be loaded on a heavy transport lorry to move to another heritage railway.

John looked after us very well. In the afternoon we walked down the line to photograph the passing trains.

It was a fascinating day, well worth getting up early for.

Definition of Nature and Wildlife in Competitions

Definition of Nature and Wildlife in Competitions

From January 2015 competitions organized by the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB), regional associations affiliated to PAGB, including the Surrey Photographic Association (SPA), and clubs that are affiliated to these bodies are required to adopt a new definition for images that are entered in Nature or Wildlife classes.

The new definitions were drafted because of concerns that the rules applied in “nature” competitions were being misinterpreted or deliberately flouted. One of the most common faults was entering an image of a captive creature or cultivated plant in a “nature” competition, the rules of which restricted subjects to those taken in the wild.

The new definitions were drafted jointly by Photographic Society of America (PSA), the Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique (FIAP), which represents more than 85 national associations including PAGB, and The Royal Photographic Society (RPS).

The full text of the new definitions as published by PAGB is attached.

What are the main changes and how might it affect Ludshott PC members?

  1. In a Nature competition images of captive creatures and are now accepted, but not domesticated or feral animals, or cultivated or hybrid plants. This is a change from the rules that applied previously to “nature” competitions under the auspices of FIAP and, thus, any organized by PAGB or SPA, as captive creatures were excluded. This means one can now enter pictures taken at zoos, falconry centers, etc. provided the subject is a creature that naturally occurs in the wild.
  1. In a Wildlife competition the rules for Nature apply, but in addition captive creatures are excluded. However, since PAGB / SPA only seem to organize competitions which have a Nature class this difference is unlikely at present to affect many of LPC’s members.
  1. A significant change from previous FIAP, PAGB, SPA rules that applies to both Nature and Wildlife classes is the requirement that “No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted”. The meaning of this rule and, specifically, the reference to “adding or replacing pictorial elements”, is now understood to prohibit any cloning, except where used to remove dusts spots, digital noise or film scratches. So, one cannot add canvas, nor improve an image by removing so much as a small leaf or a blade of grass.

The new rules will affect those members who enter competitions (in their own name) that have a Nature class. At present these include the SPA’s individual print and PDI competitions that are held in October each year and SPA’s Biannual competition that is held in February on alternate years. The rules will also apply to individual entries to any RPS competition with a Nature or Wildlife class and national and international Nature or Wildlife competitions with PAGB, FIAP or PSA accreditation.

LPC’s internal competitions are all Open competitions, i.e. they have no Nature class. However, the Club may wish to use an image that has done well in an internal competition to represent LPC in the Nature class of an SPA or PAGB club competition. In such circumstance you may be asked to advise whether your image complies with the PAGB’s new rules.

PAGB Definitions of Nature and Wildlife

 Nature Definition

Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentationThe story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement. No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Colour images can be converted to greyscale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.

 Images used in Nature Photography competitions may be divided in two classes: Nature and Wildlife

 Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.

Images entered in Wildlife sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions ae not eligible in Wildlife sections. Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species.

Wildlife images may be entered in Nature sections of Exhibitions.

 

GAVIN HOEY at LUDSHOTT 10 October

Snap Happiness

We invited Gavin Hoey to Grayshott for a day-long seminar on Saturday October 10th this year.

Gavin lived up to his reputation as a highly rated and extremely popular speaker. He is very witty and an expert on Photoshop and Elements. He kept the audience interested with his techniques and live demonstrations for the whole day, and I am sure everyone left with new ideas for their photography.

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Gavin visited us 2 years ago, and we found his talk inspirational.Gavin Hoey pic of us original

Best of Year 2015

 Best PDI of the Year 2014/15

Beginners
First            Neil Baker                      Hindhead Winter Sunrise
Second      Jeff de Mesquita         Pujara caught Watling
Third           Barry Andrew        Rush Hour

 Intermediate
First             Diana Grant             Swan Preening
Second        Angus McKay        The Great Conservatory at Syon
Third            Angus McKay         The Superhuman

 Advanced
First   = John Gamble LRPS   Avocet in the early morning mist
      = John Wichall ARPS CPAGB     Sandwich terns heading home  Third        John Wichall ARPS CPAGB      Mist on the Thames

Best PDI of the Year 2014/15 Trophy winners –

President Phil Peddy ARPS APAGB presented John Gamble LRPS and John Wichall ARPS CPAGB with the Best PDI of the Year award.

Best PRINT of the Year 2014/15

Beginners
First             Sheila Orford                         Say a little prayer
Second        Joan Sims                             Amaryllis
Third            Jeff de Mesquita                    Apple Blossom

  Intermediate
First             Diana Grant                           Cute Goslings
Second       Brian Thomas                         Artifacts
Third  =       Diana Grant                            Spring is in the air
=       Brian Thomas                         Orange Hair

 Advanced
First    =       Gordon Rae LRPS                  The Face of Wisdom
               =       Brian Bond                      Magnolia Flower
Third           John Wichall ARPS CPAGB    Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

Best PRINT of the Year 2014/15  Trophy winners –  Brian Bond Magnolia Flower
 Gordon Rae LRPS  The Face of Wisdom

  President Phil Peddy ARPS APAGB presented Brian Bond and Gordon Rae LRPS with the Best Print of the  Year award.  

 

Jeff de Mesquita won the Robbie Morgan Trophy for the most improved beginner.

Unfortunately Jeff was not present to receive his trophy.