Jack Bunn has now deliberated and selected his favourite shots of “Fauna” from the entries this month. He said it was going to be hard to judge and he was right. However Jack has provided some great comments so we can all see how he has decided on the winners. His comments are below and I will add all the images to a new gallery as soon as possible and put a link on this page. Hi everyone, Firstly I like to apologise  for the late results. As you know a lot of work has been put in by Steve to upgrade the website and he’s been away. Just getting the images to me has been a task. An even bigger task is judging them. Although only a few entries they are a bunch of cracking images which make this job that much harder. In the end I’ve picked 4 to include a highly commended. No 1. Belgian blue. It …

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The Maurice Biglin Trophy is awarded each year for the winner of this flower-themed print competition. Long-term member Maurice was always keen on flora, particularly wild, so it was pleasing to see a good crop of entries. Stephen Dean was our judge on the night and gave his considered opinion on each print, together with many helpful comments. There was a very close race for the top spots, with Stephen declaring a photo finish for third place between “Allium Triptych” (Yvonne Warriner), “Bottles of Carnations” (Sally Sallett) and “Orchids” (Paul Chadwick). In the end he decided Yvonne should have third place. In second place with “Hydrangea” was ……. Yvonne Warriner again. However top spot of first place was given to “Bleeding Hearts” by Sally Sallett. An enjoyable evening with plenty of time for everyone to inspect the prints, pick their favourites and then debate amongst themselves on the relative merits of each one. The images can be seen in Galleries …

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President Sally Sallett shot to first place in the AV competition with her presentation on When  I’m 64. Humour, good shots and a skill in combining words and pictures won the day. Steve Slocombe came a distinguished second with his AV presentation commenting on our world as it is now. Trevor Bottomley came third with his Visit to Stratford. A very different and interesting evening. Trevor then showed everyone how they could use Proshow Gold to get the winning formula although Sally’s item was made in Windows Movie Maker – very simple to use. Steve Wright rounded off the evening with a demo of the new website.

A full house showed their appreciation at the end of a fascinating evening provided by Will Cheung FRPS. Enthusiasm for photography is an understatement when related to Will and this communicated with itself to the audience to the extent that many said they felt that they wanted to pick up their camera and get shooting straight away! We were treated to a full tour of Will’s “projects”, including rubbish, umbrellas, people taking shots with iPads and the like and “selfies” (people taking shots of themselves). There were plenty of wonderful shots with a thought-provoking commentary and very practical advice – if you aren’t ready for taking that fleeting shot you’ll never take it. Will urged everyone to always carry your camera, make sure it’s set up properly and take the lens cap off! Oh and and take shots you want rather than a judge and just enjoy your photography. Thanks Will for a really good night.

A well attended night saw an amazing variety of items put up for sale with most of them sold. There were photographic items ranging from the almost new to the really rather old (well almost stone-age).

Second workshop follows on in style. Over 60 people attended the second of Ken Fisher’s highly informative workshops. There was plenty of audience participation as he dealt with “the dreaded f stop” but this just helped demystify the subject. Ken continued with exposure, ISO and exposure compensation. All this made for a heady cocktail of information to be digested. This time there was no time for a break  but Ken’s easy to follow guidance kept people going. There wasn’t even time for practical work so instead Ken gave everybody some tasks to put theory into practice before next week’s final session on image editing and correction. If you want to find out how to turn that “ordinary” shot into something that you want to hang on your wall come along and see how to do it. Don’t worry if you missed the first weeks – you can still come along to this one.

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