Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Tuesday 29th March:- PDI Battle with Hertford

 Our projected digital image battle with Hertford & District CC was as enjoyable as we had anticipated. Both clubs entered sets of high quality images and our judge, John Woolliams, gave a perceptive analysis of each entry, pointing out the small details which distinguished the best of them. For us, it was pleasing that Southgate were the winners, with two images by Steven and one each by Terry, Christine, Kevin, and Ralph gaining maximum points.

Monday, 28 March 2011

Tuesday 29th March

Tomorrow evenings meeting is a projected digital image battle with Hertford and District Camera club. Both clubs have submitted 25 images for judge John Woolliams to view, consider, comment and score on the evening. Its always nice to see work from other clubs.
The evening is an ideal opportunity for anyone interested in photography from N21, N14 and wider afield to come and see the sort of images we take and meet club members. A quick look on our "about us" page will provide maps to get to Howley Hall, St Paul's Church, Church Hill, Winchmore Hill, London, N21 1JA where we meet every Tuesday at 8pm.
We are always pleased to meet potential new members so why not drop in? You are assured a friendly welcome.

Friday, 25 March 2011

The Camera Craft Cup

On 24th March the Club competed with 8 other clubs in North and East London  for the Camera Craft Cup, hosted by Enfield Camera Club.  We came joint second, only two points behind the winning club, Edmonton.  Two of our six pictures were awarded 19 out of 20 points with the other four gaining 17 points each. A very pleasing result. The competition was for Projected Digital Images, and the judge was Colin Southgate.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Tuesday 22nd March:- From Sea to Sky

The Slide Lecture by Dr Peter Brandham took us on a fascinating journey from the Olympic National Park in Washington State, eastwards across the Cascade Mountains, into Idaho and Montana then north following the Rocky Mountains into Alberta, Canada. 

Dr Brandham has worked at Kew Gardens for many years and his pictures illustrated both the spectacular landscapes of the region and botanical details of the indigenous plants. The title of the lecture “From Sea to Sky” referred to our starting point where exposure to winds from the Pacific Ocean has created a temperate rain forest with 300ft high western hemlocks, and to the arctic conditions of the Canadian Rockies where plants are unable to survive. In between we were shown numerous rare flowers and were told how they were related to our familiar garden plants.

Monday, 21 March 2011

The new look website

Previous visitors to our web pages will have noticed the site has been overhauled and given a "new coat of paint". Thanks go to Kevin for all his hard work and IT know how as well as his ability to interpret and respond to all of my (Steven) daft suggestions. We hope the site will prove attractive to experienced, keen and new photographers in N21, N14 and beyond and that you will visit again and try out one of our Tuesday evening club nights. Guests are always welcome, keep an eye on our programme and news page to see if something of interest is coming up.

To all club members, the homepage displays a slide show of images placed in our competitions, we intend to  extend this to also include the 3 highly commended images from each evening so please send digital copies in normal format to Kevin or Steven who can upload them for you. Now is also a good time to refresh member galleries, again let Kevin or Steven know which images you want to remove and send their replacements for uploading. New images will feature in the recent images thumbnails on the front page, an added incentive to keep the galleries upto date! Thanks

Sunday, 20 March 2011

April Members' evening

As Spring moves towards Summer and N21, N14 and beyond fill with colour we are going to go monochrome with an evening about all things black and white.
We will look at some examples of excellent black and white photography including a look back into the clubs extensive archives. We will then discuss how to take a picture with the intention of the final image being black and white and look at some of the many tools available in Photoshop and Elements to allow us to simply and effectively create the results we set out to achieve.
The evening will conclude with a challenge for members to generate some new B&W images to be judged by members on a future members evening....more on this on the night.

Tuesday 15th March:- Barbara Shurety Memorial Trophy

The Barbara Shurety Trophy used to be awarded to the winner of a Slide Competition for Table-Top pictures in recognition of the type of photography which Barbara particularly enjoyed. Many of her pictures were of amusing scenes which she created from everyday objects. These days, digital techniques give us more freedom to produce imaginative pictures in other ways and the set subject for this year’s PDI Competition was simply defined as “Creative”.    

Our Judge, Robert Good, firstly talked about the general pictorial qualities of each entry and then considered how much creativity was being shown before deciding which ones should receive the awards. The winner of the trophy was Eileen Bennett ARPS DPAGB for "Masks", second was Terry Stoten’s "Three Fold" and third was "Who is Next?” by Rita Giblin.

Rita’s picture is very reminiscent of Barbara’s work and the other winners are good examples of the way in which digital techniques can be used creatively.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

March Members' evening

We tried our hand at judging Photographs ourselves, this month, at the instigation of Steven Harrison who is leading the subcommittee looking at the possibility of improving the scoring rules of our Competitions. It was clear that different scoring systems produced different results. We also found that Members had widely differing photographic likes and dislikes, judging by the span of marks awarded to many of the Pictures submitted.

The second half of the evening was a Photoshop Workshop, again lead by Steve. I missed most of this while totting up the marks from the first half :-). There was a useful discussion about techniques and problems.

We have not chosen the topic for the April member's evening yet, so keep the suggestions coming...

March Print competition results

First place went to Eileen Bennett ARPS DPAGB for "Patterns in the sand". Second was Steven Harrison's "The Sentinel", and third was "Please Sir, can I have some more?" by Kevin O'Neill.
The judge, Ken Payne, who got home at 5am from a holiday in the Caribbean to be in N21 the same evening, provided lively and engaging commentary on all our photos. He also awarded Highly Commended ratings to Annie Nash for "Sleeping Otters" and to Eileen Bennett for "The Scallop, Aldebrough" and "Rolling Fields".

The winning pictures are here

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Keyboard shortcuts

Following from last night's discussion - if you want to know the Keyboard shortcuts for your particular version of Photoshop or Elements, go to

and use the search box. For example, searching for "keyboard shortcuts photoshop elements 7"  will find you this. Elements 9 is below £60 now and with those layer additions we discussed, it is probably worth an upgrade.