2017 Meetings

March 2017

At their March meeting, members of the Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society competed for the Best Digital Projected Image.  The topic was ‘Through the Glass’, and subjects ranged in scale from a vertiginous tower-top view  to close-ups of Daddy longlegs and flowers reflected in a small glass ball.

 

The Society invited Trevor Rudkin from Kettering to judge the competition. Trevor, a judge for the Midland Counties Photographic Federation with skills in many areas of photography, commented on and scored all forty images from eleven members, applying competition standards. He gave full marks to four photos.

1st Place by Tom Carlill

1st Place by Tom Carlill

Tom Cahill won the competition with a timeless, joyous black and white image of his son by a railway carriage window.

2nd Place by St.John Burkett

2nd Place by St.John Burkett

In second place was St.John Burkett’s creative shot of a tulip distorted by the curves of a beer glass.

3rd Place by Tom Carlill

3rd Place by Tom Carlill

Tom also came third with a charming picture of his daughter looking out of a train window, and her reflection looking in.

Blue Sky Thinking by Sue West

Fourth Place – Blue Sky Thinking by Sue West

Sue West’s ladies taking coffee came fourth.

Members also viewed some high quality printed images from the recent Royal Photographic Society’s East Anglia Region Exhibition.

February 2017

February’s challenge for Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society members was ‘Movement’.   This competition topic resulted in a wide variety of images from trains, road traffic, tennis players, vintage cars, statues, fish and children.

The individual competition was won by Tom Carlill with an intriguing monochrome view from the front of a speeding Japanese commuter train.

The local train, Kobe, Japan by Tom Carhill

Individual First Place – The local train, Kobe, Japan by Tom Carhill

Gordon Brown came second with a photograph of night traffic on Chelsea Bridge in London.

London Buses by Gordon Brown

Individual Second Place – London Buses by Gordon Brown

Sue West third with an image of a Balinese bathing ritual and Wally Lodge fourth with a close up of a swimming Koi carp.

Individual Third Place - Bathing Ritual by Sue West

Individual Third Place – Bathing Ritual by Sue West

Individual Fourth Place - Koi by W Lodge

Individual Fourth Place – Koi by W Lodge

Four different members succeeded in the group competition:  David Townshend’s images painted with Christmas lights came first, followed by St.John Burkett’s shots of tennis players in action in the O2 Arena, Robin Pearson’s vintage cars in action and Veronica Watson’s water statues.

Painting with Christmas lights by David Townshend

Group First Place – Painting with Christmas lights by David Townshend

Andy Murray ATP World Tour Finals, O2 by St.John Burkett

Group Second Place – Andy Murray ATP World Tour Finals, O2 by St.John Burkett

Members then reviewed the Society competition rules and guidelines, to ensure that the competitions are fair but more importantly that they encourage members to take and enter photographs and thereby improve their skills, creativity – and enjoyment!

January 2017

For its first meeting of 2017, the Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society welcomed Peter Yeo, experienced photographer, competition judge, Royal Photographic Society distinctions assessor and a representative of Fotospeed printing papers.

Peter Yeo  gave a presentation on how to enhance images through choice of printing paper, effectively demonstrated with his own images.  Particularly impressive were his prints of Scottish landscapes on A2 paper.

The January competition, judged by Peter Yeo, was for the Best Landscape Cup. Members submitted a total of 44 entries ranging from local scenes to aerial views, and landscapes in South Africa, Australia and Iceland.

Peter Yeo explained his score for every image, provided expert commentary on the best shots and offered constructive advice on how others might be improved.  He selected two images in first place, both by David Townshend – a dramatic monochrome coastal landscape and a glorious sunset.

First Place - Whisky Bay, Australia by David Townshend

First Equal Place – Whisky Bay, Australia by David Townshend

Victorian sunset by David Townshend

First Equal Place – Victorian sunset by David Townshend

Second place was shared between three images, two atmospheric shots of Iceland’s snow and ice by John Hillier.

Jokulsarlon, Iceland by John Hillier

Second Place – Jokulsarlon, Iceland by John Hillier

Another striking Australian coastal landscape, the Bay of Fires, by David Townshend.

Second Place - Bay of Fires by David Townshend

Second Place – Bay of Fires by David Townshend

In joint third place was another image by John Hillier, plus shots by Gordon Brown, Dave Baxter and Sue West.

Joint Third Place - Gordon Brown - Great Tower Rutland Water

Joint Third Place – Gordon Brown – Great Tower Rutland Water

Joint Third Place - The Way to Wistman's Wood

Joint Third Place – The Way to Wistman’s Wood by Sue West

2017 Meeting Schedule

2017 Programme  Competition Theme (in bold)
January 19  Peter Yeo of Fotospeed – Presentation on Printing Papers Best Landscape Cup (maximum 4 prints up to A3) judged by Peter Yeo
February 16 Technical Presentation and launch of new Competition Judging Guidelines – David Townshend Movement (A5)
March 16  Best Digital Projected Image to be judged Best Digital Projected Image – Through the Glass (4 Photos)
April 20   Technical Review of images from Competition Open (A5)
May 18 Extraordinary Meeting of SRPS (Details to follow)  Timepiece(s)  (A5)
June 15  Oakham Castle Photoshoot Red (A5)
July 20 Your Oakham Castle Images Power of Nature (A5)
August 17 No planned meeting – arranged by demand No competition
September 21   New Member’s evening Open (A5)
October 8 Conker Championships, Southwick, Nr Oundle Photo Shoot http://calendarcustoms.com/articles/world-conker-championships/
October 19   Textures  (A5)
November 16 Best Portrait Cup Best Portrait Cup (maximum 4 prints up to A3)
December 21 Print of the Year / Christmas Festivities Print of the Year (single print up to A4)