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Those of you who were at our last Meeting on Thursday will be aware that I mentioned that it is planned to change the venue of our meetings to the Village Hall in Tinwell and that our last meeting in Great Casterton will be on November 16th. Our meeting on 21 December will be held at Stamford Arts Centre during the period of our Exhibition there and hence the first meeting in Tinwell will be in January when we hold our AGM.
The facilities in Tinwell are very similar to the ones we have at Great Casterton although parking facilities are much better and the cost to hire the building is much less; this is a crucial factor given the reduced income we have had for the last couple of years. Access is very easy as the Hall is just off the A6121 having crossed the A1.
Unfortunately the need to change the venue also requires that we alter our meeting night to a Wednesday as the Hall is in regular use on other nights. Also, as a result of other commitments, we need to consider possibly moving to a different week of the monthother
Could I ask you complete the poll below know as soon as possible and certainly by 31st October, which weeks are suitable for you on Wednesday evenings. You can vote for as many Wednesday as suit you
Only registered subscribers can vote.
I am sorry that it was not possible to discuss or give you advance notice of this change but we had to make a quick decision as the Hall had interest from another group and, given the need to reduce our ongoing costs, it was necessary to ensure we booked the building.
I am sure that we will find the new venue perfectly suitable and look forward to your response concerning your preferred nights.
At the May meeting, members of the Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society competed for the Monthly Individual and Group Image Competition.
The topic was “Timepiece(s)” allowing members to experiment with a range of clocks, sundials, egg timers and watches with both still life and location shots.
Veronica Watson won the Individual competition with an intricate collection of time pieces with the focal point being a vintage pocket watch.
Veronica also won the group competitions with different time pieces within the collect being the focal point with egg timers and a dandelion being beautifully lit in a number of shots
Tom Carlill came second in both the individual and group competitions with a range of different time pieces with different camera techniques, including a human sundial, egg timers, watches and a clock face with a very narrow depth of field
Joint 3rd in the individual competitions were John Hillier with a detailed clock face and Walter Lodge with a nicely lit view across to St.Pauls cathedral
In the group competition Peter Bower was third with a range of different clocks, most notably an imaginative clockwork orange clock and John Hillier was 4th.
At their April meeting, members of the Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society competed for the Monthly Individual and Group Image Competition.
The topic was had no specific theme but was titled “Open”, allowing members to express their creative abilities on a subject of there own choice.
Veronica Watson won the Individual competition with a well lit indoor image titled “Open Door” taken during a trip to a monastery in Shwenandaw Monastery, Mandalay, Burma (Myanmar) a very finely carved example of a 19th century wooden monastery. It was originally part of the Royal Palace in Amarapura.
Veronica also used the theme of the Competition not just for the Individual element but also in the group of 4 images with images of Open Window, Open Road and Open Water where she won the Group Competition as well.
Tom Carlill came second with a well composed and charming image of grandfather and grandson .
In third place was St.John Burkett’s image of a synagogue ceiling in stained glass.
In fourth place was an image of a Golden Eagle taken by Gordon Brown.
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.
Tom Cahill won the competition with a timeless, joyous black and white image of his son by a railway carriage window.
In second place was St.John Burkett’s creative shot of a tulip distorted by the curves of a beer glass.
Tom also came third with a charming picture of his daughter looking out of a train window, and her reflection looking in.
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’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.
Gordon Brown came second with a photograph of night traffic on Chelsea Bridge in London.
Sue West third with an image of a Balinese bathing ritual and Wally Lodge fourth with a close up of a swimming Koi carp.
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.
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!