The penultimate round of our 2019 competition was self-judged, all members in attendance voting for for their first, second and third choices in both the Open and Theme sections. So instead of being aghast at the critique of a judge we only had ourselves to blame for the result! Placings are decided by the most accumulated votes relevant to the ranked choices.
1st in Open: “Fenland Wind Pump” by Ron Wykes
In the Open Ron Wykes pumped out his third win of the season, and he holds a three point lead going into the final round of this competition for the Peter Saul Cup.
See all the placed entries for the Open
In the Theme this month of “Anything with Wheels” a shot taken at the North Norfolk Railway earned Phil Roseblade a second win of the competition drawing him into a three way tussle for the Andy Stewart Cup.
1st in Theme: “Train Wheels” by Phil Roseblade
See all the placed Theme entries
On our return from SPG’s summer break the judge for the evening was Paul Nickerson from Desborough & Rothwell Photographic Society. Paul held many entries back for further consideration and gave a fair sprinkling of commended and highly commended to those who did not make the top three.
In the Open Phil Roseblade singularly echoed a old Who hit with a picture of a lily. Flower pictures proved popular with the judge as can be seen by the Open top places.
1st in Open: “Lily” by Phil Roseblade
The Theme of Monochrome was topped by a panorama of the Miami skyline, taken from the deck of a cruise ship in port. See all the placed entries under Theme – top places.
1st in Theme: “Miami Morning” by Alan Roffey
The Market Cross and Stocks
On the lovely summers evening of 1st July members of both SPG and West Haddon Photo Club got together for a walk around the Brixworth Heritage Trail.
Thirty buildings of interest in the centre of the village are adorned with blue plaques.
The groups were joined by the founder of Brixworth History Society, John Dawkins, who led everyone around the village highlighting the unusual, mystical and historic (very historic) elements of Brixworth.
John kept everyone well informed throughout the walk and gave an in depth background to a number of the buildings, and church, on the route.
The starting point of the George Pub naturally also made a perfect end point and the groups enjoyed a refreshing drink to round off an enjoyable evening
Stairway to the Signal Box
Our June meeting was a photographic outing to the nearby Northampton and Lamport Railway. The group had access to the platform, signal box and carriages at the Brampton Halt station, and as there were no trains running we could also go onto the tracks.
It had been arranged for actors and models from “Star Now” to be in attendance in period dress to bring the scene to life. We were very pleased to have Naomi Jane Butcher, Jeremy Hotlom, Lucy Sosa, Nick Sternberg and Hilary W in front of our massed lenses.
Lee Miller: Bringing the lights and the smoke
One of our members, Lee Miller (LM Photography), brought along lights and a smoke machine so we could emulate a smokey platform.
We have to give a big thanks to the staff of the Northampton and Lamport Railway for organising the evening, keeping us safe and letting us roam amongst their preserved stars.
The evening seemed to go very well, with both the members and models enjoying the event. The models were attending on a “time for prints” basis. Some pictures have already been made available to the models and their reaction has been positive.
SPG Members: Going off the rails?
Balancing Act: L-R, Lucy Sosa; Nick Sternberg; Jeremy Hotlom; Hilary w; Naomi Jane Butcher
For the 2020 season it was decided to:
- give more chance for members to show their work by having more competitions;
- extend the age of entries to 2 years;
- allow a maximum of 4 entries in any combination between the Open and Set Subject;
- retain the current scoring system;
and have some longer evenings where a judge/speaker would also present.
Our May meeting was a double header: it was our AGM and we had an excellent presentation from wildlife photographer Tal Chohan.
Tal made it clear that you don’t have to go to exotic locations to take fabulous wildlife shots – Cannock Chase will do! Tal made a start photographing animals in zoos, but he has also captured truly wild animals all round the UK and further afield. His great passion is the sadly endangered Indian tiger.
He now runs regular trips to a tiger reserve and in so doing hopes to help preserve these regal animals for generations of photographers to come.
Our March meeting was judged by Peter Going from West Haddon who gave us all a valuable critique of our images.
In the Open Ron Wykes was again triumphant with an image of a Moorhen and now leads proceedings in that contest.
1st in Open: “On Sedge Fen” by Ron Wykes
In the Theme of “Candid” we had our third different winner in as many months. This time it was Alan Roffey with an image seen in the late evening in Seahouses. Overall, some consistent placings by Richard Hollingum sees him lead at this stage,
1st in Theme: “You Need Your Head Examined” by Alan Roffey
It was the start of a new competition year this January and to kick things off we had a judge, Trevor Rudkin LRPS, to run the rule over our efforts in the Open category and the set subject of “Hands”. Trevor had been to us before to give us tips on what makes a good competition photo: tips which some of us had rather forgotten! Nevertheless, he gave constructive and helpful pointers while talking about our work.
A new year brought little change to fortunes in the open as the current cup holder won again, making it an impressive five in a row for Mark Blaber with his shot “Can He See Us?”
1st in Open: “Can he see us?” by Mark Blaber
In the set subject of “Hands” we saw several takes on playing cards as well as actual hands in various configurations or activities. The winning entry was judged to be “Hand Fitting” by Phil Roseblade, which combined both human hands and the hands of a watch face.
1st in Theme: “Hand Fitting” by Phil Roseblade