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This month we are featuring a winning image

 

Pentax K1, 3 Seconds, F22, ISO 100

 

This image was taken by our member Steven farmer for the Illusion Merit

Steven can you tell us a little about the image?
This was technically a hard image to take. I used a set of old fashioned bellows, I have never used bellows before so it was quite a challenge to learn how to use them while also shooting for the merit.

How did you shoot this image?

I used my Pentax K1, A 50mm lens and a set of old bellows. I shot in aperture priority, I set the aperture to F22 to get as much sharp as I could. I then set the ISO to get the shutter speed that I wanted. I wanted a shutter speed fast enough to get it sharp but just slow enough to get a bit of sweep on the 2nd hand. One of my biggest struggles was timing it so the seconds hand was at the top before I pressed the shutter which had a 2 second delay as not to introduce a tremble.


Can you tell us a little about you post processing for this image?
this image wasn’t hard to edit. I desaturated all the color in the watch apart from the blue in the hands. I also used a levels adjustment layer and some sharpening.

To see more of our members’ photographs be sure to visit their gallery pages via the Galleries menu above.

Dunchurch Photographic Society was founded in 1976, the inspiration behind the formation being an accomplished local photographer called Karl Hughes. This followed an exhibition of Karl’s own photographic work at the Dunchurch fete of that year.  Support for the new society was initially canvassed via posters in local shop windows and the response was found to be encouraging – the project therefore went ahead.

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Picnic In The Hall & Awards Night

On Wednesday 6 th April 2022, Dunchurch Photographic Society
hosted the annual awards evening and unofficial ‘Picnic In The
Hall…’ The Society Chairman welcomed the members attending and
through a sequence of audio-visual presentations, the audience were
treated to a number of ‘season highlights’ as the Society silverware
was awarded to this year’s winners.
The Society Chairman would like to thank Dariusz Chalupka for
capturing the wonderful images from the awards presentations, as
well as Jean Sutton, the Society President for presenting the trophies
to the lucky winners across the 2021-22 season.
And of course, many thanks to ALL of the members of Dunchurch
Photographic Society who have supported the various competitions
this time around with a plethora of fantastic and often thought
provoking images. Well done to all of you… and keep up that good
work.

2021-22 Awards –
Daytripper Trophy for the Summer Challenge 2021 – David Ralph
Gerry Coyle Memorial Trophy for Best Colour Print – David J. Bray
AFIAP, CPAGB, A.CPE
Wally Mills Trophy for Best Nature Print – Anthony Timmins
Toft Trophy for Best Nature Projected Image – David J. Bray AFIAP,
CPAGB, A.CPE
The President’s Trophy for Best Open Subject Projected Image –
Steven Farmer
Jeff Bartlett Memorial Trophy for Best Panel Of Three Prints – Mark
Ellis
John Hughes Trophy for Best Monochrome Print – David J. Bray
AFIAP, CPAGB, A.CPE

Novice Print Trophy for the Novice Print Merit Competition – Steven
Farmer
Novice Projected Image Trophy for the Novice Projected Image Merit
Competition – Rob Hughes
Lanchester Trophy for the Advanced Print Merit Competition – Mark
Ellis
Walter Heath Trophy for the Advanced Projected Image Merit
Competition – Mark Ellis

Meeting Report 9th March 2022 Merit Competition Round 3 – Narrative

On Wednesday 9th March, Dunchurch Photographic Society held the 3rd and final round of the 2021-22 season Merit Competition, all on the subject of ‘Narrative.’ 

Successful images able to earn points depending on whether they were Commended, Highly Commended, Third, Second or First. 

The Merit completions tend to bring out a broad range of images and tonight we saw another close competition from members with work that was fun, creative and entertaining. 

Our judge for the evening was David Hollis from Daventry. David is an experienced judge and gave a fair, constructive critique of our collective photographic entries across both Print and Projected Image media. 

Well done to everyone who submitted work to the competition, it showed the usual variety of subject matter and processing techniques which impressed the judge. 

I would like to thank David for being our judge for the evening, and to all our members who entered the competition. 

The Results in Placed then Alphabetical order:

Novice Print

1st place, Up and Away By Graeme Webb
2nd place, Fighter By Darius Chalupka
3rd place, Modern Mod By Graeme Webb
Highly Commended, Abandoned By Dariusz Chalupka
Commended, A Bump In The Road By Steven Farmer

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Novice Projected Image

1st Place, Runaway By Steven Farmer
2nd Place, Homeless By Graeme Webb
3rd Place, Walking In For An Early Start By Rob Hughes
Highly Commended, Ouch By Dariusz Chalupka
Commended, Driving Into The Night By Rob Hughes
Commended, Christmas Lights – Winter Covid – November 2021 By Patrick Joyce

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Advanced Print 

1st Place, Let Me Entertain You By Mark Ellis
2nd Place, Cold War Scramble by David Bray
3rd place, The Chase By David Bray
Highly Commended, A Window To The Past By Ian Andrew
Highly Commended, Remembrance By Rosemary Gibbs
Commended, I Can See Clearly Now By Mark Ellis
Commended, Persistence By Rosemary Gibbs

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Advanced Project Image

1st Place, What Beryl Saw By David Bray
2nd Place, Lakenheath Last Chance Checks By David Bray
3rd Place, Here Try This By Mark Ellis

Highly Commended, Is It Safe Out There By David Cunnane
Highly Commended, Busy Crossing By Mark Ellis

Congratulations to all the photographers who were successful across the four categories for this final round. A gallery for each section of Round 3 will follow shortly… 

The overall winners from this year’s Merit Competition will be announced at the Awards Night to be held on Wednesday 6th April. 

Report by Mark Ellis

Programme Secretary

Meeting Report – 2nd March 2022 Dunchurch VS Northampton VS Badby

On Wednesday 2 nd March 2022, Dunchurch Photographic Society
hosted a 3-way inter-club battle on Zoom. It was open subject and the
clubs involved were Dunchurch Photographic Society, Badby &
District Photographic Club and Northampton Camera Club. Each
participating club entered 20 images, making for a very
comprehensive evening of photographic images across a plethora of
different subjects, image capturing techniques and processing
techniques.
The judge for the evening was Catherine Knee, a photographic artist
based in the Midlands and who had the unenviable task of providing a
critique of each image before giving each one a score up to a
maximum of 20 points. The friendly battle commenced and was
actually quite hard fought given the array of images included. As a
consequence of this, the final overall scores were quite close.
The Results –
3 rd Place with 322 points – Badby & District PC
2 nd Place with 330 points – Dunchurch PS
1 st Place with 334 points – Northampton CC
The highest scoring images in this event were as follows –

At The End by Rob Stubbs (Northampton CC) earning 19 points.

Folding Space-Time by Andy Carter (Northampton CC) earning 19
points.
Hydrangea by Bob Hopkins (Badby PC) earning 19 points.
Spoons by James Ballantyne (Northampton PC) earning 19 points.
Café Conversations by Terry Mann (Dunchurch PS) earning 20
points.
Nature’s Colours by Bob Hopkins (Badby PC) earning 20 points
Pure Gold by Michael Bryan (Dunchurch PS) earning 20 points.



Very well done indeed to Northampton Camera Club for their win in
this event and of course well done too for all of the photographers
who earned 19 or 20 points. Be very proud.


The Dunchurch Photographic Society Chairman would like to thank
our fellow competing societies and all of their photographers who had
images entered as part of the event. It was a fantastic and interesting
evening. The Chairman would also like to thank Catherine Knee for
her detailed and well thought out critique of all 60 images in the
event, and we hope that you enjoyed the battle experience on Zoom
with us all.


Finally, many thanks to Tony Timmins, the Competition Secretary for
DPS who ran the battle to a successful conclusion (for
Northampton!!) over the Zoom platform.


We hope to be able to meet again in person for the 2022-23 battle.
Take care, and stay safe everyone.


Report by David J. Bray AFIAP, CPAGB, A.CPE
Chairman.

Merit Competition Round 2 – Song Title

On Wednesday 23rd February 2022, Dunchurch Photographic Society held the 2nd Round of the 2021-22 season Merit Competition, all on the subject of ‘Song Titles.’ It was the midway point of the A marathon competition staged over three different rounds all on a different set subject, with successful images able to earn points depending on whether they were Commended, Highly Commended, Third, Second or First. There are four categories – the Novice Print section, Novice Projected Image section, Advance Print section and the Advanced Projected Image section. That means, four different champions to be declared by the end of the Merit competitions.

It was a hard fought competition with work that was both entertaining, creative and inspirational. It demonstrated the great thought that our members had given to fulfil the brief of showcasing their images with a specific ‘nod’ to their chosen song titles.

Our judge for the evening was Paddy Ruske from Lichfield in Staffordshire. Paddy gave an entertaining and constructive critique of our collective photographic entries across both Print and Projected Image media. Indeed, Dunchurch Photographic Society members can be proud of the fact that Paddy was entertained and impressed by our work. It always means a lot to us as a Society when we are able to make the judge face a tough decision about which images they believe are successful.

Well done to everyone who submitted work to the competition, it showed the usual variety of subject matter and processing techniques. But my key thanks, as Chairman go to Paddy for being our judge for the evening, and to ALL of our members who entered the competition – there is no competition without YOU.

The Results Are In… And As Follows –
Novice Print –
Commended –
Bad Habits – Dariusz Chalupka


Rendezvous At Sunset – Graeme Webb

Highly Commended –
Turning To Rust – Patrick Joyce

3rd Place –
I Say A Little Prayer – Graeme Webb

2nd Place –
Fields Of Gold (Sting) – Steven Farmer

1st Place –
Run Away (Bon Jovi) – Steven Farmer

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Novice Projected Image –
Commended –
You Spin Me Round – Dariusz Chalupka


Trains Boats And Planes – Michael Bryan

Highly Commended –
Lighthouse (Westlife) – Patrick Joyce


Stormy Waters – Paul Holloway

3rd Place –
Wild Horses (Rolling Stones) – Graeme Webb

2nd Place –
Smoke On The Water – Rob Hughes

1st Place –
A Hard Days Night – Rob Hughes

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Advanced Print –
Commended –
Imagine (John Lennon) – Terry Mann


Painter Man (Boney M) – Mark Ellis


Four Leaf Clover – Rosemary Gibbs LRPS


It’s Raining Men – David Bray AFIAP, CPAGB, A.CPE

Highly Commended –
I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire – Jean Sutton

3rd Place –
Sailing – Anthony Timmins

Joint 1st Place – (yes, joint first!!)
Some Like It Hot (The Power Station) – Mark Ellis


Blowin’ In The Wind – Rosemary Gibbs LRPS

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Advanced Project Image –
Commended –
When I’m Cleaning Windows – Warren Strickland


Where Have All The Flowers Gone – Rosemary Gibbs LRPS

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Tea For Two – Ken Garside

Highly Commended –
Daisy, Daisy – Rosemary Gibbs LRPS

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Blue And Lonesome – Ian Andrew

3rd Place –
Bohemian Rhapsody – David Bray AFIAP, CPAGB, A.CPE

2nd Place –
Band Of Gold (Freda Payne) – Mark Ellis

1st Place –
Magical Mystery Tour – Ken Garside


Congratulations to all of the photographers who were successful across the four categories for this opening round. There’s still plenty to play for as the marathon continues with Round 3 on Wednesday 9th March… the subject being ‘Narrative…’

Come and have a look at the ‘stories’ being told in our images.

Report by David J. Bray AFIAP, CPAGB, A.CPE
Chairman.