Meeting Report – 30th November 2022 Open Subject, Monochrome Print Competition

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On Wednesday 30 th November 2022, Dunchurch Photographic
Society held their annual Open Subject Monochrome Print
competition at the WI Hall on Southam Road, Dunchurch. This time,
our members were playing for the highly cherished John Hughes
Trophy.

A strong entry from across the membership resulted in no
less than 45 monochrome print entries, with each participating
member being permitted to enter up to three prints for this event.


The judge for the evening was Robert Ings, who made a welcome
return to the competitive arena (!!) in Dunchurch, and the usual
diverse range of subjects was on display throughout the evening as the
competition ensued. Once more, the DPS members made it a difficult
decision for the judge to pick out what he deemed to be the successful
images within this year’s competition. Don’t ever change Dunchurch
– it is to your credit that our modest village society can create such an
array of beautiful work.
As always, in my role as the current serving Chairman of the Society,
I thank all of the members who took part in this fascinating and
closely fought competition. And naturally, I would like to give our
collective thanks to Robert Ings for his valuable and insightful
critique of our images.
Many congratulations to Michael Bryan, who won this competition
for the first time with a story-telling action shot titled, ‘The Last
Kick.’
Of course, well done to all of our members who experienced success
in the competition with images that were commended, highly
commended or finishing 3 rd or 2 nd place. A fantastic evening, and yet
another wonderful review of the standard of photography achieved by
Dunchurch Photographic Society members.
Confirmed Result –

Commended –

Charlecote Park by Ian Andrew
Approaching Storm by Andrew Swan


Highly Commended –

Power In The Air by David Cunnane


Kenneth And His Pipe by David Bray AFIAP, CPAGB, A.CPE

3 rd Place –
At The Albert Hall by David Bray AFIAP, CPAGB, A.CPE
2 nd Place –
Pause For Thought by David Bray AFIAP, CPAGB, A.CPE
1st Place –
The Last Kick by Michael Bryan


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

Meeting Report – 16th November 2022 Open Subject – Panel Of Three Prints Competition

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On Wednesday 16th November 2022, Dunchurch Photographic Society were engaged in a very competitive evening of photography amongst the membership – it was the annual Open Subject Panel of Three Prints competition at the WI Hall on Southam Road, Dunchurch. This time, our members were playing for the much cherished Jeff Bartlett Memorial Trophy.

In all, there were approximately 20 different panels submitted by members for this event, included panels of three different prints displayed together, and triptychs of 3 printed images together within a single mount. This all made for a varied competition, not least for the very diverse range of image subject, printing styles and processing techniques that members had used to finalise their images.

The judge for the evening was Paddy Ruske from Lichfield, gave our members some very honest and so very useful critique of the different panels that were on show during the evening. It was very hard fought, with lots of quality images, and clear thought processes that our members had undertaken to get their submissions into a competition worthy standard. All of this made for a very difficult decision for the judge as he gave his final verdicts.

As the Chairman of the Society, I thank all of the members who took part in this engaging and unique competition in our season calendar. Without your images, we have no competition, it’s as simple as that.

Naturally, I would like to give our collective Society thanks to Paddy Ruske for his valuable, good humoured and insightful critique of our images.

Confirmed Result –
Commended –
Whooper Swan by Andrew Swan


Stone Vaulting Cameo by Ian Andrew

Flies by Ken Monk


Bikes Right Left And Centre by Michael Bryan


Kingfishers by David Cunnane


Cherry Melt by Mark Ellis


Cameras by David Cunnane


Coffee Time by Mark EllisHighly Commended –


Over He Goes by Graeme Webb

3rd Place –
Swiss Hornet by David Bray AFIAP, CPAGB, A.CPE

2nd Place –
A Canna Flower by Terry Mann

1st Place –
Salacia Of The Sea by David Bray AFIAP, CPAGB, A.CPE

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

Meeting Report – 2nd November 2022Open Subject Projected Image Competition

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On Wednesday 2nd November 2022, Dunchurch Photographic Society held their annual Open Subject Projected Digital Image (PDI) competition at the WI Hall on Southam Road, Dunchurch. This time, our members were playing for the coveted President’s Trophy, and they were treated to approximately 45 entries for the 2022/23 season. In line with our Society rules, each member can submit up to three images into this event.

The judge for the evening was Robert Ings, who battled his way in inclement weather conditions from the Lichfield area. As ever, the range of subjects entered by Dunchurch Photographic Society members put on not only a fine visual and thought provoking spectacle for the audience, but crucially made it a tough competition for Robert Ings to pass his critique and judgement. That’s just how we like it as it reflects positively on the strength and depth of the imagery provided by our members. So well done to everyone who entered to help make it a fine showing once again.

As the Chairman of the Society, I thank all of the members who took part in this fascinating and closely fought competition. And naturally, I would like to give our collective thanks to Robert Ings for his valuable and insightful critique of our images.

Many congratulations to Steven Farmer, who won the competition for the second year running with an image titled ‘Bird On An Island.’

Of course, well done to all of our members who experienced success in the competition with images that were commended, highly commended or finishing 3rd or 2nd place. A fantastic evening, and a very positive and proud reflection on the photography achieved by Dunchurch Photographic Society members.

Confirmed Result –
Commended –

Into The Scrapbook by Michael Bryan
Whopper Swan Displaying by Andrew Swan

Highly Commended –

Small Skipper by David Cunnane
Hunstanton by Warren Strickland

3rd Place –

London Eye And County Hall by Mark Ellis


2nd Place –

Newbury Park Buses by David Bray AFIAP, CPAGB, A.CPE


1st Place –

Bird On An Island by Steven Farmer

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

Next Week

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Coming up on Wednesday 21st September 2022, we have our ‘bring a thing’ and critique evening. Members are encouraged to bring along any new prints or projected images for us to talk about and share constructive critique. These can be images that members might seek to enter into exhibition or competition, or to stimulate discussion about processing techniques, image composition and presentation. There is no set subject – bring along holiday snaps if you wish to show them. The evening will also be available to discuss any new processing software or camera equipment/peripheral gear that they have been using and that they might recommend. In summary, a members evening to encourage the conversation about all things photography. —

This weeks featured image is ‘Fells And The Felled’ by Rosemary Gibbs LRPS. A charismatic entry into our recent Summer Challenge on the subject of ‘Orange.’

Travelling Portfolio

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Coming up on Wednesday 14th September 2022, Dunchurch Photographic Society will be hosting the Midland Counties Photographic Federation (MCPF) Travelling Portfolio presentation. This will feature numerous inspirational and successful images from across the Midlands.

7.45pm kick off at the Dunchurch WI Hall on the Southam Road.

Welcome to our Society!

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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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Nature Competition

On Wednesday 19th October 2022, Dunchurch Photographic Society hosted their annual Nature competitions, which included a Print and separate Projected Digital Image competition. As often seems to be the case at Dunchurch, the evening was competitive, with a wonderful selection of images on show and reflecting the talent (and patience) of the photographers.

The judge for the evening was from Great Barr, and a welcome return to the Society by John Haines.

In the Print Competition, for the Wally Mills Trophy, the results are as follows –

Commended –

Californian Burrowing Owls by David J. Bray AFIAP, CPAGB, A.CPE

Highly Commended –

Marbled Godwit by David J. Bray AFIAP, CPAGB, A.CPE

3rd Place –

Angry Female Kingfisher by David Cunnane

2nd Place –

Snowy Egret by Mark Ellis

1st Place –

A Good Catch by David Cunnane

After a half time tea break, the competitive action resumed with the Projected Digital Image competition where members were playing for the Toft Trophy. The results were as follows –

Commended –

Robin by Mark Ellis

Black Vulture by Mark Ellis

Squirrel On Tree by Warren Strickland

Highly Commended –

Large White Butterfly Caterpillars by Terry Mann

Crow In Flight by David J. Bray AFIAP, CPAGB, A.CPE

3rd Place –

Garden Spider by Terry Mann

2nd Place –

Pied Wagtail With Catch by David J. Bray AFIAP, CPAGB, A.CPE

1st Place –

Blue Tit Feeding by David Cunnane

Many congratulations to David Cunnane who made a clean sweep of both Nature Competitions in the 2022-23 season.

The Chairman of the Society would like to congratulate all of the participants in the Nature competitions this year where we were treated to some very nice images that represent the wonders of nature in a plethora of different settings. From birds through to insects and elephants… continent by continent. Well done.

And of course, a special thank you to John Haines who oversaw the competitions with some very useful, constructive critique that our members can take on board for future seasons. We look forward to welcoming you to the Society again in the future.

Meeting Report –

David J. Bray AFIAP, CPAGB, A.CPE

Chairman – 2022/23.

Welcome back to Dunchurch Photographic Society.

On Wednesday 5th October Dunchurch Photographic Society held their first externally judged competition of the 2022-2023 season in the usual venue, the Dunchurch Women’s Institute Hall on the Southam Road.


Each DPS member was allowed to contribute three Colour Prints for the Gerry Coyle Memorial Trophy to be judged by Stephen Clifford CPAGB, BPE3, EFIAP


In total there were 39 prints submitted. It was a great evening of showcasing the members prints.
Gerry Coyle Memorial Trophy results


Second place – Terry Mann with his print titled “Snow Leaf”

Third place – Mark Ellis with his print titled “Robin”

There were three Highly Commended places (listed alphabetically)

David Bray “Routemasters at Westminster”


Ken Monk “Water Droplets on Pigeon Feather”


Warren Strickland “Light Lilies”


There were four Commended places (listed alphabetically)

Andrew Swan “Portuguese Green Door”

David Bray “Patriotic Break”

Mark Ellis “The Shard and Tower Bridge”

Rosemary Gibbs “Fan of The Scutters”



Report by Mark J.H. Ellis
Programme Secretary
Dunchurch Photographic Society