Results of Merit 1 Competition

Here are the results of the Merit 1 Competition held on 22nd January 2020 and judged by Peter Cheetham. The theme this year was ‘Opposites’.

Print Competition – Advanced Category.

First place

Little and Large by Anthony Timmins

Second place

Cafe Conversations by Terry Mann

Third place

On Opposite Sides by Rosemary Gibbs

Print Competition – Novice Category

First place

Now what was it? by Michael Bryan

Second place

High Tech, Low Tech by David Cunnane

Third place

Dead or Alive by David Cunnane

Projected Image Competition – Advanced Category

First place

Hunter and Hunted by Anthony Timmins

Second place

Glasses by Ken Garside

Third place

Great and Small by Rosemary Gibbs

Highly Commended

Colour and Infrared Mono by Ken Monk


Windermere Reflection by Ken Monk

Projected Image Competition – Novice Category

First place

A Close Run Thing by David Cunnane

Second place

Goosed by David Inman

Third place

Green Wellies by Patrick Joyce

Highly Commended

Secular confronting Spiritual by Patrick Joyce

Wildlife Photography in the UK and Tigers in India – Presentation by Tal Chohan

On Wednesday 8th January 2020, Dunchurch Photographic Society were very pleased to be able to host Tal Chohan from the West Midlands who came to talk about his wildlife photography undertaken in both the United Kingdom and in India’s Tadoba National Park.  

After the customary introduction to the evening, the floor was handed to Tal to introduce himself, to talk about his style of photography and to show us a wonderful selection of his images.

In the first half, Tal provided details relating to the type of nature/wildlife photography he undertakes in the United Kingdom, describing his camera gear, camera settings and general workflow to achieve results he is rightfully proud of in terms of both uniqueness and quality. 

There were images of owls, kingfishers and ‘raptor’ species, with examples photographed in a different style to the well trodden set pieces we come to expect in competition and exhibition realms. Tal showed examples of his work featuring not only close up portrait work but also birds in the context of their environment and under a range of different lighting conditions, often captured after many photographers would have left for home. 

Tal was a big advocate of patience… putting the time in to get that ‘moment of serendipity.’

It was an engaging presentation, given in the style of a conversation that sought participation from the audience. He explained how some shots were composed and set, with some particularly inspiring images of ‘raptors,’ squirrels and foxes using lenses that I, for one, would not ordinarily have considered for wildlife photography – a 15mm fish-eye lens proving particularly effective in giving a very intimate, ‘in your face’ look to some subjects. 

There were also some lovely colour images featuring low, sunlit conditions, such as at dusk when his subjects were back lit, providing wonderful sky colours, with the subject nicely in silhouetted profile. The message that Tal stressed consistently was to be different from the norm and to find originality rather than simply conform to the stereotypical expectation of traditional wildlife photography. 

After the customary tea break (thanks to Liz and to Andrew Evans), Tal continued his presentation, switching the emphasis from wildlife in the UK to something very spectacular… Tigers in the Tadoba National Park in India. He explained that as well as undertaking his own photography in the Park, he also conducts tours to the area to allow fellow photographers some access to the environment in which these big cats live.

Leaflets are available and here is a link to Tal’s website.

Tal spoke at length about tiger conservation and the environmental linkages they have with the operation of the Park, the surrounding villages and the local way of life. He explained about the behaviours of the animals and that by showing them respect, spectacular photographic opportunities can be a big reward. 

Tal again adopted a conversation style presentation in the second half, engaging the audience with questions, and providing attendees with a wealth of superb and thought provoking images of the tigers, supplemented with images of sloth bears and other animals found in the Park. Tal presented images that were taken in very low light, low down at ‘eye level’ and as close as a handful of metres away from the subject. It was clear that Tal knows his subject very well and is well practiced in capturing their mood and posture in a variety of styles. 

When Tal completed his presentation, the audience took some time to ask further questions, most of them relating to the tigers themselves rather than dwelling on camera settings. Tal certainly appreciated this interest in the animals. 

In summary, Dunchurch Photographic Society was treated to a wonderful and diverse presentation by Tal Chohan, showcasing some very different types of UK wildlife photography in the first half, as well as a detailed look at Indian tigers and their behaviours in the second half. 

We look forward to welcoming Tal back to Dunchurch again in the future and wish him well on his next adventure to Tadoba in April this year. 

Thank you Tal!

Report compiled by David J. Bray (Chairman). 

Presentation by the Society Distinctions and External Exhibitions Sub-Group

On Wednesday 11th December 2019, Dunchurch Photographic Society was entertained by several of its own members who comprise the Distinctions and External Exhibition sub-group. Several presentations were given, not only to introduce members to the idea of aiming to achieve a photography Distinction, but also explain a little bit about their individual journeys, whether already completed or still on the exciting path to glory!

Mike Parmee, ARPS CPAGB, introduced the evening and set the scene for what the audience were to hear about Distinctions and Exhibitions. Prints were on display from members who would be giving presentations. The prints covered a diverse range of subjects, including wildlife, nature, aviation, railways, still life, abstract and portraiture. They also varied in style reflecting the different types of Distinction being aimed for by the respective photographer. There was ‘straight bat’ photography on display as well as much more significantly processed work transforming into digital artworks. The ‘church’ is therefore broad and diverse. 

David Bray was first to present, detailing the progress being made towards the ‘Artist’ award with FIAP, the International Federation of Photographic Art. This process involves entering images into external exhibitions that are supported by FIAP and gaining acceptances sufficient to achieve the award. There are a number of rules and criteria to be met in order to gain the ‘Artist’ award and David took time to explain these rules along with showcasing some of the images being submitted by him to appropriate exhibitions. 

David’s journey so far has taken ten months and he already has sufficient images accepted in exhibitions/salons around the world in both print and projected image format to be able to claim the ‘Artist’ award when it becomes available – which is a minimum of 12 months from the first acceptance being recorded. In these first ten months, some of David’s images have been successful enough to earn a variety of medal awards and honourable mentions, of which he is rightfully proud. 

David is looking ahead to the next level of award with FIAP, that of the ‘Excellence’ award and is already on target to achieve that as well, with two different images having received awards at external exhibitions supported by FIAP in two different countries/events. Good luck to David in that ‘war of attrition’ which it what the process can feel like at times.

Next to present was Tony McMaster who gave an informative and enlightening presentation covering his successful journey towards achieving the LRPS award with the Royal Photographic Society. This is the ‘Licentiate’ and the process for achieving this Distinction award is very different from David’s FIAP journey. 

Tony explained the arrangements for the LRPS award, where applicants must show good quality photography, with a diversity of approach and techniques but not necessarily in subject matter. Instead of entering multiple exhibitions, the LRPS Distinction is earned in what is ostensibly a ‘one off’ assessment event with ten prints arranged in a specific and well thought out ‘hanging plan’ to form a panel of prints that showcase the photographer’s work. 

An interesting aspect to Tony’s presentation was that he demonstrated how some of the photographs that made it into his ‘hanging plan’ submission were actually taken. This was a valuable piece of shared learning that showed the audience a practical approach and inspire them to have a go at something similar whether seeking to gain a Distinction or not. 

Tony had brought along the full complement of ten prints used in his Distinction application, all wonderfully presented to a very high standard. It is understandable that with prints of that quality and with interesting subject matter, the Distinction was duly earned. 

Well done Tony! 

After a short tea break (thanks to Jean and Liz for stepping in), a second half resumption saw Mike Parmee (ARPS CPAGB) take to the floor again and explain more about his journey towards achieving the ARPS Distinction with the Royal Photographic Society, which is the ‘Associate’ award. 

This differs from the LRPS Distinction that Tony spoke about earlier in that it requires applicants to submit a body of work consisting of fifteen prints along with a written Statement of Intent. The images must be of a high standard, as one would expect of the RPS, including a demonstration of good technical ability and artistic presentation. 

Mike had his fifteen prints on display and these were of a very fine standard and all related, in his case, to a serialised project topic focussing on ‘seed heads.’ The detail was fantastic, and the prints themselves looked cohesive and of a very high quality when viewed together. 

Mike also talked through a variety of other images, in both print and projected image format, that have been accepted at various external exhibitions. As with all of us photographers, some images have better results than others and Mike was keen enough to explain which of his images tend to do better than others for one reason or another. 

One of the very useful aspects of Mike’s presentation was an overview of how he created some of the digital art he has in his arsenal of images. The audience was given a brief explanation of the processing techniques used in Photoshop to help create some of the works, and stunning many of them are too. Well done Mike!

Tony Timmins added to the evening’s sequence of presentations by talking through various images that he has been successful with in the different exhibitions and salons that he has entered. Tony also indicated the benefits of entering images into exhibitions; which include many of the exhibitions providing a post exhibition brochure containing all the award winning photographs from each section. 

Tony showcased a brochure from the MidPhot exhibition held earlier this year, making particular reference to the list of available awards that photographers can earn. The point here being that there is a level of professional pride and prestige associated with one’s photography, and showcasing your work in an exhibition also puts you in with a chance of winning one of those awards. 

So why not have a go?

The Chairman would like to thank all of the presenters for their time and effort in creating what was hopefully viewed as an interesting and inspiring evening. And specific thanks to Mike Parmee (ARPS CPAGB) for taking the lead role in organising the evening.    

Report compiled by David J. Bray (Chairman). 

Monochrome Print Competition Results

Judging of the Monochrome Print Competition for the John Hughes Trophy was by Alan Cook and held on Wednesday 4th December.

First Place

The Engine Arrangers by David Bray

Second Place 

The Guggenheim Bilboa by  Robin Cooter AFIAP, CPAGB, LRPS

Third Place

 Salvation Two Ways by Robin Cooter AFIAP, CPAGB, LRPS

Highly Commended (in alphabetical order by title)

An Intimate Moment by Robin Simmons LRPS

A Place to Relax by Ken Garside

Blindsided by Eric Tatham

Emerging Water Lily by Terry Mann

Huddle by Eric Tatham

Market Trader by Robin Cooter AFIAP, CPAGB, LRPS

Of No Commercial Value by Rosemary Gibbs

Rainy Afternoon in Manhattan by Robin Simmons LRPS

Stairway to Nowhere by Eric Tatham

Tombland Alley by Rosemary Gibbs

Commended (in alphabetical order by title)

Abridged by Steven Farmer

Battery Park City Skyline by David Cunnane

Coming Home to Roost by David Cunnane

Tawny Owl with Mouse by David Bray

The Landscape of Being by Adrian Canale-Parola

The Art And Science Of Lighting For Photography – Tony McMaster, LRPS

On Wednesday 27th November 2019, Dunchurch Photographic Society was treated to an in-depth presentation by one of its members, namely Tony McMaster. The evening was all about demonstrating the art and science of lighting for photography and showing how different lighting media can have an effect on the image captured. 

In the first half of the evening, Tony introduced members to the equipment to be used. This included lighting (duh!), a camera mounted on a tripod, a computer/monitor set up that was ‘tethered’ to the camera for image display with a link to a projector for the audience to see and, finally, a wonderful mannequin model that would form the subject of the evening’s photography. 

Using one static mannequin for the duration of the evening meant that a consistent base of photographic images taken with different lighting setups could be more easily compared. 

It became abundantly clear that Tony is a subject expert in the field of lighting for photography, providing the audience with a very well-prepared presentation which was clear in structure and purpose, with an equally well put together sequence of practical demonstrations of technique. 

The first half saw Tony give an overview of lighting and how camera lenses make an important element to a photograph being captured. The key element here being ‘aperture’ and the various ‘stops’ that lenses have that all influence how a photograph is captured in the camera. The audience were easily able to see the impact of ‘aperture’ and ‘depth of field’ as the ‘F-stop’ on the lens being used was taken through its range. 

The premise being that, the higher the F-stop setting, the sharper the whole image would be. The trade off being the more light required to adequately capture the image (at least I think that is correct!). 

Tony also demonstrated the inverse square rule allowing the audience to see how each light being used, when placed at different distances from the subject, could result in virtually an identical image of the subject being captured with careful balance of power for the light concerned, the F-stop and the shutter speed. Tony had marked on the floor key distances from the subject to give a pretty accurate and consistent demonstration of the inverse square rule. 

After the customary tea break (thanks to Liz and Adrian), Tony continued his presentation. In the second half, he introduced the audience to more effects that can be used to control lighting, specifically when there is a need to spread the beam of light from its source, and the impact of focussing the light more tightly. Several techniques were demonstrated, including the use of a ‘soft box’ to help diffuse the light being generated by the modelling light when in use, or the flash. 

Tony’s overall presentation was quite interactive with regular pauses for questions and answers along with further demonstrations using the various lights. The large display on the screen enabled the audience to witness the images being captured and the variances in them as the lighting sources were changed. 

It was a very interesting presentation. The demonstration of the techniques and science being discussed using real equipment and within a ‘live workshop’ environment really did help the audience to understand the subject more readily. I took the accompanying photographs of the evening using an iPhone 6. 

Well done Tony! The preparation and work involved in putting your presentation together should not be underestimated. We look forward to the follow up session at the Barby Moorings studio in the New Year. Fantastic stuff! 

Report compiled by David J. Bray (Chairman).