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

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


Where Have All The Flowers Gone – Rosemary Gibbs LRPS

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Tea For Two – Ken Garside

Highly Commended –
Daisy, Daisy – Rosemary Gibbs LRPS

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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.

Merit Competition Round 1 – Illusion

On Wednesday 26th January 2022, Dunchurch Photographic Society held the 1st Round of the 2021-22 season Merit Competition, all on the subject of ‘Illusion.’

The Merit Competition is a marathon competition over three different rounds, all on a different set subject, with successful images able to earn points depending on whether they are Commended, Highly Commended, Third, Second or First. There are four categories; the Novice Print section, Novice Projected Image section, Advanced Print section and the Advanced Projected Image section. That means, four different champions to be declared by the end of the Merit competitions. 

Our judge for the evening was John Haines from Kingstanding in Birmingham. John gave some very considered and valuable feedback and critique about the images that had been entered by Dunchurch Photographic Society members. Indeed, the Society presented John with some difficult decisions to make about the images, often creative in flavour, or where lots of work had been undertaken in order to get that ‘illusion’ element into the final work.

Congratulations to all of the photographers who were successful across the four categories for this opening round and well done to everyone who submitted images. As usual, they demonstrated a wide variety of subject matter and processing techniques. 

There’s still plenty to play for as the marathon continues with Round 2 on Wednesday 9th February; the subject being ‘Song Titles.’

Come and have a sing-a-long with us! 

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

Chairman.

The Merit 1 results are as follows …

Novice Prints

First Place

Illusion of Time by Steven Farmer

Second Place

The Girl in the Mirror by Steven Farmer

Third Place

Can I have a Cab Please by Dariusz Chalupka

Novice Projected Images

First Place

My Inner Photographer by Graeme Webb

Second Place

Charging the Moon by Dariusz Chalupka

Third Place

Next Train Goes Straight Thru by Michael Bryan

Highly Commended

The Face by Steven Farmer

Advanced Prints

First Place

Chloe by Mark Ellis

Second Place

Upstairs or Downstairs by Mark Ellis

Third Place

Triangular Interchange by Rosemary Gibbs, LRPS

Highly Commended

Family Excursion by Rosemary Gibbs, LRPS

Commended

Big for your Boots by Warren Strickland

Advanced Projected Images

First Place

Goblet by Mark Ellis

Second Place

Frozen Valley by Terry Mann

Third Place

Fly Fishing by Ken Garside

Highly Commended (in alphabetical order)

Feeling the Heat by Rosemary Gibbs, LRPS

Time is an Illusion by Ian Andrew

Commended (in alphabetical order)

The Last Jedi by David Bray, AFIAP, CPAGB, A.CPE

Tunnel Vision by Warren Strickland

“Fifty Shades of Bray” Challenge

12th January 2022 Meeting – Fifty Shades Of Bray Part 2

On Wednesday 12th January 2022, Dunchurch Photographic Society experienced the Fifty Shades Of Bray Challenge, in it’s second year of existence. The evening built on the success of last season’s YouTube broadcast, where members of the Society had been invited to make their own interpretation of a RAW landscape image supplied by the Chairman (David Bray). After making their own edit, the images were critiqued in a light hearted way, whilst learning a little bit more about processing techniques and composition. 

In this most recent instance of the challenge, members were given the opportunity to talk through the various different edits of this year’s image and we were treated to some very clever and different interpretations on the theme.

Later in the evening, David Bray gave a recorded Lightroom demonstration about how he went about making a simple edit using that software to join in the series of images that members had submitted. 

It was a thought provoking evening where there was plenty of discussion about ‘traps’ in image (dust spots/mist spots on lenses), image composition, cropping arrangements and various different types of processing software that members had been in a position to use. 

David Bray identified that his favourite overall edit of the Cornish Landscape that was used as the basis for the challenge. This was a very different night time interpretation submitted by Ken Monk. It featured a sky swap, and some neat work in creating reflected detail of the stars and the aurora borealis in the water. Well done Ken!! 

The Chairman would like to thank all of the members who supplied their images for this friendly event. Who knows… we might just run another one next season. 

Report by David J. Bray, 

Chairman 2021-22


Original RAW Image

Ken Garside

Jean Sutton

Graeme Webb

Stuart Skelton

Mark Ellis

Ian Andrew

Ken Monk

David Bray