Round One Projected Image League 2014/15

October 27th was the first competition night for the projected image league and our judge for the evening was Ian Thompson who took the unusual method of having the images sent to him beforehand to assist him in making his decisions.  There were forty entries in the General section and twenty four in the Advanced and we therefore, obtained good value for his fee.

We were treated to the usual variety of styles and subjects with one or two to make the judge think outside his book of rules, always worthwhile !

Sheelagh Cooke took top mark in the General League for her study of a rose entitled “Perfection”.  Both Jeff Evans and Len Harris collected twenties for their images “A Well Earned Rest” and “The Message”.

 

Full results will be shortly be published on the website and the club room notice board.

 

Perfection

“Perfection” by Sheelagh Cooke.

A well-earned rest!

“A Well Earned Rest” by Jeff Evans

The Message

“The Message” by Len Harris


The Barmouth Bonanza

October 17th saw sixteen of us including partners off to Sunny Wales for a long weekend in Barmouth.

We stayed at The Bae Abermaw Hotel in comfortable rooms mostly overlooking the sea and with it’s own private car park and found it convenient being just outside Barmouth.  We had dinner  each evening at the hotel and enjoyed relaxing in each others company.  Being rather off season we didn’t see much of any other guests and so had the very comfortable lounge to ourselves.

On Friday Brian gave a mini lecture with hints and tips towards successful landscape photography.  Did we learn anything?  We will have to wait and see!

Saturday started rather badly when Andrea fell and hurt her arm.  She unselfishly  waited until we were all off to do our various things and then phoned for an ambulance and was taken to a hospital in Bangor where she spent most of the day.  Full marks to Bob and Ann for giving up so much time in bringing her back after her treatment. Their generosity was paid back in part by the presentation at the evening meal of an anniversary cake that Andrea had arranged with the chef.  They had to depart on Sunday (poor workers!) and so took Andrea home.  What a shame that the very person responsible for arranging such a grand weekend was unable to be with us to enjoy it. Latest diagnosis – broken shoulder !

Barmouth and surrounding has much to offer for the photographer whether it be landscapes, seascapes or just mooching about and we all managed to find something to point our cameras at.  And yes, it really was sunny with the only serious rain arriving during our departure on Monday.

 

Thanks again Andrea!

Bedroom

Rooms With a View

A Good Day begins with Breakfast

A Good Day begins with Breakfast

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Rosie – Our lovely waitress

Fruit Juice

“Put That Camera Down and Eat Your Breakfast !” by Len Harris

Brian's Lecture

Brian’s Lecture

There Will be a Short test After...

There Will Be a Short Test Afterwards…

 

Rocks in Barmouth Estuary

by Martin Rowe

A SINKING MARTIN AT BARMOUTH SUNRISE

A Sinking Martin at Barmouth Sunrise by Andrea Holmes

Raibow on Barmouth estuary

by Martin Rowe

The dawn train on Barmouth bridge

by Martin Rowe

The end of the climb

The End of the Climb by Sue Hancox

the blue lagoon

The Blue Lagoon by Sue Hancox

Anyone for coffee

Anyone for Coffee by Sue Hancox

Coffee Shop

The Best Coffee Shop in Dolgellau and Possibly the Universe !

 

 

Beach

Barmouth Sands by Len Harris

Smile for the Phone

Smile for the Phone by Len Harris

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by Bob Dixon

Wales Ann Dixon

by Ann Dixon

Off the rails

Off the Rails by Brian Berkley-White

Patterns in the sand

Patterns in the Sand by Brian Berkley-White


Landscapes

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On a lovely Sunday morning we all met up in the countryside at Kinver at a fairly reasonable time for Landscape photography. After a short walk up a hill to our destination everyone began getting their camera and tripods out and started composing for what was a lovely view. After an explanation of the basics of landscape photography and the advantage of using filters, a demonstration was given to each member of how a simple filter could drastically improve their exposure and ultimately greatly enhance the image without the use of a computer. Focusing and composition tips were demonstrated while we walked around Kinver Edge looking at new landscape shots which did not encompass the traditional views and expanding everyone’s definition of landscape and encouraging them to look around them at all of their surroundings.    Terry.

 

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                                                                                                                             and here are some of the results…..

 

Kinver Edge

Kinver Edge by Marion Shephard

Back to nature by Ann Dixon

Back to Nature by Ann Dixon

Let it blow. Bob Dixon

Let it Blow by Bob Dixon

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by Jeff Evans

 

 


Macro Workshop with Terry Livesey

Sunday 21st September at 10am and the peace and quiet of Bewdley’s Jubilee Garden was disturbed ever so slightly by the arrival of Terry Livesey  and seven KCC members eager to brush up their macro photo skills.

This was the first of Terry’s hands on tutorials and the areas covered were :-

  • Features of the camera for macro photography.
  • Information about special macro modes and dedicated macro lenses.
  • Composition for stunning images
  • Lighting techniques using natural light and flash.

The day started off by talking about the principles of what Macro photography is and the things needed to accomplish optimum results. The reduced depth of field was also explained and demonstrated.  Composition and lighting was covered and then experimented with. At the end everyone retired to the café and reviewed one image from each person, explaining why the shot worked and if any other methods would of helped enhance the image.


 

macro Group

 

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THE SIX IMAGES ABOVE KINDLY SUPPLIED BY TERRY LIVESEY

 

 

 And here are the best images supplied by Terry’s pupils.  Well done everyone!

 

Macro 21.09.2014. Bob Dixon

by Bob Dixon

Macro 21.09.2014. Ann Dixon

by Ann Dixon

JeffEvans

by Jeff Evans

Macro shoot

by Sheelagh Cooke

 


The Morgan Experience

 

Action Woman Andrea does it again – this time with a visit to the Morgan Motor Company to see how they build those marvellous machines.  Everyone agreed that it was a great experience being taken around the factory to see the cars taking shape in the hands of the individual craftsmen from the chassis (no they are not wooden!) to the moment they are put onto the transporter that will take them to their final destination either in the UK or more likely to countries world wide.  Contrary to popular belief the waiting time for your shiny new roadster is no longer a matter of years but a mere three months.  Unfortunately, we were all undecided which model, and there are many, to place an order for –  although it is believed that Steve bought a key ring …

 

Morgan-Symbol

Morgan Group

Laurie persuaded our guide to take this group. You will notice that we seem to have gained a few more members. These are folk that we met during the tour and were so attracted to us that they tagged along.

Len

by  Bob Dixon

Film Intro

Slideshow First                          by Len Harris

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by  John Pugh

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by John Pugh

Reflections of Jill, Len & Terry

Reflections of Jill, Len & Terry                                                         By Sue Hancox

Supercar

Supercar                                                  by Len Harris

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Grilled Selfie                                   by Ray Rogers

1, Morgan headlight

Morgan Headlight                                     by Mike Gregg

Nearly Finished

Nearly Finished                                                by Len Harris

Weird Three Wheeler

Weird Three Wheeler                                  by Len Harris

Morgan reflections

Morgan Reflections                                                  by Derek Aston

Jeff Asks a Question

Jeff Asks a Question                                                  by Jill Harris

Pattern Picture

Pattern Picture                              by Jill Harris

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Metal Worker                                                by Jeff Evans

Any Colour You Want

Any Colour You Want                                              by Jill Harris

awaiting dispatch  Jeff

Awaiting Dispatch                                                          by Jeff Evans

len in action!

Len in action! by                                   Laurie Abraham

no parking!

No parking!                           by Laurie Abraham

Hubble Bubble

Hubble Bubble by Terry Jamieson                      Taken at the Great Malvern Prioryin prior to the factory visit

AFTER ONLY 4 MONTHS THE RESULT OF BEING SOCIAL SECRETARY

A message from our leader!


The Team Challenge 2014

Back in the days when the club membership struggled to reach twenty five this competition was called The Five a Side.  Now our membership pushes sixty, re-naming it was the only way ahead.  Jill organizes us into teams every year.  This year we had six teams of between five and eight members.  Each team was required to submit ten images, a mixture of prints and projected and the judge then gives marks out of twenty to each image.  The team with the most marks is declared the winner.

This year’s winner with was Sue Hancox’s team, “Suzies Floozies” with 164 points.  Second came Derek Aston’s “Aston Villas” with 161.  Third was Brian Hardy’s “Hardy Perennials” with 156. Fourth Steve Ficken’s “Shady” with 153.  Fifth came Mike Webb’s “Wampant Wabbits” with 151 and last but not least (?) Geoff Cookes “Captain Cooke’s Crew” with 144.

Like most competitions at KCC the night was taken anything but seriously, a few laughs were had, legs were pulled, Micky was taken etc.  We had fun with photography then retired to the pub to gloat or commiserate  – ain’t that what it’s all about?

Winners Team Challenge

Suzies Floozies receiving their prize ( a big tin of Heros!) from David Lowe our intrepid judge.

 


The Tower of London Outing

 September 16th. Our newly appointed “Queen of Outings” Andrea, squeezed sixteen of us into a minibus, fed us her home made BaraBrith and we set off to see the big city.  The principal idea was to see the “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Blood” installation at the Tower of London.  Andrea arranged a great day with a visit to Covent Garden and The London Eye.  She also told us that the excellent weather had been pre-ordered, (some of us actually believed her).   The poppies were just incredible!  Much fun was had by all.  Thanks Andrea.

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Blood Swept Lands

Blood Swept Lands                                                             Jill Harris

Tears of Blood

Tears of Blood                                                           Sue Hancox

LONDON AT DUSK

London at Dusk                                                                                                            Andrea Holmes

 

Suzanne Enjoying a Yoghurt

Suzanne Enjoying a Yoghurt                                                   Duncan McCormack

 

Balancing Act                                            Terry Jamieson

Where's Duncan

Where’s Duncan?                                Terry Jamieson

Terry’s Treat                                                                     Jill Harris

A Kodak Moment                                                                                                                Len Harris

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge                                           Terry Jamieson

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Ray of Sunshine                                                                  Ray Rogers

 

A LIKELY PAIR

A Likely Pair                                       Andrea Holmes

RANSOM REQUIRED OF £1 MILLION

Ransom Required                    Andrea Holmes

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Cooking Clobber                                                                                  Ray Rogers

Andrea taking the shot

Andrea Taking the Shot                                                                        Duncan McCormack

Eye aye

Eye Aye                                   Brian Berkeley-White

whos Lost

Who’s Lost?                                                       Duncan McCormack

Red-eye

Red Eye                                                                           John Pugh

Evening Time

Evening Time                       John Pugh

Red Eye

Red Eye                                                                                       Brian Berkeley White

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Eye View                                                                                              Ray Rogers

End of a great day

End of a Great Day                                                                           Duncan McCormack

As the sun sets

As the Sun Sets                                              Duncan McCormack