Every year at about this time members are kicked into action to form teams to compete against each other in the now famous “Team Challenge”. Each team must provide ten new images, a mixture of prints and DPIs to put before an independent judge who will award points out of 20 to each image. The team with the highest marks wins a “valuable prize” (don’t hold yer breath!).
Part of the fun is the choice of team names. As you can see below some prove more imaginative than others and it seems the choice proves often more challenging than providing the images!
This year the prize went to Marion’s team – Shephard’s Delight. Here they are receiving the aforesaid “Valuable Prize” from judge Alan Lawrence. Marion can’t wait to get into that tin!
Bringing our 2016/17 Season to a close we held our usual Awards Night except that it was such a glorious day that we found it appropriate to serve Strawberries and Cream instead of our usual American Supper type of fare. Wine and nibbles came as a given of course. Thanks to Wendy for picking all those strawberries (from Morrisons!) and doing a great job dishing them out. Steve was our barman and as always did us proud. Thanks must also go to Jill for organising the trophy engraving and sorting the certificates and to everyone else who played a part in making the evening a success. John projected a selection of the season’s best DPIs and Brian put on a display of the notable prints.
All we need to do now is gather some new images ready for the New Season.
Yummy, Yummy – and the Strawberries were nice too !
Some of our trophy winners were on holiday but here’s a group that were present to receive their awards.
Someone suggested that we should have a photograph of all that were present. Then it all went rather crazy – must have been the strawberries!
Sorry John, but someone had to take the picture…
This evening, we had the pleasure of welcoming Ralph Duckett to the Kidderminster Camera Club in order to present a selection of his images whilst also providing a witty & enlightening description and back story to his photographs. Looking at his work, it is easy to see how he has attained the highest standard of Masters in the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) accreditation and he is an EFIAP.
It’s always great to receive these talks at the club, as they help to broaden people’s vision of photography and start to generate their own ideas for producing bodies of work. We try to balance the talks with tutorial evenings, competitions and practical sessions in order to give members the best opportunity to make the most of their membership and personal development.
Ralph has lived all of his life near Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, England and has been a keen photographer since a small boy.
Ralph joined his local camera club, Burton on Trent Photographic Society, where he was advised to learn the craft of darkroom printing and has gone on from strength to strength. He is a prolific photographer and his first love is landscape photography, though Ralph does take photographs of a great variety of subject matter. Ralph was reluctant to move over to digital printing and capture, only making the change when infrared film was discontinued and fewer exhibitions were accepting slides.
To view some of Ralph’s work head over to his website: http://www.duckettlighting.co.uk
February seems to appear earlier every year, Christmas fled by and we’re into ExhibitionTime again. This year Kidderminster Library has asked us to keep the exhibition in place for two months, an extra four weeks to our usual four.
Contrary to popular belief, the preparation and installation does not happen overnight organised by mysterious beings whose only purpose in life is to arrange such events. The following few pictures shows the truth, real folk spending real time, cleaning the sometimes grubby mounts, polishing the glass and sorting uprights and horizontals. This is done a few days after the prints have been selected, sorted by format, content and mount colour and photographed as a planner to how they will appear on the gallery walls. A big thank you to all who came along to the framing day.
There are always little problems to overcome along the way before we get to the actual day of hanging but we have yet to be defeated . This year we were concerned about the condition of our ageing frames which were a collection of dated “Mahogany” and “Gold” and to replace them would have made a very large hole in the club funds. Luckily, Mark Gameson’s father Philip, the owner of a joinery firm came forward to make us an offer we couldn’t refuse – to spray them a uniform matt black. They now look excellent and we will be eternally grateful for Philip’s generosity.
Happily, we had plenty of volunteers to help on installation day. It took only two hours from start to finish with all the “T”s crossed and the”I”s dotted.
Job Done -What a Team !
And so, onto the opening night, 1st February 2017
This year we invited Graham Walton to open the exhibition and judge the pictures. There are two awards, Best Print in the general section and best in the advanced. We were pleased to hear Graham praise the quality of the work and the exhibition as a whole and glad that we made his choices difficult!
The opening night was, as usual, well attended with members bringing their partners along to share the occasion.
Brian with Graham Walton
After much studying Graham duly awarded the two trophies
Mark Gameson won the General Trophy for his print “Girl on a Train”
The Advanced award went to Len Harris for his “No More Tea & Roses”
As winter descends we like to have an evening devoted to ideas to keep our photography going throughout the dark nights ahead.
Members are invited to bring along their particular interests to show to other members and this is productive in the sharing of ideas and promotes discussion of camera techniques as well as lighting, table top work, macro, flash equipment, etc. It is often jokingly remarked that it is one of the few occasions where folk actually bring their cameras to the camera club. It is a popular evening and a great opportunity to examine other member’s kit and just socialise.
It’s a Benbow – it’s a what?
All this and a happy Treasurer – can’t be bad!
This year’s Team Challenge event went as well as ever, producing some cracking images to prove that members had made the most of the summer recess. Mark Wilbrey was our judge, always a favourite visitor to the club and, in his judge’s role, we find him both fair and instructional with his comments. We look forward to his explanation in a future tutorial of Fibonacci’s Golden Curves – most of us thought it was to do with an Italian film starlet.
A big part of the fun is the choice of team names – usually centred on the team leader’s actual name – Marion’s Muppets, Rowe & Chips, Rays of Sunshine and Mike’s Marauders but we also had The Remarkables, and Keep It Simple. Perhaps a prize for the best name is called for?
Here are the “Rays of Sunshine” after receiving their “Mega Prize” (box of Heroes) . No expense spared at KCC !
To see how the images scored go HERE for DPIs and HERE for PRINTS