Competition Results - Prints3 2015

Club members welcomed Peter Tickner to judge the 3rd print competition of the year on Monday February 8. It was an Open category with 67 entries covering many genres. Results: First Mike Birbeck FRPS with World Destruction by Consumerism, second Glynis Dunkley with Rapscallions, third Dennis Read with Osprey Landing. Highly Commended were Richard Baker with Kimmeridge Evening; Mike Birbeck FRPS with Elegance by Windowlight and Caroline Briggs LRPS with Louvre at Night.

Mr Exe and Mr Spurt

Members welcomed Exe and Spurt, aka George Reekie DPAGB and David Morton   DPAGB on Monday February 1 with their ‘Answers to your Photographic Dilemmas’ session. With their years of experience these two Taunton CC members were able to help with Photoshop queries as well as camera and photography issues. Subjects covered were organising a file system, best camera settings, quality, fine tuning, focus points, live view focusing and depth of field, amongst others. Images were shown with camera settings to give an insight into how various photographs such as birds in flight were taken. They also discussed how each of them uses Photoshop and Lightroom to enhance their images. Other aspects of processing images were discussed such as the use of various filters that are available. A few videos were shown to inform members of various methods as well. A very enjoyable and informative evening was had from two popular members.

Panel Competition Results

The Panels competition was held this year on Monday January 25, there were two types of entries, Prints and Digital Projected Images. Members had to submit a panel of 5 photographs per entry. A panel should have uniformity of presentation and theme or subject matter. The value of a panel is the fact that its strength lies in a connection between each image and ‘the whole would be greater than the sum of the parts’. The judge was Taunton club member Julian Comrie FRPS, he was a prominent judge re panels submitted for various distinctions of the Royal Photographic Society. In 2010 he received the Fenton Medal for his outstanding contribution to the work of the RPS. With his vast experience, Julian gave lots of advice on the best way to present panels. There were nine print entries from 6 members and sixteen digital entries from 11.
Print result: First Jeanne Bradban LRPS with Rocks and Water; second Jeanne Bradban LRPS with Around Wells Cathedral; third Ken Kedward with Gates and Hurdles. Highly Commended were Linda Brunsch with In Case We Forget, David Harper with Playtime and Ted Strawson with Heads or Tails.
Digital Projected result: First Caroline Briggs LRPS with Seascape; second Pauline Watling CPAGB with Dancers; third John Bebbington FRPS with Caterpillars. Highly Commended were Richard Baker with Greedy Gulls, Graeme Darling with Dance Studio and James Grey with Winter Gala in Monotone.

Competition Results - DPIC3 2015/16

The third Digital Photographic Image Competition of the year occurred on Monday January 11. Mike Birbeck FRPS kindly stood in for the reserved judge, which meant he had to forgo his entry. Mike proved to be one of the best judges we have had at the club, his vast experience proved to be needed as there were so many excellent images to sort through! Thank you Mike!                                                              
There were two categories, Open and Sport.                                                        
Open Result: First Magdalena Ward with The Plait; second John Bebbington FRPS with Mayfly Roosting; third Magdalena Ward with Melina. Highly Commended were Ed Burrows LRPS with Wait for Me, Nick Cable CPAGB with Once More unto the Breach and Alan Grant DPAGB with Kingfisher in the Rain.                                                             
Sport Result: First George Reekie DPAGB with Dirt Riders; second Alan Grant DPAGB with Raging Waters;  third Debbie Gould with Superman.  Highly Commended were Nick Cable CPAGB with Freestyle, George Reekie DPAGB with It’s Mine, Roger Thomas with The Pass.
The yearly En-print competition was won by Tony Dunkley with Portland Bill Lighthouse.

David Morton

Member David Morton DPAGB very kindly agreed to step in at the last moment and present a wonderful evening in December, full of his excellent images. He started with his trip to Lofoten, Norway, which is in the Arctic Circle. Although he experienced adverse weather conditions, he still managed to get many superb photographs. The last night proved to be exciting as the group hired snow mobiles. These enabled them to travel to an ideal spot for photographing the Aurora Borealis. David displayed the settings he used in camera which was very useful and interesting. He also showed various highlights of his photographic journey of 2015, including Wellington, the Cairngorms, Chelsea, Brecon Beacons and Bordeaux. He also included in his program time lapse and multi exposure images