Open Print competition – 20th November 2017

Our judge for the evening was David Venables DPAGB BPE4, someone who is quite used to knowing what a good competition image requires. His critique was focused and forward moving for each photographer who entered. Thank you David.

This was the first competition of the year for new prints. The two previous competitions were ‘Best of the rest’ for last season’s prints that were not placed in the top three and a PDI competition. It was refreshing to see that all of the images were, as is required in the rules, new for this season.


1st Heacham Groynes Alistair Gorton
2nd The ploughman Alistair Gorton
3rd More than a brace David Hulme
Highly commended Stonechat Alistair Gorton
Highly commended Ancient mariner Alistair Gorton
Commended Fast and furious David Bourne
Commended Grey Heron Alistair Gorton



1st Serenity Irene Stupples
2nd Brighton pier David Slade
3rd Lake District island David Slade
Highly commended Beacon off Anglesey David Slade
Highly commended Meeting under the arches Wendy Irwin
Commended Across the lake Wendy Irwin
Commended ABH – Angry Bella, Help William Brown

Tripartite Competition 2017

This year’s annual Tripartite competition was held on 8th November at Ashbourne. Wendy went along to represent the club. The competition is between ourselves, Blythe Bridge, Ashbourne and Stoke Camera Clubs and it is a combination of prints and PDIs. In the prints Wendy’s Venetian Gondalas scored a 20 as did Les’ Great Crested Grebe feeding chick in the PDIs.

In alphabetical order the points totals were:

Ashbourne – 239

Blythe Bridge – 261

Stoke – 216


Practical evening 6th November 2017

The sessions that we have planned for the evening are outlined below. There will also be space for informal discussion of whatever is concerning you, photographically of course.

Session 1:

a) Open image critique with George – Bring along images for helpful critique. Images do not need to be mounted.

b) Initial image file processing – Converting images from raw and making initial modifications / corrections.

c) Colour management – Managing your colour options from camera to print. Knowing how to access the colour settings on your camera or bringing the manual will be helpful.


Session 2:

d) Mounting prints and Re-sizing for PDI – Preparing your images for competitions.

e) Image processing, ‘fancy stuff’ – Moving on from the initial raw image file conversion to a variety of digital tips and tricks

f) The Exposure Triangle and depth of Field – Looking at shutter speed, aperture and ISO, how they each contribute to an image’s exposure and depth of field. Also the contribution to Depth of Field made by the lens choice.


Session ‘c’ and ‘f’ might swap over depending on projector options.