Possible changes to the internal club competitions for September 2019

Concern has been raised about the relatively low total number of entries ( as opposed to the number of images not previously been entered ) in one of the competition rounds this season. This, along with some other factors, led to some discussion amongst committee members about the internal club competitions. Some of this was then shared with members at the AGM. Some of the possible options, but not the reasoning, are given later in this post. We need members to discuss this during the coming…

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2018 MCPF Photofolio Exhibition

 The following Club Members images were accepted into the 2018 MCPF Photofolio Exhibition. :- Paul Way – Colour Print:  Grebe With Chick 14 points David Slade –  Mono Print: Brighton Pier 13points George Robinson – Colour Print: Misty Appearance 14 points Alastair Gorton – Colour Print: Stonechat 13 points Richard Bryant – Open PDI: Mating Frogs 12 points Jim Stupples – Open PDI:  Alone with a Friend 11 points                       Colour Print:  Morning Prayers 13 points Irene Stupples – Mono Print: Companions 12 points Colour…

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Print of the year competition – April 2018


The judge this year was Ralph Duckett MPAGB APAGB EFIAP who, as ever, gave an informative and interesting commentary on each image.   Intermediate 1st Bella Ian Smith 2nd Stonechat Alastair Gorton 3rd Mayan Indian guide Ian Smith Highly commended Heacham Groynes Alastair Gorton Highly commended I have seen my future Erin Smallbone Commended Orange Jellyfish, open ocean Steve Copeland Commended Grey Heron Alastair Gorton   Advanced 1st Calm sea Irene Stupples 2nd Private eye Jim Stupples 3rd A rose and two bottles Wendy Irwin…

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Open print competition March 2018


After the ‘Beast from the East’ postponed the March Open Competition, the rearranged event has now happened. The judge was Peter Clark FRPS, EFIAP/p, APSA, MPSA. Peter’s comments and general advice are always worth listening to. His long list of awards is based on knowing how to get quality images across a broad variety of media. The Intermediate competition was won by a member who is in their first year of entering competitions. He has rolled with the punches of judges and come through the…

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Staffordshire Photographic Clubs Print competition 2018

The following prints were selected to represent our Club in the Staffordshire Photographic Clubs Print competition. This was held at Lea Hall Sports and Social Club on 11th April 2018. Two Bottles and a Rose – Wendy Irwin A Quiet Day at Clara’s – Wendy Irwin Mountain Hare – Les Beardmore Great Crested Grebe with Young – Les Beardmore Mountain Hare in Snow – Les Beardmore Eastbourne Pier at Sunrise – David Slade Sakrisoy – Irene Stupples Loch Ewe – Irene Stupples Misty Appearance –…

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People – Portrait competition 16th April 2018


The judge for this year’s People / Portrait competition was John Cartlidge EFIAP/p BPE5 APAGB. We therefore knew that we would be in for an amusing, informative and enriching evening. His on-point critique and side comments did not disappoint. I did find the number of entries disappointing, only 39 in total. Blists Hill was the most popular outdoor location for entries. The Village Hall was the most popular indoor location, courtesy of the studio evening a few months ago. In the final ‘face off’ between…

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Cheadle CATS


The Cheadle CATS day has an introductory post earlier in this blog section. I decided to try a system for automatically creating cut-out masks, the Hensel Freemask system. I’ve used it before for head and shoulder and product photos but not for full length. Also it is expected to be used with stationary subject matter and with the camera fixed on a tripod. Neither of these would be so today. Basically the radio trigger first sets off the lighting that is on the subject and…

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Studio style practical evening February 2018


The studio style Practical evening was, as ever, a bit of a frantic blur for me. From the moment Alan picked me up to the final unloading of the equipment back at home, everything was just ‘go’. The two setups were, intentionally quite different. Classical head and shoulders portrait and blown white full length. For the portrait setup a Hensel ExpertD 500 was fitted with a white Hensel beauty dish ( ACW ). This was on a Manfrotto boom stand to enable it to be…

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