Weekly Newsletter 29th March

Hi BPS members,

Monthly competition review and results

Prints (Diagonals) and Digital Images (Open) judged by Chris Bigg. As I mentioned last week this year’s overall best print and best digital image Member of the Year is still wide open and tonight’s results may have changed a few of the top positions.

March Winners

I overheard mixed feelings about our judge’s performance and I’m not sure whether I should express my own feelings but will briefly outline them anyway. He started with good remarks and quite high scores and then became more critical but quite fair but the points awarded dropped across the board, maybe due to the better entries in his opinion were up first?? I liked the fact that he did make clear decisions by awarding only one 20 in each competition and three or four nineteens sharing joint second place, the others making it into his top ten scored 18, this indicates that 25% of our entries received 18 or more. He made a particular of point of telling me how impressed he was with the club’s overall standard of entry. The winning print was from Peter Owen entitled “Babe in the wood” - a worthy winner for sure. This was followed closely by Leigh Ann and Ken Hocking. Leigh Ann had two prints in the top four places receiving 19 points. Well done Leigh Ann, wonderful creative entries. My favourite being “Burnt Out” her other entry was “Unzip your creativity”. Ken Hocking’s “Great Grey Owl” print took joint second place. This was a super shot of which almost jumped off the page. I’m pleased to report yours truly took top position with one of my many hummingbird images which achieved the elusive 20 points. Three scores of 19 shared second place Ken Hocking with two images “Hold on Tight” and “It’s never my turn” (very funny wildlife shot) together with one from me of a Red Kite in flight. There were 6 other awards of 18.

Next week

Ken Hocking starts the evening’s programme with a presentation about a wartime historic Sunderland Flying Boat, the last one that is still around. From when it was built it has had a very checkered history and members should find the talk fascinating something completely different from normal

Peter will be giving a short lecture entitled “How many Megapixels do you need?”. He will give us information about achieving a sharp image and will touch on such things as focus, print size, acutance v. resolution, perceived sharpness and some lens factoids.

Please bring along your AV entry so that it can be loaded ready for next week’s presentation and competition.

Future Meeting Reminders

Last Chance to enter our Annual Folio competition: Members are asked to send Matt a single digital image competition 1400px - 1050px. This should be something interesting, different, humorous or challenging that will be formally judged by competing members. It allows you to experience how it feels to judge images and then select your favourites, all culminating in a club evening on 1st May. Entries to Matt please.

On 10th April we have our AV competition. An Audio-Visual (AV) presentation of images of your choice. It’s a different, often very enjoyable, way of sharing images or experiences. A wide selection of AV shows can be found on the web including https://archive.slideshowclub.com/. Ken Hocking is one of our experts and I believe he will if necessary give information when time permits.

Photographic Opportunities

April 7th 2018: I have ten members so far for a trip to Bristol to take a look around the Wildlife Exhibition at the M Shed. We plan to hold this trip on Saturday April 7th leaving Bridgwater by train at 10.23 and returning either at 15.55 or 16.54 We can take advantage of group special reductions by booking in groups of three for just £6.75 each. Entry to the exhibition is £6 or £5 concessions which includes £1 donation to the Bristol Museum Charity (£5 or £4 without this added). Lunch will be at Za Za’s with the afternoon free for members to have a look around the dock and waterfront area. Please let me know if you are interested. Many members have already put their names forward via FaceBook, for those that don’t use FB please let me know be email s5555@btinternet.com. Link to exhibition https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/wildlife-photographer-of-the-year-2017/

Speedway season has just restarted and I would like to hear from any member who would like to attend, no date fixed yet.



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