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Second Competition of the Year – Print
Our first print competition for a long while was held last evening, 19 October, and was judged by John Tilsley. There were 44 entries, mainly colour and covered a wide range of subjects. John awarded 4 Gold, 3 Silver, 4 Bronze and 4 Commended as follows:
Gold – Christopher Marsham, Christina Burton (2) and Gordon Aspland. Silver – Roy Allwood, Garnett Showell and Clive Figes. Bronze – Roy Allwood, Peter Brooks, Garnett Showell and Clive Figes. Commended – Joanna Humphrey, Gordon Aspland, Christopher Marsham and Roy Allwood.
Multiple Exposure Critique Evening
On our second critique evening of the season on 12th October we saw some really creative and stunning multiple exposure images. Members produced a range of images from 2 or more single shots, created either in-camera or post processing on the computer.
Gordon is hoping that some of the images will make their way to the Creative section of Master Photographer competition next March. So far the idea of Multiple Exposures has generated a lot of interest, so if you haven’t yet given it a go, there’s plenty of time to experiment and create that perfect shot
PDI Challenge Shield 2021
Reported by Alan Boothman
These are the results from the PDI Challenge Shield competition held at Kingsbridge on Thursday evening.
Many thanks to the those of our members who joined on Zoom, leading to around 10 in total.
This was a higher NAPC turnout than on any past Shield competition, but the overall attendance was somewhat below the record of 70 we set when we hosted the highly successful event on Zoom last year.
First Competition of the Year – PDI
Our first competition of the year attracted 51 entries and were judged by Richard Curzon. Good feedback was given on all the entries, enabling members the opportunity to take on board for the future. With the high standard of entries Richard had a tough task, but gave 17 awards – 2 Gold, 3 Silver and 12 Highly Commended.
Next competition will be for Prints on 19 October to be judged by John Tilsley.
Great start to the new season
We started back to the Courtenay Centre and via Zoom on 7 September with a Welcome Evening. Members were entertained by the committee showing a range of their work as slide shows and AVs. These included Carol’s contribution of an A-Z of selected images which included Creative, Kayak, Motor sport, Night time, Ukulele and Zoo. Dave Geeves introduced us to Lithophane, and Pete Browning took us on a tour of his travels worldwide with work. It certainly got us all into the spirit of a great season ahead of us.
Colin Harrison was our speaker on 14th and he introduced us to a real variety of his flower photographs, together with a great insight into acquiring a range of stands for flower photography, freezing flowers and pressing flowers. A few members are already experimenting!
A Macro Critique evening followed on the 21st with a huge number of images contributed. Members contributing the largest number seemed to be those offering the critique – not sure how that works! But I am sure members benefitted from the critique.
In 2018 Newton Abbot Photographic Club was asked if its members would like to be involved in creating a photographic record of the transition of the former St Leonards Church into a Community Hub, incorporating the GWR Museum and Council Offices.
This proved to spark the imagination of the members, with Christina Burton taking over the lead for the project and she recruited a group of members to visit the ‘building’ regularly during renovation to record the progress. The photography was challenging, being in a building site and volunteers having to wear hi-vis jackets, boots and safety helmets. Countless hours of members’ time was spent taking photographs to document the processes and changes taking place.
The Council were delighted with the photographic results, and now have a fantastic photographic record of how the building was transformed, and a small selection of these images were used in an exhibition ‘Through the Lens’ in the community rooms in Newton’s Place from early August to early September.
The launch of the exhibition was attended by NAPC members as well as Councillors and those associated with the whole project. The Mayor, Councillor Michael Joyce, thanked NAPC for their commitment to the project and the outstanding result and made a presentation to NAPC Chairman Chris Brown.
NAPC Chairman Chris Brown and Newton Abbot Mayor, Councillor Michael Joyce, at the launch of the 'Through the Lens' exhibition.
Paul Stevens Salver Competition on 8th March – We Won!
This is the annual competitions between NAPC, Torbay Photographic Club and Paignton Photographic Club. 20 PDI entries were permitted from each club and were judged by Sue O’Connell and Peter Brisley from Bristol. Sue explained that she and Peter each view all the images and award marks – sometimes they agree on a particular image and sometimes not! But on this occasion they agreed totally and commented that the quality of the entries were very high and the awarded marks reflected that.
Halfway through the judging and with a break to draw breath, the results showed Torbay leading with 184 points, NAPC and Paignton with 181 each. It was going to be close! The second half continued and the overall results were declared with NAPC the winners with 357, Paignton second with 355 and Torbay third with 354. It turned out to be the closest competition in a while.
So, well done to Christina, Garnett, David M, Chris M, Keith, Roy, Kirsty, Alan and Gordon for producing the 20 winning entries. Chris Marsham gained maximum 20 points for ‘On the Prowl’ and 19 points were awarded to Christina, David Moore, Gordon, Chris M and Alan.
Two Asplands for the price of none!
Gordon Aspland and his cousin Lee kept us entertained and glued to our screens on Tuesday evening with some different ways of creating Multiple Exposures.
Lee started the evening showing us his creative approach to in-camera Multiple Exposures. He gave us an outline of how he started and progressed with photography into creating Multiple Exposure images. Lee outlined the principles of creating ME images with In-Camera options, being aware that all cameras are different and do not necessarily have the same in-camera options. His results were quite stunning and thought provoking, alerting everyone to the options available to review each exposure, the results of the different ME modes and other creative options. More information and tutorials are available on Lee’s website – www.LeeAspland.com
After the break, Gordon took us through using Photoshop Elements to create MEs, and showed us how to use 5 images to create the finished result.
A number of members were totally hooked! After the meeting Lynn used a few images of trees, flowers and branches and created some brilliant images, which she blended together, and they can be seen on our members Facebook page. And it looks like Kirsty has got the bit between her teeth on MEs as well!
This really successful evening gives us time to plan and produce our own MEs, as that will be one of the subjects in the Master Photographer competition in 2022. Lets get creative!
Gordon’s images follow showing 2 of the 5 images used to produce the final stunning result.
Changes to our programme for March 2021
9th MARCH – Chris Marsham will be showing the Kingswood Salver Competition results, there may be time to critique your work. Deadline for entries to Master Photographer competition.
16th MARCH – Speakers – Keith Choules in the first half will be showing us the wilds of New Zealand, and in the second half Gordon Aspland will show us Medieval and Ancient Italy. Quite a contrast!
23rd MARCH – Master Photographer Competition, judged by Diana Seddon from Lincolnshire.
30th MARCH – Guest Speaker Victoria Hillman who will be showing her work on macro natural history. View her work on her website – www.vikspics.com
5th Competition of the Season Results
This is the last monthly competition of the season and was judged by Peter Hyett ARPS from Exmouth. Members’ entries covered a wide range of styles with the highest number of entries of the season. Fitting that this was the final competition of the season, there were 65 image entries to keep Peter on his toes!
Peter gave excellent critique for all the entries and gave 22 awards overall: 2 Gold, 5 Silver, 8 Bronze and 7 Commended. Gold awards to Garnett Showell and Keith Choules. Silver to Garnett Showell, Heather Davies, Barry Holmes, Roy Allwood and Christina Burton.
NAPC ROCKS – our President’s Evening
Our President’s evening on 9th February will be remembered for a long while, as the evening Alan introduced us to another of his many talents – music. Not just music, but with a theme of Tribute Bands, Alan created a number of AVs with a strong image and music element. Alan talked about his progression with music over the years which contributed to the development and enhancement of his AVs.
A Pink Floyd AV Tribute started the evening with music and images depicting their history. There followed four further AVs entitled The Trio, Quintet, Orchestra and NAPC Rock. The Trio and The Quintet featured Alan’s keyboard playing. The Orchestra was his original “classical” composition, with sound created from audio sampling of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, accompanied visually by creatively manipulated video footage from the internet.
The highlight of the evening though has to be ‘NAPC Rock’. Alan explained how he put this together: “NAPC Rock is an Audio Visual Sequence featuring an NAPC Virtual Rock Band, made using iClone7 animation to a Digital Audio Workstation created soundtrack, with some original composition plus short covers of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Queen.”
So now you know, and you will see from the following image of Alan being creative with his music, that a lot of time went into creating and preparing our own very original NAPC Rock Band. Who can forget the iClones of Alan on Keyboards, Gordon (a spooky realistic likeness) on guitar, Chris Brown on bass guitar, and Chris Marsham on drums, their variety of music put together by Alan culminating with Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Magic!
At the end of the presentation Kirsty was heard to say “I won’t be able to look at the 4 in the same way ever again!” We all agreed and want to know when the NAPC Rock band will be appearing next.
We also saw some of our members’ own AVs – Garnett’s very muddy rugby women, Chris Rose’s many ‘action man’ adventures, Keith’s tour of Corsica and Sardinia, Sheridan’s loud ‘SHOUT’ (courtesy of Lulu) featuring the Newton Abbot town criers/bell ringers, and ending with Garnett’s Colour Rush which was full of great facial expressions and of course colour.
A huge thank you to Alan for the tremendous amount of work that clearly went in to making this a memorable evening, all summed up by Chris Brown: “We enjoyed the annual President’s Evening in which Alan impressed us with his extensive AV and music production skills, including the introduction of a new band, “NAPC Rock”. Then we saw some examples of AVs produced by members of Alan’s AV Group, showing the results of Alan’s careful and generous tutoring. If you weren’t there, you missed a treat. Congratulations Alan on an evening of great entertainment.”
DPIC RESULTS 2021 reported by Alan Boothman
A very welcome result at DPIC this morning. Due to a consistent performance and the extra 13s from Garnett’s “Muddy Feet” and Chris’s “Suckling her Cubs” we came in the top ten of the 58 entries. This is a move up from the bottom half last year, and hopefully heralds the signs of competitive recovery for Newton Abbot Photographic Club.
The full results are shown on the attached, and it shows a healthy position relative to other photographic clubs in the South West.
4th Competition of the Season Results
The competition on 26th January was judged by Ken Holland from Teignmouth. There were 59 entries ranging from wildlife, landscape, portraits, people, street photography, horse racing and much more. The standard was high and with the challenge of giving awards to only a third of the entries, give or take, Ken was kept busy.
The awards were as follows: 4 Gold, 4 Silver, 6 Bronze and 7 Highly Commended. The Gold and Silver images follow:
A Great Start to the New Year!
Three excellent speakers started the return to zoom meetings in January. First on 5th was David Clapp, then on 12th Sue Brown, and on the 19th Tony Worobiec.
David Clapp is well known to us and is an established Travel and Landscape photographer, frequently contributing to magazines. He showed us a wide range of his recent photography, talked about the venues and settings and some interesting ways of looking at photos. He also introduced plenty of hints and tips, bringing in some stories along the way all in his own inimitable style. Check out David’s work on his website www.davidclapp.co.uk
Sue Brown made a welcome return to NAPC with her talk “Photography with Passion”. Her talk started in London with architecture, moving on to Devon with a spectacular selection of long exposure shots of the sea and beaches. Sue’s trip to Australia produced some stunning images even though the weather did not quite play ball. We also saw the images making up Sue’s successful panel “The Fences” for her RPS accreditation. After the break we saw more landscapes, beaches, rocks, fossils and sand patterns. Sue’s work can be seen on her website www.susanbrownphotography.co.uk
Tony Worobiec is a professional photographer who has published many books. His talk was based on his book “The Water’s Edge” and featured images from a variety of settings and places around the UK, but always on the coast. So plenty of amazing images of the sea, sand, rock formations, shorelines, lighthouses, piers and beach huts, together with lots of information about how to get to his chosen venues and the ideal time to achieve the best shots. View Tony’s work at www.tonyworobiec.
Triptych and Christmas Social
The last meeting before the Christmas break is traditionally when the club has a Christmas social and a Triptych competition, where the members grade all the entries. For a Triptych entry, members prepare a single digital file with 3 images on a common theme, seeing how creative they can be with the layout.
Usually we use Alan’s Photo Club Scorer so we have an instant result, but this time the images were critiqued, and everyone had the chance to contribute. It worked well with the members enjoying a glass of wine and a mince pie in their own homes during the proceedings.
A very sociable evening was had by all with members looking forward to 2021, and hoping it will be better than 2020!
3rd Club Competition of the season
Our 3rd competition held in December was judged via Zoom by Brian Galbraith from Wadebridge. The 50+ entries offered a wide variety of images to challenge Brian, but he gave some excellent critique on each and every one! After consideration, Brian gave 20 awards in the Gold, Silver, Bronze and Highly Commended categories.
The Gold awards went to Kirsty, Carol and Garnett and Silver awards to Christina (2 images), Dave G, Carol, Chris M and Roy.
The quality of the competition entries this season has been high, so it will be interesting to see how far the members raise the bar for the next competition in January.
Printed late November 2020 in the Mid Devon Advertiser
THE LOCATIONS GROUP is particularly active, generally taking a trip out once a month, but this has been hindered with the virus restrictions. But so far this year members have visited Exeter Quay and Dawlish Warren.
The Exeter Quay visit was early evening to get some twilight photos along the river and quay, with members having some discussion with one another about settings to help to achieve a good photo in the ever changing light.
The visit to Dawlish Warren was early morning to photograph the sunrise. It has to be said that the sunrise was extremely poor, in fact it had gone into hiding! A few people went for a walk along the warren with their dogs while others tried their hand at shots of the beach huts, and other buildings, seeing how creative they could be. And they were very creative! One of the members, Christina commented: “The light was challenging and I had to do a little post processing work to achieve the right colour balance, but I enjoyed it even though we didn’t get to see the sun rise!”
Newton Abbot Rugby Club invited the club to attend a Womens Tag Rugby event and photograph the action, with teams from other local clubs competing against the host club. A group of members went along and got to grips with the tag rules and how to get the best action shots. The members spread themselves out so they were not all taking shots of the same group of players, and had a great afternoon and would love to go again.
Events at NAPC October 2020
THE PDI CHALLENGE SHIELD 2020 is the annual ‘Battle’ between NAPC, Plymouth, Kingsbridge and Ivybridge clubs and this year it produced some outstanding images with a huge Zoom audience of 70+ photographers! Each club submitted 20 images and they were judged by a team of one member from each club. It has to be said that the organisation of the evening was superb, with NAPC’s President, Alan Boothman, taking charge of displaying the images and coping with the judges marks, all projected via Zoom. The overall scores for each club were close, and the winner was Plymouth with 205 points, NAPC a close second with 203, Kingsbridge 197 and Ivybridge 181.
NAPC Club Chairman, Chris Brown, summed up: “It was an excellent evening even if we were pipped at the post! The Zoom screen shot looks good and represents the enjoyment of the event which was mainly down to the quality of the photographs, but also the way that Alan ran the event.” So will this event be able to better the attendance number next year? Time will tell.
The highest scoring images across the 80 entries were the following:
MEMBERS TRAVELS. Club members are known for their travels around the UK and worldwide and some of them presented a range of their wonderful photographs from some stunning locations at one of the Zoom meetings. No way could these be thought of as simply ‘holiday snaps’, and the presenters gave a huge amount of background to where the shots were taken and some of the history of the area.
David Moore explained: ‘My job took me to Shetland many times over 25 years and during my time off I was able to enjoy some of the wonderful scenery and wildlife on the island.’
- Photo 15 This shot was taken from the cliffs near The Sumburgh Hotel at the extreme south end of the island. The hill in the distance is Fitful Head 920’ high. It has nesting Great Skuas and the island of Foula can be seen from the top.
- Photo 17 Sumburgh Head at sunrise. On the cliff top is the lighthouse and visitors centre. Puffins nest there from April till July. There are also many Guillemots, Razorbills, Fulmars, Gannets and Twites are present at the top. Fair Isle can be seen from the end.
- Photo 24 Grutness beach at sunset right by Sumburgh airport. Boats leave here for Fair Isle.
- Photo 34 A group of Puffins at Sumburgh Head. Unfortunately their numbers have declined along with their food, the sand eels. Other seabird numbers have also declined.
Lynn Buckley presented a series of short Audio Visuals from The Azores and set the scene: ‘All the photographs were taken on the island of São Miguel in the Azores. The Azores is a secret gem in the mid-Atlantic, untouched by mass-tourism. Visiting was like an opportunity to witness a little bit of creation – from the bubbling geothermal mud pools, to the stunningly beautiful crater lakes and natural scenery. As we arrived at the start of a major festival, we were also privileged to share in some of the rich traditions and culture of the people.’
- ‘The Monte Palace’ is an abandoned hotel. It opened in 1989 and closed within about 18 months. It failed because although the view from its balconies is stunning, low cloud means you can’t see it for 200 days of the year!
- ‘The Procession’ is part of the festival of Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres (Lord Holy Christ of Miracles) in the capital Ponta Delgada. It is the largest religious event in the Azores.
- ‘The Lakes’ picture is the view over the massive volcanic crater lake at the nearby Sete Cidades.
- ‘The Lava Tubes’ are part of an extensive underground cave system formed by the cooled outer skin of a lava flow many years ago.
- ‘The Street Scene’ is part of the festival in Ponta Delgado.
THE SECOND COMPETITION OF THE YEAR was judged by Ann Owens via Zoom. The standard of entries was particularly high and Ann apologised to the entrants that she could not give an award to everyone! Ann made constructive comments for each of the 40+ entries which gave all those participating time to consider how they could apply the comments to their own photos. In all there were 3 Gold awards, 3 Silver, 3 Bronze and 6 Highly Commended. See the Gold and Silver awards below:
LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER KEN HOLLAND entertained us with his talk ‘To Boldly Go: Adventures with my Camera’ in difficult, dangerous, prohibited and unusual locations.
Ken showed a variety of photographs from his adventures – a visit to a relatively unknown part of India for a wedding, a collection of street photographs, and visits to some dangerous places. The visit to India was for Ken’s son’s wedding in Assam and the presentation included some of the most colourful images that India is famous for. The street photographs were accompanied by a range of hints and tips for the members to consider when they are out and about with their cameras – all very relevant and useful. The final section was about ‘dangerous places’ and some of the photographs did make the members wonder how on earth Ken managed to photograph them! The club is looking forward to Ken returning in late January to judge a club competition.
Events at NAPC September 2020
The club season came to an abrupt early end last March due to Corona virus and lockdown, but members were determined to continue with their photography and so a whole range of images were shared on social media over the summer, so we could all catch up with one another. It became a case of how creative could you be photographing flowers, insects and the whole manner of things that could be found in your garden, and in the sky.
The new season started on 1st September and for the safety of all members we got to grips with using Zoom, and so Tuesday evenings will be Zoom sessions for the rest of the season. Members contributed a creative selection of their images for a slide show presentation for all to see.
THE CLUB WELCOMED GUEST SPEAKER John Perriam for the second meeting, whose talk ‘Mostly Creative, Mostly Fun’ captured the imagination. So much so that one member, Kirsty, got to work afterwards and circulated one of her experimental images to everyone. As Gordon, the programme organiser said ‘It’s amazing what can be achieved with some imagination’. And Kirsty replied: ‘After John’s talk, liking the look of some of his examples, I thought I would have a go with an image of Rhododendrums. I could get interested in this and am already thinking of some of my other images that would be suitable’
FOR THE FIRST COMPETITION OF THE YEAR the club welcomed back David Clapp to judge the entries. David commented on each of the entries offering positive feedback, and giving some a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended award. With a wide range of entries, deciding which images should receive an award could have been a challenging task, but it did not phase David in the least and he awarded 1 Gold, 5 Silver, 4 Bronze and 9 Highly Commended.
The top awards were as follows:
THE CRITIQUE EVENING the following week gave members the chance to submit some images that they needed a bit of help with. Even if members didn’t submit any images, there is always something in the critique of others that can be related to their own photography. Gordon Aspland organised the evening and commented: “This first critique evening went very well with 60 pictures being displayed for critique, some straightforward landscapes and some rather creative stuff ! Thanks for all those who gave us work to look at. It is a good chance to show ‘work in progress‘ and get some tips from the more experienced workers.”
For the last 18 months or so, a group of Newton Abbot Photographic Club members have been photographing the progress of the conversion of the former St Leonard’s Church, to create an accessible community space celebrating heritage, the town and its people. The work of the NAPC members will create a lasting record of the transition of the building, which is planned to open its doors sometime later this year. It is anticipated that Newtons Place will house community facilities, exhibitions and the relocation of the Town and GWR Museum from Devon Square, as well as office space.
Newton Abbot Photographic Club members were delighted to see that some of their images were used on the Mayor’s recent Christmas card.
The Christmas Social was the last evening before the break and proved to be a fun, sociable evening and included a Triptych competition. Members brought along a panel of 3 related images and the entries were judged by the members, using an electronic programme from their phones, created by the club President Alan Boothman.
The winner of the competition was Vice Chairman Chris Marsham with a stunning Triptych of Arctic Terns, and his prize was to critique all the entries! It could have been seen that he drew the short straw here, but Chris entered into the spirit of the occasion giving constructive critique to all. Joint second place went to Chairman Chris Brown with a theme of Railways, and Heather Davies with a theme of White Water Fun.
Awards for Round 2 Print Competition – 22 October 2019
Judge – Ian Bateman
Gold images by Christina, Colin and Mike
Remember, Remember the 5th of November
Don’t miss Tuesday evenings 22nd and 29th October 2019
Tuesday 22nd – Print competition – judge Ian Bateman
Tuesday 29th – change to programme in handbook – will now be External Competition Entries
In the first half of the evening we will collectively choose the prints
for the first print battle, selected from the prints on 22nd October.
In the second half we will look at the selections for the
DPI Challenge Shield and how they were chosen.
NAPC wins the annual DPI Challenge Shield!
We had an excellent result on Tuesday 8th October at Ivybridge, when, for the fourth year in succession,
we won the annual PDI Challenge Shield competition with 439 points against Plymouth (434), Ivybridge (409), and Kingsbridge (407).
The highest scoring image of the competition was Storm Imogen at Pendeen Cornwall by David Moore.
Changes to Tuesday evening Programme
The following dates and detail replace what is printed in the Handbook
Designing your own Website – Kirsteen, Gareth, Colin and Dave Geeves have volunteered to take us through their websites, highlighting the issues you need to consider when planning and designing a website, current trends, and helping you choose the right components to make an attractive and interesting site to meet your needs.
In the first half of the evening we will collectively choose the prints for the first print battle, collected from the previous week. In the second half we will look at the selections for the DPI Challenge Shield and how they were chosen.
In the first half – Post Processing – suggestions or topics welcome. In the second half Barry Holmes will cover Focus Stacking.
Projected Digital Image Competition
September 2019 Open Results
Judged by Nigel West