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Thursday 23rd January - Talk and Open Question Session

 

Chris gave a talk and showed various images on the theme of 'framed', the subject for the next competition.

 

There was then a very helpful 'open question' session. 

 

Thursday 9th January 2020 - 'Red' Competition and Open Competition

 

1st: Six by Paul Bradley 1st: Six by Paul Bradley

The theme 'Red' was the subject for the first part of the evening, and this was a 'self scoring' competition. 

Each member ( we actually only had 12 of us there last evening due to sickness and holidays!) had their own score sheet and marked as Paul made “helpful” suggestions as to what we should think about for each image.

 At the end we ran through the photos again and each member chose their 1st   2nd  and 3rd places.

 Paul & Sue then totalled up the numbers of 1st, 2nd and thirds ( 10 points for a 1st, 7 points for a 2nd and 5 points for a 3rd) and came up with an overall result.

1st was Paul Bradley scoring 57 points with 'Six' , followed by Trevor Hooley with 52 points for his 'Red Poppy'. In third place was Paul Lucas with 36 points for 'Extinction Rebellion'. 

1st: Six by Paul Bradley

 

 

2nd: Red Poppy by Trevor Hooley2nd: Red Poppy by Trevor Hooley 3rd: Extinction Rebellion by Paul Lucas3rd: Extinction Rebellion by Paul Lucas
2nd: Red Poppy by Trevor Hooley 3rd: Extinction Rebellion by Paul Lucas

 

 

1st: Curiosity by Paul Lucas1st: Curiosity by Paul Lucas

The second half of the evening was the open competition with the same scoring system. 

In 1st place was Paul Lucas with Curiosity scoring 57 points. In second place was Paul Bradley with Jet Ski 56 points and in 3rd place was Suzanne Chapman with Soft Reflections scoring 53 points. 

1st: Curiosity by Paul Lucas

 
2nd: Jet Ski by Paul Bradley2nd: Jet Ski by Paul Bradley 3rd: Soft Reflections by Suzanne Chapman3rd: Soft Reflections by Suzanne Chapman
2nd: Jet Ski by Paul Bradley 3rd: Soft Reflections by Suzanne Chapman

 

 

 

Thursday 12th December 2019

Christmas MealChristmas Meal The Niton and District Camera Club members enjoyed their annual Christmas get-together at The White Horse at Whitwell. 

 

Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival 

Christmas TreeChristmas Tree Niton and District Camera Club is represented once more at the Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival. 
   

Thursday 21st November 2019 - Autumn Cup

Last Post by Mike Cooper Last Post by Mike Cooper

We welcomed Roger Smith to officiate for the first time at Niton and District Camera Club. He remarked on the difficulty of judging an open competition with so many different genres.

With his wealth of experience he gave us plenty to think about in his critique of our images.  

A number of images were held back with four of the placed images being awarded the full marks of 20/20. 

In first place was Last Post by Mike Cooper. In second place was Fastnet TV by Chris Cornford and in joint 3rd place was End of the Day by Paul Bradley and Robin Hill by Shani Watts.  

Scoring 19/20 and placed 4th in the competition was Shadows on the Beach by Don Brame. 

Last Post by Mike Cooper 

 
Fastnet TV by Chris CornfordFastnet TV by Chris Cornford End of the Day by Paul BradleyEnd of the Day by Paul Bradley   Robin Hill by Shani WattsRobin Hill by Shani Watts
2nd: Fastnet TV by Chris Cornford    Joint 3rd: End of the Day by Paul Bradley   Joint 3rd: Robin Hill by Shani Watts    


Shadows on the Beach by Don BrameShadows on the Beach by Don Brame

 
4th: Shadows on the Beach by Don Brame  

 

Thursday 7th November 2019 - Photoscape Challenge

Members submitted photos they had processed using Photoscape.

Processed by Ted DyerProcessed by Ted Dyer Processed by Mike CooperProcessed by Mike Cooper Processed by Patricia LockwoodProcessed by Patricia Lockwood
Processed by Sue BrameProcessed by Sue Brame Processed by Steve NewberryProcessed by Steve Newberry Processed by Paul LucasProcessed by Paul Lucas
Processed by Ed WadeyProcessed by Ed Wadey Processed by Shani WattsProcessed by Shani Watts Processed by Don BrameProcessed by Don Brame
Processed by Steve NewberryProcessed by Steve Newberry Processed by Ted DyerProcessed by Ted Dyer Processed by Sue BrameProcessed by Sue Brame
     

 

Thursday 24th October 2019 - Pot Luck and Open Competition 

The following images all scored 20/20 in the Pot Luck Competition

 

Yellow Lines by Alan WarrenYellow Lines by Alan Warren Peacock by Shani WattsPeacock by Shani Watts R is for Reflection by Steve NewberryR is for Reflection by Steve Newberry
Yellow Lines by Alan Warren Peacock by Shani Watts

R is for Reflection by Steve Newberry

 

The following images all scored the maxim 20/20 in the Open Competition

End of the Day by Paul BradleyEnd of the Day by Paul Bradley Long Road Home by Barbara CloseLong Road Home by Barbara Close Shadows on the Beach by Don BrameShadows on the Beach by Don Brame
End of the Day by Paul Bradley Long Road Home by Barbara Close Shadows on the Beach by Don Brame

 

Thursday 10th October 2019

Chris gave a talk on a free software package called Photoscape and as a Club we are asking members to download and use this as a standard software for educational talks and to enable the Club to provide help with any learning from in effect a Standard package.

There are certainly plenty of options within the programme from Framing to a large assortment of special effects and filters as well as the basic adjustment tools plus cloning and dodging and burning tools.

Chris also provided some guidance on one or two adjustments in Lightroom following questions from the members.

The Photoscape software challenge is being set by Chris for the November meeting whereby he will send via Sue TWO  images for us all to play with and we have to bring along the results in the form of the two amended images.

 

Thursday 26th September 2019 - Mono and Open Competition - self judged

The first Competition night of the season drew a healthy entry in both Open and Mono. It was especially pleasing to see work from some of our newer members.

 
Gunwharf 3 by Paul LucasGunwharf 3 by Paul Lucas End of the Pier by Paul BradleyEnd of the Pier by Paul Bradley
1st place: Gunwharf 3 by Paul Lucas 2nd place: End of the Pier by Paul Bradley
 On Your Bike by Chris CornfordOn Your Bike by Chris Cornford  

On Your Bike by Chris Cornford

 
The Open competition was judged by Paul but not marked. This was left to individuals with the scores processed at the end by Sue and Chris.  This was very labour intensive and in hindsight a bit ambitious for our overworked and stressed new projection team.
 
Actual Leader by Mike CooperActual Leader by Mike Cooper Handstand by Richard WebbHandstand by Richard Webb
1st place: Actual Leader by Mike Cooper 2nd place: Handstand by Richard Webb

Into the Sun by Sue BrameInto the Sun by Sue Brame
3rd place: Into the Sun by Sue Brame

For the second half, members formed small groups and marked the images collectively after Paul's comments.

 
At the end of the evening it was very interesting to compare the spread of the marks awarded. As a group the monos had a very tight middle range mark with hardly any very low or high marks - democracy in action perhaps! However the Open competition had scores across the range. Some images even had scores awarded from 6.5 to 10! This confirms that the individual scoring opinion of a judge is unlikely to satisfy everyone!
 
Well done again to Chris & Sue who are probably in darkened rooms recovering as I write this.
 

 

Thursday 19th September 2019 - Railway Outing

On Thursday September 19th eleven members of the club and friends (and Boris) travelled over to the start of the Mid Hants Watercress Line Railway in Hampshire. We had a great day travelling at our own pace visiting Alresford, Ropley and Medstead - the stops along the way. It was chilly for the early start but it soon warmed up and was sunny, which is unusual for a Niton Camera Club trip.

Many thanks to Paul and especially to Chris who again provided the transport and drove us there and back.

Image by Shani WattsImage by Shani Watts Image by Shani WattsImage by Shani Watts Image by Shani WattsImage by Shani Watts
Image by Shani Watts Image by Shani Watts Image by Shani Watts
 Red Levers by Paul Lucas Red Levers by Paul Lucas Boris Norma and Paul by Liz MillerBoris Norma and Paul by Liz Miller  Harry Potter Bridge by Liz MillerHarry Potter Bridge by Liz Miller 
 Red Levers by Paul Lucas  Boris Norma and Paul by Liz Miller  Harry Potter Bridge by Liz Miller
 Shunt West Lever by Paul LucasShunt West Lever by Paul Lucas  Paul by Liz MillerPaul by Liz Miller Damn Photographers by Liz MillerDamn Photographers by Liz Miller 
 Shunt West Lever by Paul Lucas  Paul by Liz Miller  Damn Photographers by Liz Miller
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Thursday 12th September 2019 - 1st Meeting

Several visitors and new members were welcomed to the club on the first meeting of the new season.

The first half of the evening was spent looking at images from our members taken over the summer - see samples below. Each member was invited to talk about their images if they wished, and everyone was able to ask questions or comment. 

Following a tea break, we then looked through the images which had been submitted to the PAGB for the GB Cup from clubs around the country.

 

Liverpool by Shani WattsLiverpool by Shani Watts Steephill Cove by Malcolm YoungSteephill Cove by Malcolm Young

Liverpool by Shani Watts

 

Steephill Cove by Malcolm Young

 

Ullswater by Loretta DyerUllswater by Loretta Dyer Arundel by Trevor HooleyArundel by Trevor Hooley
Ullswater by Loretta Dyer Arundel by Trevor Hooley

 

 

Thursday 11th July 2019 - Visit to Lacock

Niton and District CC members visit LacockNiton and District CC members visit Lacock

A very enjoyable day was had by all members who joined the trip to Lacock. Our thanks go to Paul Bradley for organising and Chris Cornford for driving us safely there and back in his Primedrive minibus.

Below are a few images that feature club members from the day.

 

Image by Shani WattsImage by Shani Watts Image by Shani WattsImage by Shani Watts

Image by Shani Watts

 

Image by Shani Watts

 

Image by Shani WattsImage by Shani Watts Image by Paul BradleyImage by Paul Bradley

Image by Shani Watts

 

Image by Paul Bradley

 

Image by Barbara CloseImage by Barbara Close Image by Barbara CloseImage by Barbara Close

Image by Barbara Close

 

Image by Barbara Close

 

Image by Barbara CloseImage by Barbara Close  Image by Liz MillerImage by Liz Miller

Image by Barbara Close

 Image by Liz Miller
 Image by Liz MillerImage by Liz Miller      Image by Liz MillerImage by Liz Miller

 Image by Liz Miller

 

     Image by Liz Miller

 

 Image by Liz MillerImage by Liz Miller Image by Liz MillerImage by Liz Miller     

 Image by Liz Miller

 

     Image by Liz Miller

 

 Image by Liz MillerImage by Liz Miller Image by Liz MillerImage by Liz Miller     

 Image by Liz Miller

 

     Image by Liz Miller

 

 Image by Liz MillerImage by Liz Miller Image by Liz MillerImage by Liz Miller     

 Image by Liz Miller

 

     Image by Liz Miller

 

 Bide Packhorse Bridge by Alan WarrenBide Packhorse Bridge by Alan Warren The Abbey - Lacock by Alan WarrenThe Abbey - Lacock by Alan Warren     

 Bide Packhorse Bridge by Alan Warren

 

     The Abbey - Lacock by Alan Warren

 

 Tithe Barn by Alan WarrenTithe Barn by Alan Warren      The exhibition at LacockThe exhibition at Lacock

 Tithe Barn by Alan Warren

 

     

 

Saturday 6th July 2019

Prints from members of the club were on display in an exhibition as part of Niton Village Day.

Exhibition by Niton Camera Club. Image by Shani WattsExhibition by Niton Camera Club. Image by Shani Watts

Image by Shani Watts

 

Thursday 20th June 2019 - Mottistone Gardens Visit

 Members were treated to an out of hours visit to Mottistone Gardens followed by a meal at The Wight Mouse. 

 

Thursday 25th April 2019 - Chairman's Shield and Image Exchange

The Chairman's Shield occupied the first half of the evening with our Chairman Paul Bradley officiating. This year the format changed and the competition comprised of two parts, a montage of 6 photos and an open competition. The ultimate winner was chosen by Paul between the winning image from each part. 

Barbara Close won the montage competition with 'People Out and About' scoring 10/10. Sue Brame came a close second with 9.5/10 for her Golden Moments. 

People Out and About by Barbara ClosePeople Out and About by Barbara Close

Golden Moments by Sue BrameGolden Moments by Sue Brame

1st: People Out and About by Barbara Close    2nd: Golden Moments by Sue Brame

Liz Miller took both first and second places in the open part of the competition with Morning Tern taking first place and scoring 10/10 and Misty Sunrise. 

Morning Tern by Liz MillerMorning Tern by Liz Miller

 

  

Misty Sunrise by Liz MillerMisty Sunrise by Liz Miller

1st and overall winner: Morning Tern by Liz Miller      2nd: Misty Sunrise by Liz Miller

Liz Miller was the ultimate winner of the Chairman's Shield with her Morning Tern. 

During the latter half of the evening we watched a video display of Jim Pascoe judging the Niton CC photos that were shown to the Highcliffe and Infinity Club. There was one photo from each club member. The photo chosen for each member had been the highest scoring one this year for them at the date of selection. Jim gave a great informative critique, and chose 'O is for Orange' as the winning image by Malcolm Young.  

O is for Orange by Malcolm YoungO is for Orange by Malcolm Young
1st: O is for Orange by Malcolm Young

 

Thursday 11th April 2019

Members enjoyed and reviewed images from the Highcliffe & Infinity Club. Some varied and original work prompted much discussion with a top three eventually selected. This was part of our annual Image Exchange. The review of our images by H&I will be shared at a later date.

In the Interval Sue organised the draw for next years "Pot Luck" competition. We were all relieved that X, Y and Z had been removed!

Chris Cornford then mentored an excellent session on improving images. Members brought examples of images that they felt could be improved and with one exception ( it was generally agreed that this was beyond help!!) Chris demonstrated plenty of techniques to lift, crop and generally resurrect ones images. Well done Chris and thanks again.

 

Thursday 28th March 2019 - AGM and Tucker Cup

 20-25 members came along to the Annual General Meeting. The minutes will be distributed to club members detailing the discussion and decisions made. 

The committee remains unchanged other than Malcolm standing down as Competition Secretary, and Chris Cornford and Sue Brame stepping up to fulfil the role. 

Thanks were expressed for all the hard work that Malcolm has put in over many years. The fact that two people are required to replace Malcolm is testament to the scope of his role in keeping the competitions running smoothly. Thank you Malcolm! 

 

Stripes by Malcolm YoungStripes by Malcolm Young

Following tea break, the Tucker Cup was contested. This is a knockout challenge with voting by raise of hands to decide on the worthy winner of the most unusual image.

The eventual winner was Malcolm Young with Stripes. The other close contenders were Parkhurst Forest and C eiling, both by Paul Bradley.

Paul Bradley presenting the Tucker Cup to Malcolm Young Paul Bradley presenting the Tucker Cup to Malcolm Young

Stripes by Malcolm Young

 Paul Bradley presenting the Tucker Cup to Malcolm Young

 

Parkhurst Forest by Paul BradleyParkhurst Forest by Paul Bradley C eiling by Paul BradleyC eiling by Paul Bradley
 Parkhurst Forest by Paul Bradley  C eiling by Paul Bradley

 

Thursday 14th March 2019  - Spring Cup

1st: Round the Island Race by Chris Cornford1st: Round the Island Race by Chris Cornford

 

1st: Round the Island Race by Chris Cornford

Competition was fierce for this annual club competition with nine entries scoring 10/10 and seven scoring 9.5/10. Thanks to Alan Mills for officiating and congratulations to those placed; Chris Cornford who took first place with Round the Island Race, Sue Brame in second place with Beach Body and Mark Erwin in third place with Beach Figures. 

 

 2nd: Beach Body by Sue Brame2nd: Beach Body by Sue Brame

 3rd: Beach Figures by Mark Erwin3rd: Beach Figures by Mark Erwin
 2nd: Beach Body by Sue Brame  3rd: Beach Figures by Mark Erwin

 

Wednesday 6th March 2019 - Panel of 5 Competition (Island clubs)

Natural Abstracts by Niton and district Camera ClubNatural Abstracts by Niton and district Camera Club

Judge Peter Rocchiccioli officiated in this inter-island club competition hosted by Sandown and Shanklin District Camera Club. Five clubs participated and Niton did not enter the print section which was won by the Isle of Wight Photographic Society. 

 The projected digital entry by Niton (shown above) came joint 4th with Focus Ryde Imaging Group. 

Club 

Theme    Score     
Sandown Shanklin DCC    Time Travellers     55
Isle of Wight Photographic Society          Light on Wight     53.5
Wight Balance Photography Plus         Wings 52
Niton and District CC     Natural Abstracts     49.5
Focus Ryde Imaging Group     I Have My Eyes on You       49.5

 

Decaying Leaf by Betty WarrenDecaying Leaf by Betty Warren   Moody Blues by Sue BrameMoody Blues by Sue Brame 
 Decaying Leaf by Betty Warren    Moody Blues by Sue Brame
     
 Metropolis by Paul LucasMetropolis by Paul Lucas   Scribbles by Sue BrameScribbles by Sue Brame 
 Metropolis by Paul Lucas    Scribbles by Sue Brame
     
 Scalloped Flower by Paul Bradley Scalloped Flower by Paul Bradley    
 Scalloped Flower by Paul Bradley     
     

 

Thursday 28th February 2019 - Visit to Shipwreck Museum

Photo by Paul BradleyPhoto by Paul Bradley

About 15 members and guests attended a private access to this wonderful Museum at Arreton. Many thanks to Jacqui for arranging it with Malcolm.

We were delighted that Malcolm and Liz joined us briefly and hope they are better soon. The visit was finished off in the Dairymans Daughter where there was ample fare - not least the Moby Dick sized fish.

 

Photo by Paul Bradley	Photo by Paul Bradley

 

Photo by Paul Bradley	Photo by Paul Bradley

 

Thursday 7th February 2019 - Valentines Theme and Open

Nick Henry came along and judged for the club commenting on the innovation showed by members on the Valentines theme. Liz Miller won the open theme with Steamy and Sue Brame the Valentines theme with Joined Forever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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