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Thursday 22nd November 2018 - Autumn Shield

 

There was a change of format for the Autumn Shield this year as unfortunately the judge was unable to attend. Instead, the members present marked the images and these were accumulated. 1st place was given to Chris Cornford with his picture of butterflies on grapes, Liz Miller was a close runner up with her hiding squirrel. Mike Cooper was third with his Misty Morning over the Needles . 

 

Drunk in Charge by Chris CornfordDrunk in Charge by Chris Cornford Camouflaged by Liz MillerCamouflaged by Liz Miller

1st - Drunk in Charge by Chris Cornford

 

2nd - Camouflaged by Liz Miller

 

Misty Morning by Mike CooperMisty Morning by Mike Cooper  
3rd - Misty Morning by Mike Cooper  

 

 

Thursday 25th October 2018 - Pot Luck

Because of ferry issues we had an additional look at more of the GB cup entries from last year. Jon Mitchell then mentored and judged the Pot Luck letter and open entries from  members. As usual there was a wide range of excellent images and some excellent interpretation of the Pot Luck Letter.

 O is for Orange Stages by Malcolm YoungO is for Orange Stages by Malcolm Young

Milky Way at Freshwater by Chris CornfordMilky Way at Freshwater by Chris Cornford P is for Pebbles by Don BrameP is for Pebbles by Don Brame

Milky Way at Freshwater by Chris Cornford

 

P is for Pebbles by Don Brame

 

Moody Sunset at the Church by Liz MillerMoody Sunset at the Church by Liz Miller Needles by Mike CooperNeedles by Mike Cooper 

Moody Sunset at the Church by Liz Miller

 

Needles by Mike Cooper

 

 M is for MARTIANS by Paul BradleyM is for MARTIANS by Paul Bradley
M is for MARTIANS by Paul Bradley  

 

Thursday 11th October 2018

Very busy club night on Thursday with nearly a full house. Chris gave a fantastic talk on Macro photography demonstrating a wide range of equipment.

A challenge over the season has been Coastal Views. Members entered 16 images of which these two caused intakes of breath.

Misty Morning by Mike CooperMisty Morning by Mike Cooper Cowes Entrance by Paul LucasCowes Entrance by Paul Lucas
Misty Morning by Mike Cooper Cowes Entrance by Paul Lucas

After tea we looked at the images from the treasure hunt in the summer. All present at the meeting marked a panel for each team for each venue out of 10. 

After counting the scores, applying penalties for lateness back at the pub, the scores are in!
Group A 542 points
Group B 568 points
Group C 624 points
Group D 588 points

The winners are therefore Group C which was Barb and Malcolm
Runners up Group D was Paul B, Norma and Boris (not sure  if others accompanied them)
Group B was Trevor, Don, Dave and Ted.
Groups A was Sue and Sue

Group C panels are shown below 

Havenstreet RailwayHavenstreet Railway Sandown Airport
Sandown Airport

Havenstreet Railway

 

Sandown Airport

 

 Bus museumBus museum  The CowshedThe Cowshed
 Bus museum  The Cowshed

 

Thursday 28th September

Each member submitted two images for this mentoring evening.

Alison Cawley gave a considered critique of each image, indicating where a crop might help or else a little more space around the subject. Tips were given on helping control colours using post processing, particularly when greens were a little bright.

 

Ripples on Glassy Water by Barbara CloseRipples on Glassy Water by Barbara Close

1st : Ripples on Glassy Water
 by Barbara Close

There were no marks given for the images, but Alison held back 13 images to eventually place a 1st, 2nd and 3rd image.

She impressed upon us that it is always subjective and different judges may mark the same image quite differently. Ultimately we need to enjoy our photography and not take it all too seriously. I think we all gained something from Alison's insights.

 

RTIR 2018 by Chris CornfordRTIR 2018 by Chris Cornford

2nd : RTIR 2018 by Chris Cornford 

 

 

During the tea break, we were able to view some of Alison's inspiring work. She had brought along a number of prints, so we were able to see the effect of printing the same photo on different papers, as well as admire her varied images. 

Alison provided pointers to interesting photographer's websites and printing paper resources. 

All in all, a very enjoyable, informative evening, thank you Alison! 

Smart Arse by Paul LucasSmart Arse by Paul Lucas
  3rd : Smart Arse by Paul Lucas

 

Thursday 13th September

The club had its first meeting after the summer break.  Members submitted and discussed images taken over the summer. We also. after a break, looked at images entered by other clubs in the GB cup - Nature section.

Round the island race by Chris CornfordRound the island race by Chris Cornford

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 21st June - Mottistone Manor

 

Club evening at Mottistone Manor followed by a meal at The Wight Mouse Inn. 

 

Photo by Shani WattsPhoto by Shani Watts Photo by Shani WattsPhoto by Shani Watts Photo by Shani WattsPhoto by Shani Watts
     
Photo by Shani WattsPhoto by Shani Watts Photo by Shani WattsPhoto by Shani Watts Photo by Shani WattsPhoto by Shani Watts
     
Photo by Shani WattsPhoto by Shani Watts Photo by Shani WattsPhoto by Shani Watts Photo by Shani WattsPhoto by Shani Watts
     

 

Thursday 24th May - Chairman's Shield 

 

Whitby Fog by Dave BaylissWhitby Fog by Dave Bayliss

57 images were presented for The Chairman's Shield , judged by our Chairman Paul Bradley. 21 of these were held back. 

 

The winning image was Whitby Fog by Dave Bayliss. Second place was awarded to London by Chris Cornford and third place to Beach Figures by Dave Erwin. All three placed images scored 10/10

The next outing will be at Mottistone on 21st June at 5pm with dinner at The Wight Mouse Inn afterwards. Details of further summer activities are available in the 2018-19 programme in downloads. 

1st Place - Whitby Fog by Dave Bayliss 

 

 
London by Chris CornfordLondon by Chris Cornford Beach Figures by Mark ErwinBeach Figures by Mark Erwin
2nd Place - London by Chris Cornford 3rd Place - Beach Figures by Mark Erwin

 

Thursday 10th May - Spring Cup 

 

The Guardian - Retired by Barbara CloseThe Guardian - Retired by Barbara Close

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st The Guardian - Retired by Barbara Close

 

It was an earlier than usual start for the club, so that mainland judge Kevin Sandell could officiate - his first time at our club.

Kevin gave a good appraisal of each image, highlighting some of the pitfalls such as blown highlights and entertaining us with his stories.

15 images were held back  - more than the software could cope with in order to display thumbnails at the end.  

 

Nine images were awarded 10/10, closely followed by 9.5/10 for another five. 

The eventual winner was 'The Guardian - Retired' by Barbara Close with 'Misty Haven' by Paul Bradley awarded 2nd place.

 

  Misty Haven by Paul BradleyMisty Haven by Paul Bradley 
     2nd Misty Haven by Paul Bradley
     

 

Thursday 26th April - Post processing

Chris demonstrated processing photos using Lightroom and On1 software

 

Thursday 12th April - Harbour and Open Competition

Paul Lucas receiving the Hasselblad Trophy from Chairman Paul BradleyPaul Lucas receiving the Hasselblad Trophy from Chairman Paul Bradley The evening opened with an update from our chairman Paul Bradley followed by him presenting the Hasselblad Trophy to Paul Lucas. Paul Lucas with the Hasselblad TrophyPaul Lucas with the Hasselblad Trophy

Jon Mitchell was our guest judge, who had made his way from Gosport to provide a very informative and entertaining evening. 

Harbours were the subject for the themed competition, followed by an Open section after the coffee break.  

Photographs were deemed to meet the brief if they included boats, the sea or close ups of boats. Although Jon said he would prefer not to give marks and just to critique, he marked the 29 submitted images out of 10. 

Polpero Harbour by Chris Cornford was the winning image of the Harbour Competition and the only one to score 10/10. Closely behind with 9.5/10 were Shalfleet by Betty Warren, Safe and Sound by Malcolm Young and Bonne Nuit Harbour by Shani Watts. 

 

Polpero Harbour by Chris Cornford Polpero Harbour by Chris Cornford Safe and Sound by Malcolm YoungSafe and Sound by Malcolm Young

Polpero Harbour by Chris Cornford 10/10             

 

Safe and Sound by Malcolm Young 9.5/10

 

Shalfleet by Betty WarrenShalfleet by Betty Warren Bonne Nuit Harbour by Shani WattsBonne Nuit Harbour by Shani Watts
Shalfleet by Betty Warren 9.5/10 Bonne Nuit Harbour by Shani Watts 9.5/10  

 

Of 30 photos in the Open section 10 were held back. 1st place was awarded to Alan Warren with Contemplative and 2nd to Ted Dyer with Hard Frost - both scoring 10/10. Ted had a particularly good evening with three images getting 9/10 or more and Alan and Malcolm also managed two, so well done to all three club members. 

Contemplative by Alan WarrenContemplative by Alan Warren Hard Frost by Ted DyerHard Frost by Ted Dyer
Contemplative by Alan Warren 10/10 Hard Frost by Ted Dyer 10/10
   
Me and My Shadow by Sue BrameMe and My Shadow by Sue Brame The Kelpies by Ted DyerThe Kelpies by Ted Dyer
Me and My Shadow by Sue Brame 9.5/10 The Kelpies by Ted Dyer 9.5/10

 
Jon gave some great advice about scrutinising an image before submitting it, looking for any distractions, particularly bright ones, or blown highlights. He also discussed how your eye moves around an image and the flow of the composition. 

 

Wednesday 28th March - Hasselblad Competition 

Congratulations to Paul Lucas for winning the Hasselblad Competition 2018 with his image 'Claws'.

'Claws' was one of three images scoring 20/20 and was awarded 1st position. Paul Lucas also scored 19/20 with his image 'Joint Accounts' and Malcolm Young scored 19/20 with his image 'Harbour Storm', so well done to both Paul and Malcolm! 

The competition was hosted by The Isle of Wight Photographic Society and judged by Alison Cawley at Arreton Village Hall. It was open to all photographers across the island.

A video of the event is available here 

 

Thursday 22nd March 2018 - AGM and Tucker Cup

The Annual General Meeting took place during the first half of the evening. The meeting was well attended with 21 members present. 

It was agreed that the venue was working well and the financial position was good. No increase in subscription was necessary this year due to the extra monies raised for a drink and a biscuit. More help setting up and clearing away the seating for the meetings would be appreciated. 

Input from all was encouraged to suggest outings for the coming year. 

It was decided to try an evening where club members critique submitted photos rather than inviting a mainland judge, with the associated practical difficulties. 


The committee members were re-elected for the next term. 

Paul Bradley - Chairman

Shani Watts - Secretary

Mike Cooper - Treasurer

Malcolm Young - Competition Secretary

Chris Cornford - Committee Member

Trevor Hooley - Committee Member


Full details of the AGM will be available in the minutes. 

 

Round the Island Race by Barbara CloseRound the Island Race by Barbara Close

The Peter Tucker Memorial Cup occupied the latter half of the evening. As always, the theme for this competition was ‘unusual’.

The subject matter was wide and varied with some images depicting unusual scenes and others, unusual processing. It is a competition that never fails to present an entertaining selection of images. 

The winning image is decided on a knockout basis by club members. The images are compared two at a time, and in each case the favoured image is put forward, until it is whittled down to one image. This year the winner was Barbara Close with her ‘Round the Island Race’ image.

Round the Island Race by Barbara Close  

  

Thursday 8th March 2018 - Image Exchange

The first half of the meeting was spent looking at 20 images from Highcliffe and Infinity Camera Club. Members of Niton CC gave their thoughts on the merits of each image, which were noted down to feed back to the club. 

The second half of the evening, we viewed 20 of our own images which had previously been shared with Highcliffe and Infinity Camera Club, and listened to their comments. 

Finally we were given a slideshow of excellent wildlife images by photographer Ron McCombe, who is based in Roxburghshire. Something for us all to aspire to! 

 

Thursday 22nd February 2018 - Southern League Federation Judging 

On the 22nd Niton hosted the League competition of the Southern Counties Federation. Great attendance and images excellently judged by Jim Pascoe from Highcliffe Club.

Regrettably the Niton images did not score well but it was good to see the quality from other clubs.

  

Panel of 5 Competition

Niton participated in the panel of 5 competition hosted by Sandown Shanklin District Camera Club. We came 4th in the print competition and 2nd in the projected images, missing out by just one point. Thanks for all the members who submitted images.

The Panel of Printed Images - not normally a category that Niton would enter!

Panel PrintsPanel Prints

 

 

 

 

 'People' was the theme for the projected images. 

 

 Panel of 5 EntryPanel of 5 Entry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Thursday 8th February 2018 - Triptych and Open Competitions

Nick Henry was the judge for this evenings competition which comprised of two parts, Open and Triptych, with up to 4 entries per person in total, and a maximum of 3 in either category.


Nick gave a good critique with tips on improving our images, such as excluding the ground when using converging verticals and having someone as a point of interest when photographing a large group of people. 

 

Light Bulb by Chris CornfordLight Bulb by Chris Cornford Long eared Owl by Barbara CloseLong eared Owl by Barbara Close
1st Light Bulb by Chris Cornford 9.5/10 2nd Long eared Owl by Barbara Close 9/10

 

First place with 9.5/10 in the Open Competition was ‘Light Bulb’ by Chris Cornford with 'Long Eared Owl' by Barbara Close in second place with 9/10. 'The Rockerfeller Centre' by Alan Warren tied for third place with ‘Enigma' by Paul Lucas, both scoring 8/10. 

 

In Triptych competitions Nick explained that it is best if the images stand out as good images individually as well as being part of a themed subject with a similar colour palette. Occasionally he suggested re-ordering or resizing the individual images may have improved the triptych. 

Autumn Gold by Sue BrameAutumn Gold by Sue Brame
Autumn Gold by Sue Brame 10/10
Butterflies by Barbara CloseButterflies by Barbara Close
Butterflies by Barbara Close 10/10

 

‘Butterflies’ by Barbara Close and ‘Autumn Gold’ by Sue Brame were both awarded 10/10 in the Triptych Competition. ‘Tiger, Tiger, Tiger’ also by Sue Brame was runner up with 9/10.

 

Tiger Tiger Tiger by Sue BrameTiger Tiger Tiger by Sue Brame

Tiger Tiger Tiger by Sue Brame 9/10

 

 

Thursday 18th January 2018

19 Members of the club met up for lunch at The White Horse at Whitwell, and a good time was had by all. 

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 Shani WattsImage by Shani Watts

Image by Shani Watts

 

Image by Shani Watts

 

 Image by Alan WarrenImage by Alan Warren Image by Alan WarrenImage by Alan Warren 

 Image by Alan Warren

 

 Image by Alan Warren

 

   

 

 

 

Thursday 14th December - Xmas Mix 'n' Match

The annual Mix ’n’ Match Competition once more ran as a Men versus Women format, where 20 previously chosen photos were pitched against each other. 

 Our Chairman, Paul Bradley, judged the images on individual merit and also on how well they matched the leading photo. 

 It was plain from the first two photos that it was going to be a tough contest, and the men went on to lead the competition throughout. The Women were ingloriously knocked from their pedestal after two years at the top. 

Photo by Barbara ClosePhoto by Barbara Close Photo by John HillPhoto by John Hill
Women's 1st photo  Men's matching photo


Unlike other competitions where silence ensues, there were many calls from the floor to appreciate some of the matching attributes, or the finer points of the displayed photos. The judge however remained undeterred and this time there were no penalties issued despite any heckling. 

The evening continued with snacks and beverages, thanks to Shani Watts and the committee for organising, and then a slideshow of the photos that had been submitted for the ‘Christmas is Coming’  challenge. 

Much fun was had by all. 

 

Thursday 7th - 10th December - Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival

Thanks to Shani, Alan and Paul who put up the Club Christmas Tree in the Brighstone Wilberforce Hall. 

Photos by Paul Bradley

Photo by Paul BradleyPhoto by Paul Bradley Photo by Paul BradleyPhoto by Paul Bradley

 

Thursday 23rd November - Autumn Cup

Andrew Mills from Southampton made a welcome return to Niton. 

 There were 56 images entered for the Autumn Cup and Andrew had a busy and challenging night. The range and originality of the subjects was praised and many were held back. At the end of an enjoyable and constructive appraisal a black and white image "Candid Girls at the Pub" by Barb Close was the worthy victor. Barb wasnt present but neither was the Trophy so honours will be conducted at our next Meeting on 14 December.

 Candid Girls at the Pub by Barbara CloseCandid Girls at the Pub by Barbara Close  Sailboats by Barbara Close Sailboats by Barbara Close

 1st - Candid Girls at the Pub by Barbara Close 10/10    

2nd - Sailboats by Barbara Close  10/10
   
 Contrived by Mike CooperContrived by Mike Cooper Handy by Paul LucasHandy by Paul Lucas 
 3rd Contrived by Mike Cooper 10/10  Handy by Paul Lucas 10/10 
   
 Textured Landscape by Alan WarrenTextured Landscape by Alan Warren Chairlift Portrait by Barbara CloseChairlift Portrait by Barbara Close 
 Textured Landscape by Alan Warren 9.5/10  Chairlift Portrait by Barbara Close 9.5/10
   
 Playtime by Mike WattsPlaytime by Mike Watts  
 Playtime by Mike Watts 9.5/10  
   

Thursday 9th November 2017 

We enjoyed a talk by Chris Cornford on his life as a County Press Photographer. The work load was fascinating to hear about as well as how to set up his camera so that there was minimal editing and colours appeared true in the paper.

We then looked at images taken by members on the beer and buses weekend. Another challenge was set as "Christmas is Coming".

Our tree will also be installed at the Brighstone Festival. Members will be given a decoration to enhance at the next meeting.

 Also of course captains are needed for the Mix and Match social.  VOLUNTEERS please.

Chris by Paul LucasChris by Paul Lucas Chris by Paul LucasChris by Paul Lucas
Chris by Paul Lucas Chris by Paul Lucas

 

 Photo by Chris Cornford
Photo by Chris Cornford

Photo by Alan WarrenPhoto by Alan Warren
Photo by Chris Cornford Photo by Alan Warren
   
 Photo by Sue and Don BramePhoto by Sue and Don Brame  Photo by Mike CooperPhoto by Mike Cooper
 Photo by Sue and Don Brame  Photo by Mike Cooper

  

Thursday 26th October 2017 - Shadows and Open Competition

A good gathering of members had pictures judged by Dave Betts. Over the evening there were 5 top scores and Dave made some helpful comments to improve some of the images. The Shadows element proved that work is needed to find that different aspect so making an image with a difference.

Next club session will be a talk by Chris on the life of a Press Photographer and also looking at the Beer and Buses Photos. 

Open Competition   
              Candid Girls at the Pub by Barbara CloseCandid Girls at the Pub by Barbara Close Chairlift Portrait by Barbara CloseChairlift Portrait by Barbara Close
Candid Girls at the Pub by Barbara Close Chairlift Portrait by Barbara Close
   
Electric London by Chris CornfordElectric London by Chris Cornford Crashing Waves by Malcolm YoungCrashing Waves by Malcolm Young
Electric London by Chris Cornford Crashing Waves by Malcolm Young
   
 Shadows Competition   
 Contrived by Mike CooperContrived by Mike Cooper  
 Contrived by Mike Cooper  

 

Thursday 12th October 2017 - Talk by Stuie Bennett

Mexico by Stuie and Jacki BennettMexico by Stuie and Jacki BennettAs usual Stuie gave a fantastic talk about his 5 week trip to Mexico. He highlighted his diving, travelling vast distances by train, plane and bus. Great photos and shows that camera size does not always matter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mexico by Stuie and Jacki BennettMexico by Stuie and Jacki Bennett

 

Mexico by Stuie and Jacki BennettMexico by Stuie and Jacki Bennett

 

 

 

Thursday 28th September 2017 - Open Competition and Pot Luck Letter

 18 members including 3 new turned up. Regrettably the judge had to cry off because of ill health. Paul judged but did not announce scores and members scored themselves and a poll at the end to see range of scores.

The winning image was Divers at Dusk by Shani Watts, scoring 10/10. The other images below all scored 9/10

Divers at Dusk by Shani WattsDivers at Dusk by Shani Watts Terminal Travolator by Paul BradleyTerminal Travolator by Paul Bradley Tracks by Paul BradleyTracks by Paul Bradley
Divers at Dusk by Shani Watts Terminal Travolator by Paul Bradley     Tracks by Paul Bradley
     
Down the Hole by Don BrameDown the Hole by Don Brame The Needles by Shani WattsThe Needles by Shani Watts Deer by Sue BrameDeer by Sue Brame

Down the Hole by Don Brame

The Needles by Shani Watts Deer by Sue Brame
     
 Ice Cream Girl by Sue BrameIce Cream Girl by Sue Brame Arch by Norma BradleyArch by Norma Bradley  Neon Sail by Paul BradleyNeon Sail by Paul Bradley 
 Ice Cream Girl by Sue Brame  Arch by Norma Bradley  Neon Sail by Paul Bradley
     

 

 

  

 

 

 

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