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Societies Photographer Roadshow @ Ricoh

Join us at The Societies of Photographers Roadshow in Coventry

PermaJet will be at the The Societies of Photographers Roadshow showcasing its extensive range of inkjet media & offering special show discounts. 

The Roadshows are the perfect opportunity to catch up with the latest products and services from the trade, whilst gaining education from a series of seminars from top photographers. 

Where?
The Ricoh Arena
Pheonix Way
Coventry
CV6 6GE

 When?
5th October 2017
9:30am - 4:30pm

 

 

Register now

Round 3 Results

Colour Results

1st Paul Stokes - Taking the Bend Donnington

2nd Karl Redshaw - Racing Lines

3rd Veronica Ledbrooke - To the Rescue

HC Chris Wiltshier - Racing at Mallory

C Chris Baker - High Speed Advertising

Mono Result
 

1st Paul Stokes - Knot In Flight at Snettisham

2nd Catherine Wilson - Warming Up

3rd Chris Wiltshier - Jet ski

HC Karl Redshaw - Sky High

C Veronica Ledbrooke - Gotcha


DPI Result
 

1st Karl Redshaw - The Dive

2nd Paul Stokes - Osprey Morning Catch

3rd Chris Robertson - Arctic Tern

HC Chris Baker - Kawasaki Cornering

C Rex Coleman - Fast Lady

68th Midland Salon Open

    THE 68th MIDLAND SALON

ORGANISED BY

THE MIDLAND COUNTIES PHOTOGRAPHIC FEDERATION

 

ON LINE ENTRY SYSTEM IS NOW OPEN @

www.midland-salon.com

ONLY 14 DAYS TO

CLOSING DATE 28 JUNE

THANK YOU IF YOU HAVE ALREADY ENTERED

 

SECTIONS:

OPEN COLOUR PRINTS, OPEN MONOCHROME PRINTS

OPEN COLOUR AND OPEN MONOCHROME PROJECTED IMAGES

NATURE PROJECTED IMAGES, CREATIVE PROJECTED IMAGES

 

WE CAN FORWARD YOUR PRINT ENTRY TO THE

WESH INTERNATIONAL

 

LOW ENTRY FEES

ONLY PAY FOR SECTIONS YOU ENTER

 

A4 72 PAGE COLOUR CATALOGUE

TO ALL ENTRANTS AT NO EXTRA COST

ASK ABOUT SPECIAL RATES FOR CLUB ENTRIES

chaiman@midland-salon.com

Round 2 - Competition Results

Colour Print

1st . Chris Robertson - Waterfall 3

2nd. Paul Stokes - Sunset Journey Alrewas

3rd. Dave Parr - Wallscape

HC. Veronica Ledbrook - The Mound Warwick Castle

C. June Davis - Spring Time

Mono Print

1st. Mike Tustin - Misty morning

2nd. Dave Parr - Marsh

3rd. Paul Stokes - Snettisham Jetty

HC. Chris Baker - Bradgate Park

C. Chris Robertson - Waterfall Mono

DPI

1st. Catherine  Wilson - Scene from a fast train 

2nd. Chris Wiltshier - Portland Bill

3rd. Chris Robertson - Peaks of Summer

HC. Mike Tustin - Greenwich

C. Dave Parr - Fieldscape

THE 68th MIDLAND SALON

THE 68th MIDLAND SALON

ORGANISED BY 

THE MIDLAND COUNTIES PHOTOGRAPHIC FEDERATION 

 

ON LINE ENTRY SYSTEM IS NOW OPEN @

www.midland-salon.com

 

ONLY 28 DAYS TO

CLOSING DATE 28 JUNE

 

SECTIONS:

OPEN COLOUR PRINTS

OPEN MONOCHROME PRINTS

OPEN COLOUR PROJECTED IMAGES

OPEN MONOCHROME PROJECTED IMAGES

NATURE PROJECTED IMAGES

CREATIVE PROJECTED IMAGES

 

FULL RULES ON WEBSITE

WE CAN FORWARD YOUR PRINT ENTRY TO THE

WESH INTERNATIONAL

 

LOW ENTRY FEES

ONLY PAY FOR SECTIONS YOU ENTER

A4 72PAGE COLOUR CATALOGUE TO ALL ENTRANTS

ASK ABOUT SPECIAL RATES FOR CLUB ENTRIES

First Annual Competition Round Results

First Annual competition round results:

Colour

1st Paul stokes - 229 points
2nd Karl Redshaw - 219 points
3rd Chris Robertson - 205 points
4th Robert Morris - 204 points
5th Veronica Ledbrooke - & Rex Coleman -194 points

Mono

1st Karl Redshaw - 214 point
2nd Chris Robertson - 213 points
3rd Paul Stokes - 208 points
4th Elsie Jenkins & Dave Dewis - 204 points
5th Taylor Redshaw - 202 points

DPI

1st Karl Redshaw - 209 points
2nd Chris Robertson - 208 points
3rd Chris Baker - 202 points
4th Paul Stokes - 196 points
5th Chris Wiltshire - 191 points

MCPF Newsletter

March 2017 Newsletter

MCPF Website

Newsletter Editor

The MCPF Newsletter is sent to every club secretary, judge and lecturer. Please forward this email and links to your members.

To receive your own copy of the Newsletter, go to the MCPF website and follow the links to subscribe or email the Newsletter Editor. 

For more information about the MCPF go the website where you will find details of events, exhibitions, competitions and much more…..

If you wish to submit an article that may be of interest to our readers or to advertise your exhibition or club event, send the details or a poster to the Newsletter Editor.
 

If you think the content of this email may be of interest to other people then please forward it on.

If this link to the newsletter does not work then please go to the MCPF website and follow the links. You can also find previous editions on the website.

Heather Buckley At Malvern

Heather Buckley is coming to The Malvern Rugby Club on Wednesday 8thMarch @ 7:30 pm. Tickets are only £5.

Heather is a really well known “People & Street” Photographer.

Based in Brighton, she features heavily on the  “Canon EOS Adventure: Portrait & Landscape Photography” CD which is given “in the box” with every new Canon camera !! This must tell us a lot about how highly Canon think of her.

She was also awarded the Royal Horticultural Society Photographer of the Year in 2014.

Tickets will be available on the door.

After the presentation, Heather will be running “Street” Photography Workshops with us at Beacon Camera Club. Spaces are currently available on Friday 10th March and Saturday 11th March. These are “all day” courses, starting with a classroom session in the Great Malvern Hotel before we head out to start snapping. Cost of the all-day workshop is £40 per person.

Please sign up to the Workshops by responding directly to this email.

These are tremendous opportunities to see and work with an inspirational photographer and a splendid opportunity to make images for entry into the Beacon “Street” Photography Competition which will be judged by Martin Parr during his presentation in The Swan Theatre, Worcester on 1st July. http://www.beaconcameraclub.co.uk/streetcomp.htm

Here is Heather’s website. http://heatherbuckley.co.uk

Bridge Competition Results

Bridge Competition

Mono Print

1st - Paul Stokes - Tower Bridge at Night

2nd - Veronica Ledbrooke - Canal Bridge

3rd - Ken Walker - Millennium by Night

HCOM - Rex Coleman - Under Knaresborough

COM - Dave Parr -Two Connections

COM - Robert Morris - Bridge of Sighs Oxford

COM - Mike Tustin - Millennium Bridge

COM - David Lewell - Palladian Bridge

Colour Print

1st - Cath Wilson - Marston Jabbett

2nd - Paul Stokes - Tower Bridge at Night

3rd - Ken Walker - Colourful Millennium

COM - Mike Tustin - Charles Bridge

COM - David Lewell - Llangollen Aquaduct

COM - Elsie Jenkins - River Avon

COM - Veronica Ledbrooke -The Chocolate Roll

DPI

1st - Ken Walker - Arches Galore

2nd - Dave Dewis - Port Everglades

3rd - Mike Tustin - Forth Rail

COM - Chris Baker - Bridge Stratford upon Avon

 

 

 

 

NPhoto Discount

Many thanks to Dave & Cath for getting us a discount code for Nphoto an online supplier of Albums, usb products and presentation solutions, Our personal 30% discount code is now on the discounts page inside the members only area. We also have a link to nphoto on our links page, If you wish to head over for browse right now then click HERE

Don't Clone Out Our History

Open that box of old black and white photographs and look at them carefully. What do you see in that crumpled pile?
In my pile I see history. 
I sort and scan them, as everyone does, and blow them up on my screen, looking at the backgrounds, the places these picture were taken-- many places which have long gone. That’s history.
I look at my old photographs --and those taken by my family and others before me—faded, cracked and folded where they have been lying neglected in drawers and boxes over the years as photography developed - and we and our cameras got more sophisticated. 
I found a packet of 1920s photo’s taken at a christening where the light had got into the camera and burnt out Uncle Bert’s face on every one, and Aunties dress was a blob of white fluff, but the backgrounds were clear. No-one threw them away----in those days photography was magic, every photo precious.
Early 20th Century--the era when anyone could buy and use a camera, was one of the greatest phenomena of our time.
I was looking at some 2 ¼” square photos taken on a ‘60s Cornish camping holiday. In the background was a potato peeler which we took with us - a heavy clonking contraption ,with a handle on the top-- ,plus our newest claim to camping sophistication --a stove with not one, but two burners, ( in spite of the fact that we had no proper fitted groundsheet in the tent—that came later,) These were memories I had quite forgotten until I saw them again in these old pictures
Seeing these backgrounds in the photos evokes memories for me and my family. Being children then, they have different memories to mine. ( I had also forgotten until reminded that the peeler gave up the ghost at John O’ Groats a couple of years later.
We often wondered what the farmer thought it was, when he saw it sitting on a cowshed wall after we’d left.)
Children playing in the garden-- we all have those pictures. 
‘But hey’, I say, ‘ Id forgotten about that old pedal car in the background at the old house- I wonder what happened to it--- and weren’t babies prams big in those days.
And those awful orange faces in hand coloured wedding photos.
One of my favourites was a black and white wedding photo I bought from a car boot sale. It was taken in a backyard. Classic pose, ,Matriarch grimly sitting on a dining chair at the front and Patriarch standing tightly buttoned into his stiff best suit at her side. The rest of the family arranged formally around them.
But what a background. 
An old bike leans up against what looks like a privy door, and hanging on the wall, almost touching one of the bridesmaids shoulders, a large tin bath. 
Now whilst I’m not advocating that we should all dash out and buy a tin bath as an essential background prop for our wedding photographs ,my point is that far too much cloning goes on now in photographs---often because we can !
We must value this type of social history ,much of which is only contained in the normal family snapshot.
History which we are in danger of erasing in our effort to create the ‘perfect’ picture, which often is quite sterile.
Be careful when you erase unwanted detail. You may be erasing history.

Catherine Wilson,

Club Talk - Catherine Wilson

       Club Talk

Many years ago I joined a second photographic club. Only one of3women and50 odd( very odd ) men.

I sat at the back and no-one spoke. I was persistent. Or probably thick!

The 3rd week someone actually spoketo me.

He said I’d had my 2 free weeks and if I wanted to come again I’d have to join. I paid up and he asked me what camera I had. I sensed he thought I was joking when I told him. Later I saw him and some cronieswatching me and muttering. I was right.

Every week they had a competition, and I watched.. The pictures, my favouriteblack and white- were wonderful, convinced me mine could never be as good.

The same few men entered the competition every week. Others sat around discussing and wearing new equipment like fine jewellery. Cameras I could never dream of affording- ever. 

My equipment -my outfit- my pride and joy, and all of £40.00 worth, consisted of a Zenit B,  a Chinon lightmeter, both of which I still have, and an old dented Gnome enlarger I’d bought for 15.00, complete with a Nikon 2.8 lens.

I practiced in my loft when the children were in bed, coming down the ladder with a bucketful of soaking prints to rinse in the shower and slap on the tiles to dry.. My children thought I was a really clever mummy.  My husbanddidn’t mindsometimesbecoming a ‘darkroom widower’.

I stubbornly continued my Monday nights and was eventually on nodding terms with the two women. One night one of them asked why I never showedanything. I said something on the lines of,  “I’m not much good yet”, but said I’d take a sample on condition that she didn’t show the others. I chickened out and went empty handed. A couple of weeks later she turned up at my house.

I showed her what I’d done and she said she was impressed. I didn’t believe her, I thought she was afraid I was fed up with the club and would leave.  She turned out to be the competition secretary and was aiming to get the three women in the club to prove themselves equal to the men

Shehelped me pick something out for the annual portrait challenge, tellingme how to mount them.

I entered two pictures, (anonymously as per the rules)- my first ever. And then forgot about them during the summer break.

September, a man from the club phoned and asked me to bring mynegative to the club on the first night to prove the picture was mine. I was - unusual for me – quite rude to him.

I had won thehideous Hilda Gilda Rose bowl -first prize for the best black and white portrait of the year. I hid it behind an armchair until I left the club later that year..

The judges were all men. (That’s how I first met Andy Fell. He was one of the judges.)

I learned a lot by watching. andAnd joined another club in Coventry - progressing to judging slide showsaroundCity, all great fun.

Some years ago I started a new small camera club, and remembering my experience, where every member is deemed equal whether their camera is the dinkiest compact ever, or the latest performing - art blast of the year.

Technically the big expensive ones are more versatile, but overthe years I’ve seen some really professional ‘jokes’.

Proving that the person behind the lens is master

Catherine Wilson

Published in Amateur Photography Magazine.

SMETHWICK INTERNATIONAL

SMETHWICK INTERNATIONAL

Exhibition of Photography

The Exhibition has the following International Patronage

FIAP (2016-428)   PSA (2016-271)   GPU (L160065) RPS (2016-66) PAGB (3-2016)

FINAL CALL FOR ENTRIES

ONLY 4 DAYS TO CLOSING DATE

 10th November 2016

Thank you if you have already entered

To go directly to the International part of our website

 CLICK HERE

We are UK’s Largest International Print & Projected Digital Image Exhibition

All displayed at one venue, with visitors from all over the UK.

Three Print Sections – Open Colour, Open Mono & Nature

Prints can be forwarded to Southampton International

Three Projected Image Sections – Open Colour, Open Monochrome & Nature

Over 180 Medals and Ribbons to be won

Plus FIAP Blue Badge for Best Entrant

Low entry Fees

Entrants from outside the UK Pay in GBP to take advantage of the exchange rate

Only pay for each section entered

**** 84 Page A4 Colour Catalogue to each entrant