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In Focus The Bulletin of Bedford Camera Club – September 2012 www.bedfordcameraclub.co.uk Editor

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Martin Nellist 10 Glebe Road Ampthill Bedford MK45 2TH 01525 403417 martin.nellist@ntlworld.com

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External Competitions ................................................... 8 Annual Dinner, 8th May 2012 ........................................ 8 Awards for Merit in Audio Visual Production ............... 8 Obituary - Revd Dr Brian Greenish ............................... 9 Summer Tuesdays 2012 ................................................. 9 Dukes Lane – Ascot Races, 21st June 2012 ................. 10 Point To Point Racing – Brafield, 25th March 2012.... 10 Cautionary tale. ............................................................ 11 My final Photoshop tip................................................. 11 Online Video Training ................................................. 11 External Competitions 2012/2013 ............................... 13 AGM, 1st May 2012. .................................................... 14

December 2012 Tuesday 6th November 2012.

Contents President’s Message ....................................................... 1 Editorial ......................................................................... 2 Points of View 2012....................................................... 3 Inter-Club Competition Kempston/Shillington/Bedford at Barton 12 March 2012 ............................................... 3 'Simple but not easy' by John Bulpitt FRPS, 13 th March 2012 ............................................................................... 3 'Macro & close up photography techniques by Bob Brind-Surch, 20th March 2012 ...................................... 3 Members' Evening: Photo Enhancement Exercise with Matthew Rowntree, 27th March 2012............................. 3 The Felicity Bickley Trophy, 29th March 2012 .............. 3 Competition: The Living World, 3rd April 2012. ........... 4 President's Evening with Diana Moss 10th April 2012 ... 4 'My World' by Stafford Steed LRPS CPAGB, 17 th April 2012 ............................................................................... 4 Annual Exhibition Opening Evening, 19th April 2012 ... 4 The Annual Exhibition 2012 .......................................... 6 Monthly Competition - Open, 24th April 2012............... 6 Top Ten Points Totals for the 2011-2012 Monthly Competitions .................................................................. 7

President’s Message It does not seem five minutes since I took over from Diana and, as you read this, here we are at the start of the new year 2012/2013 formal programme. Many thanks go to Peter Symonds for running an excellent summer Tuesday programme, including a Saturday trip to Blakeney in Norfolk, which proved to be a great success. The weather did try and dampen things on some of the Tuesday nights but our hardy members came out to enjoy themselves. Getting together at a local pub afterwards for either drinks or a meal, and having a good chat always made for a very pleasant end to the evening. As I write this we still have our 'weekend away' visit to the Jurassic Coast at the end of September to come.

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This, I am sure, will be a great success. Many thanks to Mike Olney for again arranging this weekend.

I have enjoyed my extra ten years on the Committee. In particular, I am very proud of what, under John Holt's leadership, we achieved for the Club's centenary celebrations in 2006. 'Bedford in 2005' broke new ground as a self-published book for which we could match the number of copies printed to demand and avoid the loss associated with the printing of too many copies, common practice at that time. For the centenary celebrations we not only mounted our normal competitive Exhibition in Bedford Museum but at the same time staged an impressive Centenary Exhibition in the Harpur Suite. This showcased members' photos, archival material, guest panels from neighbouring clubs and a public competition in association with the Beds on Sunday.

Bruce Deacon has worked hard to produce an interesting programme for the Autumn to Spring period and Clive Williams has set up a well balanced choice of competitions for all to enter into on a monthly basis. Please be aware that there are a few changes to the rules, particularly regarding prints. Claire Boardman is all ready for the external competitions but does need everyone's support as this is never an easy thing to deal with. So please help her by providing pictures when asked for and giving her as much support as possible when the various events take part. We have been improving in our external results and it would be great to see us advance further up the results table, and show that we can be just as good at taking photos as any of the other clubs. During the summer the club purchased a new laptop as the old one was making heavy weather of things at times during the running of competitions. With the help of Steve Ridgway and John Pegram the unit should be up and running with all the latest software.

For older members, the holding of this year's Annual Exhibition in the Harpur Suite was a case of dĂŠjĂ vu. The Club was moved into the Harpur Suite in 1982 when the Corn Exchange became too expensive. By 1986 we were able to move into the Central Library. For many years, this proved to be an excellent venue. In the Harpur Suite years we were still running a public print competition sponsored by the Beds Times. So it was fitting that this year the Times & Citizen sponsored a similar competition.

This is my first year as President and I would like to think that everyone has an enjoyable experience of being a member and that all are able to achieve what they had hoped for by being a member of the Club. Should any member have a query on this point then please feel free to speak to me or email me at any time - I am always available to help

Returning to the present, this edition of 'In Focus' contains a summary of this year's Exhibition results and rounds up the monthly competition results for the whole year. There are the usual short reports on the last meetings of the 2011-2012 season and Claire Boardman has contributed some thoughts on the difficult topic of External Competitions . Then Ian Whiting has written about the developments in the Club website and on resources for photographers available online. Moira McAneny tells us about two photographic expeditions she and other Club members made this year and I have squeezed in my final Photoshop tip.

As in any club there is always a committee that oversees all the activities of the club - and this Club is no exception. I have a really great team of people to work with and everyone of them gives the club 100% of their time - my thanks to them for their support. Mike Clifton President

The closing date for the next issue is 6th November 2012 and unless there are radical changes please send your submissions to Paul Brook (Paul.brook@hotmail.com). My thanks to contributors to this issue and to Mike Clifton, John Holt, Simon Bray, Marilyn and Vaughan for proof reading, and to Piers Hemy, way up in the Black Isle, north of Inverness, for continuing to be our printer.

Editorial It was at the 2003 AGM, that the then President, Mike Quickenden, twisted my arm not to leave the Committee but to remain and take over the editorship of 'In Focus'. Ten seasons on it is time for me to hand over the reins to someone else who will preferably be younger and be more computer savvy. When I took over, I could fairly claim to be more computer savvy than most but subsequent developments in internet use, the website, emails, smart phones, blackberries (now old hat), iPads and RAW files have left me some way behind. I have felt for some time that a more progressive approach could be taken to collating and disseminating information and I am sure that my successor will seize this opportunity.

Martin Nellist

Annual Weekend Away. Our annual weekend away this year, on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th September, will be to Swanage on the Jurassic Coast. I am sure this location will provide an excellent opportunity to secure some great images, as well as providing a great weekend away.

In this context, the Summer Tuesdays, driven initially by Mike Clifton, but now by Peter Symonds, have been an excellent illustration of a notable development facilitated by advances in rapid communication.

At the time of going to press I have 20 members/partners booked to go but I understand that The Pines Hotel at Swanage still has some double rooms available and if any more members would like to come along it's still not 2


too late. So if you would like to join us please call me on 01525 862775 as soon as possible.

Points of View 2012.

Bob Brind-Surch, a retired head teacher from Towcester, gave a masterly lecture outlining the basic optics of taking close-up and macro photos and the place of closeup lens filters, extension tubes and finally specialist macro lenses and of specialist lighting units. He had brought along several examples of all this hardware and then left Club members with the 'key' to the private part of his excellent web site naturesphotos.co.uk. He also explained the technique of 'Focus stacking' which the latest versions of Photoshop, CS4 and CS5 have made a very straightforward technique. I reported upon this in the previous issue of 'In Focus' and can confirm that it works.

This year the date for the annual “Points of View “ competition will be Sunday 14th October and the venue will be Ely in Cambridgeshire.

Bob distributed details of the various photographic courses and trips that he runs. These can also be found on his website.

As in previous years this will be a PDI competition and the images should be prepared according to the rules as stated in the 2012-13 club handbook.

Martin Nellist

As is my usual practice I will be sending round a detailed information sheet to help members make the most of this venue. I look forward to a great weekend. Mike Olney.

Members' Evening: Photo Enhancement Exercise with Matthew Rowntree, 27th March 2012

Last year there was a record turn out of members for this event and the number of images for judging had to be reduced to four from the six originally specified. This year I will be asking members to let me know in advance if they are coming along so that it can be decided how many images will be needed to make the judging evening in December viable.

Sadly only four members, Terry Sykes, Tom Yates, Diana Moss and Clive Walton rose to Matthew's challenge to restore old or damaged images. Each of them described in turn how they had used Photoshop to rejuvenate their chosen images. On this occasion, there was only enough material to fill one half of the evening, but perhaps we should try again and possibly assign members to experiment with some of the more sophisticated restoration tools. The rest of the evening was spent in a sort of teach in on close-up and macro photography with several members bringing along closeup lenses, extension tubes and variants on the ring flash

I will be bringing along entry forms to the first meeting of the season and I am hoping for another record turnout. Mike Olney.

Inter-Club Competition Kempston/Shillington/Bedford at Barton 12 March 2012

Martin Nellist

The Felicity Bickley Trophy, 29th March 2012

This was judged by Gerry Metcalf DPAGB and very well organised by Shillington. Martin Nellist

This inter-club AV competition was hosted by Ampthill and District Camera Club at Millbrook Village Hall and was judged by Adrian Stone. It was an evening well worth attending and there was a reasonable representation from Bedford CC. The competition was won by Ampthill & District CC with a total of 37 marks. The host club and Leighton Buzzard were both awarded full marks for one of their AVs but Ampthill won the overall competition because their 'Sonnet No. 18' rightly scored more than Leighton Buzzard's 'Budapest Travelogue'. This meant that Leighton Buzzard and Bedford CC tied for second place one mark behind. Both Bedford's entries scored 18 but I thought that John Pegram's 'Coast to Coast' deserved more. For me the outstanding AV of the evening was Leighton Buzzard's, 'The Pirates', which was very original in both soundtrack and story and used excellent photographs.

'Simple but not easy' by John Bulpitt FRPS, 13th March 2012 As usual, former member John Bulpitt demonstrated what an excellent photographer he has become. His examples were mainly, but not exclusively, from sport and wild life. Martin Nellist

'Macro & close up photography techniques by Bob Brind-Surch, 20th March 2012

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Sonnet No 18 Misere Mei Deus Faces Coast to Coast Shetland Diwali Is it Loud Enuff? Defying Gravity Budapest Travelogue The Pirates Life and Death of a Tomato Plant Midsummer Night's Dream Life's a beach Painting the Flowers

Ampthill & District Ampthill & District CC Bedford CC Bedford CC RAVE RAVE Kempston CC Kempston CC Leighton Buzzard PC Leighton Buzzard PC New City PS

17 20

New City PS

19

Buckingham CC Buckingham CC

16 17

In the PDI competition, Naomi awarded four 20s but placed Terry Mann's 'Emergence' first. Eleven PDIs scored 18 or more.

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1st 2nd 3rd

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President's Evening with Diana Moss 10th April 2012

Competition: The Living World, 3 April 2012.

Diana and Barrie had devised a pub-type quiz with a photographic theme. Members were split into groups at tables and presented with questions such as identifying silhouettes of well-known landmarks, expanding common photographic acronyms and identifying committee members from childhood photographs. An enjoyable and different evening.

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Judged by Naomi Saul ARPS, DPAGB, APAGB, EFIAP Prior to the meeting Naomi Saul had indicated that she took a fairly relaxed view of what would constitute 'The Living World', leaving the door open for landscapes and humans. Not as we used to define it. However, her marking and final selections ensured that our traditional understanding of the theme triumphed. Nevertheless Naomi praised every image and always explained the basis of her marking which included how well she thought it fitted the theme. She was excellent at explaining how improvements, mostly cropping, more and better removal of flaws by cloning and other adjustments can make a good image very good.

Martin Nellist

'My World' by Stafford Steed LRPS CPAGB, 17th April 2012 This was an AV presentation using twin 35mm Slide projectors and cassette sound. The less said about it the better. Martin Nellist

Annual Exhibition Opening Evening, 19th April 2012

Naomi awarded three 20s in the Print competition but placed Janice Elliot's 'The Butterfly and the Bug' first. Fourteen prints scored 18 or more. Janice Elliott Paul Brook Diana Moss Claire Boardman Diana Moss Hollie Pumphrey Peter Robinson Jim Burnett Deryck Cutler Bruce Deacon Janice Elliott Alan Horn Alan Horn Martin Nellist

Emergence Dew Drop Herbaceous Border Epping Forest Sai Azul 2 Fly White Tailed Bee Green Iguana Damsel in Distress Sea Eagle Butterfly

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Terry Mann Bruce Deacon Vaughan Southgate Diana Moss Claire Boardman Graham Pumphrey Peter Robinson Claire Boardman Janice Elliott Barrie Moss Peter Symonds

The Butterfly and the Bug Hide and Seek Waiting for Crumbs Longhorned beetle Kiss me Quick Proud Mother Trust Drying in the Sun Detainee's Itch Seeds of Life The Common Darter Hummingbird Moth Red Kite Dikdik Antelope

Bedford Town Mayor, Dave Hodgson opened the Exhibition and presented the trophies and awards. The Times and Citizen (T & C) prizes for the Public Print competition were presented jointly by the Mayor and Jim Stewart (T & C editor). The cups donated by T & C and Michael R Peters respectively were also presented jointly with the Mayor by Jim Stewart and Paul Mead, MD of Michael R Peters.

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This year was the first since 1985 that the Annual Exhibition (as opposed to the Centenary Exhibition) had been held in the Harpur Suite. So it was fitting that the Times and Citizen also sponsored a public print competition as its forerunner The Beds Times used to do. It was disappointing that the Times and Citizen chose not to publish the Club results. 4


The New Moeraki boulders NZ Tony Beaumont Crying Claire Boardman Documentary What do you think of Ian Whiting the game so far? Any old iron 2 Still life Vaughan Southgate Macro/Close- Vision in Smoke Clive Walton up

Over the 8 Classes, forty four members had entered 310 DPIs and 331 Prints. Of these 230 DPIs (74.1%) and 192 Prints (58.0%) were accepted to be projected and hung respectively. The trophy winners are given below

Landscape Street

Trophy Winners Class 1. Colour Projected Digital Images (PDIs) Best Image and winner of the W. G. Budd Lantern Slide Challenge Cup John Pegram Points Competition for the Michael R Peters Challenge Cup John Pegram

For Prints Landscape

Barns In The Mist

Claire Boardman Macro/Close- Longhorned beetle Claire up Boardman Documentary Demise of the Corner Bruce Deacon Shop Bakery Jostling for position Bruce Deacon Action Architecture Riverside Offices Martin Nellist from Tower Bridge Proud Cuban Portrait Stanley Searle Eyes down look in Street Stanley Searle Barn Owl Wildlife Clive Walton London City Skyscape Jim Burnett Cityscape 2

Class 2. Monochrome Projected Digital Images (PDIs) Best Image and winner of the Bedfordshire Times Challenge Cup Martin Nellist Points Competition for the Times and Citizen Challenge Cup Claire Boardman Class 3. Novice Projected Digital Images (PDIs) Best Image and Winner of the Mike Smith Trophy Paul Brook Class 4. Colour Prints Best Print and winner of the G.L.Gilbert Trophy Elizabeth Jamieson LRPS Points Competition for The Gilbert Cup Bruce Deacon

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Class 5. Monochrome Prints Best Print and winner of the Arthur Long Trophy Peter Robinson Points Competition for the Members' Challenge Cup Claire Boardman Class 6. Novice Prints Best Print and winner of the Novice Print Trophy Paul Brook Class 7. Best set of three Projected Digital Images (PDIs) First and Winner of the J.R. Bryant Cup Clive Walton Class 8. Best set of three Prints First and Winner of The Craddock Cup

Paul Brook

Special merit awards were made as follows:For Projected Digital Images Portrait Wildlife Cityscape

Winile (Winner) & John Pegram Menzi (Creator) Goliath Heron Strike John Pegram The Old Reflected In Steve Ridgway

President Diana Moss welcoming members and guests.

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The following two days we opened to the public and the footfall was excellent and the great majority of the attendees were highly positive with their feedback. The layout received many complements and the entry charge and sale of refreshments added to the coffers. The Exhibition is a (if not the) highlight of the club year and making it a success was essential as all members who take the trouble to enter and whose work is passed by the judges, are entitled to see their efforts on show. It is important to point out that the work load was much bigger than anticipated but the load was shared. It is also important to point out that the majority of club members were involved in chasing advertisers, managing the judging process, editing the catalogue, the logistics of the layout, the presentation of the PDIs, the AV presentation, preparing the prints for mounting, manning the doors, setting up and breaking down the displays, refreshments and on and on. The success of this year's Exhibition was undoubtedlythe result of a real team effort no matter how small the contribution. It was also fun and we now have a blueprint for the future.

The Annual Exhibition 2012 This Year's Exhibition was a major change from previous years in a number of ways 1 We decided to house the event in the centre of Bedford at the Harpur Suite. 2 We decided to have the judging locally on one day rather than having the laborious task of collecting and shipping all the print entries to a judge's home with all the risks that that process entailed. 3 We decided to upgrade the catalogue and include advertising which along with stands (another first) and a contribution of DVDs from Experience Seminars went a long way in paying for the event. 4 We persuaded The Times and Citizen that if they ran a photo competition we would give them space at our own Exhibition for their prize winners and include them in our Prize Winners' Evening. This provided us with valuable free advertising and PR. 5 We persuaded Michael R Peters the local electrical retailer to loan two large flat TVs to display the PDIs. Paul Mead, the MD went out of his way to help us with a projector, screen and PA system- a real gent! 6 We organised a Photoshop Corner where Club Members took turns to demonstrate editing. The Judging event at Renhold Village Hall went very smoothly although there was snow and a severe frost when we arrived - regardless of this both judges arrived on time. Having this event on one day meant that we saved ourselves valuable time in preparing the catalogue and display stands required. The Exhibition opened with the prize giving and again Dave Hodgson, The Mayor, agreed to attend. It was a very well received and successful evening.

Alan Horn

Monthly Competition - Open, 24th April 2012 This competition was judged by Dave Stewart who has both lectured and judged at BCC on several occasions and is well versed in the mysteries of Photoshop. The Print competition was won by Alan Horn's Hummingbird Hawkmoth. Rosalind Rosewarne's Swan 6


Ghost Crab

20 [3rd]

Bruce Deacon

Into The Straight

19

Peter Robinson

Triumph Rocket

19

Clive Walton

18

Ian Whiting

Let’s Pick A Poppy Or Two Flying

Paul Brook

Look Mum No Hands

18

Bruce Deacon

The Fox Hunter

17

Graham Pumphrey

Walking The Passage

17

Martin Nellist

Statue, Wrest Park

17

Claire Boardman Tony Beaumont Peter Robinson Janice Elliott Jim Burnett Terry Mann Alan Horn Barrie Moss Colin Day Graham Pumphrey

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In the PDI competition, A Cornish Sunset by Peter Symonds was first, Colin Day's Not Marilyn was second and Paul Brook's Wondrous Beauty was third. NAME

TITLE

SCORE

Peter Symonds

A Cornish Sunset

23 [1st]

Colin Day

Not Marilyn

22 [2nd]

Paul Brook

Wonderous Beauty

20 [3rd]

Alan Horn

19

Ian Whiting

Light At The End Of The Tunnel Preparing

Janice Elliott

Remembering

18

Steve Ridgway

18

Tom Yates

Barcelona Old Port At Dawn Pine Beauty Moth

Tony Beaumont

Moeraki Boulders Nz

18

Vaughan Southgate

Singled Out

18

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31.0

34.0

37.0

31.0

172.0

35.0

30.0

38.5

33.0

34.0

170.5

35.0

37.0

32.0

36.0

30.0

170.0

34.0

38.0

33.0

32.0

32.0

169.0

40.0

32.0

32.0

31.0

33.0

168.0

35.0

29.0

33.0

38.0

31.0

166.0

35.0

32.0

32.0

27.0

35.0

161.0

35.0

32.0

30.0

34.0

30.0

161.0

31.0

28.0

34.0

30.0

37.0

160.0

35.0

31.0

33.0

32.0

29.0

160.0

Prints The Print Competition was not as close with 11 points separating first and second place and, sorry you men, it was another win for a lady. Print Total Scores 2011/2012

19 Claire Boardman Peter Robinson Alan Horn Diana Moss Martin Nellist Barrie Moss Clive Walton Jim Burnett Graham Pumphrey Hollie Pumphrey

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Top Ten Points Totals for the 20112012 Monthly Competitions DPI's The points totals for the year were fiercely fought with the PDI Competition concluding with only 4 points separating the top four places. It all came down to the final ‘Open’ competition. It was good to see a new member Janice Elliott at the top end of the results. It was also good to see two ladies in the top four, although I might be a little biased!

Open Apr

22 [2nd]

Open Apr

Swan Lake

Living World

Rosalind Rosewarne Claire Boardman

Living World

23 [1st]

Book Title

Hummingbird Hawkmoth

Book Title

Alan Horn

Mist

SCORE

Mist

TITLE

Total

Open Oct

NAME

DPI Scores 2011/2012

Open Oct

Lake was second and Claire Boardman's Ghost Crab was third.

33.0

38.0

40.0

36.0

34.0

181.0

37.0

30.0

33.0

35.0

35.0

170.0

33.0

30.0

32.0

36.0

38.0

169.0

35.0

30.0

32.0

40.0

32.0

169.0

38.0

30.0

33.0

35.0

31.0

167.0

35.0

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36.0

32.0

30.0

164.0

36.0

33.0

36.0

27.0

32.0

164.0

33.0

32.0

33.0

33.0

31.0

162.0

33.0

35.0

31.0

31.0

31.0

161.0

33.0

31.0

31.0

33.0

30.0

158.0

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images and hearing the judges’ comments at this next level, as my photography has certainly improved. I am sure that is not the only reason for my greater success last year but I am convinced that it has helped. I can assure you that it is much more fun if a number of members attend these events. Come along and SUPPORT YOUR CLUB. I can’t guarantee that Bedford will win or even be near the top as we all know how judging can vary, but it is an opportunity to spend an evening looking at good images and picking up tips on how to produce a better image.

External Competitions As most of you know, I took on the role of External Competition Secretary last year but I found that I was also heavily involved in internal competitions. David Hogg (Internal Competition Secretary 2011/2012) and I found that it was better to work together as a team. I ran the internal print competitions and contacted the judges and David did all the technical side of submitting entries for the external competitions. This year I am looking forward to working with Clive Williams. Clive has ‘volunteered’ to be the new Internal Competition Secretary, having done the same job last year at his other club, New City. There is always a great deal to do on internal competition evenings and we always welcome offers of help from members. If you would like to help out then please contact either Clive or myself at the beginning of the season.

I would like to wish you all a successful and enjoyable season. Claire Boardman- External Competition Secretary

Annual Dinner, 8th May 2012

I have to say that I was disappointed at the lack of members attending external competitions last season. Quite often, only two or three of us went to represent our club. I have questioned as to whether it is worth all the effort that is required to enter these competitions if there is no interest from members. Why are we entering these competitions and are any of you really interested in the results?

Once again Mike Olney arranged for us to return to the White Hart at Flitton where we enjoyed the usual excellent food and good company. Martin Nellist

Awards for Merit in Audio Visual Production

The committee discussed this at our last meeting and whilst it was acknowledged that it is important to promote Bedford Camera Club in a wider and stronger field of photography, we decided that we should enter fewer external competitions until a greater interest and keenness to participate at this level is shown by the members. Of course, this will depend on you and this will be under review throughout the forthcoming season. As certain competitions are by invitation only, there is a danger that we might not be invited to participate in following years. At the moment, we have decided to only enter one of the EAF Championships this year as these competitions require a total of 25 images from each club and a great deal of preparation. I will enter us in the ‘PDI’ Championship this year with the view to enter the ‘PRINT’ Championship next season. It was also decided to drop the A45 Challenge Competition as we did last season because it is held in Bury St. Edmunds (a long way to travel for 5 images). We also discussed dropping The Brotherhoods Challenge at Peterborough because it is always held on a Tuesday, which of course clashes with our own club nights. I couldn’t attend last season as we had an internal competition on the same evening.

A report from PAGB news issue 67, May 2012 The PAGB recently agreed the following definition which has received wide support. "An AV Production submitted for a PAGB Award for Photographic Merit should predominantly consist of a sequence of still photographic images, the majority of such images being the original work of the entrant, together with a synchronised sound track. The use of third party images, animated graphics, video clips or other visual material, whilst not excluded, should be limited and appropriate to the production. Entrants must confirm that they have obtained legal consent for the use of any visual or audio material used in the production other than their own original content." The AV Adjudication, scheduled for 20 October 2012, has adopted this definition and will be conducted in accordance with previous custom and practice.

I made sure that the available information about all the external competitions was included at the time our members’ handbook went to print, to give you the opportunity to attend any of these competitions. The same will be done this season. If you would like to attend any of the competitions, please let me know and between us we can arrange transport. All I can say is that I have been attending external competitions for two seasons now and I must have benefited from seeing the

Now that this definition has been agreed the PAGB Executive has asked the APM Sub Committee to review all the procedures and practices for running Adjudications from 2013. They intend to conduct a further wide ranging consultation leading, hopefully, to specific proposals early in 2013.. 8


capture wild flowers. Butterfly World was smaller than I had expected, but provided a wonderful opportunity to take photos of various butterflies and insects. At RSPB, the weather was not too good, but I did manage to get a few very nice shots of Woodpeckers and Chaffinches. At Stevington, the setting sun on the Windmill gave us an opportunity to photograph the changing evening colours. Ten members made the trip to Blakeney, and three of us ventured out in a boat to photograph the seals. I am sure that at least one of us will have a seal photograph in a competition this year! Other outings so far have been a Close-up/macro evening at Priory Park, street photography in Bedford, Box End Water skiing and Harold Country Park. I honestly think that I, personally, have brought back something extra from each and every one of these meetings. Also, it’s not only the photographic opportunity. I have learned from watching what others are doing, so it’s been a learning curve too. I have tried to get other venues where we could practise sports photography, but unfortunately, the Bedford Sports Centre declined to let us photograph there. I also enquired at the Dog Racing Track at Henlow but in all honesty, one cannot get near the rail during a race, especially with a long lens! I also enquired about the Car racing Circuit at Thurleigh Airfield, but they said that it was too dangerous to have photographers too close to the track. I must admit that it is quite difficult to find interesting things to photograph in the Bedford area, without going back to the Parks and woodlands. I am sorry that some of the venues attract a cost, but this is the only way that we can get to photograph them, and the ones that we have visited, have all opened out of hours just for our members. So thanks to those venues.

If you are involved in Audio Visual as a current or potential producer of AV, as a past or present judge or if you just have an interest in how it may develop in the future and you would like to be involved in this consultation please register an interest with rod@creative-camera.co.uk All input is welcome although we cannot promise individual responses.

Obituary - Revd Dr Brian Greenish Retired local GP and Priest, Brian Greenish died very peacefully on 27th April 2012 aged 91. Brian was a Camera Club member for maybe over 50 years, I would guess, and was an outstanding winner of the Club trophies. I have a picture of him at a Club dinner in 1951 and for the Centenary he lent me some of his winning prints to copy. The image below was part of his portfolio displayed at the Centenary Exhibition and is, I am pretty sure, of his wife with one of his children.

After each outing we all meet up at a local pub for a drink, and perhaps a meal, where it then becomes a very social event. As I have only been a member of the club for a short time I have found a few good friends in the club through these Tuesday evenings. There is also a mine of information to be had from the members. You only have to ask!

A print entitled 'Mother' exhibited by Brian Greenish in 1946

Although we have a club membership of about 69, the average number taking part is only 11, which I must admit I find a little disappointing, as we are an established Camera Club! I fully realise that the summer is holiday time, and many of us go away, see the children or grandchildren, and have a million things to do on a summer evening. However, I urge more of you to come out with us, I am sure you will enjoy it.

Martin Nellist

Summer Tuesdays 2012 We are now into about the middle of the summer Tuesday evening photographic outings, and so far it seems to be going quite well. I have tried to make the outings as diverse and interesting as possible, with different genres of photography to enable us to practice various ways of taking photographs. By the feedback that I have received from participating members, they have all enjoyed the meetings for their social aspect as well as a photo opportunity. Although the Tuesday meetings are, primarily, to take photo’s, perhaps for later competitions or exhibitions, they are also very social events.

Still to come this summer, at time of writing anyway, is the Summer evening BBQ, where members and partners are welcome, The Lavender Fields , Photoshop evenings, a twilight London afternoon and or evening photo-shoot, a competition for the best summer photos, the end of summer meetings meal, which will be held in a restaurant. So still plenty to do. It will be nice to see any of you at any of the forthcoming events. Thank you all for your support.

Places that we have visited this year include Kathy Brown’s Garden, which was a brilliant opportunity to

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Dukes Lane – Ascot Races, 21st June 2012

My images this year were not as good as I had hoped because we were standing where they started off and they were still composing themselves and fiddling with their umbrellas. Whereas last year we were further down the lane and they were all organised and sitting pretty.

The weather forecast for this trip was not good but were we disheartened? No! With all the food packed in the boot along with chairs, umbrellas, bunting and flags we set off at 8 o’clock from Clapham. My friend Gordon was in the driving seat with Claire and Janice to the rear. Having had torrential rain early morning we were just hoping that by midday it would brighten up.

Nevertheless it has not deterred us from going again. We finished the day with a cream tea at the Windsor Farm Shop and Gordon drove the scenic route home showing us a popular place for Red Kites. Moira McAneny

Gordon had chosen to go M1/M25 (wrong move!) and it was slow going with the commuting traffic, although we still arrived in good time and had no trouble in picking our place, which was more than we can say for Gordon’s parking skills!

Point To Point Racing – Brafield, 25th March 2012 Having read Diana’s email to club members, suggesting a photographic afternoon at the Point to Point Meeting at Brafield-on-the-Green. I decided that it would perhaps be another chance to practice panning. After taking several minutes, sorry nearly an hour, deciding what equipment I should take, I and my good friend, Gordon, set out from Clapham. Arriving around midday we just managed to secure a front row parking space. It was a glorious day and people had picnic tables out and even portable barbecues. Everyone seemed in good spirits.

This year we stood on the other side of the road nearer to where the Queen and Prince Phillip would board their carriage. Once we had set up camp and arranged the bunting and flags we had plenty of time to have a walk whilst awaiting the procession. This year, because we arrived earlier, we saw several carriages pass along the lane with guests being taken down to the course. These all had individual carriage men blowing their horns which definitely added to the atmosphere.

We hadn’t been there long before we bumped into Bruce Deacon and his wife and their 10 year old setter Abbey. As we stood talking, Gordon went over to the arena where, shortly, some of the Oakley Hunt were going to congregate and socialise with the general public and provide an opportunity to photograph the horses and hounds.

Although it was cloudy and at one point we had a really heavy downpour, everyone was in good spirits. As it neared the time for the procession, we selected our places as all of a sudden there does get a big surge for the barrier. I stood on my 8 inch step again which was brilliant. Janice too had followed my idea. Claire squeezed in between us only to be told by this woman that she was blocking her view! A few polite but direct words were exchanged. This was ironic as this woman was standing with her umbrella up blocking the view of those behind!

Whilst talking to Bruce, I just happened to look round to see Gordon frantically waving his hands in the air in a beckoning action seemingly wanting me to join him. Reluctantly I went over after excusing myself from Bruce and, feeling like a little girl who had misbehaved, was told ‘The pictures come first!’ Graciously restraining from clocking him one I took to looking for

When the Queen arrived it was hit and miss as to

something different to photograph but it was difficult as children and dogs were continually running around.

whether she would ride in an open carriage and a big cheer went up when the footman folded down the collapsible roof.

The hounds were amazingly friendly, bounding up and I remember crouching down momentarily only to get a 10


cheeky hound come up and stand with his front legs on my shoulders! I don’t know whether my hair colour reminded him of a fox as in the sunshine it was quite red! Anyway before I was beckoned away by Gordon, Bruce was advising me of places to stand in order to get some reasonable images. So just before the first race we made our way over to the second fence and got in position acknowledging Diana and Barry who were passing, making their way round the course.

My final Photoshop tip. In Photoshop CS5 (and maybe CS4) the Ruler tool comes with a 'Straighten' option. This is faster and more convenient than going through the routine, Image> Adjustment> Image Rotation > Arbitrary to apply the angle determined by the Ruler Tool. However, be aware that the Straighten action crops such that the image fills the frame completely. This sometimes means that the crop is too tight.

As the horses jumped the second fence I found it a bit crazy and, after they had passed, I could see this official photographer coming towards me from the other side of the course. ‘How did you get on?’, he asked, and my reply was ‘I don’t know really I’m only a novice’.' Let’s have a look.' I didn’t really want to pass my camera over but he said ‘Not bad, but when they come round again, set your speed at 1/500th and, if you’re looking at them straight on and you’re shooting in continuous mode, zoom out as they jump over the hedge”.

The remedy is to take a step backward in the history palette. Triangular white areas are now revealed bordering the uncropped image. Select each of these areas in turn and fill using Edit > Fill > Content-aware. Results will be variable and some additional selection and fill and cloning may be necessary. However, the method will usually provide an excellent start. Martin Nellist

Having said that, he went back over to the other side of the course. So now I was standing on my small step which raised me a good 8 inches clear of the course barrier and ready for when they came round again. Right, I could hear them coming I’d just got to remember what I had been told. As they came over the fence I was shooting continuously and zooming out at the same time. I was fairly pleased with my results and now have a better understanding of what I have to do in these situations. A few months later I entered one of my prints for an internal competition. Needless to say although I was pleased with my effort it didn’t do anything for the judge!

Online Video Training One of the pleasures of photography is learning new techniques to improve your ability and subject range. The club talks from visiting lecturers are always popular evenings; Helen Dawkins on restoring old images, Mike Fuller covering monochrome post-processing and Bob Brind-Surch demonstrating macro and close-up techniques were very good examples of three such successful evenings last year. There are a number of external courses and workshops covering every subject for a range of abilities run throughout the year that one can attend to learn more, for example: Experience Seminars, Calumet Photographic, Warehouse Express, Epson, Light and Land. These last from half a day to a week or more and can cost from £50 to many thousands. A live course or workshop has a number of advantages but the cost and fitting into the course timetable can be a limiting factor.

Moira McAneny

Cautionary tale. The former treasurer of the Welsh Photographic Society, Mr. Neil Jones, has been sentenced for the theft of monies totalling approximately £16,500 from the society after pleading guilty to all charges brought against him.

Video courses may not give one the chance to ask questions, talk to others and get feedback on how well you are doing but they can offer a price advantage including sharing the cost, repeatability and being able to learn at your own pace and schedule.

The honourable judge, Justice John Curran, said that this was a serious breach of trust in taking the members’ subscription money for his own ends and he sentenced Mr. Jones to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for 2 years including 6 months on probation. He further said that Mr. Jones should not be relieved of his responsibility to repay the funds but realising his situation he was making an order that he should do so at a rate of £20 per week. Consequently, Mr Jones will have repaid his debt in 16 years.

Some video courses are purchased on DVD or downloaded from the internet as a video whilst others are strictly online only. The DVD allows you easily to watch the film in comfort on your own wide-screen TV. Downloaded videos can be watched from your computer screen or, with a bit of processing, saved as a DVD to watch on the TV.

The WPF Exec would like to take this opportunity to thank all their clubs and their members for their generous and sympathetic support during what has been a very difficult couple of years.

The online-only internet videos (called streaming video) are not normally recordable onto your computer but require an internet connection at all times. Anyone who has used the BBC I-Player will be familiar with this approach.

Source. WPF website

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design. The courses are detailed and well presented although inevitably the older videos are for older software versions. The service represents good value for money. Try some of the free samples first and review the entire list before jumping in.

The online video can usually be paused, skipped back and forth or replayed as often as required. They are easy to watch on the computer screen and can be redirected to the TV; most laptops only need a simple cable to connect the laptop to the TV via the RGB or HDMI connection or otherwise you may need a bit of extra hardware to connect a desktop PC from your study to your living room but you would have to run back to the study to pause or rewind the video.

Matt Kloskowski http://lightroomkillertips.com/category/lightroom-videos and www.mattk.com - free, mostly short videos on using Lightroom and Photoshop

Some online videos are just video screen captures of the lecturer's computer whilst he or she explains what they are doing. This is like watching over the lecturer's shoulder. Others are more true video productions that have taken some considerable time to write, shoot and edit.

Tip Squirrel www.tipsquirrel.com, free short tutorials on various software and photographic techniques from a panel of good trainers including the UK based Glyn Dewis and Gavin Hoey. Gavin Hoey http://gavtrain.blogspot.co.uk - free short videos, usually on Photoshop techniques

There are many sources of online video tuition; many are free or relatively inexpensive, especially when compared against live classes and most DVDs. An internet search will uncover a large list of sites but here is my list of sites that I have tried and can recommend.

Glyn Dewis http://glyndewisblog.com - free short videos, usually on Photoshop techniques. Glyn also markets a few longer streaming videos, often on compositing techniques

Adobe TV http://tv.adobe.com - Many very good videos, free to watch, with the accent on learning each of the Adobe products including Photoshop and Lightroom.

Adorama TV www.adorama.com and click the Adorama TV link - Many very good, short, free videos on using your camera and lighting from a range of presenters, including Mark Wallace and, more recently, Gavin Hoey.

Manfrotto www.manfrottoschoolofxcellence.com free, mostly one-hour audio presentations with screen shots from top photographers.

Chromasia www.chromasia.com - pay monthly for access to a library of Photoshop tuitions, some video and many just text based. Those there are worth watching but you may find new ones are not added as frequently as promised. For less than the cost of a monthly magazine you could learn a lot for little expenditure.

Creative Live www.creativelive.com - Free to watch a multi-day (often 3 day) live class when first broadcast, otherwise pay (often about ÂŁ100) to download a recording of the class. The live broadcast usually runs from 5pm to midnight UK time but is often repeatedly re-run for free the next day until about 3pm.

Layers http://layersmagazine.com - free short videos on using Adobe products

Kelby Training www.kelbytraining.com - Scott Kelby is a well known author and has put together a strong training organisation. Using top photographers and trainers he has created an extensive library of hundreds of professionally produced courses in photography and web design although inevitably the older videos are for older software versions. Pay for monthly for annual access or trial a free 24-hour pass. Excellent value for money.

PSD Tuts http://psd.tutsplus.com - many free, some are paid subscription, short videos mainly on Adobe products Photoshop TV http://kelbytv.com/photoshopusertv another Scott Kelby service. A free, frequent (often weekly) one-hour TV show of general photography talk, some tuition and adverts. I start the video and then immediately select pause. The video keeps downloading to the computer. Once it is all downloaded (watch the progress bar at the bottom) I can easily skip over the ads or miss out sections that I am not interested in, often reducing an hour to just 10 minutes of useful content.

NAPP www.nappmember.co.uk/napp-2 - Grandly calling itself the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, this is another Kelby Training site concentrating on Photoshop users. An annual subscription gives access to their PS training videos, a magazine (10/year), discounts on other products (similar discounts can often be found elsewhere), a "club" atmosphere and a question/answer forum. Good value if you make a lot of use of Photoshop.

Ian Whiting

The Club Website www.bedfordcameraclub.co.uk continues to be a valuable club resource. It informs the members of what is happening, tells the world about what we do and can encourage new members to join the club.

Lynda www.lynda.com - pay a monthly or two different annual subscriptions to watch over 1,400 courses, many of which run for several hours. The list covers multiple subjects including photography and web 12


The front page now displays one image, as a letter-box crop but with a Show Full Image button, selected at random from a choice of images. The selection and crops are made by the committee as images that have a strong visual impact. We also have a smaller "promotional image" designed by Simon to advertise the upcoming major events.

In November 2011 the Google web statistics were reset. Thus we only have totals for the past 8 months when we had 4,000 visitors. 31% of these were first time visitors. so that 69% were returning. This is a very good sign that the club web site is interesting enough for people to want to come back and take another look. 36,000 pages have been viewed. On average over 9 pages are viewed per visit with an average stay of 5 minutes. Our peak visitor numbers were January to April, with 600 to 727 per month, and a steady decline to the end of July to 225. These numbers are excellent figures for the club. How do people find our club web site? 38% arrive from a search, e.g. Google, with by far and away the most popular search term being "Bedford Photography Clubs" or similar. 15% arrive by clicking a link on another web site, e.g. 35 visitors came from a link on the EAF web site and 17 from Facebook pages. The remaining visitors arrive directly, from either typing in the club web site address or having saved the link as a favourite. The web site could not be as popular or comprehensive without all of the work that different members contribute. Please do email anything you would like to add to the site; an event, your ten gallery images, your own "tip", a link etc. Contact details on the Club > Contact Us web page.

The events calendar has been enhanced. It has an optional monthly grid display; click the day number button to see more details for all items for that day. We can list by club events, external events or "local photo opportunities". If you learn of a local event or opportunity that offers something special or unusual to photograph please do let us know so we can add it to the calendar; ideally we need the date, location, short description and a web page link that will aid interested members to research the opportunity.

Ian Whiting

External Competitions 2012/2013 2012 Bedfordshire Invitation Inter-Club, Monday

At the end of 2011 the page design was improved following valuable input and review by several club members.

November 12th at 8 pm. Hosted by - Shillington and DCC. Venue: Barton Village Hall, Hexton Road, Barton-Le Clay, Beds. MK45 4JY

We have pages on tips, offers and discounts available to club members (do you have a link to a company that will offer a deal?) and some general interest pages, e.g. lesser-known photographers, outside tuition and links to associated organisations. These pages grow as we learn of new items.

6 to 9 PDIs ( 1400 x1050 pixels). A maximum of 2 per author, plus one reserve from any source within the Club but may NOT be a third image from any author.

3 Way Battle between Bedford, Biggleswade and Letchworth, Thursday November 29th Hosted by Biggleswade and DCC. Venue – Biggleswade Conservative Club, St. Andrews Street, Biggleswade. SG18 8BA

One of the most important aspects of a camera club web site are the image galleries. Alongside the competition and exhibition winners, maintained by John, Diana is maintaining our "Members Gallery" pages. Any member can send Diana up to 10 of their own images to display in their own gallery. The galleries are one of the most popular items the web site visitors look at; this is your chance to show the world what you do. If you wish you can also include some words about yourself or your work and links to any other image galleries or blog you have, e.g. on Flickr or Picasa.

Judge – Jim Hartje ARPS EFIAP DPAGB APAGB BPE5* 10 digital images & 10 prints. A maximum of 2 per author, from any source within the club.

2013 Cambridge Inter – Club Digital Competition 2012, Saturday January 19th at 1.30 pm. . Hosted by –

The club also has a member-only Flickr group where we can share any of our images and comments with other members at www.flickr.com/groups/bedfordcc/

Cambridge CC. Venue: Whittlesford Village Hall, Whittlesford, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4NE

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Judge – Chris Palmer ARPS AFIAP DPAGB APAGB 5 digital images (1400x1050 pixels) from any source within the Club. We have to submit: 1. Monochrome Open (any subject) 2. People 3. Landscape 4. Natural History 5. Open (any subject) A sixth image (any subject) is also required as a reserve to be used in the event of a tie.

10 digital images & 10 prints. Max 2 per author, from any source within the Club.

EAF Club PDI Championships 2012, Sunday

The Felicity Bickley Trophy, Thursday March 29th

New City PS Digital Central Challenge Cup,Thursday March 14th . at 7.45 pm. Hosted by – New City PS. Venue:Tickford Centre, Tickford Street, Newport Pagnell. MK17 9BG 6 digital images and a reserve from any source within the Club.

February 10th. Venue: The Latton Bush Centre, Southern Way, Harlow, Essex. CM18 7BL

at 7.45 pm. Hosted by – New City PS Venue: Tickford Centre, Tickford Street, Newport Pagnell. MK17 9BG

The Projected Image Competition shall consist of two rounds with a maximum of 25 images and judged at a resolution of 1400 x 1050 pixels. Round 1 shall have 15 images from at least 5 authors within the club. Not more than 3 images to be Natural History and a maximum of 3 per photographer. Round 2 shall have 10 images from at least 5 authors within the Club. Not more than 2 images to be Natural History and a maximum of 2 per photographer.

An Audio–Visual Battle in which the Bedford entry will be the two AV’s judged to be the best of those entered in the Club Competition on Tuesday Jan 22nd 2013.

The Brotherhoods Challenge 2012,Tuesday April 9th at 7.45 pm. Hosted by – Peterborough PS. Venue: Parkways Sports and Social Club, Maskew Avenue, Peterborough. PE1 2AS Judge – Malcom Tinn LRPS 7 digital images and a reserve from any source within the Club.

St. Ives Interprint Competition 2012, Saturday February 23rd. from 8.00 a.m. to approx. 9.30 p.m. Hosted by St. Ives PC. Venue:Free Church, Market Hill, St. Ives. PE27 5AL

Claire Boardman

AGM, 1st May 2012.

8 prints from any source within the Club. Colour or Mono, any subject and a maximum of 2 per author. Mount size 20x16ins (50x40cms) with digital copies on a CD

This short summary of the AGM is based on a report kindly supplied by Simon Bray. Committee Changes. Mike Clifton was elected President and Diana Moss became Immediate Past President. Simon Bray and John Pegram continue as Secretary and Treasurer respectively. Alan Woodward, Vaughan Southgate, David Hogg, Mike Olney, Matthew Rowntree and Martin Nellist left the Committee and were replaced by Alan Horn, Bruce Deacon, Clive Williams, Peter Symonds and Tony Brooks. Jobs within the Committee were allocated at a subsequent Committee meeting.

EAF PRINT CHAMPIONSHIP, Sunday March 3rd . Venue:The Fulbourn Centre, 31 Home End, Fulbourn, Cambs. CB21 5BS The Print Competition shall consist of two rounds with a maximum of 25 images. Round 1 shall have 15 images from at least 5 photographers within the Club. At least 5 prints must be Mono, at least 5 prints must be Colour and not more than 3 can be Natural History. A maximum of 3 prints per photographer. Round 2 shall have 10 images from at least 5 photographers within the Club. At least 4 prints must be Mono, at least 4 prints must be Colour and not more than 2 can be Natural History. A maximum of 2 prints per photographer. PRINTS MUST BE MOUNTED ON RECTANGULAR CARD 50CM X 40CM

In his Treasurer's report, John Pegram explained that an increase in Income had not kept pace with increases in Expenditure and that the costs of hiring the Priory hall were likely to rise further. For this reason he proposed an increase in Subscriptions. A discussion about how the increase should be spread between single members and joint membership was resolved at a subsequent Committee meeting. Subscriptions for the 2012-2013 Winter Season are £60 for a single member, £100 for a couple and £30 for a student.

3 Way Battle between Bedford, Kempston and Shillington, Date not known. Hosted by Kempston

Simon Bray

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The committee members and their roles are: Mike Clifton Diana Moss John Pegram Simon Bray Claire Boardman Clive Williams Peter Robinson Alan Horn Bruce Deacon Peter Symonds Tony Brooks Helen Shanks

President Immediate Past President Treasurer Secretary External Competitions Internal Competitions Membership Exhibition and publicity Program Secretary Summer Events Social Activities

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Although they are not committee members, the following have accepted the following tasks. ‘In Focus’ editor Raffles Refreshments

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