• Turner Peninsula Trophy

    Fifteen members and visitors attended this week's meeting to enjoy a fascinating collection images from the Manhood Peninsula submitted by thirteen fellow club members.

    We welcomed Tony Baverstock LRPS from Chichester Camera Club, our judge for the evening, who gave his expert opinion on each of the fifty seven PDIs submitted for this popular (previously print) annual competition.

    Following a preview of all the images, each one was brought up on the screen for all to see and for Tony to comment upon and give a mark out of twenty. As always, it is fascinating to view the work of fellow club photographers, and I believe we all learnt a great deal from hearing Tony's interesting and helpful feedback.

    Tony drew attention to a number of technical factors affecting the quality of each picture including its exposure, depth of field and sharpness - in particular over sharpening. A picture's composition was frequently judged according to the "Rule of Thirds", the focal point for the viewer and triangular or diamond shaped patterns within the picture.

    Sometimes Tony suggested cropping out areas of a picture that didn't greatly contribute to its overall quality. His tagline was, "If it doesn't do anything - take it out !" However he was always careful to preface such suggestions with, "If that were my picture."

    By the end of the evening, eight pictures had been awarded eighteen marks or more as follows:

    With eighteen marks, the following qualify for a bronze certificate of merit:

    SLOW AND STEADY by Michael Marrinan


    ACTION AT EAST BEACH by Joan Taylor


    With nineteen marks, the following qualify for a silver certificate of merit:

    CANAL SWANS by Richard Love

    JOB DONE by Dave Johnson

    With twenty marks, the following qualify for a gold certificate of merit:

    LIFT OFF by Tony Storey


    After further careful consideration, Tony announced that the overall winner, and eventual recipient of the Turner Peninsula Trophy, should be Tony Storey for his action-filled picture entitled "Lift Off".

    Congratulations to the winner, and our grateful thanks to Tony Baverstock for sharing his expertise throughout a most interesting evening.



  • Walter Benzie FRPS

    We were extremely pleased this week to welcome back Walter Benzie to our club. Since his last visit five years ago, Walter has been extremely busy in his position as the President of the Royal Photographic Society - a role from which he stepped down only recently. Walter came to talk to us about the RPS and the three levels in the Distinction process to which photographers everywhere may apply.

    Walter began by explaining that the main aim of the RPS is to promote excellence in photography and image making by supporting photographers and enabling them to reach their full potential irrespective of their level of knowledge, equipment or skills. Founded in 1853, the RPS has pursued these objectives tirelessly for more than a century and a half, and was granted a Royal Charter in 2004 in recognition of its good work. Walter also explained that the society's main photographic collection, including a vast number of historic prints, was moved last year from the National Media Museum in Bradford to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

    The Distinction process was explained and illustrated in great detail by Walter including a slide show in which we saw some very impressive examples of photographs submitted by successful applicants. We learnt about the three levels of accreditation in the process: Licentiate, Associate and Fellowship. Walter then went on to take us through the expectations of applicants at each level which included print panels and sequences of digital images, both becoming increasingly more demanding at each level. For example, at the Licentiate level applicants must submit a panel of ten prints demonstrating a variety of techniques, at the Associate level it is fifteen prints and to gain a Fellowship the expectation is a panel of twenty prints.

    Walter explained that the RPS provides very good support to both members and non-members through advisory days that are held around the country in which there are opportunities to view successful submissions and receive personal guidance on the standard and preparation of one's work. There are also a number of special interest groups for members to join which focus on particular areas of photography and image-making. For example: Archaeology & Heritage, Contemporary, Creative, Audio Visual.

    Overall, we enjoyed a most interesting evening - Walter is such a gifted communicator and a great enthusiast and advocate for the RPS and photography in general. We were also greatly inspired by the quality of the images shown by Walter to illustrate his talk. The evening concluded by a short question and answer session followed by a sincere vote of thanks given by society President David Nicholls.



  • Paul Ubsdell Wildlife Trophy

    Our annual wildlife competition this week provided those present with a great show of digital images - fifty five in total submitted by eleven members. They depicted a wide variety of subjects including birds, mammals, insects and plants as well as a number featuring big cats !

    A warm welcome was extended to our judge for the evening, Roy Budden erstwhile of Petersfield Photographic Society and shortly to join Woolston Camera Club after his recent move to Southampton. Following the usual preview, each image was displayed for Roy to comment upon and give a mark out of twenty. Throughout the course of the evening some helpful feedback was given by Roy, including some suggestions aimed at helping members to improve the composition and overall quality and of their wildlife pictures.

    For example, the importance of showing a creature being active rather than static, (eg feeding, hunting etc); how a strong vertical line on the right hand side of an image can encourage the viewer's eye, naturally scanning from left to right, to be brought back into the centre of the picture; avoiding black backgrounds in wildlife photography and making every effort to show all six legs when photographing insects !

    By the end of the evening nine images had been awarded high marks, thus gaining certificates of merit for those members.

    Of those, the following six received eighteen marks:

    MOUNTAIN BACKDROP by Richard Clarke-Adams

    SNATCHING A BITE by Martin Thomas

    FIVE BAR SWORDTAIL by Graham Ainge


    EGG LAYING by Dave Johnson

    STARLING by John Jeyes

    These two gained nineteen marks:

    COMING THROUGH by Bob Hoare

    FLEDGLING ROBIN by Dick Read

    Finally, Roy announced that the evening's overall winner would be:

    ARCTIC TERN by Graham Ainge

    The evening concluded with club chairman Tony Storey offering a vote of thanks to Roy Budden, to the evening's winning member, Graham Ainge, and to all the members who had contributed their work for what had been another interesting club night.