Chingford Competition 2017

Chingford Competition 2017

This coming Monday sees a derby competition against our friends and rivals Chingford Photographic Society.

This is an annual competition between the two societies and will be held at;

Chingford Horticultural Hall

Larkshall Road

Chingford, E4 6PE

There is a small car park and plenty of on street parking.

Each Society will present 20 digital images to be judged out of 20. The highest aggregate score wins.

Last year Chingford beat us 244 to 242 in a very close contest.

Come along and provide support for Walthamstow!!

UPDATE:

It was a close call, but we were beaten at Chingford on Monday by 2 points, having led all the way until just about the last couple of images.

Here’s how we scored, judged by Dave Wilcox, marked out of 10.

End of the Road by Philip Atkinson, 9.5
Angel Amongst the Stars by Philip Atkinson, 9.5
Leg Shadow by John Bark, 6
View from the Golden Jubilee Bridge by Thomas Barry, 8.5
Lost in the Mist by Andy Charles, 9
The Haunted Forest by John Cross, 10
Early Morning on the River Lea by John Cross, 9
Punk Isn’t Dead by John Cross, 8
White Amaryllis by Teresa Elwes, 7
Over the Horizon by Teresa Elwes, 8
Glory by Peter Hall, 7
Winter Crow by Giulia Hetherington, 6
Holy Innocents in the Mist by Giulia Hetherington, 7.5
Beach portrait by Keith Mautterer, 7
Something Fishy Going on by Keith Mautterer, 10
Gemma by Caroline Preece, 8.5
A State of Bliss by Mick Ralph, 10
Dom by Matt Russell, 7.5
The X Factor by James Thatcher, 8.5
The Doctor Calls by Michael Ward, 8

Below are our tens, plus one of Phil’s 9.5s  (the judge clearly didn’t mind that the lighthouse was on the left!!) for good measure. Oh, and we’re back there in four weeks’ time for the Basildon Trophy…
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Walker Trophy Projected 2017

Walker Trophy Projected 2017

The second round (of three) will take place on Monday 28th February.

Members can enter up to four images. Be aware that no image may be entered into more than two Walker Trophy competitions (projected or print).

Full rules are below as is the upload address.

Good luck.

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It’s competition time again, the first of 2017.

It is the first round (of three) of the Walker Projected Competition.

Full competition rules can be found HERE

The competition upload page can be found HERE

Digital Image Specifications 

  • Image Size: 1920 pixels horizontal, maximum and 1024 pixels vertical, maximum
  • File Format: jpg

Digital Image Filename:

The filename must be of the format    “XX_Your Name_Image Title

  • XX is the number of your image in order of preference, eg 01, 02, 03, 04
  • Your Name is of course your name, eg. Matt Russell(spaces are allowed between names)
  • Image Title is the name of the image, eg. From the Top Deck of the Bus (spaces are allowed between words)
  • Please use an underscore in between the number, your name, and the title.  An underscore is “_
  • An example would be   03_Matt Russell_From the Top Deck of the Bus

Digital Image submission: 

  • Your images must be submitted by uploading them HERE
  • All images must be named correctly or they may not be shown
  • A small number of images may be accepted on USB drive on the evening. If there is not sufficient time to load these to the PC then they will not be shown in the competition.
Copped Hall Restoration

Copped Hall Restoration

On Monday we have the pleasure of welcoming Peter Warne to the Society.

Peter Warne is a member of Loughton Camera Club and has been photographing and documenting the wildlife around Copped Hall, holding study days and exhibiting there from time to time.

He will give us a quick introduction to what’s going on with the house, but his main talk will be about the wildlife to be seen in the various habitats. He will also try to anticipate questions we may have on wildlife photography and the value of fieldwork

From the Copped Hall website;

My involvement with the programme to investigate the wildlife of Copped Hall began in April 2012 building on the earlier work of Iris Newbery.  We have now published one of our short reports upon the findings – available through our regular sales channels – and I am pleased to report that the species list is already running to a total of 90.  The bulk of these species are birds because they are the easiest to see but we continue to add mammals and a wealth of invertebrates.

The joy of carrying out this work for the Trust is not just that for a biologist and would be photographer it is a wonderful opportunity.  It is equally the interaction I enjoy with the gardeners and restoration team.

Our builders Robert, Paul and Adam are very knowledgeable wildlife watchers and it was they who pointed me towards pied wagtails nesting in the rooftops of the mansion.

Paul and Adam also have the doubtful honour of having their pictures of a young little owl included in the presentations I have been making to various institutions in the area. This was a particularly important find after finding a dead owl last year and fearing we might have lost our breeding pair.

On the subject of owls, we know from the evidence of barn owl feathers that we still have breeding pairs of this beautiful bird locally and a male tawny owl makes its presence known by hooting at least twice a day.  Heard but rarely seen.  Our other birds of prey continue to attract attention and kestrels, sadly declining elsewhere, are frequent sightings alongside good numbers of buzzards.

Peter will be holding photography workshops at Copped Hall in 2017.

17th May 2017 – £25 – Wildlife at Copped Hall

12th August 2017 – £50 – Close up of flora and Fauna

You can see more of Peter’s work on Flickr.

Chris Shepherd – Composition & Catastrophe

Chris Shepherd – Composition & Catastrophe

Chris makes a very welcome return to the Society after his very successful talk – Looking Local.

In Chris’s own words;

Composition & Catastrophe
Two separate half evening technical talks, making for an evening where beginners and experts alike can learn (or be reminded) of something:

Considering Composition – we often hear talk of “The rules of composition”, but what are those rules and should we ignore them ? In this talk we explore the compositional tools we have available to us to make our pictures just a bit more interesting.

If you do one thing today – its a new digital world and yet not many of us stop to think how easily we could lose all our information.

In this talk we scare ourselves with tales of what could happen to our computers, photographs and information then look at ways to mitigate those risks.

You can see the quality of Chris’s work on his website – CLICK HERE

Informal Competition – Autumn & Winter

Informal Competition – Autumn & Winter

UPDATE: click this link for results

Welcome to 2017!

I hope all members of the Society had a great Christmas and New Year and that Santa Claus brought you what you wanted.

Kicking off 2017 we have an informal competition between members. This is ‘just for fun’ and the only trophy is kudos of having won.

It will be a knockout competition whereby images will be pitted against each other in pairs and member voting by show of hands which is their favourite.

The winner will be the one with most votes in the final knockout round.

We ran this system for a black and white competition last year and it worked well and importantly was fun.

The theme of the competition is Autumn / Winter to be interpreted in the widest sense. Remember though that too far off on a tangent and members may ‘not get it’!

All we ask is that the images have been taken since autumn started in 2016. The whole concept of the competition is to get members out there taking photos and not re-hashing past photos.

It is thought that we will present up to 3 photos per member, but if there is a dearth of entries we may bump this up to 4.

Standard naming protocol;

eg. 02_Philip Atkinson_A Winter Scene in Newcastle

(spaces and capital letters are allowed in the naming protocol – just make sure those underscores are in the correct place – that is what the computer looks for)

As is the norm with digital competitions please upload images to;

http://wdps.org/competition-upload/

I am looking into an alternative upload method as there are at times issues with a confirmation message appearing (although to date all images have been received).

Featured image by Peter Hall

 

Programme 2017

Programme 2017

 

Welcome to the 2017 programme.

Please be aware there may be changes which may need to be made during the year so check out the Monday Night section on the homepage and for more comprehensive information about the speakers, competitions, or member’s evenings.

9th  Member’s Evening

An informal competition with the theme of ‘Autumn / Winter’

This will be a member voted knockout competition.

16th Chris Shepherd

Composition & Catastrophe
Two separate half evening technical talks, making for an evening where beginners and experts alike can learn (or be reminded) of something;

Considering Composition – we often hear talk of “The rules of composition”, but what are those rules and should we ignore them ?

In this talk we explore the compositional tools we have available to us to make our pictures just a bit more interesting.
If you do one thing today – its a new digital world and yet not many of us stop to think how easily we could lose all our information.

In this talk we scare ourselves with tales of what could happen to our computers, photographs and information then look at ways to mitigate those risks.
23rd Peter Warne

Copped Hall – Photos of the restoration process and the surrounding countryside

30th Walker Projected

Round one (of three) of the Walker Projected Competition.

Members may submit up to four digital images.

6th Member’s Evening

Night time photography

13th Projected image competition at Chingford Photography Society

See their website for details

20th Neil Philips

Photographing insects and invertebraes

27th Walker Projected

Round two (of three) of the Walker Projected Competition.

Members may submit up to four digital images.

6th Members Evening

Preparing for competition

13th Basildon Trophy

Black and White print competition.

Held at Chingford PS. The third club is Enfield PS.

20th Walker Projected

Round three (of three) of the Walker Projected Competition.

Members may submit up to four digital images.

27th Alan Leas

My Uncle Alfred Eisenstaedt

 

3rd Wally Killmartin Memorial Lecture

Simon Weir – Beyond Visible Light

A journey into infra-red

10th 1 in a 100 Competition

Held at Chingford Photographic Society. Barking and Harlow also taking part

17th No Meeting – Easter Monday

24th Walker Print Competition

Round one (of three) of the Walker Print Competition

Members may submit up to four prints.

1st May – No meeting (bank holiday)

8th John Cross (our very own intrepid traveller)

15th Walker Print Competition

Round two (of three) of the Walker Print Competition

Members may submit up to four prints.

22nd Member’s Evening

“In the style of…..”

Following the success of the competition last year we are holding it again in 2017.

Members must submit two photos, the first a photo that inspires them and the second their own, ‘in the style of’ the first.

The number of entries a member may submit will be informed closer to the date.

29th No Meeting (bank holiday)

5th Dr Tony Kaye

How many pixels do you need and are you getting good value from them?

12th Walker Print Competition

Round three (of three) of the Walker Print Competition

Members may submit up to four prints.

19th City Walk

A members evening where there will be a photographic ramble around the City (somewhere)

26th Summer Photography Course

3rd Summer Photography Course

10th Summer Photography Course

17th Summer Photography Course

24th Summer Photography Course

31st Summer Photography Course

7th Summer Photography Course

14th Summer Photography Course

21st New Member’s Evening

28th No Meeting (bank holiday)

4th Members Evening

Practical portraiture.

An opportunity for members to get hands on with studio lighting and models.

11th Rosemary Wilman

An evening of contrasts

 

18th Stafford Steed

USA – the southern states. Images and AV.

25th Albert Bale Trophy

Portrait competition. Members may submit up to two prints.

2nd Paul Radden

A bit of him and some of her

9th Goddard Trophy

Panel competition. Members may enter a panel of four prints linked by a theme.

16th Centenary Trophy

AV competition voted upon by members

23rd – 28th Annual Exhibition

30th Member’s Evening

(tba – likely to be a review of the exhibition)

6th Annual General Meeting

13th Ron Tear

The black and white picture show

20th Print Competition against Chingford Photographic Society

Held in Walthamstow

27th Member’s Evening

You are the judge.

4th Documenting E17

Members photos of Waltham Forest taken through the year

11th Christmas Party

18th No Meeting

Informal drinks may be held in The Bell

25th No Meeting – it Christmas Day after all