Our first evening back , despite being on ZOOM was a pleasant start to the Year. Friendly chat, an update with regards Covid and the possibilities of alternative venues was given by Peter. We looked through the website and programme for the forthcoming months. And then there was a Quizz with 20 questions and inevitable disputes about some the answers. But good scores of 16-17/20 – not bad! And a lot of fun. We toasted the start of the year with our own glass of wine. And hopefully, we shall be meeting back at the school soon.
Please note : our Royston Arts Festival Exhibition will be on the weekend 26th-27th September in the Royston Town Hall from 10:30 am – 4.30 pm.
It was decided that due to the nature of our venue and increasing number of Covid cases, that is is safer to remain with our virtual meetings on ZOOM for the time being. It is a pity – I myself looked forward to see you all – but a sensible decision. Nontheless – lets make this year as good as any!
Our school term is quickly approaching. And we are asking members to give their view about returning (safely) to the school for meetings. Please give your answer to Peter ASAP. \
If we choose to return to school our first evening shall be with wine, intro to the club and quizz as normal. It would be great to see you all again for real!
Also prepare your images and send PDI’s for the Royston Art’s Festival Exhibition!
Congratulations to Linda Besin for winning the vote for the ‘Most Improved Photographer of the Year’. Her images enchanted us over the years and many were chosen as top images in several competititions, Well Done Linda!
and the winner of the POTY competition 2021 is Pat Flicker with an excellent image of a Blue damselfly. Here are the winning scores. Thank you everyone who took part.
Thank you Bob Brind-Surch for a great talk to get us all thinking about histograms. I shall forward Bob’s PDF notes to participants.
Members, please note that we swapped the last sessions – next week we have Phil to talk us through Focus stacking and look at some of our images.
The Print of the Year is now scheduled for the following week – the 24th June.
Thank you to Mark Hughes – the Mayor of Royston and Amy Judd for taking part in the the Grand Opening Celebration of our Annual Exhibition. Thak you everone involved in organising the exhibition and this event!
The last competition of this year – Horizons – was won by a serene picture of Silky Bay by David Waters. Congratulations!
True to himself Peter Baker was taken both the second and the third palce with his images of Dawn to Dusk (Cromer Pier) and No Company Needed – a second image of the Heath three willows. There were highly commended images for H, Bob Coote and Lucie Wood. To view all winning images click here
Congratulations to Andrew Colgan for winning the Open Competition with his moody image of Blue Diamond. and being the overall winner for that competition with full 60 points. Peter Baker gained second and a third place with his images of Well Balanced and On Therfield Heath. Bob Coote and Martin Johnson had their images of ‘The Tackle’ and ‘Two Male Butterflies, respectively, Highly Commended
Our first outings after a long lockdown. We went to the Royston Heath Church Hill to photograph the famous pasque flowers. There are plenty there, and even though the sun did not smile at us, it was great to be outside and among friends and have something very special to photograph. An enjoyable start of the evening followed by a friendly ZOOM meeting where we shared our ‘best’ Landscapes.
1st April 2021
Congratulations to PeterBaker for being awarded the LRPS; a prestigious award of the Royal Photographic Society for his panel of 10 outstanding pictures. Well Done Peter Baker LRPS!
20th March 2021
Congratulations to Andrew Colgan for winning the People Competition with his Image The Girl with a Pearl Earing. Very well done! And also congratulations to Peter Baker for getting the highest overall score in the competition with winning the second (Hurrying to Lectures) and third place with his image What Might Have Been – see below. For a larger format follow the link to Competion Winning Images
Also big Congratulation to Peter Baker war being obtaining the LRPS award this month. Very Well Done!
5th March 2021
Very successful evening with members panels. Plenty to show and discuss. We particularly like Jenny’s ‘Time and Light’ Panel shown here.
Very well done!
20th February 2021
great talk by Glyn Edmunds about Work and Wildlife in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Thank you very much for the stories so well illustrated by your images. We wish the Conservancy great success with all their project!
12th February 2021
41 images were entered to a challenging competition of Minimalism, judged by Daphne Hanson. There were First place was won by me! 🙂 with ‘Enter Phsyche’, in second place was Andrew Colgan with ‘Emergence’ and in third David Walters with a gentle image of a ‘Snowdrop’ Linda Besins image of ‘Love is Love’ was Highly Commended. There were 4 members with 52 points Andrew Colgan , Jitka, Aitch Dawes and Martin Johnson
To view the winning images follow this link
the website is currently under re-construction – so for the moment there is no access to galeries . I shall do my utmost to rectify this soon
14th January 2021
Congratulations to Linda Besin for winning the Abstract Competition with a beuatifully colourful image of ‘Different Kind of Rainbow’. Second Place was awarded to Peter Baker for ‘Making Scense’ and third to Margaret Budgen for her ‘Conch’. To view the winning images follow this link .
7th January 2021
Happy New Year! –
wonderful pesentation by Colin Westgate – Expressive Landcape! What a great start to the year. Thank You Colin. We shall call on you again!.
5th December 2020
in the last weeks we enjoyed two excellent talks via Zoom.
Slawek Staszczuk talk about Landscape Photography and how simple it is?? was refreshingly instructive and illustrated with many excellent examples of his work. We enjoyed the talk very . Thank you Slawek.
Alison Jenkins had shared her photographic experiences as a profession and a hobby and led us through a number of fascinating images and situations in which the images were taken. Many thanks to Alison, we have all enjoyed your talk.
7th November 2020
a talk about Prague with images from both Lucie and Jitka has seen us walking on the west side of the river. Second part of the talk will be in January.
here are 2 links to recent events in Prague – the end of the spring lockdown https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/01/czech-republic-scraps-face-mask-rule-as-prague-hosts-outdoor-party and riots in the Old town square last month when a new lockdown was introduced. https://youtu.be/oxFfZy130Gs. Turbulant time we are in at the moment.
Seems that I have left a number of events to report on over the past month. so here is a summary.
We had a educational talk by James Brown on the 1st October – you shall find links to some of his add-on under the ‘Useful Links’ headings. on the 8th we shared some lovely pictures of reflections and had a pleasant discussion. on the 15th October the Mono Competition with about 54 great entries was wan by Andrew Colgan with an image of High Tide at Thornham. This was followed by a very interesting talk about his trip to Antartica given by Phil Gravett. and we concluded the month with a very enjoyable meeting where we shared our Autumn images.
25th September 2020
Good evening with a short talk Peter Baker -thank you! and lots of images from members together with useful information. Also our Landscape Photography group starts next week – so watch this space!
19th September 2020
our first Competition hosted 54 excellent images.It was judged on line by Pauline Martindale. Big Congratulations to Martin Johnson was awarded 1st place for a lovely image of a butterfly. For the winning images click here.
12th September 2020
JadeStaceyMaria – a fashion and beauty model shooting her own self portraits in abondoned location – had given an insight view of how to select, dress for and utilise the space and colours on locations. Interesting and fun first talk full of colour and remarkable places. Many thanks Jade!
5th September 2020
a very pleasant start to the season with good attendance. It was very nice to see us together again. But I missed the usual wine and biscuits. The annual quiz – was quite tough but we coped with the online way of presenting it and selected a worthy winner – Peter Andrew. Congratulations! Next week will be a a talk about modelling on location, and it should be good.
30th August 2020
Firstly many thanks to Melbourn for 3 excellent talks over the summer.
Now we are ready to start our new term with a fun Opening evening and the following week by a speaker all the way from Tbilisi on the 10th. Due to the time difference we shall start earlier then normal so please check the time!
So hope to see you soon on out Meet link -(provided by Phil).
29th July 2020
We have been invited to online meetings organised by the Melbourn Camera Club throughout the summer. We now had a second talk , this one given by Martin Patten. EXcellent talk giving inspiration and tips how to improve your photography in many disciplines. Thanks you Melbourn for allowing our members to participitate in these talks.
5th July 2020
So we had our AGM last Thursday – for the first time online. It may have put few people off, which is a shame, as there were important items to discuss. But overall plenty of us took part.
–Peter Baker was awarded The Most Improved Photographer of the Year. He had shown us in his presentation how to approach improving phototgraphy skills and we all judged from his work shown over the year that that approach works. Congratulations! – the award is greatly deserved.
–Horizons were chosed for Lucky Dip competition. Thanks Sue Sanders! Nice topic!
–Competitions – it was decided by show off hands that next Year Competitions will NOT take the form of POTY. Themes will be maintained and the best images shall be awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
– Sadly we are very unlikely to have our first meetings in the next year in persons in the schools. You shall be informed about that closer to the time.
19th June 2020
Our last competition of the Year should have been in print but we did have fun viewing the images and voting on line for the Print of the year. It was won by Andy Fox with a great morning landscape of Shropshire. Linda Besin‘s great image of poppies against blue sky was voted in second place and in third place was Michael Smith with Sunrise – Southwold Pier. A Collection of great images, and a good attendance to the meeting Just a shame there were not more images entered…. The winning images can be viewed here
AGM on the 2nd July. Please forward your nominations for the committee to Andy Fox and also theme suggestions for the Lucky Dip Competition with short description to Phil Gravett
29th May 2020
Yesterday we have been inspired by Peter Baker’s excellent presentation ‘Sourcing High Level Training‘ in which, based on quotes from famous people and illustrated by his own excellent work, he had shown us his dedicated approach to improving his photography. The presentation can be viewed . Thank you for all us Peter!
22th May 2020
excellent set of images for our online OPEN competition. Congratulation to Andrew Colgan for winning the competition with a great image of the Diamond Lake Dusk, Bob Coote and Peter Baker for their second place. Third place was shared between Andrew Colgan and Martin Johnson. The winning images can be views
2nd was Bob Coote and in 3rd place Martin Johnson. And Peter Baker has risen from 13th in the previous year to a vey honourable 4th place. Congratulations to all!
20th May 2020
we have now had 3 successful online meetings kindly organised by Phil. So we are about and active. Also many thanks to Phil for organising judges for the phone and Open competitions. We learned how to use the online software and how to present. Also many thanks for Andy Fox for showing us his virtual exhibition and organising one to host our images. Next meeting is on Thursday 21/5 where we have the Open Competition and presentation for the POTY winner.
14th February 2020
Congratulations to Martin Johnson for winning the PDI Rivers and Estuaries Competition. Second place was awarded to Peter Baker and third to Linda Besin. You can see the images here
31 January 2020
Very enjoyable lecture from Chris Shepherd about ‘Looking Local’. Good suggestions for locations and ideal conditions.
For your interest here is a link to e-PHOTOzine, where Chris is a moderator.
24th January 2020
Last night was an example how clubs should work. It was a very friendly and informative evening about various equipment and provided lots of opportunities for people to show their gadgets and ask questions. Thank you Peter Andrew for suggesting and organising this and thanks to Bob, Kevin, Phil and all others who contributed.
17th January 2020
the scape competition did not attract many competitors, but there were some great images on display. It was won by a seascape image taken by Jitka Brynjolffssen, second place was awarded to Peter Andrew for the Winter sunset over Awesbury and in third place was Bob Coote with Woodland Walk.
10th January 2020
What a great start to the year! An excellent presentation by Justin Minns and great turn out. If you wish to see more about Justin Minns work or book a workshop with him, or purchase his book on Photographing East Anglia visit his website
We have rounded our up our year with a friendly – members vote competition, helped along by some mulled wine and mince pies – very nice indeed. The winning image from Pat Flicker was a very nice landscape from the Lake District. Thanks anyone taking part – it was a very pleasant evening. Now have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2020! See you next Year!
Interesting and revealing talk and demos about what can current mirroless Olympus cameras do from David Smith (Olympus support Specialist) Lots of kit to look at and handle as well as some fascinating demos – namely fast speed photography, in camera focus sacking and long exposures. It is such a shame so many of the club members missed this talk . Here is an image straight from the camera using the long exposure for light painting. Click here for enlargement
excellent competition on Nature theme, won by Bob Coote. In second place was Peter Baker and third place was awarded to Tim Somervell. Here is the winning image. For all wining images follow the link to the Competition Winning Images page.
Interesting talk with lots of images from Paul Mitchel FRPS last night – teaching us to see what is out there. Many thanks. Paul runs work shops and courses so it is good to visit his website to see more.
Fun evening around Jubilee Woods with Light Painting. Sorry we missed some of the members – next time I shall provide a phone number so this doe not happen again. Here are some great images from from Linda and Lucie
Good evening with models Charlotte and Tracey for our Studio Night. Thank you both very much, and thank you Andrew for keeping the shoot organised.
The Royston Arts Festival is in full swing. Our Annual Exhibition is in the town Hall on these dates.
22nd September 2019
We had a good start to the season with welcoming evening on the 5th, good talks about close up photography (Bob Coote) and how not to treat your cameras (Jitka) on the 12th and a open PDI competition with 50 great and varied images to show. Judge David Steel was very fair and entertaining – and Chose Bob’s ‘Dancer’ as a winner, Jitka’s ‘Stork Conversation’ as second and Martin’s ‘Common Blue Butterfly’ as third.
26th May 2019
The weather smiled on us during the Picture Hunt on the 23rd. Thanks Rhianna for organising the event and all those who participated. The Hunt was for: flower, crack, up the road, repeat, point, low, colour and number. We shall review the images we took on the 6th June.
19th May 2019
Congratulations to Bob Coote for winning the ‘Life in the Extreme Cold’ Themed Panel with 60 points. Full scores were also achieved by Andrew Colgan (2nd) and Peter Baker(3rd).
We had a very good Studio Portrait session on the 9th May with Clive Downes and two excellent models Luke and Tracey. Many thanks to all who helped and taken part.
4th April 2019
Several of our images were selected to be shown in the EAF Exhibition. Well done Bob, Phil and Andrew. And many thanks to Phil for organising this. Here is one of the selected images from Phil
Congratulation to Sam Orchard for winning the open print Competition with an excellent portrait of a ‘Dog and Bone’ , Andrew Fox in second place with ‘Dancing in the Dark’ and Bob Coote in third place with ‘Grass Track Racing’. Many thanks to the Judge Colin Strong.
The winning images can be viewed here
Warm thanks to Brian Human for excellent interactive lecture on Looking at Pictures.
Royston PS-Looking at pictures
Mobile Phone competition Winners: Excellent selfie by David Walters with “Fridge Raider”, emotive B&W scenery by Andrew Colgan “Together At Infinity’s Edge” and in third place was a dramatic shot of “Icelandic Sky” by Jitka Brynjolffssen
The winning images can be viewed here
16th March 2019
Melbourn Battle: getting better with scores of 442 to Melbourn and Royston with 431 images.. Congratulations to Andrew, Bob, Jitka and Sam for getting 20 points for their images.
2nd March 2019
Thank you very much to Phil, Bob and Petr for their lectures on Lightroom workflow and printing. We shall continue with teaching evenings in the future. I shall post Phil’s presentation here.
St. Ives Interprint External Competition
we scored 135 points and came 10th our of 29 clubs. Thank you everyone who entered and congratulations to all high scores! For more details click here
17th February 2019
Inspiring evening on Phone photography delivered by Rhiannon. We are all geared up now for the next competition! Thank you Rhiannon!
7th February 2019
Many thanks to Alice, Charlotte and Lisa for modelling during our Studio Night last Thursday. Pictures to follow. Also many thanks To Kevin Richard and Paul for helping with setting up the studio lights. The evening would not turned out well without their help!
1st February 2019
Excellent evening with Garry Nicholls Imaginarium.
Here are some Photoshop Instruction on the portrait work demonstrated:
19th January 2019
Cambridge Interclub Competions:
Excellent result – we came 6th with 36 clubs taking part.
Well done to the photographers entered for this competition particularly Sam and Bob for scoring 20 and the scores are below:
1 Sam Orchard-Jones – The Spots in a Box – 20 points
2 Bob Coote – The Tackle – 20 pts
3 Andrew Colgan – Hope Valley Sunrise – 16
4 Bob Coote – Wasp Drinking – 18
5 Neil Sumner – Safely Over – 16
Primary Colour Competition
Good competition with lots of entries and great images. Thank you everyone who took part
First place wass won by Martin Johnson with the Blue Chamber
second was Neil Summer with Red Drop
in 3rd place was Linda Besin with Passage to unknown
12th January – 2019
We kicked off this year with an excellent talk by Sam Orchard about Dog Photography. Well done Sam and all the pooches which sat for you in your armchair and boxes! Very enjoyable evening!
Last Thursday we held a very festive evening with mince pies and mulled wine. Our members images competition of 16 prints was won by a good margin was Andy Fox with his image of Winter scene . We voted Bob’s Fox into second place and a lovely image of the Load Mill by Peter Andrew was third.
We had a great Christmas Dinner evening at the Banyers on Friday, lovely atmosphere with good food and great company. Hope we shall continue in this spirit next year
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, see you all in the New Year
Christmas Dinner on Friday the 14th December at the Banyers Hotel at 7.30 pm
Lots of wonderful images in our Macro Competition last Thursday. The Judge Howard King gave good explanations and reasons for the scores.
First and second place was awarded to Bob Coote and 3rd to Andrew Colgan. Here are the winning images
Many thanks to an spirited and entertaining talk about West Cork by Celia Bartlett.
Fun evening with night photography. Long exposures and ghosting. And we finished with a drink in the Banyers. Thanks everyone who joined us and look forward to see some photos from the evening.
Fun night with Studio Lights. Thank you Terry for modelling (again!) – and PJ for showing us how he put together his picture of a Lancaster Bomber in the sky. Very believable! We also had musical instruments to photograph and other objects.
Very good selection of prints in our Monochrome Competition on the 18th. Thank you all who entered and also Ron Tear for excellent judging.
The competition was won by Sam Orchard with “Spots In A Box”, in second place was Andrew Fox with ‘Clairvoyant and third place was given to Bob Coot for his image of ‘Grass track races. For the rest of the winning images follow the link
Wonderfull images in our Open PDI competition yesterday. Thank you Alison Jenkins for judging!
The winner of the PDI competition was Neil Summer with ‘Safely Over’
Second place was awarded to Andrew Colgan for ‘Contentment’
In the third place was Kevin Binks with ‘How it Fell’
Great evening with lots of interesting objects to photograph in Macro.
Images by Jitka Bryn
Really enjoyable evening with Ann Miles talking about Monochrome My Way. Lots of useful information and some stunning photos. Thank you Ann Miles!
We have opened our upcoming year last night. We had the pleasure to welcome 3 newcomers, Linda, Karen and Lucy and hope that they will soon be active members of our club. With wine and cheese, Sam’s quiz, first showing of images for the RAF exhibition and updates about the club activities it was a very pleasant evening. Thank you all for coming.
Please note change of dates for the OPEN PDI competition. It is now scheduled for the 4th October 2018.
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Big Congratulations to Andrew Colgan for winning the Photographer of the Year this Year. In the second place was Bob Coote and third place Martin Johnson. The competition at the top was very tight with just 4 points between the winner and the second place.
We have had two Competitions since last post – sorry for the delay.
The winner of the Portfolio Competition was Bob Coote with ‘Feeding Gannets’
Second place was awarded to Andrew Colgan for his ‘Atomic Structure’ Image
In the third place was Jenny Hudson with ‘Are Buskers Just Rubbish’.
Congratulations to all three!!
The long awaited Curves Competition was won by Jitka Brynjolffssen with her Image ‘Watch where you’re going!’
Second place was awarded to Margaret Budgen with ‘Lunch Break’
And in the Third place was image of ‘Horseshoe Bend’ by Katryn Watson
Our last competition on the challenging theme of Abstract was won by Andrew Colgan with his ‘Royal Exchange’ image. Second place was awarded to Martin Johnson with a colourful image of ‘Petrol on Water’ and Boob Coote’s triptych of ‘Corrosion’ received a third place.
We had a good practical night aiming for abstract (or non) photography with flowers. Thank you Rhiannon for organising the event and Terry for opening up!
11th April 2018
Bishop Stortford Multi- battle had a strong showing and Royston came joint 2nd with 181 points!.
In the PDI round we came joint 3rd with Bishop Stortford in first place. In the Print round we came joint first with Saffron Walden.
It was little surprise that Bishop Stortford won the competition with 185 points having been joint first at the Cambridge club digital competition.
Congratulations to our photographers and the scores are below:
Prints – Score – 90
Fowlmere Gold – Andrew Fox – 19
Ogwen Valley, Snowdonia – Kath Watson – 20
Lesser House Fly – Bob Coote – 18
Winter Sunrise on Over Owler Tor – Andrew Colgan – 18
A Dash from the Pool – Sam Orchard Jones – 15
PDIs – Score – 91
Hungry Gannets – Bob Coote – 18
Do Not Disturb – Lyndsay Lees – 16
Me and My Dad – Sam Orchard Jones – 17
Hope Valley Sunrise – Andrew Colgan – 20
The Jewel in the Grass – Martin Johnson – 20
The judge was Dr Roger Winter
26th March 2018
Open Print – excellent competition with lots of entries and 11 images receiving a full score of 20
Congratulations to the Competition Winners!
Winner – Andrew Colgan
2nd place – Bob Coote
3d place – Sam Orchards
7th March 2018
In the EAF Print competition we did not make the first 15, but finished 20th from 29th entries. Alan says: Plenty scope for improving! Please look under the EAF tab for the results tables.
2nd March 2018
Please note that the Curves PDI competition has been rescheduled for the 17th of May
1st March 2018
St Ives Interprint 2018
The St Ives competition was held yesterday and Royston PS finished in 20th position with 28 clubs taking part. The winners were Cambridge CC with 142 pts, 2nd – Ware and DistrictPC -140 pts and 3rd – Norfolk PG with 139 pts. for full details please click here
Our images scored as follows and congratulations to the members taking part:
Manos – Sam Orchard Jones – 15
Foggy Trees – Richard Schramm – 16
Hungry Gannets – Bob Coote – 16
Guggenheim Detail – Alan Linsdell – 16
The Connection – Andrew Colgan – 15
Just One More Cigarette – Richard Schramm – 15
Reflected – Andrew Colgan – 15
Fowlmere Gold – Andrew Fox – 17
13th february 2018
THE EAF competition in summary
37 Clubs from around 200 registered with the EAF entered the competition. After number of years RPS entered this competition again .
We entered 25 PDI images, our first 15 into the first round of the competition. At the end of the first round we were in 15th position with 171 points, shared with Norwich & District PS. So we missed the final round by just 1 position or 3 points.
We did really well! for a small club with limited experience in this type of competition. Read more here
EAF PDI Championship 3rd Feb ’18
The winning images from the EAF PDI competion 2018 can be viewed here
1st February 2018
The Mobile Phone Competition held on the 1st February 2018 featured 36 great images. Many thanks to Adrian Stone for excellent judging. The winner was Terry Hartga with Night Time Transit on the Shropshire Union Canal
The second place was awarded to Andrew Colgan for The Royal Exchange
Third place was awarded to Rhiannon Maslem for The Lads. All enlargements for the winning images can be viewed here
18th January 2018
The Landscape Print Competition on 18 January was well attended with great selection of images. The winner was Andrew Colgan, who also received second place. Third place was won by Kath Watson . To view the enlarged images please click here
1st place: Andrew Colgan – Winter sunrise Over Owler Tor
2nd place: Andrew Colgan – Hope Valley Sunrise
3rd place: Kath Watson – Ogwen Valley
Recently we celebrated the Clubs 30th Birthday in the presence of the Town Mayor, Councillor Vera Swallow. An Article about the event was posted in the Royston Crow 18th January edition .
To view photographs from the event, please click here