Very Busy Week

by | Sep 29, 2017

This has been a very busy week  for Stroud Camera Club.


Back to Basics – Tuesday Evening
R3 was the star of the Back to Basics sessions demonstrating his prowess with Lightroom. I came away with a better understanding on how to use Lightroom for both editing and workflow.  ( I still think I prefer editing in Photoshop but can now see how to integrate both programmes into my processing)
The advantage of these Back to Basics sessions is that there a fewer people than at a normal club night and therefore it is much easier to address anyones individual questions.


Young Photographers – Wednesday Evening
Another very successful competition, culminated in the awards ceremony at Renishaw’s Innovation Centre at their head office in Wotton-under-Edge.  An excellent venue for the event which was needed as there about 280 people attended the awards.

I am always staggered at the quality of the entries and am so glad that I did not have to try a select the eventual winners. This was the work of  Brian Swinyard who was judging the competition and gave a critique for a least one of the entries of each of the Young Photographers.
We were delighted to have Sabet Choudhurry presenting the main awards and Tamash Lal from the Stroud News and Journal presenting the Richard Pearse Memorial Prize. Sue Pearse, who chose the winning image was also in attendance.

The full results and galleries can be viewed  in the Young Photographers section on this site.

For me, what was really good to see was, that whilst some entrants tried to push the boundaries of digital editing, others returned to a much more traditional and simpler form of image capture. These results were created by placing foliage over light sensitive paper and exposing everything to light. 

The top header image was captured by Abi Luckham (9) and the image below was captured by Ava DeVall (8). It is pleasing to know that young people are being taught old school approaches as well as the new age stuff.. 

Club Competition – Thursday Evening

The first of this seasons club competition was held on Thursday evening with Judge Bob Train do the judgy stuff – awarding scores and providing critique. Bob is excellent in the role and he even managed to accuse Whispering John of quietly sneaking up on him. 
I learn a lot by listening to the judges critiques and after listening to two of them this week I am looking at all my own images with a fresh perspective.

Take a look at the Competitions pages to the see all the entries and results.



Next week club night is called “YOUR TAKE”  – Members will talk us through their own interpretation by editing a number of  specific images.
The download link for these images can be viewed in last weeks blog – 50 Shade of Ray



I am now going to put on my slippers and cardy and take things a little easier over the next few days….. That is, after I have watched the Gloucester Rugby’s game against Sale Sharks this evening.