IPSWICH AND DISTRICT PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
DECEMBER 2007 BULLETIN
Moving Out by Dennis Lumkin LRPS
By the time you read this issue of the Bulletin we will have said our last goodbyes to two of our stalwart members Denis Vincent and Fred Nixon, see their obituaries on pages 5, 11/12 . Our thoughts are with Pauline and Thelma.
Our Members Display at the Ipswich Tourist Information Centre held 24th to 29th September was a success, with many visitors. Thank you to all the members who helped set up and man the display; I think the effort was all worthwhile as it is a showcase for our Society.
At the beginning of the current season we have had outstanding presentations of a lifetime's photographic art by two of our members _ Stan Gillam ARPS on 1st October and Alan Turner ARPS on 12th November and I would like to thank them both. Those who didn't attend missed two enjoyable evenings of good photography.
On Sunday 11th November I attended the EAF "Prints for All" day at Harlow, but even though I enjoyed it very much, I was disappointed as there were hardly any IDPS members in attendance. This was really a day for the Studio Group as there was a lecture from the top professional children's portraitist Fiona Senior FRPS and a leading environment portrait expert Ann Cook FRPS _ You missed a great day!
I recommend members, if possible, take advantage of these days put on by the EAF or RPS, as they can be inspirational and seriously improve your photography.
After some years of excellent service I have replaced my Epson 1290 printer with a Hewlett Packard B9180 and for the past two months have been learning how to drive it. I made the change after reading glowing reviews and in particular its ability to produce smooth toned black/white prints with no colour casts. During the setting up the printer calibrates itself (took half hour over the job) and the very first B/W print was perfect. Hopefully people judging my future work will agree; if not I won't be able to blame the printer.
Tomorrow I will be enjoying the Annual Dinner, but I am most disappointed that only 19 members, wives and friends will be attending. Can members let us know what they want; because the indication when we set up the seasons programme was that a dinner at this time of the year would be well supported. I know the 19 booked this year will enjoy the evening at the Crown Hotel, Manningtree.
I look forward to the Annual Exhibition _ don't forget to get your entries in and make it the best one yet. We have plenty of Beginners in the Society, there is a section just for you _ give it a go!
Barry Freeman ARPS DPAGB
The copy date for the NEXT BULLETIN (February 2008) is 27th January. I need your articles -
I prefer text as a `word' document by email, floppy or CD. Pictures to be at least 300ppi at A5, tiff, on disc.I will take hard copy of text and pictures.
Barry Freeman -
It was very sad indeed, on return from holiday, to learn that two of our members had passed away. Obituaries for Denis Vincent ARPS and Fred Nixon are published elsewhere in this Bulletin. Both were valued and long standing members of the Society. Fred was a current committee member and a very active one who did many tasks in the background and was always on hand when there was work to be done. Denis was one of the country's top nature photographers and an inspiration for many of our members venturing into Natural History work. Both personally and on behalf of the whole Society I can only say that we offer our heartfelt sympathy to both of Denis's and Fred's families and particularly to Pauline and Thelma.
Our trip to Japan meant missing a few Society events and I am very grateful to Matthew Clarke for chairing meetings and to Phil Smith for acting as Minute Secretary in my absence. I hope when you see some of the images from the trip you will think it was worth it, although you may think I needed more time! Lynda and I returned with over 2,000 images and one of the advantages of digital means that we were able to begin working on the pictures immediately without waiting for material to come back from processing (or spending hours in the darkroom turning cylinders of chemicals). Also there is the small matter of the cost savings on film and processing!
The Website continues to develop and I have been pleased to receive some complimentary feedback and also to learn that some new members have come to us having looked over our website. I still need more portfolios and panels so please do let me have some. Many of you will be working on images for the competitions and the annual exhibition around now. It doesn't take much longer to convert your best shots to jpeg and let me have them on a CD. Don't forget to include a "mug shot" of yourself.
Our efforts in the East Anglian Shield were well rewarded as we were positioned 2nd equal. It was a bit disappointing that we did not have more support from members on the night but thanks to those who did attend. There is always next year and it is a good evening's entertainment _ much better than the Saturday night offerings of the TV channels.
Our ability to continue to enter such competitions depends on having someone to organise the entries. We are still looking for a Competitions Secretary to take over from Matthew Clarke who is very over committed with work for the Society and his day job.
We now have the Cup and Trophy Competitions to look forward to _ one of the highlights of the season's programme for me. Panel competitions are a real challenge to put together but well worth the effort. Then of course the event of the year is the Annual Exhibition. Rules and entry forms are available from the web site. I make the plea I make every year _ READ THE RULES. We all think we know them but every year the Exhibition Secretaries jobs are made more difficult by a few people who haven't checked up on entry requirements. Two key points:
1. Mounting _ prints must be adequately backed and please do not use masking (or drafting) tape _ it always comes away and can damage other people's work. Brown parcel tape is cheap and effective.
2. If you want any of your entries to be considered for awards in Natural History (NH), Architecture, Record, Scientific and Technical (R), Life and Photojournalism (L), or Beginners (B) classes YOU MUST INDICATE THIS for the relevant entry on your entry form. You must of course comply with the entry criteria for the class.
So it only remains for me to wish you the best of luck with your entries and to wish you all Compliments of the Season and a Good New Year.
David Robinson ARPS
(a picture taken by Matt
on 25 September 07)
It with great sadness, I have to report that Fred Nixon passed away, at the age of 82, on Wednesday 14th November after a short illness.
Fred first joined IDPS in March 1992. Shunning the limelight, he nevertheless quickly established himself as one of the stalwarts of the Society, serving on the main Committee in three stints between 1997 and 2007. He was a fixture on the Transparency Section committee, always the first to volunteer to help in any way he could. He was inevitably one of the first to arrive at meetings, laying out chairs and tables, screen and whatever stands were necessary, thus helping ensure a smooth and enjoyable time for all.
During these years, he accompanied me to many club battles, MAG Days' Out, club excursions etc, never once did I hear him moan or complain about anything or anyone.
On the few occasions I saw him under the weather, his response was always "I'm Fine".
Often we would have to take a break, for a pint of "thin gravy".
He leaves behind his wife, Thelma, son Alan, daughter Linda, grandchildren, and lots of very fond memories. Our thoughts go out to them all, we will miss him terribly.
The new website is a great way to show your pictures to a wider audience and everyone is encouraged to provide David Robinson with images on CD or by email (email@example.com).
We are asking for up to 20 images per member and these should be:
High Quality jpeg 600 by 400 pixels max dimensions
Saved with the file name in the format: "title.jpeg" (Where "title" is up to 30 characters, using letters, numbers and spaces only)
If on a CD they should be in a folder with the name of the author.
Members are encouraged to include a picture of themselves (in the same format) so that this can be used as a link to their personal gallery.
Members are also requested to allow us to include their successful distinction panels on the site (e.g. RPS and PAGB)
Members should have a look at the new site and any comments and helpful suggestions should send to David Robinson. Please contribute if at all possible, as it is an important shop window for IDPS
Well membership is moving on apace this bulletin, as you can see below we have added another five members to the club and we welcome them all.
· Angello Tella
· Monica Barton
· Neil Butcher
· Allen Forsdyke
· Michael Thomas
We look forward to seeing their work in the coming season.
Don't forget that Christmas is coming and there are only 46 (47 if you are really keen) photo taking days until Christmas at the time of this article, there are even less at time of reading. What could be better than giving a friend or a loved one that unique present of membership to the I.D.P.S. If you would like a beautifully hand crafted gift voucher then please contact yours truly and I will be happy to oblige.
The last workshop was held on 1st November at Christine and Steve Hart's house. It was an enjoyable evening and we covered the workings of digital SLR's, basics of photography and composing the image to form a meaningful photograph. Advice was given on solving many photographic problems with the aim of making your photography enjoyable.
If you wish to attend the next or future workshops please contact me with your needs. A reminder _ these workshops are driven by the requests of the members who attend. I try to arrange these workshops to take place once a month, but it does depend on the interest shown and the rest of the IDPS programme.
The next meeting will be held at Christine and Steve Hart's house on 14th December.
Barry Freeman -
The first meeting after Christmas is the showing of the Clover Cup, Roslyn Cup and Holbrook Trophy entries, which are being judged by Ann Miles FRPS AFIAP MPAGB, a member of Cambridge Camera Club. It is always interesting to hear how the judge thinks the panels hang together as the arrangement of the prints is often very important. This is an informative evening especially for newer members who would like guidance on how to present pictures in a panel competition. This evening is also the closing date for exhibition entries and there will be a raffle so please bring along some prizes (possibly unwanted Christmas presents!)
On the 21st January we will be seeing work by David Gynn from Alresford. David takes lovely landscape pictures in Suffolk and Essex and will be well worth seeing (He was supposed to come last year but was ill on the day of the lecture and his lecture had to be postponed)
The 4th of February is the annual showing of the PAGB Exhibition slides followed by the IDPS A/V Group with some of their excellent sequences. This is always a good night so don't miss this one either!
There is a friendly away battle at Clacton Camera Club on 22nd February -
I look forward to seeing you all before Christmas at John Bulpitt's lecture on 10th December as he is an excellent speaker and is coming a long way to let us see his work.
ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2008
This is the last issue of the Bulletin prior to the closing date for the submission of entries for the 2008 Annual Exhibition.
All members, with the exception of Associate Members, are entitled to enter their work and new members are especially encouraged to enter.
The Rules have not been changed this year. Entry forms will be available at Society meetings or on request from the Exhibition Secretaries.
Please read the Rules carefully and if in doubt upon any question please ask the Exhibition Secretaries.
Please note the qualifications for prints and projected images to be considered for the `Life', `Record' and `Natural History' trophies. When selecting the print and projected image to be awarded these trophies the selector will be advised of the requirements of Rules 4, 5 or 6. Please note that these criteria will only apply to those photographs being considered for these specific trophies and not necessarily to `Commended' and `Highly Commended' certificates.
It is a condition of the hiring of the exhibition hall that we provide full time stewarding for the duration of the exhibition and entrant's particular attention is drawn to Rule 10 requiring them to take at least one turn at stewarding the exhibition. We always seem to have to chase some entrants to fill the stewards list which can be an added task for the Exhibition Secretaries who are already under extreme pressure in the run up to the exhibition. We have had the situation where some helpful members have served many sessions as stewards, for which we are most grateful, but it should not be necessary if everyone pulls their weight. In view of this the Committee are asking all members, both entrants and non-
Entries must be handed in to the Exhibition Secretaries, Alan Turner (prints) and Matthew Clarke (projected images) on or before Monday 7th January 2008.
The entry fees are £4.00 for each category, i.e. Monochrome Prints, Colour Prints and Projected Images, or £10.00 if all three categories are entered.
Please ensure that the fees are included with your entries and not just handed to the Exhibition Secretaries. Cheques should be made payable to IDPS.
Will members holding cups or trophies from last year please ensure that they are returned to David Pryke, properly cleaned and polished, by the closing date for the receipt of entries.
Will members submitting prints please submit their entry in a suitable print box or case. Prints wrapped in cardboard or plastic bags are more susceptible to damage and cause transportation problems for the Exhibition Secretary.
Members submitting transparencies are requested to submit them in a suitably labelled slide box.
All print and slide boxes and packing material should be marked with the entrant's name.
All entrants will receive a copy of the catalogue free of charge.
The exhibition will be on display from Wednesday 5th March to Saturday 15th March (excluding Sunday 9th March and Monday 10th March) in the Robert Cross Hall, Corn Exchange, Ipswich. It will be open on weekdays from 11.00am to 9.00pm.and Saturdays from 9.30am to 6.00pm.
Admission is free to both members and the general public.
The Mayor of Ipswich will officially open the exhibition on Tuesday 6th March at 7.30pm when the trophies and awards will be presented. The opening of the Exhibition will take place in the exhibition hall and the former Gatsbys Restaurant, adjacent to the exhibition hall, will be used for the buffet after the official opening. Please be in postion by 7.15 pm at the latest.
The showing of the Projected Images section of the Exhibition will be in the Exhibition Hall on Wednesday 12th March at 7.30pm
The judges this year will be:
Prints _ Roger Force FRPS DPAGB APAGB
Projected Images _ Barrie Hatten DPAGB
1. The following information must appear on the rear top left hand corner of the print _ title and entrant's name, and Section B (Beginners) or R (Record etc.), L (Life) and NH (Natural History) where applicable.
Example Section B or R, L or NH (if applicable)
`Ipswich Town Hall by moonlight'
Joe Bloggs LRPS
2. White adhesive labels should be used on the back of dark mounts
3. Prints submitted with `VELCRO' or similar pads affixed to the back or poor mounting tape or labels will be rejected as they are liable to damage other entrants' prints, see Rule 21.
SLIDE MOUNTING AND MARKING
1. With the non-
2. On the same side write your name and the slide title using adhesive labels if necessary.
3. Write the appropriate Section identification, `B' (Beginners) `R' (Record, etc.), `L' (Life), NH (Natural History) or `T' (Set of three slides) where applicable in the top left-
4. Excessively thick mounting tape or mounts should not be used as they may cause jamming of the projector or the slide cabinets. Labels should not overlap slide edges. Mounting in glass is not compulsory but advisable for protection purposes.
5. Old labels, spots, etc. should be removed. Residual adhesive can usually be removed with the aid of white spirit.
PROJECTED DIGITAL IMAGES
1. Submissions must be submitted on DVD, CD or USB memory stick which must be clearly labelled with the entrant's name.
2. Specific details of submission requirements are covered by Rule 26
Hon. Exhibition Secretary
Denis Vincent MA ARPS
Denis Vincent died peacefully on Friday 9th Nov aged 84 in Minsmere House at the Ipswich Hospital where he was being cared for, suffering from progressive dementia. He had been a member of IDPS for 56 years.
Denis joined the Society in 1951 and was elected to the committee in 1955 when he became Publicity Secretary and Bulletin Editor, jobs he did for about 9 years. Shortly after this he introduced Pauline to the Society _ they were married 1958. In 1962/63 Denis became President elect followed by President in 1963/64.
Denis' consuming interest was nature photography, especially bird photography and a favourite location was Scolt Head in North Norfolk to photograph breeding terns. In 1979 he gained an ARPS with a panel of Natural History slides. He regularly had his work accepted in national and international exhibitions and within the club, was the `guiding authority' on Natural History photography to whom members went for help and advice. His lectures to the Society with his stunning 2¼sq transparencies taken on his much loved Rollie, were always regarded as a highlight of the programme.
In 1993 Denis and Pauline went to Gibraltar where Denis gave a lecture to the Gibraltar Camera Club. This led to long term friendships being established and subsequent annual visits to Gibraltar, and from this close liaison came a biennial slide (now digital images) competition with Gibraltar, run within the On-
In 1994, Denis was made an Hon. Life Member in recognition of his long service to the Society, and in 2001 was presented with a certificate to mark 50 years of membership. In 1995, Denis presented to the Society the Vincent Challenge Trophy, awarded to the best Natural History print in the annual exhibition.
As a young man during the war, Denis saw active service with the RAF, attached to a bomber squadron in Lincolnshire, alongside Australian and New Zealand Air Force personnel. He subsequently studied and qualified as an architect gaining an MA degree at Trinity College, Cambridge, and for most of his professional life was employed by Eastern Electricity at Wherstead.
As well as photography, Denis and Pauline were keen sailors and for many years kept a small yacht moored at Ramsholt. A friendship with the local broadcaster Chris Opperman led to participation in several radio broadcasts, perhaps the most enterprising of these being a slide show on the radio! With Chris and Denis looking at slides in Denis' sitting room, Chris described the picture for the listeners and Denis commented on the habits of the bird in question. More recently, Denis linked up with his great friend Malcolm Clarke, an expert on recording bird song, giving lectures using Denis' slides and Malcolm's recordings.
As a long serving member of IDPS, Denis was truly a giant within the Society, a consummate expert in his field but who was always generous with his time and help to those who sought his advice. His wife Pauline, remains with us and to her we extend not only our condolences but the friendship and support of all her fellow members.
Denis Vincent ARPS _ A Tribute
It was very sad to receive the news of the passing of Denis Vincent. We have been friends for 50 years, initially meeting through IDPS when Bill Nash introduced us in the days when the Society used to meet at the Museum.
In my youth I was Programme Secretary for a number of years, and Denis used to hold a `father figure effect' over me! He was becoming more involved in running the Society along with his wife Pauline when time permitted.
Denis decided early on that his main photographic interest was in Nature Photography which he specialised in very successfully _ "only the `Feathered' variety Michael", he would say to me!
He admired the work of the famous bird photographer, Eric Hoskins, FRPS, and nearer to home a distinguished member of the Society at that time, the late Sam Beaufoy, FRPS was his mentor.
I left Ipswich to pursue my career, but I have always been in contact with Denis who kept me informed of events at times, and how the Society has developed over the years. He and Pauline came several times to visit us in York.
My first look in the Bulletin each year was to see the annual awards, and for years the name Vincent has appeared in the Nature section. It gave me, and I am sure all members of the IDPS great pleasure when he attained his ARPS in recognition of his outstanding photography.
Denis served the IDPS in many capacities, indeed photography was his life after his career. He was rightly honoured with Hon. Life Membership for his services to the Society.
In October 2006 I was on a short visit to Suffolk and my wife and my-
Today I stand and salute a loyal friend and mourn his passing. Our thoughts are with Pauline at this sad time.
Michael Frost, FBIPP, FRPS, FRSA
Since the last bulletin we have had the East Anglian Shield, impeccably organised by Stowmarket & District Camera Club and held in Needham Market Community Centre on Saturday 10th November. The judge was Vic Attfield FRPS MPAGB BPE5* who is well known to us and was excellent. 21 clubs participated with 3 slides and 3 prints each.
Wymondham and Shillington were joint winners, with IDPS and Lowestoft coming in joint 2nd. Brian Beaney won the best slide with "Dutch Barge", Roy Essery, batting for Colchester (boooo!) won best print for "Missed Opportunity" and David Pryke scored maximum 20 for his print of a "Sedge Warbler".
On another note, we are still in desperate need of an External Competitions Secretary.
On Screen Section Notes
A new season was upon us again. This September, on the 21st, it was my turn to entertain members with a talk on Zimbabwe _ a Safari Maureen and I made some 7 to 8 years ago. In all honesty I had not really wanted to give this presentation. Why not? Well a photographic holiday was not the main objective and my only camera lens was a Nikon zoom 24/120. However, our Committee has a certain under-
So on the night I recounted to members present, with the help of digital images converted from slides, our thoughts and experiences in Zimbabwe.
What was the members' reaction? That is not for me to say, but I much enjoyed sharing our travels in such a wonderful country with them. Zimbabwe today _ you all know the current situation and it is much too sad to discuss further.
On Friday 5th October 2007, Anna Meek made yet another welcome return to our Section to tell us "What Judges Want" and to judge set subject, "A Sporting Action" and the Open.
We expected Anna's usual excellent presentation as well as constructive and fair judging of the competition subjects. We were not disappointed.
"What Judges Want" Anna requested and received audience participation. This made for an informative start to the evening and turned what could have been a very boring subject into a very enjoyable one.
When judging, Anna said, positive advice should always outweigh the negative sort. Judges should always be up to date in the photographic world and it is very important to score images equally and avoid personal bias creeping into their assessments. In the cases of entrants, their images should tell a story as well as demonstrating some personal conviction.
We were given refreshing food for thought and Anna ended by emphasising the need for us to learn from judges' comments and use them on our own images before submitting them for competitions or exhibition.
Set Subject A Sporting Action Winner: Trevor Brundle
Open Winner: Brian Blomfield
Every time Anna comes to see us I always enjoy meeting up with husband, Jim. We are both Royal Engineers and always recount our Sapper experiences _ even if we have told them to each other many times before!
Many thanks Anna, for a brilliant evening.
The judging of the Picture Trail by Alan Doggett and Mike Allington took place on Friday 19th October 2007. There were 14 sets in total, 6 slides and 8 digital.
Was it judging we heard or the Alan and Mike comedy show? It was a combination of both suitably laced with dry Suffolk humour. It made for an enjoyable evening with a difference. Many thank you's to both of them, for not only for the judging but also for the excellent organisation of the Trail itself in June 2007.
Somewhere along the way I got the impression Alan is a member of the Royal Horticultural Society!
To avoid any personal bias (Anna will be pleased), codes had been given to members and the results ended up in a sealed envelope. Thank God (I'm sure he was responsible); we did not have to endure the irritating TV habit of waiting 30 seconds before each result is announced.
Chairman, David Pryke, presented the Picture Trail cup to David Robinson who was a clear winner. The best image taken on the Trail was awarded to Pat Pryke who received a bottle of Yara Glen 2000 red wine.
Alan and Mike must have been pleased with their efforts because, not only did David Pryke thank them, but also Peter Cox; and why not. They say two heads are better than one.
Picture Trail Cup Winner David Robinson, 86 points
Joint Second Peter Cox and Lynda Robinson, 76 points
Joint third David Pryke and Pat Walker, 75 points
Best Picture Trail image Pat Pryke _ "Children on the River Deben"
I was unable to attend the meeting on Friday 2nd November 2007. The first half of the evening was allocated to "The Basics of Digital Photography" and the second to the judging of "Wild in Suffolk" and the Open by Matthew Clarke.
My Special Correspondent, Alan Aldous, tells me David Pryke and Matthew Clarke explained the basics of digital photography very clearly. Alan found the explanation as to how to use the histogram to alter the appearance of images very interesting.
Wildlife in Suffolk -
Print Section Report
I'm sure you all had a good summer's break and are now ready for the forthcoming IDPS photographic programme and as I sit here in my office typing my Print Section report I am suddenly aware that autumn is well and truly here, the leaves on the tree in the garden have turned into a beautiful golden colour and are slowly descending onto the lawn. The finches and blue tits are feeding on the nuts and early this morning the grey squirrel was seen trying to lift the lid off the feeders.
Well the start of the Print Section programme got off to an excellent start on 26th September with approximately twenty six members present, the judge for the evening was Anna Meek ARPS from Wymondham Norfolk, who informed us it was twenty five years to the day since she joined Ipswich & District Photographic Society. The set subject for the evening was "Animal Study" and despite the low entry in the beginners section a good range of images were to be viewed. Anna gave a good, positive critique on each image which I'm sure encouraged all newcomers.
The following awards were given.
Entry Set Subject
1st Milly Andrew Stevens
2nd Wake Up Jolanta Cofta
3rd Young Forest Donkey David Kelly
1st Guildford Cathedral Jolanta Cofta
2nd Colossus, 1st Computer Jolanta Cofta
3rd Donna Andrew Stevens
H/c Saxted Mill Andrew Stevens
Advanced Set Subject
1st George Alan Turner
2nd Harbour Seals Richard Cherry
3rd Study of a Goat Roy Essery
H/c Royal Norfolk Champion Bull Peter Cox
H/c Cosy Cats Barry Freeman
H/c Lion Den Michael May
1st Dining Out Liz Cutting
2nd London Stock Exchange Piotr Cofta
3rd Lakeland Latch Peter Cox
H/c Along the Garonne Roy Essery
H/c Another Late Night Roy Essery
H/c Cross Cranes Matthew Clarke
The second print section meeting of the season was a print discussion evening which I was unable to attend. I was informed by Barry that the attendance was rather on the low side, a total of only fourteen members. Despite this Richard Cherry conducted a very enjoyable evening. It has come to our attention that the reason for the low attendance was that the Society had several events on that week so it seems as if it could be down to a programme overload. If on the other hand you feel that a print discussion is not so popular please let a member of the Print Section committee know as we like to arrange a programme that is popular.
The last day of October saw the second competition with the set subject being Beauty and judged by Bob Mowle; yet again the attendance was in the upper twenties and saw a good entry, even though several of our
regular members were absent. I must say Bob has a very unconventional style of judging and at times leaves you aghast with his comments. There was one image that really made the audience laugh, that being a photograph of our beloved Print Section Chairman Barry Freeman. Alan Turner shocked us all by using Photoshop; he had produced a stunning image of Barry sporting a "beautiful" black eye.
The following awards were given
Entry Set Subject
1st Holly Andy Stevens
2nd Beauty & the Beast Steve Hart
3rd B lack Swans Jolanta Cofta
1st Audley End Jolanta Cofta
2nd Vacant Outlook Christine Hart
3rd St James Church Jolanta Cofta
H/C Serenity Steve Hart
1st Scarlet Tailed Butterfly Matt Clarke
2nd Budding Ballerina Denis Lumkin
2nd Fading Beauty Jean Pain
1st Must I Go Roy Essery
2nd Moving Out Dennis Lumkin
3rd Snail Dennis Lumkin
H/C Farm House Porch Ron Pain
H/C Male Giraffe Matt Clarke
H/C Sea Wall Grass Barry Freeman
All in all it's been a very successful start to the season and I look forward to seeing you all along with your images with the Set Subject "Geometric" on 28th November, Beat a Print 19th December, Digital Projected Images from RPS Creative group 16th January and Set Subject "A Character" 30th January.
Phil Smith Print Section Secretary
Monochrome Appreciation Group
The MAG day out to Sheringham on 16th September was a success and it is a good candidate for a repeat visit next year. To encourage more members to join in we could hire a coach, as it is a long journey up to the wilds of the North Norfolk Coast; but I must remember to get passes from Joy Hancock who likes to vet all who enter into her home area to take photographs!
This year's day to Sheringham focused on the WW2 celebration day on the North Norfolk railway and in particular the activities at Sheringham Station, with lots of people dressed up in military uniforms of the period and civilian dress of the 1940's. There were lots of interesting exhibits and entertainment of the period together with steam locomotives coming in and out of the station all day. All the IDPS members who turned up really enjoyed the day and the atmosphere of the occasion. What added to the enjoyment was the fine weather, which is unusual for MAG days out. I look forward to seeing some interesting images from this day during the season.
The proposed MAG meeting at my house scheduled for 18 October was cancelled due to lack of interest. Perhaps it was the long journey to Hoxne which put members off. The next MAG meeting is at Alan Powell's house on Thursday December 13th which should be easier for travelling so I hope for a good attendance.
Just a reminder that MAG meetings are not just for Darkroom workers, they are for the appreciation of all types of monochrome pictures and bearing in mind that the Annual Exhibition is one third monochrome images, we should be getting the MAG meeting well supported.
Barry Freeman -
The Studio Group Up-
After a busy summer out and about it was nice to move back inside. We opened our autumn season with a formal shoot, giving our graduating model the opportunity to don their ball gowns and tiara's. Being the first event of the year the turn-
Our October shoot brought in some new faces who were amazed to see two large shinny motor bikes and leather clad models _ thanks to Scott. One set was outside, using the external walls and pipe work to give a simulated street feel to the set. The other set was dark and moody, showing off the second bikes chrome superbly. The models all enjoyed the shoot even if at times they got a little chilly.
For the last autumn shoot on the 21st November, the theme will be focused on Winter Woollies and Ski Wear, so we should have lots of textures to work with. Laura and Terri-
Our AGM will be held on the 5th December, all are welcome, we are planning on holding a best portrait and a best newcomer competition so bring your best shots along (please note that they do not need to be mounted).
We will publish the winners in the next bulleting. Have a Happy Christmas and New Year.
Pictures by Michael May: Left, Kirsty and right, Prom Queen
Pictures by Michael May: Above, Hell for Leather and right, Sarah
My first Judging experience
by Phil Smith
Way back in early August I had an unexpected telephone call from Dennis Tallon, a good friend of mine back in Swaffham who is the Partnership Manager of the Iceni Partnership, a community organisation serving the market town of Swaffham and the surrounding villages in Norfolk. He was looking for someone to judge a photographic competition on 3rd September as during the summer there were a series of free photographic workshops that covered the five sections of the Breckland area, Swaffham, Attlebrough, Dereham, Thetford and Watton and the Partnership was responsible for running the Swaffham course.
To compliment these courses each section had to organise a competition with three set subjects: -
This was the first time I had ever been asked to judge and I must say I was very apprehensive about taking this on as the winning images that I had to choose were to go onto the area final.
On the drive to Swaffham I was wondering what I was letting myself in for, well at least I didn't have to stand in front of an audience do a critique, as it was just a case of looking at the images on display and making a decision on 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each section.
Imagine mine and Collis's surprise when we both walked into the Partnership premises to be greeted by the organiser complete with a reporter and photographer from the Local Press. After the interview and obligatory photograph it was time to look at all the entries, approximately sixty in all.
The first category was a photograph that depicted the Breckland Area. This was a very interesting class to judge as it took me back to my days as a photographer in my home area. There was a wide range of subject matter to digest ranging from the tall pines of the forests, farming, a winter landscape to the day to day life of a local market. Of course I had to judge the way the photographer had approached the subject, the composition of the shot, lighting, how well any adjustments had been undertaken, quality of printing but most of all did the final image portray the Breckland area. The winning photograph by Marilyn Abdulla was that of an avenue of pine trees leading in from both the bottom corners taking your eye up to the top centre and the way the sun shone on the trunks through the mist really portrayed a typical early morning in Breckland.
The Images of the Holiday section took on pretty much the same style with several local scenes from the Norfolk coast, although there were some entries depicting sunnier climes. I found this section more of a challenge to judge as several of the photographs didn't really depict an Image of a Holiday, there were several architectural images that were more of a record shot. These did not tell me this was anything to do with a holiday. The image that I chose for first place by Derek Ashworth said it all it was a shot taken on a beach showing worn wooden sea defences, people walking/sitting on the beach etc, the composition of this image was spot on, it was crisp and sharp, nicely presented and really depicted a typical holiday image.
The final section was that of the under eighteens. This was an open subject and although this section was the smallest it was great to see this age group entering their work. Of course the subject matter was very wide, from landscapes, architectural to macro work. I was amazed at the standard in this group to think they were all under eighteen. Between them they had produced some excellent work although several had overdone it with photo editing software by over sharpening their work. This is something that I mentioned in my interview with the press; I suggested that you should learn to get things right in camera first and not to rely on photographic software to correct your mistakes. The winner of this section was Miss Amber Sherwood aged 13 she produced a great macro shot of a Red Admiral butterfly.
I was pleased to hear that four of the images that I gave awards to were in the top nine in the area final.
I must say I really enjoyed my first judging experience and I would like to carry this further, I know it would be harder to stand up in the front of an audience and give a good positive interesting verbal critique but I'm sure this will come eventually with the help of the EAF Judges training day.
Oh To Be A Judge
by Phil Smith
Have you ever thought being a judge is a doddle and there's nothing to it. Have you ever left a meeting and thought I could do better than that judge.
Well on Sunday 21st October I decided to take up the challenge of becoming an EAF C panel Judge.
My drive to Standon Herts started at 8am (that's after de-
On arrival I met up with all my partners in crime for the day and I was pleasantly surprised to see so many faces that I already knew. Of course this was not just a day for beginners as there were those who were attending to try and advance to the `B' or `A' panel of judges.
After a brief description of the day's programme from Sue Dobson we, the beginners were taken to our room for the start of the day's tuition. Our tutors for were Paul Radden & David Leathers both well respected `A' panel judges. Our first task of the morning was to stand at the front of class and in two minutes (yes a stop watch was used) introduce ourselves and explain why we wanted to become a judge. For some this was a nerve wracking experience, but that was just the start of the day.
After a short explanation of how to stand and present yourself to an audience we were each asked by Paul to give a 90 second (yep that stop watch was out again) critique on a photograph as though we were the judge for the day. Somehow the tutors knew what our comfort zones were regarding our styles of photography. Low and behold I got a landscape and it was at this point I suddenly realised commenting on others' work in public was not that easy. After a short coffee break the day resumed and this time the tutorial took on another format, in that we were asked to critique two completely different styles of photographs i.e. a macro shot against a portrait and state which one we would give 1st place to in 90seconds (oh yes the stopwatch was still present). In my case I had an architectural image inside a Church and Creative image of a classic car showing just the rear light. I must say at this stage in the day my nerves had settled and I was getting into the swing of things and the words seemed to flow much more easily and I'm sure "um" & "err" were not used quite so much.
At long last it was lunch time and we all got to meet up with the others attending for the day. I found this part of the day enjoyable as while chatting to others on the course I soon realised it was not all plain sailing for them either.
After the well deserved lunch break it was time to leave the lovely sunshine and return to the classroom, where we had to follow the same format only with digital images, the only difference being that we had to give marks out of twenty. Again two images were shown and we had the same amount of time (oh yes that stop watch was used yet again). Mind you, by now most of the class were getting their timings right. By now I was not so nervous and I found describing the images far easier. Maybe it was much easier as it was done in the dark and from the back. I must say I thought I had done a good job this time round, but when it came to the tutors feedback I seemed to have not given the right image enough marks as David thought the landscape photograph deserved a higher mark than the creative image. Of course I challenged this and said I disagreed and I stuck to my guns. Even one of the course monitors said he agreed with my choice. I also said that this happens at most judging sessions and the judge's decision is surely final.
By now I was getting well and truly tired and my spinal problems were starting to give me some pain so a welcome coffee break came at the right time. After coffee we all gathered in the main hall and it was the final test of the day. Everybody who had attended the day had to stand up at the front of the hall and give a critique on two images. We had 90 seconds to deliver this critique and decide to which one we would give first place. Of course the beginners were the first ones to undertake this. Was I glad I was not the first one up. As you can imagine the nerves were starting to jangle and the mouth was dry. Finally my turn came and I started my deliverance (30seconds gone Sue Dobson informed me) still commenting on the first image (45 seconds gone) NEXT IMAGE PLEASE still carrying on critiquing FINALLY I gave the first image the winning decision "TIME UP "well done PHIL", "Thanks SUE"
Phew! was I glad that was over. Mind you I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day and all that remains to see is whether the tutors and observers feel I have done enough to join the C panel list. If I have not made it this time around I will try again next year.
At present my prime objective is to gather together all IDPS memorabilia but since the last Bulletin nothing new has emerged. Charles Whitfield King produced an IDPS club history about ten years ago and I have ambitions along the lines of producing a proper printed edition (with Barry's help of course!), for circulation to club members and other interested people. The problem is that at present Charles' work can't be found. If anyone knows where this history is please let me know as soon as possible otherwise it will be a matter of starting from scratch.
I have built an Excel data base with over 2000 past and present club members listed, with a column for notes on people gaining awards, LRPS etc., Committee duties, etc. but this is by no means complete yet as the information is gleaned from the Minutes and other sources and it takes time to collect.
The hunt is on for a medallion awarded to a Mr.Reynolds in 1890 together with two dies that were donated to IDPS by a Mrs. R.Ellis in 1988. Anyone know where they are? There is also a collection of slides donated to the club in March 1999 by a reporter from the East Anglian Daily Times. They belonged to his father who was a keen photographer and so far these haven't turned up.
I still need copies of the Bulletin 1948-
Sorry this has been a list of `wants' but on a lighter note we publish a letter received in November 1952 regarding smoking. The outcome was that members should try to cut down on their smoking during lectures and that the Museum authorities be asked about improving the ventilation in the lecture room. Obviously things never change!
From the ARCHIVES
R.A. Pallant (c 1952)
53, Sidegate Lane, Ipswich
To The Hon. Secretary, Ipswich & District Photographic Society
Dear Mr. Nash,
During last winter the writer attended several lectures of the Society held in the Museum lecture: room, with a view to becoming a member. This is now a reality.
After the recent excellent lecture by Mr. S. C. Porter it seems a great pity that something cannot be done to improve conditions in the lecture room, i.e., smoking should not be allowed. The advantages of this are manifold.
a. It would give the lecturer clear air in which to speak.
b. Enable members to actually see the screen and appreciate the tonal qualities of monochrome and colour alike.
c. The noisy exhaust fan could then be silent for longer periods, hence, the lecturer would be heard clearly by members at the back of the room,
d. That by stopping smoking members could enjoy and appreciate lectures more, instead of sometime s enduring them.
e. In most London theatres smoking is not allowed and the attendance has not suffered therefrom.
Appended is a formal proposition proposed by the writer and seconded by an "old member" of the Society, Mr. Girling.
Trusting this will be put before the members at the earliest opportunity.
P.S. I am not a non-