This is our annual fun competition when we try to get everyone to enter at least one image, especially newer members or those who don’t normally enter competitions.  The two teams this year were led by Ian and Jayne who together with a few helpers had to assess the entries and select their best 24 […]

You can find it under the News/Newsletter… tab above or via this link.  Please note you will need to log in using the usual name/password.

We now only issue occasional newsletters during the season.  Our printed Programme leaflet has all deadlines for competition entries and if you have any queries, please just ask/email/phone Chris.

This was the second round of our Trophy series to find our ‘photographer of the year’ and after our first round back in October, we were not caught out by a overwhelming number of entries in both the Print and PDI classes. In the first round we had a total of 19 entrants for prints […]

You can find it under the News/Newsletter… tab above or via this link.  Please note you will need to log in using the usual name/password.

We now only issue occasional newsletters during the season.  Our printed Programme leaflet has all deadlines for competition entries and if you have any queries, please just ask/email/phone Chris.

To aid long term planning, these are the planned meeting dates for our regular programme evenings at tne Royal British Legion Hall…

Autumn 2018

13 Sep, 27 Sep, 11 Oct, 25 Oct,  8 Nov, 22 Nov,  6 Dec*, 20 Dec**

Winter/Spring 2019

10 Jan, 24 Jan, 31 Jan***, 14 Feb, 28 Feb, 14 Mar, 28 Mar, 11 Apr, 25 Apr,  9 May, 23 May

N.B. * = 1st,  **= 3rd and  ***= 5th Thursday of month.

Just a reminder to all members that you need to log-in in order to view the scores from our internal competitions.  The log-in details are given at the top of our occasional newsletters but you can always just ring or email Chris or Helen.

Our first round of the Shuffell Trophy 2017-18 gave us a problem that we were thrilled to have.  We had such a large entry in both the Print and PDI classes that we had to split the round over two club evenings.  The fact that the subject for this round was also split, with the […]

Update 27/10/17: Brian held a brief pre-meeting workshop on 26th Oct and addressed the issue of alternatives to the now defunct (and no longer safely available for download) Windows Movie Maker which used to be part of some old versions of MS Windows.  The free alternative he suggests is a well-regarded open source and cross-platform product known as Shotcut which can be downloaded from www.shotcut.org.  We will be installing this on our club laptop before our extra workshop evening so we should be able to demonstrate this on the projector during the evening.

(If you wish to read a brief review of Shotcut, please follow this link)

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We have a number of (new) members who may like some help understanding more about Audio-Visual before we have this seasons AV Evening on the 23rd Nov 2017.

Brian Tarling is our leader on Audio Visual and is always happy to answer questions or give guidance.  One month before our AV Evening, Brian will lead a short pre-meeting workshop (i.e. from 6:50 to 7:30pm on 26th Oct 2017) to cover the practical aspects of creating AV’s.

We do have some information about AVs in our “virtual workshop” pages but I’m afraid some of it relates to earlier versions of Windows and PS Elements…

Update 13/10/17: Unfortunately one of the easiest and most popular (& free!) programmes,  Windows [Live] Movie Maker by Microsoft, is no longer available from safe download sites.  Latest news is that the MS promised replacement plugin as part of Windows 10 Creator Update this autumn has now been abandoned so we now have to look for alternatives.  There are some amazingly powerful free packages that are too complex for our purposes but I am hoping to evaluate one promising candidate over the next few days.

Chris

 

 

 

The Bradford Abbas Shield competition is hosted annually by Sherborne Bradford Abbas Camera Club who set the subject and keep the judge secret even from their own members until the evening.  This year, the set subject was “Agriculture” and our guest Judge was Tony Oliver from Salisbury.  The other regular clubs in addition to SBA and ourselves in this 5 club local derby are Yeovil, Wincanton and South Petherton: in our first year (2014) we surprisingly won but last year we were punished by coming bottom!

The first half of the evening assessed the 25 Prints with the scores marked out of 20 as below.  Tony awarded two prints a “20” score but sadly not ours, with our highest being a 18.  Even so, at the coffee break after our poor show last year, we were feeling fairly happy at lying 3rd being 9 points behind the leader South Pertherton.

Shaftesbury Prints Author SCC SBA Yeo Win S.Peth.
Last Harvest Tony Ward 16 15 15 16 18
Sunset Over barley David Townley 18 15 14 16 18
Who’s There Barbara Priest 15 16 15 15 17
Steam Plough Val Saxby 17 15 16 16 18
The Harvest Begins David Lampard 16 19 17 20 20
 Prints Sub-totals 82 80 77 83 91

The second half of judging dealt with the PDIs and no club scored a “20” so we were pleased at least to gain one of the two “19’s” awarded so congratulations to Steve Chick.  In fact we did rather better in the second half scoring more than the other club’s PDIs so clawed our way just high enough to grab second place overall – a much better showing this year  for us so well done to everyone who enabled us to make a good selection following the first round of our own internal competition earlier in the month.  We also were able to select our entry so we were represented by ten different authors.

Shaftesbury PDIs Author SCC SBA Yeo Win S.Peth.
Bales Barbara Harrison 16 19 15 17 15
Exmoor Sheep Andy Hargreaves 18 15 16 18 17
If you can keep Your Head.. Jayne Harris 17 16 18 17 16
Woman Winnowing Claire Tharpa 17 15 16 16 17
Tractor Driver Steve Chick 19 15 17 17 18
 PDIs Sub-totals 87 80 82 85 83
OVERALL SCORE 169 160 159 168 174
  RANKING 2nd 4th 5th 3rd 1st

So congratulations to South Petherton for their good victory, and many thanks to Sherborne Bradford Abbas for hosting an enjoyable evening and competition, and to our Judge Tony Oliver.  Next year’s competition will be on 23rd October 2018 but we have to wait until January to learn what the set subject will be.

Chris

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