OPS Weekly Newsletter 26 October

  • Next week, Tuesday 31 October, bring along your cameras and some interesting things (not too big) to photograph as we have “The Art and Science of Studio Techniques” with Tony McMaster.
  • Please start thinking about entries for our next Digital Projected Image competition which is on 14 November.

  1. Last week’s meeting – Print competition No. 1 with judge Peter Cox 

 

Unfortunately Les had Covid so he could not do his magic with projecting the images on the screen. Hope he is feeling much better. The new print stand was not available due to a last-minute mishap in my back garden on Sunday!

Monochrome
Position Name Image
First Dave Atkinson Night Prowlers
Second Dave Atkinson Egyptian Vulture
Third Pete Warrington Hello, I’m in Swindon
H Commended Ian Bray Train Delayed
H Commended Ian Bray Roses in Vase
H Commended Dave McKay The Reader
Commended Dave Belcher Grass Track Action Dalton Barrack Abingdon
Commended John Bull Lamp and Stair
Commended Alan Lewis Egret and Catch
Commended Helen Webb Hitch Hiker
Colour
Position Name Image
First Dave Belcher Male European Bee-Eater Feeding Female
Second Helen Webb Ground Squirrel
Third Helen Webb Turtle Dove Reflection
H Commended John Boteler Foggy Dawn Worton Willows
H Commended Alan Lewis Puffin
H Commended Pete Warrington All the Fun of a Wet Day
Commended Dave Atkinson Short Eared Owl
Commended John Bull Seat in a Red Frame
Commended Dave McKay The Novice
Commended Keith Worthington Fighting Zebra
Held Back Dave Atkinson In a Corn Field
Held Back Phil Warrington Leap

Many congratulations to all.

  1. Next Tuesday’s meeting: Tuesday 31 October: “The Art and Science of Studio Techniques” with Tony McMaster of Camera Club Live

The first half of the presentation is all about the Science, f stop, inverse square law, flash energy, etc. Sounds a bit daunting but I will make it as interactive as possible with lots of audience participation.

Then after the break the second half will be practical sill life table top shoots, with your members being able to use their own cameras to capture some pictures.

Please encourage your members to, not only bring their cameras but also, bring along interesting things (not too big) to photograph.

Tony runs a You Tube channel Camera Club Live which has over 14,000 subscribers. See this channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/cameraclublive

  1. Upcoming meetings in November

Tuesday 7 November: GULAG: a journey into the darkness of Stalin’s Siberian prison with Barry Lewis

https://www.lensculture.com/projects/1811790-gulag-a-journey-into-the-dar

GULAG provides a rare glimpse into a dark corner of Soviet history. The fact that Vladimir Putin’s Russia has returned to Stalinist autocracy with those who oppose or protest being imprisoned gives this book of photographs and interviews from over 30 years ago a tragic relevance.

In the last months of Mikhail Gorbachev’s period of reform and his policy of ‘glasnost’ (openness), photographer Barry Lewis was allowed to explore, in 1991, the Gulag regions of north-eastern Siberia and speak with survivors.

“We have to squeeze everything out of a prisoner in the first three months – after that we don’t need him anymore.”

Camp commander Naftaly Frenkel, The Gulag Archipelago

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fistfulofbooks/gulag?ref=discovery&term=gulag

 

Tuesday 14 November: Digital Image Competition 2

Judge is Chris Foster

 

Tuesday 21 November: Lightroom/Bridge file management and editing

With Brian Worsley

 

Tuesday 28 November: Living and working as a professional photographer in Namibia

Scott Hurd via zoom

 

  1. General photographic interest

 

Workshops from the Royal Photographic Society

Whether you’re diving into photography for the first time or honing your skills, there is a range of online and in-person workshops run by the RPS and its members.

We offer a range of high-quality workshops for all photographic abilities, run by qualified and experienced facilitators. Plenty are online for you to access from home, with others being run in-person for a more hands-on experience.

https://rps.org/rpsworkshops

Royal Photographic Society awards – in pictures

The recipients of this year’s Royal Photographic Society awards have been announced. Now in their 145th year, the awards are the world’s longest-running and most prestigious photography honours, recognising individuals working across still and moving image. Rather than rewarding a single image, the society celebrates the photographers, highlighting significant achievements, showcasing new and emerging talent and recognising notable contributions from RPS members

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2023/oct/25/royal-photographic-society-awards-in-pictures

Mangrove photography awards 2023 – in pictures

Winners and runners-up in the mangrove photography awards run by the Mangrove Action Project. This year, Soham Bhattacharyya was named mangrove photographer of the year for an image capturing the curious gaze of an endangered tigress in the Sundarbans

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2023/oct/25/mangrove-photography-awards-2023-in-pictures

Hard-hitting images from the winners of the Ian Parry photojournalism grant

The Ian Parry photojournalism grant champions the work of rising photographers. Here we showcase the four recipients of this year’s awards. Mouneb Taim, 22, from Syria, received the Ian Parry photojournalism grant. Alexandra Corcode, 22, from Romania, received the Tom Stoddart award for excellence, while Sahl Abdelrahman and Nikoletta Stoyanova were both highly commended

https://www.theguardian.com/media/gallery/2023/oct/24/hard-hitting-images-winners-ian-parry-photojournalism-grant-photography-awards

Church bingo – in pictures

While visiting her grandma in 2019, Angela Christofilou joined one of her regular bingo games at St James church hall in Heywood, Lancashire. The experience reminded her of ‘the profound joy that can be found in the simplest things in life’ – friends, a cuppa and bingo

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2023/oct/23/church-bingo-in-pictures

‘I was a privileged white man, but I was trying to do something radical’: Daniel Meadows’ Free Photographic Omnibus

Ahead of the release of his new volume, Book of the Road, the photographer discusses his work, his inspirations and how a multiple sclerosis diagnosis led him to revisit his archive

https://www.1854.photography/2023/10/daniel-meadows-free-photographic-omnibus/