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Meeting Report 6th November 2019

Andy Swain

The 2019-2020 club season continued on 6th November when North Norfolk Photographic Society held their first competition for printed pictures with judge Andy Swain.

There were the usual two sections – one for novice photographers and the other for the more advanced.

There were 9 entries in the Novice section which was won by Lauren Griffiths, whose picture ‘Chillin’ showed a seal chilling out and looking totally relaxed! Second was Cheryl Howell’s  ‘Window of Light’ – a dazzling stained glass window and third Lauren Griffiths (again) with ‘Neko Harbour – Antarctica’.

In the Advanced section there were more than 30 entries – images that ranged from Natural History to Landscapes and everything in between!

Judged the winner was Paul Richards with ‘Barn Owl – Snow Delays Hunting’. This subtle image of a snow-storm showing a barn owl just about making its way through the downpour! Second was Lizzie Wallis with ‘Brown Hare after the Blizzard’ – snow again, this time a hare in the snow with fur matted with snow. Third – Nick Akers’ ‘Dirty Work’ which was a portrait of a bearded man standing in front of a steam engine.

 

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Meeting Report 16th October 2019

James Kerwin

How many people do you know who go hunting for derelict buildings? Who enjoy finding their way around buildings where you have to be careful to walk where the beams and joists are if you don’t want to fall down to the floor below? And who have made a speciality of taking photographs of such buildings!

One such person is James Kerwin. In his Facebook pages he describes himself as a British fine art photographer specialising in hidden & abandoned architecture, travel & location images. And he travels all over the place to find the places he wants for his pictures.

James brought his photos to show and accompany his talk to North Norfolk Photographic Society on 16th October – he titles the talk ‘Architecture – Decadence’. He presently is spending most of his time in Lebanon and Georgia and arranges workshops and extended photography tours to these locations.

This is unusual stuff and, it has to be said, not for the faint-hearted! But however unusual, James’ photos are remarkable.

 

Meeting Report 2nd October 2019

Howard King

The new club season got going with a bang on 2nd October. North Norfolk Photographic Society held their first club competition with judge Howard King.

As is customary there were two sections – one for novice photographers and the other for the more advanced.

10 photographs were entered in the Novice section and winner was a delightful study of a flower: ‘Dahlia’ by Martin Kurrein,  second was ‘Leopard’ by Ken Barnes, and thrid was Cheryl Howell with a cleverly composed picture of a tall building and windows entitled ‘Distorted Reflections’.  .

There were considerably more entrants in the Advanced section, with nearly 40 images, all of which were described and commented upon by Howard King. The winner here was Lizzie Wallis with her photo of a man on a surfboard, with a dramatic sea and sky, ‘Surfing the Spindrift’. Second came Hanne Seibers with ‘Oh Deer’ – just the head of a deer poking up out of a field of barley. And third: ‘Hebridean Sheep’, a sheep with the most wonderful pair of horns, by Liz Akers.

 

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Meeting Report 24th July 2019

On one evening during the course of their very successful Annual Exhibition, North Norfolk Photographic Society members met to view each other’s work and to host the annual awards to members. Every member who had won 1st, 2nd or 3rd in every competition over the year was awarded a certificate. But most of all, a points system over the year resulted in the appointment of ‘Photographers of the Year’ – one novice and one advanced.

The Advanced Photographer of the Year is Diana Knight; and the Novice Photographer of the Year is Hanne Siebers. 

Chairman Rob Palethorpe awarding the trophies commented on a successful year when the quality of members’ photographs just seemed to get ever higher, well shown by the work done by Diana Knight and Hanne Siebers.

Advanced Photographer of the Year 2019 – Diana Knight, being presented with her award by Chairman Rob Palethorpe

Novice Photographer of the Year 2019 – Hanne Siebers, being presented with her award by Chairman Rob Palethorpe

Meeting Report 5th June 2019

Ron Tear

There was an “End of Term” atmosphere at the last meeting of North Norfolk Photographic Society’s year in early June. In May, they held their ‘Annual’ competition for digital images – this time the best of the members’ prints were judged. Judge for the occasion was Ron Tear from Loughton, Essex. Ron after his name has the letters ARPS, MPAGB, BPE3*, PSA3*. He is very eminent and well qualified.

Ron first of all judged the Novices’ prints. Winner was Hanne Siebers with ‘Evening Descends’. This beautiful photograph of a sunset across a marshy landscape was one of 3 given 10 out of 10. Second was “Busy Bee” from Cheryl Howell – a bee covered in pollen working away in a wonderfully coloured flower. Third was Hanne Siebers again – “Wetlands After the Flood”.

Ron Tear had serious work to do in judging more than 40 in the Advanced class. Ron found that 9 of them were good enough to get 10 out of 10 marks – and then had a difficult task in selecting the top three. After much deliberation, the top prize went to Diana Knight whose print “A Helping Hand” showed a small girl hand in hand with a soldier and being led, one hopes, to a place of safety. Second “Seapool” from Nick Akers – an infinity pool and the sea, with a paved edging just barely separating the two: you would not notice the join were it not for the metal rail from the pool steps! Third, “Grey Plover” which was a clever picture of the bird and its reflection, a few ripples in the water and hardly anything else.

Meetings of the North Norfolk Photographic Society are normally held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays each month at the Holt Community Centre, but for now break for the summer.

However, the club’s Annual Exhibition will be taking place during Holt Festival week and hopefully will attract a lot of visitors.

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Meeting Report 15 May 2019

Jim Hartje

Jim Hartje came from Peterborough to talk to North Norfolk Photographic Society on May 15th.

Originally from Surrey Jim Hartje moved to Peterborough in 1974 with a young family and got really interested in photography as they grew up. He has been a member of Peterborough Photographic Society since 1981 and he is now their Web Master. He is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, a North & East Midlands Photographic Federation Lecturer and a Photographic Alliance of Great Britain Judge. He is also the holder of the Excellence FIAP, and British Photographic Exhibition 5 Crown distinctions – through successful participation in both national & international exhibitions.

Jim on this occasion spoke about Audio Visual techniques – the combining of photographs with sound (usually music) to make one polished presentation.

In the first part of the evening Jim showed how the software works. Using a combination of applications such as Photoshop to tailor the photographs to a suitable size, it was also necessary to tailor the sound to fit – Jim said he uses audacity now. Then specialist audio-visual software is used to create the show. Jim uses ProShow Gold. And members were shown how images can be made to dissolve one into another, to spin around on the screen among many other techniques.

After a break, Jim Hartje showed half a dozen of his audio visual shows. There was one on fungi, another on motor racing and several using landscapes – Jim after all is a prize-winning photographer!

Meeting Report 03 April 2019

Dave Jordan

Most Camera clubs hold meetings which they call their ‘Annual’ competitions. Once a year, members are invited to submit what they hope are their best photographs of the year in the hope that a judge will agree with them!

North Norfolk Photographic Society held their Annual competition for digital (projected) images on May 1st and David Jordan came from just outside Norwich to judge them.

He said he would be kind to the Novices, but more strict with the Advanced photographers – and so it was.

There were 18 pictures entered by the Novices. Much praise was given – and first was Hanne Siebers picture of ‘Nigel’ – a guy with a luxuriant beard! Second, a bee on a large and colourful flower ‘Collecting Pollen’ from Heather Green. Third, ‘The end of a Journey’ was another from Hanne Siebers , a composed still life of a journey diary or journal with various souvenirs – a strand of sheep’s fleece, a pen, a pair of specs, etc.

Then – the tussle for a winner from the ‘Advanced’ photographers. There were more than 50 images and David Jordan made fair but critical comments on them all. Diana Knight was the star of the evening, with both first and the second place images. The winner ‘Tough Times’ showed a bedraggled Heron ankle deep in what looked like very cold water – in a rainstorm. And second ‘Lioness in a Dust Storm’ an image in gorgeous sandy browns. Third was ‘Mood Indigo’ by Malcolm English, a moody picture of a nude, considerably edited to give a surreal image.

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Meeting Report 03 April 2019

Ian Wilson

North Norfolk Photographic Society welcomed Ian Wilson ARPS to Holt  on Wednesday 3rd April.

Ian is a member of Cambridge Camera Club and a well known speaker, judge and photographer. The subject of his talk was on post-processing in Photoshop – but he opened by saying that he would mostly be dealing with Lightroom and in particular with processing RAW images.
RAW images are those stored by advanced cameras in as close to the form that they were ‘seen’ by the camera as possible, the idea being that there is no automatic adjustment to the image in the camera – it is left to the user to make all the adjustments later.
Ian had asked members to bring some images to be ‘adjusted’ and the most impressive, perhaps, was a series of 4 images taken on the same spot (using a tripod of course) whilst the sun set. This resulted in 4 quite different images, one seriously under-exposed, one over-exposed and two in between. Each image was adjusted and then ‘masks’ were created and then when combined the result was a picture where the cliffs and rocks were not too dark, the sky and sunset were not too bright.
Suffice to say, there was a lot of technical detail which the more advanced members found invaluable.

Meeting Report 20 March 2019

Sarah Kelman

North Norfolk Photographic Society held a Members‘ Print competition on Wednesday March 20th.

The judge was the remarkable Sarah Kelman. Sarah is a professional Airbus pilot, and a gliding champion, a keen yachtswoman and sub-aqua enthusiast. And – it goes without saying – a keen and wonderful photographer which was why she was here!
Sarah tackled the Novice members’ prints first. There were 12 entries and the winner was Hanne Siebers whose print ‘My Arctic Diary’ was given ‘full marks’. Second was Ian Moxey with ‘Peaceful Blakeney’ and third Colin Horwood’s ‘Locked Door’.
When it came to the ‘Advanced’ members’ competition, Sarah Kelman had 38 pictures and commented on each in an interesting and informative manner. No less than 4 images were given ‘Full Marks’ and Sarah then had to choose the winners. First came Paul Richards with ‘Red Kite in Blizzard’, followed by Nick Akers’ ‘Seapool’ and then joint 3rd went to two photos by Liz Akers, ‘Chalk-hill Blue Butterfly’ and ‘Dawn at Flakstad, Lofoten’.
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Meeting Report 6 March 2019

Ruth Grindrod

Ruth Grindrod brought some of her work to give a presentation to North Norfolk Photographic Society on March 6th. Ruth took early retirement from her career in education to move to Norfolk and to pursue her passion for landscape photography.

More often than not, Ruth chooses coastal scenes for her dramatic images, all produced with subtlety and a style much her own. Scotland (including especially the Isle of Harris) Ireland and Norway feature – Ruth has a particular love of the coastal scenes at Harris, though she also enjoys the rivers and broads closer to home.

Ruth likes to be alone when photographing. She says “I like to concentrate on the picture I am creating. I spend a lot of time wandering, just looking and investigating alternatives.”

On her website www.ruthgrindrodlandscapephotography.co.uk the huge variety of Ruth’s images can be seen, and many of them were shown to the Society’s members accompanied by Ruth’s passionate and energetic commentary. Many have been published and many have won awards.

Meeting Report 20 Feb 2019

Peter Yeo

North Norfolk Photographic Society are in the middle of a competition for the Mersea Island Cup against 5 other clubs – and so far are doing very well! The clubs are widely spread – Tonbridge, Colchester, Vale, Camborne & Redruth and East Ipswich which makes for a very interesting competition to see the work from such a variety of clubs.

The clubs all submitted 10 pictures and all are judged at all 6 clubs’ meetings by 6 different judges. The end result is not known until all 6 contests have taken place and the total marks totted up.

But at the Holt venue on 20th February North Norfolk won the competition by  1/2 point. There were four high scoring Images scoring a maximum of 10. Judge Peter Yeo from Lincolnshire complimented the North Norfolk club for achieving top marks for 2 of their entries, for which thanks go to Diana Knight (Chameleon in Action) and to Paul Keates (Preening).

Peter Yeo FRPS, DPAGB, APAGB is from Lincolnshire and is sponsored by Fotospeed – suppliers of photographic printing papers, of which he had a supply for sale at a discount to members. He lectures to camera clubs and to Federations around the country, and is happy to accept bookings for lecture tours in areas distant from his Lincolnshire home. He also enjoys judging and has been a Selector for a number of national and international exhibitions.

Meeting Report 6th February 2019

Society member Howard Denner gave a fascinating talk to North Norfolk Photographic Society on February 6th.

He started by telling how after some years as a Civil Servant he took the opportunity to take early retirement in his 50’s to fulfil his ambition to be a professional photographer, specialising in particular in ‘action shots’ of jazz and popular musicians.

One event that Howard especially wanted to cover was the New Orleans Jazz Festival. He knew he would need a photographer’s pass to get the pictures he wanted and told how he applied and received a non-committal answer. So he rang them up – and again did not get a positive response. So he grabbed the bull by the horns and just went there. On arrival, he went into the press office – and was given a Press Pass.

It was only years afterwards that he learned that the organisers had phoned the UK, to speak to the head of the picture agency that Howard had joined: they had reported that he was OK – so he got his Pass.

Howard then showed a number of slides he had taken on his visits to New Orleans. Most members of camera clubs use digital photography now so Howard explained for the benefit of those unfamiliar with slides that they have a habit of being out-of-focus when first projected, though usually ‘popping’ into focus as the heat from the projector lamp warms them up. Members were shown the levees, the trams, the colourful local residents in such as Bourbon Street, the Squares and the Churches.

After the break, there were photos from the festival itself. Some of these were of the crowd – and Howard several times emphasised what a happy place the festival was; many of the photographs were of performers and there were dozens of them and Howard from memory put a name to every one. Lighting conditions in the tents where the performers worked were far from ideal, and those that wore white shirts in particular presented lighting balance problems to a photographer.

Meeting Report 15th January 2019

North Norfolk Photographic Society kicked off the new year with their 2nd Digital (PDI) competition. This competition had two themes: Lines and/or Curves and People. A wide variety of subjects were entered into each set subject, as members challenged themselves to take images that corresponded to the set subjects.

The judge was Joan Jordan, who gave reflective and constructive feedback on each image.

The winners were as follows:
Novice Lines & Curves 1st Place: Take a Seat by Clive Matthews
Advanced Lines & Curves 1st Place: Mood Indigo by Malcolm English
Novice People 1st Place: Nigel by Hanne Siebers
Advanced People 1st Place: A Gift of Winter by Roland Riddell

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Meeting Report 5th December 2018

Adrian Stone

Chairs NNPS Buxton and N Walsham

North Norfolk Photographic Society win again!

North Norfolk Photographic Society hosted a 3-way competition with camera clubs from Buxton and North Walsham on December 5th. The judge was Adrian Stone who bravely came to Holt through the rain from Peterborough to look after things.

Each club submitted 20 photographs, and each was judged and given points out of 10. There were just 3 images given 10 out of 10, all from North Norfolk Photographic Society’s members.

At the end of the evening, it was seen to have been a close match, but North Norfolk won with 177 points against Buxton’s 171 and North Walsham’s 170.

The 3 given full marks were ‘Laura’ by Malcolm English, ‘Homeward Run’ by Paul Keates and ‘Rush to the Worm’ by Paul Richards. 

Click here for scoresheet

Meeting Report 7th November 2018

Howard King

Having held their first competition of the season for projected images a couple of weeks before, it was the turn for conventional prints on November 7th.

Judge for the evening was Howard King – who has visited the club before and comes from Suffolk. He is an interesting man: he is a very keen amateur photographer – and also  runs a professional service photographing funerals.

The winner of the Novices was Hanne Siebers who had captured a lovely view across the salt marshes with a sinking sun titled ‘Evening Descends’. Second came  Clive Matthews with ‘Just Look’ and third ‘Surreal Sea from Ian Moxey.

In the Advanced competition there was a lot of competition but a deserving first went to Nick Akers with ‘Kingfisher and Stickleback Eye to Eye’: the fish going into the bird’s maw – with it seemed their eyes glaring at one another. Second was ‘Surfing above the Sea’ by Frederic Landes – and almost abstract photograph of waves, and third was ‘King of the Road by Diana Knight, being a lion leading his family along a well trodden jungle path!

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Meeting Report 17th October 2018

Roy Essery

North Norfolk Photographic Society welcomed Roy Essery to their meeting on October 17th. Roy is an eminent photographer from Colchester and he came with photo prints which he called the “Unseen”. That is to say, pictures he likes, but have mostly not been shown in competitions – so have not been seen by other photographers.

In fact – there were a lot of them! Some colour, some black and white. Roy described himself as a people person – he likes taking photos of people and gave advice to members on how to approach someone who he wanted to photograph. Basically, be polite, be unafraid and without telling the proposed subject that he or she is beautiful, to say perhaps that he or she has an interesting face. But above all to be bold and polite.  Showing a still-life picture, he emphasised that still-life pictures were perhaps the one area where everything is under the photographer’s control. Roy showed that he is more than ready to adapt a picture where necessary; perhaps to copy in a better sky than the one that was there on the day.

Meeting Report 3rd October 2018

Andy Swain

 North Norfolk Photographic Society held their first Competition of the new season on October 3rd.

 The judge (who stepped in to replace another who was not available) was Andy Swain.

 The club offers two sets of entrants – novices and advanced. The novices were considered first and the winner was Clive Matthews with ‘Waiting for the Whistle’ – a monochrome medium close-up picture of steamy machinery including a loco whistle. Second was Barrie Price with ‘Trying to Catch Up’: a child on a bike some way behind the presumed parents, travelling through a tunnel. And third came Hanne Siebers with a portrait of a well bearded ‘Norfolk Fisherman’.

There was a bigger entry in the Advanced class, which was won by Nick Akers with a surprising shot ‘Inquisitive Shag’ – a close-up of the bird’s open bill looking down its throat! Michaela Bone’s ‘Smoking Opium’ was second, depicting an ethnic gentleman smoking a pipe with wonderful colour and detail in his face and hat! And third – a mono portrait of a young girl standing in front of a carved wall and titled ‘Precious Heritage’ by Lizzie Wallis.

Novice PDI Results

Advanced PDI Results

Meeting Report 19th September 2018 

Malcolm Sales

Malcolm Sales  gave a very interesting and inspiring talk to North Norfolk Photographic Society on Smart Phone Photography. Malcolm is an ex-professional wedding photographer, who now shoots houses for estate agents.

The first half of the evening was taken up by displaying a number of prints. Whilst he wouldn’t have ever considered using the smart phone for a wedding shoot, the advantage that it has is the immediacy – catching the moment, catching the light.

Malcolm stressed that if you use it as a toy, you can expect poor images. Treat it as a serious camera and obey the same rules regarding vision, composition, exposure, focus etc., and you should be very pleased with the images that you can achieve.

Malcolm shoots on the phone and edits on the phone. In jpeg format, using Snapseed application (a free app), and then immediately uploads to a variety of destinations (postcards using Touchnote, photo books, sending to someone else via airdrop, social media etc.). He utilises the headphones call button as a cable release, and also uses a mini gorilla tripod.

The images he shared included black and white, panorama, street photography, landscape, and abstract.

The second half of the talk was taken up with a practical demonstration of the Snapseed application. Malcolm took us through his Snapseed workflow: amend perspective to straighten any sloping horizontals or vertical (which should be minimal), then cropping, and only then tuning the levels in the image. He cautioned over saturating images – the smart phone screen is unlikely to be properly colour calibrated. He demonstrated the various effects possible through the Vintage, Grunge, Double exposure and Frame effects. It is possible to save the image with all the adjustments kept as layers, to enable undoing at a later date, but Malcolm tends to compress the image and upload it straightaway. This he demonstrated by using Air Drop to send straight to the nearby phone of one of our members.

Meetings of the North Norfolk Photographic Society are normally held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays each month at the Holt Community Centre. For further details please contact the club Secretary, Judith Wells atsecretary.nnps@gmail.com or see the club website at http://www.nnphotosoc.org/

Robin Johnson

Meeting Report 6th June 2018 

The best of the best is the aim of the ‘Annual’ competition run by Camera Clubs and North Norfolk Photographic Society held theirs for printed images on 6th June.

The club offers two sets of entrants – novices and advanced. The contest was judged by Marilyn Steward, who is a member of Harlow Photographic Society and is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. She started by looking at the entries from the Novices.

There were 16 photographs entered in this section and Val Dawson succeeded in taking both First and Second places! Her image ‘Norwich Castle Detail’ was her winner.

There were 40 entries in the Advanced section, which was won by Paul Richards with ‘Leucistic Red Kite’. To save looking it up, be informed (if you were not aware) that a Leucistic Red Kite is a rare form of Red Kite that is in fact white. Second was Lizzie Wallis with ‘Puffin in the Bluebells’.

Novice Print Results

Advanced Print Results

Meeting Report 2nd May 2018 

Peter Yeo

Most Camera clubs have a competition among their members each year to give opportunities to show what those members believe to be their best work of the year – the competition is known as ‘The Annual’.

North Norfolk Photographic Society’s Annual for projected images was held on Wednesday 2nd May and was judged by Peter Yeo. Peter is well-known to the club – he has judged there before and has also been to show some of his own pictures: he is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society (among other distinctions) and really does know what he’s talking about!

As usual, the competition was in two parts, the first for ‘novices’ was won by Heather Green with a Winter Scene at Felbrigg. Second, Val Dawson’s ‘All Hung Up’  showed anchors, ropes and fishermen’s floats hanging on a breakwater and third was again Val Dawson with a close-up photograph of a stonemason at work.

Competition in the Advanced section was – well – competitive to say the least! Peter Yeo had some difficulty choosing the winners from the entries, but settled on Lizzie Wallis who won with ‘A Scottish Summer’s Day’ – a lady wearing waterproofs on a windswept beach. Second, Judith Wells’ ‘Black Grouse Lekking’ showed a stage in the sexual lives of 2 black grouse and Diana Knight’s ‘Panic Attack’ displayed a very frightened herd of zebra just about getting away from a hungry lioness in an African river gully.

Meeting Report 4th April 

Judge and chairs April 2018

North Norfolk Photographic Society continues doing well in competitions against other clubs.

 
On 4th April the club welcomed members from Brancaster Camera Club and Wymondham Photographic Society for a three-way ‘battle’. Each club submitted 20 prints for consideration by Vic Hainsworth.
 
Vic is President of Colchester Photographic Society and a well known and well qualified judge as well as being a first-class photographer in his own right.
 
North Norfolk Photographic Society won the contest with a lead of 1.5 points ahead of Wyndham who were second.
 
In a much larger event, North Norfolk came second out of  12 clubs from as far apart as Rochdale and Wakefield. The competition divided the clubs into 2 groups who then appointed a judge to consider all the entries from their group – in effect 12 competitions with 12 judges. The top 3 in each group; went into the final, where East Ipswich won, North Norfolk being only one point behind.

Meeting Report 21 March 2018

Colin Westgate

Colin Westgate came from Mersea Island to show some of his photographs to North Norfolk Photographic Society on 21st March.

A very eminent and well-known photographer, Colin has been making photographs in the landscape since 1959. Although he works in both monochrome and colour, the majority of those he showed were moody monochrome pictures with emphasis on dramatic skies and unusual foregrounds. Colin is enthusiastic to ’work’ on his images to enhance the highlights and the shadows for maximum effect. He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a Master of the International Federation of Photographic Art and was elected a Member of the London Salon in 1990.

Colin also arranges and leads practical workshops and photographic holidays to Iceland, Ireland and Scotland among other places. He also represents Fotospeed, suppliers of photographic papers for high-grade printing.

Meeting Report 7th March 2018

John Wilcox

North Norfolk Photographic Society held competitions for members’ prints on 7th March which was judged by John Wilcox from Cambridge Camera Club.

Seven ‘Novice’ members submitted a total of 13 prints, of many different styles and varied subject matter. Winner was Val Dawson’s detail of Norwich Castle, full of curves and angles, but there were 2 equal in second place, Jackie Ormandy’s “It’s All in the Eyes”, a child with piercing eyes and Barrie Price’s “Pillars”, a church with striking patterns of arches and pillars.

The entry for advanced members was larger – 16 competitors with 32 photos. This was won by Lizzie Wallis with a “Mountain Hare” – very subtle, being mostly white in a white snow scene. Second was “Common Blue on Drooping Grass” from Judith Wells, which is what it was, and third “Morning Light” by Barb Gardner.

Meeting Report 7th February 2018

Sarah Kelman

Sarah Kelman is a commercial airline pilot. She also is winner of several international gliding championships. And she is a sub-aqua enthusiast. And she is a successful photographer, who came on 7th February from her home in Cambridge to tell North Norfolk Photographic Society about the trip when she and her husband and their children aged 6 and 7 sailed across the Atlantic.

They entered their classic cutter “Croix des Gardes” to race in the inaugural Panerai Transat Classique ocean race from Cascais, Portugal to the West Indies.

Sarah showed through her photographs their thorough preparation of the boat, and the excitement of the start, the vagaries of the weather (storm and calm) and the huge welcome they received at the finish. Along the way, torn sails had to be stitched back together, but there were few mishaps, and they saw no other boats or ships except one yacht, whose young crew were mystified that in a sailing race they were not allowed to use their engine when there was no wind!

But that was not the finish. The family then took the boat on a journey right up through the islands of the West Indies and along the eastern coast of USA to New York. From there, Sarah flew home and back to work; her husband hired a couple of crew and sailed home with the children,  but was caught by a hurricane on the way and was out of radio contact for several worrying days.

Meeting Report 17th January 2018

North Norfolk Photographic Society held a Club competition on 17th January, judged by Andy Wilson from Bungay.     

 

Andy Wilson

The competitions were for digital projected images and in fact 4 competitions,  with Novices having one lot for pictures with subject matter ’Work’ and the other an open section but for monochrome photos. And Advanced members had the same groups.
 
Quality as always was high. Andy Wilson made some very helpful general comments – that if you have a specified subject such as ‘Work’ it’s no good submitting a photo of someone not at work; and that ‘Mono’ means mono!
 
From the Novices, in the Work section, Jackie Ormandy’s “Exposed” showed the interior of an engine ‘cut through‘ to show how it works; second was a ‘Stone Mason’ at work by Val Dawson and third ‘Anchor Maintenance’ by Barrie Price, which captured a busy gang on Cromer beach, at work on an anchor.
 
The Novices mono competition was won by Barrie Price’s ‘Secret Meeting’ – the interior of a church, all pillars and arches and showing two people in earnest conversation. Second – ‘Low Tide on the Wash‘, a lovely shot of a horse and rider in silhouette against the sun glinting on the beach and sea, by Susie Kemp. Third was ‘No Takers on a Cold Day’ by Heather Green, which showed 2 unoccupied benches in a setting that might be Cromer cliff-top.
 
Then, the Advanced members. In the Work section, Andy Wilson awarded joint 1st place to Grace Glaister and Tony Hallsworth. Grace’s picture was a mono picture of an office worker taken through a window from outside, showing piles of paperwork! Tony called his picture of 2 grumpy-looking guys with a chainsaw ’Happy Hour’! Third was awarded to  Rob Palethorp’s ‘Pass me the Hammer’.
 
The Advanced mono competition was won by Tony Hallsworth with a very clever photo of either 5 young ladies (or probably one young lady photographed 5 times) sitting in a V formation and looking at the camera with very few clothes on at all – titled ‘Genesis’. Equal second went to Diana Knight ‘In Safe Hands’ (a charming photo of a soldier complete with uniform and rifle leading a small girl by the hand) and Lizzie Wallis ‘Abandoned Scottish Bothy’ (a landscape picture including a derelict building).
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Meeting Report 6th December 2017

Things did not go entirely according to plan on Wednesday 6th December. The occasion being club competitions for projected digital images, a experienced and qualified judge had been booked to assess the pictures. But he did not arrive – due as was later learned to sudden domestic bad news.

So – Plan B was quickly brought into operation – which was for 3 members who did not have images in the competition to mark the images (out of 10) and the 3 marks for each picture were averaged to arrive at 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

As usual, Novice members were first to compete and the winner was Barrie Price with a picture of Cromer Pier in a storm. Second was ‘Patterns of Light’ by Tony Shipp – a night-time view of a building with beams of light throwing patterns. Third was a beautiful photograph of pink feathers by Val Dawson.

Then – the more advanced members. Here the judging became more difficult! Although a deserved first place went to Nick Akers with a landscape shot of Glen Shiel, four people tied for second place, these being ‘Bottoms Up’ by Hugh Barton (a bird doing ‘what it says on the tin’, ‘Fulmar checking out the girls’ from Lizzie Wallis – again the title of the shot says it all and ‘Sealions’ by Liz Akers also self-explanatory and ‘Sleepy Sanderlings’ by Paul Richards: a row of a dozen or so Sanderlings with their heads tucked under their wings! An honourable mention went to Alan Dedman with ‘When the Boat Comes In’ – a scene including a fishing boat returning to the beach, with an artist with his easel paining the scene.

Although the absence of the judge was a shame, the evening went well and ‘Plan B’ might be adopted on purpose some time!

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Robin Johnson

Meeting Report 15th November 2017

Tom Mason

Tom Mason

A brilliant young talent
Tom Mason is 24 years old and already has been published in Practical Photography, the RSPB and BBC Wildlife magazines, has been to the Falkland Islands to photograph penguins, to the forests of British Columbia, Canada and Peru – and has photographed everything in the UK from sea birds to otters and from red squirrels to toads. He also finds time to promote Nikon cameras and Wex Photographic.
Tom visited North Norfolk Photographic Society on 15th November to talk about his work and show some of his remarkable wildlife photographs. To add to his picture making talent, Tom is also a confident and articulate speaker. It seemed so obvious that he would be sponsored to travel to South America to photograph the birds and animals of the Amazon: what else would you expect?
Tom Mason has a passion for his work which fortunately is more than matched by his ability and his visit will be in the minds of members for some time to come.

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Meeting Report 1st November 2017

Roy Essery

Roy Essery

North Norfolk Photographic Society held their first members’ competition of printed pictures on 1st November and the very distinguished photographer Roy Essery came from Colchester to judge them.
Roy is a member of Colchester Photographic Society and Ipswich and District Photographic Society and in 2008 became one of the founding members of The Suffolk Monochrome Group. In 2016 he gained MPAGB, the highest distinction awarded by the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.
There were only a few photographs entered in the Novices section, but the winner was Val Dawson whose moody monochrome print ‘The Old Recluse’ shows an old man in a hood in a tacky shack, and a less than joyful look on his face! Second was Val Dawson (again) with ‘Secured’ and third Karen Spence’s photo ‘Buttermere walk, Cumbria’.
The section of the competition for Advanced Members drew a much larger entry and, as ever, of a very high standard. Roy set ten or so of the best to one side before he made his final decision, which was to award first place to Nick Akers for ‘The Cuilin Hills’, a view of mountains across a lively sea with scuptural shaped rocks in the foreground. Second was Malcolm English with ‘Laura’ a beautifully set picture of a nude, and third ‘Keeping Watch from Paul Richards.
In fact, Roy awarded 10 marks out of 10 to 4 of the pictures – and 9 or 9.5 to another 8!

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Meeting Report 18th October 2017

Hodgson

Judy & David Hodgson

Judy and David Hodgson came to Holt from Wisbech to show their ‘Winter Wonderland’ photographs to North Norfolk Photographic Society on 18th October.
For the first half of the meeting they showed their photos taken in winter throughout the UK. David showed some ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos of the same shot, discussing how they had used Photoshop and other applications to edit them with just a few clicks. Also changing some from colour to monochrome, and showing how cropping could change the whole aspect and look of a photo.
After the tea break they showed their photos taken during a trip to America in early winter some years previously, including their visit to the famous Yellowstone National Park, which is on an active volcano – potentially a huge volcano. The highlights were photos of the famous “Old Faithful”, a geyser which shoots up to over 200 feet every 92 minutes or thereabouts. You can, incidentally watch Old Faithful at home on live webcam at https://www.nps.gov/features/yell/webcam/oldfaithfulstreaming.html.
There are some 300 active geysers in the region. The trip was not without adventure: some of the access gates are closed in winter and Judy and Dave were at one point caught out by a serious change in the weather and counted themselves very lucky to be able to follow a ranger’s truck’s rear lights through the thick fog that came down.
Robin Johnson thanked Judy and Dave for their talk and for showing their superb pictures.

Robin Johnson

Meeting Report 4th October 2017

Howard King

Howard King

North Norfolk Photographic Society’s 2017-2018 competition season got off to a flying start on 4th October, when Howard King came to judge the pictures submitted in Projected Digital Image (PDI) form.
It was the first visit that Howard had made to the Society, and it fell to him to comment upon and give marks to the numerous entries.
So-called ‘Novices’ and ‘Advanced’ members were able to submit 2 entries each – and they could only be described as ‘varied’!
The Novices section was won by Tony Shipp with ‘Light at the end of the Tunnel’ – an atmospheric photograph. Second was ‘The Birds’ by Barrie Price, a dramatic night-time shot of a fishing boat surrounded by seagulls, brilliantly lit. Third equal were ‘Colour Pop Car’ by Cheryl Howell and ‘On the way to Castle Crag’ by Heather Green
The Advanced entries were especially strong and the winner was ‘Catching flies’ by Lizzie Wallis, a cleverly caught mid-flight photograph of a bird with a beakful of flies. Lizzie also came second with ‘Mating Chalk-hill Blues’ – butterflies, of course. And third ‘The skateboard’ by Bernard Dawson which set a close-up of a skateboard against the skateboard ramps seen under the skateboard between its wheels.

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Meeting Report 20th September 2017

Ann Miles

Ann Miles FRPS

Ann Miles came from Cambridge to talk to North Norfolk Photographic Society on 20th September.
Ann is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, and is currently Secretary to The London Salon. She trained as a biologist and spent her working life in scientific publishing. She has been an active photographer for the last 20 years and, for about 10 years, taught general and nature photography at university degree level. Ann lectures all round Britain and also gives workshops and individual tuition. She has visited the club before, so an interesting talk with superb photographs were expected – and she did not disappoint!
The theme this time was the Seaside, and members were shown dozens of images from seasides all around the country, all in Ann’s perfect quality. And as she showed her pictures, she also gave numerous tips on ways to achieve the best mono conversions, the best way to enhance an image – and so on.
Not for nothing is Ann’s website called pin-sharp.co.uk !

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Robin Johnson

Meeting Report 21st June 2017

Will Cheung

Will Cheung

North Norfolk Photographic Society members were treated to a visit by Will Cheung FRPS on 21st June. Will is the editor of Photography News, a free national tabloid-sized monthly newspaper which is distributed to many of the leading independent photo retailers (where you can pick up a free copy) and to most UK camera clubs – including this one!
Will was at pains to emphasise that he does not really regard himself as a professional photographer – that is not what editing a magazine entails – but he does have a passion for photography and could be considered rather more than an enthusiastic and talented amateur.
Will showed scores of his pictures, mostly centred around his interest in projects – photos on particular themes. He has worked on projects involving Umbrellas, on the Docklands Light Railway, on Seaside Piers, on Seven Magnificent London Graveyards – and others.
Will spoke eloquently for two and a half hours as he showed his pictures and seemed at the end to be as fresh and vigorous as when he started, in spite of the sweltering heat that day!

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Meeting Report 7th June 2017

Colin Westgate

Colin Westgate

Colin Westgate drove from Essex and back to be judge of North Norfolk Photographic Society’s Annual Competition for printed images. Colin has FRPS MFIAP APAGB after his name and is well-known as Quest Photography running photographic workshops and holidays.
The best of this year’s bunch were presented for Colin’s assessment, as usual in two sections – so-called ’novices’ and ’advanced’.
Winner of the ‘novices’ was Grace Glaister whose photograph ’Crows’ of a field with 2 crows and a hedge was one of 3 given full marks, the others being Grace Glaister again with ‘Remains of the Day’ and Val Dawson with ‘Keeping Watch’.
Then the Advanced section, with 63 entries. Diana Knight won this with a picture of a herd of zebra getting away from a lioness – entitled ‘Failed Ambush’.
Four entries received full marks, second being ‘The Embrace’ by Malcolm English, a touching portrait of a woman and a girl, and third Liz Akers with ‘Colours of the Hebrides’. Diana Knight’s ‘Cheetah on Patrol’ was also Highly Commended.

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North Norfolk Photographic Society beat them all!

Ron Tear

Ron Tear

A competition took place on 17th May, when North Norfolk Photographic Society took on 2 other clubs, Kings Lynn and Lutterworth. The set-up is that the same competition is held at each of the 3 clubs with a different judge at each club – at North Norfolk it was Ron Tear from Loughton, Essex.
Ron after his name has the letters ARPS, MPAGB, BPE3*, PSA3* – do not worry what they stand for – he is very eminent and well qualified.
The same 20 images from each club were shown anonymously at each venue and Ron awarded first place to the North Norfolk club, as did the judge at Kings Lynn; the judge at Lutterworth placed North Norfolk second and Lutterworth first. On aggregate, North Norfolk came out well in front with 1090 points against Lutterworth with 1053 and Kings Lynn with 1011.

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Some of North Norfolk’s entries –

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Meeting Report 3rd May 2017

Daphne Hanson

Daphne Hanson

Camera Clubs mostly hold one competition each year when their members are asked to submit what they hope are their best recent images for assessment by an expert judge.
North Norfolk Photographic Society held such a contest on 3rd May when Daphne Hanson, DPAGB and APAGB and President of the East Anglian Federation was the judge.
The club gives less experienced members a chance in a class of their own – so-called ‘Novices’ – and the winning Novice was Karen Spence with ‘Kayaking’ an action white-water shot. Second came Martyn Gould with ‘Seascape’ a monochrome sea and sky picture with a lot of texture in the breakwater foreground, and third Val Dawson with ‘After World’s End’ a sepia rendition of a man (down and out?) sitting on an old car seat surrounded by rubbish reading a book titled After World’s End!
The Advanced section (all who are not Novices) was won by Lizzie Wallis with ‘Plump Water Vole’ – no explanation required! Diana Knight was second with ’Unlucky’, an antelope disappearing down the throat of a crocodile. Liz Akers got third place with ‘The Typesetter’, a mono portrait of a man in period dress with an old printing press behind him.
After a vote of thanks from Chairman Malcolm English, Daphne Hanson said that it had been tricky to pick the winners as the overall standard in both sections had been so good.

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Meeting Report 5 April 2017

Jim Hartje

Jim Hartje

North Norfolk Photographic Society welcomed back Jim Hartje on 5th April. Jim has been a judge of the club’s competitions, but this time he came to share his ideas about photography.
Jim himself describes his presentation as a miscellany of digital imagery, tips & ideas – where he explores the fine line amid reality, invention and trickery in photography.
He likes to exploit the creative avenues open to us in both Photoshop/Elements and assorted plugins – and showed images before and after they had been run through a variety of processes on a computer.
Members were shown how to achieve such results and were given an opportunity to see the software in action. The presentation ended with a series of images of windmills, stitched together to make a video show.

Robin Johnson

Meeting Report 15 March 2017

Dianne Gibson

Dianne Gibson

North Norfolk Photographic Society held a competition for printed pictures on 15th March. The judge on this occasion – a new visitor to the club – was Dianne Gibson, who came from the other side of Norwich to do the honours. Dianne is a member of Bunwell and District Camera Club.
As is now the arrangement, Novice members were first to put up their prints to be assessed. First place went to Val Dawson whose somewhat menacing photo of a crocodile (maybe an alligator?) was called ’Keeping Watch’ . Second was Grace Glaister with a picture of a field, and in the middle of it, two crows. Grace also won third place with ‘Remains of the Day’.
Then – the ‘Advanced’ section. This was won by Bernard Dawson, with a clever picture of a face mixed with an overlay of rectangles, each filled with various shapes and images and entitled ‘Dilapidated‘. Second came Paul Richards’ ‘Horse with a View’ – a horse in a landscape – and third Barb Gardner with ‘Norwich Cathedral from Peters’ Bridge.’

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Meeting Report 1 March 2017

Kevin Elsby

Kevin Elsby

It is perhaps a little unfair that some people seem to have so many talents. Dr Kevin Elsby filled in at short notice to talk to North Norfolk Photographic Society on March 1st. He took a cruise to Iceland not long ago and was able to take more of his brilliant wild bird photographs, many of which he showed to members.
Kevin also showed pictures of the unique landscape of Iceland – its volcanoes, lava fields, islands and sea cliffs. People and habitations are few and far between.
Iceland is a wonderland for the keen birder – such as Kevin Elsby! Technically part of Europe it also attracts some birds from North America. And when the keen birder is also a wonderful photographer, the recipe for a superb show is complete.

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Meeting Report 15 February 2017

Mike Lloyd

Mike Lloyd

It takes all sorts

A member of a camera club in Suffolk recently said that there are about 20 members in his club. A member from a Cambridge club said that they have 200 members and a 2 year waiting list. North Norfolk Photographic Society is comfortably in between – with around 50 or 60 members. There are all sorts of camera clubs, and all sorts of members!
On 15th February, Michael Lloyd came from Beccles to be Judge for the evening at the North Norfolk club’s competitions. On 16th March, North Norfolk’s chairman Malcolm English is due to go to Beccles to judge one of their competitions.
The North Norfolk club held 4 competitions: there were 2 set subjects – “Red, White and Blue” and “Street Photography” but with separate contests under each subject for so-called ‘Novices’ and for the ‘Advanced’ competitors.
Mike Lloyd judged the Novices ’Red, White and Blue’ pictures first and awarded first place to Barrie Price for ‘Under the red white and blue canopy’, his picture of a micro light aeroplane with – what it says on the tin! Then, the Novices competed with Street Photographs – the winner being Grace Glaister with ’Goal’ a young lad’s face a picture of joy and we have to assume that his team had just scored!
The Novices’ photos were so good, it was a struggle for the Advanced members to keep up! But Barb Gardner was up to the mark with her ‘Smoke Trails’, a clever shot of trails of smoke in the 3 colours. And the Street Photography winner was ‘Starting the Journey’ showing a competition cyclist with helmet and very reflective ‘shades’ in which the view of the street was clearly reflected.

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 Meeting Report 1 February 2017

Paul & Lizzie

Lizzie Wallis & Paul Richards

Twice in the course of two months members of North Norfolk Photographic Society have been given the opportunity to savour the sheer talent of their members.
After Howard Denner’s pictures of showbiz stars in January, on 1st February Lizzie Wallis and Paul Richards presented some of the stars of Northern lands. They called their presentation Cranes, Ruff Sex and the Midnight Sun – which neatly summed it up!
Paul and Lizzie went off in a camper van with their cameras (and some sausages) for 3 months to take photos of wildlife in Scandinavia. They opened their show with a map displaying their route, which took them after driving north from the English channel around Finland, and across to Sweden and Norway.
They chose to visit places where they had been to before and knew the photo opportunities to be good and others recommended by the ‘locals’; for the most part around the coast and on the moor land just inland.
As well as Cranes and Ruffs (which are species of birds not often seen in England) there were foxes and hares and beautiful landscapes – but the birds were definitely centre stage. And, yes, the birds got up to a lot of sex! The Cranes were dancing with their partners; the Ruffs (after some initial preliminaries) were fighting for choice of mate. An interesting fact about Ruffs: some of the guys look like gals! All photographed with immaculate care and clarity. There was also in particular a beautiful photograph of a Bluethroat.

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