Sunday, December 4, 2016


A Triptych (photographic) meaning:- a group of three images, with a relating theme, or half a panel.
This is the second difficult word we have had to learn this year after Suprematism. There is always someone who has to combine the two and come up with a suprematism triptych. Not sure if our judge really understood it she knows Tony Bramley and therefore presumably understands the concept, perhaps seeing it in a triptych completely threw her.

It was good to see so many entries and a bit worrying, as like our vice chairman I was doing the mental arithmetic and thought that she was going to comment on 240 images, unfortunately those of us that submitted one image split in three and those that flipped one image (same rules apply to panels) were shot down in flames apart from the Red Arrows, who were allowed to land. However, by the time she reached the advanced, those of us that had submitted one image knew our fate and were just dismissed out of hand. A salutary lesson for the future.     
A quick question when does one image count as two? When you show it as a reflection. Personally I thought it was quite clever.
 Again I was disappointed by the Dalmation  Pelicans, there were three images and not one spot, between them.




1st Dalmation  Pelicans
by Gordon Bramham

2nd Neon
by Sarah Oliver

3rd Old Windows
by John Knight

H.C. Skittles Colour Run
by Dave Wilcox

H.C. Spanish Vultures
by Gordon Bramham


1st Surfin USA
by Richard Hallam

2nd I Woke, I Washed, I Watched
by Martyn Addison-Smith

3rd Dusk
by Richard Hallam

H.C. Westminster Postcards
by Richard Hallam


1st Nubble Lighthouse
by Linda Brien

2nd Liverpool Windows
by John Baker

3rd A Line of Lions
by Sharon Brown

H.C. Power Line
by Peter Owen

H.C. Siberian Windows
by John Baker

Thursday, December 1, 2016




1st Skyline
by Kevin Sykes

2nd Sunrise at Inch Beach
by Brian Clark

3rd Aurora at Iceberg Lagoon
by Dave Wilcox

H.C. Celebrate The Colour
by Dave Wilcox

H.C. Red Throated Diver
by Gordon Bramham

H.C. Cromer Pier
by Mandy Deer


1st The Magic Circle
by Richard Hallam

2nd Wave Rider
by Peter Wills

3rd Florentine Kiss
by Peter Wills

H.C. Mr. Singh of Romford
by Peter Wills


1st Need For Speed
by Glen Crawford

2nd Church Windows
by Glen Crawford

3rd Waiting to Go
by Glen Crawford

Monday, November 28, 2016


Congratulations to our winning team.




Our very own Spice Girls.

Image 1
Flatford Mill (A Building)

Image 2 
Flatford Mill  (A River Scene)

Image 3 Mistley Park Animal Rescue Centre.

Image 4 Brightlingsea. (A coastal scene)

Image 5 Brightlingsea (A creative shot)

Image 6 Beth Chatto Gardens (Showing The Use of Colour)

Image 7 Beth Chatto (Showing the Glory of The Garden)

Image 8 A Club Member in Action

Image 9 A close Up With Lots of Detail

Image 10 Any Image on Route



Tuesday, November 8, 2016





1st Eggciting Splash
by Andy Taylor ARPS

2nd Model 500
by Jeff Oliver

3rd Last of The Harvest
by Sylvia Williams

H.C. Cotton Reels
by Jim Barber


1st Taking A Drink
by Howard King

2nd Mr Bassett
by John Knight

3rd Display
by Martyn Addison-Smith

H.C. Ground Bug
by Gordon Bramham

Monday, November 7, 2016


It started with bad news for Nikon users as we have purchased a Canon projector which obviously will only show Canon cameras at their best.
I was a bit disappointed by our judge. He made a bit of a Rickket (excuse the pun) of judging my prints. But that was not a problem.
However, it caused me to write to the Master Adjudicator of Judges (Photography). Her Majesty the Queen.
Here is the copy of the letter.

Dear Maj. 
We have just had one of your judges at our club to judge two of our most important competitions.  
Several times he alluded to the fact that he attended judges seminars. I believe that he turned up registered had a free cup of coffee and biscuits then went home. As it was obvious he had not kept up with the latest trends in what makes a good photograph.
The first comment was that he liked black mounts. This was very disappointing as our members have spent a lot of money over the last few years buying up supplies of white, off white and cream mounts, in case of a nationwide shortage. 
Forget about negative space, crop everything down.
He wondered why key lines were going out of fashion, if only he had attended those meetings.
White blobs/marks on the edge or anywhere on the image was not a problem, no disparaging remarks of it drags my eye to that spot, so even if you have not noticed it or it had not dragged your eye to it you would now. In fact he gave second place to an image that was covered in white spots, splodges etc.
When talking about an image and how to improve it he did not spend the required 90% of the time how to improve it in Photoshop.
All the above is refreshing and forgiving.However, when he said about one print that the bug in the picture was too big in the frame, well that was unforgivable, did he not know that the person whose print it was has written the book  "Too Big in The Frame" He has also written about people and other animals walking into the picture. Personally I think the bug was walking out of the frame.
Thank you for taking the time to read my letter, hopefully you will ensure your judges do attend courses in the future so that us photographers know in the future what pictures we should be taking.
Yours Faithfully

All those distractions

Tuesday, October 18, 2016



A small, but select group of keen photographers took themselves down to Port Lympne Wildlife Park last Saturday. Surprisingly ,they were all classed as advanced primates and given an 'access all areas' pass, reliant on good behaviour.

The crisp but dry weather was kind to us and we were able to explore the 600 acre reserve on foot and in a safari truck, which trundled and bumped along tracks resembling the depths of the maasai mara  or the Serengeti.

Gorillas were undoubtedly the stars of the show, but we also saw and photographed (with great difficulty in some cases), Rhinos, Tigers, Wolves, Zebras, Baboons, Ostriches, Giraffes and many more quite rare species which The conservation work at Port Lympne is successfully helping to preserve and increase for future generations.   

Spot the camera club members.

Thanks to our official photographer Andy Brett for the triptych (no one likes a smarty pants)
Unfortunately you will only be getting paid the £1,200 for one image and not £3,600 you were expecting for the three photos (ed)