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Newsletter #96 21st January 2022

Editor - Derek Godridge PCC News of the Week:

We had quite a successful meeting last night whereby the members joined in heartily with the “Depth of field” exercise that Karen had set us.

We managed to find a useful surface – the pool table! – and after carefully covering it with a sheet of chipboard and covering, we set up some buttons that Wendy had brought with her. The idea was to see how many buttons we could get in focus at different aperture settings and with a medium telephoto of 85mm set at f 5.6 it worked out to be 3. Then adjusting the aperture to f11 we managed 6 or 7 in focus, proving the exercise worked! Something you can all try at home.

New member Jan had also brought some beautiful scientific instruments that members used in order once again to see if interesting areas could be isolated using a large aperture (a few “FFFs”) and then if they could capture the whole instrument using a small aperture ( many FFFs”) !!

Most important – if you have any images for the Charles Hosken please send them to me ASAP !! By the end of the weekend latest please.


  1. As above it was great to be working with our cameras and it proves that just setting yourself a simple exercise like that can be a bit of fun and also educational. Most members had remembered to bring their cameras and perhaps more importantly their prints and digital files for Mandy. Anyone who missed out can always email them to Mandy, I’m sure she won’t mind – so long as you can at least size them correctly first.

  2. The other thing that most members remembered was the additional £15 membership fee top-up, so those members who didn’t turn up need to make arrangements to pay Chris please ASAP.

  3. Next week Thursday 27th we have the highly versatile and accomplished Bill Hall from Truro CC entertaining us with his illustrated talk showing his award winning wildlifeimages.


  1. Mandy’s fun “Lucky Dip II” is on Thursday 17th February.

  2. Yes I know we have only just had the hand-in for KF2 but KF3 is coming up pretty quickly too with a February 24th hand-in. This time it is an open competition so a little easier for us and more details will follow soon from Mandy.

Diary Dates


  • Spring meal at The Falmouth Hotel – To be Re-arranged and Karen will advise.

  • 27rd January – A talk by Bill Hall on UK Nature and Wildlife. Bill is a recent member of Truro Camera Club, but a highly skilled, award winning photographer and PAGB Judge.

A talk by Bill Hall on UK Nature and Wildlife

Prior to his move to Cornwall, Bill was a member of the prestigious Rolls-Royce camera club and his images are exceptional as you can see in the WCPF slideshow below, where he won a GOLD Medal in the Open Digital Class.

Cornwall Photographic Alliance (CPA)

  1. The next CPA competition is the Charles Hosken - Digital Open Competition on Friday 18th March. Competition rules here: http://www.cornwall-photographic-

  2. After preparing up to FOUR images as per the rules already sent out you need to pay your 50p/image to our treasurer Chris

  3. You then need to send them to ME at by 22nd January 2022 if possible I will then do all the collation of the images, compile a spreadsheet of titles etc and send them to Bill Hall via WeTransfer before the official hand-in date of 30th January.

Any problem give me a call on 07788590141

Western Counties Photographic Federation (WCPF) Member’s Exhibition 2022

  • This is a VERY prestigious competition which showcases the talent we have in the West Country. Alongside the actual competition, there is an excellent Exhibition which gives members and the general public alike the ability to view all of the accepted prints and digital images at the Bovey Tracey Golf Club from 1st to 16th May.

  • Last year’s Awards Slideshow here

  • I’m quite happy to collect your work and deliver to a central point

From Pedro Landers “The 2022 WCPF Members Exhibition (MX) is currently being finalised and the entry system will be available in January 2022. Previous entrants will receive an ‘invitation to enter’ email, and a link to the entry system will be available from the WCPF websites MX page once it is open.

• Timings Entry will be open from Monday 3rd January 2022 and will close on Saturday 5th March 2022

• Terms and Conditions - The entry classes remain as last year with 3 print classes (Open, Mono, Nature) and 4 PDI classes (Open, Nature, Creative, Photo Travel). The class definitions will be available on the entry website.

• Awards - The exhibition has PAGB Patronage and PAGB Gold, Silver and Bronze medals plus Selector Ribbons will be awarded in each class. Highly commended certificates will also be awarded in each class. The ‘Margaret Aven’ trophy for the entrant who gains the most acceptances across all 7 classes, and ‘Best Wildlife’ trophy in both Nature classes will also be awarded again this year.

• Favourite Image and Sale Of Prints - We are repeating these initiatives and the conditions will be as last year ie entrants will have 3 choices

1. To opt in to the favourite print image lottery where one of the visitors that voted will receive a free copy of the print that they voted for. 2. To opt in to the visitors favourite print image lottery and the sale of prints. Prints will be offered for sale at a standard price of £35. Any postage fees required would be an extra cost. 3. To opt out of both initiatives: • Exhibition Venue Bovey Tracy Golf Club with the excellent facilities that have proved so successful over the last few years.

• Selectors • Christine Widdall MPAGB EFIAPFBPE • Sue Moore FRPS MPAGB • Bob Moore HonFRPS MPAGB HonPAGB

We hope that members of WCPF clubs will continue to support the exhibition and submit their entries in good time. Clubs may wish to collect print entries from their members and make a single delivery to the appointed AES. This will make the process more efficient and effective for club members and the AES. The name & contact details for an entrants AES will be notified on completion of the online entry. If anything is unclear or there are any questions then please get in touch with the Exhibition Secretary by email at

Pedro Landers WCPF Exhibition Secretary”

Cheers for now Derek


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