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Newsletter NL152 – 17th February 2023

Editor - Derek Godridge and the team: PCC News : Another great fun competition last night thanks to Amanda and her “Lucky Dip 2”. Members had already sent in their images to match the randomly selected subject which we had picked out of the hat and Amanda had prepared score sheets for all of us to have a go at. We had a quick run through then settled down to score each image ( except our own of course). Afterwards Wendy lead us through each image and went around the room to ask for a critique. This is a great exercise to practice and we had some perceptive comments so thanks to all who participated.

The 1,2,3 results are below and all the entries can be seen on our Facebook page.

“Whered ee go?” Mike Halsey – 1st Place
Lucky dip =2nd
“Woodland Glade” Liz Richardson – 3rd Place

Charles Hosken Report from Claire Dougal:

I realised I was hooked on photography when Sue & I came back from a weekend away in Bristol & made a diversion on the way home to the CPA competition. I’ve been to both the annual competition & the wildlife one previously. What amazes me is how everyone interprets & captures our wonderful world in such diverse ways.

As the Charles Hosken competition is fairly open, there was a wealth of subjects and techniques on show, including composites and multiple exposures to name just a few.

There were beautiful natural portraits, some using creative, dramatic make up. Flowers were given the dreamy treatment in a number of photographs which had textured backgrounds and watercolour effects with possibly a bit of ICM. (Intentional camera movement)

Some stunning landscapes and incredible architecture showed us that quite a few club members were back travelling widely again. There was a stunning picture of an ice cave which captured my imagination. Sports also featured with dirt track bike racing, surfing and an amusing rear view take on rugby! The venue is ideal with the purpose built theatre & sound system. It’s such a thrill seeing your own work projected on the “silver screen.”

The format of the event, for anyone who hasn’t been before, is a slide show of all the entries in order of score, accompanied by a soundtrack which really added to the appreciation of the images. The first section was for scores up to 10 followed by a break, then the second half for the higher scoring images, the Highly Commended and 1st, 2nd &3rd place awards. I think we all hoped we’d be in the second section!

The quality of the photographs is really high and it must be a real challenge for the judges to pick an absolute winner out of the highest scorers. A lot of them had the wow factor. I think it would be helpful if we could see how the judges critiqued the top images and maybe some comments so we could understand what elements won the day. We would learn so much.

As a club, we had several entries and achieved some very pleasing scores up to 12 out of 15 possible. Seven of us attended and it’s a good way to meet the other clubs and their members, it’s inspirational too! I feel that I’m a very short way along a very long learning curve but I like having a challenge as a hobby. It’s difficult to give a real picture of the event because of the sheer number and diversity of the images but I would definitely recommend attending the next CPA competition if you can.

News from Karen Burton:


The club committee held our planning meeting last Monday and many of your programme suggestions have been included in next year’s edition so thank you one and all your contributions.

Some Musings:

  • Photographer Quote of the Week: “There are no rules for good photographs there are only good photographs.” Ansel Adams

PCC Events

  • Monday 20th February at 7pm o PCC Selection Committee for battle with St Ives CC

  • Thursday February 23rd at 7.30pm o *********KF3 Hand-In********** o Open Subject – 1 Print, 1 Digital image, 1 Off Camera – usual rules apply o Talk by Jeanette Ruberry probably “Cuba” !

  • Thursday 2nd March o “Battle” with St Ives Camera Club – Judge is Margaret Hocking from Truro CC o PLEASE BRING FOOD •Thursday 9th March Nick Tonkin - Astro Photography talk

Cornwall Photographic Alliance (CPA)

  • Annual Competition Hand-In – 8th April

  • Annual Competition Show – 13th May @3pm doors open 2pm The Keay Theatre, St Austell – Entry £4 on the door

Western Counties Photographic Federation (WCPF)

  • Saturday 11th March 2023 – Knightshayes Trophy WCPF Council Meeting & Knightshayes Trophy Bovey Tracey Golf Club, Monks Way, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9NG 10.30 am Council Meeting open to all WCPF Club Members followed by the Knightshayes Trophy Competition judged by Helen Jones ARPS DPAGB President of the WCPF, a double act with Steve Jones - DPAGB, LRPS, EFIAP BPE3* Set subject “Decisive Moment” to win the Superb Knightshayes Trophy for a year. 2.00 pm Afternoon presentation by Fotospeed - Fotospeed Special Offers will be Available

Prints will be returned after the event

  • 2023 WCPF Member’s Exhibition and Competition o I will be forwarding the PCC Print entries to the WCPF and so please contact me if you are entering OR indeed if you want ANY ADVICE whatsoever. o Entry will be open from Monday 7th January 2023 and will close on Saturday 11th March 2023. o Display of Prints and Digital show at Bovey Tracy Golf Centre from 7th to 15th May 2023 o There are 3 classes in both the Print and Digital sections and the subjects are the same Open Colour, Open Monochrome, Nature o Entry Classes The entry classes have changed this year with 3 print classes (Open Colour, Open Mono, Nature) and 3 digital classes (Open Colour, Open Mono, Nature). The class definitions will be available on the website and entry system. o Images are uploaded to the web and the full competition rules are as detailed in the following safe link. https://www.thewcpf.com/copy-of-exhibition

Other Events

From Claire Dougal

  • Falmouth Art Gallery daily until 12th June Exhibition “Unfamiliar Territory” Artists Impressions of Cornwall including Infra-Red images by Claire’s friend Barnaby

All the best from Derek and the team !

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