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Newsletter NL155 – 10th March 2023

Editor - Derek Godridge and the team: PCC News:

Last night’s show with Nick Tonkin was a very detailed look at the equipment and methodology needed for Astro Photography. It was quite remarkable to learn that it was now possible to achieve similar types of images with a £5k set up as the Hubble Telescope at £xx Billion !!

It was even more enlightening to discover that the advances in software and kit mean that Astro Photographers can actually be in bed whilst the working tracking camera is housed in a shed with a sliding roof!

Nick showed us photos of the working kit below:


 Nick Tonkin Astro Photography #1

He also went into a lot of detail on the causes of noise and how it is reduced using some pretty complex in camera and software filters along with even more automated wizardry!

 Nick Tonkin Astro Photography #2

News from Paul Cooper: Kingswood Salver progress

Kingswood Salver 20% completed


If you missed the “what’s this” presentation look here.


Current action; Members are taking pictures AND SENDING THEM TO PAUL on Tin Mines, Birds in flight and Emergency Services in action. Tall Ships, Gaff Riggers and Reservoir Dog are all awaiting summer dates.

Some Musings:

  • Quote of the Week: “A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it” Edward Steichen

PCC Events

  • Thursday 16th March at 7.30pm KF3 Judging & results with Kevin Leah

  • Thursday 23rd March at 7.30pm PCC Image Of The Year hand-in Samantha Miller talk; “Falkland’s Wildlife”

  • TUESDAY 28th March at 7.30pm Photoshop Elements with Derek Kingswood Salver – Paul and Team

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 get in touch with me if you are entering OR indeed if you want ANY ADVICE whatsoever. o Entries 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” Artist's Impressions of Cornwall including Infra-Red images.

All the best from Derek and the team !

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