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Newsletter NL200 – 19th April 2024

Editor: Derek Godridge with more from the TEAM:
PCC News:


And they said it wouldn’t last ;-)

Well what a fantastic night we had last night with our Image of the Year competition.

We witnessed some truly superb images in both Print and Digital Projected Images and all the winners and runners-up should feel very proud of their efforts. However, Bruce Hobbs our judge heaped praise on many of the images that were critiqued so really no-one should feel sad about not getting into the final placings.

For the record here they are:

Overall Image of the Year Winner was Mark Quilter with his somewhat sublime image “Flowering Time”

Overall IOTY Winner was Mark Quilter

Colour Prints

1st Mark Quilter Misty Sunrise

2nd Karen Burton Ruby Fox

3rd John Yarrow See you at the bottom

HC Derek Godridge  End of an Era

HC Liz Richardson Fair Winds

Mono Prints

1st Julie Nichols Look Up

02nd John Yarrow Welsh Feral Goat

3rd Derek Godridge Honouring a Legend

HC Mark Quilter   Penryn Misty Morning

HC Rosemary Yarrow The Island

Digital Projected Image (DPI)

1st Mark Quilter Flowering Time

2nd John Yarrow Grey Heron with Catch

2rd Rosemary Yarrow Great Spotted Woodpecker

HC Carol Coward Fallen

HC Raymond Bate Red Funnels

DPI Mono

1st John Yarrow Egyptian Market

2nd Mark Quilter Sennen Breakwater

3rd Derek Godridge Osprey Feeding

HC Rosemary Yarrow Lake Padam

HC Geoffrey James The Rough and the Smooth

DPI – Off Camera

1st Eve Govier Offshore Art

2nd Janet Godridge Bonfire Day

3rd John Yarrow Llyn Idwal

HC Derek Godridge Beau Brummel

HC Liz Richardson Hiding in Plain Sight

Bruce must has spent DAYS looking at all this work and we are truly indebted to his meticulous attention to detail and related helpful comments to guide us to produce even better work! Some of those particular guidance notes were:

One of the most powerful aspects of an image is composition which of course includes leading lines – very noticeable in John Yarrow’s “Egyptian Market”.

Another one is the storytelling nature of a picture which was shown in many of the placed images. However, don’t forget that if you have people in the shot make sure you can see their faces AND the face is lit well and not overpowered by other fussy distracting details or locally bright areas. Also with people shots make sure they are large enough and not lost in the picture – especially if they are “the Hero”.

Eye contact will almost ALWAYS count whether it’s an animal or person. However, ensure they are not too dark and if possible include catchlights. The use of reflectors or a pop of flash will help with people and creatures!

A beautiful colour palette, especially with reflections, will always do well.

For very experienced judges, different will always stand out, as in Julie’s “Look Up”

Avoid large plain skies and watch your backgrounds.

Geometrical structures work well but watch your Depth of Field.

Imagine the picture divided into halves or quarters and ensure each has interest, with contrasting colours if possible.

Make the bottom of the picture slightly darker than the rest of the picture.

With pictures featuring water ensure that local highlights are not near the edge of the image.

Contrasting colours often work well as in Ray’s “Red Funnels” and Carol’s leaf study “Fallen”.

If you can introduce emotion into a picture you are onto a winner as in Mark’s “Misty Sunrise” and Eve’s “Offshore Art”.

Thanks to everyone who entered and especially THANKS to MANDY for pulling all of the work together – a mammoth task !!

Below I have enclosed Paul’s Montage of all the placed images but you can see them all on our Facebook page(s) and our PCC Website:

Montage of all the placed images

Image Credit: All those listed plus Paul for the montage

Our Upcoming AGM

For next week’s AGM please remember that as per our Constitution only members and invited guests are allowed entry and that you have to be a fully paid-up member to qualify for a vote. You will also be asked to “Sign In” on entry. We also need to have potential Committee members proposed and seconded and I will send out a table of those standing so please tick the box and sign your name for anyone you would like to support. Please hand to our Chair Wendy after entry. Thank you.

PhotoEntry Trial – John Yarrow

Hi All, Thank you for helping us organise three dummy competitions to check that PhotoEntry

would be suitable for Penryn Camera Club. All the competitions are now closed and 'judged'. (Scores were picked at random as it was the system we were evaluating, not the quality of the images.) From my point of view it has been an outstanding success. 26 members registered and 71 images were submitted.

The software has been used to download images for judges, create entry lists, results sheets and league tables without the need to type anything. Our free trial ends today and I shall contact their office and ask them to keep Penryn Camera Club's section safe until the club decides whether or not to adopt PhotoEntry. Should we decide to proceed then perhaps we could have a competition or two over the summer. This would give everyone the opportunity to become even more familiar with the new procedures.

Please do not hesitate to contact me by email or phone should you have any queries at all. Thanks again for all your help.

PCC Social News – Karen Burton

  • Friday May 24th is going to be an event held at Falmouth Court, Draceana Avenue, Falmouth. 6.30pm till 8.00pm. o I would like some volunteers to bring some images along to show or put some digitals on a memory stick to show our lovely residents. Please advise if interested in helping make a lovely evening to show our talents and make a connection to the community.

  • Sunday 23rd June - PCC PRESENTATION LUNCH at 12.45 for a 1pm start o FALMOUTH GOLF CLUB again after much deliberation. o Don't forget cancellations any less than a week you will NOT get a refund unfortunately. o There will be a lovely raffle so some donations would be very welcome!

  • Summer Outings o Any ideas please let me know!! o 07724 344420 o

PCC Diary Dates:

  • Thursday April 25th – Annual General Meeting ! o Don’t forget that if you want to join the committee you must have a proposer and a seconder. o See separate Committee Proposal Table enclosed

  • MAY Field Trips TBA

Cornwall Photographic Alliance (CPA)

Western Counties Photographic Federation (WCPF)

  • Saturday 27th April 2024 - Judging Seminar o Details on the WCPF Website at o Several members in the past have found this FREE course very informative – even if they do not wish to become a judge!

  • Sunday 5th May 2024 Executive Meeting & Opening of Member’s Exhibition at TWO different Venues ! Details here: o Magelake Hall, Uffculme, EX15 3DP for 3 days 4th to 6th May 2024 o Seale Hayne, The Queens Room, Newton Abbot,TQ12 6NQ from 7th May to 17th May 2024

All the best from Derek, Paul, Mandy, Karen, John and the Team!



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