Digital Photography Competition No.3

On Monday 11th January, Banbury Camera Club held a Digital photography competition. Members had submitted images: either Colour and Monochrome in advance. This is the third competition of the 2020-2021 season and took place on-line over Zoom.

Joining us on-line, the guest judge was Graham Walton. The results were as follows. This year in the absence of print competitions, points are awarded for digital images and will lead to the award of trophies later in the season.

PDI – 2021-01-11 : PDI Colour Open

PlacingNameTitlePoints
1Miles CrisellMY FISHING DAYS ARE OVER4
2Chris BaldwinALMOST GOT IT3
3Tony ChiversTOMATO AT REST2
HCJohn ButtressSMALL FROZEN LANDSCAPE1
HCDerek LaneLUCKY ENCOUNTER1
`CChris BaldwinSMALUNGEREN, BERGEN1
`CBarry BoswellNESTING ON THE EDGE1
`CJamie Bodley-ScottCOLOURFUL EXIT1

PDI – 2021-01-11 : PDI Mono Open

PlacingNameTitlePoints
1Jeff YoungmanQUIRE, WORCESTER CATHEDRAL4
2John CredlandBULLRUSH3
3Gareth MorganSTORM FORCE2
HCCharles BinnsGLACIER REST BREAK1
`CJamie Bodley-ScottFOREVER (ALMOST)1

The next meeting on 25 January will be a Members’ evening. A presentation by members of images that they have taken during 2020. Members who would like to talk through a few of their photographs should contact Barry Boswell, or better send him digital images of the photographs you wish to show on the night.

Full details of how to participate in our Zoom Meetings are sent out to members by email.  

Digital Photography Competition No.2

On Monday 30th November, Banbury Camera Club held a Digital photography competition. Members had submitted images: either Colour and Monochrome in advance. This is the second competition of the 2020-2021 season and took place on-line over Zoom.

Joining us on-line, the guest judge was Alan Edwards. The results were as follows. This year in the absence of print competitions, points are awarded for digital images and will lead to the award of trophies later in the season.

PDI – 2020-11-30 : PDI Colour Open

PlacingNameTitlePoints
1Lynne HooperTulip On The Move4
2Gareth MorganTowanroath Mine3
3John HallUp and Away2
HCBarry BoswellLunch for a Kestral1
HCMichael GreenwayAutumn Colour1
HCDerek LaneLend Me an Ear1
`CJohn ButtressFloral Paintbox1
`CKeeran BrabazonSolitary Confinement1
`CJeff YoungmanThe Chase is On1
`CChris BaldwinFlower Lady1

PDI – 2020-11-30 : PDI Mono Open

PlacingNameTitlePoints
1Gareth MorganHere Comes the Rain Again4
2Jamie Bodley-ScottGoing Up3
3John TaylorRainy Day in Paris2
HCMike KirbyLockdown Stroll1
HCJohn ButtressDell Boy1
`CCharles BinnsFlyover1
`CCharles BinnsYewTree Pinhole1

The next meeting will be held on Monday December 14 when guest speaker – Jerry Webb will present a talk entitled “Mono photography with an edge”. Full details of how to participate in our Zoom Meetings are sent out to members by email.

This video of the competition has been published for your enjoyment.

On-line Digital Competition No. 1

On Monday 5th October Banbury Camera Club held an On-line Digital photography competition. Members had submitted 50 images in 2 categories Colour and Monochrome in advance This is the first competition of the new season (starting in September).

Joining us on-line, the guest judge was Colin Mill from New City Photographic Society in Milton Keynes. The results were as follows with links to the images.

As we’re unable to hold any print competitions this year, it has been decided to award points for winning images in on-line competitions. These are shown in the results below.

On-line 1 – 2020-10-05 : PDI Colour Open

PlacingNameTitlePoints
1Lynne HooperView from the back4
2Jane JarvisChateau Impney Hill Climb3
3Jamie Bodley-ScottPromenade du Paillon - Nice2
HCAndrew SpackmanOne way only, Oxford1
HCChris BaldwinBuried In Berries1
HCBarry BoswellFeeding Gulls1
`CMiles CrisellWatlington Hill Red Kite1
`CDerek LaneA good hare day1
`CTony ChiversTranslucent Alstroemeria1

On-line 1 – 2020-10-05 : PDI Mono Open

PlacingNameTitlePoints
2Gareth MorganBefore the tide3
3Mike KirbyPathos2
HCGraham OsgoodCastlerigg Stones, evening1
`CTony ChiversMono Abstract1
`CJeff YoungmanInterior, Worcester Cathedral1
1Charles BinnsGlacier Bay0
HCCharles BinnsRe-Tyred0

Two images by Charles Binns – Glacier Bay and Re-Tyred – were duo toned. This “Officially” places them into the colour section. They were however judged as mono images in the competition. It has therefore been decided (at Charles’ suggestion) that points are not awarded for them on this occasion.

The next meeting will be Your questions answered – 19th October. This is an opportunity for members to ask questions on any aspect of photography and have it answered and explained in depth with practical demonstration where appropriate. Although questions may be taken on the night, to avoid disappointment please will members submit their questions to Barry Boswell asap.

On-Line Competition 13 July

Set Subject Life Under Lockdown

On Monday 13th July, Banbury Camera Club held an on-line digital image competition . This is the 3rd photo competition held via Zoom.

The Judge was John Credland who had received 28 entries in advance of the meeting. After the judging John gave a very interesting talk about what he’s been doing in lockdown with a special reference to photography. He described some of the special projects he’s been doing. He referred to 3 websites which had provided him with some ideas and inspiration. These are Colossal, Cooperative of Photography and Computational Photography.

The results were as follows

On-line No.3 – 2020-07-13 : PDI Open Photography Under Lockdown

PlacingNameTitle
1Mike KirbyLockdown blues
2Andrew SpackmanLOCKDOWN ZOOM MEETING #73
3Paul RaynorSELF ISOLATING
HCBarry BoswellSTILL LIFE UNDER LOCKDOWN
HCJohn ButtressLOCKDOWN ESSENTIALS
HCChris BaldwinUnder Permanent Lockdown
HCJamie Bodley-ScottPot by the Window
HCGraham OsgoodCOMMA BUTTERFLY
HCRoy Tholethe last passenger
HCTony ChiversLockdown Locks
HCMiles CrisellYOU TAKE THE HIGH ROAD AND I'LL TAKE THE LOW ROAD
HCMichael ButterworthAND THEN IT RAINED

The next Zoom Meeting will be held on Monday 27th July and will commence with an EGM in an attempt to catch up from the much delayed AGM from May

Monochrome DI on-line competition

Banbury Camera Club Zoom Meeting No.4

On Monday 18th May Banbury Camera Club held its fourth on-line meeting. This was a Monochrome Digital Image Competition judged by Chris Baldwin. There were 24 entries. Members could enter one image each.

42 members signed in to the meeting. The competition results were as follows.

Monochrome Zoom DI – 2020-05-18 : PDI Mono Open

PlacingNameTitle
1Lynne HooperGrandson
2Dave DugganWater Drop
3Mike KirbyHaruko at the Piano
HCBarry LaneElegant Grey
HCBarry BoswellYoung Magpie
HCAndrew HaleCrossing the bridge
`CMark HarrisThe Philosopher
`CJohn CredlandWonderland
`CBarrie WoodBefore the storm

The next Zoom meeting will be on June 1st. It will be an illustrated talk called Our Great USA Solar Eclipse Adventure by Mary MacIntyre an Oxfordshire based Astronomy Photographer. Details and meeting-joining instructions are sent to members by email.

If you are a lapsed member and want to join us, we request that you re-join the club using this link https://form.jotformeu.com/92397009629366 with payment via bank transfer. Those joining now at £25 waged/£20 unwaged will have membership through the 20/21 season, expiring May 2021.

Where Have You Been

Monday’s Camera Club meeting was “Where Have You Been”.

It took members to Switzerland, Luxembourg, France, Portugal, Cost Rica, Scotland, Ireland, England, Oxford, Back Gardens, and Memory Lane. 42 members joined the meeting, the third virtual meeting run via Zoom software.

Where Have You Been is an event which has been running in the Club’s Programme once a year for many years. It lets members share their photos (from holidays or otherwise). In normal times it is used to try out AV (Audio Visual) software and presentations. Online most presentations were presented as a sequence of around 12 images – 20 seconds each – allowing the author to give commentary live to the group on Zoom. Even with these constraints on presentations, the meeting lasted 1 hour and 50 minutes.

The next Zoom meeting will be on May 18th. It will be an open monochrome competition. Chris Baldwin will be sharing details of how to enter. Details and meeting-joining instructions are sent to members by email.

If you are a lapsed member and want to join us, we request that you re-join the club using this link https://form.jotformeu.com/92397009629366 with payment via bank transfer. Those joining now at £25 waged/£20 unwaged will have membership through the 20/21 season, expiring May 2021.

Zoom Second Online Meeting

Zoom online mtg 2

On Monday 20th April, Banbury Camera Club held its 2nd on-line meeting using the Zoom app.

The meeting presented 3 short talks by members John Credland, Mike Kirby and Paul Rayner as originally planned in our annual programme.

John Credland changed his talk to discuss photography which is possible during the lockdown giving some really interesting possibilities for experimentation.

Mike Kirby presented a photographic study of Cordoba in Spain with its unique architecture.

Paul Raynor presented a talk on the versatility of a wedding Photographer with lots of fascinating examples of special techniques and showing where there is potential to go wrong.

The meeting was attended by 40 members. All members can view the recording.

The next Zoom meeting will be on May 4th . It is Where have you been, an opportunity to showcase your travel photos from the past year. Please submit about a dozen images and be prepared to talk about them for five minutes or so. Details and joining instructions have already been sent to members by email.

If you are a lapsed member and want to join us, we request that you re-join the club using this link https://form.jotformeu.com/92397009629366 with payment via bank transfer. Those joining now at £25 waged/£20 unwaged will have membership through the 20/21 season, expiring May 2021.

[FOCUS] on Photography at The Heseltine Gallery

FOCUS on Photography


We were disappointed that this exhibition had to close early due to the Covid-19 measures.

You can however still “visit” the exhibition … Right Now!

Not only has The Heseltine Gallery launched a brand new website, but you can go there and view the [FOCUS] on Photography exhibition in the Online Exhibitions section.

Go to www.theheseltinegallery.org.uk and follow the link to Online Exhibitions.

Our original entry for this exhibition was as follows:-

The Heseltine Gallery
The Heseltine Gallery

The current exhibition at The Heseltine Gallery is [FOCUS] on Photography and will run until 31st March. There are entries from various photographers include some from Banbury Camera Club.

All entries were judged on receipt and only those selected were accepted for the exhibition.

The Heseltine Gallery is a part of Chenderit School, Middleton Cheney and is where Banbury Camera Club holds their annual exhibition. You can find out more about The Heseltine Gallery at www.theheseltinegallery.org.uk

You can also find out about the exhibition on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/theheseltinegallery/

Opening times are 10am-4pm in school hours Mon-Fri
and 11am – 3pm weekends

Zoom On-line Competition No.1

In view of the Covid-19 disruption, Banbury Camera Club is organising club meetings online. On Monday 6th April 2020 the first such meeting was held and it was a competition. Each participating member could submit one colour digital image in advance of the meeting. The Judge was Chris Baldwin. Judging was done in the usual way discussing each image in turn, holding back the best and making final placings. There were 25 images and 41 members joined the meeting from the comfort of their own homes.

Many thanks to the committee for organising the event over a difficult period and especially Trevor Cooper for putting together the instructions and FAQs and being Zoom Mentor.

As usual the titles below give a link to the image.

Zoom on-line competition No 1 – 2020-04-06 : PDI Colour Open

PlacingNameTitle
1Barry BoswellStone Curlew
2Mark HarrisRed Veil
3John TaylorStacking on the steps
HCTony ChiversExplosion of Colour
HCCourtney KillpackLady in Red
`CBarry LaneAt Batsford Arboretum
`CIan DraperEly Cathedral Chancel Sunlight
`CCharles BinnsWhittlebury

Coronavirus and Club Meetings

Banbury Camera Club

The following email was sent to members on 15th March 2020:

Dear Members– in view of the constantly changing situation regarding the current pandemic that is affecting the world, even our own little world, I checked with Committee Members yesterday to see what their feelings were regarding our meetings, given the current age profile of many of our members.

The unanimous view was that we should suspend our club meetings until after Easter and April 20th at the very least, in order to minimise the risks we all face.

It is therefore the case that our AV and Where have you been meeting tomorrow evening 16th March will not now take place and we will review the situation later next month.  It may be that the rest of the year’s programme will go by the wayside, and the May 18th AGM deferred till September.  So a further decision will be made around April 19th/20th.  We will talk to Chenderit School about premises fees.

I have already this afternoon cancelled the judge for next week, and I am now asking Steve Gold to cancel the next speaker.

I  have also been advised that the planned CACC  Championship Day at Amersham on March 19th will go ahead but with no members attending – behind closed doors so to speak to use a good football analogy!   No members anticipating attendance at that event will be admitted, unless they are involved with the organisation of the day.

Also potentially at risk will be the Battle vs. Stratford PS on Tuesday 21st April, at Stratford PS meeting place.  However a decisions will be made on that nearer the time.

I am sorry to bring you such news, and at such short notice, but being one of those potentially  to be in (self-)imposed isolation for several weeks, if not months, I feel it is the best decision for us to make.  Please get in touch with me if you need to, or have any questions or comments.

Sincerely
Ian Draper
Chairman and Joint Programme Secretary
Banbury Camera Club