Penistone Show Revisted

A look back at the show in 2014

It’s almost time for the annual Penistone Agricultural Show, which this year takes place on Saturday 9th September.  I wasn’t able to attend last year but hope to be there again this year, at least for the morning.  Looking back to the 2014 show I’ve come across a few images that I still rather like and thought it would be a good idea to print them out so they can go on display in the camera club tent.  Hopefully camera club members might have a few more that they can add to the collection.

Lessons from yesterday’s Critique Evening; ‘Scapes. – by Wendy North


90% of time the sky doesn’t add anything to the image, so either crop it out or compose your image without the sky

If the sky has clouds and drama make sure you capture the full effect of this in your post processing or with a graduated filter at the time of shooting.

Soft movement in clouds (as well as water) is very popular at the moment.  This effect utilises filters which block out the light.  Maybe we need a speaker who can help us understand this better at a club meeting in the future.

Shoot wide, shoot high, get down low, get up high!  Move position.

You’re not using film so you can afford to take lots of images around a spot and then delete.  Change position – and take a few images.  When you look at them later you are sure to find ones that work and ones that don’t.

Look for Atmosphere

These are the images that do best in competitions. The way we photograph them and post process them can make a difference but only if the basic conditions are there in the landscape. These images will probably need us to use a tripod or support our camera by other means.

Often simple is best!

We noticed last night that it was the bold and simple images that had impact.

Post Processing – can MAKE or BREAK the image

The camera doesn’t always capture what we see! Our eyes are much more efficient. SO – post processing of the image is important. Selectively change the exposure or clarity or vibrance etc of your image at the post processing stage. The circular graduated filter is a very useful tool when it comes to making selective changes in Lightroom. Nik software, Viveza provides a similar tool and it’s free. Photoshop lasso tool in combination with levels/ curves can also do the job. Don’t forget to calibrate your monitor. Some images were showing rather over or under saturated yesterday evening.

Some images are memory shots that capture a special  `holiday’ moment.

They are often the kinds of photos that do well on calendars or on postcards because they capture the magic of the experience. They probably won’t do well in PAGB judged competitions (external judges used by the camera club have an eye to PAGB competitions). Nevertheless, it’s good to present them as well as possible if you want an image for your wall at home – so post processing is important.

I felt the buildings were not straight in the frame so in straightening them up I lost the top of the mountain.  For me this crop strengthens the image, but I accept that in losing the mountain behind it also loses something of the sense of place which may have been one of the most important reasons for taking this photograph.

Landscape photography composition

I also came across a website that I felt was easily accessible and worth looking at.  You can find it at:

NIK Software is now free!

It’s worth reminding everyone that NIK Software is now free and can be downloaded from…

Wendy North

Camera Club Dinner 2017 – Congratulations to this year’s winners

An evening of Pie and Peas, or curry for some of us, followed by our annual awards and presentation evening.

Huge congratulations to Wendy North who won the Photographer Of The Year Award.

Photographer Of The Year 2016-2017

Wendy North wins the Photographer Of The Year trophy

Wendy North wins the Photographer Of The Year trophy

  • 1st place: Wendy North
  • 2nd place: Clive Bott
  • Joint 3rd place: Nick Hillman and Peter Mudd

Endeavour Photographer Of The Year 2016-2017

Ian Wilkinson wins the Endeavour Trophy

Ian Wilkinson wins the Endeavour Trophy

  • 1st place: Ian Wilkinson
  • 2nd place: Paul Nind
  • 3rd place: Darren Green

Open Medals of Achievement

  • Highly Commended: Wendy North
  • Commended: Clive Bott
  • Commended: Nick Hillman
  • Commended: Peter Mudd
  • Commended: Brian Parkhurst

Endeavour Medals of Achievement

  • Highly Commended: Ian Wilkinson
  • Commended: Paul Nind
  • Commended: Darren Green



  • 1st – Ian Wilkinson – Hey, Heym we’re the monkeys!
  • 1st – Jackie Ballamy – The Three Sisters, Glencoe
  • 1st – Paul Nind – Brief Encounter


  • 2nd – Julie Ellis – Fading Tulip
  • 2nd – Brian Parkhurst – Liz, Gipsy with pipe
  • 1st – Wendy North – Making a dash for it!



  • 2nd – Ian Wilkinson – Homeward bound
  • 1st – Darren Green – States of water 2
  • 1st – Paul Nind – Tree Cathedral


  • 2nd – Wendy North – Treatment
  • 1st – Brian Parkhurst, Magick Lantern Shot
  • 1st – David White – New Life



  • 3rd – Joy Williamson – View through the window
  • 2nd – Paul Nind – Sleeping it off
  • 1st – Ian Wilkinson – Daddy’s girl


  • 3rd – Clive Bott – Saigon Pedlar
  • 3rd – Julie Ellis – Garlic
  • 3rd – Brian Parkhurst – Castle in the mindmap
  • 3rd – Peter Mudd – Out together
  • 3rd – Paul Nind – Sleeping it off
  • 2nd – Ian Wilkinson – Daddy’s Girl
  • 1st – Wendy North – Small White Butterfly

It’s a thumb’s up for Sheffield!

Camera club evening this week saw a group of budding photographers from the Penistone Camera Club descending on the streets of Sheffield. Most of us focussed our lenses around the Station Area while some brave souls ventured up to the peace gardens for something a bit different.

It’s a thumb’s up for Sheffield!

It was a fresh, breezy evening, or to use Julie’s words, ‘it were bloody cold!’

After Barry Oddie’s talk last week I quite liked the idea of photographing some people and doing a bit of street photography. I don’t usually approach people too ask if I can photograph them; I generally just try to catch people unawares, though my big DSLR and lens make that a bit difficult.

For me, there are two huge barriers in approaching people on the street,

  • firstly, I’m not normally confident enough, and,
  • secondly, I’m a southerner in a northern town and I don’t want to get beaten-up!

So, it was great when my chosen subjects asked me if I would take their photograph! That’s exactly what these rough local guys did. I was happy to oblige, and as I say, I didn’t want to get beaten-up so who was I to say no!

We ended up having a chat and they were great guys out enjoying the evening sun with a few lagers; just the sort of thing I used to do in my younger days.

After a bit of hunting around for pen and paper, one of them gave me his email address with a request for a copy of the images, I hope he liked them.

These are the images I took, unfortunately I can remember either of guys the names so hopefully they’ll reply to my email with the images.

I shot these with my EF 16-35mm L II USM wide angle lens on a full frame camera, so not the traditional portrait lens, but I am pleased with the results and It has encouraged me to try this again.

It's a thumb's up for Sheffield!
It's a thumb's up for Sheffield!
Barry Oddie

Barry Oddie – Portraits and landscapes

At last week’s club meeting we were entertained by visiting speaker Barry Oddie; a member off, and much sort after speaker from, the Yorkshire Monochrome Group. He provided an inspiring evening of his landscape and portraiture work

Barry Oddie

Barry guided us through some of his most recent work with a glimpse into the past, along with his unique and humorous story telling. Woven into his fantastic images, of characters from his local area, were tales about both his life and the people he photographed bringing them to life and giving us a glimpse into Barry’s approach to people and photography.

This is what a couple of our members said…

Fantastic night at the club. Great photos and a very good commentary done with humour. Really good. Darren Green

One of the best evenings for a long time. Brian Parkhurst

Barry Oddie
Barry Oddie

Yorkshire Monochrome Group meet once a month (usually the second Sunday) in Shipley, West Yorkshire. They have a varied programme of speakers throughout the year, for more details visit their website.

Judge Peter Cheetham is booked for the Sheffield Knock-out this year

When we enter an inter-club competition I quite often have a look to see if I can find anything about the judge online.  I wasn’t too successful in finding photographs from Peter Cheetham, though it quickly became apparent that he is a highly experienced judge who is well thought of.  What I did find was an amazing write-up from a competition he judged for Retford Photographic Society.  There is so much information about what he looks for/ what distracts/ what makes for a good composition.  It’s well worth reading.  A big thank you to Joy Allison who has done this (and many more brilliant write-ups for their club).

Click on the image to be taken to the relevant page on the Retford PS website and then if you have time search for a few more articles.

Thomas Leuthard

Going Candid, by Thomas Leuthard

Following on from Peter Mudd’s presentation on Street Photography last week here’s a resource that’s too good to miss. So, if you’re interested in learning more about Street Photography and developing your skills you should read this FREE eBook by Thomas Leuthard, Going Candid – An unorthodox approach to street photography.

“Thomas Leuthard is a passionate street photographer based in the heart of Switzerland. He travels to the big cities of this world to witness and document life on the street. He currently works with an unobtrusive mirrorless camera to capture the essence of the ordinary life happening in public. For him the camera is a black box capturing the moment seen by his eyes. There are more important questions in photography than asking about what gear we are using.”

In his eBook, he writes about his approach to street photography complete with insights based on his experiences over many years. If you’re interested in street photography, this is one resource you must really check out.

Download his eBook here… Going Candid, An unorthodox approach to street photography

Thomas Leuthard

Thomas Leuthard on Street Photography

Peter Mudd on `Street Photography’

Our very own `man with an eye on the street’, Peter Mudd, shared some of his stunning images yesterday evening.  He began with a Powerpoint presentation which summarised the ideas he tries to take into account when out photographing.  He then followed on with a wonderful presentation of his mainly black and white prints, which for me was the highlight of the evening.

Peter shared a list of websites that he has enjoyed looking at.

Click here for a pdf version of Peter’s powerpoint presentation


Stunning Macro Photography by Tri Setyo Widodo

I came across this guy earlier this week on one of the iPhone apps I use.  I’m not sure whether the images would do well in our nature competitions, but I love the feel of these images and they certainly show excellent control of the camera and subject matter.

Tri Setyo Widodo is a nature/macro photographer from Indonesia who says simply he’s “An amateur photographer who really loves tiny objects to shoot.

He said: “Photographer for me is the best way to practice patience.

“I’ve learned to see invisible things, to enjoy millions of small details, which I did not pay attention to before.

“I don’t know who or why, what strength created the world that surrounds us. I know that it is unusual and fascinating in every smallest detail.

“Before I began my photography journey I just loved to observe how ants live and how insects look for a meal.

You can see his work around the internet and he’s been featured on National Geographic.


BBC 4 Programme on the history of photography in the UK

Many thanks to John R for alerting us to this forthcoming series on BBC 4.

Channel 4 History of Photography