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:  https://www.picmonkey.com/blog/landscape-photography-composition

NIK Software is now free!

It’s worth reminding everyone that NIK Software is now free and can be downloaded from… https://www.google.com/nikcollection/?

Wendy North

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.

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

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

Steve Williams – Wildlife Photographer

An interesting evening spent listening to Steve Williams last night at High Green.  Steve is a very accomplished wildlife photographer and had some interesting tales to tell. Maybe someone that the club could welcome as a speaker at some time in the future.

Steve Williams Wildlife

Summer Nostalgia, Winter Ghosts

David Sault: A reminiscence on childhood holidays

Feeling frustrated with the whole camera club judging scene I’ve been looking for alternative approaches to photography and thought of Colin New and his way of approaching photography via a themed approach.

He’s a member of the Gamma group and while browsing the Gamma group website I  came across David Sault who writes brilliantly and takes and selects his photographs with particular themes in mind.  I particularly like this one where he uses photoshop style editing techniques to convey his idyllic memories of childhood visits to the East Coast.  Few of these images would do well in competitions which I don’t think interests him here  but instead he’s involved in retelling a story  Worth a look if you have  a few minutes to spare.

He’s also got an interesting gallery linked to Local Walks  (well local to him) which fits in very nicely with our current theme of landscape.

David Saul

Summer Nostalgia, Winter Ghosts
Before the Judge - Monty Trent

Meet the Judge: Monty Trent

I’ve just read the `Before the judge’ article in the latest issue of Photography News.  I met Monty Trent on a photography book-making course at the Hepworth Gallery last September, so I read his article with extra interest.  I think we should invite him to judge for us and/ or come and talk to us about his approach to photography.


Before the Judge - Monty Trent

Inter-club Competition with Stocksbridge Camera Club

Our latest inter-club competition took place last night (Monday 20 February).  Congratulations to Stocksbridge who took the honours for the evening but also congratulations to our members for the images that scored well for Penistone CC.

In our gallery are the images that scored 18 + (out of twenty) in the competition.  Congratulations to Wendy, Clive, David, Peter, Nick and Jackie.  In addition seven more images scored 17 points, including ones by Brian, Nick, Andrew, Julie, Ian and Wendy.

So that’s photographs from ten different authors scoring more than 17 points.   Stocksbridge might have come out with the highest number of marks but they certainly couldn’t claim to have ten authors scoring more than 17 points.  That honour goes to Penistone.

Celebrating Yorkshire Competition

If you think you’ve got an image that  has a `wow’ factor and might be chosen to showcase Yorkshire, then this competition might just be for you.  It’s being run by the Royal Photographic Society in collaboration with Yorkshire Forward.  The closing date is the 31 March 2017.