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Members Interactive Evening – “Let Me Be The Judge Of That”

Wednesday 14/02/2018

PDI Secretary, Colin Joe Bird in the role of Judge


Last Wednesday saw the Club hosting a Members’ Interactive Evening – “Let Me Be The Judge Of That”. The object of the evening was to give members a chance to play photographic judge by examining each other’s images, giving a critique, and then awarding points. The audience was then invited to comment on the “judges” appraisal. As you can imagine the views were pretty diverse, everybody having a separate opinion as to what makes a good photograph. Some members adapted to this role better than others but the overall result led to a highly informative and enjoyable evening.

One of the lessons that was hammered home to everyone was the vast difference between what the judge sees close up, and what the audience sees from a distance. Distance can make a photograph look better or worse, whilst close up there is no hiding place for mistakes. Another point that became apparent, at least for me, was that judging a photograph technically was very much easier that judging it empathetically. It is my belief that the second point is what makes a good judge.

The best judge of a photograph is the photographer him/herself. If the photographer is happy then there is no more to be said. If you decide to enter your photograph into a competition, however, you are effectively saying please judge this image against others and make a comment. We may not always like what we hear. I for one will try to be a bit more understanding of photographic judges from here on.

Mike Hughes (right) being presented with the Beaton Cup (Club Class) by Print Competitions Secretary, Patrick Balfour (left)


“Churchyard Artist” by Mike Hughes – Winner Club Class – Print Competition Round 2 – “Within The Churchyard”


The Club was very pleased to present Mike Hughes with the Beaton Cup (Club Class) for his winning image “Churchyard Artist” in the 2nd Round of the Print League – “Within the Churchyard”.  If you remember Mike was in Australia and not available for a photograph or to accept his cup on the night.

Our next competition is a print panels competition – “The Len Clarke Memorial Trophy” with an open theme. This will be held on Wednesday, 28th February. The Judge will be Tim West FRPS.

Article and Photographs by Richard Corkrey. – 16/02/2018




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Competition: Print – Round 2 – “Within the Churchyard” – The Beaton Cup – Judge: Rob de Ruiter ARPS

Wednesday 31/01/2018


“Churchyard Artist” by Mike Hughes – Winner Club Class

“Requiescat In Pace” by Richard Corkrey – Winner – Advanced Class


Last night we held the second round of our Print Competitions. The theme was “Within the Churchyard”. The judge was Rob de Ruiter ARPS. There were 19 entries in the Club Class and 30 entries in the Advanced Class.

Most of the entries were of graves and memorials with a few taken inside of churches. These were mostly in the Advanced Class.

The results were:

“Club Class”
1st – “Churchyard Artist” by Mike Hughes
2nd – “The Path to Eternity” by Mike Hughes
3rd – “Lichen Lives On” by
Ann Wright

“Advanced Class”
1st – “Requiescat in Pace” by Richard Corkrey
2nd – “St Nicholas Churchyard, Bromham, Wiltshire” by Clive Blott
3rd – “The Vicar” by Patrick Balfour

Chairman Peter Jones “PJ” (left) and Judge Rob de Ruiter (rightt) with Mike Hughes’s winning image in the Club Class “Churchyard Artist”

Richard Corkrey (left) and Judge Rob de Ruiter (right) with Richard’s winning image in the Advanced Class “Requiescat in Pace”

Unfortunately Mike Hughes was still in Australia and not available for a photograph or to accept his cup.

Our next competition is a print panels competition – “The Len Clarke Memorial Trophy” with an open theme. This will be held on Wednesday, 28th February. The Judge will be Tim West FRPS.


Article by Richard Corkrey. Photographs by Richard Corkrey and Elke Epp – 01/02/2018




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Speaker Night – Alan Brindle

Wednesday 17/01/2018



Brindle’s Magic Lantern Show


A completely different speaker with a completely different approach. That is the best way to describe Alan Brindle. I had never seen a magic lantern show until last night. I have been present at enumerable slide shows (who hasn’t?), but this was different. Alan has an immense amount of knowledge of this subject, not to mention a vast, growing collection of slides. For a few hours last night we were transported back to the “golden age” of slide art, and slide photography.

The Magic Lantern is the forerunner of the modern slide projector. It has a long and complicated history and.  No one knows for sure who invented the Magic Lantern. It is part of the marvellous world of optical projection and stands alongside the Camera Obscura, Shadow Shows and the Magic Mirror. Like them the Magic Lantern has been used to educate, entertain and mystify audiences for hundreds of years. In the hands of a consummate show person a Magic Lantern can produce huge, brightly coloured, wonderfully animated entertainments.


Alan’s talk and demonstration took us through early chocolate adverts, stories, wildlife, and many travel slides. Alan’s lantern was made in the 1880’s, however he has replaced the acetylene burner lamp with a modern LED array. His collection of slides is vast and it is amazing how long some of them have lasted. The time involved in hand tinting individual slides would have been quite long.

If you are looking for a speaker evening with a difference I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Alan Brindle and his Magic Lantern. A thoroughly enjoyable evening all round.


Alan Brindle is a member of The Magic Lantern Society and can be booked from that site.

The Magic Lantern Society’s website is at www.magiclantern.org.uk/index.php

Article and Photographs by Richard Corkrey – 18/01/2018

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Competition: PDI – Round 2 – “People” – Judge: Ken Scott

Wednesday 03/01/2018


“Crossword Puzzlers” by Mike Hughes. Winner – Club Class

“Waiting” by Elke Epp. Winner – Advanced Class

This was our second PDI Competition of the season. The theme was “People”, and the judge was Ken Scott. This was also the second round of the PDI League Competition with one more round to go for the League Cup. There were 25 entries in the Club Class and 36 entries in the Advanced Class.

The judge’s comments were fair and comprehensive with more time spent on the “Club” images to help the newer members improve their craft.

The first part of the evening was for “Club Class” entries with Mike Hughes taking all three places. There was quite a variety of subjects with many children’s images included.. The results were:

1st – “Crossword Puzzlers” by Mike Hughes
2nd – “Grumpy Street Pianist” by Mike Hughes
3rd – “Men’s Fashion – Ladies’ Fashion” by Mike Hughes

The “Advanced Class” section, which took up the second part of the evening, results were as follows:

1st – “Waiting” by Elke Epp
2nd – “A Father and Son Moment ” by Colin Joe Bird
3rd – “Four GI’s and a Jeep” by Judi Lion

Elke Epp (right) and Judge Ken Scott (left) with Elke’s winning image in the Advanced Class “Waiting”

Unfortunately Mike Hughes was in Australia and not available for a photograph..

Our next competition is a print competition with a theme. “Within the Churchyard” on Wednesday, 31st January. The Judge will be Rob de Ruiter ARPS.


Article and Photographs by Richard Corkrey – 04/01/2018




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Christmas Social Evening

Wednesday 13/12/2017


Last Wednesday we celebrated the end of 2017 with a Christmas Social Evening at Cowdray Hall. About 30 members were present and everyone brought a little something as part of an “American Supper”. Believe me there was no shortage of food.

The evening started with a local quiz which was well thought up by Chairman Peter Jones (PJ). The questions weren’t easy and wouldn’t have been out of place on Mastermind. It was all good fun and really got everyone thinking. I never knew that my local knowledge was that bad.

After a break for food we were treated to a display of Members’ “Artwork”. All members had been sent links to some images and instructed to do what they liked to put their own personal stamp on them. They could merge them, add filters, or add text, etc. In short they had a free range to do what they liked. Here are some examples (no names, no pack drill):

A very enjoyable evening and a great chance for everyone to get to know each other.

The Committee would like to wish all our Members a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The next Club Meeting will be on Wednesday, 3rd January, 2018. It will be a PDI Competition night “People”. The Judge will be Ken Scott.


Article by Richard Corkrey , Photographs provided by Peter Jones – 15/12/2017

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