First time

Last Thursday (16th June 2022) we had the pleasure of hosting our inaugural battle with Gwent Photographic Society. We had a fun evening presided over by judge Peter Young LRPS CPAGB AFIAP HonPAGB. It was a great turn out from both clubs in a friendly atmosphere – we were soon discussing the competition photographs and sharing our photography stories. The evening was split into 2 halves separated by snacks at half time. Prints shown in the first half were followed by the projected photographs in the second.

The actual competition didn’t go well for us and Gwent were convincing winners – well done Gwent. Despite this some of our photographers had some individual success. Andre Van de Sande (Grey heron) and Trevor Waller (A bit close) were award a commendation and Tim Stephens (One tired old dog) was award 3rd place in the digital section – well done all.

At least our Bara brith drew some admiring comments from the visitors. Roll-on the return competition next year.

ClubScore
Cardiff339
Gwent358
Cardiff (h) vs Gwent 2022 final result. Last updated 20th June 2022. Maximum score 400
OrderTitleClubPositionCommendationScore
01A CornishmanCardiff18
02Breaking through after the stormCardiff18
03Chaser restingGwent18
04CompetitionCardiff16
05Dog day afternoonGwent120
06Drop collisionCardiff16
07How ZatGwent15
08Singapore harbourGwent220
09Kestrel landingCardiff17
10Landing on iceGwent14
11Lone Tree #1Cardiff16
12Looking upGwent320
13Night skylineGwent17
14Jewel beetleCardiff16
15Sunshine on a rainy dayGwentHighly Commended20
16Symbol of PassionCardiff17
17The Bishop and InjunctionCardiff14
18Tower bridgeGwent18
19TransporterGwentCommended19
20Weymouth QuayCardiff15
21A bit closeCardiffCommended19
22Dancing on IceGwent16
23Flight in motionCardiff17
24Frosty MorningGwent18
25GotchaGwent220
26Grey heronCardiffCommended19
27Harrier LandingCardiff17
28I Hope Its Going To Snow MoreGwentHighly Commended20
29Male modelCardiff17
30Man machineGwent15
31Moon RisingCardiff16
32Night TyneGwent120
33One tired old dogCardiff320
34Pen Y FanGwent18
35Penarth PierGwent17
36Perfect Reflection Baniff CanadaCardiff15
37Seedhead ArrangementGwent17
38Self portraitCardiff18
39The Mushroom FamilyCardiff18
40Workers PlaytimeGwent16
Cardiff (h) vs Gwent 2022 individual photograph scores. Last updated 20th June 2022. Maximum score 20

Llantwit Major field trip

Cardiff Camera Club members were out on a planned visit to Llantwit Major. The weather was not kind enough to give us a sunset but that did not deter the creative nature in our photography. We had 20 year old cameras to 10 stop filters to capture the scenes available. From slow shutter waves to reflections in the water pools we tried it all. The end of the evening we aloud ourselves a meet up in the local pub to wind down with a light refreshment.

Words by Dean Pine. Photographs by Gwynn Jones, Dean Pine, Trevor Waller, Dave Barton & Jeff Howe

Tri-city 2022

On Thursday 12th May 2022 Cardiff participated in our annual three way battle with South London photographic Society (England) and Bon-Accord Camera Club (Scotland). This year our contest was hosted by Bon-Accord who organised an excellent competition over a video conference service. Libby Smith was responsible for scoring the photographs and provided an entertaining and informative commentary.

It was a great opportunity to enjoy photographs from different parts of the UK but unfortunately we came in third place narrowly missing out on the second place. Bon-Accord were clear winners with an excellent selection of photographs – congratulations Bon-Accord.

ClubScore
Bon-Accord (Bon)124
South London (SLPS)116
Cardiff (Cardiff)115
Tri-city battle 2022. Maximum score 160 points. Last updated 13th June 2022
EntryClubTitle / PhotographerScore
1SLPSMum’s Hands
Gill Hitchcock
9
2BonEsther
Sarah Dickson
7.5
3CardiffBerry Nice to Meet You
Chris Chinnick
6
4SLPSGarden View
Den Heffernon
6.5
5BonMountain Hare in Summer Coat
Ian Mitchell
10
6BonFocussed
John Stewart
8
7CardiffVantage Point
Tim Stephens
7
8SLPSSpiral Wave
Stephen Gates ARPS
5
9BonSpringtime
Roger Hinton
9
10SLPSA Nice Pint
Dave Harris LRPS
7
11CardiffHarliquin
David Barton
6
12SLPSWinter in Lapland
Jim Berkshire
7
13CardiffPorthcawl Sunset
Jeff Howe
6
14BonCaught in the Rain
Euan Fraser
7
15CardiffMale model
David Barton
8
16BonOsprey Reflection
Alan Macleay
8
17SLPSElfin Saddle Fungus
Robert Williams
8
18CardiffA bit close
Trevor Waller
7
19BonMia
Sarah Dickson
10
20SLPSTough Men of London
Ioannis Toutoungi
9
21BonSigns of Autumn
David Mair
6
22CardiffOne tired old dog
Tim Stephens
8
23BonGlen Straffararr
Allan Gawthorpe
7
24CardiffThe Bay at Eight
Chris Chinnick
9
25SLPSEnergy Transfer
Jeff Royce
7.5
26CardiffKestrel landing
Niall
6.5
27SLPSIsle of Wight 2021
David Riddell
6
28BonRallycross Racer
John Stewart
10
29BonBeach flora and fauna
David McLauchlin
6
30CardiffSelf portrait

Andre Van de Sande
7.5
31SLPSLone Tree

Margaret Stredwick
7
32CardiffThe Mushroom Family
Jeff Howe
10
33SLPSThe Staircase
Den Heffernon
6
34BonTern with Crab
Allan Macleay
8
35CardiffGrey heron
Andre Van de Sande
9
36BonChanging Times
David Mair
7.5
37SLPSBright Spark
Jim Berkshire
7.5
38CardiffMoon Rising
Trevor Waller
6
39SLPSScooter Face
Jeff Royce
6.5
40CardiffPianist
Dave Russell
5
41SLPSThe Gap
Jose Souto
8
42SLPSEarly Morning at Lake Padarn
Dave Harris LRPS
6
43CardiffA Dart river paradise
Richard Payton
5
44SLPSAttack
Robert Williams
10
45BonCala Lilies
George Hay
6.5
46BonOut on a Limb
Dave Beatson
7.5
47CardiffCompetition
Niall
9
48BonShaggy Pholiota
George Hay
6
Tri-city 2022 individual photograph scores. Maximum score 10 points. Last updated 13th June 2022

South Manchester Camera Club 70th

South Manchester camera Club are celebrating their 70th year and as part of the celebrations have organised an international exhibition with photographs contributed by clubs from around the world. We accepted the opportunity to showcase photographs showing our local area and interests and put forward a selection of photographs. South Manchester have now opened an online exhibition of the best photographs and Cardiff have has several entries included. Well done Richard Payton, Dean Pine, Dave Russell and Niall for your exhibition acceptances.

Point to point

One of the great things about being a member of camera club is the opportunities that arise to try something different. So when it was suggested photographing horse jumping at the Bonviston point to point event a group of members were up for giving it a go – after all no one had ever done this before. On the day the weather was of a sunny disposition and we had excellent access to the course. Everybody agreed it was a great experience trying different techniques and angles as the horses and riders rushed by.

Photographers…

Photographs…

Smack down

On Thursday 5th May 2022 Cardiff had the pleasure of hosting Rhiwbina Camera Club in our annual battle (competition). It was great to have the company of so many Rhiwbina members in the club room and share our photographs and stories over cake & tea.

The contest was expertly judged by Dave Bennett who provided thoughtful and constructive feedback as well as adjudication duties. Each club provided 10 print and 10 digital photographs to represent their respective clubs and Dave awarded points out of 20. In the the final analysis it was a victory for Cardiff – well done us. Rhiwbina scored 327 points against Cardiff’s 374.

The competion had many high scoring photographs and the best from the Cardiff members are shown in the gallery below:

The full scoresheet is shown below:

EntryPrint titleClubScore
01Cardiff Bay Memorial to Mariners, ReimaginedCardiff20
02CompetitionCardiff20
03Coniston CottagesCardiff17
04Definately no entryRhiwbina19
05Isthemus tiger butterflyRhiwbina16
06Jewel beetleCardiff20
07Kestrel landingCardiff19
08Luke RoweRhiwbina19
09Packhorse bridge, AllerfordRhiwbina16
10ParklifeRhiwbina16
11The Bishop and InjunctionCardiff19
12The DrummerCardiff15
13Stow-on-the-wold after dark, in mistRhiwbina15
14Sunshine and rainRhiwbina18
15Symbol of PassionCardiff16
16Peek-a-booRhiwbina16
17SamRhiwbina16
18The kitchenCardiff17
19The kitchen maidRhiwbina15
20Waiting for breakfastCardiff17
Cardiff (h) vs Rhiwbina 2022 – PRINTS. Maximum score 20. Last updated 26th May 2022
EntryDigital TitleClubScore
21A bit closeCardiff20
22A Dart river paradiseCardiff16
23AlpacaRhiwbina16
24Berry Nice to Meet YouCardiff19
25Boris on the scrapheapRhiwbina15
26Early-BirdersRhiwbina15
27Flight in motionCardiff20
28Grey heronCardiff20
29He is a Sax ManRhiwbina15
30Hoverfly on hawkweedCardiff19
31MaryRhiwbina16
32Moon RisingCardiff20
33Spring SunbeamsRhiwbina16
34Owl in a flower potCardiff20
35PelotonRhiwbina19
36RunnerRhiwbina17
37One tired old dogCardiff20
38Stag with hindsRhiwbina16
39Talacre LighthouseRhiwbina16
40The Mushroom FamilyCardiff20
Cardiff (h) vs Rhiwbina 2022 – DIGITAL. Maximum score 20. Last updated 26th May 2022

Manchester Exhibition Selection

South Manchester Camera Club are 70 years old this year and to celebrate are hosting an online exhibition of photographs from camera clubs around the world. Cardiff have been invited to put forward photographs that showcase the local area. Members had submitted photographs for this exhibition and at last Thursdays (24th March 2022) club room meeting we selected our final 10 photographs to go forward. A bit of a bun fight but good fun none the less …

Breaking Through After the Storm

This was a Sunrise after Storm Franklin in February 2022 taken at Penarth Pier 5 miles from Cardiff. It is such a hopeful scene.

Breaking Through After the Storm by Richard Payton

Brecon Beacons National Park

Living in Cardiff we are privileged to have the Brecon Beacons National Park a relatively short distance from us.

Regularly traveling the A470 throughout Wales I used to pass this viewpoint at various times of the year and often stopped to capture the scene, this particular image was taken just after midday in the middle of August, ‘not the time landscapes I hear you shout’, possibly but I work with the light available and hope this picture conveys how lush, this sometimes-barren scenery can be.

Canon EOS 40D
ISO 200 f9 1/40s 21mm

Brecon Beacons National Park by Stephen Willcocks

Cardiff City Scape

I had seen and enjoyed some of David Hockney’s joiner images, where he took a number of images of a subject and overlaid them to get a composite image. When Cardiff Camera Club had a set subject competition on the theme of Cityscapes, I decided on a slight twist with a Cardiff City scape.

I visited the ground early on a Sunday morning, before the car park filled up and took a stack of images with constant focal length and exposure, with the camera held at differing angles until the entire scene was captured.. Each RAW image was then processed individually, and arranged such as to ‘reassemble’ the stadium. Each image was given a slight drop shadow to help separate them and added the club badges of Cardiff City FC and Cardiff Blues (the rugby club were sharing the stadium at that time)

Cardiff City Scape by Dave Russell

Kennixton Farmhouse

Kennixton Farmhouse is one of forty re-erected buildings from all over Wales at the St Fagans National Museum of History that chronicle the historical lifestyle, culture, and architecture of the Welsh people. The original building dates from 1610 and the photograph depicts the main kitchen table illuminated from the sole window. A set of bracketed exposures has been combined to express as much of the tonal range as possible.

Sony A7r mk II with Sigma 14-24 DG DN
ISO 100 f/16 0.6-30s 24mm

Kennixton Farmhouse by Niall

My Legacy, Merthyr Vale


The street scene in this composite was taken in Crescent Street Merthyr Vale, the houses when photographed were almost all deserted due to a compulsory purchase order.


I stumbled across the scene during a lunchbreak and felt moved by the sentiment “My Town is Not for Sale”, these houses would have been home to many of the miners who worked at the nearby Aberfan Colliery.
The miner himself is a photograph taken of a wooden statue on a reclaimed coal tip above Maesteg South Wales.

Pentax K-3
ISO 200 f10 1/400s 18mm

My Legacy, Merthyr Vale by Stephen Willcocks

Patterns on the beach

Patterns on the beach were taken on the coast at Nash Point. The tide was out and I liked the circular patterns on the beach and the light by partly shooting towards the sun.

Canon 5D mkII with Canon 17-40 F4L

Patterns on the beach by Dave Lawrence

Prince of Wales bridge

Transport links between England and south Wales have relied on a bridge over the River Severn estuary since 1966. However, Pont Tywysog Cymru (pictured), has provided a second crossing from 1996. Here it is captured in silhouette as the morning sun rises above the road platform from the Welsh end.

Sony A7r mk II with Sony FE 100-400 GM
ISO 100 f/8 1/8000s 100mm

Prince of Wales bridge by Niall

Rugby

Rugby is part of the Welsh sporting DNA and is played up and down the nation. This photograph from a competitive match between local side Llanrumney RFC and Maesteg RFC was captured on a wet and cold January afternoon.

Sony A9 with Sony FE 100-400 GM
ISO 12,800 f/5.6 1/1200s 400mm

Rugby by Niall

Senedd

Wales has an elected regional parliament responsible for areas such as health, education and economic development. This photograph captures the building where the Senedd meet, Senedd being the Welsh for parliament. Here, the steps leading to the main entrance are captured during blue hour.

Sony A7r mk II with Sigma 14-24 DG DN
ISO 100 f/11 1.6s 16mm

Senedd by Niall

When the Clock Strikes

When the Clock Strikes by Dean Pine

Newport battle 2022

Newport Photographic club hosted our annual battle in early March (4-MAR-2022). This head to head competition had been delayed several times due to COVID but we were finally able to meet face to face with a mixed print and digital competition for the Otter trophy. However, COVID caused one final twist and prevented our Judge, Tony Byram, from attending at short notice. What to do? We used Tonys scores but with critique from the audience. The Cardiff members provided feedback on the Newport images and vice vera. It was actually quite fun, especially when the photographers were present to ‘defend’ their photographs.

In the end it was a win for Cardiff who amassed 361 points against Newports 340. The full scores are below where “Berry nice to meet you” (Chris Chinnick), “Grey Heron” (Andre Van de Sande), “Wild rabbit” (Dave Barton), “Otters” (Andre Van de Sande), “Waiting for breakfast” (Chris Chinnick) & Competition (Niall) all scored maximum marks for Cardiff.

Thanks to Newport for hosting and we look forward to you visiting our club room later this year when the competition returns to its November slot.

Photograph titleScore
Beside the Bridge15
Canal Bridge15
Verity18
Hairpin Duel18
Bridge over the River Wye19
Ploughing with a certain style19
Bridge Perspective17
Greenbottle on marigold18
Pula dockyard at night19
Wren20
Newport digital photographs. Last updated 14th March 2022. Maximum score 20 points

Photograph titleScore
A bit close18
Berry nice to meet you20
Ent 16
Flight in Motion17
Gothic Symmetry19
Grey Heron20
Self Portrait19
Splash18
The mushroom family18
Wild Rabbit20
Cardiff digital photographs, Last updated 14th March 2022, Maximum score 20 points
Photograph titleScore
Mountain Ash with Oakmoss16
Taking the bend14
Aero14
New York Skyline17
Glamour Revisited15
The little Austrian church15
Racer 24 Mono16
Ship at Uskmouth17
Albert20
Blaenavon Ironworks18
Newport print photographs. Last updated 14th March 2022. Maximum score 20 points
Photograph titleScore
Lone Tree15
Symbol of Passion16
Otters20
Kestrel Landing19
Corbiere Lighthouse17
Jewel Beetle17
Coniston Cottages16
Waiting for Breakfast20
The Bishop and Injunction16
Competition20
Cardiff print photographs, Last updated 14th March 2022, Maximum score 20 points

Locksheath & Sarisbury battle 2022

Locksheath & Sarisbury hosted our annual battle on Monday 31st January 2022. In a change from the norm the contest took place on a single night (rather than home & away legs). The judge, Cat Humphries, was selected from outside both clubs normal catchment. The Zoom video conference service was used to host the competition and was well attended by both clubs.

Many great photographs were on display but the 3 top photographs (all scoring top marks) for Cat were:

Harmony (Locksheath & Sarisbury)

Mushroom family by Jeff Howe (Cardiff)

Wild Rabbit by Dave Barton (Cardiff)

Up until scoring of the held photographs it was a close run contest with a single point separating the clubs. However, after the final reckoning Cardiff were victorious – well done us. The final scores were:

ClubScore
Cardiff171
Locksheath & Sarisbury161
Last updated 12th February 2022. Maximum score 200 points

Many thanks to Locksheath & Sarisbury for hosting the battle – see you next year. The full scoresheet is shown below:

OrderPhotograph TitleClubScore
01A bit closeCardiff9
02A Dart river paradiseCardiff8
03A Light in The DarknessCardiff8.5
04A splashing timeLHSCC8.5
05Autumn ExerciseLHSCC8.5
06Baby FoodLHSCC9
07Berry Nice to Meet YouCardiff7
08CaptiveCardiff8.5
09CompetitionCardiff9
10Deer in the BluebellsLHSCC8
11EllyLHSCC8
12Engine DriverLHSCC7
13EntCardiff8
14FishermanLHSCC6.5
15Gothic symmetryCardiff9
16Grey HeronCardiff8.5
17Guitar ManLHSCC9.5
18Haring aboutLHSCC6.5
19HarmonyLHSCC10
20Head for HeightsCardiff7.5
21Jewel BeetleCardiff9.5
22Malachite KingfisherCardiff8.5
23Male ModelCardiff8.5
24Mating dragonfliesCardiff8.5
25MikhailLHSCC9.5
26Moon RisingCardiff7.5
27NuthatchCardiff9
28One last lookLHSCC7
29Pistyll Cain Waterfall (North Wales)Cardiff8.5
30Sacred IbisLHSCC7.5
31Southampton DocksLHSCC9
32Taking on waterLHSCC9
33The DrummerCardiff8
34The F.S. on Watercress LineLHSCC8
35The Mushroom FamilyCardiff10
36Ullswater Boat HouseLHSCC8
37Under CoverLHSCC6.5
38Waiting For Back-upLHSCC9
39Wild RabbitCardiff10
40Young Grey WagtailLHSCC6
Last updated 12th February 2022. Maximum score 10 points

New year, same competition

The competition to find the Photographer of year 2021/22 rolls into the new year with round three taking place on 27th January 2022 judged by Trevor James BA(Hons) Photography, ARPS, AWPF. Unfortunately, due to social restrictions, we were not able to meet in person and the competition was conducted over a video conferencing service.

You know what it’s like. You wait all year for a bird in flight photograph and then we have half a dozen in one competition. Despite this we had a varied and interesting selection of photographs to enjoy. On the night Trevor’s top 3 photographs were:

1st – “Flight in motion” by Dave Barton

2nd – “Kingfisher sequence” by Andre Van de Sande

3rd – “Splash” by Andre Van de Sande

Congratulations to Dave for taking top spot and and Andre for taking the other two spots on the the rostrum.

For full results of the January competition click on the button below:

The current standings for all participants in the Photographer of the year league can be seen by clicking on the button below:

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