Llandaff Cathedral field trip

Following a bit of a mix up (by me!) we had to change our programme at the very last minute. A few intrepid souls managed to change plans and we met up at Llandaff Cathedral – mostly just for the pleasure of meeting after such a long time locked out of the club room, with of course a little photography thrown in for good measure!

The few snaps below will show the general tenor of the evening. Keen observers will note that Dave copied the absent Jeff after I mentioned a particular low level shot thru roots that the latter had taken a couple of weeks ago; and he also followed Dean in much use of the Glass Ball!! It just shows how club life shares ideas…😁 And of course I had fun photographing him doing it…

The weather held up beautifully and at some point we shall have a showing at club to see what the others produced. For some of us the evening concluded with a nice drink at the local pub; although I must mention with some amusement that Sue would like to have it known she was drinking coffee.

It was simply a pleasant get together!

Words & photographs by Trevor Waller

Statue, dog & mushrooms

The May round of the Photographer of the year league contest took place recently, judged by Darren Pullman CPAGB BPE2* EFIAP

Despite the difficulties the coronavirus has created we had a varied and interesting collection of photographs to enjoy in this months competition. Great examples of nature and minimalism (to name just 2 genres tacked) were included. However, on the night Darren picked out these photographs as his top three:

1st – “The drummer” by Dave Russell
2nd – “Commitment” by Niall
3rd – “The mushroom family” by Jeff Howe

Well done to Dave for his 1st place with a very dynamic photograph. Not in the top 3 but Andre Van de Sande deserves special mention for the consistently high score his photographs achieved with 3 out of 4 making the held section.

To see the full May results and overall league positions click below

Tri-city (2021)

The Tri-city competition with South London Photographic Society & Bon Accord Camera Club (Aberdeen) is a relatively new competition for the club but it is establishing itself as a way to enjoy the photography from across the UK. This year was a little different from previous events as it was held in realtime with members from all the clubs attending – thanks to the ubiquity of video conferencing services these days. Thanks to South London for organising & hosting this year.

We had a fun evening with plenty of chat and a great display of photography. Our judge for the evening was Clive Tanner MPAGB, FRPS, APAGB who provided thoughtful comment on all the photographs. Bon Accord ran out comfortable winners with an impressive display of quality photography – all four of the commendations were awarded to Bon Accord photographs. This left Cardiff and South London in a tight tussle with only a half point difference in the final reckoning. Unfortunately we were placed in 3rd place behind South London. The Final scores were:

ClubScore
Bon Accord138.5
South London126
Cardiff125.5
Last updated 25th May 2021. Maximum score 160 points

Despite the third position overall a number of our photographs were well liked by the judge and scored very highly just missing out on maximum marks – well done Trevor Waller, Dave Russell & Andre Van de Sande. The full Cardiff scoresheet is shown below:

TitlePhotographerScore
Harrier LandingJeff Howe8.5
The Basketball playerTrevor Waller9.5
The Power and the GloryJeff Howe6
Castle combeDave Russell6.5
Wild RabbitDavid Barton7.5
Mystic TresaithTim Stephen8
Lone TreeDave Russell9.5
Subway DramaPeter Rankin7
A Light in The DarknessTrevor Waller9
Gothic symmetryDavid Barton7.5
New Day in the BayChris Chinnick7.5
Beauty of AfricaNecia Rogers7.5
Bright eyesAndre Van de Sande8
OwlChris Chinnick8
The SwimmerCara Sutton6
The pirateAndre Van de Sande9.5
Last updated 25th May 2021. Maximum score 10 points.

Rhiwbina 2021

Cardiff Camera Club had its annual battle (competition) with Rhiwbina Camera Club yesterday (7th May 2021). Many thanks to Rhiwbina for hosting this year, we look forward to hosting next year and hope that we will be able to meet in person by then. Our judge for the evening was Ed Cloutman, EFIAP, Hon. FWPF who provided thoughtful and lively comments on the competition photographs. Thanks to Ed & Rhiwbina for an enjoyable evening.

Cardiff did very well and the photographs from our members were generally well liked by Ed. As a result Cardiff ran out comfortable winners with 352 points to Rhiwbina’s 327.

Congratulations to Cardiff members Trevor Waller (for Vigil), Necia Rogers (for Tenderness of a mother), Andre Van de Sande (for Self portrait) & Chris Chinnick (for The bay at eight) whose photographs all achieved maximum marks.

The full results are listed below:

Photograph titleClubScore
VigilCAF20
ISS transit of the moonRHI18
Self portraitCAF20
Getting that imageRHI17
Wild rabbitCAF18
Moon over the yardarmRHI16
The swimmerCAF16
TomosRHI17
Harrier landingCAF19
Reed warblerRHI16
Male modelCAF18
Lloyd’s building, LondonRHI16
Gothic symmetryCAF16
Nomad childRHI20
Bright eyesCAF16
The old pier, WestonRHI16
Lonely as a cloudCAF15
Golden eagleRHI16
InnocenceCAF16
Illuminated banksiaRHI15
Mating dragonfliesCAF17
BudapestRHI15
Tenderness of a motherCAF20
FootstepsRHI15
Waiting for breakfastCAF18
Ieuan, Lloyd, Tomos at 3 daysRHI17
Beauty of AfricaCAF15
Love heartRHI15
Malachite kingfisherCAF18
MishkahRHI17
The tennis trophyCAF16
SpiralRHI16
Mystic tresaithCAF18
Great orion nebulaRHI16
PassionCAF17
JessicaRHI17
The bay at eightCAF20
Monument to the merchant sailorsRHI17
The pirateCAF19
Ethnic costumesRHI15
Last updated 8th May 2021. CAF represents Cardiff & RHI represents Rhiwbina. Maximum score for each photograph 20 points

A gallery of common wildlife

The April round of the Photographer of the year league contest took place recently, judged by accomplished wildlife photographer Robin Claydon ARPS DPAGB BPE3*.

The members submitted another strong selection of photographs with many scoring well. However, as with all competitions, a top three have to be attributed and on this occasion these were:

1st – “Competition” by Niall
2nd – “A Light in The Darkness” by Trevor Waller
3rd – “Poppy Sue” by Chris Chinnick

Chris Chinnick had a particularly strong showing with two of his photographs (“Poppy Sue” & “Pistyll Cain Waterfall (North Wales)”) receiving maximum marks and a third place. Congratulations to Trevor Waller for his lovely photograph “A Light in The Darkness”. It was nice to see Amanda Golton stepping into the fray with her first entries for this season.

To see the full April results and overall league positions click below

Panel show

Last night (1st April 2021) we enjoyed a lively Zoom meeting discussing and showing our panels. We had expanded on the work produced for our recent triptych evening to create panels of 5 photographs which we shared and discussed. The night provoked a great variety of discussion and it was great to get an insight into each others creative process as well as many helpful (possibly) hints and tricks. Thanks to everybody who created a panel – the fruits of your labours are shown below.

If this type of activity appeals to you and you want to know more about our club feel free to contact us at committee@cardiffcameraclub.co.uk.

Amanda Golton

Andre Van de Sande

Ann Phillips

Dave Brown

Dean Pine

Gwynn Jones

Jeff Howe

Necia Rogers

Niall

Paul Morris

Peter Rankin

Richard Payton

Steve Willcocks

Trevor Waller

Tim Stephens

Welsh Salon 2021

Building on last years success at the WPF Welsh Salon our club members achieved even more acceptances than last year. First time acceptances were achieved by Cara Sutton, Dave Barton & Necia Rodgers – well done all. Dave Russell picked up an acceptance for “Lone Tree” – great work Dave. Our most successful member by far was Andre Van de Sande with 5 acceptances and the Gordon Jenkins award for “Black Headed Gull” – a truly exceptional haul.

  • Cara Sutton for “The Swimmer
  • Necia Rogers for “Beauty of Africa
  • Dave Russell for “Lone Tree
  • Dave Barton for “Wild Rabbit
  • Andre Van de Sande for “The Pirate”, “Welsh water”, “Black Headed Gull”, “Mating dragonflies” & “Wild Rabbit

Age

For the first time this season our monthly league competition had a set subject “Age”. Members really put their thinking caps on and we had a broad variety of subjects in the entry.

Our Judge for the evening Mike Barnard LRPS, ABPPA, BPE2 (based in Yorkshire) picked these photographs as his top three on the night:

1st – “Self Portrait” by Andre Van de Sande
2nd – “A helping hand” by Jeff Howe
3rd – “Something old” by Niall

With Andre taking the top spot with his selfie this month it is all change at the top of the league.

The full results are online at < https://cardiffcameraclub.co.uk/comps/poty/2020-21/march/ >. The current Photograph of the year league rankings for the 2020/21 season are also available online at < https://cardiffcameraclub.co.uk/comps/poty/2020-21/ >

Triptych evening

What is a photographic triptych? At its simplest it is 3 separate photographs (or one photograph split into 3 parts) displayed together. Members had spent the last month or so creating examples and we spent a fun evening displaying and sharing our creations last night. It was great to see so many members get involved and we were treated to wide variety of triptych photographs which you can enjoy below. If this type of activity appeals to you and you want to know more about our club feel free to contact us at committee@cardiffcameraclub.co.uk.

Amanda Golton

Andre Van de Sande

Ann Phillips

Chris Chinnick

Dave Barton

Dave Brown

Dave Russell

Dean Pine

Gwynn Jones

Jeff Howe

Niall

Paul Morris

Peter Rankin

Richard Payton

Steve Willcocks

Trevor Waller

Tim Stephens