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Tripod Competition - 1 November 2019

This year's Tripod Competition, hosted by Wickham Market Club, was well attended by members from all three clubs taking part. Judge Peter Norris did a good job, awarding scores to prints and PDIs from each club and giving helpful comments on all the images. We achieved good scores in the PDIs, beating both of the other clubs, but unfortunately did less well well in the prints and were beaten into second place overall by Framlingham.

However, congratulations to Kirsteen Crossan for winning the shield for the best individual PDI with her image "Woman's Best Friend".

The final scores were Framlinham 273, Woodbridge 268, Wickham Market 256.

Thanks to Wickham Market Camera Club for hosting the event and providing us with tea and coffee and a buffet. Posted  03/11/2019

2019 Annual Exhibition

This year's annual exhibition, held again at the Longshed at Whisstocks, attracted a total of 536 visitors over the 3 days, who were able to see work by our members, including 74 prints and a rolling display of 60 projected digital images. We are grateful to everyone who came along and for their positive comments in our visitors' book.

At a members' presentation evening our guest Alan Sarsby was set the difficult task of selecting the best images. Alan is well-known to us for the informative and amusing workshops he has presented at club meetings, and his presentation of the winners was equally entertaining. In the print section the winner was Ron Maxfield with his image "A Heart of Stone", second was Sue Garrod with "Brian's Looking for Florence" and third was Ann Nunn with "Dead Bug". The winner of the PDIs was Kirsteen Crossan with "Woman's Best Friend", second was Sue Garrod with "Pinney's Smoked Mackerel Delights" and third, Sarah Bynom with "Bleak House". Alan also selected a number of prints and PDIs as highly commended. Click here to see all the winning and commended images.

Also on display were a number of boards put together by members in response to a "Scavenger Hunt" challenge They were given 6 subjects to find and photograph, and mount together on a single board as a collection, and visitors were invited to vote for their favourite collection. The winner of this "peoples' vote" was Steve Stammers.

Our thanks go to Alan Sarsby for taking on the unenviable task of judging the images, and also to all of our members who contributed to the success of the event by providing their images, and by stewarding and helping to set up and take down the exhibition.

Alan is pictured below with PDI winner Kirsteen while chairman Robin looks on (photograph taken by Jonathan Garrod). Posted 12/08/2019

Up Close competition - 16 July 2019

Our Up Close print competition attracted 63 entries, giving judge Peter Norris a hard time awarding scores and selecting the winners. Sue Garrod triumphed again (second time running!) with her image "Brian's looking for Florence" (see below), and Graham Wood was runner up with "Hitting the Note", The standard of entries was very high and our thanks go to Peter for giving us helpful comments and advice on all of them. The meeting was attended by 32 members. Click here to see all images.Posted 17/07/2019

Monochrome competition - 21 May 2019

Our monochrome competition attracted a total of 58 entries and was attended by 30 members, including 6 visitors, who signed up to join us on the evening. Judge Nigel Rea ARPS did an excellent job and held back 17 images from which to make his final selection, and the eventual winner was Sue Garrod with her image "Tunstall Rays" (see below). Runners up were *Love my Tender" by Barrie Henderson and "Suffolk 2 Barn" by John James. Click here to see all images.

Thanks to all those members who submitted images, and in particular to Nigel for his judging and helpful comments. Posted 23/05/2019

Close-up practical evening

At our meeting last Tuesday members had the opportunity to try their hand at shooting close-up images, using a variety of subjects and lighting setups. This was a fun evening, enjoyed by all, with many members learning techniques they had never used before. Thanks to all those who provided and setup the various shooting areas and lighting around the room. Posted 26/04/2019

Thinking in colour to see in black and white

At our March club meeting we had a workshop led by Alan Sarsby "Thinking in colour to see in black and white".

Alan gave a well-attended meeting a presentation on the theory of black and white photography, which was followed by an interactive workshop, with members split into groups to assess a range of images for their suitability for conversion to black and white. This proved to be a very instructive excercise and everyone came away with a better insight into how to produce great black and white images, which we hope will be reflected in the quality of entries for our "Monochrome" PDI competitrion in May. Posted 12/04/2019

Food & Drink competition - 19 February 2019

Our Food & Drink print competition was won by Graham Wood with his photo "Cheese and Wine by Candlelight", which was chosen by judge George Buxton from a selection of mouth-watering (mostly) images. Congratulations to Graham for winning his second successive competition, and thanks to George for his judging and helpful comments. Four other entries also received the maximum 10 points: "Ice & Lemon Please" also by Graham Wood, "Mussels on the Menu" by Robin Garrod, "Pinney's Smoked Mackerel Delights" by Sue Garrod and "Stirred not Shaken!" by Gaye Wightman. Click here to see all images. Posted 20/02/2019

New Year message from your Chairman

Click here for a review of the Club Year 2018.

Christmas Social 2018

The club's Christmas social evening this year was held at the Riverside Restaurant in Woodbridge. As in previous years, the evening included a Christmas card competition, which was judged by the restaurant owner, Stuart Saunders, and the winner was Robin Garrod, who was presented with a film and dinner voucher kindly donated by Stuart. Second prize went to Graham Wood. In this photograph, Stuart is presenting Robin with his prize. Posted 22/12/2018

Perspective competition - 20 November 2018

We had a fantastic response from members for our "Perspective" PDI competition with a total of 63 entries. Judge John Wrigley awarded the maximum 10 points to four of the images, but when pressed to select a winner he singled out "Reflection of St Pauls" by Graham Wood for being an original idea, well executed. Congratulations to Graham and thanks to John for judging and to all members who submitted entries. Click here to see all images. Posted 21/11/2018

Tripod Competition - 16 October 2018

Unfortunately, Wickham Market Club had to withdraw from this year's Tripod competition, so it became a Bipod competition, with just Framlingham Camera Club and Woodbridge taking part. The event was very well attended by members of both clubs and judge Frank Blyth did an excellent job, awarding scores to prints and PDIs from each club, accompanied by helpful comments. We managed to beat Framlingham by a small margin in the PDI section, but their commanding lead in the prints assured them of victory by 144.5 points to 138.

During the break members of both clubs were able to chat over tea/coffee and food provided by our members, and a raffle raised money for club funds.

Thanks to members of both clubs for taking part, and in particular to Frank Blyth for judging the competition so ably. Posted 17/10/2018

2018 Annual Exhibition

Our annual exhibition this year was held in the Longshed, part of the new Whisstocks development on Woodbridge waterfront. This proved to be our most successful exhibition yet, with over 550 visitors over the 3 days, and our thanks go to the Woodbridge Riverside Trust for allowing us to use this excellent venue.

We had 55 prints on display, and the space available in the Longshed also allowed us to include 56 PDIs, shown as a continuously running slideshow, for the first time. We are grateful to everyone who came along, and for their positive comments on the standard of the images on display.

We must also thank the Mayor of Woodbridge, Councillor David Mortimer, for opening the exhibition and for taking on the unenviable task of selecting the best images. Winner of the print section was Steve Stammers with his image "Food, Glorious Food", with Daryl Butcher in second place with "Reflections", Richard Brown in third with "The Essence of Life", and Gaye Wightman commended with "Autumn Colours".

In the PDI section, first place went to Sue Garrod with "Stormy Skies over Sizewell", second to Barrie Henderson for "The Tower at Tower Bridge", third to Sue Garrod for "The Last Coypu Catcher" and commended to Charmian Berry for "Peregrine Falcon".

David is pictured below presenting the PDI award to Sue (photograph courtesy Jonathan Garrod).

Click here for an 11 minute "Virtual Exhibition", which includes a slideshow of all prints and PDIs. Posted 12/08/2018

Water competition - 17 July 2018

Congratulations to Gaye Wightman for her image "On the Rocks", which was awarded first place in our "Water" print competition. Judge Andy Wilson commended Gaye for the simplicity of her composition and the detail in the water. In joint second place were Sue Garrod with "Reflections on the Binnenhof" and Robin Garrod for "Wind & Waters of the Deben", followed by "Iguazu Falls" by Richard Brown. Our thanks to Andy for his excellent jiudging and helpful comments. Gaye's image is shown below. Posted 18/07/2018

Orford Photoshoot - 15 May 2018

On 15 May members invaded Orford for an evening photoshoot. The weather favoured us and we all went our own ways to capture images of different subjects around the town during the "golden hour" before sunset, and congregated afterwards at the Jolly Sailor for a drink and meal, and to share stories about what we found to photograph. The image below is a composite of photos by Robin Garrod, which he's called "A Postcard from Orford". All the other images captured by members can be seen here. Posted 22/05/2018

Open PDI competition - 24 April 2018

Our open subject PDI competition last night was won by Ossie Kettle with his image "Chevy 48". Congratulations to Ossie and thanks to Brian Carlick LRPS for judging and giving us his helpful comments on the 56 entries from members. Joint second place went to Barry Cross for "Selfie" and Richard Ford for "Red Admiral". Posted 25/04/2018

Encouraging a Photographic Eye by Alan Sarsby

This month's meeting featured an interactive presentation by Alan Sarsby, and the Quay Church Hall was very full with 22 members and 5 guests.

After an introduction and an insight into judging and marking competition images, Alan gave 5 groups of members the same selection of our own images to critique. With only 1 minute per image, after 25 images the pace was showing. He then discussed our images, what to do to improve or what to keep doing well. Very hard work and rewarding for all members attending.

A worthwhile and enjoyable evening, and members look forward to welcoming Alan back next year for a new workshop challenge. Posted 21/03/2018

Autumn and Winter competition - 20 February 2018

Congratulations to Barry Jones for winning our Autumn and Winter print competition with his stunning image "Tangerine Dream". Second place went to Jon Garrod for "Eastern Bloc" and third to Robin Garrod for "The Crunch and Smell of Autumn". There were a total of 39 entries.

22 members and guests enjoyed the evening and our thanks go to judge Peter Espley, whose constructive and humorous comments contributed to a fun evening. Posted 22/02/2018

2017 in Pictures

Follow this link to see a slideshow of our activities during 2017, put together by Robin Garrod. Happy new year to all our members. Posted 01/01/2018

Christmas Social 2017

On 19 December, members celebrated Christmas with a very enjoyable dinner at the Riverside Restaurant in Woodbridge. The evening included a Christmas card competition, judged by Stuart Saunders, proprietor of the restaurant, which was won by Robin Garrod, Second place was awarded to Trevor Boyd and third place to Richard Brown. Many thanks to the staff at the Riverside for looking after us, and particularly to Stuart for officiating as judge and kindly donating prizes for the winner and runners up. In this photograph, Stuart is presenting Robin with his prize. Posted 26/12/2017

People competition - 21 November 2017

Our "People" competition on 21 November attracted 52 entries from members, and judge Harold Mousley  selected Sue Garrod with her images "X Marks the Spot" as the winner. Keeping it in the family, Robin Garrod was awarded second place with "Washday Commute", and Sarah Bynom was awarded third with "Teamwork". Many thanks to Harold for undertaking the judging for us, and for his helpful comments on the images. Posted 23/11/2017

Tripod Competition - 20 October 2017

Our annual Tripod Competition, competing against Framlingham and Wickham Market Camera Clubs, was hosted this year by Framlingham. We entered 8 prints and 8 PDIs, which had been selected by members, and managed a creditable second place with a score of 287 (out of a possible 320), just behind Framlingham who scored 292. Wickham Market scored 277. The judge was Nigel Rea ARPS, who did an excellent job, giving helpful comments on all the images.

Thanks to Framlingham Camera Club for hosting the event and providing us with tea and coffee and a buffet. Posted 22/10/2017

Audio Visual Presentation by Stephen Cook

An entertaining & educational evening was enjoyed by members on Tuesday 17th Oct with a talk & slideshow by Stephen Cook on Audio Visual Presentations. Robin Garrod our new Chair challenged members to create a 90 second AV presentation for viewing in the new year. 

A Big Thank You to Stephen Cook. Posted 22/10/2017

Robin Garrod elected new Club Chairman

At our AGM on Tuesday, Robin Garrod was elected as Chairman.

In his acceptance speech Robin asked members to show their appreciation to Steve Mecrow for his work as Chairman over the past 2 years. He also referred to his own Visual Disability with Retinitis Pigmentosa, which severely restricts his peripheral vision. It is a tribute to Robin that despite his disability, he is able to produce competition-winning photographs.

Robin wishes to encourage members to work positively with him, moving the club forward with enthusiasm and vision. Posted 21/09/2017

Annual Exhibition 2017

Our annual exhibition of members photographs attracted over 270 visitors over 3 days, and we are grateful to everyone who came along and made such positive comments about the standard of work. Our thanks go to the Mayor of Woodbridge, Clare Perkins, who not only agreed to open the exhibition for us, but also to make her selection of the best images from the 57 on display.

First place went to Steve Mecrow for his image "Abandoned"; second to Sue Garrod for "Silhouette at Sunrise"; third to Sheila Fitzpatrick for "From Outer Space"; and fourth to Robin Garrod for "Our Spanish Love Song".

Clare is pictured below presenting the award to Steve (photograph courtesy Jonathan Garrod). You can see all the exhibition images here. Posted 08/08/2017

Open print competition - 18 July 2017

Our open print competition was won by Trevor Boyd with his image "Girls of Note", from a selection of 40 entries. Judge Peter Norris APAGB DPAGB BPE4* commented on how well Trevor had been able to capture the sense of engagement between the four girls in the image. Close behind the winner were Steve Mecrow with "Abandoned", and Trevor (again) with "All Eyes on You". Thanks to Peter for giving us the benefit of his experience with helpful comments and advice. Posted 19/07/2017

East of England Co-op Token Scheme

A big thank you to the East of England Co-op and everyone who put their green tokens in our box at the local stores, which resulted in the Co-op donating £200 to the club's funds. Posted 19/07/2017

Architecture competition - 16 May 2017

Congratulations to Robin Garrod whose image "Helix Bridge" was selected by judge, Nigel Rea ARPS as the winner of our Architecture PDI competition. Nigel commented on the unusual angle of view and level of detail in Robin's image. We had a total of 47 entries in this competition, ranging from images of modern high-tech buildings to derelict structures (and even an example of naval architecture!) and Nigel's comments were constructive and helpful. Posted 17/05/2017

Annual Exhibition 2017

A date for your diary. This year's annual exhibition of members photographs will be held on 4, 5 and 6 August at the 5th Woodbridge Sea Scout Hall, Tide Mill Way IP12 1BY. Posted 12/04/2017

East of England Coop Token Scheme

We are pleased to say that our application to take part in the East of England Coop's Community Token Scheme has been successful, and from 1 April to the end of June one of the collection boxes at 4 local branches of the supermarket will be for Woodbridge Camera Club. Shoppers will be given a token at the checkout that they can put in the collection box of their choice and at the end of the period the Coop will donate a share of £1,000 to the club, based on the number of tokens collected in our box. The 4 stores participating are Woodbridge, Wickham Market, Hasketon Road and Old Barrack Road, so when you visit one of these be sure to collect your token and put it in our box. Posted 08/04/2017

Whisstocks Project Update

Regretfully, our original plan to document the transformation of the former Whisstocks boatyard site to a mixed-use waterfront centre with new Town Museum and community boatshed never got under way, but now that the development is nearing completion, the club’s interest in the project is being redirected towards the two community projects: namely the Town Museum and Longshed.

 

The Longshed will be the site of the Woodbridge Riverside Trust’s core project, which is to construct a full-size replica of the Anglo Saxon Sutton Hoo burial ship. A half-size replica, Sae Wylfing has already been constructed and has been sailed on the River Deben. A group of members will be liaising with the WRT to explore the photographic opportunities of this project and to document its progress.

 

For more information go to www.woodbridgeriversidetrust.org and www.woodbridgewaterfront.co.ukPosted 08/04/2017

Composition Beyond the Thirds by Alan Sarsby

At our meeting on 21 March, members enjoyed a great presentation by Alan Sarsby entitled "Composition Beyond the Thirds". After explaining some of the most important rules of composition (of which he told us there are more than 100), Alan handed out a selection of images and asked us to identify the compositional devices we could find in each, which was very enlightening. Posted 24/03/2017

Song Titles competition - 21 February 2017

Congratulations to Sarah Bynom for winning our Song Titles print competition with her image titled "I've Got My Eye on You". Judge Phil Chatfield, whose comments on all 38 images presented to him were both constructive and entertaining, awarded second place to Sue Garrod for "The Boat That I Row" and third to Sheila Fitzpatrick for "Shadow Dancing". A clean sweep by the S's! Posted 23/02/2017

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