Winter Competition Results

The winning entries in this year’s Winter Competition are shown above.  The subject was reflections and as usual everyone present at The Mill Cafe this morning picked their three favourite entries.  This method of judging places more emphasis on photographic appeal than technical correctness.  So a big thank you to all our volunteer judges.

The winners in merit order were: 1, Stocker’s Lake (Alan)    2, Springwell Lake (Alan)        3, St Paul’s (Tony)     4, Grand Union Reflection (Tony)   5, Aquadrome  (Tony).                Click on the thumbnails for a closer look.

p.s.   In case you are wondering other members did enter photographs!


Winter Competition


Our winter competition will be held on 1st December.  The subject is “Reflections” in its broadest sense and is open to all types of interpretation.  We are hoping for some creative ideas and I look forward to seeing the entries.

You may enter up to 4 photographs, either colour or monochrome, which you should print and bring along on the day. Judging will be by the usual method.

Check your settings



We were playing with various editing software packages this morning. David had brought along some of his holiday photos on the SD card from his camera.  He had tried to load the images onto a USB memory stick earlier without success. Thinking no more of this we loaded a few of his images to the hard drive ready for editing.  That’s when we started having problems.  Only a few of the software packages could find the images and even Photoshop wouldn’t open them!  After some head scratching it suddenly dawned on us that he had taken the shots in RAW, something David has never done before!  After checking his camera we found he had somehow set it to save only RAW images.  Fortunately he can download UFraw software for free and convert his images to jpeg, but that will take some time!  Always check that your camera is set correctly before taking shots and check the displays regularly to make sure nothing has changed accidentally.

Next half year programme. Click “About” for details.

Into Winter
Into Winter, well not quite just yet!

The programme for the first half of 2017 comes to an end this Friday when we hold our annual summer competition.

You can see this year’s winning entries by following the link on the “Home” page.

We are looking for suggestions for the second half and volunteers to organise or run sessions.  If you have thoughts on subjects you would like included, or venues for photoshoots let me know.  I propose that we finalise the programme at our meeting on Friday 14th July,  also as we missed out on the last editing and printing session due to my absence I will bring a printer and photo paper along to this session.

Recent activity

We have been on a number of photo-shoots this year.  On the whole the weather on the days we chose was overcast and not the best for great shots.  Last meeting we travelled to Whippendell Woods to photograph the bluebells. This time the weather was ideal and we look forward to seeing the shots at our next meeting.

Whippendell Woods
Bluebells in the woods

Mill End Community Day

Community Day
Tony and David manning our exhibit

Once again we were present at the Mill End Community Day.  This year we displayed some old photographic apparatus and a selection of photographs. The youngsters who visited our table were interested in the ‘ancient’ cameras we brought along.

The view from our side of the table