TPS Update

As TPS members may have read in Sarah and Jon’s emails, we’ve had to postpone the remainder of this season’s planned TPS agenda due to the spread of Coronavirus.

It’s become a bit of a cliche in recent days, but your health and well-being really are our primary concerns, so we’re following UK Government health advice during this difficult time.

The TPS Committee is busily working behind the scenes exploring potential activities that we can safely support in the coming weeks and months. We’ll update you with full details when we have them.

Crocus Flowers

Until then, please remember there have been no reports of photography equipment being materially affected by the virus 😉 so please continue to enjoy your photography hobby safely.

Tidy up that camera bag (you’ve been meaning to do it for a while!) and clean those dusty old lenses. Recharge your batteries and start thinking of clever ways you can use your time to take amazing photos. This is a great month to capture fresh spring growth and also to photograph places that would normally be bustling with people and traffic. An early morning walk is a fine way to enjoy the fresh air without bumping into too many people, so set your alarm clock and make the most of our spring mornings.

Most importantly, remember to keep your camera equipment clean and to wash your hands before, during and after every expedition.

If you’re stuck at home, please keep taking photos, even if it’s just to document your experience during these unusual times. And be sure to stay in touch with your TPS friends through whatever means you have available.

How to stay in touch

You can comment on any post on our website (like this one you’re reading right here right now – just click on the little red ‘Leave a comment’ link below!). We’d love to hear from you.

Or you can get in touch with your TPS committee members via the details on our Contacts page.

And we’ve a TPS Members Only Group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/TandridgePS.Members/. Come and join in!

And finally, we’ve our TPS Page on Facebook (accessible by the entire planet!) at https://www.facebook.com/TandridgePhotographicSociety/. Feel free to comment and share.


Thanks again for your support and understanding during this difficult time. Stay safe and healthy. We’ll get through this. Normal service will resume as soon as possible 🙂 x

The Scores – PDI Competition Round 3

We are very sorry we had to cancel our planned TPS event on 12th March while we carefully monitored government advice about how to manage public events. Thank you for your understanding as we demonstrate an abundance of caution to help keep all our TPS members safe while the Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads. We’ll issue further updates about future meetings as soon as possible; watch this space…

There is some good news though! Our judge, Simon Van Orden, very kindly agreed to judge your PDI entries remotely, awarding each image the customary score out of 10, as well as detailed comments on his reflections. We are hugely grateful to Simon for helping out so generously.

So that means we have some scores… and some winners… and some 2019-2020 champions to announce!

You can find the scores awarded by the judge for each image on our results page.

Here are the judge’s favourite Club Class images:

Here are the judge’s favourite Advanced Class images:

Congratulations to everyone whose images appear above. This means you scored 9 points or more, yay! Here’s a virtual round of applause, just for you, please join in:

(random people clapping yesterday)

Good clapping everyone! Now please wash your hands for longer than the applause lasted.

Like me, you’re probably wondering why your image got the score it did, so please download the document below to read the judge’s comments:


With the Round Three scores in, we are now delighted to announce the final standings in our 2019-2020 PDI Competitions.

CLUB

Congratulations to our Club Class winner Gary Coomber with a spectacular 38.0 points and also to our runner up Peter Beard with 37.5. You both produced some stunning images in this year’s competitions and deserve your well-earned promotion into the Advanced Class for next season – bravo!

ADVANCED

Congratulations go to our joint winners Clare Pickett LRPS and Marie-Ange Bouchard ARPS CPAGB. Phenomenal scores and beautiful photography. We’re proud to have such talented photographers in our club.

You can see the full league tables on our results page.

(and now, in true virtual style, please be brave and leave a comment below for our winners!)


The PDI competition is now concluded for 2019-20 but it will be back again in 2020-21, so get out now and start taking more lovely photos. And if you find yourself in self-isolation over the coming weeks, why not challenge yourself to take a few interesting, unexpected photos from around your home? Every spare moment is an opportunity to practise your love of photography.

More news will follow on the plans for future TPS meetings. For now, stay safe and happy,… and please wash your hands!

TPS Meeting Cancelled 12th March 2020

Change of plan

After much discussion, the TPS committee has decided that we should cancel the TPS meeting of 12th March 2020.

It seems highly likely that public health advice regarding public gatherings is being – or is about to be – tightened up. Your Committee members are particularly concerned not to put our members at risk, especially those in vulnerable groups or with existing medical conditions.

We will now take stock in light of the developing position and updates to the public health advice, and issue further information by email to all members about future scheduled meetings.

We apologise for any disappointment this may cause and ask for your understanding and support of our goal to keep all members safe during this difficult time.

Stay safe and happy, and keep snapping 🙂

Links:

For Public Health advice visit https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

For COVID-19 case tracking visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-track-coronavirus-cases

The Alex Braid Panel Competition

We only run our panel competition once a year so it’s always an interesting challenge for our TPS members. The goal is to put together a set of three images with a unifying theme or style so they work well together as a collection.

This year our judge was Jay Charnock FRPS, assessing images across three categories: Colour Prints, Mono Prints and PDIs. The standard was high as always and we loved seeing your work.

Given the consistently high standard, Jay elected to award joint winner status in two categories. A special shout out goes to Sarah and Brian for both winning in two categories, bravo!

Here, for your enjoyment, are the winning panels from each of the three competition categories. Click any panel images to see them in their full glory:

Colour Prints

Joint Winner: Sarah Bedwell LRPS, Shades of the Cyclades

Joint Winner: Brian Smith LRPS, Urban Geometry

Monochrome Prints

Winner: Sarah Bedwell LRPS, Ebb and Flow

PDIs (Projected Digital Images)

Joint Winner: Barbara Witherington, Millennium Bridge

Joint Winner: Brian Smith LRPS, Inside The Lighthouse


Next week, on 27th February 2020, we’re excited to welcome guest speaker, Slawek Staszczuk, a landscape photography specialist. Slawek will be talking about how he uses light and careful timing to capture powerful outdoor images. For full details see our events page.

Guest Speaker – Lisa Beaney, sponsored by Sony

This week at TPS we’re excited to host a special guest talk by Sussex-based professional photographer, Lisa Beaney.

In recent years, Lisa has been cataloguing the fascinating project to restore Sir Malcolm Campbell’s hydroplane powerboat Bluebird K3. The vessel set three world water speed records before being partially dismantled and mothballed when work began on the K4..

The Bluebird K3, Italy 1937

Lisa worked with the team at Filching Manor in East Sussex, cataloguing every stage in the complex project to restore Bluebird K3 to working order. original boat was restored at Filching Manor in East Sussex and is now in full working order, although with a smaller engine than was used in the world record setting runs.

We are grateful to Sony for sponsoring this talk and Lisa will be bringing along some of her Sony kit to show our members the impressive capabilities of the latest range of cameras and lenses.

This event is free to attend for TPS members and £5 for visitors and guests. Full details can be found on our events page.