Not Out or About

TPS is now enjoying our summer recess, but that doesn’t mean our love of photography has to be put on hold.

Yesterday we hosted our first ever ‘Virtual Out and About’, giving TPS members an opportunity to join a group photography outing without having to go out or even meet anyone. Despite the patently ridiculous basis of this idea, it turned out to be a great excuse to learn more about our cameras and take some unexpected photos.

The brief was simple: receive email instructions at 10am, complete the photography challenge by 3pm, then reconvene with a glass in hand on a Zoom call later that day.

As 10am arrived, we eagerly checked our inboxes and learned we had to take photos to fit these three set subjects:

  • Backlighting
  • Looking down
  • Texture

Crucially, our three photos had to be totally unedited (cripes!) and shared to a Flickr Group by 3pm. The clock was ticking, and nearly 20 TPS members grabbed our cameras and set about snapping something suitable.

As camera club veterans will know, in every club there’s always one person who flouts convention and writes their own rules. And in our club it’s always Steve Elms! Within a few minutes Steve completed the challenge by submitting one image that brilliantly complied with all three set subjects:

3 in 1 by Steve Elms

No prizes though for Steve. This was a marathon, not a sprint. So I sat down to read the paper and have a cuppa.

Elsewhere, others were taking some fabulous images. Remember, all our photos were straight out of the camera and uploaded to Flickr. This means many of the images lack the finishing touches we love to apply. It turns out that not being able to crop or rotate an image means you have to hold the camera straight and many high contrast images are simply impossible to capture, especially on a bright sunny day. It was a great lesson in learning how to use your camera or smartphone correctly.

Here’s a tiny selection of some of the safely socially-distanced images we shared:


Looking down


You can enjoy all of the images on our TPS Flickr Out and About page at Take a look, add a comment, and give a star to each of your favourites.

We’re planning to host more out-of-season activities to give everyone fresh opportunities to dust off their cameras and enjoy photography with their TPS friends. Watch this space for updates 👀

Our thanks, as always, go to our intrepid Out and About leader Dominic Murtagh and to our ace Club Secretary Jon Cowdock for making great stuff happen. Here’s to not going out again very soon!

Joe Cornish – guest speaker at vTPS tonight

We’ve a big event this evening, as we welcome guest speaker Joe Cornish to vTPS. Joe is a celebrated landscape photographer with a very unique and magical approach to capturing highly distinctive images.

We start at 8.15pm, just after the final Clap for Carers. Joining details for our Zoom call have been sent to all TPS members. See you all later!

Full event details:

vTPS Set Subject Competition: “Weather”

There are few things we Brits spend more time talking about than the weather. So it was no surprise that we had a bumper selection of entries to our weather-themed set subject competition.

Our resident judge, the very talented Marie-Ange Bouchard, took to the virtual podium to review our images and shared some excellent advice on how she interpreted each photos and how we might possibly improve some.

In fact, the quality of the images was so high, Marie-Ange elected to throw caution to the wind (<-geddit?) and award not one, not two, but three joint winners. They must be on cloud nine!

Our 2019-2020 joint winners of the Daphne Cloquet Trophy are Gary Watson, Jeff Vianna and Jon Cowdock, and here are their winning photos:

Somewhere over……
by Gary Watson
Great Bolt of Fire
by Jeff Vianna
Winter Storm in Seaford Bay
by Jon Cowdock LRPS

And as if to prove that it never rains but it pours, Marie-Ange also awarded Highly Commended awards to four other superb images. Hats off to you if your photo appears below:

Snowed Under
by Simon Bedwell LRPS
Storm Brendan
by Chris Fenton
Rain Rippled Road
by Carole Mills
Not Going Out
by Sarah Bedwell LRPS

Next week at vTPS we’ve our friendly photo critique evening. Don’t forget to submit the photos you’d like Marcus and Marie-Ange to review via the PhotoEntry site. Images must be uploaded by midnight on Sunday for consideration. The clue’s in the title, this will be a friendly online chat where we explore how best to edit and present your photos in the best possible light.

Also, keep checking your inbox for the next edition of the vTPS newsletter with all the latest updates from the club, plus details of our upcoming events.

Stay safe and keep shooting! 🙂

vTPS Set Subject Competition: “Music”

Another night, another Zoom! We had over 40 people join our online meeting to look through and judge the entries to the second of this year’s Set Subject competitions.

The topic was “Music,” ably judged by our resident guru Marcus Scott-Taggart. Our thanks to Marcus for stepping in and helping us keep the vTPS show on the road.

And a big thank you also to everyone who submitted images. It’s not easy taking set subject photos at the best of times, but when we’re in lockdown and unable to leave our homes it’s doubly difficult.

Our 2019-2020 winner of the Robin Cloquet Trophy is Peter Veale for his well-captured street photo entitled “Lunchtime Rhythm”. Bravo Peter!

Lunchtime Rhythm by Peter Veale

Marcus also picked out four other images as Highly Commended. Congratulations for the creative photographers behind these images:

Musical Reflections on Isolation by Chris Fenton
In The Groove by Kirsti Brown
I did it my way! by Clare Pickett
Somewhere by Richard Wallis

Next week we’re looking forward to welcome our first vTPS guest speaker, David Ward. David’s an ace photographer and an entertaining speaker, so be sure to join. The event details can be found here and the links to join the meeting will be sent next week to all TPS members.

Stay safe and well everyone and look out for your next weekly edition of the vTPS newsletter with details of how you can get involved on Flickr and our next Set Subject Competition on the topic of “Weather” (<- there’s a lot of it about right now so get snapping!)

Until next time! 🙂

vTPS Creative Photography Competition

We continued our journey into the dizzying world of vTPS last night with our first remotely judged competition.

Thanks to everyone who joined our Zoom Meeting and especially to all those who submitted images.

Our judge, Martin Faiers, was also new to the remote competition world so we were all on a learning curve. We hope you enjoyed the show and had fun at the bar fridge afterwards!

We saw some great images, very imaginative and experimental, and that’s exactly what our Creative Photography competition is all about.

Our 2019-2020 winner of the Tandridge Creative Cup is Mike Barker for his evocative and highly topical composition entitled “Close to the Edge”. Well done Mike!

Close to the Edge by Mike Barker

And we had four other images that were Highly Commended by our judge. Well done to the superstars who features below:

Electric Gym by Peter O’Hare
Escaping the Virus by John Nathan
(Isolation) Blind Man’s Buff by Kirsti Brown
Zoom by Brian Smith

Don’t forget, we’ve a busy programme of virtual events coming up, including more set subject competitions and some great guest speakers.

Full details will be added to our Events Page shortly.

Also, keep an eye on your email inbox for your vTPS Newsletter which includes regular updates on the programme and how you can share your images in our special vTPS Flickr Group.

Stay safe and happy everyone 🙂