Science Photographer of the Year Competition

Remember that fascinating image ‘Diffraction on an iPad Screen’ by TPS member Peter O’Hare in our Creative Cup’ competition earlier this season?
Well the image must have intrigued our judge that evening, as he suggested it might be worth entering in the Science Photographer of the Year competition run jointly by the RPS and the Science Museum.  Peter followed this up and entered,  and has just heard that his image has been short-listed!  The final selections  will also be in the Exhibition  of Science festival and the Exhibition next year in Manchester at the Museum of Science and Industry – hopefully accessible online too!  So congratulations, Peter, and fingers crossed for those final selections.

TPS Print Competitions Are Back!

Print competitions will resume in the New Year. Nearly two-thirds of members responding to the survey said they would – or were likely to – submit prints. Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey and sent in comments.

You should by now have received an email setting out details of how the competitions will be run in this season’s difficult circumstances, with supplementary guidance on how to enter. We’ll get this material up on the website too.

There will be two rounds of Colour Prints and two rounds of Monochrome prints, with 2 prints per round. The first Print Competition with be Colour Prints Round 1 on January 21st.

So dust off that printer and check your ink levels (or find yourself a commercial print service – either is acceptable)!

‘In and About’ Photo Challenge Day

Despite the dire weather forecast, 25 TPS members rose to the ‘In and About’ challenge on Sunday.  Participants had 4 themes to choose from:
    • Reflection
    • Taken at noon
    • A long exposure
    • I’ve never tried this before
Choosing 3 themes from 4 offered, they took pictures which had to be uploaded the same afternoon with no post-processing allowed.
We then got together via Zoom in the evening to see and discuss the images people had uploaded.  It was great to have so many members trying out genres or techniques that were new to them,  Some even dusted off their camera manuals to see what clever effects they could achieve.
Participants also enjoyed the informal discussion of images and how they had been taken – a great learning opportunity as well as a fun day of photography.  Here’s just a sample of the images taken, but you can see them all on the TPS Out and About Flickr Group –

Fabulous Mono – Have Your Image Converted!

On 29th October, Paul Graber’s presentation ’Why do we still shoot monochrome’ will include in its second half, Paul processing pictures submitted by our members. Paul asks for you to send him one or two images, ideally RAW files, and ideally pictures that are quite colourful. You’ll need to send your images directly to Paul, no later than 23 October, ideally using WeTransfer (simple and free). Just let me know if you’d like to submit files and I’ll let you have Paul’s contact details.

Paul will deal with as many as he can during the evening.

Get Out and About with TPS in October

Our summer out and about activity proved popular and successful and so, COVID and weather permitting, we plan to continue with further events through the autumn months.

Photo by Caroline Burke

See the events page for details of four planned trips we hope to run in October.

Dominic Murtagh needs to take ‘bookings’ for these as soon as possible, but will need to cap attendance strictly to 5 plus group leader for each trip. It is important when out and about that we remain COVID compliant and, in particular, follow government guidelines on social distancing.