‘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 – https://www.flickr.com/groups/tpsoutings/pool/

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 outings@tpsinfo.org.uk 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.


You’ll know if you’ve been reading your emails that Tandridge was invited to compete for the first time in the Croydon Camera Club Centenary Competition.

This took place last night and I’m delighted to report that Tandridge was placed joint third (out of 8), finishing just ONE point behind the winners!

The full results table looked like this:

1st Beckenham PS 68
2nd Carshalton CC 67.5
3rd = Tandridge PS 67
3rd = Old Coulsdon CC 67
5th Croydon CC 65.5
6th Sth London PS 65
7th West Wickham PS 64
8th Bromley CC 61.5

As you can see, it was a really tight contest. Moreover, out of four maximum (10) scores awarded by the judge, two went to Tandridge members Mike Farley and John Gribble who were, last night, playing for other teams (aaarghh!).

But well done ‘Team Tandridge’:

Brian Smith LRPS – Spanish Mystery
Mike Barker – Platforms
Clare Pickett LRPS – New Kids on the Block
John Nathan ARPS – Cupola in Budapest Hungary
Marcus Scott-Taggart – Standen
Peter O’Hare – The Still Morning Air, Osorno Chile
Sarah Bedwell LRPS – Shades of Winter
Jon Cowdock LRPS – Umbrellas up

And special thanks to our brilliant external competition secretaries
Carole Mills and Clare Pickett for organising our entry!

Join our Photo Fundamentals Group!

  • Is fear of your camera stopping you taking pictures?
  • Does pressing the ‘Menu’ button take you to a dark world that you don’t understand?
  • Do thoughts of f-numbers, shutter speeds and ISO settings throw you into a panic?
  • Ever felt like screaming WHY WON’T IT FOCUS WHERE I WANT IT TO???

Well you’re not alone, so we’re starting up a Photo Fundamentals special interest group to help you. The group will be open to TPS members only. We’ll start by meeting online for a series of talks, discussions and Q&A sessions and take things from there. There’ll be a few experienced photographers in the group to guide you through some of the basics and help you build your confidence.

Interested? If you’d like to join the group, email Jon Cowdock to get your name on the list, and include your preference/availability on which evenings of the week might be best for you (yes, we KNOW you’re busy on Thursdays…)

Once we have a feel for numbers and days, we’ll get the first session set up.