‘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/

Our TPS PDI Competition (Round 2)

Thanks to the topsy-turvy nature of 2020, we’ve already blasted through Round 2 of our annual PDI (Projected Digital Images) competition. In normal circumstances, we’d be well into the New Year before having to compile our Round 2 images, but this year is a little different.

What hasn’t changed though, is the quality of the images entered into our little club competition. Our guest judge, Tim Morland ARPS, did a fabulous job reviewing our photos and sharing helpful tips and ideas on where we could improve.

The full scores from Round 2 are now available here on our website on the results page. The league tables are taking shape now and, with only one round to go, there are plenty of people vying for the top spot in each of our three classes. Take a look at the tables and get to work on your next PDI. Round 3 will be judged on 10th December!

In time-honoured fashion, I’ve collated the judge’s favourite images from each of the classes. There are some cracking images in here; the standard in all three classes is superb! Give yourself a socially-distanced pat on the back if your image appears below; this means you scored 9 points or more. Bravo!

Club Class

Intermediate Class

Advanced Class

Superb work, as always TPSers! Thanks for sharing your talent and helping us all learn more about the magic of photography.

Next week, we’ve something different. We’ve not focussed much on audio visual skills at TPS in recent years, but it’s an area of photography that many may find interesting. So next week, we’ll be joined online by the AV Masters, Jill Bunting and John Smith, to discover easy ways to get started creating AV presentations. Who knows, maybe this could inspire an end of year project for a few of us, compiling our photographic memories of 2020 into an AV presentation with movement and music. Or,… perhaps 2020 might be a year you’d rather forget! Either way, join us for more Zoomy fun next Thursday. Full details of our next session are here: http://tandridgephotographicsociety.org.uk/wptest55/event/guest-speaker-jill-bunting-john-smith/

The TPS Natural History Competition Winners

Last night saw the judging of our annual Natural History Competition at TPS. It’s a tough brief, to take a well-balanced, interesting photo of something from the natural world, depicted perfectly in its natural environment. Photos of Dave the Dachshund in the back garden are definitely out, but that still leaves an enormous variety of options for our intrepid army of photographers.

And our TPS members didn’t disappoint! We saw spiders, mallards, woodpeckers and woodlice, as well as few more exotic beasts. Plus, of course, some fabulous plants, rocks and fungi. Isn’t nature great?!

Thanks to our judge, David Carine LRPS, we have a winner of our 2020-21 Natural History Competition and that honour goes to Jon Cowdock LRPS for his stunning image of a Migrant Hawker Dragonfly. Well done Jon!

Migrant Hawker Dragonfly – Aeshna mixta by Jon Cowdock LRPS

We also had some very close runners up. In second pace was Geoff Spriegel with this delightful image of a cheetah and cub:

Cheetah and Cub on Termite Mound by Geoff Spriegel

And in third place was this dramatic image of elephant seals fighting by John Nathan ARPS:

Elephant Seals Fighting in Snowstorm by John Nathan ARPS

The full scores are available from our Competition Results page.

Thanks to everyone who took part. We hope you enjoyed the evening and feel inspired to capture some of the wonders of our natural world, maybe in readiness for next year’s competition.

Next week we’ve a guest speaker joining us over Zoom at vTPS. Paul Graber LRPS will be making the case for monochrome. Even with fancy digital cameras that can capture millions of colours, sometimes monochrome is all an image needs. For full event details visit our Events Listing, and join us from 8pm on Thursday for another inspirational evening at TPS. We look forward to seeing you there!

PS Don’t forget to put your clocks back this weekend. By my calculations, I reckon we all get a whole extra hour to capture some lovely photos!

The TPS Creative Photography Competition

It’s become a staple of the TPS calendar, and we now look forward to letting our photographers loose to express their creativity.

Now in it’s third year, the TPS Creative Photography Competition, inspired by the generous support of our legendary TPS stalwart John Nathan ARPS, invites members to share a photo that demonstrates their creativity. Unshackled from some of the usual constraints of club competitions, it’s a case of almost “anything goes” and the variety on display is always remarkable.

Last night’s competition was judged by Bob Webzell ARPS EFIAP of Brighton & Hove PS. Each member was allowed to enter just one image and Bob shared his interpretation of each image and picked out his favourites.

This year’s winner of the Tandridge Creative Cup for “Creative Photography” is Andrea Watson for her evocative, thought-provoking image entitled The Art Buyer.

First Place:

The Art Buyer by Andrea Watson

Well done Andrea, loving your work!

And there were plenty of other great images selected for honours by our guest judge. Congratulations to all the talented and creative photographers who feature below.

Second Place:

Face Mask Rules by Angela Mance

Third Place:

A lot on his mind by Kirsti Brown

Highly Commended:

Two Takes on Me by Chris Mance
Recession by Peter Veale


Groundworks by Steve Elms
Lights by Rehana Uddin

Next week at TPS we have the fabulous Heather Angel as our guest speaker. Heather is a firm favourite at TPS and always manages to share great techniques and the inspiring thought processes behind her images. Join in on Zoom from 8pm next Thursday.

Oh, and don’t forget, we have some socially-distanced ‘Out & Abouts’ very soon too. Check out the Events Calendar for full details.

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.