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.

Competition News – PDI Round 1 – Results

We had a large and “Zoomy” turnout for our first internal club competition of the season and were delighted to be joined by a virtual Don Morley as our guest judge.

With three competition classes to run through—a first for TPS— it was a busy night. We’re grateful to Don for keeping us on track and doing a sterling job of picking through 58 images to select his favourites.

There were some *stunning* photos for us all to enjoy! And, as always, lots of great ideas about how some images could be improved or presented differently. If you took part, no matter what score your image received, we hope you picked up to some ideas for your next photo session and feel inspired to do more with your camera.

Well done in particular to our newest TPS members who all took part and scored highly for their very first club competition. Nice work!

I’ve collated a selection of the highest scoring images from last night’s competition. Every picture in the galleries below scored 9 points or more so they are all fabulous 👏 Bravo if your image appears below:

Club Class

Intermediate Class

Advanced Class

You can access full scores and some very primitive league tables (!) on our competitions results page. And remember, at this early stage of the season, if you’re feeling as sick as a parrot, there’s still everything to play for, you’ve got to take it one game at a time, it’s a game of two halves (?!) and it’s a bit early to park the bus. Other sporting clichés may also apply.

Coming up in October at TPS we’ve a friendly photo critique evening, some fabulous guest speakers, and two more competitions. We’re cramming it in!

Don’t forget to upload your images to PhotoEntry, both for the critique evening and for our upcoming PDI competitions. Good luck!

What’s on the TPS (perfectly level) horizon?

Oct 2020
01 October 2020
vTPS Online Meeting,

Friendly Photo Critique For All

Here's a nice way to explore ways to improve your photos with the help of your TPS friends and some of our resident experts. Our friendly photo critique evenings allow members to submit photos for which they'd like some advice or tips. Whether it's composition or editing advice, our experienced photographers will share suggestions and […]

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08 October 2020
vTPS Online Meeting,

Set Subject Competition – Creative Photography

Join us for another Zoom-based evening of TPS member photos in PDI (projected digital image) format, this time all aligned to the John Nathan Cup theme of "Creative Photography". Full instructions on how to enter these competitions will be provided ahead of the event and entries must be submitted via PhotoEntry by midnight on the […]

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11 October 2020

Medway Valley Walk

This is a 5k riverside walk along a short section of the Medway Valley Walk, between Teston Country Park and East Farleigh, taking in the locks and weirs and historic bridges at both locations, the canoe pass at Teston, a selection of river craft moored at East Farleigh, and a rural stretch of river between […]

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11 October 2020

Medway Valley Walk

This is a 5k riverside walk along a short section of the Medway Valley Walk, between Teston Country Park and East Farleigh, taking in the locks and weirs and historic bridges at both locations, the canoe pass at Teston, a selection of river craft moored at East Farleigh and a rural stretch of river between […]

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13 October 2020

Sheffield Park

Sheffield Park (Uckfield, TN22 3QX) is a National Trust garden renowned as a horticultural work of art formed through centuries of landscape design, with influences of 'Capability' Brown and Humphry Repton. Four lakes form the heart of the garden, with paths circulating through the glades and wooded areas surrounding them. The Autumn colours are usually […]

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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.

Off to a storming start!

Image by Jeff Vianna

The new season got off to a storming start with a loud, fast-paced slide show expertly prepared by Allister Frost.

Some 50 members joined the Zoom meeting.  Sarah Bedwell, our Chair, thanked those returning for the new season for their continued support at such a difficult time, and welcomed our new members.  She also thanked members for their generous contributions to the ‘Hardship Fund’ that the club had set up to assist any member suffering financial difficulty through the impacts of COVID.

There followed an overview of the excellent new season programme that Simon Bedwell has put together (Follow the ‘Events Programme’ tab at the top of the site to access the programme).

We heard reports from Dominic Murtagh on the summer of socially distanced out and about walks (some 9 local walks attended in total by 30 members) along with plans to continue the programme through the autumn.  Members had also enjoyed two ‘Challenge’ events held during the summer and in true ‘Oliver’ style, asked for more!  So keep your eye on the Website and events programme for news of autumn activity.

Sarah explained and outlined the new three class arrangements for competitions which had received broad support across the membership when we consulted over the summer.  [Note to committee – extra classes means extra prizes, so get ordering that silverware!]

Jon Cowdock announced the launch of our first ‘Special Interest Group’ – Photo Fundamentals – for members looking to get to grips with those camera modes and settings and take control of exposure, focusing etc.  Details of how to get involved with the group to follow shortly.  Jon also announced changes to club communications, with more news streamed on the website as and when it happens rather than waiting for a monthly newsletter.  You can get automatic email notifications of new items posted on the site by adding your email and clicking ‘Subscribe’ at the top of this page.

If anyone joined the call lacking inspiration, then surely by the end of Allister Frost’s presentation that must have changed.  Frankly, we were lucky not to lose half our audience as they grabbed their cameras and ran outside to try those night-time shots and other ideas Allister inspired us with!

Finally, Clare Pickett (our Surrey Photographic Association rep) talked through what looks like an ambitious programme of TPS participation in external competitions through the SPA and with other local clubs.

The 2020-21 season at TPS is under way, so bring it on!