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November 2017

Second Internal Competition 2017-18 – ‘Colourful’ Prints

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Thanks to all who submitted entries for our second internal competition of the season.  This was a prints-only competition with a subject of ‘Colourful’.  We received a record 53 entries!  The competition was judged by Nick Berentzen of South Manchester Camera Club.

Congratulations go to David Boam, Paul Scott and Steve Gresty who each had one image scoring a maximum 20 points.

Thanks go to Nick for his comments and scoring.

A full list of scores can be found here.

The overall league table is taking on a familiar appearance after two rounds.  Click here to see it.

Jazz Synaesthesia by Steve Gresty

Macc Regain the High Peak Trophy

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What a fantastic start to the season!  Having regained the Robertshaw Trophy in October, last night we won the High Peak Trophy.  We hosted the event which takes place between Macclesfield, Stalybridge, Chapel-en-le-Frith and Bramhall.  The judge was Keith Barber of Swinton and District Photographic Society.  The evening was very well attended by the other clubs.

The competition is split into a prints round with 8 images submitted by each club and then a DPI round with 8 images per club.  The club with the highest combined score for the two rounds is the winner.  At the end of the prints round, Macc and Stalybridge were tied for first place with 147 points each.  Chapel had 134 points and Bramhall had 126.  In the DPI round, Macc forged ahead finishing with 150 points while Stalybridge had 141, Bramhall had 137 and Chapel had 132.

The overall results were: Macclesfield – 297, Stalybridge – 288, Chapel-en-le-Frith – 266, Bramhall – 263.

The individual print scores and names of Macc’s authors can be found here.

The individual DPI scores and names of Macc’s authors can be found here.

Special congratulations go to David Tolliday who’s image, Safe Return, was selected as the best in the competition.

“Safe Return” by David Tolliday

High Peak Trophy 2017

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Tonight (Monday 20th November) we will be hosting the 2017 High Peak Trophy.  This is an annual inter-club competition between Macclesfield, Stalybridge, Chapel-en-le-Frith and Bramhall.  There are two separate sections – DPIs and prints.  In each section, each club must submit 8 images.  Overall, an author can only submit two images.  The High Peak Trophy is awarded to the club which gains the most points across the DPI and print sections.  The judge tonight is Keith Barber FIScT CPAGB LRPS of Swinton and District Photographic Society.  Please come and support us!

Dave Boam with Gonzo Photography at the Twinwood Vintage Festival

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Dave has had a news article printed about his recent trip to the Twinwood Vintage Festival, well done Dave. Here’s an article from Dave on his trip. 

Twinwood is massive….vintage dress, music, dance, everything really, over a long hot bank holiday weekend. As one of the musicians I have normally restricted my photographic exploits to the stage. This year, feeling somewhat inspired by the Dougie Wallace approach I spent most of my time snapping the audience. Using a wide angle lens and daylight flash I get in close and take the picture before the subject even knows I’m there. I also took some posed shots because they weren’t likely to refuse when dressed to the nines. Using daylight flash really makes the subject pop and it’s well worth learning how to master. Vintage Life Magazine had a stall at the festival but no photographer so they showed a fair bit of interest in my images…..though I was pleasantly surprised when they took eleven of them to publish. Next year I’m going to try to bag a gig as official “festival candid photographer”. The music business ain’t what it used to be and I’ve got my Hunter S Thompson-inspired-washed-out-banana-republic-journalist look all sorted out.