We are pleased to now feature a GALLERY of the TOP-SCORING IMAGES from this competition.


Thank you Jane Lines DPAGB ARPS BPE4* for judging our first competition. There were some excellent photographs and it was good to see new and relatively new members scoring so well – very encouraging for both them and the club!

We will feature the winning image in each section on the front page over the next three weeks – then it will be the turn of the prints – the hand-in for the first print competition is next week.

The full results are available now here, and a GALLERY of the top-scoring images here.

Jane commented on the levels of noise on a few pictures. While this can arise from trying to lighten darker areas or in recovering a wholly underexposed photo or having to use very high ISO settings some of the pictures in question had actually been over sharpened and this makes plain areas such as sky very grainy and unpleasant looking. Most image processing software has some facility for noise removal and the answer with sharpening is to be very careful to overdo it! Sharpening can be applied selectively and masking can reduce the effect on plain areas such as skies. Also, as Jane said, getting things as right as possible at the taking stage is better than any amount of post-processing.

Next week we have Alan Angel FRPS talking about his monochrome printing and judging by the excellent response to our first mono section in the PDI competition he will have an enthusiastic audience. Also taking place next week is the Robertshaw Trophy Competition, hosted by Leek PC, the scheduled date is Thursday 3rd October 2013, starting at 7.30pm, and the venue is the Churnet Room at the usual Leek Photographic Club venue  Moorlands House, Stockwell Street,  LEEK,  Staffs, ST13 6HQ.