2016 Philip Lepper Competition Winner!

Richard Burn LRPS (and our newest Committee member), has won the prestigious Philip Lepper Trophy with an amazing image this year!  The theme for this competition is ‘Creative’, and Hazel Manning ARPS, DPAGB, BPE3 AFIAP was in charge of judging the 62 images submitted.  There were many good entries (see elsewhere on the website for the highest scorers), but Richard’s image – Cartagena Dawn – was deemed the best of the best with a score of 20 points out of a possible 20 points!  Congratulations Richard!

Submitted 20th October 2016 by Cliff Harvey

Points of View


The Points of View day is booked for Sunday 16th October 2016. We will meet at the Old Barn Tea Room, Mill Lane, Wadenhoe, Northants PE8 5XD at 11.00am for coffee and instructions/themes to photograph.

The village of Wadenhoe is approximately 26 miles north of Bedford. Tea/coffee and bacon butty will be available at the Old Barn Tea Room for those feeling peckish.

I anticipate that 2.5 to 3 hrs will be plenty of time and then we can meet up again in the tea room if people wished to do so for another tea/coffee/piece of cake – they do excellent home-made cakes.

All are welcome to attend, wives, girlfriends, lovers, tripod caddies etc.

Competition details here

Let Bruce Deacon know if you are expecting to come on the day so that we have some idea of numbers – email


Competition Alert!


Our first internal competition of the season takes place on Tuesday 18th October.

The theme is ‘Creative’ – anything goes!

 This competition is for PDIs only.

The winner will be awarded the Philip Lepper trophy.

There is a range of internal competitions taking place throughout the 2016-17 season.  Click here to see the whole programme.

Look on the website for advice on submitting your images.

We look forward to seeing your entries.

Save the Date – POV

Message from Bruce…

“The Points of View” competition this year is earmarked for Sunday 16th October 2016.

The venue is a picturesque location in Northamptonshire with plenty to keep you busy for a few hours – interesting historic buildings, old church on a hill, a river passing through a site of special scientific interest, red kites overhead and an excellent tea room!!

All the details will be revealed in a short presentation on the first evening of the new season, 4th October”.

Meanwhile, to whet the appetite…


Bruce Deacon


Best of Summer PDI Winner

Sunset at Wilstead Bird of Prey Centre

Sunset at Wilstead Bird of Prey Centre – Moira McAneny

After a closely contested battle we are very pleased to announce Moira’s stunning sunset picture as the worthy winner

Congratulations Moira


100 Photography Tips for Beginners

One of the many photography sites I visit nearly daily is EricKimPhotography, usually on Facebook.  And this post bears spreading far and wide.  He’s just put together a list of 100 photography tips he wishes he’d known when he started off in photography.  None of the tips in his list are “rules”–only suggestions.  Worth a read, for sure!  Have a look <here>.

Submitted 20th September by Cliff Harvey


Best of Summer – Tuesday

Don’t forget the Best of Summer competition is at Scott Lower on Tuesday 20th, 7.30pm. A fun evening, nothing taken seriously (I say that to justify my terrible pictures)

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Everyone welcome even if you have not entered any images. You get to be the judge and score each image. 

Winner gets to keep and polish the cup for 12 months. Plus a bottle of wine to drink and make the cup look even more impressive.

As time allows we will follow up with a discussion on what we can do better for next year’s summer events, all ideas welcome.

Also some members have some images taken on their non summer event jaunts this year when they will talk us through them (I have seen some and they are fabulous)

Any time left over we will show some of the Quarry Images when I am sure the authors will have a tale or two to tell about some of them

Look forward to seeing you, free tea and coffee but a small charge to cover the room hire

(Bring a pencil or pen to write your scores)


Image Editor for £1.49

Image Editor from Polar on offer for Windows 10

I do not know this editor but it looks an interesting APP. If you like to play with these things then do give it a test and please let us know, before the offer ends, if it is worth the bother.

I think it only handles JPG and PNG files (so no RAW.) I expect Lightroom and Photoshop will out class it but it might be a way to quickly edit an existing image without having to fire up the big guns.

It has a range of filters including dehaze.

The manufacturers website here https://www.polarr.co/ for $20

But the Microsoft Store has it on offer at £1.49 until September 29th    https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/store/p/photo-editor-pro-polarr/9nblggh1npnc#


Shooting With Light – Missing Image

Yesterday’s post had a rather strange cryptic note at the top, starting “(A 2013 investigative documentary broadcast”

It was originally under Robert Capa’s iconic photograph “Loyalist Militiaman at the Moment of Death” but the photo didn’t get included when the post was automatically converted into the 7pm mail shot.

Most of you will, by now, realise that you can click the link near the bottom of a post (in yesterday’s post it read “The post Shooting With Light appeared first on Bedford Camera Club“) to read the correctly formatted post.

So, to see the picture and post in full please click here:   Shooting With Light

(and if that link goes wrong please go to our club home page and click the NEWS link in the menu)



Shooting With Light

Robert Capa – Loyalist Militiaman at the Moment of Death, Spanish Civil War 1936

(A 2013 investigative documentary broadcast by Japan’s NHK reported research carried out by Kotaro Sawaki claiming that Gerda Taro should be acknowledged as the real photographer. The photo was published shortly after her death – from Wikipedia. Note: as many theories abound about this photo as “Did USA really land on the moon?” Is the photo staged, where was it taken, who took it?)


As you know the club has a print and video slideshow exhibition at the Quarry Theatre right now. They are also sharing the space with a BAFTA print exhibition of photographs taken from the Bugsy Malone film production showing at the Bedford Film Festival this weekend. Whilst not quite up to the scale and quality of the BAFTA portrait exhibition earlier this year it is still worthwhile calling in if you are passing as I am sure all of us would have been very pleased to have taken any of these shots.

Shooting with Light

Now onto a professional, touring production showing for one day only this week, Shooting With Light. It is about the true story of the female war photographer Gerda Taro who partnered Robert Capa.