34th Open Exhibition of British Photography 2011

The 34th Open Exhibition of British Photography is presented by Solihull Photographic Society.

This exhibition has been accorded patronage by Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) and is a member of the British Photographic Exhibition circuit (BPE).

Urban Existence – Highly Commended Monochrome Print

Acceptances gained in this exhibition count towards BPE Crown Awards whereby the exhibitors are invited to aggregate their acceptances in affiliate exhibitions and apply, without charge, for a crown award.

Monty – Commended Monochrome Print

This years selectors were, Pictorial Sections:
Chris Forster EFIAP FBPE
Hilary Roberts FRPS MFIAP
Nature Sections were judged by:
John Chamberlin FRPS MFIAP FBPE
Anthony Pioli ARPS ABPE
Tony Wharton FRPS AFIAP

I managed to enter 4 out of the 7 sections; Colour and Monochrome print and Colour and Monochrome digital, a total of 16 images, from which I gained 11 acceptances,including 3 awards – bringing my aggregated total to 260.

There’s No Going Back – Commended Colour Print

The exhibition takes place at the Old School House, Churchbridge, Oldbury, West Midlands on Saturday June 18th, 2011. Doors open at 2.00pm, presentation of awards at 3.00pm followed by a Lecture from renowned photographer Barbie Lindsey EFIAP MPAGB FBPE.

Admission costs just £4 (Medal and Certificate winners free).


29th Rushden Open Photographic Exhibition 2011

For some strange reason the Rushden organizers posted the statistics for their 29th Open Exhibition on their web site ahead of sending out individual results. Maybe this was there way of warning photographers to expect a poor set of results, who knows?

The statistics didn’t make very good reading. Out of a total of 3613 entries, only 518 made it into the final exhibition, just 14.3%, which for a digital only exhibition is a bit on the mean side, but that’s just my opinion!

Judges for this exhibition were:
General & Creative
Les Nixon DPAGB
Malcolm Ranieri FRPS MPAGB
David Steel

Nature & Monochrome
Barbara Lawson FRPS DPAGB
Tony Wharton FRPS AFIAP

My entry consisted of 4 colour images (general section) and 4 monochrome. The score given by the judges are in brackets.

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Living in the Past (10)
Muddy Hell! (11) accepted
Muddy Water Blues (11) accepted
There’s No Going Back (11) accepted

A Time Gone By (12) accepted
Contemplation (10)
Foot Loose (9)
Monty (9)

The exhibition is being held in the village hall at Irchester, Wellingborough on Sat, 7th May, 2011 at 6pm and can be seen at the following venues through out May, June and September.

Peterborough PS – 3rd May
Desborough & Rothwell PS – 13th May
New City PS – 26th May
Kettering & Dist. PS – 20th June
Burton Latimer & Dist. PS – 14th Sept, 2011

Damson Blossom (Prunus domestica)


Damson Blossom, originally uploaded by dotcomjohnny.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The damson or damson plum (Prunus domestica subsp. insititia, or sometimes Prunus insititia) is an edible drupaceous fruit, a subspecies of the plum tree. Sometimes called the Damask plum, damsons are commonly used in the preparation of jams and jellies. The plum spirit slivovitz is made from fermented damson fruit. The tree blossoms with small, white flowers in early April in the Northern hemisphere and fruit is harvested in late August or early September.

The name damson derives from the Latin prunum damascenum, “plum of Damascus”. Damsons were first cultivated in antiquity in the area around the ancient city of Damascus, capital of modern-day Syria, and were introduced into England by the Romans. Remnants of damsons are often found during archaeological digs of ancient Roman camps across England, and ancient writings describe the use of damson skins in the manufacture of purple dye. Prugne damaschine figure in the long list of comestibles enjoyed by the Milanese given by Bonvesin de la Riva in his Marvels of Milan (1288).

The damson was introduced into the American colonies by English settlers before the American Revolution and are regarded as thriving better in the eastern United States than other European plum varieties.

The term “damson” is often used to describe red wines with rich yet acidic plummy flavors.

Nikon D2Hs/Tamron 70-150mm f2.8 (varisoft) lens @ 1/640 sec – f4.0

Tamron’s fast 70-150 F/2.8 constant aperture zoom lens was specifically designed for portrait photography, and was the first compact telephoto zoom lens ever produced by any manufacturer which featured a built-in softness control. This lens is extremely sharp at all focal lengths when not using the softness control since a total of six lens elements are used in the variator and compensator groups to reduce zoom dependent aberrations to their absolute minimum. Although the optical performance is somewhat optimized for 105mm (the ideal portrait focal length), this lens’s optical performance nevertheless is very good throughout the entire zoom range.