11/03/14 Monthly Meeting – what no speaker?

We have two reports for this month’s monthly meeting!

From Jane Sawle:
On Tuesday 11th March we held our usual monthly meeting but unfortunately James Ram, our planned speaker for the evening, had to cancel his talk at very short notice.

We went on to have a very interesting evening looking at images that had been entered by our club members into the 2014 Charles Hosken Competition. Members’ entries had been well received and had gained some good marks with some photos given quite high scores. We then went on to view the winning photos and had a discussion on competition photography and with some interesting comments about the winning pictures.

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

From Alan Barker:
Our programme for Tuesday 11th March was disrupted at short notice when our guest speaker for the evening had to cancel his planned talk. Fortunately this allowed the Committee the opportunity to share with members the Clubs creditable performance at the recent Charles Hosken Competition by showing the clubs entry and reviewing the scores received.

We also viewed and discussed the top performing images from the competition. As is often the case, there followed a good hearted and healthy debate on the correctness of the judges’ decisions!

Following the interval, Claudia gave a short presentation of her recent trip to Norway, where she managed to capture a number of images of the spectacular northern lights. Perhaps the biggest laugh of the evening was the image of Claudia on the ship receiving line-crossing ceremony (Arctic Circle) from King Neptune himself, who poured ice down the back of her neck.

Neptune pouring ice down Claudia's neck!

Neptune pouring ice down Claudia’s neck!

The evening was concluded with a couple of very informative videos on techniques for long exposure seascapes and the correct use of polarising filters.

Images by Claudia Crewes.

01/03/14 Charles Hosken Competition 2014

Jane Sawle - Winter Chill

Jane Sawle – Winter Chill

Last Saturday evening I, along with a number of other members, went along to the Charles Hosken competition, run by the Cornwall Photographic Alliance at Goonhavern Village Hall. As nine of our members had entered the competition, we were all keen to see how the club’s entries had fared.


During the evening every entry to the Charles Hosken competition was projected along with its judges score. The first part of the evening was devoted to the lower scoring images (shown anonymously), with the higher scored images – along with the photographer’s name and club – shown after the tea break.

Claudia Crewes - Snowdrop Study

Claudia Crewes – Snowdrop Study


Of course, we spent the evening on tenterhooks, hoping that images from our members would score as highly as possible. And we weren’t disappointed; all of the St Agnes club’s images scored creditably, with three images making it through to the post-tea-break section of the evening. These images were :

  1. Jane Sawle – “Winter Chill”
  2. Claudia Crewes – “Snowdrop Study”
  3. Claudia Crewes – “Salty Sea Dog”


Claudia Crewes - Salty Seadog

Claudia Crewes – Salty Seadog


During the evening we saw a fantastic range of images of all sorts of subjects. It was noticeable that landscapes dominated the earlier stages, with wildlife and portraits becoming more prevalent amongst the higher scoring photos. The overall winner was an arresting portrait of a young woman taken by Malcolm Jenkin of the Camborne & Redruth club.

All in all, a most inspiring evening – I’m sure we’ll do even better next year!

By Claudia Crewes.