If the GDPU are planning to stage an exhibition next year I suggest they start preparing for it now! I know for a fact that many UK photographers failed to get their entries in due problems with their website. After numerous attempts to upload my entry I gave up trying and reverted to posting instead.

Anne: A Brief Encounter .. scored: 12 (out of 15)

After an agonising start results have finally arrived, two acceptances from eight entries was hardly worth the wait!

Billy and the Kid! .. Scored: 13

Solihull Photographic Society was established in 1936 and is a member of the Midland Counties Photographic Federation (MCPF) with affiliation to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB).

For the last 35 years they have successfully organised the Solihull National Open Exhibition of Photography. The Solihull Open is a member of the British Photographic Exhibitions (BPE) which means acceptances gain in this exhibition count towards BPE Crown Awards and Distinctions.

This year the exhibition was judged by:
John Cartlidge EFIAP
Don Byatt MPAGB
Mike Edwards ARPS

The four images I had accepted were all in the monochrome digital section were:

Dogs of War

Feldgendarmerie

Best Monochrome - 2nd Fotogrupo 30/40 Salon - Argentina, 2010

Under the Wire

Waiting in Vain

The exhibition will be held on Saturday 16th June, 2012 at the Old School House, Churchbridge, Oldbury, B69 2AS.
Doors open at 2pm.

Basingstoke Camera Club is one of four new clubs to join the British Photographic Exhibition (BPE) circuit in 2012, which now brings the total number of British Photographic Exhibition to nineteen. Acceptances gained in these exhibitions count towards BPE Crown Awards or Distinctions depending on what level you’re at.

Not having entered this exhibition before gave me a good opportunity to send out some of my better images, in the hope of bagging a couple of awards, which are vitally important when aiming for BPE distinctions.

There's No Going Back - PAGB Bronze Medal

 

I entered three sections, Open General, Open Monochrome and Portraits, twelve images in total. Of those twelve nine where accepted, including a Bronze Medal for “There’s No Going Back“, two Highly Commended images, A Sign of Life in the mono section and “Ooh! That was Tough” in the portrait section. My fourth award, a commend went to, “Mud, Sweat and Glee“, also in the portrait section.

Mud, Sweat and Glee - Commended Image

 

This now puts me back on track, having set myself a goal of obtaining at least one award from every five acceptances gained.

Ooh! That Was Tough - Highly Commended Image

 

The criteria set by the BPE for gaining their “Associateship” (ABPE) is a minimum of 100 acceptances, including no fewer than 20 awards, from 10 different images.

A Sign of Life - Highly Commended Image

 

These are the nine images that I had accepted. Titles, scores and awarded images can be seen by clicking on the “i” (information) button within the slide show.

Basingstoke

Basingstoke C.C Digital Exhibition, 2012

[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/basingstoke-2012/thumbs/thumbs_a-sign-of-life.jpg]00A Sign of Life, scored 12
John Powell © 2012 All Rights Reserved
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/basingstoke-2012/thumbs/thumbs_days-of-despair.jpg]00Days of Despair, scored 12
John Powell © 2012 All Rights Reserved
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/basingstoke-2012/thumbs/thumbs_mud-sweat-and-glee.jpg]00Mud, Sweat and Glee, scored 14
John Powell © 2012 All Rights Reserved
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/basingstoke-2012/thumbs/thumbs_muddy-water-blues.jpg]10Muddy Water Blues, scored 12
John Powell © 2012 All Rights Reserved
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/basingstoke-2012/thumbs/thumbs_ooh-that-was-tough.jpg]00Ooh! That was Tough, scored 13
John Powell © 2012 All Rights Reserved
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/basingstoke-2012/thumbs/thumbs_theres-no-going-back.jpg]00There's No Going Back, scored 13
John Powell © 2012 All Rights Reserved
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/basingstoke-2012/thumbs/thumbs_urban-existence.jpg]00Urban Existence, scored 12
John Powell © 2012 All Rights Reserved
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/basingstoke-2012/thumbs/thumbs_waiting-in-vain.jpg]10Waiting in Vain, scored 12
John Powell © 2012 All Rights Reserved
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/basingstoke-2012/thumbs/thumbs_we-can-make-it.jpg]00We Can Make It, scored 12
John Powell © 2012 All Rights Reserved

 

To see all the award-winning images log on to the Basingstoke website.

Award Winning Slide Show | Open Winners | Mono Winners | Portrait Winners | Nature Winners | Exhibition Slide Shows | Acceptance List |

Ever since I became interested in photography I’ve had this compulsion to enter competitions, first at camera club, then in exhibitions and now, occasionally, to photographic magazines.

Just before Christmas, 2011 I sent three images off to Digital Photographer magazine. The competition was for their Digital Photographer of the Year Awards – Monochrome Portraits.

Having shot many urban and sport type portraits over the past couple of years I had several good ones to choose from.

The 3 images I sent had already proved their worth in both National and International exhibitions, having gained gold and silver medals, plus a host of ribbon too. If anything was going to stand a chance of winning it had to be these.

To my amazement all 3 images were short listed for the final round of judging.

Days of Despair (short listed image)

There’s No Going Back (short listed image)

Then, shock! I received further notification that Mud, Sweat and Glee had been chosen as the overall winning image.

Mud, Sweat and GleeWinner! Digital Photographer of the Year Award for Monochrome Portraits

My prize, a Samsung NX100 with 20-50mm and 20mm f2.8 prime lens.

Having already decided to do more Street Photography in 2012, the NX100 will come in really handy.

Thanks to all at Imagine Publishing Ltd, looking forward to meet up with you all at Focus-on-Imaging next month.

 

Since the beginning of 2008, having rekindled my passion for competitive photography, my ambition was to reach the standard required to gain an EFIAP distinction.

For those of you who are reading this an EFIAP is the second distinction awarded by the International Federation for Photographic Art for “Excellence”, their first distinction being an A (Artist), which I gained in March, 2010.

A Sign of Life

A Sign of Life

Abandoned Quarry

Abandoned Quarry

All Lined Up

All Lined Up

Another Place

Another Place

At home in the Sun

At home in the Sun

At Home with Edna

At Home with Edna

Bad Boy

Bad Boy

Billy and the Kid

Billy and the Kid

Birth of a New Day

Birth of a New Day

Cavern Dweller

Cavern Dweller

Common Hawker Dragonfly

Common Hawker Dragonfly

Contemplation

Contemplation

Days of Despair

Days of Despair

Female House Sparrow

Female House Sparrow

Fire Starter

Fire Starter

Forever Friends

Forever Friends

Forging Ahead

Forging Ahead

Mono Print

Mono Print

Ghulab de pattha sot de

Ghulab de pattha sot de

Glasswing Greta oto

Glasswing Greta oto

Griffon Vulture

Griffon Vulture

Heliconius melpomene

Heliconius melpomene

Hill Walkers

Hill Walkers

Hoverfly on Sedium spectabile

Hoverfly on Sedium spectabile

Immersed in Action

Immersed in Action

Impression of Summer

Impression of Summer

Impressions of Autumn

Impressions of Autumn

Impressions of Spring

Impressions of Spring

Lionfish

Lionfish

Living in the Past

Living in the Past

Luftwaffe Aces

Luftwaffe Aces

Modern Life is Rubbish

Modern Life is Rubbish

Monty

Monty

Mr Tough Guy

Mr Tough Guy

Mud Sweat and Glee

Mud Sweat and Glee

Muddy Water Blues

Muddy Water Blues

Muscovy Duck (Drake) in Detail

Muscovy Duck (Drake) in Detail

Nash Point Sunset

Nash Point Sunset

Ooh! That Was Tough

Ooh! That Was Tough

Savage Landscape

Savage Landscape

Sheathed Woodtuft

Sheathed Woodtuft

Solitude

Solitude

Stranger at the Shore

Stranger at the Shore

The Age of Innocense

The Age of Innocense

The Digital Rebel Bites Back

The Digital Rebel Bites Back

The Passage of Time

The Passage of Time

The Spirit of Steam

The Spirit of Steam

Theres No Going Back

Theres No Going Back

True Brit

True Brit

Under the Wire

Under the Wire

Urban Existence

Urban Existence

We Can Make It

We Can Make It

Whose Side You On

Whose Side You On

The minimum requirements for EFIAP, set by FIAP , is as follows:
The candidate must have held a AFIAP distinction for a minimum of 12 months and to have gained a minimum of 150 acceptances in at least 30 FIAP approved exhibitions, using no fewer than 50 different images, in 15 or more countries.

FIAP also require a portfolio of prints, minimum of 5, maximum 10, for their archive in Belgium.

My EFIAP distinction was granted on 14th March, 2011, having gained a total of 206 acceptances, using 53 different images, in 57 salons across 19 different countries. I also gained a total of 22 International awards, including 2 FIAP Gold Medals in Scotland and Argentina.

Applications for any FIAP distinction must be made through your countries FIAP Liaison Officer.

Useful Links: FIAP | PAGB | PSA |

d100mbd100

The Nikon D100 is a discontinued 6-megapixel DSLR designed for professionals and advanced hobbyists. It was introduced on February 21, 2002 at the PMA Annual Convention and Trade Show as a direct competitor to Canons EOS D60.

 

As it is with a lot of older cameras they simply get passed over by newer models, yet can still produce excellent images.

I’ve been toying with the idea of having a fully converted DSLR for some time. Regular readers to this blog will know I have a converted Coolpix 995, which I converted myself and produces really good images. However, because of the smaller sensors used in compact cameras, producing prints above 10×8 is a bit of a struggle. Don’t get me wrong the 995 is a great little tool if you only ever upload your work to the Internet or show via a digital projector. My master plan is to produce a panel of IR prints (20) and submit them as part of my MFIAP in 2012.

D100ir

All images taken with a Nikon D100 converted for Infrared Photography

[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_beauford.jpg]140Beauford
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_camp-bonk-cross.jpg]130Camp Bonk Cross, Pensnett
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_chillout.jpg]120The Chill Out Zone, Himley Hall, Dudley
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_george-paterson-rip.jpg]70RIP George Paterson
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_himley-avenue.jpg]80Himley Avenue, Dudley
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_hw-horton-was-here.jpg]60HW Horton was Here
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_roots2.jpg]70Roots
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_slow.jpg]50Slow
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_tethered.jpg]40Tethered, Pensnett, West Midlands
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_the-picnik.jpg]30The Picnik, Himley Hall, Dudley
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_the-rendezvous.jpg]30The Rendezous
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_the-stroll.jpg]20The Stroll, Saltwells Nature Reserve
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_titford-canal.jpg]40Titford Canal, Oldbury, West Midlands
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_the-lightening-tree.jpg]90
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_wychbury-heights.jpg]40
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_0639a.jpg]30
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_0640a.jpg]50
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_0645.jpg]40
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_0651.jpg]60
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_0652a.jpg]60
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_0655a.jpg]40
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_0656a.jpg]110
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_0658a.jpg]190
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_0659.jpg]30
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_0682a.jpg]40
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_0690c.jpg]80
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_0694a.jpg]70
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_0719a.jpg]70
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_0727a.jpg]60
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_0730a.jpg]40
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_0783a.jpg]60
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_0788a.jpg]80
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_0792a.jpg]120
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/d100ir/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_0794a.jpg]90

Images within this slideshow were taken with a IR Converted Nikon D100. Updated: 20.6.2012

Buying a camera and then having it converted is still an expensive option. If you look around you will find, like I did, that older models can be snapped up for the price of an IR conversion. I paid £250 for my converted D100, in excellent condition, off eBay. I later added the MB-D100 battery grip for £35.

The conversion made to my D100 was carried out by LifePixel in America whereby they remove the internal IR blocking filter and replace it with a standard IR filter, equivalent to Hoya R72 filter. This is a good all around infrared filter choice because coloured (Channel Swapped/Blues Skies) images are possible too. Black & white IR photography looks great with this filter as it shows a good tonal range in the final print.

Getting good, consistent results from any converted camera means mastering your white balance settings. In my experience, leaving the camera to automatically determine the white balance seldom gets the best results.

The D100 has a peculiar procedure for setting up a custom white balance. After spending hours trailing the Internet (the manual doesn’t tell you) I finally found what I was looking for.

Setting a Custom White Balance for your D100 (IR).

Turn the camera on.

Turn the top dial to “WB”

Turn the thumb side dial until “PRE” shows on the top LCD screen.

Turn the index finger dial (on the front of the camera) and the top LCD screen letters will blink.

Focus on a bright patch of grass, in the same light as your subject.

Press the AE/AF Lock button and press the shutter button.
* You must hold the AE/AF button down or the camera shutter won’t fire.

“Good” will blink on the top LCD screen.

Job Done!

Remember to reset the top dial back to your shooting mode (Programmed, Aperture, Shutter, etc.)

To undo your preset White Balance simply return the camera back to its regular White Balance choices, turn the top dial back to “WB” and turn the dial until your choice reappears on the screen. Then reset the top dial back to your preferred shooting mode.