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Chit Chat / Re: The Marbrow's Exhibition
« on: February 03, 2018, 11:11:39 am »
"He won't tell how he does his breaking light bulb shots which are very cool. :) "

 Well, if you joined a camera club, you might already know. 

Also "Traditional incandescent light bulbs are very inefficient – they waste 95% of the electricity they use by turning it into heat! Under new EU rules, these bulbs are being phased out and replaced by energy efficient light bulbs – a measure that will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 15 million tons a year." 

Good luck.

Chit Chat / Re: EAF Judging Workshop 2017
« on: January 28, 2018, 12:49:43 pm »
From EAF Bulletin Jan 2018. 

The Federation on is always in need of new Judges, The next workshop is to be held at Foxton on the 28th October 2018. Application forms will soon be available from the EAF website.  Paul Radden  will be pleased to see you on the 2018 workshop.  Contact Paul Radden for more info.  All contact details on the EAF Website. ails on the EAF Website. 

News / Annual Exhibition 2017
« on: August 20, 2017, 12:03:17 pm »
Remember Our Annual Exhibition has now started and is at The Beecroft Art Gallery, : Victoria Ave, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6EX .
Remember the exhibition is on until Saturday 16th September 2017. 

Chit Chat / Re: EAF Judging Workshop 2017
« on: May 05, 2017, 06:04:36 pm »
Cheers for the info........that's great

Chit Chat / EAF Judging Workshop 2017
« on: May 03, 2017, 09:35:20 am »
Can anyone remember the date of the EAF Judging Workshop in 2017? 

I think October was mentioned..............

anyway if you know can you pop it on here, cheers,  RJH. 

PS  No, I don't want to be a Judge, thank you.   8)

News / In the papers
« on: June 08, 2016, 04:37:59 pm »
SPS Awards feature in the Southend Echo, Today, 8 June 2016

News / New Canon for deep pockets
« on: February 06, 2016, 02:51:18 pm »
There is a new Canon DSLR body on the market.  Start saving.

You might also want to purchase a kens too? 

Chit Chat / Re: SPS Archive
« on: October 17, 2015, 11:13:53 am »
Cheers Andy. 

So maybe time to dust an old member or two......if they can remember. 

You missed a pretty learning night, last night.  Hope the members got some ideas and we will see the rewards in the near future. 

Chit Chat / Re: SPS Archive
« on: October 15, 2015, 07:54:39 pm »
Agree with Michael.  Andy, what sort of evening would it be?  Who would lead it?  How popular would it be amongst all members?

Interested in your thoughts too, Michael. 

Chit Chat / Stoffel - The Honey Badger Houdini.
« on: September 26, 2015, 06:39:21 pm »
After last night's talk by Peter Warne, you might be interested in looking at a video he mentioned.  It is well worth a look. 

Honey Badger Houdini - Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem

Also Peter's own images can be found on his flickr site -

MS Windows / Re: Details Tab Windows 8.1 and later
« on: September 20, 2015, 04:54:17 pm »
Got no idea if this will help or add to the confusion, but it might be worth a glance.

All the best, Digitel. 

News / Don McCullin Exhibition until 3 Oct 2015
« on: September 12, 2015, 02:16:25 pm »
For a short time only & to celebrate his 80th Birthday, there is a Don McCullin Exhibition at Hamilton's Gallery, September 9th to October 3rd 2015. 

Hamiltons Gallery, 13 Carlos Place, London, W1K 2E
Press Release. 
Hamiltons presents Don McCullin: Eighty, an exhibition to honour both McCullin’s 80th birthday this year and his decades of collaboration with Hamiltons. The works displayed are representative of his diverse and extensive oeuvre. Each print in the exhibition is special for its oversized format; many of these images have never been seen before in this size. Each work is a gelatin silver print, in a limited edition of 15, printed under McCullin’s supervision. Whilst McCullin is known for printing his own pictures, for this exhibition he has worked closely with trusted, specialist printers to produce these oversized works as his own dark room is not large enough to make prints of this size. The scale of these images enhances their monumentality and power.
McCullin was born in 1935 in London’s Finsbury Park, a poor and rough area at the time. Leaving school at fifteen with no qualifications, McCullin signed up to National Service in the RAF as a photographic assistant. In 1959, McCullin took his first published photograph of The Guvnors, a London gang who had been involved in a murder. This inimitable image appeared in The Observer that same year. It was this, teamed with his decision based on nothing more than his own intuition to go to Berlin to photograph the start of the building of the Wall, which secured his contract with The Observer in 1961. Initially based on projects in London, his commissions soon took him around the world, starting with the Cyprus War in 1964. This marked the start of his career as a photographer of war and other human disasters.
Between 1966 and 1984, McCullin worked for The Sunday Times Magazine. At the time, The Sunday Times was at the cutting edge of investigative, critical journalism. During this period, McCullin’s assignments included Biafra, the Belgian Congo, the Northern Irish ‘Troubles’, Bangladesh and the Lebanese civil war. It is his photographs of Vietnam and Cambodia that have become among the most famous and well-recognised.
McCullin’s knack for getting where most civilians could not contributes to the remarkable closeness he has to his subjects. His sympathies, it is clear in his pictures, lie with the victims – the poor and ordinary people, on both sides of the conflict. Perhaps the most well-known photograph to come out of The Vietnam War is his Shell Shocked Marine. McCullin recalls dropping to his knees to take the picture, taking five single, consecutive shots. In each, the marine’s expression did not change; he did not blink once.
“Sometimes it felt like I was carrying pieces of human flesh back home with me, not negatives. Its as if you are carrying the suffering of the people you have photographed.” Don McCullin
In 1981, Richard Murdoch took over The Sunday Times and as McCullin says, this was “the beginning of the end for telling truths through the medium of film.” McCullin’s work contributed significantly to anti-war feeling at the time, as readers could witness the realities of war. However, he was soon dismissed due to the replacement editor’s complaints under the new regime that the newspaper lacked serious foreign and social coverage. “We spent years photographing dying soldiers in Vietnam, and they are not going to have that anymore … you have to bear witness. You cannot just look away.”
“During the late Sixties and Seventies, my main commitment was covering the wars…By the 1970s, I started to feel detached from my own English culture and so I felt it was time that I rediscover…what became of the country to which I belong. The most shocking aspect of my discovery was the ever-widening gap between the haves and have-nots. I was most certainly stunned by the amount of poverty that still existed in my society…” Don McCullin
In addition to his war imagery, over the years McCullin has also produced iconic photographs of people and places in England, capturing his candid and uncompromising view of his homeland. McCullin’s England photographs reveal the social gulf where the separation of rich and poor is as distinct as ever. It is with the same honesty seen in his war photographs that McCullin portrays his view of the divisions in England’s society. This disillusionment is balanced with empathy and at times, wit and irony, where ludicrousness is as rife as misfortune. In contrast to the human tragedy he has witnessed and recorded, his capture of the beauty of landscape reveals his deep and unwavering love for England, something that he has taken great pleasure in photographing particularly in recent years in his home county of Somerset. “When my time’s up on this Earth I want to leave a legacy behind of beautiful landscape pictures of Somerset.”
In more recent years, McCullin has continued to travel internationally, photographing and printing new works from countries such as India, Syria and Africa, where he documented the AIDS crisis. One of his most ambitious journeys has been to explore the ruins in the southern fringes of the Roman Empire, a project that spanned over a number of years, and is documented in McCullin’s book Southern Frontiers: A Journey Across the Roman Empire (2010).
McCullin has been awarded numerous awards over the years, including two premier Awards from the World Press Photo and the 2006 Cornell Capa Award by the International Centre for Photography in New York for his lifetime contribution to photography. In 1993, he was the first photojournalist to be made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE). He is the author of more than a dozen books (mostly published by Jonathan Cape), including his acclaimed autobiography Unreasonable Behaviour (1990), and his 2001 Don McCullin retrospective. In 2011, alongside Hamiltons’ exposition of his platinum prints, the Tate Britain presented a solo exhibition comprising a wide selection of his subjects, and the Imperial War Museum displayed Shaped By War, featuring over 250 photographs, contact sheets and personal memorabilia. McCullin’s work has not only been exhibited in numerous exhibitions, but is held in various museum collections around the world. McCullin is today recognised as one of our greatest photographers.
“There is a part of me that would rather watch any amount of television footage of battle than be forced to leaf through McCullin’s albums of human suffering. His refusal to let distance intervene; his refusal to switch off, to compromise in any way in the relationship between himself and his subject; his urgent, vehement scream to us of ‘LOOK!’ – they rob us of our armoury, our blinkers, our complacency, they bring us out of our armchairs.” John Le Carré

Chit Chat / Re: 50x40cm mount material
« on: September 03, 2015, 07:44:44 pm »
Dear All,
Further to the conversation regarding the Society’s Competition Rules, at the Annual General Meeting, held on Friday 24 April 2015, it was agreed:
•   Rule 11:  Prints must be mounted on card measuring 50 cm x 40 cm. The minimum size, including border, should have a longest edge of no less than 290 mm.  Proposed by Chris Price. Seconded by Dave Deadman.     CARRIED. 

As this change was discussed, voted for and agreed before the full Annual General Meeting, these are the Society’s Competition Rules for the forthcoming season.  Any changes in the rules must be proposed & seconded and then put before the General Meeting of the Society, who will discuss and vote on each  proposal. 

Richard Harper. 

News / Re: XH558 Says Farewell – Salute the V-Force 28 June 2015
« on: June 27, 2015, 09:27:58 pm »
For those in need of a little more info, see


News / XH558 Says Farewell – Salute the V-Force 28 June 2015
« on: June 26, 2015, 10:00:48 pm »
This Sunday, your chance to see XH558, the world's last flying Vulcan fly past Southend's Vulcan. 

XH558 is on it's Farewell Tour, before being retired at the end of the year. You will never forget the noise of the Vulcan's engines. 

For more details see

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