Category Archives: Photography

People, Aperture, Exposure and ISO

At todays meeting members displayed another great crop of photographs on the subject of People. It was interesting to see a number of photographs taken on mobile phones and compact cameras, providing evidence again that you don’t have to be using heavy metal to take good shots.

The skills session was on the available exposure modes – Fully Auto, Programme, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual. We discussed what the modes meant, and when you might want to use them.

Notes relating to this skills session (and many other topics) can be found on our More about Photography page.


Photography Group’s annual competition

At its pre-Christmas meeting in addition to mince pies and other festive goodies the Photography group held its annual competition. We were pleased to welcome John Minter, who is on the regional committee of the Royal Photographic Society, back as judge again this year. John provided some very useful comments on what was good and what could be improved on the photographs, as well as insights into what judges are looking for. Our past Leader, Peter, remarked on how much the standard had improved since we first started this competition some years ago.

John Minter presenting the cup to Irene Maynard

The winning photograph was by Irene Maynard, with a beautifully composed and evocative photograph of figures on a beach including Anthony Gormley’s ‘Another Place‘ sculptures. Her reward is holding the winner’s cup for a year and a bottle of wine – but the drawback is that she has to pay to get her name engraved on the trophy! Peter Dixon took second place with a lively shot of a boy enjoying himself in the sea. And in third place was an excellent shot of a red squirrel, perfectly framed in the curves of a tree, by Chris Roberts.

Irene’s winning photograph
Peter’s second place photograph
Chris Roberts’ third placed Red Squirrel


Well done to everyone for taking part and bringing such a great set of photographs to the event.


Kop Hill Photography

Once again our U3A Photography Group, with the addition of a couple of friends, has raised over £1000 for local charities, we challenge any other Group to beat us, over £4000 in three years. How? We took over 1000 photographs during the Kop Hill Climb, at least 4 of every entrant and allowed Princes Risborough Rotary to sell them. We think we have a right to be proud!


“Where’s Wenda?” Wins

The Peter Dixon/Tony Roberson stranglehold on the Photography Group’s Annual competition was broken this year when it was won by Tim Addison with Tony Roberson and Tony Hennel close behind.

John Minter presenting Tim Addison with the Photography Group’s Cup

The rules of the competition are that up to 3 prints can be submitted of any subject. They must have been taken this year and can be any shape but the minimum dimension is 8” (so 8” x 10” is OK, but  8” x 6” is NOT OK). The prints must be mounted on suitable board/card and can be double mounted to create a frame or window around the print.  Editing is allowed without limit but if one image is pasted into another image both must be originals.

John Minter discussing Tony Roberson’s entry

We were delighted to have John Minter, an experienced photographer and independent of the U3A, as the judge.  John had inciteful comments and helpful things to say about all the entries. Well done to all who entered.

“Where’s Wenda” – Tim Addison.
Runner up – Tony Roberson
Third place – Tony Hennel


After the cup was presented the group shared seasonal refreshments.


Photographic Presentations

At our Group meeting members showed digital presentations using Picasa and Powerpoint to illustrate the various uses of slide-shows. These included educational – ‘What to do with Photographs’, selling – a Wedding presentation, themed subjects – ‘Springtime’ and holiday memories from Spain and Italy. Unfortunately we can’t include them here – some need you to download them and then run them on PowerPoint for example.

Continue reading Photographic Presentations


Kop Hill Photography

Yet again at the Kop Hill climb it was impossible to go anywhere without tripping over a U3A member, often in a hi-viz jacket, assisting in some way perhaps by directing people or cars.

2015-09-19Members of  the photography group took photographs of cars at the start or on the hill. These were then sold by the Rotary Club and so far have made over £1000 for the Risborough Centre.