Club members were given the opportunity to share their work with other members and discuss any comments arising. Audio visual presentations were particularly well represented with contributions from several members. Adam started the evening by showing an AV of his recent visit to various locations in Egypt. Despite many images having been taken through the tour bus window, the judicious use of a black screen to remove unwanted reflections had worked well. Barry showed a number of his AVs including the Channel Islands, Portsmouth dockyard and Norwegian seasonal changes. All were accompanied by stirring sound tracks.
Peter showed some recent images taken in Brussels and Bruges covering some well known sights. Brian concluded the evening by sharing some of his New Zealand AVs featuring zoo animals, North Island scenery and haka ceremonies. However, he didn’t suceed in getting any members to practice their Maori dance moves. An entertaining evening was enjoyed by all.
The Club held its Annual General Meeting and the new Committee for the forthcoming year were elected. Following this there was considerable debate around the ways and means to replace the Club’s projector, which had developed a terminal fault. A number of options were explored and a way forward was agreed. There was also a good discussion around Club membership levels and how attendance can be stimulated.
Following the formal part of the evening, Barry Davis showed a number of his audio-visual presentations featuring the Channel Islands, RAF Hendon and others. The evening concluded with a viewing of the open digital images that had been submitted to last years WCPF exhibition.
Our third Open Competition of the season, from which points go towards winning the Mayors Cup, was judged by Peter Weaver from Keynsham.
Peter has visited the club on several occasions and is a vastly experienced photographer, who has been judging for over 25 years. His approach is to give honest feedback and offer constructive comments for the photographer to take on board. Anecdotes, based on his own extensive experiences were shared in a positive, encouraging and entertaining manner.
In the Prints section, the top three positions were all awarded to Dave Garmont with his picture entitled “Pigeon feeder” judged as the overall winner. In the projected image category, awards were spread more evenly spread across the membership with a wildlife image “Blowing in the wind” from Geoff Snowball selected as the overall winning entry.
With only one more competition left, the competitive pressures are building and several candidates are still in the running to scoop a silver trophy for their mantelpiece.
Eddy and Pam Lane gave an excellent presentation based on their three week tour of India organised by the Royal Photographic Society. The tour started in the ‘Golden Triangle’ which comprises Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. A stimulating collection of images were shown which covered not only the well recognised landmarks like the Taj Mahal, Amber and Red Forts but also every-day pictures of local people going about their daily business.
The presentation then included images taken in Kolkata and finally featured the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. This narrow gauge railway transports passengers through the lower reaches of the Eastern Himalayas to the rolling hills and lush green tea plantations of Darjeeling, a climb of around 7000 feet over its 50 mile distance.
The strong collection of images, accompanied by informative commentary and a short audio-visual presentation all contributed towards making a very enjoyable and entertaining evening.
Although our formal programme does not start until January 22nd, a couple of informal Photography Workshop events have been arranged which will be held in the Function Room of The Cross Keys pub on the High Street, RWB. Start time is 7.30 pm.
Anyone with an interest in photography is warmly welcomed. If you got a new camera for Christmas, and aren’t quite sure how to use it, then come along with your camera and seek some help. Or if you just want to talk photography over a beer and share your ideas and thoughts then that is fine.
The Christmas meal will be held in a private area at the Wiltshire Hotel, Golf and Country Club, with drinks from 7 pm and dinner commencing at 7.30 pm.
Professor Bob Ryan judged our second major competition of the season in his usual urbane, enthusiastic and compassionate style. He reiterated the 10 criteria upon which he judged images, which spanned technical aspects, composition, creativity, narrative and impact. He also gave many ideas on different processing techniques and general ways to enhance the overall image.
Prints were judged first and the top 3 winning entries were as follows:
1st “Sunrise over Wimbleball Lake, Exmoor” – Adam Kowalczyk
2nd “The Folk Singer” – Dave Garmont
3rd “German War Tunnel” – Barry Davies
After the tea break the DPIs were judged which featured a strong set of images covering many genres which posed a challenge to the judge. After some deliberation he decided upon the following winners:
1st “Between the Showers” – Brian Holden
2nd “Lonely figure on a train” – Peter Hodgson
3rd “Cormorant splash down” – Geoff Snowball
This was the last meeting of 2018 and the Chairman extended Christmas and New Year wishes to the attendees and looked forward to reconvening on January 22nd 2019.
Dr Tracey Rich gave us a very entertaining and informative presentation showcasing a vast range of wildlife that had been photographed around the globe. Her passion, enthusiasm and love of all forms of wildlife was fully evident, as was her commitment to conservation and respecting the environment in which she operated. From local images of birds and hares, we were then transported on a worldwide tour covering 6 continents and many exotic species. Whether it was an albatross colony on a Southern Ocean island or a zebra with a newly born foal in the African savannah, she manage to capture the moment perfectly.
Her images were stunning and emphasised the importance of creating a connection with the photographic subject and looking for a message from the image. She even demonstrated a few animal calls that iterspersed her anecdotes.When the lighting conditions were challenging, she still managed to acquire impressive images.
Tracey concluuded her talk with some wonderful dog photographic images where she often had to contend with unruly pets and similar behaviour from their owners. All in all an enthralling evening.
The first competition of the season, which contributes points towards the Mayors Cups award at the end of the year, was judged by Ian Sadler from Five Valleys Photography at Stroud.
Our small but committed band of print devotees mustered a good selection of images to challenge the judge. The winning prints were:
1st “The NAAFI tea lady” by Adam Kowalczyk
2nd “HMS Victory Sailors meal table’ by David Bound
3rd “The Home Guard re-enactor” by Adam Kowalczyk
Most members submitted digital projected images and these proved even more challenging for the judge to pick the top three submissions which were finally agreed to be:
1st “Blacksmith at work” by Dave Garmont
2nd “Open Wide” by Geoff Snowball
3rd “Life imitates Art” by Adam Kowalczyk
Club members were invited to share some of their photographic images and tell the story behind them and what the images meant to them. This is a good way to learn more about individuals approach to photography, their favoured subject matter and also gain some insight into how the images were processed to achieve the final outcomes.
Adam started the ball rolling with a collection of images on a subject close to his heart…aviation. Many featured the now grounded Vulcan bomber taken at various air displays. He also showed and explained the processing that had been made to a competition winning image of a B-25 during take off . This included cloning out obtrusive aircraft hangars and buildings and recreating some missing propeller blur, which no-one, including the judge had spotted!
Peter showed some graffiti images taken in Brick Lane showing the diversity of street art and the effect that different perspectives and cropping could make to the final image. Dave B., our steam train enthusiast showed a number of images taken at Hailes Halt on the Gloucester Warwickshire heritage railway and recommended the location for both the photographic opportunities it afforded and the peaceful nearby countryside. Finally Dave G tracked his development from his early involvement in photography through experimenting with different equipment and spanning a wide range of photographic subjects. His underlying love of folk music and wildlife photography were strongly evident from his images, along with motorcycle racing.
Hopefully there will be similar future opportunities for members to share the results of their photographic endeavours.