Dave Mason, Street Photographer

A little bit different from most of the images we tend to see on a club evening, Dave Mason showed us some of his street photography images, both in colour and monochrome, taken all over the world.

Not only were there a variety of subjects within the street photography genre, but Dave also delivered a stream of comedic anecdotes to go with almost all of the images he showed.

Seeing these different images and hearing about how they were captured, has meant that there is now inspiration for club members to try something different for themselves.

To see more of Daves work, check out his website.

An evening with Sheila Haycox

Spectacular images from the world over, with a huge amount of variety and unsurpassed quality.

Despite breaking a hip in March, Sheila tirelessly produced prints, non-stop, that took our breath away. Included in the vast array of images, were poppies at the Tower of London and Bovington, Buddhist nuns and monks, long necked Karen women in Myanmar (Burma), spectacular domed monasteries in Bulgaria highly decorated with a background of forests and snow, a limestone pavement, a frosted landscape in Yorkshire, speedway, dog agility tests, Dalmatian pelicans, and Lake Kerkiniin Greece. Of especial note were the stunning images of the red eyed tree frogs of Costa Rica.

To see some of these images, see Sheilas website.

Extraordinary Ordinary

Simon Caplan presented an interesting evening showing a different view of everyday items, portraits, landscapes, architecture and situations taken from unusual angles and conditions and so producing pleasing effects not obvious to the passer-by and the unenlightened.

His subjects include anything from anywhere caught by his imagination and vision. Nuts and bolts, rusty machinery, tin cans, broken hinges, all can have appeal if photographed and displayed with Simon’s flair.

Born in London Simon has lived the last 15 years in the Bristol area. A retired journalist he now spends his time on photography an voluntary work. We will be assessing our possibilities a little differently after this.

More of Simons work can be found at his website.

Madagascar with Ray Cotterell

Situated 250 miles off the east coast of Africa, Madagascar is the 4th largest island in the world and must be one of the most diverse in flora and fauna, more than double the size of the UK and only one third of UK population.


Ray’s talk started with the history of the island when it broke away from India and became isolated, 88 million years ago, and the evolution of its wildlife, filling every niche and adapting to the unique conditions.

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Taking Better Wildlife Photos with Sandie Cox

Sandie showed us her wildlife photographs from many places in the world, Antarctica to the Isle of Mull. The evening was interactive and we were encouraged to ask questions at any time.


Most important is to try and catch movement or purpose in the subject and to do this the photographer must have their camera prepared and ready for immediate use.

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The Cotswold Lad Returns

A firm favourite with the club, Martin Fry did indeed return to make his captivating AV presentation “From Artist To Excellence” We started with some stunning pictures of the Cotswolds, Laurie Lee’s home and the area around Slad Valley and Stroud and continued to some spectacular rough weather scenes in Cornwall. Martin’s skills were also highlighted with some period pieces including Wartime and Old Gloucester Market.

Until recently Martin was Head Teacher of the VA. C of E Primary School in the village of Horsley, near Stroud, Gloucestershire. The Nave of the nearby Church of St Martin has been modified, making space for the children, on occasion, to assemble and entertain the community, which was hardly possible before in the small school hall.

GWR Badminton line

Our first speaker this year was Alan Freke from The Frenchay Village Museum who gave an amusing and, considering the title, a surprisingly interesting presentation of the story of The GWR Badminton Line, which ran between Wootton Bassett and Patchway from 1903 until 1968, illustrated with photographs from the whole period and up to the present day.


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SYPC Programme 2016

4th January No meeting
11th January Your new Committee
Entries for bi-monthly round 1
18th January Alan Freke
The Badminton branch line
25th January Bob Ryan
Leave the tripod at home
1st February Bi-monthly competition – round 1
8th February Martin Fry
The Cotswold lad returns
15th February Sandie Cox
Taking better wildlife photos
22nd February Evening photoshoot
Yate/Chipping Sodbury
26th February (Friday) Club dinner
(Venue to be confirmed)
29th February Ray Cotterell
Entries for bi-monthly round 2
3rd March (Thursday) Visit to North Bristol Camera Club
7th March Eddy & Pam Lane
New Zealand
14th March Bi-monthly competition – round 2
20th March (Sunday) Day out – Ebbw Vale owl sanctuary
21st March Dave Gray
28th March No meeting
Easter bank holiday
4th April Stephen McGrath
11th April Members evening – Trios
Bring 3 images that work together
Entries for bi-monthly round 3
18th April Club exhibition at
Yate library
25th April The Winkworths
Home and away
2nd May Bank Holiday – No Meeting
9th May Bi-monthly competition – round 3
15th May (Sun) 3-way battle
16th May John Chamberlain
Digital images from around
the world
23rd May Andy Beel
Ethiopia in prints
30th May Bank holiday – no meeting
6th June Members evening
13th June Rich McD
The life of a pro photographer
19th June Wiltshire day out
(From 2015)
20th June Simon Caplan
Extraordinary ordinary
27th June Gordon Thomas
My photographic journey
Entries for bi-monthly round 4
4th July BBQ
11th July Sheila Haycox
An evening with…
18th July Bi-monthly competition round 4
25th July Adrian & Vanessa Herring
Eastern Europe
1st August Bob Bishop
First time for everything
8th August Ray Grace
More hints & tips
14th August (Sunday) Day out at Tewkesbury
15th August Les Loosemore
Unique print show
Entries for bi-monthly round 5
22nd August WCPF portfolio
29th August Bank holiday – no meeting
5th September Bi-monthly competition round 5
12th September Town hall
Colin Varndell
The art of capturing nature
Dorset landscapes & wildlife
19th September Jessops
Print and product reviews/demos
26th September Clive Andrew trophy for
audio visual annual competition
and Poetry with images competition
3rd October President’s evening
Entries for bi-monthly round 6
10th October Evening photography at
Arnos Vale cemetary
17th October Dave Mason
Street photographer
24th October SYPC Annual General Meeting
31st October Robert Ashcroft
Macro photography
7th November Bi-monthly competition round 6
14th November Peter Weaver
I have seen the light
21st November George Reekie
An evening with George Reekie
Entries for annual competitions
28th November Linda & Edgar Gibbs
A seasonal interlude and other AVs
5th December Annual competitions
12th December Viewing our DPIC selection
Club visits gallery for 2016
19th December American Supper and Presentations
26th December Christmas break – No Meeting