30th January 2017. SYPC Special Interest Groups.

Another active members’ interest evening at which we were treated to a summary of the work and output from the special interest groups that form part of our Club.
First up was the ‘Thursday Morning’ Photoshop group. Our President, Ray Grace ARPS DPAGB gave an example of how a digital photograph can be manipulated in Photoshop in order to improve light, shadow and clarity. Ray also showed us an example of a photograph that had been altered to include an alternative sky.
This was followed by some captivating audio-video presentations that had been created by the leader of our AV group, Brian Pountney. Brian also showed us the amazing transitions that can be used in the software that the group use – Picturestoexe8.
The evening continued after the break with some stunning examples of images that had been captured using long exposure techniques. Mark Seaman and Hugh Jones showed the club how images can be captured in a unique way by the use of long exposures and Neutral Density filters for landscape and river or water photography, where colors can be transformed, and running waters can be viewed in a totally different way to which we are use to seeing it.

Kevin James rounded off the evening with a display of printed images from his magnificent portrait portfolio. Kevin shared the steps he takes to capture his amazing images and the papers, inks and printer that he uses. Kevin also spoke about lighting and his preferred image manipulation software – Photoshop Elements.

23rd January 2017. Members’ Camera Craft Evening.

The Club enjoyed yet another ‘Full House’ for this much anticipated members evening.  The session began with a discussion about possible locations for a club week or weekend of photography.  Iceland, Barcelona, Venice and Bath were some of the places given consideration. Nothing has been arranged or confirmed as yet.

Members formed into small groups to discuss portrait, close-up, still life and action shot scenarios. The groups fed-back their conclusions and the things that they had learnt about setting up their cameras to the defined scenario and hence how they will capture better images in the future.

The evening closed with a discussion about composition that included tips on the importance of lead-in lines, exposure mode and focus points.

Jim Elsworth – The Pubs of Chipping Sodbury

Another welcome visit from local historian Jim Elsworth. Jim took us back to the time when Chipping Sodbury was established as a new market town, then onto the events and historical highlights that contributed to the establishment of at least 22 public houses that served and supported events and people such as the drovers that travelled through Chipping Sodbury from Wales to London, the 60 American servicemen that were stationed in the town, and the huge crowds that were regular visitors attending not just the market days and hunts, but also special events such as Harold MacMillan’s visit to the town.

Jim’s presentation included an overview of the style of properties built in the town and the effect that events such as the Great Fire of London and Georgian fashion had on existing and new buildings.

Whist Jim isn’t a practicing photographer, he enthralled members with a combination of his charming and informative manner and his wonderful collection of photographs, digitised film, extensive knowledge and a fascinating copy of a medieval features map that all served to create a thoroughly enjoyable and interesting evening.

David Burnett – It’s not all Bier and Wurst.

Members were treated to a pleasurable and fascinating visual journey through the countryside and towns of Bavaria. This was a trip inspired by a travel guide, but a trip that included fascinating images of the unique architecture of the area.

David Burnett supported his images with a very interesting dialog that included not only a commentary about modern Bavaria, but also many interesting historical events relating to some of the earliest European settlements, Roman times, winemaking, the German Unification Movement of the 1870 and of course, the legacy of German National Socialism.
The journey began with images that had originally been captured on slide film and successfully been transposed to digital. We then travelled digitally through wine making regions and towns of historical interest. We even visited the location of scenes from the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!
Another wonderful evening of captivating images and commentary which was thoroughly enjoyed by club members and visitors alike.
The guide that inspired David is ‘Back Road Germany, an eyewitness guide.’
The towns featured in David’s photographs were:
Hochheim, Wiesbaden. Kiedrich, Schloss Johannisberg, Rudesheim.
Braunfels. Konigsstein, Bamberg. Bayreuth. Ansbach, Nuremberg.
othenburg ob der Tauber.

SYPC Programme 2017

2nd January No meeting
9th January David Burnett – It’s not all Bier and Wurst
A look at less visited parts of Germany
Entries for bi-monthly round 1
16th January Jim Ellsworth
The Pubs of Chipping Sodbury
23rd January Members Evening
Please bring camera and instruction book
30th January Members Evening
SYPC Interest Groups present…
6th February Bi-monthly competition – round 1
13th February Peter Preece
Every Picture Tells A Story
All aspects of the natural world as seen
20th February Paul Barnett
A Wreckers Tale – More tales of the river Severn
Entries for bi-monthly round 2
22nd February Evening photoshoot
Yate/Chipping Sodbury
24th February (Friday) Club dinner
(Venue to be confirmed)
27th February Derwood Pamphilon
Dance, Portraiture & Derelict Environments (urbex)
6th March Roger Mallison
The making of an A/V
13th March Bi-monthly competition – round 2
20th March Guy Edwardes – Landscapes
Our key note speaker for 2017
Venue – Chipping Sodbury Town Hall
27th March Opening of annual Club Exhibition
Venue – Yate Library
3rd April Colin Trow-Poole
Monochrome prints – People & Places
Entries for bi-monthly round 3
10th April Visit from North West Bristol Club
17th April Easter Bank Holiday – no meeting
24th April Ted Foster
A bit of this & that – Prints to AVs
A Downend photographer describes his journey
1st May Bank Holiday – No Meeting
8th May Bi-monthly competition – round 3
14th May (Sun) 3-way battle
15th May An evening with Roy Jacobson
A local photographer takes us on his personal journey
20th May (Sat) Club outing to Stroud Market
22nd May Nick Jenkins
Miles and miles of fresh air – Landscapes for all
29th May Bank holiday – no meeting
5th June Ed Collacott
A passion for landscape (Prints)
12th June Carmen Norman
Lake District Moods
18th June (Sun) Club outing – Bradford-on-Avon to Avoncliffe
19th June Tony Gervis
America (a Powerpoint presentation)
26th June Members Evening with Mark & Hugh
Entries for bi-monthly round 4
3rd July BBQ
10th July The Tilsleys
Inspiration & Perspiration
17th July Bi-monthly competition round 4
24th July Adrian & Lyn or Matt Revell (TBC)
31st July Adrian & Lyn or Matt Revell (TBC)
7th August Martin Evans
Bloodhound SSC – Land speed project
Entries for bi-monthly round 5
14th August Members evening or evening out (TBC)
21st August WCPF Portfolio
28th August Bank Holiday – No Meeting
4th September Bi-monthly competition round 5
11th September Cate Barrow
18th September Brian Wetton
The Way I see it!
25th September Presidents Evening
2nd October An evening with Martin Horton
Entries for bi-monthly round 6
9th October An evening with Michael Krier
16th October Ben Maliphant
Time lapse photography
23rd October The Clive Andrew Trophy for AV competition
Poetry with images challenge competition
(Entries on the night)
30th October AGM
6th November Bi-monthly competition round 6
Entries for annual competitions (excluding for Hilda Barnett ladies competition)
13th November David Kjaer
English Wildlife
Entries for annual Hilda Barnett ladies competition
20th November Gordon Aspland
Searching for uniqueness
27th November A chance to see our DPIC selection
4th December Annual competitions
11th December Sam Gibson
Wedding Photographer
18th December American Supper and Presentations
25th December Christmas break – No Meeting

SYPC – Annual Presentations and American Supper – Dec 19th. 2016

The evening of Monday December 19th was a members evening for our Annual Presentation and American Supper. This is always a fun evening and this year it was no exception. The evening followed our usual pattern of Presentations, our Buffet Supper, and a Raffle and finally our Macro Photographic quiz put together by our own Brian Pountney.
Brian has a knack of finding everyday objects and turning them into obscure images by photographing them from both unusual angles and highly magnified. The 21 strange images that we puzzled over were studied by us all with variable degrees of success. Eventually our winner (for the second year) was Cathy Fordham, who managed to identify 14 images correctly.
The main purpose of the evening was to present the winners of each of our 2016 competitions with their certificates and trophies. We hold 6 Bi-monthly print and digital Image competitions throughout the year as well as 7 annual competitions. Below are the winners and runners up for these competitions –

Competition Position



The 6 Bi Monthly Prints 1 Ray Grace Overall winner
The 6 Bi Monthly Prints =2 Eileen Scantlebury Overall equal 2nd
The 6 Bi Monthly Prints =2 Pete Atkins Overall equal 2nd
The 6 Bi Monthly Projected Images 1 Ray Grace Overall winner
The 6 Bi Monthly Projected Images =2 Cathy Fordham Overall equal 2nd
The 6 Bi Monthly Projected Images =2 Rob Webb Overall equal 2nd
Clive Andrew (AV) 1 The SYPC AV Group Flower Power
Clive Andrew (AV) 2 Terry Cooper Lanzerote we Went
Clive Andrew (AV) 3 John Scantlebury Water Water
Presidents Choice 1 Stuart Lewis Buzzard – Will this take my weight
Presidents Trophy 1 Eileen Scantlebury Ragged Victorians
Presidents Trophy 2 Stuart Lewis At the Steam Fair
Presidents Trophy 3 Pete Atkins Children being Children
Brian Barnett 1 Carole Brown Iceland
Brian Barnett 2 Pete Atkins Girl in Red
Brian Barnett 3 Pete Alford Avebury
Hilda Barnett 1 Lynne Smithson Overall winner
Enprints 1 Carole Brown The new Victorians: Rise of SW1 Skyline
Enprints 2 Stuart Lewis At the Yeovilton Airshow
Enprints 3 John Scantlebury Caen Hill Locks
Poetry 1 Eileen Scantlebury Cousins at a Photoshoot

Peter Weaver – I have seen the light

This was Peter’s 12th visit the club. It soon became clear that Peter’s passion for our art is undiminished. Peter made the move from film to digital in 2011, not before he had amassed over 40,000 slides! He’s still fond of the medium, but at £20.00 a roll after processing, Fuji Velvia transparency slide film is an expensive option!

Peter enjoys the outdoors. He has spent many happy hours walking and taking photographs during his expeditions to places of interest in England and Wales. Peter took us on a delightful digital image tour of some of his favourite places with a selection of striking images from locations that included:

  • Paignton, Dartmouth and Totnes
  • Waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons National Parks
  • Powis Castle and Garden
  • The Keynsham music Festival
  • The Black Country Museum.
  • Big Pit

The projected images that Peter shared with us during the evening clearly showed his appreciation of the importance of judging light, and of choosing the right time of day to make the best use of light.
It was interesting to note that Peter isn’t a fan of post-processing. He much prefers to get photographs ‘Right First Time’ by the application of careful planning and very early starts to the day or late evening, taking photographs when the crowds have left.
This was a wonderful evening that was thoroughly enjoyed by all members.

Robert Ashcroft – Make the ordinary, extraordinary

‘Inspirational’, ‘Wow!’, ‘Simple but effective’ and ‘Fascinating’ where just some of the comments overheard from members during the intermission of Rob’s demonstration of his macro photography techniques and the equipment he uses to create so many original and dramatic images both in his home studio and quite literally, ‘Out in the field’.

_mg_1332-1The images that Rob Ashcroft showed to club members during this evening’s macro and close-up photography were truly stunning.
Rob’s talk, image display and demonstrations were spread over seven different sessions that were designed to help both beginners and experts understand how to capture striking close-up images using a lightweight camera set at f/18 – f/20 in one hand and a remote flash set at half power in the other, or by the creative use of light in his home studio. Rob also explained his interpretation of the difference between ‘Close-up’ and ‘Macro’.

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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.