2018 – Round 4 Bi-Monthly Results August 13th. 2018

Throughout the year SYPC have a schedule of 6 bi-monthly member competitions.

Steve Hallam – was our Round 4  external judge for the 4th. of our 6 Bi-Monthly 2018 Competitions. Although Steve was new to SYPC, he very quickly relaxed into the task at hand offering constructive comments as well as suggestions for improvement. Steve was extremely well prepared and had clearly put a lot of thought into what he wanted to say about each print and image.

The result was an excellent  and constructive  narrative describing each image and  always offering constructive feedback for improvement.  Steve critiqued and commented on 84 images (26 prints and 58 digital images).

Thank you Steve – hopefully we will see you again at SYPC

Below is a Table of the TOP 8 images and their  Authors for each Section.

Round 4 Digital Images Author Place
Red Kite on Edge of woods Phil Arnold 1st.
Apple Blossom Terry Cooper 2nd.
Twilight Years Pete Atkins 3rd.
Tawny Owl John Scantebury 4th.
Sailing By Jenni Craft 5th.
Selfie in the Bluebells Stuart Lewis 6th.
Castle Park at Dusk Alan Grynyer 7th.
Sails Chris Townson 8th.
Round 3 Prints Author Place
Levant Tin Mine Ray Grace 1st.
Bridge over the River Wye Mark Seaman 2nd.
Rainbow over Icelandic Church Carole Brown 3rd.
Monet’s Bradford Dave Bruten 4th.
Running to the Waves Lynne Smithson 5th.
The Chase Peter Range 6th.
Bradford on Avon Church Reflection Eileen Scantlebury 7th.
The Twilight Hour Mary Williams 8th.

Below is a copy of the 1st. Place Digital Image 

 

“Red Kite on Edge of woods” by Phil Arnold

 

 

 

Below is a copy of the 1st. Place Print

 

“Levant Tin Mine” by Ray Grace

 

 

 

 

Additionally the Top 8 Digital Images and Top 3 Prints can be found in the Competition Tab of this website.

2018 – Round 3 Bi-Monthly Results June 4th 2018.

Throughout the year SYPC have a schedule of 6 bi-monthly competitions, where members can optionally submit 2 prints and/or 2 digital images. All the bi-monthly competitions provide an excellent opportunity for members to hear an experienced judge and photographer assess their prowess, both technically and artistically

Beryl Heaton (ARPS, EFIAP, CPAGB) – was our Round 3  external judge for the 3rd. of our 6 Bi-Monthly 2018 Competitions. Beryl has judged many times at SYPC including one year when she judged our 4 Annual Competitions. Beryl is always welcome and clearly an excellent photographer and enjoys looking for constructive comments to improve our Prints and Digital Images. From the depth of Beryl’s comments  it was clear that she had put a lot of work into reviewing and preparing for the evening.

The result was an excellent  and constructive  narrative describing each image and  always offering constructive feedback for improvement.  Beryl critiqued and commented on 78 images (28 prints and 50 digital images).

Thank you Beryl – hopefully we will see you again very soon.

Below is a Table of the TOP 8 images and their  Authors for each Section.

Round 3 Digital Images Author Place
Mr Great Spot Phil Arnold 1st.
Storms at Sunset Mary Williams 2nd.
Eye_Can_See_You Graham Harlin 3rd.
That Oriental Smile Kevin James 4th.
Mustang thrills Carole Brown 5th.
Sinister Visitor Steven Purkis 6th.
Cosmos Blooms Dennis May 7th.
Tekapo mist Alan Connor 8th.
Round 3 Prints Author Place
Icelandic House Carole Brown 1st.
Water Front (Liverpool) Mark Seaman 2nd.
Del Boy Peter Atkins 3rd.
Leeds Minster John Scantlebury 4th.
Young Stag in Glen Etive Peter Range 5th.
Godrevy Lighthouse Ray Grace 6th.
Wells Cathedral Dennis May 7th.
The Last Rays of the Day Mary Williams 8th.

Below is a copy of the 1st. Place Digital Image

 

Mr. Great Spot” by Phil Arnold

 

 

 

 

Below is a copy of the 1st. Place Print

 

 

“Icelandic House” by Carole Brown

 

 

 

Additionally the Top 8 Digital Images and Top 3 Prints can be found in the Competition Tab of this website.

21st May 2018 – “My Photography + Hands on” – by Rob Auckland

On Monday May21st we had a visit from Rob Auckland who not only told us about his photographic journey but also engaged members in a practical exercise for which members were encouraged to pair up and take portrait pictures of each other in the courtyard outside the Watkins room while putting into practice some of the hints and tips that he had firstly demonstrated.

It was good to see so many members actively engaged in this exercise and appearing to enjoy their evening’s photography at the same time.

Rob is an enthusiastic photographer, a good communicator and someone who is keen to share his expertise with everyone.

14th May 2018 – “My Journey so far” – by Heidi Stewart

On Monday 14th May we were privileged to receive a visit from Heidi &
Alex Stewart. This evening it was Heidi’s turn to give the talk and what a talk it was.
Heidi has a very engaging personality and is very open and honest about her photography. Having started her ‘serious’ photography within the last ten years, she found it a great help in her development to join her local camera club (Gwynver CC) and hasn’t looked back since.

Heidi will be either extremely thorough in her preparation for a photographic sortie (checking weather/tide reports and forecasts) or completely instinctive and just get up and go. In the latter case that will involve a location she had previously reconnoitered, mostly coastal locations but she is not averse to going further afield whenever possible (Lake District, Cornwall & North Devon for example).

Heidi stressed the importance of having a go and not to be tied down by convention and rules for “rules are there to be bent”!

30th April 2018 – ‘It takes Two’ – by Elizabeth Restall and Joanne Searle

A wonderful evening from 2 stunning photographers.  Elizabeth Restall (ARPS) and Joanne Searle (ARPS, AWPF) left members applauding in delight at a dazzling display of amazing Prints and enchanting dialog.

Joanne Searle opened the proceedings by explaining that she enjoys dark, grungy atmospheric images, and that she felt that her monochrome prints were even better when framed using black mounts. It soon became clear that Joanne is a photographer who knows what she likes and someone who is not influenced by the views of judges.

What followed was an incredible presentation of monochrome prints that took us on a journey around Great Britain and other wonderful parts of the world.

The images clearly show that Joanne stays true to her unique point of view. How to sum up the first part of the evening? Well, one of her images ‘Trapped’ has won 10 awards!

Joanne enjoys all aspects of photography but always tries to find that something different.
Over the years she has entered many local, national and international exhibitions with much success.

 

However, she never fails to be delighted with any success, however small, as it means that someone has enjoyed her photography.

During the coffee break Joanne displayed her panel of 12 prints that gained  her the (AWPF) distinction – quite stunning.

Elizabeth Restall, from Tyndale photography Club, stepped up to the front after the break, opening the session with a set of images that included the wonderful image – ‘Tree with Attitude’.

Elizabeth uses the image editing plugin ‘Fractalius’ to great effect. Many of her images have been captured during her participation in workshops organised and led by Andy Beale.

 

We were treated to a wide range of inspiring images that left members gasping at the detail and creativity showcased during this segment of the evening. Many of the images featured locations in places as far away as India.

 

 

Elizabeth has been a camera club member for over 30 years. She was delighted to gain her ARPS in 2012.

This was an excellent evening; a presentation of MANY MANY prints, just carrying all those boxes was a challenge ! However SYPC thoroughly enjoyed all the prints displayed – Thank you.

23rd. April – Nature Images from my Travels – by Ralph Snook

Monday night SYPC had the pleasure of the company of another first class speaker. Ralph Snook (ARPS EFIAP/b DPAGB), walked us through a fantastic set of Digital Nature images, taken on his recent travels to Bulgaria, Alaska, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Peru and Kenya
Ralphs relaxed, informative and humorous style was an excellent foil to his  Nature images all set in their natural habitat. From Alaska we saw really close pictures of Brown Bears, fishing for Salmon. These bears were  completely ignoring the photographer just a few metres away – quite awesome.

By no means a complete set but we were treated to numerous birds, whales, lizards, insects, big cats from Kenya, the odd Wolf, some Sea Otters, Eagles and not forgetting Landscapes.


This was an enthralling evening of outstanding digital images taken up close and almost personal of animals most of us only see in books, magazines or a zoo.
A fantastic professionally presented evening, please come again Ralph.

16th. April – Opening of SYPC Annual Print Exhibition – at Yate Library

An annual event in the SYPC calendar  is our  Exhibition of Photographic Prints produced by our membership. This year and for the third time, we returned to Yate Library for our exhibition. Our members selected, mounted and framed  42 prints. These high quality prints  can be viewed by the general public, free of charge for the next 4 weeks. The exhibition will remain in the library until the morning of May 12th.

On Monday evening our members convened at the library for the official opening of  the exhibition and of course the usual buffet laid on by our own Pat and Tony Jefferies.

This year we decided to invite the staff of Yate Library to select their favorite 3 prints. The winning print, will form the basis of the cover on our 2019 annual handbook. Additionally the winner will have their prints displayed in ‘pride of place’ at our next annual exhibition in the Spring of 2019.

Please come along and view the prints and leave any comments in the visitor’s handbook, the book will be in a prominent position. The exhibition will remain on display for 4 weeks until May 12th.

2018 – Round 2 Bi-Monthly Results April 9th.

Throughout the year SYPC have a schedule of 6 bi-monthly competitions where members can optionally submit 2 prints and/or 2 digital images. All the bi-monthly competitions provide an excellent opportunity for members to hear an experienced judge and photographer assess their prowess, both technically and artistically

Peter Weaver (APAGB, CPAGB and LRPS) – was our Round 2  external judge for the 2nd. of our 6 Bi-Monthly 2018 Competitions. Peter has been a great friend to SYPC. Over many years Peter has visited us either as a judge or presenter of his own work . He is always welcome and clearly an excellent photographer. Peter opened the meeting by explaining to the membership his recent exploits and places visited for his own photography. His relaxed and often humorous manner was pleasant but at the same time it was obvious that Peter had put a lot of work into reviewing and preparing for the evening.

The result was an excellent  and constructive  narrative describing each image and  always offering constructive feedback for improvement.  Peter  critiqued and commented on 82 images (32 prints and 50 digital images).

Thank you Peter – hopefully we will see you again very soon.

Below is a Table of the TOP 8 images and their  Authors for each Section.

Round 2 Digital Images Author Place
Unconventional Cathy Fordham 1st.
Kirkjufell Falls Carole Brown 2nd.
Wait for me! Mike Hopes 3rd.
Tenisha Kevin James 4th.
Taking time out Alan Grynyer 5th.
All Black Alan Connor 6th.
Three Arabs Mark Seaman 7th.
I Spy a Boat Mary Williams 8th.
Round 2 Prints Author Place
Porth Naven Ray Grace 1st.
Blowing Ripples John Scantlebury 2nd.
A Mother Bear and Cub Peter Range 3rd.
On the Slopes of Cader Idris Mary Williams 4th.
The Tortworth Tree Mark Seaman 5th.
John Eileen Scantlebury 6th.
Triassic Cliffs – Sidmouth Stuart Lewis 7th.
Across the Marshes Carole Brown 8th.

Below is a copy of the 1st. Place Digital Image

 

“Unconventional”  by Cathy Fordham”

 

 

Below is a copy of the 1st. Place Print

 

“Porth Naven” by Ray Grace

 

 

Additionally the Top 8 Digital Images and Top 3 Prints can be found in the Competition Tab of this website.

26th March 2018 – Nigel Forster – ‘A Passion for Landscapes’

Nigel opened the evening by telling us that he would be spending the first part of the evening on the subject of ‘Developing your own style of outdoor photography.’

Nigel explained that whilst he has always had a passion for the outdoors, and in particular, mountains, travel and for landscape photography, he had spent the early part of his working life as a Landscape Architect before moving to the post of Director of a community regeneration charity in South Wales. When Nigel reached his 50th birthday he decided that it might be time for another career change (He describes it as a mid-life crisis!). This was the moment when he decided to attempt to make a living out of climbing mountains and taking his stunning photographs. It took a year before Nigel realised that digital photography is more than just a new version of taking photographs on film, so in August 2009 he created his learning company ‘Creative Photography Wales’ with a plan to combine his passion for photography with some aspects of his professional background, although he never intended to become a teacher!

Creative Photograph Wales is based at Nigel’s home in Talybont on Usk, which is a village in the Heart of the Brecon Beacons in mid-Wales. It is here that he runs his workshops and creates and manages his on-line training programme.

Although Nigel’s photography comes mainly from Wales, a cross section of other areas in the UK and the rest of the world, where and how they were taken is secondary to the visual results of his work. Nigel’s speciality is clearly his amazing ability to take pictures of familiar places and people in imaginative ways, using natural light and the power of a camera to best effect.

We were treated to an evening of these inspiring images from Wales and beyond. Nigel advised us that the key to his amazing images and what makes them unique, is a technique he described as ‘Looking for an individual approach’ and that it is not always the location that is important if we can find interesting shapes and form in a subject and that the output of a photo shoot should be the result of a visual exploration.
We learnt that the first question that we should ask ourselves is ‘Why am I taking this picture? The answer to that question should guide the final composition. We aren’t just taking a picture. We are creating an image.
The answer to Nigel’s question -What’s the key to effective composition? Simplicity and impact!

Nigel reminded us of the importance of curves in a landscape image. Curves can take us from the beginning to the end of an image.

Nigel offers a huge range of training opportunities for one-on-one tuition, up to group workshops in Wales and beyond. He is a Master Photographer with the Photographer Academy. He also holds a Trip Adviser Certificate of Excellence. You can view the full range and opportunities offered by Nigel and also purchase copies of his images by visiting his website.

http://www.creativephotographywales.com/

19th March 2018 – Jenny Hibbert – Tales of the River Bank

Jenny Hibbert (MPAGB) treated SYPC to a most stunning and outstanding set of Nature Images on Monday evening. As the title suggests these images were captured in and around various waterways, most of them on a small river close to her own home near Bridgend. It just showed us what can be achieved with patience, preparation and clearly skill. How many of us would be prepared to sit on a rock in running water long enough to become part of the scenery in order to get that ‘special shot’ – Jenny does !

Jenny is clearly a first class Nature Photographer sticking strictly to the rules of that branch of photography. Despite, what some might call a  restriction, Jenny produces just amazing photography. We saw over 400 images of birds in flight, in water and feeding, as well as other wildlife, Ducks, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Salmon, Otters and Water Voles to name some more. The whole presentation was just enthralling.

Not only we were treated to this fantastic set of Nature “in and around the Water Bank”  but during our coffee break we had the opportunity to view Jenny’s MPAGB acceptance panel of twenty pictures of international exhibition standard. Perfection…

Please visit us again Jenny.