19th February 2018 – Patagonia with Chris Erlebach – (A slideshow).

A spectacular evening of memories and images from Veteran club member Chris Erlebach.

Chris began the evening with his personal recollections of the memories that he holds, when as a child, he was allowed to assist his Aunt with her large black box, black cover and glass plate negatives and the experiences that he shared then, that led to his love of photography.
Chris’ presentation comprised of an explanation of the political and geographical landscape of Patagonia. Chris also supplemented his slide show with a comprehensive collection of maps and travel guides.

We learnt that Patagonia is a region encompassing the vast southernmost tip of South America, shared by Argentina and Chile, with the Andes Mountains as its dividing line. The Argentine side features arid steppes, grasslands and deserts, while the Chilean has glacial fjords and temperate rainforest. Argentina’s famed RN-40 highway passes the pinnacles of Monte Fitz Roy and Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park.

Chris’ images all came from an 18 day tour of the region that Chris undertook as part of a small group of 9 like-minded travellers back in 2003. The tour took 6 flights and a 3 day extension to complete. Many of the images that Chris shared with the club were well-deserved competition winners that he is quite rightly very proud of.

Members were visibly stunned by the astounding  images of huge, dynamic waterfalls – The Devils Throat and the 3 Musketeers to name just a few. We were also treated to a series of amazing images of the Perito Moreno Glacier as well as images of that unique phenomenon – Spindrift, a mist of snow being blow from mountain crests during gales and also mesmerising images of lens-shaped, lenticular cloud developing on the downwind side of a the mountains.

Another wonderfully interesting evening prepared and presented by one of our long serving members that reminded us all of the modern transformation from film and slide medium to the digital world that we enjoy today.

2018 Round 1 Bi-Monthly Results February 12 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 assess their prowess, both technically and artistically.

Adrian Herring (ARPS DPAGB) was the external judge for the 1st of our 6 Bi-Monthly 2018 Competitions. It was obvious that Adrian had put a lot of work into reviewing and preparing for the evening – this resulted in an excellent narrative describing the best bits of the image and offering constructive feedback for improvement, all of which was much appreciated by our membership. Adrian critiqued and constructively commented on 74 images (28 prints and 46 digital images). Adrian opened the meeting by explaining to the membership how much he had enjoyed  reviewing all our work and that we had some excellent images submitted and his job was really difficult making choices

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

Round 1 Digital Images Author Place
Having a Shower Pete Alford 1st.
Great Grey Owl Kevin James 2nd.
Male Broad Bodied Chaser on Agrimony Eric D’Costa 3rd.
Ohh Steve Purkis 4th.
Get out of the Rain – FOOL Stuart Lewis 5th.
John S Alan Grynyer 6th.
Bridge to Wales Mark Seaman 7th.
Beaver on a Pond Phil Arnold 8th.


Round 1 Prints Author Place
Feeding the Pigeon John Scantlebury 1st.
Knitters Hands Eileen Scantlebury 2nd.
Winter Trees Ray Grace 3rd.
Autumn at Stourhead Dave Bruten 4th.
Autumn Leaves Mark Seaman 5th.
Launch Time Peter Range 6th.
A Girl called Patricia Margaret Snee 7th.
St Michael’s Mount Stuart Lewis 8th.

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


“Taking a Shower” by Pete Alford





Below is a copy of the 1st. Place Print


“Feeding the Pigeon” by John Scantlebury





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

5th. February 2018 – A Member’s Evening

As well as Speakers, Competitions, Photo Shoots and Events at SYPC, our Annual program also schedules a number of Member’s Evenings. These evenings give us the opportunity to discuss any issues or concerns we have and seek support and help from the wider Membership. Last night our Member’s evening was slightly different as we had –

A look at our own and the WCPF websites
A review of the results following the recent member’s questionnaire
A short presentation on creation of calendars
A quick look at Photoshop and Sky Replacement
3 Audio Visuals from one of our members
Some innovative digital Images from a member
An AV from the WCPF Digital Members Exhibition

We started the evening by looking at our own Website at –


In particular the SYPC Meetings tab, which  documents our published programme.

Next we explored the WCPF website at –


The Kingswood Salver is a WCPF competition SYPC enter every year, looking at the website allowed us to view and comment on the quality of the 5 Print panels that were submitted for the 2017 Kingswood Salver.

Peter Range then presented the results of the recent survey commissioned to elicit the views of the members of the types of speakers, events and outings we should entertain at SYPC. These results will guide us to provide a well-balanced program of events to suit all members’ photographic interests and genres. Over 60% of the membership returned the detailed questionnaire so now we can tailor our 2019 and 2020 programmes to suit the needs of everyone.

Ray Grace (Our President) then took centre stage and walked us through a live demonstration of a Sky Replacement technique using Photoshop CC and the “Blend IF“ function.

This was followed by Laura Cadbry taking us through the benefits of producing Annual Calendars, either for an end of year Competition or simply as a learning exercise for personal use. The consensus from the meeting was that this would be of benefit to our members and as such we should consider this for the end of year Annual Competitions.

John Scantlebury was next in the limelight. John demonstrated his prowess in the production of excellent AV’s. We saw a trip around the Grand Canyon, Churches and Castles and a superb recent visit to London.

The penultimate presentation was by Rob Webb.








Rob brought along some  ‘different’ digital images of innovative projects he has worked on over the recent years

These included water filled balloons popped by darts, hoar frost and mirror reflections. These images demonstrated what can be achieved with a little lateral thinking,patience and an innovative mind.

Finally we were treated to an AV of the WCPF 2017 Members Exhibition, where we all agreed the standard was exceptionally high and gave us all food for thought.

An enjoyable first Member’s Evening of  2018.

29th January 2018 – Peter Haworth – Landscapes and Seascapes.

A truly wonderful evening filled with breath-taking images, interesting facts, tips and the demystification of ND filters!Peter Haworth is an extremely talented photographer with a down to earth and engaging style of presentation. Peter’s dedication to his art means being in the right place at the right time. We learnt that those right times are often an hour before sunrise or 2 hours before sunset. The right places?

Well, they range from the Second Severn Crossing to the Persian Gulf!
We learnt about the many variations and benefits of ND and graduated filters and how to turn a misty background to our advantage by using it to take the viewers’ eye away from distracting backgrounds.

Members particularly enjoyed Peter’s take on when to shoot in B&W as opposed to colour, which Peter demonstrated to great effect by displaying relevant imaged first in colour, then in B&W.

We also benefited greatly from Peter’s interesting section about the use of contrasting colours.

Another wonderful evening, interesting and educational. Come back soon Peter!You can view a huge selection of Peter’s images at his Flickr page by clicking on this link –


22nd January 2018 – Nigel Hicks – I Photograph therefore I am (Landscapes).

Dr. Nigel Hicks (FBIPP) is a highly experienced professional photographer, specialising in commercial photography, travel photography, landscape photography, nature photography, and architectural and interiors photography.
The evening opened with Nigel telling us that he “Sees the world in pictures” and that as a child he captured the world around him in drawings before moving onto photography following the gift of a Brownie box camera. How pleased we are that little box camera enabled Nigel to move onto greater things.

Scorhill Down, nr Chagford, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, Great Britain.

Nigel gave us a fascinating overview of his huge range photographic interests before moving onto his wonderful portfolio of stunning landscapes, subjects and locations. We learnt that Nigel’s advice that concentrating on simple composition is a critical key to grabbing attention and to drawing a viewer’s eye to the main subject in the image is the key to producing interesting and thought provoking images.

Red Campion, on Dodman Point, near Gorran Haven, Cornwall, Great Britain.

Nigel Hicks is based at Teignmouth, in South Devon, conveniently close to Exeter, Torbay and Plymouth. He works not just throughout southwest England, but all over the UK, and also internationally. Many of his photography projects and commissions have taken him all over the world, from the Himalayas to the Philippines, to Iceland to Patagonia, while others have seen him photographing closer to home.

Carr woodland along the shore of Canada Lake, Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve, near Glastonbury, Somerset, Great Britain

Nigel runs a programme of one-day and overseas photography workshops and tours, the former mainly in southwest England, and especially in Devon. He also publishes his own photography as books, prints and greetings cards.
You can view a selection of Nigel’s images and much more about his services and publications by visiting his website:


15th January 2018 – Tim Knifton – The Art of Urban Exploration.

Tim Knifton attended SYPC to deliver his talk on the Art of Urban Exploration. This talk comprised of a set of over 150 photos taken from many of the countries that he has visited since photographing abandoned buildings. The work included different viewpoints of scenes of dereliction both home and abroad and included places such as churches, car graveyards, castles, homes, hospitals and old historic buildings. These scenes were shot in places many do not visit and are almost always away from the public eye.


(I’ll sleep when I’m dead)

by Tim Knifton



Nowadays, the terms of street and urban photography are often used interchangeably, both referring to the art of capturing cityscapes and people within them.
Yet, urban photography is still a relatively new word or expression, coined within the last decade. Its place and role in the history of photography might be a bit perplexing and undefined.
Tim Knifton (LRPS, CPAGB, AFIAP, AWPF PSA*6), changed all of that with his stunning presentation of abandoned and decayed buildings that are largely unseen places that are away from the public eye. We were treated to stunning images from European, pre-soviet and Scandinavian locations that are locked in the past, but are being digitally preserved by Tim and other like-minded photographers that Tim often joins forces with.
Tim has been photographing for many years. His passions are urban exploration, travel and landscape photography. He particularly likes using High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography, with the majority of his work being captured in this way.
He is a fan of capturing more than the camera can capture in one exposure. The science behind revealing as much of the scene as possible is by capturing as much in 3, 5 or 7 brackets appeals to him and is a technique he uses to great advantage.
Tim is a regular on the photography exhibition circuits and is accredited under several photographic bodies including the Royal Photographic Society, Welsh Photographic Federation and Federation International de I’art photographique (FIAP).
You can view a huge range of Tim’s images at the locations below.

Tim’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/TimKniftonPhotography

Tim’s Flickr profile –  www.flickr.com/photos/timster1973

8th. January 2018 – Robert Harvey – Winter Photography (Landscapes)

This year’s programme got off to a fantastic start with another stunning evening in the company of professional photographer Robert Harvey BA ARPS EFIAP. Robert is a Chartered Natural Scientist and Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, Robert leads photography tours throughout Britain.

Although Robert has photographed wildlife and landscapes in many of the world’s most renowned wildlife destinations such as Yellowstone, Serengeti, Pantanal, Galapagos and Falklands, he also displayed some of the spectacular images that he had captured at the World Heritage Site of Avebury, which is close to his home on the Marlborough Downs in Wiltshire
His astrophotography regularly includes stars, planets, galaxies, aurorae and eclipses. We were fortunate enough to be able to enjoy a wide range of these images that he had selected from his incredible portfolio.
A sample of the images can be found at his website by clicking on this link –

SYPC – Annual Presentations and American Supper – Dec 18th. 2017

The evening of Monday December 18th was the last SYPC club meeting of 2017. As usual the last meeting of the year is reserved for Presentations, an American Supper and of course our Photographic quiz.

This is always a fun evening and this year it was no exception. The evening followed the usual format of Presentations, our Buffet Supper,  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 an unusual angle and highly magnified. The 20 strange images that we puzzled over were studied, with varying degrees of success. Our winner  this year, with a healthy score of 19, was Eric D’Costs. The score of 19 was even more impressive when you consider that some of us didn’t even make double figures !

The main purpose of the evening was to present all our 2017 Competition winners  with their certificates and trophies. We hold 6 Bi-monthly print and digital Image Competitions throughout the year as well as 8 annual Competitions.

Below are the winners and runners up for all these competitions –

Competition Position



The 6 Bi Monthly Prints 1 Ray Grace Overall winner
The 6 Bi Monthly Prints 2 Mark Seaman Second
The 6 Bi Monthly Prints 3 Stuart Lewis Third
The 6 Bi Monthly Projected Images 1 Cathy Fordham Overall winner
The 6 Bi Monthly Projected Images 2 Ray Grace Second
The 6 Bi Monthly Projected Images 3 Rob Webb Third
Clive Andrew (AV) 1 Eric D’Costa Costa Rica
Clive Andrew (AV) 2 John Scantlebury Ragged Victorians
Clive Andrew (AV) 3 Cathy Fordham Mr. Strange
Presidents Choice 1 Cathy Fordham Mr. Strange
Presidents Trophy 1 Mark Seaman Portishead Marina
Presidents Trophy 2 Carole Brown Images of Iceland
Presidents Trophy 3 John Scantlebury Ragged Victorian Portraits
Brian Barnett 1 Hugh Jones SS Nornen
Brian Barnett 2 Pete Atkins Girl in Red
Brian Barnett 3 Carole Brown West Iceland Waterfalls
Hilda Barnett 1 Cathy Fordham Overall winner
Hilda Barnett 2 Carole Brown Second
Hilda Barnett 3 Eileen Scantlebury Third
Enprints 1 Peter Veale Lyme Regis in September
Enprints 2 Peter Range Doors in Old Town Madeira
Enprints 3 Dennis May Boating for Leisure and Pleasure
Poetry 1 Dave Bruten George and the Dragon

2017 Round 6 Bi-Monthly Results – November 6 2017

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 assess their prowess, both technically and artistically.

Hilary Britland was the external judge for the 6th. of our 6 Bi-Monthly Competitions. It was obvious that Hilary had put a lot of work into reviewing and preparing for the evening – this resulted in an excellent narrative describing the best bits of the image and offering constructive feedback for improvement, all of which was much appreciated by our membership. Hilary critiqued and constructively commented on 78 images (28 prints and 48 digital images). Hilary opened the meeting by explaining to the membership how much she had enjoyed  reviewing all our work and that we had some excellent images submitted, many of which could do well in External Competitions.

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

Round 6 Digital Images Author Place
O.J. Eileen Scantlebury 1st.
Small Cut Flowers Study Kevin James 2nd.
Dapper Cathy Fordham 3rd.
BlueBell Wood Alan Grynyer 4th.
Pussy Willow Pete Alford 5th.
Bass Rock Open Boat Keith Barlow 6th.
Beezy at Work Steve Purkis 7th.
Sunburnt Ray Grace 8th.
Round 6 Prints Author Place
Feed Me Ray Grace 1st.
Michael Jackson Tribute Act Pete Atkins 2nd.
Up and Over Dave Bruten 3d.
Paddling Carole Brown 4th.
Artist In The Field Adrian Smithson 5th.
Cornish Granite Peter Veale 6th.
A Girl Named Alison Margaret Snee 7th.
Storm Over Tynemouth Mark Seaman 8th.

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


“O.J.” by Eileen Scantlebury





Below is a copy of the 1st. Place Print


“Feed Me” by Ray Grace



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

9th October 2017 – Ian McGuire – ‘Gardening for Wildlife’

At very short notice Ian McGuire, a local South Gloucestershire freelance wildlife educator, stepped into the breach (due to the planned speaker having to cancel), with an extremely thought provoking talk on how to convert your average domestic garden into a haven to attract all manner of wildlife (mammals, birds and insects) to name just a few.

For over 20 years Ian has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the conservation of wild owls and other birds. More recently he has added Gardening for Wildlife into his range of talks. We were treated to his talk “Gardening for Wildlife – Part 1”, we wait in anticipation to see if we can persuade Ian to come back to SYPC with his Part 2 talk on the next stage of this intriguing, interesting and thought provoking project .

Ian treated us to a journey of images narrated as to how to convert a normal garden to become a haven and attraction for all manner of wildlife. Ian walked us through and demonstrated with images how he has encouraged a massive list of visitors to his garden including kingfishers, badgers, tawny owls, common newts, slow worms, all sorts of insects, moths and butterflies and over 50 species of bird.
It is true to say that Ian’s passion for Wildlife and conservation shone through during the whole of his presentation, his enthusiasm was quite infectious and yes we would all love to see that Kingfisher, Badger or even a slow worm appearing  in our own gardens and foraging for the odd peanut.
We all look forward to Ian joining us again with his next installment.

Ian’s website can be found at http://wildowl.co.uk