This was our 4th. of the 6 bi-monthly member competitions. For this competition we welcomed back Eddy Lane (ARPS DPAGB EFIAP). Eddy has been a regular visitor to SYPC both as a judge and excellent presenter. Eddy reviewed and commented on 74 images (26 prints and 48 digital images). All of Eddy’s comments were constructive often giving pointers for improvement. All of these were well received. We look forward to seeing Eddy again at SYPC in 2020.
At the end of the evening Eddy treated us all to a very quick presentation of some of his own prints and yet again these were well received.
Below is a Table of the TOP 8 images and their Authors for each Section.
The club was royally entertained by Jane Rees (ARPS), clearly a thoughtful and knowledgeable photographer with a keen eye for the flora and fauna of North America.
Jane is basically a Nature Photographer but has travelled extensively in North America and has been visiting America since the 1960’s and lived in Jamestown, a venue of one of the first settlements from England back in the 16th Century.
We saw magnificent, pin sharp images of insects, birds, trees, flowers, succulents, animals (including whales) and landscapes each accompanied by a specific and factual description showing her depth and breadth of knowledge as well as her wide-ranging camera skills. It was particularly refreshing that she was always addressing us, the audience, rather than, as is too often the case when speakers talk, almost exclusively to their images.
During our coffee break we had the added advantage of seeing Jane’s ARPS Natural History Panel and clearly a stunning collection it was, very much appreciated by our members.
We all felt that we had been on a trip to the extreme corners covering all of North America. A quality presentation and we all hope that she will visit us again in the none too distant future.
Throughout the year SYPC have a schedule of 6 bi-monthly member competitions.
Martin Cooper (LRPS) – was our Round 2 external judge for the second of our Bi-Monthly 2019 Competitions. Martin’s constructive review of the prints and digital images was well received drawing on many years of Photographic experience, with words of encouragement and constructive comments for improvement.
Martin reviewed and commented on 86 images (30 prints and 56 digital images). All of Martin’s comments and suggestions were well received we look forward to Martin’s return to SYPC in 2020 as either a speaker or judge.
Below is a Table of the TOP 8 images and their Authors for each Section.
Bob Bishp (EFIAP/g, BPE3, LRPS) this evening’s speaker’s title certainly lived up to its name. we travelled amongst others from Essex, Dorset, Margate, Scotland, Burma (Myanmar), the South West, Dingle Peninsular, Whitby, South Devon and our perennial favourites Clevedon and Weston Super Mare.
It became clear that Bob’s dedication to his art and skill showed a huge commitment, both to realising his target, when he visited his destination, and to tackling the weather and terrain problems once he was there.
We saw an array of sunrises and sunsets and many seascapes taking note of changing tides and intricate detail to create a well composed and thoughtful photograph.
The most common feature showed detailed foregrounds, where shooting in RAW enabled stunning detail to be brought out and this, coupled with converting to black and white followed some creative dodging and burning to provide the mood that the author was searching for.
Members will have gained a great deal from this presentation as there was always the opportunity to see the “before” and “after” image and to travel the intervening journey. The range of what we saw was a magnificent spread from portrait through abstract, creative dark mood vignettes with threatening skies, secret street photography, humorous graffiti with the help of passers by and the skilful use of both professional and amateur models.
There was something for everyone.
This was the second visit that Rob Auckland has made to SYPC. A year ago Rob had us in the courtyard taking portraits of each other. This time Rob continued his theme of good photography is both fun and a learning experience with a twist. The first part of the evening was a lesson in portraiture lighting and the difference between 4 lights each with individual elements and how best to use these lights to get their favored “mug” shot of each other.
We had to place the subject in three set positions to see which light and which position gave the best results. It was a bit chaotic as we had quite a number of members participating in the study, but it was enjoyed by us all, and one particular studio light, and position one (half an arm’s length from the light) gave the best results. On investigation the winning studio light was a soft box but with a baffle to soften the light before it hit the subject.
In the second half we had a demonstration of how to achieve a ‘first class’ head shot, in particular how to optimise the lighting and how to prepare your subject to present themselves in the best way – basically extend the neck (like a turtle) which reduces all those chins – not that any of us are old enough to have multiple chins !
A very active and informative evening was had by all.
Martin Fry (FRPS EFIAP/g AV-EFIAP ABPE APAGB) has been to Sodbury & Yate Photography club on several occasions and always gives us a wonderful evening of Audio-Visual presentations, he is a real friend to SYPC. On Monday evening Martin transported us through many emotions, drama, sadness, and pure delight, he is outstanding in his knowledge of photography and his ability to adapt them into superb pictorial “stories”.
The Belgium Field War memorial sequence was really moving, about a 14-year-old boy going to war, with scenes of destruction but also poignant and thought provoking.
Another sequence told a story of Ivor Gurney a poet and a musician during his war years and after suffering “shell shock” he wrote his best music and poetry. Martin goes to great lengths to find all the facts about the subject’s life.
The Irish and the Cornish presentation were full of wonderful scenery and drama especially the storms out at sea. Clearly significant planning was needed but with that planning he was in the right place at the right time!
The musicality, poems, singing, and most of all, the images Martin produces to “tell a story” are outstanding, something perhaps we should all aspire to.
Martin also took us through the process to gain FIAP distinctions for Photographic Merit encouraging us to start on that process. The level of satisfaction achieved knowing that others appreciate your work is very gratifying.
A superb evening once again. We are already looking forward to Martin’s next visit !
Nick Jenkins (ARPS,AWPF) joined us on Monday evening where we spent a relaxing time being transported to many photogenic, tranquil venues across the UK. Nick has a very charismatic style and is a joy to listen to. And clearly an outstanding Landscape Photographer.
“Forest of Dean Light Shafts” by Nick Jenkins
We travelled to the Brecon Beacons, Wales, Yorkshire, Pembroke, the Forest of Dean, Scotland, Sky and Iceland. The pictures in all the locations were often dramatic with wonderful lighting and many with milky waterfalls.
“Llwyn Onn Reservoir Reflections” by Nick Jenkins
Nick loves water reflections and he captured these in so many of the locations. The Iceland pictures were some of the most dramatic with pictures of ice flows, ice burgs and the amazing Aurora Borealis.
Catching the “right” light on the hills and mountains was something Nick loved to do and did this to perfection.
“The Corpach Wreck” by Nick Jenkins
Scotland was another wonderful setting for more dramatic pictures, capturing the snowy mountains sometimes in monochrome which gave even more drama to the images.
Nick runs various tutorials/workshops and enjoys taking groups out to the locations he has a passion for. As with many photographers he just loves to pass on to others the knowledge he has learnt over many years.
In photography there are various composition rules, however at times these rules can be broken to get the picture you really want!
Come back again please Nick an excellent and informative evening.
The talk we had from Catherine was a breath of fresh air, the enthusiasm and passion she had for her subject was magnetic. She went from a very young girl with her first camera as a hobby to a very well accomplished young woman with a tremendous feel for her subject matter.
Some of her work was very family orientated, taking candid shots of children often quite endearing and quirky just letting the children do their own thing. Like wise the wedding photography seemed very relaxed and the locations made all the difference to a wonderful day for the clients.
Baby bumps came next, then new born babies, all very tastefully taken. Everything she did told the story of the event from start to finish.
She has also found time to mentor and tutor keen photographers, look after two children and have a job as Project Manager at some time in her career. She is also now working with local trades to help them with their products.
Throughout our calendar year we occasionally invite 1 or 2 members’ to take a turn and present their recent work or images that they enjoy. One such evening was last Monday night and Lynne Smithson (LRPS) and Adrian Smithson (LRPS) took us through a range of work that interest and excite them.For the first half of the evening Lynne took centre stage with a whistle stop tour of 140 projected images, each with an explanation of why Lynne liked the photograph, where it was taken and why. We started with some street photography, moved through holiday destinations in Devon, Cornwall, the lake District and several visits to Scotland.
All this was interspersed with various close up / macro shots of iron work, patterns, plants fungi and flowers and interesting yet everyday objects.
For the second half Adrian took us through 2 presentations. The first was a visit to Chatsworth House and their Christmas display. This years theme was “Once Upon a Time” including a section for the “Tales of Beatrix Potter”. Adrian explained that getting quality shots was problematic, no tripod, difficult exposures due to extremes of light and shadow and the need for high ISO. All that said the whole display was quite enchanting. Adrian’s second presentation was a detailed photographic walk around Blists Hill a recreated Victorian Town and fascinating that was.
There were numerous characters in Victorian dress, visits to various shops (the dentist chair was particularly vivid and scary), a lesson in a Victorian school, some heavy industry, lots of copper industry, the canal and much much more.
A very enjoyable evening was had by all many thanks Lynne and Adrian.