2019 – Round 1 Bi-Monthly Results February 7th. 2019

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

Brian Swinyard – was our Round 1  external judge for the first of our Bi-Monthly 2019 Competitions. Brian has visited SYPC some 4 times over the years either as a judge or a speaker and is always very welcome. Brian’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.

Brian reviewed and commented on 86 images (36 prints and 50 digital images). All of Brian’s comments and suggestions were well received we look forward to Brian’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.

Round 1  Prints Author Place
Horizon Walk Mark Seaman 1st.
I Don’t Like Birds John Scantlebury 2nd.
Stormy Iceland Carole Brown 3rd.
Cottage in the Glen Adrian Smithson 4th.
Windmill near Bruge Dave Bruten 5th.
From Rags to Riches Pete Atkins 6th.
Down the Drain Margaret Snee 7th.
Smoking Zone Stuart Lewis 8th.
Round 1 Digital Images Author Place
Avenue Mark Seaman 1st.
Sunset at Severn Crossing Terry Cooper 2nd.
Stag in Glen Etive Peter Range 3rd.
The Pose Jeremy Harris 4th.
Water Colours Eileen Scantlebury 5th.
Night Church John Portlock 6th.
Vineyard Pete Atkins 7th.
Night at the Reservoir Carole Brown 8th.

Below is a copy of the FIRST Place Print

“Horizon” by Mark Seaman 

Below is a copy of the First Place Digital Image

Avenue” by Mark Seaman

Additionally the Top 8 Digital Images and Top 3 Prints can be found in the Competition Tab of this website at – http://www.sypc.org.uk/gallery/index.php/2016-Competitions/2019-Competition-Results

11th February 2019. Leigh Woolford – “A Search for Focus”

It is interesting to notice that so many of our visiting speakers enjoy a range of hobbies and interests and, of course, they are then able to bring those things together under their photography umbrella.
An excellent case in point was last night’s speaker, Leigh Woolford (AWPF EFIAP DPAGB BPE2* FWPF Hon). Within the first minute he was posing an age-old question “What can I photograph?” – the answer lies at the end of this report. We were all interested to learn of Leigh’s captivation by photography and it was clear to see that a box of old images, slides and negatives had been passed to him that were his father’s possessions and naturally he had been bitten by the bug in early childhood ……how interesting that he won a school competition following a visit to Bristol Zoo at 10 years of age.

Our journey starts with a visit to a number of major motor sport circuits, including the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, the demanding skill of panning the camera and chasing the right image when the viewing public is now kept so far from the action, due to H & S and that careful planning to always be at the right place at the right time, all became evident. The motor sport passion also extended to local circuits and to the wonderful spectacle of the hill climb. Naturally we were treated to great drivers of the recent past, Moss, Surtees, Rosburg etc.

We were soon zoomed abroad under the heading of “Souk, Drugs and Moroccan Roll” with a trip to Western Morocco facing the challenge of, perhaps, personal danger and the objective of securing portraits of people, generally unwilling to act as models!
In no time we found ourselves in the rock’n roll concert hall with challenging light conditions, rapid guitar hand movement and occasional “acting up to the camera”. The range of costumes, settings and clever presentations, using dark added areas of equal size to the main portrait, showed us a subtle and creative skill borne of close observation of the subject.

Under the minimalistic heading of Urban images we visited the crowded former colony of Hong Kong, then local views on beaches with the ubiquitous multi coloured beach huts, landscapes of Scotland, Skye, Rannoch Moor, Glencoe including some wonderful monochrome images with spine chilling moody skies.

Naturally we were whisked away to the Norwegan Lefoten Islands, North and South Iceland with magical images of frozen lakes, dangerous snow packed overhangs, waterfalls, ice roads and studded car tyres, diamond beach and a range of Icelandic horses – what’s not to like amongst all of this?

Where did we end?
The mysterious box with Dad’s precious photos showed father and son, 50 years apart, having found the same position on a small circuit’s “S” bend taking an identical shot.
Finally we saw some lovely pictures of Leigh when he was small, his extended family and the great joy that photography extends and allows us all to share – time passes too quickly. The answer to the question is, of course, keep a running record and display prints of all sections of your family.
A super evening where all of the members of SYPC felt connected to the speaker – For more information please see Leigh’s website at – –https://leighwoolfordphotography.weebly.com/

Thanks Leigh

4th February 2019. Alex Nail – “An evening with …….”

 

Alex Nail and his presentation might well go down as the most exciting, life changing and thrilling examples of commitment to searching and completing the art and science of photography that we will ever see at SYPC.

For all of the previous day it felt like the night might bring an inversion, I’m not sure what exactly caused this notion, but something was different in the air. That night I awoke from my half-sleep to find a valley full of clouds. We headed out to a viewpoint over Pyramid and Column to find them just poking through the mist with the Milky way arcing above. The moonrise was unexpected but ultimately created one of the most impossibly beautiful sights I have seen in the Drakensberg.”

Alex’s evening took us through a rambling mixture and adventure by a young professional photographer who seeks to go into the wildest of places with a target image in his mind and follows it through to perfection.
Through careful and finely judged planning Alex and his parties and walking companions took us to The Northwest – The Scottish Highlands, The Isle of Skye, Iceland, Greenland and the Drakensburg Mountains of South Africa.


“I’ve shot this view in a variety of lighting conditions now, but every time I am there a new opportunity presents itself.”

 

 

To describe his work as just landscape photography is a gross understatement. He is a great advocate of composition, a student of weather conditions, including rough camping, he knows what he wants, where to find it, and is dogged in his determination to achieve the very pinnacle of breath-taking views and stunning abstract open-air images, and time-lapse videos.

 

A visit to Alex Nail’s  website at – http://WWW.alexnail.com  is essential

28th January 2019. Graham Harries – “What I Do”

Monday 28th members of SYPC were privileged to witness a truly inspirational and thoroughly entertaining presentation by Graham Harries from Llanelli.

Graham was very keen to point out that he supported photographers who ‘did their own thing’ and did not follow the crowd which was again demonstrated by his ability to look for something different in the most formal of scenes, whether a sporting venue, a rock concert or indeed a wedding.

Not one to be left behind he has also embraced drone photography and video photography, leaving us all speechless with a wonderfully crafted sequence based on his time in Iceland.

Needless to say we are all looking forward to a return visit.

7th January 2019. Ric Harding – “Some of my wildest moments”

Our speaker, Dr. Ric Harding (EFIAP/b DPAGB BPE4*), treated us to a feast of photographic delights covering both a variety of subjects and venues.
The evening began with a whistle stop tour of Ric’s background into photography, from University watching “The Who” in concert to post graduate work, travelling, for 3 years in France to a foundry in Metz, enjoying playing rugby for the local team then further high level studies finishing with a PhD in materials science and working in research at B’ham University.
His first series of delights for us demonstrated a modest formula for the establishment of the DEPTH of FIELD for macro photography, this was verified by seeing the actual depths by photographing a metric ruler’s scale – excellent! The subsequent set of images showed wonderful images of insects taken in his garden, flies, shield beetles, ladybirds, damsel flies and many more, these extended to similar work done in the tropics.

Ric’s travelling partner was often his wife and he now diverted his attention to recording a visit to Africa, to the Namib desert.

The huge extensive red sand dunes formed monuments across the desert landscape and great care was needed to protect expensive cameras from ingress by sand.

He was able to enjoy a balloon trip over the desert and of course this elevated position provided stunning views – he himself described it as the “journey of a lifetime”.

The photo thrills continued with birds, animals, mainly brown bears fishing, abstract grab shots and coastal seascapes.

This particularly focused on a trip to the USA and the State of Oregon where the rugged coastline, often immersed in sea fog, showed us an area not often seen.

The rocky crags gave way to coastal caves, created by the ceaseless activity of the sea, which provided hiding places for seals and other aquatic mammals.
Ric’s final series was drawn from his many visits to the North East of England which included all manner of delights from castle’s to sea views, birds and rock formations, these began at Lindisfarne and continued southwards down the fierce North Sea coast.
We were spellbound, a very special night.

2018 – Round 6 Bi-Monthly Results November 12th 2018

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

Tony Byram (EFIAP, ARPS, AWPF and DPAGB)– was our Round 6  external judge for the last of our 6 Bi-Monthly 2018 Competitions. Tony hasn’t visited SYPC for some time, but he is well known, respected and admired by all members that knew Tony from previous visits. For those of us that hadn’t had the privilege of Tony’s judging prowess we were also suitable impressed.   Tony’s review of the prints and digital images was a  well thought through critique, clearly drawing on many years of Photographic experience, with words of encouragement and constructive comments for improvement.

Tony reviewed and commented on 72 images (26 prints and 46 digital images). All of Tony’s comments and suggestions were well received we look forward to Tony’s return to SYPC

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

Round 6 Digital Images Author Place
Gone Swimming Alan Grynyer 1st.
Cleaning Windows Jenni Craft 2nd.
Porto Houses Peter Range 3rd.
Love in the Mist Seeds Mary Williams 4th.
Serenity Terry Cooper 5th.
Bubbles Eileen Scantlebury 6th.
Mirror Mirror Pete Atkins 7th.
Seamstress Adrian Smithson 8th.
Round 6 Prints Author Place
Ljubljana Sunset Ray Grace 1st.
Autumn Fern (Pampas Grass) Pete Atkins 2nd.
Llyn Clywedog November Mist Mary Williams 3rd.
Forgotten Lights Adrian Smithson 4th.
Dawn Mist over Boullion Castle Peter Range 5th.
Misty Fells John Scantlebury 6th.
She’s Late Eileen Scantlebury 7th.
Quayside Mark Seaman 8th.

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

 

“Gone Swimming” by Alan Grynyer

 

 

Below is a copy of the 1st. Place Print

 

“Ljubljana Sunset”  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 5 Bi-Monthly Results – October 8th 2018

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

Julie Kay – was our Round 5  external judge for the 5th. of our 6 Bi-Monthly 2018 Competitions. Julie was not only new to SYPC but also relatively new to the judging circuit. Like many other judges Julie was extremely well  prepared and her relative ‘newness’ as a judge  was NOT obvious. Julie gave a professional and well thought through critique of all our Prints and Digital Images.

Julie critiqued and commented on 78 images (28 prints and 50 digital images). Her comments and suggestions were well received particularly her advice on Composition and the best positioning of subjects within the frame.

Thank you Julie Kay – we look forward to your return to SYPC

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

Round 5 Digital Images Author Place
Remains of Aberystwyth Castle Carole Brown 1st.
Dreaming Bluebells Steve Purkis 2nd.
Uptown Girl Kevin James 3rd.
Gentle Blush Cathy Fordham 4th.
Take Away Food Phil Arnold 5th.
Royal Crescent Peter Range 6th.
Sunrise at Eileen Donan Castle Alan Grynyer 7th.
Quiet Retreat Pete Alford 8th.
Round 5 Prints Author Place
Avocet Ray Grace 1st.
Sun Voyager Sculpture Carole Brown 2nd.
Cascade Mark Seaman 3rd.
After the Rain Eileen Scantlebury 4th.
Above Aberdulais Dave Bruten 5th.
I Love My Dog Stuart Lewis 6th.
Those were the Days Pete Atkins 7th.
Should be a Lady John Scantlebury 8th.

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

 

“Remains of Aberystwyth Castle” by Carole Brown

 

 

 

 

Below is a copy of the 1st. Place Print

 

“Avocet – Flight of Fancy”  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 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.