2013 Timetable



7th January

Photographing wildlife

Allen R Lloyd ARPS AWPF

14th January

Print discussion evening –

bring prints along!

21st January

Studio evening

28th January

Barry Beckham – Demos

from DVDs



4th February

The Cotswold Lad Returns

Martin Fry

11th February

Bi-Monthly Competition round 1

18th February

My view of life


22nd February (Fri) Club dinner (La Passione)
25th February

Competition – Picture connections

(as per Crossbow’s fun evening)



4th March

PAGB Awards

Di Tilsley

11th March

Pictures to EXE our way

John Scantlebury and Brian Pountney

18th March

Bi-monthly Competition Round 2

25th March

Projected image evening

Show members your digital images



1st April

Easter bank holiday – no meeting

8th April

Burlesque (studio flash)

Steve Cox

13th April (Sat) Day out – Black Country Museum
15th April

Annual Exhibition Opening

Yate Heritage Centre

22nd April

Members presentations


29th April

Evening out

Castle Combe



6th May
Bank Holiday – No Meeting
12th May (Sun)

Three Way Battle

Day out taking pictures with Crossbow CC and Thornbury CC

Venue TBA

13th May

Quiz evening

Brian Pountney and John Scantlebury

20th May

Bi-monthly Competition Round 3

27th May
Spring Bank Holiday – no meeting


1st June

Day out (Sat)

Fairford Village

3rd June

Portrait evening

Members modelling

10th June

On and off the beaten track in Indochina 2

Margaret Collis Hon EFIAP ARPS

17th June

Photoshop – interactive demo

David Rowley

24th June

Poetry and Images

Prints or digital images with poetry



1st July

A wet night in

Penny and Spike Piddock

8th July

Social Evening – Barbeque

15th July

Evening out with model

Venue to be confirmed

22nd July
Bi-Monthly Competition Round 4
29th July

President’s Evening

Evening out, venue TBC – Steve Wharram



5th August

Digital image discussion evening

Discuss your digital images

10th August (sat)

Day out

Fleet Air Arm museum

12th August

Evening out

Old Sodbury churchyard

19th August

In the steps of Shackleton

Pam and Eddy Lane

26th August
August Bank Holiday – No Meeting

31st August (Sat)

Day out – Blaenevon, South Wales



2nd September WCPF Travelling Critique
9th September
Bi-monthly Competition Round 5
16th September
Three way battle judging (Thornbury)
23rd September

Pinhole photography

Justin Quinnell

30th September
A/V annual competition


7th October
Speaker – Martin Parr
14th October

Annual challenge competition

21st October

Getting the most out of an unconventional camera –
Fine art photography and the Holga

Michael Reeves

28th October

SYPC Annual General Meeting



4th November

Bi-Monthly Competition Round 6

11th November

Digital images

Members images from club days out

18th November

Our view of Northumbrland

John and Eileen Scantlebury, Paul Kessler

25th November
Annual Competitions


2nd December

Studio evening

Theme – tabletop

9th December

Last of the Summer Wine

Mike Challenger

16th December
American Supper and Presentations
23rd December
Christmas break – No Meeting
30th December
New Years break – No Meeting

Portrait session

Yesterday evening we had a studio style portrait session, organised by our club chairman, Paul Kessler.

We all had an enjoyable time taking photographs of Steph, and for many of us this was our first time taking photographs using studio flashes with proper lighting! It also gave opportunity for those with less experience with some of the manual controls of their cameras to try something new!

Pictures of Skye

We have recently been treated to a talk by Adrian Smithson LRPS, entitled Pictures of Skye, with images contributed by Ray Grace ARPS DPAGB, Helen Hayes and Lynne Smithson LRPS.

The Old Man of Storr by Ray Grace


The evening was a great success, and we saw various images which illustrated the landscape of the whole of Skye, in various weather conditions, as well as hearing anecdotes, and being subjected to Adrian’s humorous puns! The images above of The Old Man of Storr by Ray Grace, is just one example of the excellent images we enjoyed seeing. We were told that they would be returning to Skye at a different time of year, so hopefully in the future we will be able to compare how the seasons change the landscape at Skye.

Masai Mara Migration

This week we were lucky enough to have a wonderful presentation by Pam and Eddy Lane (both ARPS DPAGB) on the subject of Masai Mara Migration; a safari trip documenting both the safari trip itself, and the wildlife found on the Masai Mara. Lions, cheetahs, elephants, hippopotamuses, vultures, jackals, crocodiles, and of course the wildebeest for which the talk is named, all made an appearance in the images we were shown.

Presidents Evening

The Presidents Evening, hosted by our President (of course!) Steve Wharram, was an enjoyable evening based on what “local” means to us, the members. The first half of the evening we were shown images from each of those members who had given their images to the President, with comments to explain them.

The second half of the evening consisted of the President showing a variety of his own images, with an explanation for each of them – where they were taken, and why.

An enjoyable evening was had by all, so thank you to everyone who had pictures shown on the evening!

If you would like to see more of Steve Wharrams images, his blog The Wobbley Lens has more for you to check out!

Mike Lane – Stand in!

Monday 6th August saw last minute stand-in Mike Lane give a wonderfully varied presentation of his wildlife photography. Not only did we see some very high quality images, we also got to hear a bit about the places he went to get the pictures, how the equipment and hides were set up, the patience sometimes required for that perfect picture, and how some of the images could be done by ourselves.

Many thanks to Mike for being a last minute stand in for Peter Preece. To see more about Mike and his work, more information can be found at his website at focus4nature.

David Boag – The world of a wildlife photographer

Renowned wildlife photographer and author David Boag gave a fantastic talk on Monday evening, giving us an overview of the variety of subjects and locations that he has photographed over the years. The main focus of the talk was to answer some of the most common questions he has been asked over the years, and so rather than focussing narrowly on any specific subject, instead allowed the audience to sample the wealth of Davids fantastic photographs.

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