3 Way Battle 2013

3 Way Battle location map for 2013 (click map for full size image)

Here are the details for this year’s location for the 3 Way Battle pictures to be taken.

Date: Sunday 12th May 2013

Location : Weston-Super-Mare in the area outlined in the colour and in focus area in the attached map.
The area is bounded by 
 Kewstoke Road to the North, Monks Hill, Milton Hill, Baytree Road, Locking Road, Drove Road, Devonshire Road & Bridgewater Road to the West, Uphill Way leading to the coast to the South, approx 400metres of the Coast to the East

Time: 00:00 to 24:00 


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Day out – Black Country Living Museum

Recently club members enjoyed a nice day out with cameras at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley.

A wide variety of subjects were available to photograph, such as visitors in period costume, boats on the canal, workshops, and meticulously recreations of various shops. Everyone had an enjoyable time and we’re all looking forward to our next club outing!

Burlesque studio evening

Last Monday evening saw the return of Steve Cox, along with models Dulcie and Gracie, which gave club members the opportunity to photograph the models in burlesque costumes.

The evening was a great success, and many of the members enjoyed photographing something a little different from normal, and many of the newer members also picked up some hints and tips both from Steve Cox and from some of the more experienced members.

Poetry with images Competition 2013

This year there will be a poetry with images competition, the submission date for which is 10th June. The rules will be as follows:

1. Select a piece of poetry and produce five images to illustrate the poem.
2. The images may be Prints or Digital Images.
3. Prints to be no bigger than A4. (print size) – mounted
4. Digital Images to a maximum pixel limitation of 1400 pixels wide x 1050 pixels high.
5. There is no limitation of subject.
6. Entries to be prints or digital images. Only two entries per member.
7. Poems can be copies of original poems, or your own work.

Entries for the competition can be submitted to the Competition Secretary either on CD, USB stick, or by email to  competitions@sypc.org.uk

Challenge Competition 2013

Challenge Competition 2013

1. Entries to be one panel of five digital images, JPEG – to be any format (landscape or portrait) – to a maximum pixel limitation of 1400 pixels wide x 1050 pixels high.
2. Subjects:

a) Birds
b) Animals
c) Trees
d) Rivers & Streams
e) Coastal
f) Landscapes

3. Panel to be of one subject from the above list.
4. Images to have been taken in 2012/2013.
5. Panel to be judged by an outside judge.
6. Entries to be entered on the 30th September 2013.
7. The file name for each digital image shall contain a number indicating the running order, title, category, & the members competition number. Example: – 01- Robin – birds – 38.
8. Titles must not be generic, i.e. each image to have a different title.
9. The winning entry will still be eligible for entry into other competitions.

Entries for the competition can be submitted to the Competition Secretary either on CD, USB stick, or by email to competitions@sypc.org.uk

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.