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.

14th May 2018 – “My Journey so far” – by Heidi Stewart

On Monday 14th May we were privileged to receive a visit from Heidi &
Alex Stewart. This evening it was Heidi’s turn to give the talk and what a talk it was.
Heidi has a very engaging personality and is very open and honest about her photography. Having started her ‘serious’ photography within the last ten years, she found it a great help in her development to join her local camera club (Gwynver CC) and hasn’t looked back since.

Heidi will be either extremely thorough in her preparation for a photographic sortie (checking weather/tide reports and forecasts) or completely instinctive and just get up and go. In the latter case that will involve a location she had previously reconnoitered, mostly coastal locations but she is not averse to going further afield whenever possible (Lake District, Cornwall & North Devon for example).

Heidi stressed the importance of having a go and not to be tied down by convention and rules for “rules are there to be bent”!

30th April 2018 – ‘It takes Two’ – by Elizabeth Restall and Joanne Searle

A wonderful evening from 2 stunning photographers.  Elizabeth Restall (ARPS) and Joanne Searle (ARPS, AWPF) left members applauding in delight at a dazzling display of amazing Prints and enchanting dialog.

Joanne Searle opened the proceedings by explaining that she enjoys dark, grungy atmospheric images, and that she felt that her monochrome prints were even better when framed using black mounts. It soon became clear that Joanne is a photographer who knows what she likes and someone who is not influenced by the views of judges.

What followed was an incredible presentation of monochrome prints that took us on a journey around Great Britain and other wonderful parts of the world.

The images clearly show that Joanne stays true to her unique point of view. How to sum up the first part of the evening? Well, one of her images ‘Trapped’ has won 10 awards!

Joanne enjoys all aspects of photography but always tries to find that something different.
Over the years she has entered many local, national and international exhibitions with much success.

 

However, she never fails to be delighted with any success, however small, as it means that someone has enjoyed her photography.

During the coffee break Joanne displayed her panel of 12 prints that gained  her the (AWPF) distinction – quite stunning.

Elizabeth Restall, from Tyndale photography Club, stepped up to the front after the break, opening the session with a set of images that included the wonderful image – ‘Tree with Attitude’.

Elizabeth uses the image editing plugin ‘Fractalius’ to great effect. Many of her images have been captured during her participation in workshops organised and led by Andy Beale.

 

We were treated to a wide range of inspiring images that left members gasping at the detail and creativity showcased during this segment of the evening. Many of the images featured locations in places as far away as India.

 

 

Elizabeth has been a camera club member for over 30 years. She was delighted to gain her ARPS in 2012.

This was an excellent evening; a presentation of MANY MANY prints, just carrying all those boxes was a challenge ! However SYPC thoroughly enjoyed all the prints displayed – Thank you.

23rd. April – Nature Images from my Travels – by Ralph Snook

Monday night SYPC had the pleasure of the company of another first class speaker. Ralph Snook (ARPS EFIAP/b DPAGB), walked us through a fantastic set of Digital Nature images, taken on his recent travels to Bulgaria, Alaska, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Peru and Kenya
Ralphs relaxed, informative and humorous style was an excellent foil to his  Nature images all set in their natural habitat. From Alaska we saw really close pictures of Brown Bears, fishing for Salmon. These bears were  completely ignoring the photographer just a few metres away – quite awesome.

By no means a complete set but we were treated to numerous birds, whales, lizards, insects, big cats from Kenya, the odd Wolf, some Sea Otters, Eagles and not forgetting Landscapes.


This was an enthralling evening of outstanding digital images taken up close and almost personal of animals most of us only see in books, magazines or a zoo.
A fantastic professionally presented evening, please come again Ralph.