6th January 2020 – Emma Drabble – Portraiture on Location

The SYPC programme for 2020 was off to a great start in the company of commercial and commissioned photographer Emma Drabble who comes from a documentary background. Her photography covers a wide range of subjects from architects and food producers to actors, farmers, dressage horses and even equine dentists. Operating a portable ‘pop-up fine-art studio’ on location, she says her work is “more than portraiture, but rather capturing something other – the living connections between people. The life, love and laughter.” Emma demonstrated her art by taking the members through two of her recent commissions,
“River Voices” detailing the lives and livelihoods of the people of the river Wye and those who live on the Gwent levels.

One of many images that project a story from Emma’s work.

Pictorial story telling is her forte and the chosen subject matter is very compelling. As a Panasonic Ambassador, her LUMIX G cameras are “like a paintbrush in my hand. Always a help, never a hindrance; always delivering some extra magic.”


2nd. December 2019 – Tony & Eva Worobiec – “The Water’s Edge”

Eva and Tony Worobiec ( FRPS) are described as a fine art photographers and their latest book [one of 17 published in some 8 languages] titled ‘The Waters Edge”  is a journey around the coast of the UK and was the subject of Tony’s talk at SYPC.

Tony  (supported by his wife Eva) described this lecture as more of a workshop – but in fact it was a Masterclass in outstanding and inspirational photography with many of the photographs shown taken within a two-hour journey for our club members.

Tony’s photography has the ability to present the viewer with a coastal scene of complete wilderness, transporting the viewer into a surreal world of colour, strange rock formations, decaying structures, lighthouses and piers –  often only a short distance away from a bustling and busy built-up area.

The sheer power and beauty of the sea, was beautifully demonstrated in powerful beach, rock and cliff images taken at pre-dawn, at sunset, the blue hour and in night time darkness. 

Adopting a ‘minimalistic’ approach to photography Tony’s work captures the visual elements of many contemporary fine artists using a limited range of colour, shape line, texture and tone.  This typifies his ‘personal style’ to photography, demonstrating why his work is in the permanent collection of the RPS, The Fox Museum and in numerous private collections in the UK, Europe, Japan and the USA.

Tony is a Fotospeed Ambassador and displayed in the interval a range of stunning images printed on all of the various Fotospeed papers and also signed his latest book for our members – sold at a discounted price.

Unlike many photographers Tony declared the locations of all of the images presented as well as the important techniques used and the important  ‘technical stuff’ such as ISO, fstop, speed, filters used etc .

Tony’s UK coastal photographic journey included numerous sub sections, such as; The Beach, The Rocky Shoreline, The Intimate Landscape, Minimalism, Coastal Features, Lighthouses, Piers of the Realm, Crossover Lighting, Beach Huts, Coastal Structures plus a few non British locations to finish off this Masterclass.

A most memorable evening for SYPC members learning from a real expert on how to deliver excellence given grey and moody skies, winter light, shooting in the rain, taking night-time photographs on wet and windy days, underneath piers, using long shutter speeds, working in rich low light conditions and more importantly “on making the uninteresting – really interesting”.

We look forward on welcoming back Tony & Eva to our club in 2021.

25th. November 2019 – Shaun Boycott-Taylor “A walk on the Wild Side”

Guest Speaker – Shaun Boycott- Taylor, presenting his talk entitled “A walk on the wild side”
Our guest speaker last night described his passion for wildlife photography around the world by one of spending many hours in public hides, private hides and one of sheer persistence, patience, hard work and a little bit of ‘good fortune’ in capturing the target.
We were privileged to see the results that a totally dedicated wildlife photographer can achieve through sheer dedication, determination, preparation and a vast amount of experience and skill. Shaun took us to locations in Northern Hungary, the Danube delta, north-eastern Spain and Scotland.


Little Owl – by Shaun Boycott-Taylor



In each location we were able to enjoy the rich variety of the wildlife on display. Shaun’s images are based on the understanding of his targets’ habits and behaviours and his detailed knowledge added to the degree of entertainment for all members.
On occasion his determination to go for THE image would lead to the kind of privation and discomfort few of us would consider, but as ever the results speak for themselves. The tale of the bolshy male western capercaillie [also known as the wood grouse or heather cock] will linger long in the memory!

21st. October 2019 – Sue & Richard Winkworth – HIMALAYAN KINGDOMS

It is often refreshing to be able to enjoy someone else’s holiday or visit to a distant and exotic place through an expert commentary supported by images taken at that time.
Last night our club enjoyed such a journey from two intrepid walkers with enquiring minds and the courage to step “off the beaten track”.
We were shown 5 distinct elements to their holiday, lasting three weeks, some years ago:-

Part 1 – Touring Kathmandu.

This reminded our speakers of India with wandering cows, exotic smells, thousands of trades carried out on the roadsides and smiling responsive people.

Part 2 – Walking in the Annapurna range.

This trek avoided Mt. Everest but challenged Sue and Rich to walk for up to 6 hours per day through steaming open valleys fighting off aggressive leeches, across dangerous bridges seeing rice and corn grown under paddy fields on steep sided conditions. We were feeling exhausted following their descriptions.

Part 3 – Searching for unicorns.

This evocative title saw the explorers looking for the one horned rhino which bathes in swamps in the national park, where the only means of transport is elephant. A unique and surprising wildlife experience.

Part 4 – Land of the Thunderdragon.

Walking in difficult conditions up to 13,000 feet in Bhutan amongst friendly people. The men virtually all attend the monastery at some stage and are always in evidence. Vast amounts of chilli seem to be grown and are harvested and dried under the roves of most houses.

Amazing to see the national sport of archery carried out under dangerous conditions for the spectators. The population have a Tibetan “look” and seem to thrive on rice and yak’s milk cheese amongst few roads in a country infested with un-owned dogs!

Part 5 – Roof of the world.

Who wouldn’t be thrilled taking off in light mist from Khatmandu Airport to see Mt Everest from every angle in bright sunshine against clear blue skies
A very special holiday, not for the feint hearted!

We look forward to seeing Sue and Richard again (next year already booked) !

14th. October 2019 – Cate Barrow – PHOTOGRAPHING UK WILDLIFE

Our guest speaker last night described her opportunities to pursue her passion for photographing Britain’s wildlife as being through public hides, private hides, hard work and luck!
Her target outcome was clearly established, early in her talk, as being as near as possible to perfect “out of the camera” with minimal post shooting modifications. She described her success hit rate as being1% and we soon realised that she was prepared to stay all night waiting for the opportunity she was looking for, or to lie in freezing and/or wet conditions to be close to the object of her intentions or even to lie in animal faeces knowing that this was the only way to achieve that particular superb photograph.
It was clear to us devotees of achieving our selected image that Cate was “driven” and has been rewarded through patience and commitment.
Here are the results shown to us:-

Sea eagle, Osprey, Kite, Sparrow hawk, Hobby, Kestrel, Red grouse, Ptarmigan, Grey partridge, Water rail, Oyster catcher, Lapwing, Ringed plover, Curlew, Puffin, Cuckoo, Reed warbler, Grey heron, Barn owl, Little owl, short eared owl, Tawny owl, Kingfisher, Green woodpecker, Great spotted woodpecker, Waxwing, Starling, Wren, Dipper, Dartford warbler, field fare, Blue tit, Long tailed tit, Crested tit, Bearded tit, Robin, Tree creeper, Siskin, Hawfinch, Tree creeper, Jay, Magpie and Crow.
It was evident that the ordinary shot was not in her vocabulary and, as previously indicated, she is prepared to develop new methods, put herself at personal risk or go to limitless lengths to achieve a unique shot.
There are currently 56 types of UK butterfly and we saw examples of male and female of each and 28 examples actually mating. We were given tips ranging from field skills through to camera settings to achieve a target. Who knew that the flying butterfly was generally the male seeking a mate while the female remains hidden at ground level hence our responsibility when seeking these elusive photographs is to remain on pathways and picking our footsteps very carefully – another example of Cate’s sincere ecological concerns.
A splendid array of Hedgehog, Bank vole, Wood mice, Water rat, Red squirrel, Fox, Harvest mice, Rabbit, Hare, Water vole, Snow hare, Pine marten, Otter, Badgers, Wild boar, Fallow deer, Red deer, Common seal – all photographed in special unique circumstances where considerable effort, ingenuity skill and, above all, patience had been exercised in order to go that extra mile. We were even spoilt with some wonderful underwater images of blue sharks.
It should be compulsory to visit Cate’s web site – here’s the link:-


We will certainly be welcoming her back soon!

2019 – Round 6 Bi-Monthly Results – September 23

This was the last of our 6 bi-monthly member competitions for 2019. Our members are encouraged to submit 2 Prints and 2 Digital images in an open format for the Bi-Monthly competitions. Our judge for our 6th Bi-Monthly competition was  Sandie Cox (ARPS  DPAGB). Over the years Sandie has been another good friend to SYPC. Sandie is always welcome as a judge or presenter.

For our 6th. Bi-Monthly competition Sandie reviewed and commented on 72 images (22 prints and 50 digital images). All of Sandie’s comments were constructive giving pointers for improvement. All of which were well received.  We look forward to seeing Sandie again at SYPC  in November when she returns as a presenter along with other members of Tetbury Camera Club.

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

Round 6 Prints Author Place
Rough Sleeper Bath Pete Atkins 1st.
Aberdulais Falls Lynne Smithson 2nd.
Castlerigg Stone Circle Pete Alford 3rd.
Heading for Home Dave Dyer 4th.
The Porch Window Adrian Smithson 5th.
View From The Shard Eileen Scantlebury 6th
This Could be Mine Keith Blake 7th
The Lakhta Centre Stuart Lewis 8th
Round 6 Prints Author Place
Studio Photo Shoot Kevin James 1st.
The Old And The New Adrian Smithson 2nd.
Brunch Eileen Scantlebury 3rd.
A Beach Stroll Jenni Craft 4th.
Black sand beach at Stokkness Carole Brown 5th.
Mind the Prickles Brian Pountney 6th
Trelissick Clive Rushton 7th
Playing Hard to get Pete Atkins 8th


Below is a copy of the FIRST Place Digital Image
Studio Photo Shoot – By Kevin James

Below is a copy of the FIRST Place Print
Rough Sleeper (Bath) – By Pete Atkins

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

9th September 2019 – JIM COSSEY – Exciting young photographer

Our guest speaker last night turned out to be an enthusiastic, adventurous, skilful and intuitive photographer.

Quite clearly from his early life in Wiltshire he loves the open air and the brilliance of the countryside and its landscapes. His enthusiasm has led him from serious BMX bike riding, skateboarding, skiing, mountain biking and adventure in order to find the picture he has dreamt about.
Through his natural ability his images, capturing his early pastimes, caused him to be talent spotted by Panasonic and his love of smaller, but technically sound, cameras have seen his career leap forward. We were able to share his all-action bike “gymnastics” shots through to lonely waterfalls, calm reflective water, mountain ponies always remembering the early and late golden hours.

Jim does not restrict his great gifts to any one area and he revealed stunning images of astrophotography especially the Milky Way from Nash Point, the Northern Lights from the Lofoten archipelago using the Lumax S1R and a new range of filters from the up and coming manufacturer Case. Driven to be in the isolated places he has undergone adventures visiting Scottish Bothies as well as taking his own accommodation either on foot or mountain bike, and particularly relishing his first freshly ground coffee every morning – as he says “…..freeing the mind…..”.
Bringing himself through to all media forms his group have now created a Podcast Library – Talking Shot Podcasts – we particularly recommend “I wish I had taken that”
For more of this exponent of the open air, visit – https://www.jimcosseyphotography.co.uk


19th. August 2019 – Peter Rose – An Audio Visual Journey

Many of us have concerns that our photographic efforts become “locked” in our computers and are never largely enjoyed by friends and family.
Our visit last night by Peter Rose showed how this might be overcome by the skilful use of three elements – photography, factual research and commentary, both supported by appropriate music.
We were able to enjoy a marvellous variety of AVs ranging through tulip fields, historic gardens, hot air at the balloon fiesta (very rain affected this year), a study of artistic graffiti, a day at the cricket, Isle of Harris, a clever use of a limited number of images entitle opposites, the poem Adlestrop and much more, occasionally including segments of video to enhance the experience.
Peter is a thoughtful photographer and devotes time and effort in order to create the story through his AV presentation that we are able to enjoy and, in many cases, bring back our own memories. The very specific first and last images were always blended to ensure that we felt part of the journey from start to finish.
A unique night presented as an opportunity for everyone to embrace and feel part of, understanding the effort that had been put into each piece.

2019 – Round 5 Bi-Monthly Results – August 12

This was our 5th. of the 6 bi-monthly member competitions. For this competition we welcomed back Ralph Snook (ARPS EFIAP/b DPAGB). Over the years Ralph has been a good friend to SYPC and a regular visitor both as a judge and an excellent presenter. Ralph  reviewed and commented on 72 images (24 prints and 48 digital images). All of Ralph’s comments were constructive often giving pointers for improvement. All of these were well received.  We look forward to seeing Ralph again at SYPC  in 2020.

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

Round 5 Prints Author Place
Gladioli Ray Grace 1st.
Up in Smoke Mark Seaman 2nd.
Mt Teiden National Park by Night Carole Brown 3rd.
Moored for the Night Mary Williams 4th.
A Cheeky Grin Pete Atkins 5th
Young surfers Lynne Smithson 6th.
London Overview from Pod Eileen Scantlebury 7th.
This is how a Plant pot Could Look Keith Blake 8th.

Round 5 Digital Images Author Place
Footprints over the Bridge Mark Seaman 1st
Lady of Hoi An Graham Harlin 2nd
Holly Alan Grynyer 3rd
Dyrham Park Jenni Craft 4th.
Naughty Nina Kevin James 5th
Taj sunrise Adrian Clay 6th
Owl in Flight Annette Wakefield 7th
Street Vendor Pete Atkins 8th

Below is a copy of the First Place Digital Image

Footprints over the Bridge” by Mark Seaman

Below is a digital copy of the First Place Print“Gladiola” by Ray Grace

Additionally digital copies of the Top 3 Prints and Top 8 Digital mages can be found at – http://www.sypc.org.uk/gallery/index.php/2016-Competitions/2019-Competition-Results



29th. July 2019 – Victoria Hillman – Nature Macro

Victoria Hillman (BSC in zoology and an MSC wildlife Biology), is a young well qualified zoologist who has adapted her scientific knowledge to create images of the living world with a real focus on the well-being of all creatures at every level. Her skills have seen her become a judge on British Wildlife Photographic Awards and The Bird Photographer of the year award.
She is very keen to share her methods and techniques and equipment in order to raise the standard at the boundaries of technical photography. She lectures at major photographic events, takes parties of would-be wildlife photographers on trips and is a published author.

The first half of this evening’s presentation saw a range of projected images from a butterfly, spider, bush cricket, praying mantis, damsel fly, dragon fly, a number of frogs, salamander, lizard, gecko, snakes and some wonderful puffins, at the break of day. Each image included details of the lens that was used, the f setting, ISO value and the shutter speed – clearly her habit of photographing at the same level as her subjects requires precise set ups, very narrow depth of field, and patience to gain the reward of the desired image. Her knowledge of her tools of the trade lead to an excellent discussion on changing the contrast setting “in-camera”.

The second half of her talk took us to the rarely discussed area of “images that haven’t worked – and why”. Her method of sorting, by avoiding emotional connection, giving yourself time, eliminating failures has taught her the discipline that is essential for a high-quality professional photographer.
We were shown modifications of composition of bluebells, lady’s slipper orchids, a praying mantis a superb dragonfly roost, frogs that were technically improved by focusing on the eye and a yellow belly toad receiving post processing in Lightroom. Caution was advised when sharpening as noise too often creeps in and spoils the shot.
Victoria’s final tips were: –
• Give yourself time (one or two species at a time).
• Understand your subject and be prepared
• Research best times and locations
• Never be afraid to go to the same location several times
This was a technically demanding night, well presented and prepared and demonstrates the advances that the next generations will bring to photography.

For more information about Victoria’s stunning work please visit her website at  https://www.vikspics.com/