From Boots to Ballet Shoes
We had a talk by Caroline Bridges who is a commercial, portrait and lifestyle photographer.
In 2015 she was placed 2nd in the Dog Photographer of the Year competition. Her image was used as the back drop for Channel 4's coverage of Crufts. Caroline has also achieved many awards for her fine art portraiture coming 10th in the International people category with The Guild of Photographers in 2017.
She showed us photos which included dogs taking part in field sports, house interiors, landscapes and some lovely portraits of dancers and her daughter.
Our chairman Brian Stephenson gave a talk covering the ten years he's been in the club. He showed us some of his landscapes, sport and people pictures including many that have won awards in national competitions. He also gave tips and advice about camera settings etc that he used.
Many thanks to our speaker David Gibbins ARPS APAGB EFIAP/B BPE5 who entertained us with a great selection of his favourite Audio Visuals. Across a wide variety of subjects including landscapes, street art, Norway, trees, family, Southwell Workhouse and Brussels, he showed us how he skilfully combines his images to carefully chosen music, sometimes with narration added too.
Many members who hadn't made an AV before were inspired to have a go as a great way of sharing their images with friends and family.
'A Photographic journey From Sea Level to Extreme Altitude'
Our speaker Dave Cudworth BPE3, took us on a journey through the UK, Europe, Australia and Nepal, showing us how he combines his love of photography, the landscape and mountaineering.
Starting the evening in Whitby and ending in the Himalayas, we saw images of dramatic waves, big blue skies, people he met, beautiful snow covered mountains and heard stories of the challenges he faced capturing images at different altitudes. A very interesting and enjoyable evening.
'Highlands and Islands'
Our members enjoyed a print lecture by Ken Bryan and he showed us his landscapes and seascapes from the Hebrides.
Landscape photography has been a major part of his life for over thirty years, leading him to wild and extreme places in search of dramatic images.
Ken has his own studio and gallery on the Isle of Skye.
'Ten Years of the GB Cup'
Our first meeting of 2019 was a talk by our past chairman Bill Hall AFIAP DPAGB ABPE.
We saw some of the best of our club's photography from 2008 to 2018 as he showed us a selection of photos we have entered in the PAGB GB Cup. There were examples of all types of photography.
Mono Print of the Year
Many thanks to David Gibbins ARPS APAGB EFIAP/b BPE5 for judging our second print competition.
Two scores of 20 were given in the advanced section to David Keep with his print 'Rooni Siraj 110kg Lift' and to Neil Humphries with 'Don't Tell'.
Mark Storey's print 'Fighter' won the novice section
Our judge chose David Keep's print as the overall winner of Mono Print of the Year
In the main room we had a well attended practical session with plenty of advice on macro photography.
Marlies brought along praying mantis, stick insects and geckos, which were set up around the room with props, backgrounds and lighting ready for members to photograph.
In the back room there was help with Photoshop from Brian and a demonstration from Ian of how to design and make greetings cards.
Members also brought along images and prints for critique.
'From the Other Side of the Fence'
Our guest speaker was Vin Scothern DPAGB AFIAP PPSA BPE4 from Nottingham and Notts Photographic Society.
He showed us many of his sports images that have been successful in competitions and shared information on how you don't always need press accreditation or really long lenses to take great shots.
After the break he took us through the images he used to gain his DPAGB, followed by showing us a selection of his landscape and nature shots.
'An Evening with Ian Pinn Part 3'
Ian shared a large selection of his prints, which were mostly landscapes taken on very early mornings from various coastal locations in the UK and a few from New Zealand.
He showed sequences of prints taken from the same location during a sunrise to illustrate the changes in light and colour, explaining how changing position or waiting a few minutes can result in quite different images. Ian also showed many examples of how the choice of paper can make such a difference to the finished print.
PDI competition 1
Many thanks to Malcolm Sales for judging our first PDI competition of the season.
Results are on the internal competitions page
'The Art of Metamorphosis'
We welcomed Andrea Hargreaves EFIAP DPAGB BPE3 PSA4 to our club to tell us about the journey her images take from photoshoot to finished print or PDI. She showed us how her workflow has developed and the metamorphosis of a straight image into a fantasy creation.
Andrea also showed us the images she used to gain her CPAGB and DPAGB awards.
PAGB Inter Club Print Championship
We are very proud to have come first in the Inter Club Print Championship. This was the first time that we had actually reached the final eight, so we were really thrilled to be the winners of this prestigious award, by one point! It was also the first time that a NEMPF club has won this trophy.
'Northern Chile and Easter Island'
In the first half of the evening Helen Willis gave an interesting presentation about a recent trip exploring Northern Chile with lots of colourful street art and landscape images.
After the break we saw her images from Easter Island, as well as learning about the history of the figures carved by the early Rapa Nui people.
An evening where we can all learn from each other!
First we had demonstrations and tips for using black layers and white layers in Photoshop.
As requested, we discussed focus points and effective use of in camera flash.
There was also a chance for us to show images for critique by our fellow members.
'Iceland - The First Days of Summer' and
'The Faroe Islands - A Land That Lives in the Clouds'
Our members enjoyed a very interesting and informative evening presented by Colin New from Sheffield Photographic Society. Colin is also a member of The London Salon of Photography and is sponsored by Fotospeed.
In the first half about Iceland, we saw wonderful images of glaciers, Icelandic horses, blue ice and frozen lakes. After the tea break there were dramatic landscapes of the mountainous volcanic Faroe Islands with stunning waterfalls, steep cliffs and green valleys. During the break we all enjoyed looking at his prints of the images.
Colour Print of the Year
Many thanks to Erica Oram CPAGB, AFIAP, BPE2 from Sheffield Photographic Society for judging our first print competition of the season.
Jon Mee won the Advanced Colour Print of the year with his print 'Billy, Bonnie and Amy'.
The winning print in the novice section was 'Bit on the Side of a Steam Engine' by Peter Neale.
Image critique and basic Photoshop skills
Our members brought images in for a critique session in the main room. Lots of helpful advice and suggestions were given on how their images could be improved for entering in competitons.
In the other room Brian demonstrated how to edit an image with Photoshop Elements.
Our members were invited to enter up to three panels of four images, based on a common theme, either as PDIs or prints.
Our guest judge Simon Hickie had a difficult job with so many great panels of images to choose from. They covered a wide range of subjects; steam engines, birds, The Red Arrows, butterflies, landscapes, portraits, flowers etc.
First place in the print panels went to David Keep with 'Let's Dance'. In PDI panels Neil Humphries came first with 'British Butterflies' and James Sidgwick won the novice section with 'Raceday'.
The overall winner on the evening was David Keep's print panel 'Let's Dance'.
'Confessions of a Competition Addict'
Many thanks to Robert Millin
DPAGB, MFIAP, EFIAP/p, EPSA, SSPA, FBPE
from Wigan 10 Foto Club for a very interesting, informative and inspiring evening.
Our members and guests saw a selection of Robert's superb images as he shared lots of very useful advice about taking photos, processing and entering competitions.
First meeting of the season
Our chairman Brian Stephenson welcomed everyone before giving an illustrated presentation with details of the speakers that he's booked, then he went through some changes in the way that the print competitions will run this season. After the tea break we looked at the images the club used in a recent national competition held in Warwick.
It was great to see some new faces at our meeting!
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