Reviews of TPC weekly meetings prepared by Christine Ryske, and other relevant Club news will be posted on this page
THURSDAY 7th December – COMPETITION NIGHT
Bob Ryan ARPS FRSA
After being introduced to the club members Bob began by saying how much he enjoyed meeting people and looking at the photographs they produce. He explained how he had judged the competition entries; he looked at each image for four seconds giving a mark out of twenty and then having ‘judged’ each image he them gave a second look and scrutinized them in more detail adjusting his original mark if necessary.
The print competition was a set subject – trees; whereas the PDIs were open images.
Bob spoke for several minutes on each entry giving constructive criticism and ‘hints and tips’ to the photographer.
Results of the competition are on the respective pages of the website.
Mike Pritchard gave the vote of thanks.
THURSDAY 30th NOVEMBER club meeting
guest speaker COLIN WALLS CPAGB
Colin Walls CPAGB last visited us in 2011 when we were then known as Cam and Dursley Camera Club, so we were well overdue a talk from him. He started the evening by saying he travels to camera clubs because he relishes meeting other photographers, he doesn’t charge a fee because he goes out to enjoy himself but would happily accept a donation for his elected charity Sightsavers. With the formalities over he then gave us a little background knowledge to him as a photographer; he has taken photographs most of his adult life, with varying degrees of enthusiasm, and belongs to Beacon Camera Club in Malvern. He likes simple pictures and prefers to construct his images in camera rather than in post processing.
His talk ‘Annual Perspective’ came about after he posted a picture on the internet every day for a year, he found the feedback he received very useful and asked his audience tonight to ‘chip in’ for more feedback on his images as he felt this was the way he still managed to learn.
He split the evening into four parts, the first of which was ‘Reflections’. In this section we were shown reflections of objects in water, buildings, mirrors and metal, each producing its own abstract photograph. The second slice of the talk was ‘Shapes and Textures’ and this encompassed a variety of items including mud, sand, walkways, rope, dew and would you believe it his sock drawer! After the coffee break Colin chatted about his ‘Street’ photography, the majority of the photographs in this section were of objects and parts of buildings. His fascination in decaying objects, flaky paint, rust, mould and lichen proved to produce extraordinary images. To finish off the evening we were shown pictures of ‘The Alternative View’. These photographs were ones that Colin hoped no one else would see (or bother to take) and they tended to be the tops of buildings and buildings taken at odd angles.
George Ryske thanked Colin for sharing his images with us and it had given him, and probably the other members in the club, the incentive to take the photograph anyway, you never know it might come to something and if it doesn’t just delete it!
THURSDAY 23rd NOVEMBER club meeting
guest speaker HEIDI STEWART
After breakfast this morning, I had a sneak preview of tonight’s speaker’s webpage and when I put my advert for the club meeting onto Facebook, I said we would be ‘in for a treat’ and, by golly, I wasn’t disappointed. Heidi Stewart travelled from Wales with her husband, Alec, to show us prints and projected digital images to accompany her talk called ‘My Journey So Far’.
She started the evening by telling us how her interest in photography began when she was about eleven years old after being given her first camera. As she got older, family life and children ‘got in the way’ but in 2010 she joined Gwynfa Camera Club and her interest was re-ignited and, as she said, she hasn’t looked back.
The first half of the evening was filled with landscapes and seascapes taken in The Vale of Glamorgan, The Gower, The Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia, Cornwall and The Lake District. Heidi explained how she took each picture and how patience pays off if you wait for ‘the right moment’ to come along. We all knew it was time for tea when a pdi of a cup of tea with a biscuit sat on the saucer appeared.
Part two was packed with mixture of topics, including daring sports, street entertainers, wildlife and portraits of interesting people. She also took us on holiday to Florida and several theme parks in England.
She finished off the evening with a taster of her new talk entitled ‘Every Step I Take’. After around of applause from the very appreciative club members we were entertained with an encore of two AVs ‘Ugly Bugs Ball’ and ‘Scenes from Wales’.
I had the honour of giving the vote of thanks and, may I say, look forward very much to seeing Heidi’s new talk.
THURSDAY 16th NOVEMBER – COMPETITION NIGHT
Peter Weaver LRPS CPAGB APAGB
Peter began by saying he had been to our club many times both for judging and talking, he told us he was a keen walker but had learned not to take his camera equipment out when out on a purposeful walk because of the weight! I am sure most of us know that walking and photography are two separate hobbies!
The print competition was open and photographs varied across all subjects whereas PDIs were entered for the Landscape Trophy.
Peter gave constructive criticism and points out of 20 for each entry, holding back the ones he felt could be winners.
Results of the competition are on the respective pages of the website.
Steve Daniel gave the vote of thanks.
THURSDAY 9th NOVEMBER – CLUB MEMBERS EVENING
HOW WE USED TO DO IT!
This particular topic was triggered by a slide show given to the club last year by a visiting speaker. Members chatted to each other about how many slides they had ‘up in the attic’ and how they hadn’t viewed them for years. As programme secretary Brian Wetton asked if anyone would like to volunteer to show their pictures one evening in the future and it was agreed that it was a brilliant idea and so the evening was planned.
As the organiser Brian opened the evening with slides his father had taken in the 1950’s and 1960’s. It was amazing how after 60 years they had kept their colour so well. It was also good to see Brian as a child!
Lionel Jones then took centre stage and showed slides he had taken of a 1950’s Dursley Gala Day. We were told how he took the photographs of the procession through Dursley then ran home to develop and mount them and then rushed up to the recreational ground to show them on the ‘Cam and Dursley Camera Club’ stand. Again the colours of the slides had kept really well and it was good to see past times in Dursley.
Bill Beere then took us to Lundy Island. He went there with a group of bird ringers in the 1980’s and took photographs of not only the stunning island but of the ringers catching, ringing, measuring and releasing the birds. His amusing commentary entertained the members throughout his slide show.
David King gave us a peep into the time he and his family spent in Botswana. He worked at a school there and gave us a fascinating insight into school life and projects undertaken by the members of staff and the pupils. He also included some pictures of the different types of transport and housing and concluded his slide show with pictures of the journey home.
Barbara Gibbons pleased us with, to her own admission, random slides she had taken in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Barbara’s style of photography hasn’t really changed over the years and this was evident as she firstly took us to South Africa showing views of and from Table Mountain. We then visited the Isle of Wight, The Lake District, Exmoor and Capri.
George Ryske concluded the first half of the evening with slides he had taken on a holiday to Yugoslavia in the late 1980’s. Pictures included views of the Julian Alps and Lake Bled. When the slides of Dubrovnik and Mostar were shown other members who had visited the city commented on the changes there since the war of the early 1990’s.
Elizabeth Restall opened the second half of the evening with a random selection of slides taken on several camera club holidays and places of interest she had visited specifically to take photographs. She took us to Tuscany, Lake Garda, Spain, Holland, Versailles, Bath, Badminton, London, Kent, Westonbirt Arboretum and Junction 6 of the M5, showing slides that had served her very well in competitions of the years.
Jenny Fryer then explained to us how she was able to ‘cheat the system’ and showed us slides that she had managed to manipulate without the use of Photoshop. We saw oval mounts, clean edges and several images in one slide all cleverly done with excellent artistry and precision.
To end the evening the baton was again passed to Brian Wetton who showed slides of a holiday in Budapest and a visit to Torronto with Dursley Male Voice Choir. The cityscape couldn’t have been any different, one very modern with extremely tall buildings and the other very old and traditional.
It was agreed by most exhibitors that if they had taken the photographs recently on digital cameras, bits would have been ‘Photoshopped out’ and horizons would have been levelled – but as the title of the evening stated this is ‘how we used to do it!’
Gloria Pritchard gave to vote of thanks to all who had taken the time to sort out their old slides and share them with everyone present.
THURSDAY 2nd NOVEMBER
Sandie Cox ARPS DPAGB joined us on Thursday 2nd November and showed us her selection of prints entitled ‘This, That and Wildlife’. She took us on a journey all over the world starting in the UK with her earlier prints from Scotland, The Lake District, Cornwall and a 1940’s re-enactment at The Severn Valley Railway. We were then transported across The Atlantic Ocean to Ecuador, Argentina, Alaska, Florida and Yellowstone Park where we were shown many prints including portraits, churches, grizzly bears, great white egret chicks, gushing geysers and thermal pools. Immediately before our ‘tea break’ we returned to the UK for a selection of internal and external building prints from cities such as Birmingham, Gloucester and Bristol. During the second half of the evening we were entertained with mostly wildlife photographs taken in Africa, India, Nepal and The Arctic Circle; these included cheetahs, hyenas, lions, zebras and many more animals you would expect to see whilst travelling around these areas. We ended the evening with a sunset over the Himalayas. Bill Beere gave the vote of thanks and praised Sandie for her bravery in getting so close to many of the wild animals she photographed.
19/10/2017 – Allen R Lloyd ….. (written up by Joy King)
Allen is a professional photographer who runs workshops and courses from his studio in Wales. A retired teacher he gave us an enjoyable evening of wonderful images, amusing anecdotes, memorable tips/information on such things as camera technique and wildlife.
Allen, initially in an audio-visual presentation, took us to Oregon, where we discovered how to take images of the starry night sky, we then ‘travelled’ to Alaska, looking for Grizzly Bears – and discovering the three different ways that the bears ‘fish’ the salmon i.e the bears ‘charge at’ the fish by pouncing on them, they ‘snorkel’ for the fish, or they catch the fish mid-air as the fish jump the rapids. Chosen technique depends on how the bear mothers taught them apparently!
Finally (and a little reluctantly) home to the Wye Valley where we were treated to stunning views in different lighting ‘moods’ with tips about how to achieve some of the wonderful variety of images. What an excellent evening’s study!
On Thursday 12th October Tyndale Photography Club gave a warm welcome to Eddy Lane ARPS DPAGB EFIAP who shared his memories of two trips he and his wife, Pam, took travelling to Antarctica. He titled his talk ‘In the footsteps of Shackleton’ and their journey took them to many places that explorer Ernest Shackleton had passed through on his three expeditions to the Antarctic. Their journey started in Argentina and followed a route from The Falkland Islands down to South Georgia and eventually Antarctica. Whilst displaying the numerous images of the landscape and wild life, he gave a graphic description of the weather conditions they had to endure. The vote of thanks was given by Brian Wetton who commented that the sort of journey Eddy and Pam made wasn’t to everyone’s taste but it is lucky that folk like them will do it so that folk like us can take pleasure in seeing the results of their travels.
5th OCTOBER 2017
The club welcomed Peter Gennard MFIAP EFIAP/p to give his illustrated talk titled ‘PG Tips – My Way’. He displayed prints for us to view at our leisure but the main event was his projected digital image presentation of photographs taken between 2007 and 2009. There was wide range of subjects for us to enjoy including : Tough Guys in Wolverhampton : The Severn Valley Railway : Seals at Donna Nook : Water Sports at both Kingsbury Water Park and The National Water Sports Centre : Car Rallying : Greyhound Racing : Punks in Blackpool : the list goes on and on. The vote of thanks was given by Edwin Nuttall and everyone agreed with him that it had been a most enjoyable evening with an extremely varied range topics covered.
New members Maureen Sandford and Ian Cook were welcomed to the club by Christine Wetton.
28th SEPTEMBER 2017
The first meeting of the 2017/2018 season for Tyndale Photography Club was held at North Nibley Village Hall on 28th September. It was very well attended and we were pleased to welcome several new members. As is customary at the first meeting it was the ‘U Judge’ competition, this year The Colab Trophy was awarded to Elizabeth Restall for her photograph ‘Road to the Beach’. Other finalists were Brian Wetton, Jenny Fryer and Don Grundell. To finish off the evening there was a short EGM followed by a light buffet supper which was enjoyed by all.