Reviews of TPC weekly meetings prepared by Christine Ryske, and other relevant Club news will be posted on this page
Thursday 26th April
Ralph Snook ARPS EFIAP DPAGB had the most difficult job of judging the images entitled to be entered into our final competition of the year.
All prints and images obtaining a 1st 2nd or 3rd place in any of the monthly competitions (excluding folio 5) are automatically entered into the ‘of the year’ sections whilst members not attaining a top three result could enter two images into the ‘personal selection’ sections.
Knowing that he had 75 images to comment on Ralph kept his introduction quite short, saying that he was pleased to return to North Nibley and reminded us that we were the first society he came to when he started judging club competitions.
As he spoke about each image he gave good hints and tips about technical aspects and composition. He was also amazed at the number of pictures containing mist – surely this must be down to where we happen to live! During each of the four sections being judged Ralph stated how difficult he had found the judging as there were so many excellent images. In fact he said he had to resort to ‘nit picking’ and in the end personal choice to choose a winner.
The results are as follows :
Print Personal Selection
1st – Don Grundell – Clifton Mist
2nd – Mike Pritchard – In the depths of Winter
3rd – Mike Pritchard – Tropical Trees in Madiera
Print of the year
1st – Brian Wetton – Misty Harbour Hugh Town
2nd – Jenny Fryer LRPS – Through the gate at Coaley peak
3rd – Jenny Fryer LRPS – The girl behind the fence
PDI Personal Selection
1st – Mike Pritchard – Low Tide
2nd – Christine Wetton – Hugh Town, Isles of Scilly
3rd – Sam Yeomans – One careful owner
PDI of the year
1st – Jenny Fryer LRPS – A cold winter
2nd – George Ryske – Evening Sun over Severn Vale
3rd – Elizabeth Restall ARPS – Enjoying the fruits of his labour
This is my second year as president and on the whole it has gone well . The opening U-Judge print Competition was a bit disappointing because not many people entered their prints for this competition,I don’t know if it was a case of not knowing about it or not having any prints ready, all prints entered in this competition can be used throughout out the year, in line with the club rules so its a good start and also a way of gauging how good the prints are.
On a more positive side we welcomed new members to our club this year .
And hopefully will be increasing our membership in the next season after Clair`s Saturday morning fair at Wotton -under- edge this month. I would like to thank Christine and George Ryske for helping Claire with this.
As most people know that I will not be standing as president next season because of ill health, but I’m sure you will be in safe hands with Brian Wetton who has volunteered for 1year only to be the President in the forthcoming season .
Thank you George, for all your hard work this season as treasurer, keeping the accounts up to date and welcoming the visitors and new members to our club meetings.
Thank you Brian for doing a grand job with the programme this year we had some very interesting speakers this season .I know its hard to find new speakers that will inspire our membership but this year you have managed to do just that. I also would like to say how grateful l am for you standing in as president next season while still producing a full programme for the next season
I know you still have a few spaces to fill in the programme so if any one knows of a good speaker please let Brian know.
Christine Wetton has helped me no end with the running of the weekly meetings, standing in for me on the club nights when I was unable to attend . Thank you Christine for sorting out all the mail and correspondence.
Publicity this season was done by Christine Ryske and what a brilliant job she did, I think we had more reports in the Gazette this season than ever before so well done Christine.
Bill and Steve shared the competition entries this season Bill overseeing the prints and arranging the judges, Steve did the Pdi`s , there is still a small issue with some people not getting the competition images to both Steve and Bill on time . Thank you Bill and Steve for all your hard work this year .
Thank you Barry for looking after the Website as well as the sound system each week . Please in the next year try and send Barry a copy of your prints that have scored 17 points or more as this is a great way of keeping the website up to date.
Claire our social secretary arranged the Christmas social, food and quiz while Brian and Steve sorted out the U-judge Pdi`s. Jenny Fryer is helping Claire with the coach outings this season so if you have your name down to go on any please see Jenny. Next year Jenny will be working with Claire at the social secretarial duties . Claire arranged a evening shoot at Gloucester docks in March. We had a great time at Gloucester docks it was a warm evening for March, 8 people turned up for the occasion . So thank you Claire.
Thank you Edwin who every year spends a lot of time collating all the information and writing it up for our hand books then prints,so once again thank you Edwin .
Thank you Mike for doing the tea , coffee and committee duty rotas. standing in when people could not attend. Also a big thank you for all the
members that helped Mike in this task.
I am sure that I will be around for some of the next season ,but thank you to all the members for putting up with me each meeting especially when I got things wrong.
Your President Gloria Pritchard.
Thursday 12th April
Memorable / Favourite Place
This time last year we held a members evening where volunteers shared their images of their memorable place with everyone present. It turned out to be such a success it was decided to hold another such event and today was the day it happened.
Christine Wetton started the evening off by taking us to The Scilly Isles. She and husband Brian have been to these idyllic islands three times and she started her show with an image of the Skybus plane they flew on and aerial views as they approached St Marys. She described in detail the boat trips they took to other islands and shared images of Brian ‘all dressed up’ for the impending weather conditions. All her photographs showed just how pretty these islands are.
Elizabeth Oakley and David Smith shared with us their day out on the newly opened Gloucester Warwickshire Steam Railway line to Broadway. David explained the fine details about the trains while Elizabeth showed her photographs. She said she had taken them all on her compact camera and experimented with the creative settings it has. It was amazing how the same image looked so different in graduated sepia, monochrome and colour.
Bill Beere was next up and his first image was of himself as a teenager – selfie perhaps? He showed this as an introduction to his photographs, as he had taken them all, on film, in his teens, in his hometown of Liverpool. He explained how Pier Head, The Mersey and Birkenhead have all changed beyond belief since he was a young budding photographer. He processed the printed photographs by scanning them in and touching them up in Lightroom and he was really pleased with the quality and sharpness of them.
David King was going to show us pictures of his recent holiday in Southern Ireland but decided, that as the weather has been dreadful lately, he would cheer us up with his family photographs taken in the sunny West Indies. He demonstrated how the islands of Trinidad, Tobago and Barbados differ from the coast to coast and how beautiful and blue the sea and sky are and how heavily forested parts of the islands are. The flowers and bird life displayed wonderful colours and his final image showed a most beautiful Caribbean sunset.
Elizabeth Restall finished off the first part of the evening by showing us her panel of prints which gave her the letters ARPS after her name. All fifteen images were of ‘The Public’ a multi-purpose venue and art gallery in West Bromwich. She captured the outside design of the building and it’s original window features beautifully and her inside shots continued to show this amazing and unique structure. Congratulations Elizabeth – a well deserved distinction!
Our new member Ian Cook started his section by saying how much he was enjoying being a member of the club. He then took us over to The Loire Valley in France where he and his wife have holidayed in their caravan for many years. He showed us several pictures of grand chateaus and the gentle slopes of the countryside filled with vineyards. He told us of one year when they were persuaded by the owner of the campsite to get involved in the grape picking, an experience they thoroughly enjoyed.
David Arkwell then took us to Tennessee,where he holidayed last year with his brother. There were at least two female members enthralled with his pictures of Graceland, he managed to take many pictures of both the inside and outside of this lavish property. He also went to see the new visitor center where there was a huge collection of cars, bikes and clothes belonging to Elvis and many famous celebrities who admired ‘The King’.
George and Christine Ryske then attempted to show their very first effort at compiling an AV – sadly it wouldn’t work on the club laptop so they had to make do with just displaying the pictures they took during their first 24 hours in India last October. The colourful images were taken at The Golden Temple in Amritsar, where they were fortunate enough to be during the Hindu festival of Diwali. They also showed pictures of the daily ceremony at the Indian/Pakistan border.
Diana Baker then brought us back to Europe, she had recently visited Portugal and was very taken with the architecture and narrow, cobbled, steep streets of the coastal city of Porto. She showed us how different the two sides of The Douro River are and the remarkable bridge that joins them. The older part of the city is filled with colourful buildings built on the very steep hillside, they do all however have one thing in common – a terracotta roof.
Brian Wetton finished off the evening with an audio visual of Garachico, a town on the North coast of Tenerife. Before his ‘show’ began he explained how the town was once one of the principle ports on the island, but in 1706 after several earthquakes lava poured from above, almost flattened the town and filled the harbour. His pictures were taken on his journey from way above the town and around the town and coastline.
Claire Haynes gave the vote of thanks and I am sure everyone agreed with her that it was one of the most enjoyable evenings we have had this season so far.
Thursday 5th April
A visit from Downend Camera Club
We were very pleased to welcome six members from Downend Camera Club to our weekly meeting. They came armed with enough prints and digital images to keep us entertained for a full two hours.
Alan Brimstone had the honour of starting the evening off – he mentioned that this was his 60th year in photography, having taken an interest whilst at school. He gave a full commentary on all his prints and concluded his ‘show’ with two beautiful sepia photographs taken in Beamish.
Next to take centre stage was David Gregory, he began by telling us his interest in photography spanned only 4 – 5 years, so compared to Alan he is a ‘newby’. He was really pleased to show his first image – it was of a woodpecker and he had only taken a few hours earlier in his garden. I don’t know about anyone else but I was quite impressed that he had post processed and printed it in just a couple of hours.
Next up was the married couple Trevor and Vilma Toms. We firstly saw Trevor’s colour prints, one of which he said we would see again later as Vilma had taken the same image in monochrome. Trevor ended his slot with monochrome images of mainly architectural interest. Vilma took us to many places in the world including The Gambia, Spain and Great Britain. She concluded her show by introducing us to her new ‘best friend’ – Kooky – it was a portrait of a clown who won her first place in competition.
Finishing off the first half was Derek Britton – he showed prints both he and his wife Helen Shepherd had taken (unfortunately Helen was poorly so couldn’t come). He started by telling us that they both went to night-school for 3 years to learn how to use their cameras and they joined Downend Camera Club in 2000 after being advised they would gain more experience. His prints included red squirrels on Brownsea Island and puffins on The Farne Islands. He mentioned that Helen liked flowers and I was particularly impressed with her close up of a snowdrop.
Unfortunately, because the first part of the evening ran over David Britton was only able to show us four Audio Visuals after the tea/coffee break, the first being of images taken in The Cairngorms in 2016. The second was particularly creative, being of really close up photography of flowers fading in and out to the accompanying music. The third AV took us on a ‘day trip’ to the Black Country Museum whilst the fourth took us to Venice.
Bill Beere gave the vote of thanks and I’d like to thank Gloria for the delicious cakes she provided.
Thursday 29th March
Andy Beel FRPS
Tonight was the last monthly competition of the season, the prints were of an open subject whereas the projected digital images were of the set subject ‘food and/or drink’.
As is usual in our competitions, Andy began by judging the prints, but what is unusual is that Andy had not seen any of the entries before arriving in North Nibley. As each print was displayed, Andy passed his comments and gave a score. Before we broke for tea/coffee, the 3rd 2nd and 1st places were announced and, during the break, we were able to view all the entries ‘up close and personal’ as they were displayed at the front of the room.
The two divisions for pdi’s contained 42 images and although Andy said he had viewed them briefly before he came to judge, it was again a ‘cold judging’. It was amazing how many different interpretations of food and drink were displayed and this made for a very interesting evening.
Results and winning images of the competition are on the respective pages of the website.
Gloria Pritchard gave the vote of thanks.
Thursday 22nd March
From the Cotswolds to Sicily via Mountains and Markets
Tim is a local photographer, he lives in Dursley and is very proud of the town. His talk, as the title says, encompassed four of his passions and he took us all around the world with the images he showed. He told us how he has always loved being outdoors, he likes calmness and adventure, but above all the beauty that surrounds him whilst out in the wilderness and the
way that markets give you a flavour of the lives of the people as they go about their daily business.
His images began at home and many of us must have recognised the landscape photographs taken around Dursley. He showed us the four differing seasons in Twinberrow Woods and the Good Friday procession to the top of Cam Peak. Although not actually in the Cotswolds, he bravely captured several images of the Ottery St Mary Tar Barrel celebrations held annually every bonfire night in his native county, Devon. He concluded the first half his talk by taking us to numerous markets around the world. I don’t know about anyone else but I think he has a fifth passion – food – and it was amazing to see no matter where in the world you go, food is such an important commodity in the lives of everyone.
After the tea/coffee break we were entertained with an audio visual of ‘A Journey in the Pyrenees’. The images we were shown were taken when Tim took a backpacking holiday in this mountainous area of Europe. He followed this with photographs of other mountains including The Andes in Colombia, The Alps in Switzerland and much closer to home, The Brecon Beacons. Tim then put us all to work – he showed us just a few photographs giving a snapshot and flavour of places he had been and we had to guess where – I don’t like to brag but we were pretty good and got most of them right! He ended his talk with images of Sicily, a place he is very fond of as it is where his wife was born and brought up. The image that sticks with me is of Mount Etna erupting late at night, I felt it to be very dramatic.
Brian Wetton gave the vote of thanks.
Thursday 15th March – My Favourite Techniques
Brian Swinyard BA(Hons) MA ARPS EFIAP/b DPAGB BPE3* PPSA
Writing this feels a little ‘deja vue’ as Brian, who is a highly qualified photographer, entertaining speaker and judge, was with us just one month ago adjudicating our annual ‘Folio Five’ competition. We were all delighted to see him again and were looking forward to hearing about the techniques he used to achieve the images he was going to show us.
He began his talk by saying he didn’t do technical but was more of an ‘arty farty’ photographer. He doesn’t do ‘sharp’ : he doesn’t do ‘subtle’ : he doesn’t do ‘sky’ – but he does do ‘creative’, and he does this both in camera and in post processing. At this point he displayed a screen showing his plan for the evening and I’m sure I’m not the only one who thought “ is he really going to fit all those topics in? ”. He then got down to business and firstly showed us portraits which had been sandwiched with an image of a opaque scarf, the difference it made was quite amazing. For his next process we should all have been taking notes because he explained how to build an montage ie. a collection of images on a single page – Folio Five! As the evening flew by we were shown over three hundred photographs and Brian explained the process of achieving the final result of each group of techniques, there were too many for me to mention here but I am sure this has introduced us all to having a go and playing around with our cameras and photoshop to see what we can do with the images we take. We all now know about glass filters, posterizing, distortion, blur, HDR and much much more, so let’s see who will be brave enough to use one of them in the next competition!
Christine Wetton gave the vote of thanks and said she hoped Brian would visit us again as our turnout tonight was the best we have had this year so far.
I would just like to finish this piece by saying that although Brian said he didn’t do technical and that he was an ‘arty farty’ photographer it seemed to me that most of the processes he used were rather technical but not impossible, what do you think?
Thursday 8th March – Competition Night
Martin Fry FPRS APAGB AV-AFIAP EFIAP BPE5
Martin, who is a member of Cheltenham Camera Club, was with us in North Nibley exactly one month go entertaining us with his audio visual presentation of The 5th Cheltenham Salon of Photography (2017), however, on this visit he was given the task of judging our monthly competition. Both prints and digital images were of open subjects which in some respects must make the judging more difficult. He set down to business immediately and began the evening by displaying and commenting on the prints. He gave advice about entering prints into competition saying that the colour of the mount is most important as it can completely change not only the atmosphere of an image but can also bring out or mute the colours within the photograph, the format and print quality of the picture should also be taken in consideration as they too can change the overall effects portrayed. Martin must have spent a considerable amount of time judging the digital images, as on many occasions he commented on how he had cropped or changed the post processing on his own computer to see if his improvements to the submitted image made it look better – this is I hasten to add are his personal feelings and taste – although in some cases he was right! Whilst commenting on each entry he asked many questions about the image making us all think about composition, colour and post processing. Overall his comments were constructive and considerate and hopefully helpful not only to the individual concerned but to all present.
Results and winning images of the competition are on the respective pages of the website.
Gloria Pritchard gave the vote of thanks.
Thursday 22nd February – Club Meeting
Lyn James LRPS
Lyn came over bridge from Wales to entertain us with his talk ‘People and Places’. He began the evening by saying he has been really fortunate to journey far and wide and that he had selected some of the many, many photographs he had taken on his travels to show us. During the first half of his talk, he showed us prints, the majority of which had been taken with a film camera. During this section there was a general mix of images of places he and his wife had visited including South Africa, Cuba, China, Japan and Montreal. The greater nummber of the prints, however, were taken from the time he spent in India travelling as far North as Shimla and as far South as Varanasi on the banks of The Ganges. During the tea/coffee break the print stand was packed away and the screen was dropped ready for part two of the talk and the images which had been taken when he moved on to digital photography. As each image was shown Lyn spoke about why he had taken the photograph and how he had achieved exactly what he wanted by manipulation in Photoshop. He ‘took’ us to The Royal Welsh Show, Barcelona, Portugal and a carnival in Cardiff showing how he seems to have no fear in ‘snapping’ anyone he finds interesting. He concluded the evening with an AV entitled ‘Steam’ and this contained images of steam trains and folk either working on them or admiring them.
George Ryske gave the vote of thanks.
Thursday 15th February
Folio Five Competition Night
Judged by Brian Swinyard BA(Hons) MA ARPS EFIAP/b DPAGB BPE3* PPSA
Brian is a highly qualified photographer, speaker and judge so we were extremely happy to welcome him back to North Nibley to adjudicate our annual ‘Folio Five’ competition.
As the title suggests each member entering the competition submits five images on the same theme to be judged as a group of photographs not as individual pictures.
Brian began by telling us that he didn’t do sharp, he didn’t do sky and he didn’t do subtle – he does however do filters – I do wonder how many of us who had submitted entries gulped at this point!
There were nineteen folios (ninety five pictures) for Brian to comment on and as the evening progressed we did wonder if he would manage to finish on time. We were shown each picture individually and then the set of five as a panel, Brian then commented on each image pointing out the positives and advising where improvements could be made, he did not give any points to the photographer until we had seen all entries. The variety of subjects chosen to photograph made for a most enjoyable evening, and surprisingly no two folios were similar in any way at all.
The tension in the room built up as Brian awarded the points leaving the top three places until the last. He awarded 19 points to both Christine and George Ryske for their respective folios entitled ‘Children of Rajasthan’ and ‘Flights of Fancy’ but decided that George should pip his wife to the post by giving him 2nd place to her 3rd place. Jenny Fryer was awarded 20 points and 1st place for her folio entitled ‘Winchester Cathedral’, she also took home the ‘Folio Five Cup’.
Christine Ryske gave the vote of thanks.
Thursday 8th January – Club Meeting
Martin Fry FPRS APAGB AV-AFIAP EFIAP BPE5
Martin is a member of Cheltenham Camera Club and he came to North Nibley to show his audio visual presentation of The 5th Cheltenham Salon of Photography (2017).
Before ‘the show’ began Martin explained about each of the societies who support the Cheltenham salon and told us that worldwide there are over 500 salons held each year, into which anyone can enter.
In 2017, over 650 photographers from over 50 countries between them entered over 7300 images giving the panel of selectors quite a challenge.
A selection of the accepted entries in each of the five sections were displayed in turn, with the images given awards shown at the end of their respective section.
Those present, witnessed an amazing variety of photographs. The TRAVEL section was clearly a celebration of photography from all around the world, whilst the CREATIVE section I am sure gave us all ideas for a ‘different’ type of photograph to add to our portfolio. The final images shown before the tea/coffee break belonged to the MONOCHROME section, the majority of which seemed to be portraits.
The NATURE section covered images from rock structures to fungi, insects to animals and birds to butterflies. The final section was COLOUR and in this section it seemed that anything goes as long as it is in colour.
On three occasions, a round of applause was given for the images shown, this was because the photographs belonged to club member Jenny Fryer, these were ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ in the Creative section, ‘Bad Boy Albert!’ in the Monochrome section and ‘Walking in the Woods’ in the Colour section – Well Done Jenny!
Edwin Nutall gave the vote of thanks.
Thursday 1st February
Guest Speaker – Peter Allen
“Ducks to Landscapes, My Journey So Far
(and my experiences that come with it)”
I do believe that Peter is the youngest speaker we have had at the club and considering this was the first talk he had ever given he kept his audience enthralled throughout the whole time he was on his feet.
His opening image was one of a duck, and in his own words ‘not an outstanding picture’ but the one that got him hooked into photography.
The second step of his journey, took us into the interiors of some very impressive homes, and these photographs were used by a property agency for selling the properties.
Pets were his next subject, the first image being of his own pet dog Kesha.
He then told us of his foray into wedding photography, this only lasted for about four weddings as he didn’t feel comfortable ‘ordering’ people around.
His next adventure involved a motorbike, a tent, a camera and loads of courage – wild camping in The Brecon Beacons (in the winter). It was here that he discovered exactly where he wanted to be – a landscape photographer with nothing but the sounds of nature and outstanding beauty surrounding him. He told us how he loves the outdoors and wants to encourage others to enjoy and treasure what is given to us free of charge. Although the majority of his landscapes were taken in Wales (a place that he absolutely loves), he also told us of an adventure to Cornwall on New Years Eve and a four day wild camping trip to Switzerland.
Throughout the evening he accompanied each image with a commentary of where it was taken, what it meant to him and how he had prepared for the shot he wanted.
Peter is a delightful young man, full of enthusiasm and so willing and able to answer all the questions asked by his very appreciative audience. He concluded his talk giving us a tip of how to capture and post process a beautiful sunrise shot.
And so his journey continues ……………..
Gloria Pritchard gave the vote of thanks.
Tom Crowe Challenge 2017
Each year Thornbury Camera Club invite other local camera clubs to a challenge, it is in memory of Tom Crowe, a former chairman of their club.
The invited clubs will submit eight entries and each image must be from a different photographer. There are four categories to fulfil Landscape, People, Creative and Humour, the remaining four images will be placed into open categories.
In October last year Steve Daniell entered our club into the competition with the following photographs:
Landscape – Trees in the Mist – George Ryske
Open – Blizzard! – Brian Wetton
People – Old Man River – Barry Wilson
Open – Leaf Bud – Lucretia Bowen
Creative – Leader of the pack – Jenny Fryer
Open – Spanish Sundowner – Claire Haines
Humour – Don’t choose me! – David Gamm
Open – Fieldfare Feeding – Brad Collett
On Thursday 1st February the members were shown the video presentation of the results of the eleven clubs who entered.
There were many ooohs and aaahs along the way as each image was displayed and it turned out to be quite a nail biting evening as round by round the results table was displayed. Tyndale started off after round one in joint first position, dropping to second and then, oh no, third place. However by the end of the evening we found ourselves in a very creditable second place with 138 points. The overall winner was Ebbwr Vale with 143 points.
Congratulations to those whose images were entered.
Thursday 25th January – Club Meeting
Nigel Hicks FBIPP
National Geographic Creative Photographer
Nigel came to North Nibley from Teignmouth in South Devon to give his talk ‘I Photograph, Therefore I Am’. Although based in South Devon, Nigel works all over the UK and many of his projects have taken him all over the world. He began the evening by giving us an insight into his type of photography, as a professional commercial photographer his work is primarily Travel/Tourism, Architectural/Interiors and Landscape/Nature. Through the first part of the evening he pleased us with images in all these areas, explaining which filters and lenses he used and disclosing the post-processing involved to achieve exactly what he wanted. He took us to far away places including The Philippines, Iceland, The Caribbean and The Maldives. We then came closer to home and visited Scotland and The Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland. He tends to keep his composition simple with just one subject dominating the frame whether it be landscape, wildlife or architecture. We were also shown a few images taken underwater, although Nigel did explain that he only took these type of photographs if the water was warm enough for him to be comfortable in!
Having explained the techniques he used in his photography the second part of his talk was taken up with images from his project ‘Wild Southwest’. This is a book he has self published about the wildlife and landscapes of Southwest England, it represents a good cross section of the Cornish, Devon, Dorset and Somerset countryside, coast, flora and fauna.
It was a pleasure to welcome Nigel to the Club as we rarely have professional photographers talk to us.
Bill Beare gave the vote of thanks.
THURSDAY 19th JANUARY – COMPETITION NIGHT
Paul Hoffman CPAGB BPE3* EFIAP
Paul came from Cheltenham to judge our first competition of 2018. He is not only a member of his local camera club but is also a member of PSA (Photographic Society of America) and UPP (United Photographic Postfolios of Great Britain) organizations, he competes in National and International photographic competitions so he is well equipped to judge.
In the first half of the evening he judged the print competition, this month each print entered was to be a landscape picture taken in The British Isles, the best of which would win the Print Landscape Trophy. Projected Digital Images, which were of an open subject and varied across many fields, were judged after the tea/coffee break. Throughout the evening Paul gave guidance as to where each photographer could improve the image they had entered, this in turn should help everyone else present with the way they take future photographs.
Results of the competition are on the respective pages of the website.
Barry Wilson gave the vote of thanks.
Thursday 11th January – Club Meeting
Adrian Herring ARPS DPAGB and Vanessa Herring LRPS
The title of the talk given by Adrian and Vanessa, that accompanied both projected digital images and prints, was ‘Uganda – What an Experience!’. They told us of their month long adventure travelling through Uganda, we were shown the differing roads they travelled on, the villages they drove through and the types of hotels they stayed in, these varied from wattle and daub, to brick and wooden built buildings, one even had solar panels! They travelled through many national parks and were able to take numerous photographs of the wildlife they encountered, they described several heart beating moments when they came very close to the animals! Many of the the landscape photographs were taken through the morning mist making moody images of the trees being illuminated by the early morning sun. Their visit to Uganda was triggered by the charity ‘Soft Power Education’, a charity set up by Vanessa’a cousin and the majority of the prints shown after the tea/coffee break were of the children they met in the schools supported by charity. The evening ended with both Adrian and Vanessa showing their personal favourite image, it must have been a very difficult choice to make as Adrian said between them over the month they had taken about 10,000 photographs! They will be donating their fee for the evening to the charity.
Brian Wetton gave the vote of thanks.
Thursday 4th January – Club Meeting
Guest Speaker – Bob Ryan ARPS FRSA
Bob last visited the Club in December, when he judged our third competition of the season. This visit, however, was completely different, he gave a talk entitled ‘Good to Great’.
Originally his wife Alison should have been with him but she was unable to attend as she was on ‘Freddie duty’, that is, looking after their eighteen week old puppy – aah! In fact he is so proud of the new family member the first slide of his presentation was of Freddie – aah!
He began his talk by giving us a background to his experience and made it quite clear that it takes time, effort and patience to gain the expertise to become a great photographer, but it can be done. Throughout the evening he told us the method we should be using on our non-conscious thought processes to be able to engage our intuitive mind. To take a great image you need to know and emotionally engage with your subject, have faith in the process of photography, free your mind and fully enter the moment.
Before the break and at the end of the evening he displayed several images to show how atmosphere and emotion can be increased by adding music to photography.
Edwin Nuttall gave the vote of thanks.
THURSDAY 14th December – CHRISTMAS SOCIAL
The Christmas social is a tradition that is looked forward to by many of the club members. It is an evening where everyone can fully appreciate the difficult job that judges have when presented with quality competition entries. After setting out chairs, decorating tables, arranging food for the buffet, preparing drinks and handing out the table quiz, we all sat down to enjoy and judge the photographs entered in the Christmas Knockout Competition. Images were shown in pairs and everyone voted for the one they favoured. This continued until the last two photographs remained and the final vote was taken. Christine Ryske took first place with her photograph of the River Frome at Whitminster and Bill Beere took second place with his photograph of Black-tailed godwits in flight. Both Christine and Bill won a Christmas cake made by the club president Gloria Pritchard.
Jenny Fryer showed us a delightful AV of the Nativity which displayed the real meaning of the festive season, the evening concluded with a buffet supper and a quiz.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
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.