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29th NOVEMBER 2018
A VISIT FROM THE MEMBERS OF HANHAM PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
It was with great pleasure that we welcomed seven members of Hanham Photographic Society to our meeting last night.
Peter Weaver introduced the evening by telling us about their club and the outings they have each month.
Geoff Mallin then took over and talked us through the many prints he had brought to share with us. He displayed images from many places including Scotland, Iceland, Northumberland and The Lake District.
Lloyd Pickup and his wife Kim kept us closer to home with beautiful print images of Bristol, St Paul’s Carnival, Weston-super-Mare pier and early morning shots of Portbury Docks.
Steve Pickering then took centre stage and started by showing us a couple of shots which were chosen for the Odd Fellows Friendly Society calendar. His other images varied from The Red Arrows to The Avon Valley Railway and from Chelsea Flower Show to portraits of his fellow club members.
Alan James concluded the first part of the evening by displaying two of the panels the club had entered into the Kingswood Salver Competition. The first was of ‘hands’ and it won the 2015 competition and the second was themed on ‘a fine breakfast’ which won the 2014 competition.
Alan James continued after the tea/coffee break with a set of images taken using pinhole photography and the items he uses to take them. He concluded his time slot with a couple of AVs, one of a holiday in Scotland and the other of the story of Polyfoto images.
To finish their presentation Steve Pickering treated us to 5 AVs, one of which was about the history of Bletchley Park and the Enigma machine and another displayed images of the magnificent and mystical island of Iona. His final AV of a holiday in ‘Green Spain’ was accompanied by a cleverly written poetic narration.
22nd NOVEMBER 2018
During the summer, many of the members enjoyed several day trips out and a some took a five day coach trip to Scotland. Not all members went but some of those who did volunteered to share their photographs with everyone else.
Brian Wetton started the evening with a very amusing description of his day trip to Devon. From the images shown we could all see that, unfortunately, the good summer we all enjoyed definitely hadn’t started when he took off to Dartmouth and Brixham. Despite the weather being unkind and the coach getting stuck on the ferry, they still managed to have a nice day.
Christine Wetton took a different approach with her photographs – they were all of her fellow travellers. Gloria and Mike in Devon in their waterproofs, Elizabeth and Jenny at the National Memorial Arboretum in summer clothing and various other members enjoying the (mostly) glorious weather in Scotland.
Elizabeth Restall went out on three day trips and entertained us with beautiful images of The Royal Albert Dock and The River Mersey in Liverpool and the saturated colours on a damp day in Portmeirion. She concluded her show with images from The National Memorial Arboretum.
Barbara Gibbons enjoyed her trip to Scotland and we all admired her for getting up so early in the morning to take pictures of sunrise over Loch Long. She managed to capture a few images from the window on the coach and several landscape images of the beautiful countryside we visited.
Brian Wetton concluded the first part of the evening with his visit to The National Memorial Arboretum.
Although Barry Wilson didn’t go on any of the trips we were all delighted to see the photographs he took in May whilst ambling from Wells to Cheddar on a sponsored walk for Somerset and Dorset Air Ambulance. It happened to coincide with the Royal Wedding and because they walked in fancy dress Barry decided to walk in guardsman uniform. He was pleased to announce that £1550 had been donated.
Dave Arkwell then demonstrated to us all that the camera on his mobile phone performs impeccably. He used it on the coach taking photographs (through the window) of the beautiful scenery he travelled through. I am sure we were all amazed at the clarity of the images and the reflections of his fellow travellers inside the coach added to the story of his holiday.
Diana Baker was delighted to share not only her photographs with us but also point out the ‘small details’ probably missed by most of the visitors to the very pretty village of Portmeirion. She, like Elizabeth, was grateful that the weather wasn’t over bright because the vibrant colours of the buildings were much better to photograph. Her photographs from Scotland were of Ardgarten and Loch Long.
Christine and George Ryske, at his point, sat with their fingers crossed – they were hoping that their attempt of showing a couple of audio visuals was going to be successful. They had visited the National Memorial Arboretum in July and Scotland in September and spent had many hours over the past week putting together their images and carefully chosen music. They were quite pleased with the results and just might have another go at another AV for the next members evening!
Even though there were lots of photographs from the National Memorial Arboretum and Scotland it was amazing that there were only a couple of similar images – it just goes to show how we all see different things to photograph at the same place.
A big thank you to all contributors and a bigger thank you to
15th NOVEMBER 2018
JUDGED BY PETER WEAVER LRPS CPAGB APAGB
Peter began by saying he has been coming to Tyndale Club for over thirty years and he remembers all the different venues that the club has held meetings in!
Like any keen photographer he ‘made a day’ of his visit to Dursley and I am sure took many photographs to add to his portfolio.
His first task of the evening was to judge the 34 prints which were entered into this month’s open subject competition and by the time it was tea/coffee break the marks had been given and the winners announced.
The second part of the evening was taken up with the judging of the pdi Landscape competition. In total there were 56 images which took us all over Great Britain. Even though this was of a set subject matter the judging must have been very difficult because the images entered were so diverse. In the end the three winners conveyed all aspects of the countryside we live in.
1st – The Blue Spiral – Elizabeth Restall ARPS
2nd – Daniel Does a Star Jump – Don Grundell
3rd – On Track in Snowdonia – Jane Martin
1st – Path to the Loch – Elizabeth Restall ARPS
2nd – River Thames Richmond – Steve Varman LRPS
3rd – Jurassic Coast in Winter – Malcolm Wootton
Results and winning images of the competition can be viewed on the respective pages of this website.
THURSDAY 8th NOVEMBER
RALPH SNOOK ARPS EFIAP DPAGB
‘WILDLIFE SNAPS FROM MY TRAVELS’
Ralph last visited the Club back in April when he had the onerous task of judging the end of season finals competition, so it was extremely nice to see him as a speaker and take a look at the images he has taken whilst travelling – little did we know at the beginning of the evening that we would be ‘visiting’ Costa Rica, Alaska, Bulgaria and Africa – a real pot-pourri of locations.
Before he visits any country Ralph always does his homework, he researches the animals, birds and bugs he is likely to see and then hopes that he will be able to capture them on camera.
In Costa Rica, he managed to capture images of a Howler Monkey, a Sloth and a Goliath Beetle larger than the size of his hand. The birds of Costa Rica were extremely colourful, and after setting up different types of feeders, Ralph was able to acquire extremely good photographs of humming birds feeding. Another set of delightful photographs were of Quetzals feeding their young, although we didn’t see the chicks, we saw the parents in flight going to and from the tree where the chicks were nesting.
Alaska gave us completely different images – bears! Ralph had visited the Katmai National Park where he was able to get up ‘close and personal’ to the grizzlies who were fishing for salmon on the braided river shingles – we were all absolutely amazed at the close up shots that Ralph was able to get of these huge creatures. Red Fox, Bald Eagles, and Sea Otters also featured in this section and, as Ralph put it, one of the best moments of the trip was when a wolf unexpectedly appeared behind him and he was able to get several images of this rarely seen animal. Our ‘trip’ to Alaska concluded with images of Humpback Whales.
The first part of the evening was finished off with Hoopoes and Bee-eaters in Bulgaria. With all his equipment set up close to a tree and hours of waiting, Ralph eventually got the photograph he so desperately wanted. He was also able to set up a floating hide and take eye level images of Bitterns, Grebes and Great Reed Warblers.
Africa took up the whole of the second half of the evening and the first images were of a Wildebeest migration, I’m sure most of us have seen films of this on TV but to see stills of the melee of beasts crossing the river and clambering up the banks to escape the predatory crocodiles was a real treat. The photogenic Cheetahs laying on branches in the trees with their cubs were a delight and the Yellow Billed Oxpeckers picking ticks off the buffalo, brought a smile to many a face in the room. Other animals that Ralph was lucky enough to see and photograph were Pelicans, Flamingoes, Giraffes, Lions, Leopards and Hyenas, but the final image of the evening was one of an Elephant against the setting sun – a fitting image for the end of a most enjoyable evening.
THURSDAY 1st NOVEMBER
ALEC STEWART AWFP
Alec travelled from Wales with his wife Heidi, to show us projected digital images and prints to accompany his talk called ‘Nature’s Calendar’ – the natural world on our doorstep throughout the seasons.
He started the evening by telling us he was an active member of Gwynfa Camera Club and has for as long as he can remember had a passion for the natural world. He works as a ranger in the Cardiff area so has immediate access on his doorstep to the habitats he loves to photograph in. Alec explained how he sets up his bird feeders and perches and then builds a hide to sit in and wait for the absolute moment to happen. He said he loves making his ‘sets’ just as much as he enjoys his photography.
Our first season was Winter – ice, snow, cold conditions and winter light set a beautiful scene for winter birds such as thrushes, redwing and fieldfare.
As Winter melted into Spring Alec delighted us with many images of the season – blossoms, flowers, fungus amphibians and bonny red squirrels. He had taken a sequence of shots of swans firstly being quite amorous, then fighting and then the ‘ah’ photograph of the evening – the mother, the father and the cygnets. Spring is a very busy season so this section of the evening then continued on with butterflies and insects, Alec explained early morning is the best time to capture images of dragonflies and he certainly proved his point when he later showed several images of the metamorphosis of a dragonfly.
With Spring turning into the golden days of Summer, Alec explained how he was fortunate enough to spend time on Skomer, the portraits he took of the puffins there were delightful. Moving closer to home, Grangemoor Park – Cardiff, he then showed various images of different orchids, butterflies and one of his most favourite birds – the kingfisher.
Late Summer then drifted into Autumn and with that were we hypnotized with the colours of the landscape and the shapes and textures of autumnal fungi. Of course mammals and birds featured in this section too – we saw flying and diving gannets aplenty and also a couple of images of otters which Alec was delighted to show as they are generally nocturnal and so very difficult to capture on a photograph.
Eventually we were back to Winter and the final pdi of the evening was of the nation’s favourite bird – the robin.
Steve Daniell gave the vote of thanks.
THURSDAY 25th OCTOBER
IAN BATEMAN – FRPS MPAGB AV-AFIAP APAGB
‘AROUND THE WORLD IN 90 MINUTES’
Ian travelled up from Devon, with his wife Elaine, to entertain us with several audio visual presentations (AVs). He began by telling us, that between 1983 and 1986, when he lived in the Dursley area, he was actually a member of Tyndale Photography Club, although in those days it was known as Cam and Dursley Camera Club. It was back in those days when he started making audio visuals and he now specialises in this kind of photography.
His show certainly lived up to it’s name, the first part of the evening was packed with AVs from all over the world whilst the second part was filled with images from the UK. We were made to feel like Jules Verne’s, Phileas Fogg or Passepartout making our way around the world, but occasionally, stopping off for an excursion to somewhere really interesting.
Our journey started at the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition in Seattle, North West America, on our way to the southern hemisphere, we stopped off in Southern Oregon at the House of Mystery in the Oregon Vortex. We were then transported to Kangaroo Island which lies off the mainland of South Australia, south west of Adelaide. In complete contrast to this, we then taken on a cable car journey to Lantau Island near Hong Kong. This was a fascinating timelapse AV only taking up one minute of the evening but actually containing thousands of images. Our next stop off was in Spain, where we were treated to images of not only Ian’s holidays in Tossa, but also images of the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona. Our final AV in Spain was of images of well known buildings in Barcelona displayed sympathetically to the pace of the music ‘Barcelona’ by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé. Our final stop off, before the tea/coffee break, was in Paris, where we were treated to ‘A Night at the Opera’.
The second half of the evening was spent wholly in England. Three of the AVs were of exhibitions in London, The Gathering – an exhibition of Gormley’s life size statues dotted around the city, Going Underground – images and film taken at Canary Wharf Underground the week before Christmas and Lumiere London – a spectacular festival of lights held in the city every other year. Another AV shown was Dismaland – an art project organised by street artist Banksy, constructed in Weston-super-Mare in 2015.
The final AV, ‘The Fallen’, was a touching presentation of the ceramic poppies display in London and the Shrouds of the Somme mannequins. This was a fitting end to the evening given the time of year.
18th OCTOBER 2018
JUDGED BY MARTIN COOPER LRPS
Our first competition of the year was judged by Martin Cooper LRPS who started off the evening by telling us that although he came from Stroud he was a member of Gloucester Camera Club.
Martin had a very busy evening judging 36 prints, 32 images for division 2 and 26 images for division 1. Both prints and digital images were of open subjects which must make the judging more difficult. Overall his comments were constructive and considerate and hopefully helpful not only to the individual concerned but also to all present.
Results and winning images of the competition can be viewed on the respective pages of this website.
THURSDAY 11th OCTOBER
LES LOOSEMORE ARPS DPAGB AWPF
‘A PRINT POT-POURRI’
Les travelled over from South Wales with a car jammed full of equipment and as Brian brought the chit chatter to end in order to get the evening started, I am sure that we were all very impressed to see the well lit print display stands that Les had assembled for his ‘show’.
Les had given Brian a free hand in choosing eight titles to fill the evening from a list of about thirty. With that all sorted out beforehand the talk was bound to run smoothly and to time. Les began the evening with gentle chatter about himself; he told us that he no longer entered competitions, he now displays his images to clubs giving the members of those clubs the opportunity of being his judges. He explained that he always sets up his images before he actually takes the photograph, thereby minimising the need for excessive post processing.
His first subject for the evening was waterfalls. The majority of his photographs had been taken in The Vale of Neath in Autumn and in quite often dark conditions. The landscape and letterbox images that he presented were full of autumnal colours sitting inside pure white silky water. In this section he also included images where he had isolated parts within the waterfall and these displayed just as much beauty as the full waterfall image.
The second panel to be shown came under the heading Priory Church, however we were all in for a surprise because the prints were not of the entire building, they were of close-ups of the textures inside the church and the effect that natural light and the light streaming through the stained glass windows had on it. The majority of these images were very subdued colours with the occasional bright glow of coloured light.
After our tea/coffee break, Les decided that as ‘he was in charge’ he would change the plan for the evening. He was now going to show us a set of prints showing the ‘Fragility and Resilience of Nature in Decay’. He decided to go ‘off piste’ after chatting with members during the break and felt that this panel would go down very well with his audience. And at this point I would like to say that he was right! This panel of prints showed us all that although the leaves may be dying and covered in cobwebs there was a beauty there just waiting to be captured. The whole panel showed a complementary tonality within all the images.
We were now at the point where we knew, with only twenty minutes of the meeting left, there was no way we were going to see all eight pre-chosen subjects, so to finish off his talk, Les took a vote as to whether we were going to view ‘The Brecon Beacons’ or ‘Storm Brian’. The Brecon Beacons won and we were treated to about twenty four images of delicate wintertime scenes both in letterbox and portrait format.
The evening differed from the normal format for viewing photographs, as after each panel was shown we were all given the opportunity to walk up to the display stands and look at the images ‘close up’.
Bill Beere was delighted to give the vote of thanks saying how much we had all enjoyed Les’s refreshing attitude to photography, his witty chatter and the hints and tips he had shared with all present.
THURSDAY 4th OCTOBER
‘WINDOWS OF OPPORTUNITY’
For our first speaker of the new season we welcomed Dave Mason back to the club. Dave travelled from Kent, with his partner, to show us projected digital images accompanying his talk called ‘Windows of Opportunity’.
His images were of street photography and he began by telling us of the cameras he used so as not to be too conspicuous when out on the streets. He told us that he searches out a good backdrop and then waits for a good opportunity to come along – patience and being alert are needed in street photography but all you needed to give a talk was a good image and the story you saw behind each image. He said that his type of photography breaks every rule of competition photography because you don’t set the photograph up it just happens and very often you don’t have much control over what will actually happen. He also likes to pack his photographs with lots happening so that the eyes can travel around the image seeing more and more with each viewing.
His images were split into different sections, the topics of which varied from Paris to Brick Lane, shoppers to seaside goers, The Lord Mayor Show in London to Elvis impersonators in Porthcawl and Disneyland Paris to Dismaland Weston-super-Mare. The majority of the images projected were very brightly coloured thanks to the street art one now sees in most cities.
Edwin Nutall gave the vote of thanks saying how much we, as a club, had been looking forward to seeing Dave again after his visit to North Nibley about three years ago. He thanked Dave on behalf of everyone present stating how much we enjoyed Dave’s photos and talk and how amusing his anecdotes on each image were.
THURSDAY 27th SEPTEMBER
OPENING NIGHT – UJUDGE and SOCIAL
Our first meeting of the 2018/2019 season for Tyndale Photography Club was held on 27th 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 where members can, if they wish, enter up to three prints for all present to vote on.
Brian Wetton (president) opened the evening by explaining the rules of the competition and then left everyone to browse the 41 images on display. The panels were then taken down and each image was shown on the print display at the font of the hall under better lighting to give everyone an equal chance. From the 41 entered a final six were displayed together for a ‘show of hands’ vote to decide on an eventual winner. I don’t know about you, but I found it very difficult to judge – the entries this year were of a very high standard and of many varied subjects. Don Grundell managed to get all three of his entries into the final six images, the other finalists being Brian Wetton, David Gamm and Dave Arkwell. This year The Colab Trophy was awarded to Don Grundell for his photograph ‘Dawn at Oldbury on Severn ‘ – well done Don! A light buffet supper finished off a most enjoyable evening.