|Landscape Group trip to Ystradfellte waterfalls||22 October 2016|
An autumn visit to the Brecon Beacons waterfall country around the village of Ystradfellte is becoming a club tradition.
|Competition 1 Prints 'Open||18 October 2017|
Entries in the first Print competition of the season were ably judged by John Randall from Andover Camera Club. Welcomed by Dave Gray, John prefers to judge 'cold' and so only had a quick look through the entries prior to giving his comments.
Following the 'Practical Evening' on 20 September - Dave Gray has put together a very informative tutorial on the use of Adobe 'Lightroom'.
|'The Idle Rich Rambles On'||11 October 2016|
There was a large turnout to welcome back Leo Rich ARPS, EFIAP/gold, DPAGB, BPE3 to Devizes Camera Club. Responding to a late call because of the unavailability of the scheduled speaker, his presentation was advertised as “an eclectic mix of images with no apparent theme to keep everyone guessing and even amused”. However he admitted that there was evidence of a “lavatorial theme”, especially during the first half.
The second half of the evening was dedicated to Leo’s love of India. He regularly goes to India with a group of other photographers and they like to get off the beaten track and head for some remoter villages.
Leo’s somewhat scattergun approach to presenting his images certainly kept us guessing. And his amusing anecdotes and wonderful sequences of images made for a very enjoyable and entertaining evening for which our thanks go to Leo. DF
|'The Great Divide'||4 October 2016|
The audience were entertained from start to end by this excellent evening by Leigh Preston FRPS EFIAP MPAGB portraying the contrasting sides of America.
|Projected Image Competition 1: Open||27 September 2016|
The judge for the first Projected Image competition of the season was Jim Marsden FRPS APAGB AFIAP who was welcomed back to the club by Chairman Richard Watson LRPS.There was a large number of entries and Jim who has judged for us on previous occasions remarked on the high standard particularly in the Beginners section. Just to explain to those new to the club - most new members start off in the Beginners group and after gaining enough points they move to Intermediate and then to Advanced. Many in the Beginners are not new to photography but have probably not experienced club competitions before.
First to be judged were the 22 images in the Beginners section with some outstanding landscapes and wildlife images. With so many superb images it was difficult for Jim to pick out the award winners but finally a stunning landscape 'First Light at Bamburgh' (shown left) by Sue Wadman was given first place.
A cleverly executed 'smoke' image by Kevin Ferris LRPS titled 'Mask' (left) was the judges favourite with a close up of a rare Damselfly from Borneo by Dave Gray taking second place.
|Practical Evening||20 September 2016|
'What do you do after you click the shutter?' Club Secretary Dave Gray gave a presentation to members regarding the importance of cataloguing and organising images on your computer so that they can easily be located when required.
|Latest Salon Acceptances|
As you will see the club members have nearly amassed 200 (196) salon acceptances for the current year. This compares extremely well with the 130 achieved during the whole of last year (Jan-Dec inc). Almost all entrants have already exceeded their totals gained in 2015. Salon Acceptances - September pdf
|'The Digital Adventure'||13 September 2016|
Members looked forward to a very interesting presentation as Colin Harrison FRPS MFIAP EFIAP/p MPAGB EPSA FBPE FIPF was welcomed to the club by Dave Gray.
|Chairman's Evening||6 September 2016|
DCC Chairman Richard Watson LRPS warmly welcomed members and those that were interested in joining the Club to the first meeting of the 2017-2017 season.
Further details and competition rules can be found in COMPETITIONS
Any queries please contact Caroline.
|Landscape Group visit - Avebury by Moonlight||Monday 15 August 2016|
Six hardy Landscape Group members gathered at Avebury after dark to try photographing the stones by moonlight.
|Landscape Group Field Trip to Porlock||Saturday 13 August 2016|
To the south-east, the heather gave way to wooded combes and beyond that to Dunkery Hill, enveloped in another purple haze.
|Welcome to the new DCC Website|
During the last few months the club website has been re-built using new updated free software. The previous website was built 6 years ago and in that time many things have changed. Smart phones and tablets are in common use and many people view websites on them so websites now need to scale down and display well on anything from a large widescreen monitor to small phone screen.
|Salon Acceptances - August 2016|
We must also congratulate Chris Wikes-Cuidad on gaining his AFIAP. To do so he was required to ...
Whilst Chris is a fine photographer this is by no means a small achievement. Not surprisingly Chris is going to have a little rest from entering salons but we hope he will soon be back and adding more to his impressive portfolio.
This has also been a busy month administratively. Apart from the July update a full audit has taken place of all acceptances achieved by club members since 2014. This reveals that there has been 780 acceptance gained during this period involving some 367 different images. This is a staggering figure and one which those involved and the club can rightly feel proud. A copy of the audit can be obtained from Michael - Salon co ordinator
This month has also seen the development of an easier to read directory of forthcoming salons. The directory which you can download here contains information about upcoming salons, as well as information concerning closing dates, file resolutions, categories, entry fees and website address. This is work in progress. Once this year is complete it will make it easier to setup a similar list in Jan for the whole of next year. As you will see there are still a few salons that can be entered before the end of the month. Why not give it a try.
|Nature Group Butterfly Trip||Saturday 17 July|
|The Nature Group's latest outing saw of small party travel to the Wiltshire/Hampshire border to photograph some of the butterflies on the wing in July. First stop was Bentley Woods, with many tall oak trees favoured by the elusive Purple Emperor, as well as our largest Fritillary, the Silver Washed Fritillary, and various more common species such as Ringlet, Gatekeeper and Skippers Large and Small. Despite various extremely smelly potions laid out as bait, only one Emperor was seen, and that nowhere near the bait. However, all the other butterflies were often seen on the wing, though finding them at rest for photography was very elusive. One pair of mating Ringlets did however provide a good static subject to photograph.
The group then took the short drive to West Dean Hill, to photograph chalk downland species, notably the Dark Green Fritillary and Marbled White. Again, the butterflies were very active on the wing, but difficult to find at rest, though all the group eventually managed images of the two target species.
From West Dean Hill, we took another short drive to Blackmoor Copse, hoping to catch sight of a White Admiral butterfly. The weather was becoming increasing humid and overcast, so very few butterflies of any species we seen, although a White Admiral was glimpsed but not photographed before flying up into the trees.
All told, the list of species seen by at least some of the party during the day was :
Large skipper, Small skipper, Green veined white, Brimstone, Red admiral, White admiral, Purple Emperor, Comma, Dark green fritillary, Silver washed fritillary, Meadow brown, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Marbled white and Speckled wood.
Our thanks go to Robert Harvey for researching the sites and for coordinating the trip for those who went.
Club member Chris Wilkes Ciudad ARPS has recently gained enough acceptances in FIAP salons to be awarded an AFIAP distinction.
See Salons for the latest acceptances and information on how you might also set out to achieve this distinction.
|Summer Social Event||25 June 2016|
This year Gill and Ian Cardy kindly invited the club to their large garden, hidden away in the heart of Melksham.
The sunshine of the morning unfortunately turned to heavy rain with claps of thunder and flashes of lightening by the afternoon - not exactly the sort of weather expected in June!.
Club members, partners, friends and a dog frequently had to take cover but despite the weather enjoyed meeting up, having a chat and looking around the interesting wildlife garden.
There was a welcome slightly dryer spell towards the end of the evening when some managed to have a game of boules but sadly the grass was too wet for croquet.
Gill challenged those present to name 14 of the wild flowers she had marked scattered around the garden - a few more common ones were easy to identify but most required some good botanical knowledge.
A fine spread was laid on by committee members with special thanks to Hilary Eagles, Frank Collins, Richards Watson, Richard Atkinson, Mike Valentine, Peter Tasker and Michael Saunders.
Frank managed to get the BBQ going under the shelter of a large garden umbrella and Richard did a heroic job carrying the hot food across the lawn to those sheltering from the rain.
Robert Harvey celebrated his wife Sarah's birthday and brought along a delicious chocolate cake to share. It also happened to be the birthday of Clive Rathband so we wish both of them all the very best.
Club members are hoping that we get some better weather soon and can get out and about to take some photos ready for the 2016 -2017 season which starts on 6 September when we all meet up again.
Many thanks to Gill and Ian for the use of their garden and to all those who helped make the evening so enjoyable despite the weather. PM
|Group Visit to the Isle of Wight||11 June 2016|
Six members from the Nature and Landscape Groups ventured over the waters to the Isle of Wight in search of some rare butterflies and inspiring landscapes.
|Nature Group trip to Cotley Hill||Sunday May 29th|
Some members of the Nature Group have signed up to a spring and summer of Butterfly photography, inspired in part by Cate Barrow's presentation to the club last season.
|AGM & Presentation of Awards
||17 May 2016|
The 2015-2016 programme had been very varied and successful thanks to the work by Dave Gray and Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP.
Dave and Robert also led the thriving Landscape and Nature Groups and organised many very enjoyable weekend and day outings during the year.Visits had been made to the Dorst Coast,West Sussex and waterfalls in Wales and many other photogenic areas.
Caroline Wright was praised for successfully organising the many competitions held during the season.
Stuart Barnes was thanked for his role as Membership Secretary as well as arranging the refreshments each week and the monthly Newsletters produced by Stuart and Michael Barnes are regarded as a great benefit to the club.
The club was pleased to welcome many new members during the season and attendance at meetings had been good.
Richard Atkinson has as usual been a very efficient Treasurer. A new projector which received much praise and sound equipment had been purchased from the club funds. Mike Saunders and Mike Valentine have kindly acted as links to the Sports Club.
Pam Mullings was thanked for running the website and taking on the role of Battle Secretary part way through the season.
Our thoughts and best wishes go to Jean Ingram for her loss and Derek Mason for his recovery after ill health.
Committee members read out their reports covering the years activities and answered any queries from the members.
There were 7 resolutions put before members and after much discussion on some points, all were eventually carried.
The membership fee will rise to £35 mostly to cover the increase in the amount paid to the Sports Club for the use of the facilities.
The new committee was duly elected with most posts staying the same. Changes are - Frank Collins to take on the role as Battle Secretary and Peter Tasker to be the Publicity Officer. Mike Valentine is to understudy the Treasurers role and Hilary Eagles is welcomed back onto the committee
(for full committee list see About Us)
Richard Watson was thanked by members for his role as Club Chairman.
After the break the Trophies were presented by Richard Watson to the very worthy winners. Robert Harvey received 6 out of 20 awards - the rest spread were spread amongst 10 of the club members. Some award winners were unfortunately away and not present for the group photo.
During the summer break members might like to bear in mind the Set Subject for 2016/17 is 'The Kennet and Avon Canal' which luckily is nearby for most members so look out for some interesting images.
It was announced that 'Streetlife' is to be a competition theme so look out for suitable interpretations while you are travelling around.
More Presentation Photographs Above: some of the 2015-2016 award winners. Photographs by Tim Pier
|Audio Visual Spectacular
||10 May 2016|
Members enjoyed seeing a variety of the award winning sequences from the WCPF Audio Visual competition 2015.
Guiding us through the evening and explaining the good and bad points of each sequence were Devizes CC members Clive Rathband FRPS FPSSA DPAGB EFIAP and Joan Ryder Rathband FRPS FPSSA DPAGB AFIAP who had been the judges for the competition.
There were 33 entries divided into 3 categories with a wide variety of subjects - some showed stunning landscapes and wildlife while others set out to tell a story in images, words and music. A sequence in the Photo Harmony category titled 'Jurassic Coast' by club member Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP showed stunning images of the Dorset heritage coast from Orcombe Point to Old Harry Rocks (left) and gained 2nd place. 'In the Footsteps of Darwin' was another excellent sequence by Robert and was placed 3rd in the long AV category (up to 12 minute). Images taken in the Galapogos Islands were cleverly timed to fit in with the spoken words written by Darwin about his observations of the unique species such as the Giant Tortoise (below) which he found on these islands. Well done Robert.
An Innovation award was given to 'Dreaming' and Joan commented that although the sequence had some faults it deserved an award for its creativity.
Joan explained what judges look for in a good AV - the images must all be of the very best quality, the music and any recorded voices must be appropriate for the subject and dissolves should be timed to fit in exactly with the audio.
'Forgotten Industry' showed the history of an area on Dartmoor where granite sets were quarried and showed the hardships endured by the workers.
Another sequence featured the story of the love between Edward and Wallis Simpson.
In first place in the long AV's was 'Svalborg Sojourn' with stunning images of arctic scenery and wildlife with wonderful polar bears and other wildlife. In third place was 'First Light-Last Light' with amazing sunrise and sunset photographs set to stirring music.
Sequences in the short category are limited to just 3 minutes 21 seconds. We enjoyed the very moving 'Lest we Forget' which opened with the poppies that surrounded the Tower of London and went on to show war graves and some of the inscriptions. In the same category was 'Legacy' which told some of the history of Brunel & Fox Talbot and 'Venetian Reflections' showed some very colourful images. 'Semana Santa' was 2nd in the long AV category and followed the colourful religeous processions of Holy Week and the various brotherhoods in their rather sinster costumes.
The evening finished with the best long sequence of 2015 which had an extremely moving and thought provoking commentary and harrowing images telling the story of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Joan explained what judges look for in a good AV - all the images must be of the best quality, the music and any recorded voices must be appropriate for the subject.
Many thanks to Clive & Joan for sharing their expertise. Any members interested in making AV's can join WAVES which is based in Trowbridge and can offer help and advice.PM