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Open Print Competition 2                                                            24 November 2015
Adrian Herring ARPS DPAGB was the judge for the second Open Print Competition of the season. Adrian has judged the club competitions many times before and his critiques on each image are always very helpful and hopefully members can learn from his extensive photographic experience and improve their images.red kite
Adrian enjoyed looking at the 54 prints entered from the 3 sections and said that particularly in the Advanced section it was tricky for him to decide on the order of the awards as there were many worthy winners. Adrian looks for images that convey a mood or tell a story and lead the viewer around the image with a good composition and no unwanted background distractions.
Adrian made several comments about the presentation of the prints saying that coloured mounts are usually best avoided as they can detract from the subject of the image and also some of the mount cutting could be improved. He also remarked that some prints would have presented better in a portrait format and others conversely as landscape and some images might have been improved with some cropping.
heronIn the Beginners Section the judge enjoyed the sharp focusing in a study titled 'Red Kite' (right) 
by Michael Valentine and awarded it first place and Michael also gained a Highly Commended with a similar study of a Bald Eagle. The action in cricketing scene was well captured and gained Andy Vick second place with a delicate flower study by Mair Bull awarded third place.

In the Intermediate section Michael Barnes was awarded both first and second places. The judge commented that Michael's 'Grey Heron with Catch' (left)
was placed superbly in the frame and 'Waterfall on the Lower Blean' was an excellent landscape.
The print of the rather foreboding 'Gates of Dartmoor' by Derek Mason was in third place.

quiver treesAdrian commented that he had seen many images of the starry night sky taken in Namibia where there is little light pollution but 'Quiver Trees and Star Trails'  right
by Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP was one of the best he had seen and gave it first place in the Advanced section.

Dave Gray was placed second with a very unusual image of a man in weird make up having a rather merry time. An atmospheric mountain view by Chris Wilkes-Ciudad ARPS was awarded third place in the Advanced section.
Congratulations to all those receiving awards.

Members were able to take a close look and admire the quality of the prints when they were displayed after the judging.
Thanks to Adrian Herring for once again taking the trouble to look through and comment on all the prints entered. Thanks also to Competition Secretary Caroline Wright for organising the competition and to those who entered and made such an enjoyable evening. PM
Full  Results          Prints with awards can be seen in the Gallery
Calne Multi-Club Annual Digital Battle                                             23 November 2015

Calne Camera Club organised and hosted the annual battle in which 8 local clubs took part. The large audience very much enjoyed the seeing the wide range of interesting images entered from the participating clubs.
daydreamingThe judge for the evening was Tony Byram ARPS DPAGB AWPF EFIAP who had the difficult task of awarding points to the wide variety of subjects and styles entered. Tony pointed out that some images could be improved by some cropping but mostly they were an excellent set of interesting images that he had very much enjoyed looking through. Each club entered 10 images selected from the best images submitted by their members. Tony did not have too much to criticize in the way of focus, exposure or composition although he did point out that some images could have been a little sharper in places, especially always check that the eyes are really sharp as they are usually the focal point in both animal images and human portraits.
female kestrelAs each image was projected Tony gave his comments and then awarded points ranging from11 and up to 20.
Six of the images impressed Tony enough to receive the top mark of 20 - each very different in subject and style. 
The points awarded to each club were totalled to give the final result with Non Pareil being placed first and Devizes CC coming in 9 points behind in 5th place.
In the Devizes entry a soft focus portrait by Pam Mullings titled 'Daydreaming' (right) was awarded 20 points and was placed second out of all the 80 images entered in the battle. 
A stunning image titled 'Female Kestrel on Cliff Top' (left) by Stuart Barnes gained 19 points. Congratulations to both.
The rest of the images from the Devizes selection were awarded points ranging from17 to 13.
Tony is a very experienced judge but as in all competitions of this type the final awards very much come down to personal choice.
Thanks to Tony Byram for judging and his excellent critique of each image and Eddy and Pam Lane and Calne CC for the organisation and hosting. 
Many thanks to DCC Battle Secretary Jean Ingram for organising our entry and also thanks to members who submitted entries for the selection.

Devizes CC results and final placings. 
More high scoring images from the battle can be seen on the Calne CC website

Don't forget to make the effort to support the club next Tuesday (1 December) for our return battle with
Royal Wootton Bassett CC when 30 images from Devizes CC will be shown and you will have a chance to meet members of another club.    
Venue: United Reformed Church Hall, Wood St, SN4 7BD. at 7-30    Judge Eddy Lane ARPS DPAGB
 RWB website

Please note the WCPF organised DPIC and the National GB Battles take place soon so would members please let the Battle Secretary have copies of your very best images to select from as soon as requested.

The Nature Group Presents ....                                                                                                              17 November 2015
Club chairman Richard Watson LRPS leads the Nature Group whose members visited a variety of wildlife sites during the year and tonight showed a selection of the interesting images taken during field trips to locations both local and further afield.
bitternLast spring the group spent a weekend in Suffolk first staying at Orfordness - an old military site on a shingle ridge. Many rare plants can be found in the shingle and also a variety of sea birds such as herring gulls and common terns can be photographed .
The group then moved on to the RSPB reserve at Minsmere where members were delighted to be able to photograph the shy bittern (left). Many birds were seen in the lagoons and marshes including avocets, little egrets, herons and a variety of small birds amongst the reeds and even a fox was spotted nearby.

Arrangements were made to visit the garden of Wildlife Photographer Colin Vardell where feeding stations have been set up to attract the wildlife. Hides are used and photographers can hopefully get good photographs as birds come in to feed. Woodpeckers, goldfinches, a pheasant, a nuthatch and many other birds came within the range of a 300mm or larger lense. Colin also persuaded a grass snake and slow worm to stay in range long enough to be photographed. harvest mouseMembers also had the chance to get close ups of some harvest mice (right) and butterflies.
Visits were made to the Dorset heathland to hopefully find reptiles, insects and birds and to the New Forest to photograph the Autumn colours.
Professional wildlife photographer David Kjaer gave members helpfull advice on photographing fungi in Savernake Forest and the use of reflectors to help get light into the undersides of the fungi and the dark areas near the forest floor.
Experienced nature photographer Gill Cardy FRPS DPAGB AFIAP brought along the kit she carries with her on her trips both in Britain and abroad. Reflectors both bought and homemade, a camouflage cape and wires to tie back vegetation and much more, all packs into her large backpack. Club member Gill recently gained her FRPS distinction with her superb wildlife images and shared some tips to help members get better images of the natural world.
poppiesRichard gave some ideas of places members could visit at different times of the year; Langford Lakes, Slimbridge and Conigre Mead amongst others give lots of wildlife photographic opportunities. Oakfrith Wood was recommended for bluebells in the spring with Clattinger Farm having a succession of wild flowers starting with the Snakeshead Fritillaries and then goes on to a stunning display of orchids later in the season.
Planning group nature visits in advance can be difficult as you can be too early or too late to see what was planned as it is all dependent on the weather conditions so sometimes last minute trips are arranged when a member sees something interesting such as the field of poppies (left)
Plans are being made for members to revisit Brownsea Island to photograph the red squirrels in winter when they look their best, other visits to be arranged throughout the year.

Thanks to members who showed their images and to Richard for putting together a very informative evening. PM
'Creative Speedlite Workshop'                                                                               10 November 2015
On Tuesday we welcomed Terry Hewlett ARPS for what turned out to be a rather different club evening in which the emphasis was on understanding and developing flash light skills particularly in respect of portraiture and event photography including weddings 
In the first part of a well-attended evening Terry described the equipment needed and briefly covered the main theoretical concepts relating to flash . He explained that flash photography was essentially a way of scribing with light and shadow in order to produce a desired effect.   The secret of good flash photography he said was an ability to control the intensity, quality,  colour and direction of speed lights (flash units) in relation to the surrounding ambient (background) light.  Once you had an understanding of how they interacted together and how each element could be manipulated it was much easier to control how the final image looked. Terry explained that  flash unit basically determined the intensity of the image, its quality, the amount of colour (or contrast) and therefore detail exposed, and the direction of the available light.
Without being over technical Terry explained that there are essentially four ways in which to control flash.
speedlightFirstly, you can control your aperture (on camera or through the flash unit) as this will also affect the amount of ambient light it can have unintended consequences and it might be necessary to reduce the shutter speed to achieve the right balance.
Secondly, you can adjust your distance and angle of shot from the subject and thereby the relative size of the subject in frame
Thirdly, you can use diffusers to modify the effect of the light on the subject
Fourthly, you can adjust the character and duration of the flash by adjusting the flash compensation +/- function.
Terry ably demonstrated how it was possible to take sharp images using very low shutter speeds. He expertly, and patiently, took us through the various stages and demonstrated how each of the elements, in turn, could be controlled using speed lights sometimes with, and sometimes without, additional supplementary lighting mounted on stands to which various modifiers have been attached such as cans, honeycomb lamps, snoots and even homemade deflectors including card, net curtains and umbrellas!
 The second part of the evening was much more hands on with Terry demonstrating the cause and effect of different adjustments in camera and through the speedlights. Members were encouraged to take pictures of each other and notice how even small adjustments could bring about significant change. At the same time we were encouraged to think about whether an image could be improved by adding more than one catch light in the eye,  how best to add some separation of the subject from the background using light, how to photograph people who wear spectacles, or who even have bald heads, without flare!
In concluding his talk he also provided some useful tips to improve an image. These included using shadows to give context and atmosphere including by tilting the camera up or down and never cropping a photo of a person through a joint (i.e. above an elbow rather than through it).
It was very evident from the members' response that Terry’s talk struck a chord with more than half of those present indicating that they sometimes use dedicated flash units but did not necessarily understand how to get the best effect.
The evening undoubtedly had something for everyone regardless of their experience. We are very grateful that Terry was able to explain the theory concisely and take us through the practical steps with patience and humour. MB
For more information see Terry’s website
 Landscape Group Field Trip to Ystradfellte Waterfalls

sgwd dgOn Saturday 7 November a small but dedicated contingent from the Landscape Group headed west to the Brecon Beacons to photograph the Ystradfellte Waterfalls.  It had been raining heavily for the previous two days but as forecast, the rain stopped just as we arrived at the car park.  This left us with overcast skies and low contrast lighting, well suited to waterfall photography.  
sgwd rhThere are four main waterfalls at Ystradfellte and visiting them all involves a hike of some five miles.  We were expertly guided by Dave Gray who is very familiar with the south Wales waterfall country and the best viewing points.  Two days of heavy rain had led to huge torrents of water flowing over all the falls, making several of the usual viewing points inaccessible.  We were, however, able to reach all four falls, providing a spectacular visual (and auditory) experience. 
The four waterfalls visited (and their English translations) are:  
Sgwd yr Eira - ‘Fall of the Snow’ above by Dave Gray  
Sgwd Isaf Clun-gwyn - ‘Fall of the Lower White Meadow’ - right by Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP
Sgwd Clun-gwyn - ‘Fall of the White Meadow’ and Sgwd y Pannwr - ‘Fall of the Fuller'
Our photographs capture something of the might of the waterfalls in full flow, with shutter speeds of around a second rendering them as soft curtains of moving water.  Thanks to Dave Gray for organising and guiding the field trip. RH

Club Publicity Display
With so much competition from the internet and social media the Club has taken an opportunity to raise awareness locally of what club membership has to offer.
A display stall was set up at the Shambles Market in Devizes on 29th October where a wide range of club members images were shown on a repeating slideshow alongside a small sample of prints.
We had a steady stream of visitors throughout the day.  Most were happy just to talk and find out what we do. Others admired the photos on show or provided feed back on the images being shown.
shamblesIt was a little surprising to discover just how many people there are in Devizes going about their daily tasks who have a keen interest in photography. Some even admitted to once being professional photographers but never having  thought of joining a camera club.
It was interesting to see which images captured the public's imagination. Gill Ford's 'Back in Time' photo seemed to strike a chord with many onlookers including a 'professional photographer' who described it as 'technically very competent'. Another remarked that it was so good it looked like a painting.  A third person suggested it would make a fantastic jigsaw puzzle. Now that would make an interesting competition!
Overall the event was considered a success and lays the foundation for similar initiatives in the future.
Thanks to Stuart, Michael, Pam, Gill and Richard for manning the stall and to those who allowed us to show their work, or popped over to see us. Thanks also to Wiltshire Council for their co-operation and support.  Photograph by Richard Atkinson AFIAP
Competition 2  - Projected Images    -  Architecture                                                               3 November 2015

At the beginning of the year we were promised some new and more interesting competitions. Our second open competition on the theme of architecture certainly lived up to its promise. Not only did it get us thinking about what exactly architecture is but it also provided an opportunity for some imaginative photography. Amongst several 'ancient and modern' scenes there were images of lego models, a model train set up, and a composite image of a printed circuit board morphed with a picture of the Shard and the London st marysMayoral Office. Images of religious buildings and historical dwellings were pitched against ever taller and mostly glass fronted modern buildings. By the end of the evening we were, I think, all better able to appreciate how architecture helps create land and town scapes which all too often we take for granted.
This competition was not however just an indulgence in abstract or practically based architecture but an opportunity to consider what, compositionally works best when photographing space, form, shape, design and function. In this we were helped considerably by the Judges constructive analysis of each image and insightful knowledge of architecture. prior parkAmong the many tips he offered us was the need to frame the image properly, to use use lines which lead into or out the image, and look for pictorial balance either by using contrasting patterns, texture, or colour. We were also taught the difference between succession, procession and recession!
On a more practical level we were reminded of the need to ensure that horizons were straight, perpendiculars were upright (unless the intention was to emphasise a structure by using a tilt shot), and that where leading lines from the corners were used to emphasise distance they were symmetrical. We were also urged to pay particular attention to post processing particularly shadows and highlights and removing distracting elements.
reflectionsOver 70 Images were entered into the competition. In the Beginners Section Michael Valentine gained first, second and third place with three very strong images.
(Top: St.Mary the Virgin, Bishops Cannings by Michael Valentine)
In the Intermediate Section third place went to Tim Pier with Gill Ford-Pier taking a well deserved second and first place. (Above: 'Prior Park' by Gill Ford Pier)
In the Advanced Section Leila Peerun proved to be a popular winner with her image ‘Reflections’.
Congratulations to all our winners and those highly commended, and especially to Michael Valentine on his clean sweep and to Leila on gaining a first in her first season as an Advanced. (left: 'Reflection' by Leila Searight)
Thanks to all of you who took part.
We are grateful to Mat Revel for judging our competition and for his helpful remarks throughout the evening. Thankyou. MB

Full Results                       Images with awards can be seen in the Galleries


'Maybe There's Another Way'                                                                     27 October 2015
'Photography with a Purpose' was the subtitle of the presentation by Michael Krier MA ARPS. Members were enthralled as Michael recounted how in the 1960's his interest in photography started after he looked through books of published images by the leading photographers of the time. fritillaryUsing his father's box Brownie he aspired to try and emulate similar images and became very successful at capturing many interesting and unusual subjects.
Michael gained valuable photographic experience when he was asked to take photographs for the University newspaper but later during his career as a history teacher was unable to find much time to take his love of photography very seriously.
On his retirement Michael regained his interested in creative photography and took a City and Guilds course after which he applied, and was accepted on a 2 year part-time Master's Degree course. The tutors and visiting eminent lecturers inspired him to study many thought provoking, contemporary images. Members were shown some of the interesting images taken by Michael and his fellow students on the course. Students were encouraged to experiment and work on a series of subjects that were out of their comfort zone.  fieldsMichael studied portraits taken by eminent photographers preferring un-posed natural images that showed a connection between the photographer and the subject. Showing some of his own interesting portraits he stated that good lighting is essential to all good photographs. Michael experimented with various techniques, taking images of trees, some stunning landscapes and almost abstract, detailed images looking down into river beds.
For his final portfolio Michael wanted to record aspects of human behaviour and chose to feature people working at various trades in the area of the Cotswolds. The pairs of images were carefully selected to complement each other in both colour and design as they were to be printed on facing pages in a book.
pattern Although Michael is a qualified judge of Camera club competitions himself, he was critical of the way many images are marked. Members present were asked to give their ideas on what makes a good image and why some interesting images would never win a club competition or be accepted in a Salon. Images should convey emotion and many images appeared to be too overworked. Rarely using imaging software, he said several times during his presentation, be patient and wait for just the right moment to press the shutter to capture the scene. Michael challenged members to think beyond the usual images entered for club competitions and suggested we might learn from the work of professional artistic photographers.
Michael has gained many awards for his photographs with 'Snakeshead Fritillary' (top left) recently gaining a gold medal.
Photographs by Michael were used to illustrate a guide for the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela and he has since undertaken the long pilgrimage from Canterbury to Rome taking many images of both the people and the landscapes.
Many of his images latest images are almost abstract and Michael is currently working on a series of linked images exploring interesting field patterns taken in different seasons. (left & above)
Many thanks to Michael for such a thought provoking evening which was very much enjoyed by members. PM
'An Evening of Contrasts'                                                                                           20 October 2015
The Club were both honoured and privileged to welcome Rosemary Wilman Hon FRPS AFIAP BPE5* and ex-President of the RPS to our weekly meeting
Rosemary began her talk with a series of photographs taken in Santorini, Amritsar, Yellowstone National Park, the Isle of Harris, and in Falkirk of the 100ft tall horse head sculptures called The Kelpies. But this was no travelogue instead we were treated to an evening of stunning and often uncomplicated unusual images where the emphasis was on originality, colour (sometimes complimentary, sometimes contrasting, sometimes vibrant and sometimes muted), form and composition. amritsarGiven the wide range of images presented it would be difficult to attribute a particular style to her photography. Indeed that is Rosemary’s strength. What we witnessed was more a kaleidoscope of different genre’s in which there was perhaps an overlying theme of keeping it compositionally simple, experimenting with shape and form, and seeing (as opposed to just looking for) the unusual.
Rosemary shared numerous tips for creating better images including the need to engage with her subjects in a culturally sensitive way, something which she agreed might be easier for a woman than a man.
In terms of technique she suggested some things we could all do like examining the borders of the intended image 'in camera' so that unwanted distractions could be removed, or better viewpoints achieved. Her strongest message however was to get 'in close' and always look for 'pictures within pictures'. Sometimes by looking closer at the image presented it is possible to notice something unexpected or unusual which gives added context to the image or occasion - whether it be an abstract shape or an object. Looking for often missed detail or colour, as well as beyond and behind the subject will often present richer images. Sometimes just looking at where your feet are (or have been) can produce the most unexpected results. Look out for abstract shapes, fine detail, contrasting textures, strong colours and allusions of movement.
santoriniMany of the images Rosemary presented on screen and in print had a minimalistic feel to them and were well suited to the square format which Rosemary has mastered to very good effect. Her advice was always to keep it simple and to try, if you can, to get you image framed as you want it on camera and avoid excessive cropping.
Whilst striking colour and light are important to Rosemary she also demonstrated how better pictures can be achieved by looking for colour changes in similar tones. Her images of white buildings demonstrated this to perfection.  She also suggested that when there it too much sun you can use yourself to create shade in order to emphasise texture. Her advice is to explore the image presented and to play around with different camera angles and not to be afraid to take several shots.
We are very grateful to Rosemary not only for travelling some distance to be with us but also for sharing her tips and enthusiasm for photography with us. Her overall message of properly exploring what you see all around  you, being  patient and challenging yourself to be creative and have fun is  a message we can all take on board.
Thank you Rosemary for a very pleasant evening and for sharing you talent in such a generous way. MB              See more images in Rosemary Wilman's website
Landscape Group weekend trip to Dartmoor                                                              9th -11th October 2015
The latest annual Landscape Group weekend trip saw 18 members and partners travel to Dartmoor, based in the small village of Postbridge on the East Dart river with its pretty Clapper Bridge.  The party was too large to be completely accommodated in the East Dart Hotel, so a few members were placed in the nearby Cherrybrook farmhouse.  We hope these were not too inconvenienced, as all main meals and social activities were held at the East Dart Hotel.
wistman woodThe group met up on Friday lunchtime, with good spells of sunshine, and after lunch, went variously to photograph Brentor, with its iconic church, or the woods around Bellever Tor.  Later in the day, the sun was becoming increasingly hazy as the combined group climbed Great Staple Tor in the hope of a sunset shoot.  In the event, the cloud prevailed, although everyone was treated to some of the finest of Dartmoor’s weather-scoured granite tors. 
Saturday dawned misty, which slowly lifted during the day though the skies remained overcast.  However, there are landscape locations which actually benefit from flat, low-contrast lighting, and so the group visited Dartmeet for its partially collapsed Clapper Bridge, Horse Shoe Falls on the Dart river, and the mysterious and difficult to photograph Wistman’s Wood. 
venfordAstrophotography had also been on the wish list, but with the skies remaining cloudy, the next best option was to photograph the Postbridge Clapper Bridge after dark, lighting the bridge with a torch in a technique known as ‘light-painting’. 
Sandwiched between all the photographic activity was the usual evening entertainment, superbly orchestrated by Robert and Sarah Harvey.  On the Friday evening, Robert treated us to some his Dartmoor pictures, taken in better light conditions on previous occasions, and also a presentation to show what is possible in a range of astrophotography scenarios.  Saturday evening was undoubtedly the highlight, featuring the now infamous quiz, which this year had as its centrepiece an extended round of ‘Just a Minute’.  Richard Watson, Frank Collins, Barry Andrews and Mike Saunders were invited to speak on a range of photographic topics for one minute, without hesitation, repetition or deviation.  dcc dartmoor
Suffice to say the whole room was in fits of laughter throughout. Sunday was time to say goodbye and head home, but not before a visit to Venford Falls, not even named on the OS Maps but arguably more spectacular than the Horseshoe Falls seen the previous day.  The downside was a steep descent into the narrow valley holding the falls, followed by the same steep ascent back to the cars.  People then headed off in different directions, some to go directly back to Wiltshire, others to take in places they had missed earlier in the weekend before heading home.
Our thanks once again go to Robert and Sarah Harvey for arranging the itinery, booking the hotels, leading the evening entertainment, and generally organising the group to enable everyone to make best use of the time available.  Thanks also go to Richard Watson for leading various groups, which enabled the group to be split rather than travelling mob-handed around the moor.  DG
Top: Wistman's Wood by Dave Gray                                              Right: Venford Falls  and above - Group photo both by Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP
See more photographs in the Dartmoor Weekend Gallery

Competition 1 - Open Prints                                                                                                    9 October 2015
Members were very pleased to welcome back the judge for the evening Terry Walters who has visited the club on several previous occasions. It's always a pleasure to have Terry as he keeps the evening very light-hearted and he started off by saying 'enjoy yourselves and don't take it too seriously!' With a bit of banter and quips about not knowing anything about some of the subjects portrayed on the prints he praised the best points of each image but then gave helpful advice on how those images could have been improved by some cropping to avoid large dull areas or some editing to bring out more of the detail. tamarWanting the main subject to be 'razor sharp' many images were rather on the soft side for his taste. Terry quite rightly looked for good use of the correct depth of field, good composition and lighting and pointed out some tiny details missed by the photographers that should have been removed to make a better image.
Starting with the Beginners prints Terry said that he knew the area featured on Kate Aston's monochrome 'Tamar Morning Mist' (shown left) and that she had managed to capture a very atmospheric scene awarding Kate first place. Second place went to Kyra Wilson - another new member this season with her macro image 'Comma on Sedum'
Andy Vick was placed third with a cricketing scene titled 'Throw to Space'

reflectionTerry judged the 21 interesting prints entered in the Intermediate section and chose 'Reflections of Stephanie' (shown right) by Hilary Eagles as the winner saying it was a very unusual image -something he always likes to look out for. Both second and third places went to Michael Barnes with 'Smokin Joe' a monochrome portrait and 'Misty Morn' a warm tranquil landscape.

The Advanced section caused Terry a problem as there were so many superb images but he could only give 7 awards. Terry gave first place to 'When the Gambian Boat came in' by Dave Gray (shown below) because it told a story - it portrayed a colourful crowd of people in the sea eager to collect the catch of fish from the boat. Dave was  also awarded 2 HC's.
gambiaSecond place went to club chairman Richard Watson LRPS with 'Coal Store'  - no coal actually in sight but a tranquil waterside scene with a superb sky and a coal store building away in the distance. A print by Chris Wilkes-Ciudad ARPS titled 'Well's Cathedral' caught the judges eye because it had been edited to look rather like an oil painting and gained third place.

Many thanks to Terry for taking the time and trouble to look so carefully at all the prints entered and to give his opinion on how the images might have been improved. Members could learn and gain some helpful tips that will be helpful before they enter their images in the next competition. Thanks also to busy Competition Secretary, Caroline Wright for organising the prints and getting them to the judge. PM

Full Results 
             Images that gained awards can be seen in the Galleries soon.
Biennial Print Exhibition 2015
The Biennial Print Exhibition which has been on display at the Wiltshire Museum, Devizes closed on Sunday, 11  October. 
Over 90 members framed prints have been exhibited in the Gallery since the opening on the 13 September.
squirrelVisitors have looked around the exhibition from as far away as the USA as well as Europe and many people had visited from all corners of Wiltshire. 
'Absolutely wonderful' 'Very inspiring' 'Amazing photography' and many other appreciative comments were written in the visitor's book. The museum staff said they had received many favourable comments as well.
Well done to all the members who entered the competitions and displayed such a variety of superb prints.
Visitors were asked to choose their favourite image and when the voting slips were counted 'Red Squirrel on Bracket Fungus' by Gill Cardy FRPS DPAGB AFIAP 
  (shown left) was declared the winner.
Other prints that had many of the visitors votes were 'Fishing in the Mekong' by Martin Horton, 'Are you Looking at me' by Ray Grace ARPS DPAGB,
'Stonehenge Startrails' by Dave Gray and 'Hadrian's Wall' and 'Porthcawl Lighthouse' by Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP.
Also on display were very interesting vintage cameras loaned by club members so a big thankyou to all of them.
Many thanks  go to Stuart Barnes who did much of the work arranging the exhibition, Caroline Wright for organising the collection of prints and taking them to the judge, to all those members who were involved in setting up and hanging the prints, all those who framed and exhibited their prints and to the Wiltshire Museum and staff who were so helpful throughout. PM
'115 Steps to Excellence'                                                                                                         6 October 2015
A very interesting talk by our own Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP, titled '115 Steps to Excellence' which documents his journey to gain his EFIAP (Excellence of the International Federation of Photographic Art) award. 115 represents the total number of images he has taken to gain 304 Salon Acceptances into International Salons.
Robert began by explaining what he thought makes a good salon image as opposed to a good club competition image. A club competition judge would have perhaps up to a week to view club competition entries while a salon judge would accept or decline an entry with just a few moments to decide. Therefore first impressions are very important. Success rate in having images accepted in Salons is about 1 in 4, which are much better odds than achieving a placing in Club competitions.
7sistersRobert then showed us the 115 images starting  with landscape images taken in the UK and he told the story of  his journey to take each one, which involved some very early mornings and late nights were required and  many of the images needed more than one visit to a location to get the right light, weather conditions and tides. An image of the Seven Sisters coast at Seaford Head required him to visit during the few short weeks that the sun would set in the right position to get the correct lighting, he also needed the tide to be high and finally but he had to wait for the scaffolding to be removed from the coastguard cottages that would form the foreground interest if the image.It took almost three years for all these conditions to be right to capture the image he wanted.
left 'Seven Sisters'

Robert then showed his landscape images from all over the world, taken on his many travels to places including the Arctic, Yellowstone, & Canyonlands National Parks. In particular, pre-dawn and post-sunset light is especially good in avoiding contrasty lighting while retaining good colouration in the sky, which is in turn reflected in the subject.
After the break we saw some of his astrophotography images of star trails taken at some well-known locations including Glastonbury and Stonehenge  and the Wheel Coates tin mine in Cornwall. startrailsOther images included Aurora Borealis taken on a trip to Norway in temperatures as low as -40. right: 'Startrails over Stonehenge'
People was the next group which included images taken in Rwanda and some images taken closer to home of surfers in Cornwall. Robert also showed us some comical images including a 'Wildephant' entered in the Creative Category.
gannetsNature images were the next category and in this, Robert showed us some superb images of Red Kites, Arctic Terns, Puffins and Gannets,(left)
Starling Murmurations and Knots amongst others. Robert described how he studied the bird's flight behaviour to allow him to capture some very striking images. Many wildlife images were taken while lying on the ground or in a boat, in order to make the subject dominate the image.  Again, the benefits of subdued lighting, and avoiding bright sunlight and deep shade, were emphasised.

The next group of images presented by Robert were mammals including Bears, Hippopotomus and Wildebeast. Robert told us one of his ambitions was to see and photograph a Giant Anteater and he hired a guide in Brazil to track one down, they managed  to find 12 and captured a striking image of a mother with baby.
There were also images of other exotic mammals including Cheetahs, Leopards and Giant Otters.nashpoint
Robert finished his nature selection with images of Insects and flora from the British countryside which included Giant Cricket, Butterflies and Damselflies.

Altogether a remarkable set of images by a very talented photographer.  CW & DG
(The minimum requirement for the Excellence FIAP (EFIAP) award is to have achieved at least 250 acceptances (including 25 prints) of 50 different images in 30 exhibitions across 20 countries. Robert was awarded his EFIAP in June 2015 on the basis of 304 acceptances (of which 27 are prints) of 115 different images in 23 countries.)
All images copyright Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP  Right: 'Nashpoint'
Robert's website
Members interested in entering International Salons and gaining a FIAP distinction see PAGB website

'Shooting People'                                                                                                    29 September 2015
Matt Revell delighted members at DCC with his ‘Shooting People’ presentation.   Matt is a very active photographer who has a diverse set of interests which include landscape, macro and wildlife.  He comes from an art and engineering background.  matt 1He appreciates all types of photography and enjoys strong powerful images that convey a message and images sympathetic to the subject which make use of light, textures and surroundings. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and mistakes with like-minded   photographers and delivered his presentation in a relaxed, humorous, interactive and educational way welcoming questions from the floor. 
Matt gave tips for a successful people shoot, it is key to develop a realistic concept, simple is often good, scout locations and practice sets, all in all be prepared. The key elements to photographing people is good communication, confidence, keep smiling, preparation and  organisation,  listening to what the person wants and importantly know you kit, to ensure you can change settings, lenses quickly without disrupting the mood of the shoot.   matt 2
He explained you do not need expensive kit - he uses a 85mm prime lens for FX and 55mm prime for crop sensor.  
To succeed in taking successful people photos, you just need to heed the key elements, be adventurous and develop your unique style.   Matt shared some lovely, portraits, especially of his beautiful daughter, from simple and easy to achieve in natural light to more complex portraits and shots using varying levels of lights, explaining what he used to take the shot.

Thank you Matt for a really interesting, interactive and educational evening, members have been inspired to try shooting people (Photographically) in their own imaginative and creative ways.  
The club looks forward to welcoming you back in a few to judge our architecture competition. HE
Competition 1        Open - Projected Images                                                   22 September 2015
The first projected image competition of the 2015-16 season was very ably judged by Bob Ryan ARPS who told the members he felt it was a privilege to be invited. Bob said that although he had only been judging for two and a half years he had passed the Photographic Society of Great Britain Judging Course and went on to explain his 10 criteria. When judging he first looks at technical issues (eg: cropping, horizontals, noise etc.) focus & depth of field, exposure and use of light and then the rather less easily defined criteria of creativity, integrity and finally the impact that the image has on him!
dewdropBob had scrutinised each image very carefully and gave his opinion on how the image might have been improved. The new club projector with its higher resolution displayed colours vibrantly but also showed up any noise and tiny flaws which before might have not been noticed before - members please note!.

Starting with the 13 entries in the Beginners section Bob awarded Barry Andrews  both 2nd and 3rd places and also an HC but an image by new member Kate Aston gained 1st place. Bob commented that Kate's 'Frozen Dewdrop' (left) had pin point focussing, was very creative and also had the impact he looks for.

bluebellsIn the Intermediate section Bob observed that the technical skills were generally very good but a little more post-processing would have improved some of the 21 images. Tim Pier was awarded 1st place for 'Rainy Bluebells' (right) with the judge remarking that the image had a wonderful atmosphere and the bluebells were actually blue! Tim also was awarded 3rd place with an image of a bride with the natural light catching her veil. In second place was David Fraser with the strong evening sun making a very colourful image.
mistWith 30 images entered in the Advanced section there was very stiff competition to gain an award. Bob said the standard was generally very high with some images of International Salon standard but some members should look more carefully at over sharpening and avoiding 'dead spaces'
'Mist in the Vale of Pewsey' (left) by Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP was awarded 1st place with another misty scene by Chris Wilkes-Cuidad ARPS in 2nd place. A night scene of St, Pauls gained Kevin Ferris LRPS 3rd place.

Hopefully the many new members present felt they learnt a lot from Bob's excellent comments on how they might improve their own images when they enter competitions in the future.
Thanks to all members who entered the competition and many congratulations to those who's images gained awards. PM
Full Results                       Awarded Images can be seen here
'Life after Devizes'                                                                                                  15 September 2015
 We were joined this evening by ex-member and friend Chris Beard, who has returned to live up North, to be closer to his family.  An excellent photographer, who had won many photographic competitions and has succeeded in having his photos selected for print in the National Geographic Magazine.  
cb2Chris covers the full range of photography including macro, astro-photography, landscapes and portraits.  We saw images showing satelite trails, star trails and the milky way.  There were also very colourful images of the'Northern Lights'. He explained the use of 'Light Painting' a subject,  and setting long exposurers to attain star trails, showing photos of Castlerigg Stone Circle, Lake District and Glastonbury Tor in Somerset. 
Chris also showed a photo which he had 'flipped' to create a 'lead in line' to the subject in this case Stourhead Bridge.  
cb1The results from Chris's visit to Blackpool's Punk Rockers Annual event provided some very interesting and thought provoking portraits.  People were shown with very colourful, spiky hair styles, wearing black leather and many body piercings.  
In contrast the macro shots of damselflies, beetles, butterflies etc appeared very beautiful, the detail was so clear that individual hairs were defined.
Our thanks to Chris for travelling so far, providing such an interesting and informative evening.  CM
Images by Chris Beard

Biennial Print Exhibition 2015                                                                            13 September 2015

Two years have flown by and it was time again for Devizes Camera Club to showcase its work at the Biennial Print Exhibition which was officially opened by Mayor Roger Giraud-Saunders at the Wiltshire Museum in Devizes today. A total of 90 prints were entered by members in the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced categories and these were judged by a regular guest speaker at our club, John Tilsley ARPS DPAGB APAGB. The awards distributed today were the Derek Parker Challenge Plaque for the best home-printed image from the Beginner and Intermediate categories and the Leaze Cottage Trophy for the best overall print. John took us through his process of judging a relatively large number of prints, separating out those with a good chance of winning an award then going through the rejected pile and adding to the original shortlist of 30! Comparing like with like in landscape, natural history and people, he finally ended up with a selection of 20 prints. Those images which created an emotional response and displayed originality and simplicity were the strongest.

crystal ballsIn John's own words, there were 17 images which qualified for the Derek Parker prize so our congratulations go to Peter Eley for winning the prize with Crystal Balls (shown right), followed by David Fraser in second place with Swans Attacking a Crane and Derek Mason in third place with Amaryllis. Well done to Michael Barnes also for gaining a highly commended award for Misty Summer Dawn.

aquilegia danceThere were six highly commended awards in the best overall print competition, shared by Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP, Gill Cardy FRPS AFIAP DPAGB, Dave Gray, Janet Rutter LRPS and Pam Mullings. Third place went to Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP for Godrevy Island in Storm and Dave Gray won second place with Mischief. 
Many congratulations to the Leaze Cottage Trophy winner, Ray Grace  ARPS DPAGB, with Aquilegia Dance (shown left)

Our guests, including Mayoress Giovanna Giraud-Saunders, were very impressed with the superb display, high standard and variety of prints entered in this exhibition and the Mayor said he would return home and view the art on his walls with a more critical eye! We would like to thank John Tilsley and Mayor Roger Giraud-Saunders for their support and enthusiasm. LP

Award winning images can be seen here


Judge John Tilsley explains his judging process and criteria


Winners Ray Grace (left) and Peter Eley (right) with the Mayor and Mayoress Giraud-Saunders (centre) and John Tilsley (far left)

'Light & Mood'                                                                                                                                 8 September 2015
Don Bishop has been a keen photographer for over 26 years, he attained his LRPS in 2006 and a year later his ARPS.  He went professional in 2006, initially he spent his time on his other great passion photographing steam trains in landscapes.  Since going professional he has increased the time he has spent on Landscape photography.  Don travels many miles to achieve his stunning images and has a passion for warm colourful lighting.  He prefers to get his shots right in camera rather than post process on a computer.  He uses filter extensively to control the balance between light and shade and to ensure the camera records what the eyes see. Don believes prepration and planning locations is key and has spent many an hour waiting for the right light.  
Don delighted the members of DCC with his images from some of the most beautiful landscapes in England and Scotland.  He talked extensively about the techniques he uses to create such wonderful and stunning images.  His favorite tools are his neutral density, polarising and graduated filters, he demonstrated them and clearly explained the how, why and when they enhance the image and how they help to get the shots right in camera.  
All Don's lenses are zoom except for the tilt and shift lens which is becoming more popular with landscape photographers. Don was happy to take questions from the floor, and he has certainly given all club members much to think about.  Experienced and budding landscapers are now enthused and eager to get out and try some of Don's techniques.  
Thank you Don for a great evening of learning and sharing your stunning images.   HE




Open Evening - Start of the 2015-2016 season                                                                 1 September 2015

A warm welcome was extended to new and old members by the Chair Richard Watson on the first night of Devizes Camera Clubs exciting new season. He ran through many aspect of club membership and introduced the attending committee members. Over the summer the club has  invested  in new equipment a  microphone system and new projector.  Additional monies has been spent on the club programme which has resulted high standard, varied and exciting  programme in the aim of  enhancing enjoyment for all the membership. 
The evening was relaxed and informal  and  It was good to see so many regular members catching up after the summer recess.  The membership secretary worked hard and gave a warm welcome and overview of the club to the many potential new members, it was encouraging so see so many new faces.

bubble attackThe new projector was used for the first time with excellent results a variety of interesting and varied projected images were shown and the members gave a brief and sometimes funny overview of their images, where and why they were taken.  Members are reminded that the new size for the PI is in the new handbook and details can be found on the website. 
An extended coffee break gave a chance for new and old members to mingle, look and enjoy some of the exhibition prints and  a chance for members to display their pictures in photo book format.

During the notices the Chair asked for members to display posters for the Club exhibition in their local villages and towns.  Framed prints must be delivered to the Museum on Saturday  5 September between 10.30 and  3pm and please ensure the glass in the frame is spotlessly clean.  He also asked for four or five members to volunteer to do a short write up for the website on a rota basis please email the Chair or secretary if you are willing to help, it is important the website is kept up to date and is not too onerous if shared amongst members.  Occasionally the Competition Secretary may need help to deliver or collect prints if she is working or on holiday please email her if you are willing  to offer help if needed.  The competition Secretary reminded members she needs PIs by the 8 September for the first open PI competition and is happy to start collecting prints for the print competition collection date 22 September.

After the break the Chair gave a talk  photo books and how easy it is to make and keep memories in a book.  Members gave a brief overview of the high and lows of their photographic journey and what being a member of the club means to them. HE

                           Above 'Bubble Attack' by Michael Barnes - one of the unusual images used to try out the new projector

Salon Results Update

After a gap of a few weeks, we have the updated Ryder Rathband log and points positions available.  We apologise for the delay!  Congratulations to Derek Mason for his very first International Salon acceptance!  We hope that it will be the start of many more to come!  In addition, congratulations to Chris Wilkes-Ciudad, Robert Harvey and Gill Cardy for their acceptances in Internationals.  Devizes Camera Club members have gained a total of 78 Acceptances thus far.  Please check your points and advise Joan of any errors or omissions.

Ryder Rathband Log and Points Positions

Rules for the Ryder Rathband Trophy

Landscape Group visit to Devil’s Den for the 2015 Perseid Meteor Shower            12 August 2015
The Perseid meteor shower is an annual occurrence resulting in what can be a spectacular display in the night sky. international
The value of this to photography was enhanced by the peak of this year’s shower coinciding with a new moon, thereby offering minimal light pollution and maximum photographic potential.

Having provided instructions on optimum camera settings for this environment, Robert Harvey led a group of seven photographers from the Landscape Group, all with different levels of experience, to visit Devil’s Den dolmen near Marlborough, a site which had provided pleasing results for those attending a previous ‘Astro night out’.
perseidThe group met just prior to dark to allow time to locate the dolmen and consider best positions for intended pictures. The intentions were threefold: potential sunset pictures; to photograph the trail of the International Space Station (ISS) as it traversed from the horizon to overhead; and to obtain pictures of meteor trails over the dolmen.
The night sky and the weather were certainly kind to us. The ISS appeared in the sky exactly on time and the Perseid meteor shower provided us with numerous meteor trails for capture on camera, and a couple of fabulous fireballs.  The group finally packed up and left at 1am.
This was a special evening from both a photographic potential and for a personal viewing experience for which the group thanks Robert for organising.  B A
Above left: International Space Station over Devil's Den, Wiltshire            Above right: Perseid Meteor Shower over Devil's Den, Wiltshire
                  both images by Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP
Landscape Group Trip to Sussex                                                                                               11th July 2015

lavenderThe latest Landscape Group field trip was to the South Downs near Chichester, to photograph two very contrasting subjects.  While the sun was still high in the sky, the group headed for Kingley Vale woods, where a grove of truly ancient yew trees are to be found, with many interesting shapes and textures in their trunks.  Yew trees cannot be dated in the usual way by counting rings in the trunk, but estimates are that they could be anything from 500 to 2000 years old.  

yewsLater in the day, the group visited the nearby lavender farm at Lordington Park.  A fine field of purple rows climbing up a downland slope provided an unusual and very photogenic subject, although by now the weather was closing in and the sun was making increasingly infrequent appearances.  A gusty wind at times also necessitated a difficult compromise between shutter speed and depth of field.  Nevertheless, for the small group who made the effort to journey to the South Downs, it had been a very interesting and productive day. 
Our thanks go to Robert Harvey for organising the trip, and particularly for arranging an out of hours opportunity to photograph the lavender.  DG

Above left: Kingley Vale Yews by Dave Gray                                 Above right: Impressions of Lavender by Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP

 DCC Social Evening

social1On Saturday 4th July, club members, partners and friends had a very enjoyable evening in the beautiful garden of Robert & Sarah Harvey at Winterbourne Bassett.
The weather stayed dry in spite of a few threatening clouds at times and members were able to admire the large garden and even have a go at playing croquet.

Right: Members enjoying looking around
Robert & Sarah's interesting wildlife area.

Below: Clive Rathband giving Frank a helping
hand with the barbeque



Members enjoyed meeting up, having a chat, some delicious food and relaxing together on a summer evening in lovely surroundings.

social3Very many thanks to Sarah and Robert for their kind hospitality and hard work getting everything ready. Thanks to Frank Collins who took charge of the superb barbeque, to Chairman Richard Watson, the committee and all the members who supplied the very tempting spread enjoyed by all. PM


Heartiest congratulations to Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP and Richard Atkinson AFIAP!

It is with great pride that we announce that Robert and Richard have been gained FIAP distinctions.  Richard has been awarded the Artiste of the International Federation of Photographic Art and Robert has gone one better and has been awarded an EFIAP - Excellence of the International Federation of Photographic Art.  They have done exceptionally well in International Exhibitions over the past few years and have gained the required number of acceptances from various countries around the world.  It is a wonderful achievement and we salute them both!!  They will hopefully now be working towards the next level!

Nature Group trip to Suffolk                                                                                  28th -31st May 2015

This year's Nature Group weekend away saw 16 members head for Suffolk;  some to spend a night on Orford Ness, and then to be joined by the full complement for trips to RSPB Minsmere and other local attractions.

     Orford Ness is an highly unusual shingle spit over 20 miles long, and up to a mile wide at its maximum.  It is in the care of the National Trust, who are highly protective of its fragile 'vegetated shingle' habitat, which is easily destroyed by simply being walked on.  That said, it didn't stop the post-war Atomic Weapons Research Establishment building numerous 'Laboratories' where the safety or otherwise of Britain's early Atomic Bombs could be tested. This compounds the National Trust's problem, since they are also custodians of buildings which are now in an advanced state of decay, but which are also scheduled monuments.  Little wonder that visitor numbers are very restricted, both to protect the fragile habitat and to ensure visitor safety amongst the ruins. 
bittern  In the event, nine group members took the opportunity to spend a night in basic, but comfortable accommodation on the Ness itself. Nature photo opportunities were limited, but the main attraction was to see the derelict buildings set in a barren, austere landscape. We had 2 National Trust guides permanently at our disposal, who could take us to the places that were safe to visit, including inside some of the Laboratories, and explain some of the history of the military testing. The weather was, on the whole, kind to landscape photography, with enough sunshine to give modelling to the subjects, but with plenty of interesting cloud shapes to contrast with featureless shingle.  Proper nature photography would have to wait until Minsmere. After Orford Ness, we joined the rest of the group at the Ship Inn in the village of Blaxhall, about 20 minutes drive from Minsmere.

Our first evening produced some delightful lighting at Minsmere, enhancing the golden colours of the reed beds, and those in the Bittern Hide had an excellent view of a male Bittern skulking at the edge of the reeds (above), and then briefly wading across open water. Some then followed the trail around to The Scrape, to capture avocets against the setting sun. 
       This being the time of year for long days and short nights, it was very soon 3.30am and time to head back to Minsmere again for early light. Dawn itself was disappointing with few sightings, but the sun was soon high in the sky and the wildlife became more active.  It seemed strange to have been sitting in hides watching birds for 4 hours, and still only be 8.30am and time to head back for breakfast.  For the remainder of the day, the group went in different directions -group photo some back to Minsmere for more birdwatching, some to Southwold to photograph painted beach huts, and later to the House in the Clouds in Thorpeness, as well as the obligatory team photo by the Shell sculpture in Aldeburgh (right).
A fish supper in Aldeburgh rounded off a long day, but with rain forecast the next day, it had been important to make the most of the good weather.
        The next morning, the rain had duly arrived and was set to last most of the day, so it was time for breakfast and then the long drive home.  Our thanks as usual go to Robert and Sarah Harvey for researching the location , negotiating group accommodation and administering payments, and of course for guiding the group on the actual weekend.  Thanks also to Sarah, Hilary Eagles and Chrissie Miller for cooking the food while we were on Orford Ness.
          Another highly successful weekend away, and let's hope there are many more to come. DG

Photos by Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP

More images can be seen in the Weekend Visit to Suffolk Gallery

AGM & Presentation of Awards                                                                                                     19 May 2015

Chairman Richard Watson LRPS welcomed 27 club members to the AGM and presentation of awards. In his report Richard particularly thanked club Secretary Stuart Barnes for his help and support, Robert Harvey ARPS AFIAP for organising club trips, Dave Gray for planning the Programme etc., Caroline Wright for organising the Competitions, Jean Ingram for the club 'Battles' and refreshments, Pam Mullings for running the website and not forgetting the hard work of Mike Saunders who arrives early each week to set up the room. Richard wished everyone an enjoyable summer break after a very busy and successful year.

Secretary Stuart Barnes reported that he thought the club needed to make more effort to recruit new members as numbers had dropped slightly. Also some members tended to pick and choose which meetings they attended which may reflect today's busy lifestyles. In the treasurer's report - compiled by Richard Atkinson, it was stated that the club finances were in good shape and that a laptop and software had been purchased during the year and a new projector for next season was being discussed. Programme Secretary Dave Gray reported on the range of speakers that the club had enjoyed this season and has been busy preparing the programme of speakers and other topics for 2015 - 2016.

There will be a few changes as Competition Secretary Caroline Wright explained that the AV competition had not been well supported this year so a 'set subject' competition will replace it for next season. Caroline had tried to use more young and female judges which had in most cases been very successful. Battle Secretary Jean Ingram reported that the club had a very successful year and had come first in several of the 'battles' and external competitions entered. A return battle with Royal Wootten Bassett and a Ladies v Gents battle are planned.

Thanks to Robert, Dave and Richard, the Landscape and Nature Groups had many well organised outings to a variety of venues including a weekend in the Lake District enjoyed by 27 members and guests. A group are off to Suffolk shortly and other trips are planned for the summer break.
Members present voted on several resolutions and amongst those passed the 'General' section in the competitions will now be named 'Advanced' to avoid confusion.

There are some changes to the committee for 2015 -2016. Dave Gray will now take over as Secretary and will be replaced by Robert Harvey who is a new member on the committee. Stuart Barnes will take over the Membership Secretary role.  Michael Valentine, Derek Mason and Barry Andrews were all welcomed on to the committee for the first time
(see website About Us - Contacts for full list)

A round of applause was given to the chairman and committee for all their hard work organising such a successful club.

groupAfter the break Richard Watson presented the awards
Left: some of the 2014-2015 trophy winners
(full list in Club Awards)
Gill Cardy FRPS AFIAP DPAGB was awarded a very well deserved life membership for her support of the club over many years. Recently achieving the honour of becoming an FRPS, Gill ran the Nature Group and is very active in club affairs entering most competitions and her brilliant nature images have helped the club win many 'battles'       Below: Richard & Gill

See the 'Path to Fellowship article and Gill's panel of prints

gillMembers please note that the set subject chose by members for next season is
'In Isolation' so perhaps bear that  subject in mind when out taking photographs.
Also included next season will be themed competitions that feature 'Architecture' and Macro/Close up images so get some inspiration and take some photos!

The club are very much looking forward to showcasing it's work in the
Biennial Exhibition of Prints at Devizes Heritage Museum starting on 13 September. Come along and see the many remarkable images on show by very talented club members.
Photos by Eddie Marsh

The 2015-2016 season starts on Tuesday 1 September - new members very welcome to come along.

'Table Top Evening'                                                                                                                           12 May 2015
This was something different for the club - the idea was for members to try out some photographic ideas and have some fun in the process! More experienced members could give others some ideas and some tips on indoor lighting and setting up still-life compositions.
bubblesMembers were intrigued when they were shown how to take'oil on water' images and found they could photograph the ever changing colours and patterns which were created when focussing on the floating bubbles with out of focus coloured paper underneath.
(An interesting example photographed by Gill Ford Pier shown right)

Another interesting technique that members were able to
experiment with was trying to capture the 'splash' as a strawberry was dropped into a glass of fizzy lemonade.
clubnightThe lighting was set up and many of those present were able to have a go at capturing the 'moment' and those that managed to get the timing just right got some good results.a splash
(Left: Gill getting ready for the 'moment' and
right one of the results!)

Lighting was arranged and various backdrops set up on tables around the room so that members present could choose from a selection of 'props' and then arrange and photograph their own 'still life'. Some set ups used 'professional lights and others used simple lamps that could be found around the home. Members were encouraged to experiment with lighting and use various camera settings;such as changing the white balance to give different effects.

Members commented afterwards that they had learned a lot by doing something a bit different to the norm and it was good to actually use their camera and take some photographs at a club meeting.
Thanks to all those who helped set up the various projects and provide the lighting and props.
An enjoyable evening with a difference!    PM
Landscape Group Trip to Gopher Wood                                                                                    10 May 2015

This being the time of year for woodland flowers, 7 members of the  Landscape Group met up in Pewsey Vale for the steep walk up to Gopher Wood.  This is very close to the well known  West Woods, and has a simliar carpet of bluebells, but is also interpersed in  places with a white carpet of Ramsons or Wild Garlic.  bluebellsIn contrast to West Woods, Gopher Wood  is a remnant of ancient woodland, and has many rotting tree stumps and branches  which can be used to provide strong foreground shapes to set off the carpet of  flowers.

The weather for the trip was predominantly cloudy, with just an  occasional glimpse of weak sunshine, and this provided good conditions for  photography in avoiding the overly contrasty light of brightly lit white flowers  and deep woodland shadows.  The  group spent an engrossing two or three hours searching for suitable  compositions, finding a desired focal point to offset the general impression of  massed flowers, and generally comparing notes with each other. 
We look forward to seeing everyone's  pictures at the next Landscape Group meeting.  DG          
Above: Ramsons and Bluebells by Dave Gray

Print & Projected Image of the Year 2014-2015                                                   5 May 2015
The club were very pleased to welcome back Tony Byram  DPAGB ARPS AWPF AFIAP to judge the final competition of the season. seedAll the prints and projected images that have gained a first, second or third place in the Open, Landscape, Nature, Monochrome and Creative competitions during the 2014 - 2015 season compete for the trophies. Tony had the very difficult job of selecting the 'best of the best' from all the excellent images. 

Tony gave his comments on each print but as all the entries had already gained awards in the individual competitions there were very few images where focus, contrast, colour, composition or cropping were a serious issue.

dogThe delicate detailed close-up 'Marigold Seedhead' by Mair Bull (left) gained the Beginners Print Trophy with a Red Kite in flight titled 'I'm Coming' by David Wilkinson in second place and a cricketing print 'Eye on the Ball' in third place.
The Intermediate Print Trophy was awarded to 'Lightening Guard Dog' (right) by Derek Mason - the judge commented that the dog crouching by it's owners feet looked nothing like an aggresive guard dog but was a well seen image.aquilegia dance
A night shot 'Conwy Castle' by Tim Pier which was admired for its control of lighting and the reflection in the water was placed second. A delicate flower close up 'Pink Bouquet' by Lynda Rugg gained third place.
In the General section a flower print 'Aquilegia Dance' (left) caught the judges eye and gained Ray Grace ARPS DPAGB the General Print Trophy. Ray also was awarded second place with  'A Quiet Corner' -  the judge commented on the clever use of  natural light from a window which illuminated the seated lady and interior of the room. Third place was awarded to the acurately focussed nature print by Richard Atkinson 'Blue on Scabious'

damselsAfter the break the digital projected images were shown starting with the Beginners  section. An image by Caroline Wright 'Common Blue Damsels' (right) was admired for catching mating damselflies and was awarded the Beginners Projected Image Trophy (the image gained an award in competition 2 and Caroline has since been promoted to the Intermediate section)
otterIn second place was another nature image by David Wilkinson titled 'Puffin' and Andy Vick was placed third with 'First Ball' - another of his cricketing images.

'Portrait of an Otter'  (left) by Stuart Barnes appealed to the judge for the Intermediate Print Trophy and a landscape by Gill Ford Pier was in second place. The image showing the colourful buildings of 'Cobh, Ireland' gained Tim Pier a third place.

beeThe final section was the General PI's and again Ray Grace was awarded both first and second places. A close up entitled 'Bumble Bee' (right) gained the Trophy and another nature image 'Greater Prairie Chickens' by Ray was placed second.
The evening sky and reflections in the lake gained Stephen McGrath's image 'Sunset over Derwent Water' third place in the General section.

Congratulations to all whose images were entered into the competition - all were previous winners but different judges have their own preferences on the order they give to the final awards.
Thanks to Tony Byram for judging and Competition Secretary Caroline Wright for sorting all the entries and delivering them to the judges also thanks to all club members who entered competitions this season 
Soon it will be time now to start preparing new prints and digital images ready for next seasons competitions!

Full Results           Images can be seen in the Galleries
RPS International Images for Screen Exhibition 2014                            28 April 2015

               Club members were able to view the best images from this prestigeous competition organised by the Royal Photographic Society. Thousands of entries are recieved from around all the world. It was noticable that China in particular this year had many superb images that gained awards.
Britain was well represented with many well known photographers among the winners.

             First shown were the accepted and awarded entries in the Open Creative Group. These highly imaginative images were cleverly manipulated - some humerous - some rather disturbing and some really beautiful. There was a wide range of subjects with many having splendidly dressed models set against fantasy backgrounds. Club member Joan Ryder Rathband FRPS FPSSA AFIAP DPAGB had the honour of one of her entries gaining an acceptance in this Group.

spider     The Open Traditional Images were shown next with the more usual misty landscapes, portraits and other subjects but a great many of them had a highly original slant. There were many urban street scenes, unusual architechtural views and stormy seas. After the break the Nature images were shown with breathtaking close ups of insects, stunning birds caught in flight and mammals of all sorts all photographed against backgrounds from around the world. The image 'Yellow Golden Orb Spider Female with Male' (shownright)  by 'Clive Rathband FRPS FPSSA AFIAP DPAGB was awarded an Acceptance. Congratulations.

Members could only marvel at the superb photography seen during the evening and hopefully gain some inspiration from the wide range of images. PM

New Zealand Coastal Odyssey                                                                                                         21 April 2015
      Well-travelled photographers Eddy and Pam Lane both ARPS DPAGB AFIAP once again came to Devizes CC to give a presentation of their excellent photographs taken this time as they travelled round the coast of New Zealand by ship.

       Starting off in Queenstown they had a nostalgic trip on a restored steamship on Lake Wakatipu. After boarding their ship they set off to photograph some the many waterfalls that cascaded into the deep water of Milford Sound. Orcas and Dolphins could be seen as well as numerous sea birds and fur seals. Various species of albatross were spotted as they glided effortlessly over the sea. Eddy and Pam were delighted to see the Black Robin brought back from near extinction and also the rare Yellow-eyed Penguin and the tiny Blue Penguin.
          Visits were made to a sheep station, an active volcanic island and to see the architecture of Dunedin Railway Station.

Also a very interesting visit was made to experience the Maori culture where they really do rub noses as a greeting! A group of Maoris' performed the traditional Haka war dance for the visitors.
           The New Zealanders are making great efforts to restore the native wildlife after much of it has been sent near to extinction by the introduction of mammals such as rats and rabbits. After two weeks around the coast of New Zealand Eddy and Pam's journey continued on to Papua, New Guinea but that is a presentation the club will look forward to another time.

Thank you Eddy and Pam for sharing your fascinating images with us once again.  PM
Latest Salon Results

The new season has started and Devizes Camera Club members have done very well in recent International and Western Counties salons.

In particular, we would like to congratulate Michael Barnes on his first acceptances in Salons.  To add to his achievement, he was awarded a Highly Commended for his image, Swans in Flight at the WCPF Members' Exhibition.  We wish you many more successes in International Exhibitions, Michael.  It is such a thrill and a huge achievement to have images accepted from the thousands (often tens of thousands!) of entries.

At the Southampton International Exhibition, Robert Harvey was awarded a FIAP Ribbon and Gill Cardy received a Southampton Certificate.

Well done to you all!

For details, please click on the Salon Results.

FIAP has recently changed the rules for the Distinctions, but there have been many complaints and they are looking at revising their requirements.  Please keep an eye on the PAGB website for updates.

For details about the Ryder Rathband Trophy and Log, please click here.

'The Path to Fellowship'                                                                                          14 April 2015

          Gill Cardy FRPS DPAGB AFIAP is a very well renowned nature photographer and as a member of DCC has contributed a great deal of her expertise to the running of the club over the years. Gill was recently awarded the great photographic accolade of becoming a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society (FRPS)
       Gill began the evening by showing the panel of images with which she gained her ARPS some years ago. Originally taken as slides the images have been scanned and Gill explained that the quality had been somewhat lost. However it was interesting to see the images featuring birds taken in various habitats around the world.
great grey owl         Soon after Gill bought her first digital camera she had an ambition to gain her FRPS distinction - this time using prints. Gill had a collection of bird and mammal images taken in the snow as she had often gone on photographic trips to Norway, Scotland and North America and had also visited Japan. Gill told us how she had spent many hours in cramped hides, trudged many miles in deep snow and even laid down in the snow waiting for a photographic opportunity!
        After some expert advice Gill selected the 20 images of birds and mammals in winter for her panel. Some images gained favour but the panel was unfortunately rejected. The mammal images were removed from the selection after advice from the advisory board and Gill tried again 3 years later adding new images of birds but again some prints were did not all gain favour with the 5 distinction judges.
        After some persuasion Gill had a third attempt with a panel showing bird behaviour with images taken in Japan, Iceland and Norway as well as closer to home in Scotland and Wiltshire. little bustardAs well as selecting the best 20 images the panel needs to be  well balanced so often favourites have to be left out if they did not fit in with the overall look. Gill at last heard that her submission had been passed unanimously by the judges but had to wait an agonising 3 months to hear if the RPS board approved her fellowship. Luckily they did and Gill was able to add FRPS to her list of distinctions.
           Gill's panel of images has been published in the RPS Journal and in 'Iris'
the RPS Nature Group magazine.
         Congratulations and many thanks to Gill for sharing the many trials and tribulations she encountered along her long road to gaining her FRPS.  PM
Above: Great Grey Owl Sitting in Snow           Right: Little Bustard Displaying

Panel of Prints

Audio  - Visual Competition                                                                              7 April 2015
Members had an entertaining evening viewing  a range of Audio - Visual sequences. Former member Robin Gregory was welcomed back to the club and had the task of judging the competition and although the number of entries was low Robin said he enjoyed viewing the variety of topics. 

'Land of my Fathers' by Michael Barnes took us on a tour of Wales with a selection of images of castles, waterfalls, woods and Welsh valleys ending with daffodils. Another AV by Michael was set to the hymn 'All things Bright and Beautiful' with a lot of thought given to fit the images to the words with delightful photographs of flowers, birds, mammals and Welsh landscapes.

Richard Atkinson used images taken on a club outing to Skomer Island. Robin commented on the quality of the photography which showed a variety of seabirds, mammals and the stunning coastal scenery together with photos of members on the outing. Another sequence by Richard titled 'Surfers in the Sun' was placed second in the competition and showed lads and lasses having having fun as they rode the waves.

tortoise'Our Downland Garden' by Robert Harvey ARPS AFIAP took us on a tour of his beautiful garden - from the exotic tropical plants, the croquet lawn, the wildlife pond and even the perfect vegetables! Set expertly to music with sound effects of a rain storm and croquet ball and finishing with some images of the garden in winter. boobyThe winning sequence was 'In Darwins Footsteps' by Robert which was set in the Galapagos using the words of Charles Darwin to tell the story which led to the writing of the theory of Evolution. Images showed the unique flora and fauna found on the different Islands in the Galapagos with unusual  looking birds and reptiles which are found no where else in the world. The judge commented on the quality of the images and the exact timing with commentry, music and sound effects.     Santa Cruz Giant Tortoise & Blue-footed Booby from Roberts Galapagos AV

After the break Robin entertained members by showing some of his AV sequences in his own inimitable style!                      Titled 'Oh Yeah' because that is the feeling when an image or project is finally finished. Robin showed how some of his complex images are created using a combination of photographs and various Photoshop techniques. Members laughed at the very witty AV's and Robin also showed the very moving sequence featuring a very young baby that had won the AV competition previously.

Congratulations to Robert and Richard and thanks to Robin for judging, giving his comments on the AV's and making a very interesting evening.  PM

'Forever Chasing the Light'                                                                                     31 March 2015

Susan Brown FRPS DPAGB EFIAP travelled from her home in Devon to present a superb collection of her prints. Susan is a Permajet lecturer.

Preferring to present her prints as panels on a theme Susan revisits projects time and time again such as deserted beaches, stormy seas and landscapes taken in fog - exploring each subject in great depth. Of particular interest are salt water pools - either natural or artificial for which Susan travels around the UK coast and even as far away as Australia to photograph them.

Susan told us about some of her adventures getting the just image she wanted and the dangers of getting cut off by the tide or getting under an electric fence!

Monochrome prints of Santorini showed the shapes of the buildings to great effect and another panel showed images of Dungeness in the snow. Close up details of rock pools made up another interesting panel and another theme was distant ghostly figures in the landscape. Another topic making an interesting panel of prints explored the patterns solar panels make on the landscape and skateboarders made another unusual theme.

The images are deceptively simple and graphic but each one is carefully planned using very subtle colours and with great attention paid to the final presentation.  Members were able to admire the quality of the images which were immaculately printed on matt paper with every detail preserved.

Susan often uses long exposures to bring out hidden details and multiple image exposures in camera to give unusual effects with very little use of Photoshop in the final image.

Thank you Susan for making the long journey from Devon to give members such an interesting and entertaining evening. PM

Devizes CC v Royal Wootton Bassett CC                                                          24 March 2015

Members of Royal Wootton Bassett Camera Club were welcomed to Devizes for a Battle between the 2 clubs.
Eddy Lane ARPS  DPAGB AFIAP judged the 30 digital entries from each club and commented on the high standard of the images. Top marks of 20 were awarded to no less than 10 images and no image scored lower than 17 points.
There was a wide variety of interesting subjects for members to enjoy, ranging from stunning landscapes and wildlife to aircraft and bike racing. checking-the-netsEddy very ably commented on every image explaining what in his opinion may have been done to enhance some of the images.

During the interval the scores were totalled and found to be very close but finally at the end of the evening Devizes were declared the winners with a total of 562 points with Royal Wootton Bassett gaining 542.
Eddy was asked to choose his favourite image and had no hesitation in selecting the superb image by Martin Horton 'Checking the Nets' shown left

Other Devizes CC images gaining 20 points were 'Flight of the Swans' by Michael Barnes right
 lynn-idwaland a landscape 'Llyn Idwal' by Chris Wilkes Ciudad ARPS left

Many thanks to Eddy Lane for taking the time and trouble to judge the entries, to Battle Secretary Jean Ingram for organising the battle and also to the many members of Royal Wootton Bassett CC for travelling to Devizes and making such a great evening.

Devizes CC Scores

Devizes images below which were also awarded 20 points were -
Great Grey Owl Waiting for Voles by Gill Cardy FRPS AFIAP DPAGB
Porthcawl Lighthouse by Robert Harvey ARPS AFIAP and
Durdle Dor by Tim Pier.  Congratulations to all.  PM

great-grey-owl porthcawl-lighthouse durdle-door
Landscape Group trip to Kimmeridge Bay                                                      21st March 2015

The Spring equinox saw 8 members of the Landscape Group meet at Kimmeridge Bay, to see and photograph what was calculated to be the lowest tide in 18 years, and a full half metre lower than the normal minimum.  kimmeridgeKimmeridge was chosen because of its shallow water and the series of limestone ledges jutting out into the sea which on this occasion became greatly extended.

The weather was favourable, with sunshine and cloud in equal measure, while the south facing aspect gave shelter from the keen north-easterly breeze.  dorsetA good time was had by all, with photographic opportunities ranging from wide shots of the overall scene to more detailed ones of rock pools, boulders aligned to make up patterns, fossil ammonites embedded in the limestone, and seaweed types rarely exposed to the air.

Once low tide had passed at 3.30pm, a smaller group drove around to Emmetts Hill overlooking Chapman's Pool, for traditional sunset pictures.  This time, there was no sheltering cliff, and the wind severely tested the hardiness of the photographers.  However, the sun did not disappoint, providing a splendid counterpoint to the impressive coastline on this part of the Dorset coast. DG
Above left: Kimmeridge Low Tide by Dave Gray   Right: Chapman's Pool by Robert Harvey ARPS AFIAP

Open Competition 3 Prints                                                                                            17 March 2015

Members welcomed back Ralph Snook ARPS EFIAP who took on the task of judging the last Open DCC print competition of the season. Ralph commented on the generally high standard of prints and particularly in the General section said that he had changed his mind several times before finally deciding on the award winners.
Members appreciated the judges comments on beckyall of the entries.
After the break Ralph recounted his frustrations when putting together his panel of prints and showed members some of the 'rejects' and then the final panel that he submitted which he said thankfully gained him his ARPS distinction.

In the General section Stephen McGraph's high key portait 'Becky' shown left) was
in first place followed by another of Stephen's prints 'Hare in Grass' in second place.
'Porcelain Fungus Cluster' by Ray Grace ARPS DPAGB was in third place.

conwyIn the Intermediate section Tim Pier was placed first with an image of 'Conwy Castle' by night (right)
also gaining second place with 'Fairy Glen' and a Highly Commended with 'South Stack Sunset'
Hilary Eagles was in third place with

An action cricketing image by Andy Vick entitled 'Hit the Bat Hard'
(below) was judged to be first in the Beginners section with 'Marigold Seed-head' by Mair Bull in second place.
Third place was awarded to Julia Stainer with a print entitled 'Anenome'

hitThanks to all those members who were brave enough to enter the competition throughout the season
Many thanks to Competition Secretary Caroline Wright for sorting out the entries and getting them to the judges and to all those who helped with the setting up and dismantling of the equipment needed for the competitions.


Award winning images can be seen in the Galleries.

Members 'Speed - Critique' Evening                                                                       10 March 2015

Members enjoyed this third high speed-critique evening which was a good opportunity to meet fellow members on a more intimate level and discuss images, problems they may have had taking the image and gain confidence in showing their images.


Michael Barnes, Janet Rutter, David Wilkinson, Jean Ingram, Lynda Rugg, Eddie Marsh and Hilary Eagles, came with a variety of prints and images on computers for members critique.   Small groups spent about 15 - 20 minutes at each table giving positive, constructive and encouraging feedback, whilst enjoying a wide variety of images/prints including Landscapes, sunsets, cityscapes, nature to name but a few and enjoy members unique styles of photography. Those who brought in their images benefited from the feedback and gained ideas on how to improve their images either by photo editing or improving the shot in camera.   All levels of membership gained something from this sharing experience as well as enjoying the opportunity to meet and chat with fellow members in a more informal evening.


Thank you to all those who brought images for critique and the positive feedback received.   HE

A New Print Evening with Les Loosemoore                                             3 March 2015

Members were pleased to welcome back Les Loosemoore ARPS AWPF DPAGB who once again entertained the club by presenting a prolific selection of his latest prints. Photography is his hobby and passion and he takes great delight in capturing simple but stunning images. Les is sponsored by Fotospeed. Members were able to take a close look at the superbly printed and presented images - many in panorama format.

Les is always looking for new ideas and likes to explore a number of themes and seeking out interesting details that others might miss. Prints shown during the evening included delightful winter scenes, macro images showing the natural process of decay, paired images of flowers and vegetation, views through an aircraft window, a Day at the Races and unusual views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House by night.

Les uses Photoshop very little but spends time carefully setting up the image in camera before finally clicking the shutter. Understanding your equipment is key to getting good results.

Thanks Les for a very relaxed and entertaining evening with a touch of Welsh humour. PM

Open Projected Image Competition 3                                                         24 February 2015

The judge Nick Ball LRPS from Bristol Photographic Society, has a degree in photography, and enjoys contemporary and studio work.  In 2012 he published his first book ‘Bristol Spirit’ looking  to see if Bristol still has its spirit through photography.

puffinNick judged for the first time at DCC and  gave each group constructive, interesting and helpful feedback on how to improve the ones images.  He he enjoys images that tell a story.

Results - Beginners - 'Puffin' by David Wilkinson was awarded 1st place (left) 
and David was also in 3rd place with 'Red Deer.' 'Going Nowhere' by Mike Rooke was in 2nd place.katmandu

1st place in the Intermediate section went to 'Kathmandu' by Hilary Eagles,  (right)
'Autumn Dazzle' by Michael Barnes was 2nd and 'Otter Portrait' by Stuart Barnes was in 3rd place.

meteorIn the General section 1st place was awarded to 'Meteor over Stonehenge' by Robert Harvey ARPS AFIAP (left)
Stephen McGrath was in 2nd place with 'Honeymoon Bed Action' and also in 3rd  place with 'Sunset over Derwent Water' 

Thank you to Nick Ball for judging this evening and to all members who entered the competition making this an enjoyable evening for all.    HE                    

All the award winning images can be seen in the Galleries

'Hidden Dorset'  a presentation by Colin Varndell                                                        17 February 2015

Devizes CC members travelled to Warminster as this was a joint meeting with Warminster Camera Club.
Professional Wildlife photographer Colin Varndell started his presentation by showing some of the stunning images from his book 'Hidden Dorset'. Titled 'hidden' because the photographer has to stay out of view of most of his wildlife subjects and often the subjects are well hidden from the photographer! The images were all taken in Colin's home county of Dorset!

Colin led the audience through the seasons explaining the best times of year to catch interaction between wildlife subjects. Starting with the spring, birds show interesting breeding and nesting behaviour and with patience mammals can be observed with their offspring. Colin showed us his delightful images of foxes with cubs and other young mammals.

Summer is the time to seek out reptiles and Dorset is one of the best counties with 8 native species to try and find. Wait for an overcast day when the reptiles take longer to warm up which increases the chances of spotting them before they slip away.
Look out for butterflies and other insects on warm still days and capture the colourful abundance of wild flowers.
Autumn is the season to find deer rutting activity, interesting fungi and the glorious autumn colours. Winter brings hoar frost which outlines trees and foliage with great effects and birds are attracted to feeders when the temperatures drop.

In the second part of the presentation Colin let us into some of the tips and tricks of his wildlife photography. Putting out suitable food attracts his subjects to areas of his land where hides are set up. Use the light to create the best effect, get down low to the ground to get a better angle and look for an unobtrusive background before you take you photograph. Choose your depth of field carefully to make the subject stand out from the background and most of all have patience! 

Thanks to Colin for sharing his knowledge of the natural world and thanks to Warminster CC for their hospitality. PM

Take a look at Colin's website to see the wide variety of his stunning images.

Swindon PS, Highworth CC and Devizes  CC Battle 2015                                               12 February 2015  
Swindon Photographic Society hosted this 3 way battle with each club entering 25 digital images. The judge for the evening was Sandie Cox ARPS CPAGB.
spiderThe four of us who travelled to Swindon for the 3 way battle with Highworth and Swindon were made very welcome and enjoyed a good evening’s entertainment as well as seeing our club getting a very satisfactory result. Sandie Cox made a lot of constructive comments about all the images kindly highlighting the merits of each entry before making constructive ideas on improving the image.

Points were awarded out of 20 and at half time Devizes were well ahead and by the end of the evening 4 images from Devizes had been awarded top scores and most of the other images scored very well. The final scores were Devizes 416 Highworth 372 and Swindon 338.

The folowing images were each awarded top marks - Golden Yellow Orb Spiders by Clive Rathband FRPS FPSSA EFIAP DPAGB (shown left),
Owlets by Pam Mullings, Checking the Nets by Martin Horton and Red Squirrel by Gill Cardy FRPS DPAGB AFIAP (shown below).

Many thanks to Swindon CC for organising the event, the judge for her comments and thanks also to Jean Ingram for organising the Devizes entry. JI
Full results
 owlets  checking-the-nets  squirrel
GB Cup Open and Nature competitions
The Great British Cup is a national digital photographic competition organised by the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) 
Devizes CC entered the Open and Nature catagories. As usual clubs such as Wigan 10 and Smethwick PS were front runners but for a smallish club Devizes did very well in this prestigeous competition.
Clive Rathband FRPS FPSSA DPAGB EFIAP scored 14 points out of the maximum 15 for Golden Yellow Orb Spiders in the Nature competition with David Fraser and Gill Cardy FRPS AFIAP DPAGB scoring 12points.
It is interesting to note how the same image can be scored so differently by a different set of judges to DPIC!
In the Open competition Martin Horton scored a 12 and Dave Gray and Pam Mullings were awarded 11 points.
Final total scores were Open 144 points (15 images) and Nature 110 points (11 images)
Thanks once again to Jean Ingram for organising and sending in our entry.
See all the results           See PAGB website for lists of club placings
The Cotswold Lad Returns'                                                                                         10 February 2015

Martin Fry FRPS, AFIAP, AV-AFIAP, BPE3*, APAGB presented his ‘The Cotswold Lad Returns’ presentation to DCC tonight.  He opened the evening with a little talk on the history of Cheltenham Camera Club which is one of the oldest clubs in England and apparently the 2nd Club to allow ladies to join, after which the club never looked back!   Members went on to enjoy a first class AV on Cheltenham Camera Club from 1865 - 2015. 
sheepMartin feels photographers today are now image makers in our own right and the world is a palette of colour and it is the way we use that colour or not is our way of capturing the moment and telling our story. It is essential to think through the photograph we plan to take to make a strong image.  Images can also be made stronger by capturing the light, being selective or selecting more; one should be as creative as we want to be.

creative-lifeThe artist may think they have a good picture if it tells a story, but it could be made a stronger picture and story with a little enhancement.

Martin also talked to the club about entering Salons, how salons worked, the acceptance process and the final selection and award.  Around 20 - 25% percent of entries get acceptances in to a salon.

The club enjoyed looking at Martins  PIs  covering sporting events, some lovely tributes to WWI including an AV, Remembrance Day, Cornwall and of course his beloved Cotswolds.  We also enjoyed an AV on Dame Barbara Hepworth who was an interesting sculptress and spent much of her life in Cornwall.

And finally he delighted the club with his FIAP panel of excellent and interesting images.

Thank you Martin from all at DCC for a delightful, entertaining and interesting evening. HE
           Above: Sheep at Sheepscombe            Right: A Creative Life

WCPF Digitaly Projected Image Competition (DPIC) 2015                 8 January 2015
Clubs from all over the West of England are invited to enter this prestigeous competition organised by the Western Counties Photographic Federation and held annually in the Corn Exchange, Exeter. 
stonehengeThe 3 judges this year were Leo Rich ARPS EFIAP/g APAGB DPAGB BPE3*, David Gibbins ARPS APAGB EFIAP BPE4* and Jay Charnock FRPS.The judges could each award between 2 & 5 points together giving a top mark of 15.

47 clubs entered this year each with15 images so the audience were able to view over 800 of the best images from the West Country (tiring - but well worth it to see the high quality and amazing variety of images entered)

The scores were finally totalled and the prize winners announced.
Devizes CC were extremely pleased to be in 6th place and 2 of our members were awarded Highly Commended's - Dave Gray for 'Stonehenge Star Trails' above and Robert Harvey ARPS AFIAP for 'Porthcawl Lighthouse'. porthcawlbelow
Gill Cardy FRPS DPAGB AFIAP gained 13 points for ' Red Fox' and 'Great Gray Owl Hunting Voles' and 12 points were awarded to Pam Mullings for both 'Owlets' and 'Arachnophobia' 12 points were also awarded to Tim Pier for 'Durdle Dor' and David Frazer for 'Swans Attacking Crane' Congratulations to all.

Thanks to those whose images were entered and to all who sent images for selection. Sorry if yours were not selected this time but please keep sending in your best images for inclusion in the next Battle.

Thanks to Battle Secretary - Jean Ingram for organising our entry. PM

Full Results
Warminster Annual Multi - Club Print Battle 2015                             7 February 2015
A great result - Devizes came first out of the 7 Clubs entered.

ospreyThe event did not quite go to plan as the Warminster venue was double booked and the 2 Devizes members that went to the Battle were sadly not able to see the prints, hear the judge John Tilsley ARPS DPAGB APAGB give his comments or see the presentation of his latest prints (or enjoy the buffet that had been prepared!) aquilegia-dance

Although the meeting had been hastily moved to another venue the proceedings had to cease as the number present exceeded fire regulations.
John Tilsley just managed to read out the results and the Trophy was presented to Devizes CC.
The print 'Aquilegia Dance' right by Ray Grace ARPS DPAGB was awarded top points of 20 as was 'Osprey with Fish' by Gill Cardy FRPS DPAGB AFIAP. left
Many congratulations to all whose prints were entered and thanks to Battle Secretary Jean Ingram for organising our entry. PM
Full results
Landscape Print & Projected Image Competitions                                   3 February 2015

David Southwell ARPS AFIAP, judged for the first time at DCC this evening. He has delighted the club previously with a presentation of his own work and his ARPS panel.  David said that for him photography is all about the story and the art is the dominant and the science is the servant.  He congratulated the club on the exceptionally high standard of prints and PI's he was to judge.
greatmisThroughout the evening he positively commented on each image, giving tips on how to improve the image, less is more, what to leave out to make a more powerful story.  He advised members to look through the view finder first at the edges - get them right and you will have something strong to hold in place.
The judge also made members aware of the dangers of poor mounting and use of tape which can come away and damage another member's print.

Prints: 1st place - Great Mis Tor  by Robert Harvey ARPS AFIAP, 2nd place - Llyn Idwal by Chris Wilkes-Ciudad  and in 3rd place - Godrevy Island in a Storm by Robert Harvey ARPS

Robert Harvey was awarded the Silver Birches Trophy for his winning print Great Mis Tor. above  wall

Projected Images: 1st place Hadrians Wall  by Robert Harvey,
2nd place - Rockpool at Sunset by Richard Atkinson, and Storm by Caroline Wright was placed 3rd

Robert Harvey was awarded the Derek Turner Trophy for his winning Projected Image - Hadrians Wall.  right

Thank you to David Southwell for his excellent and positive judging.  Congratulations to all those whose images were placed and thank you to all members who entered the competition which made this a most enjoyable evening.   HE
The award winning images can be seen in the Galleries

Nature Print and Projected Image Competitions                                     27 January 2015
The club welcomed Sandie Cox ARPS CPAGB who is a nature photographer to judge the clubs nature print and projected image competitions.  Sandie said the club had set her a very difficult task  as the quality of the photographs were excellent which made this a difficult job to judge.  Sandie decided she would go with her heart and look for light and texture in the winning photographs and gave excellent and well thought out and interesting feedback on the 32 prints and 42 projected images. 

Congratulations to the following members:-

Prints: 1st place - Robert Harvey ARPS AFIAP - Sika Deer, 2nd place - Richard Atkinson - Blue on Scabious and in 3rd place - Dave Gray for his Raven on Buachaille Etive Moor.

sika-deerCongratulations to Robert Harvey who was awarded the John Sowman Memorial Trophy for the best Nature Print  (shown left)

Projected images -1st place Ray Grace ARPS DPAGB - Early Bumble Bees, 2nd place Ray Grace - Greater Prairie Chickens
and in 3rd place Michael Barnes - Juvenile Herring Gull

Richard Atkinson was awarded 3 Highly commended's for Bee Gathering Honey, Brimstone Butterfly & Calopteryx  splendens and
Richard Watson LRPS was also awarded 3 Highly Commended's for Spot Burnet, Beautiful Demoiselle & Giant Green Bush Cricket

beeCongratulations to Ray Grace who was awarded the Bowker Praed Shield for the best Nature Projected Image. (shown right)

Well done and thank you  to all those who entered into the competition to make this a most delightful and enjoyable evening.   HE

Full results

All the award winning images can be seen in the Galleries

Final Report for Ryder Rathband Trophy and Salon Results 1st January to 31st December 2014  
What an incredible year we have had!  Richard Atkinson made a storming start to the year and it appeared that no one would be able to catch him.  Robert Harvey had other ideas, however, and kept entering salons, seemingly too far behind to make much difference.  Determination and perseverance won in the end.  Heartiest Congratulations to Robert who regained the Ryder Rathband Trophy after losing out to Gill Cardy in 2013!

Devizes Camera Club members gained an unbelievable 490 acceptances in 2014, including 4 Medals, 3 Ribbons, 6 Honourable Mentions, 2 Commendeds, 1 UPI Mention, 1 Diploma and 1 Second Prize!!  These results far exceed our previous best results achieved in 2013 where we gained 231 acceptances.

The 2014 Ryder Rathband Trophy results are as follows:

1st:  Robert Harvey 171 points with 190 acceptances, 1 Second Prize, 2 Ribbons, 2 Honourable Mentions, 1 UPI Mention.
2nd: Richard Atkinson 103 points with 109 acceptances, 2 PSA Bronze Medals, 2 Honourable Mentions, 1 Diploma.
3rd: Gill Cardy 56 points with 60 acceptances, 1 SPS Silver Medal, 1 Honourable Mention, 1 Commended.
4th: Chris Wilkes-Ciudad 56 points with 53 acceptances, 1 FIAP Bronze Medal, 1 PSA Bronze Medal, 1 PSA Ribbon, 1 Commended.
5th: Joan Ryder Rathband 50 points with 50 acceptances, 1 UPI Honourable Mention.
6th: Kevin Ferris  18 points with 19 acceptances.
7th: Clive Rathband 6 points with 8 acceptances.
8th:  David Edwards 1 acceptance.

These Acceptances and Awards were gained in 29 countries!
 Well done to you all!!  We are extremely proud that a small market town in Wiltshire can do so well and that our images are comparable with the best photographers around the world!  It is an incredible thrill to receive an acceptance in an International Salon or Exhibition and we hope that members will be just as successful in 2015.  Acceptances also count towards FIAP Distinctions and a few of our members have already achieved those honours - or are well on their way to them. JRR

Details of the 2014 Salon Results
Information about FIAP, RPS and other Photographic Organisations
Information about the Ryder Rathband Trophy
The Landscape Group presents ....                                                              20 January 2015

Robert Harvey ARPS AFIAP began the evening with a presentation entitled 'Winter Landscape Photography' showing some of his own images and giving useful photographic tips. For many members winter is their favourite season and there are advantages at that time of year as the low angle of the sun gives longer time at dawn and dusk for good lighting conditions and the light can be quite soft even in the middle of the day. Frost and snow can enhance a landscape by adding contrast and enhancing colours. Snow on the peaks and mountains can add to the scene and stormy skies make atmospheric backdrops. Coastal storms make cumbrian-autumndramatic photographs if you can get to a good vantage point and Robert spent several weeks 'storm chasing' during the excepionally big storms of early 2014.

After the break Dave Gray showed members photographs taken during 2014. Some field trips are pre-planned and involve a 2 or 3 night stay in a chosen venue - but some day trips are often organised at short notice according to weather conditions. prior-park
A combined Landscape and Nature Group visit was made to Skomer in June with photographs of wildlife as well as coastal scenery.

In November a weekend field trip was arranged to the Lake District to photograph the autumn colours and the stunning scenery.
golden-sunsetDay trips were arranged to Prior Park, Bath and the Bath skyline, the photogenic waterfalls in South Wales and Nashpoint to capture the best of the evening light on the cliffs.
The Gower coast provided some interestering coastal scenery and the Severn bridges provided some night time photographic challenges.
Local areas visited included Avebury and Stonehenge at night to try out some astro-photography. Members hastily arranged visits when told about a field of poppies and also rows of cornstooks made interesting images.

Thanks to Dave and Robert for organising the trips.
Members can take part in the activities by joining the Landscape Group.    PM
Top:  Cumbrian Autumn by Dave Gray                           Left: Golden Sunset by Lynda Rugg                    Above: Prior Park by Derek Mason

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