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Calne Woodlands CC Multi-Club Annual Digital Battle                 12th November
About twenty DCC members attended the Calne Multi Club Annual Digital Projected Image Battle at Calne Woodlands Social Club on Monday, 12th November. Seven clubs competed for the trophy and the competition was judged by Adrian Herring ARPS DPAGB. The hall (and, especially the car park!) were full and it was heartwarming to see such a good attendance. Thank you to Calne Woodlands Camera Club for a lovely evening!
Calne, Corsham, Devizes, Highworth, Swindon, Trowbridge and Warminster entered nine images each - making a total of 63 images. snowbird
Two of DCC's images, Goshawk Plucking Prey by Gill Cardy ARPS DPAGB AFIAP and Snowbird by Charlotte Morris LRPS achieved the maximum 20 points!! Well done to you both! Devizes Camera Club panel was outstanding and we won the competition with 164 points. In second place was Calne and Swindon was third. Best image of the competition went to Charlotte Morris LRPS for her beautiful picture, Snowbird (shown left)
Our thanks to all those members who submitted images for consideration for selection and congratulations to all those who had images selected! JRR
See all the Devizes CC entries
'100 Ways to take better Landscape and Nature Photographs'            6 November
Our regular Camera Club evening last night was a joint evening with Warminster Camera Club.
Twenty-five DCC members drove to Warminster to join the Warminster CC members (who co-hosted the evening with Devizes), to a presentation by Guy Edwardes.  
Guy, a well-known, professional photographer, based in South West England, specialises in moody landscapes and nature images.  He showed 300 images during the evening - the first half consisting of landscapes and travel images and the second half wildlife and nature.  Guy makes good use of backlighting and, with landscapes and nature photography, when the sun is not available, often uses a torch (from maglites to a huge and powerful torch, which, as Hilary Kay remarked, would need air traffic control clearance!) to paint or backlight the subjects.  
Guy's wildlife images, from the UK, Florida, Tanzania and South Africa showed a wide range of subjects from insects to the larger predators.  
When photographing birds in flight, Guy shoots on manual exposure and exposes for the hightlights.  This results in photographs with great mood.
Our thanks go Guy, his wife Cat (who sold lots of books!) and to the Warminster members, for a very enjoyable evening. JRR

Left: 'Gannet Colony'                                                     Above: 'Crown Mines'
Mark Carwardine                                                                                                   31 October
What a superb evening!  Everyone had to battle the dreadful weather to get to the Arc Theatre in Trowbridge but those who managed to get there, albeit rather soggy and wet, were treated to a smorgasbord of wildlife images and superb video clips.mark-c  
Mark, an excellent speaker, emphasised the need for patience and perseverance when doing wildlife photography.  His presentation was humorous and relaxed as he took us to some amazing locations in search of specific species.  His passion for whales and dolphins has resulted in some stunning images and he is also passionate in his efforts to save the rhino.  sharkIncredible underwater footage of dolphins swimming in front of the bow of the boat was a favourite as were the images of the lucky whale watchers being able to touch and tickle the whales as they approached the boats. 
Mark's approach to wildlife photography is in the purest sense.  
He does minimal post camera tweaking and it was so refreshing to see natural, simple images.  He also was very complimentary about the Devizes Camera Club website.  He found it excellent, with lots of interest, exciting images and thought the wildlife particularly good!
Our thanks to Mark and Rachel (who sold lots of books and prints!) for a wonderful evening and also thanks to Anthony Bruton, theatre manager at the Arc Theatre - for another superbly managed experience. JRR
                                                                                                                          Images by kind permission of Mark Carwardine
An evening with Robin Gregory                                                          30 October
Robin joined Devizes camera club eight years ago and tonight he took us on a personal photographic journey with a central, recurring theme: unbridled imagination. For Robin, photography is not about the camera or the lens, it's about that creative spark and how he achieves the finished result. His imagateges are artistic: blurry, grainy, composite, textured and... provocative. And full of humour, especially his AVs! His unique style also comes across in his family portraits which are often very moving, speaking volumes about things which cannot always be put into words. Robin's talent and creativity are a real asset to the club - may he continue to inspire us! LS    in and now out

Images by Robin Gregory
Left: Gate 
Above: In... and Now Out

'How to Make Good Pictures Great - and Win Competitions'              23 October
seaArtist and graphic designer - now turned photographer, Mark Mumford FRPS travelled from S. Wales to demonstrated to club members how a fairly ordinary seascape could be transformed into a stunning award winning image.
The resulting image is 'The Power of the Sea' shown left. 
Various images were then shown - both before and after being digitally enhanced using a variety of techniques.

With skilful manipulation and a lot of imagination an ordinary photograph could almost magically be transformed into something quite extraordinary.moon

Members were left in awe as Mark used his creative talents to demonstrate how he produces his distinctive imaginative images.
Mark is a member of the RPS Digital Imaging Group and gained his FRPS with a panel of surreal images. He told club members that his latest images are even more complex and intriguing.
A friend once joked that Mark was ‘losing his marbles’ so he skilfully created a series of images featuring marbles in many extraordinary situations.  PM
                                                                 Right: 'Moon Tower and Angels'
Shutter Chatter                                                                                                 17 October 
A very enjoyable Shutter Chatter evening was held at Devizes Sports Club on Wednesday, 17th October 2012. Sixteen members were present and Joan and Clive Rathband hosted the informal evening to assist members with their images and showed how to edit and improve them using Photoshop.  Resizing images in Photoshop also formed part of the instruction.  Jean Ingram showed members how to resize images in Adobe Elements.  Members who were present were able to make suggestions or ask questions - from basic to more advanced queries.  Everyone learned something.  Thank you to Pam and Stephen McGrath for their input.  We would also like to thank Jean Ingram for organising the tea and coffee.  A very warm thanks to everyone for pitching in and helping to wash up and clear everything away at the end of the evening!

Dear Joan & Clive  I just wanted to write and thank you again for a most enjoyable and informative evening.  I feel I learnt so much and was madly making notes - whether I will be able to decipher the notes taken in a darkened room is another matter(!!), but I am definitely going to try some of the lasso work that Joan demonstrated.  How lucky the Club is to have two professionals so willing to give their time and expertise to assist others to become better and, to use Joan's word "bolder"!!  I am already looking forward to the next event. Sheelagh Hiscock

Hi to you both.  Just to say that I (and I expect all those that came) thought what an informative and successful evening it was.  It gives a chance for members to ask even very basic questions and get an answer and, in most cases, a demonstration.   I can think of at least a dozen members who did not come but could really have benefited from the evening - maybe if it had been as part of regular Tuesday evenings they would have come. Even if members just come to such meetings to just watch they should learn something that they can then use to improve their own photos.  It has to be hoped that the other groups run their evenings in a very similar way and include all abilities as much as possible. It will all depend on the skill of those taking these tutorial meetings but it should address the request by members in the survey for more instruction. Thanks for all the time and effort you both put in. Kind regards Pam

Nature Group visit to Devon                                                                        13 October
harvest-miceThe West Country Wildlife Photography Centre started 3 years ago as an adjunct to the David Gow Consultancy for breeding and reintroduction of Water voles and Beavers. They have only British mammals, many of them very difficult to see in the wild.otter
Of course most photographers would prefer to photograph genuine wild animals, but this was a useful exercise in observing what they eat, how they move and behave when in comfortable surroundings. Anyway it was a great pleasure just to spend some time with these fascinating species. 
We were given opportunities to photograph Harvest mice, Bank voles, 
Water shrews, (who never stopped moving and presented a great challenge), a Water vole, a beautiful and very tame Red Fox, European otters , who were very curious and came to examine our tripods, Polecat, several Muntjac, and a hedgehog. 
A knowledgeable animal handler showed the animals to their best advantage in specially built sets, some in a specially built daylight-white polytunnel, which was welcome when the rain fell, as it did, occasionally heavily, during the day.
The only disappointment of the day was the non-appearance of the only truly wild animals of the trip – badgers.
Well, that’s wildlife for you – nothing can be guaranteed. GC
 Above left: Harvest Mice by Chris Beard   Above right: European Otter by Dave Gray

A selection of photographs can be seen in the Nature Group Gallery
A Passion for Landscape           Ed Collacott                                                      16 October 2012
Our members were treated to a visual feast with Ed's succession of breathtaking landscape prints, many of which are reproduced in his book, Landscape Britain. He showed us how "the patterns, textures and natural forms that reflect nature's rhythms are a continual source of inspiration," from the moody black and white tree scenes and the subtle hues of sunrise to the intense colours of spring and autumn. And the beauty of it is that he still works with film! As a professional photographer, he does a lot of wild camping (in his red camper van!), indulging in his love of the countryside and remote places. Always on the lookout for a different angle, his advice is to be patient. And judging by the superb quality of his work, he certainly achieves this! LS  

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Left: Ed's camper van in the wilderness of Loch Meadie and Ben Loyal. Right: Sandwood Bay, one of Ed's first digital photos, taken after a five-mile walk to this location.
Competition 1 results                                                                               9 October 2012
Our thanks go to judge John Hoskins, a regular guest at our club, who gave great feedback on all levels of photography in this competition. Our new members performed extremely well, with Sara Nelson winning first place in the Beginners Projected Images category, Vivienne Lewis in second place in the Beginners Print category, and John Lewis and Martin Horton in third place in the Intermediate and General Print categories respectively. Well done to Richard Atkinson for winning first place in both Intermediate Print and PI categories, as well as a HC projected image. Derek Mason won first place in the Beginners Print category and third place in the Beginners PI category. Robin Gregory and Chris Beard were in usual form, winning first place in General PI and Print categories respectively, with a special mention to Chris who was highly commended for his Common Blue Damselfly print, which the judge preferred horizontal to vertical! LS

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 Butterfly in Grass by Sara Nelson            Early Morning Ride by Richard Atkinson         Flying the Flag by Robin Gregory
    Winner Beginners PI category                   Winner Intermediate Print category                Winner General PI category

See the full results of this competition here             Winning images can be seen in the Galleries
Wildlife Photography Through the Year       Jill Pakenham FRPS                    2 October 2012
Jill was recently awarded a Fellowship at the Royal Photographic Society, its highest distinction which recognises original work and outstanding ability in a specialist field. Most of her submissions to the RPS were included in her outstanding selection of images of British wildlife through the four seasons. Jill has an in-depth knowledge of species and is keen to share tips on hide photography, how to photograph birds in flight or mammals at ground level, how macro photography is best used for insects and plants. Her images are often full of humour and we delighted in the fact that she beat Springwatch's Simon King to it when a rare sighting of a Polecat family was reported! It was a privilege to host a very gifted photographer and expert in natural history. And our thanks go to Joan for her timely contributions with the bird song app! 
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Red Underwing (left) and Gannets Diving (right) © Jill Pakenham

The Judges Declare...
... Stephen McGrath as the winner of our September YOU BE THE JUDGE competition with his entry Talacre Light Moonlite. Well done Stephen! This competition has now come to an end after running for one year. Thanks to all those who submitted entries over the past few months and thanks to everyone who voted every month. Ideas for a new interactive element on our website are welcome! LS
On Your Doorstep       Colin Harrison FRPS MFIAP MPAGB EFIAP/b                            25 Sept 2012
The club welcomed Colin Harrison, recently retired as Technical Illustrator at RAF Brize Norton, and keen to show how rich in material the area around his hometown, Burford, Oxon, can be for the perceptive photographer. His wildlife shots were taken in his back garden and at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, he photographed demonstrators, re-enactors and interesting characters at country shows. He documented scenes from a leakage on an industrial site and made the most of a rare opportunity for air-to-air photography of military planes. Colin's focus was very much about location and finding those places, events and people on your doorstep. He also gave us some useful tips on how to improve a rather dull or uninteresting photograph with a poor background using post-processing software. LS
Photography Competition
woodborough-hillMany congratulations to Dave Gray for being voted the winner in
'My Favourite Place', a photographic competition to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the designation of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Dave wins a Panasonic Lumix GX-1 with 14/42 PZ lens, worth £757.99 for his photograph of Woodborough Hill.
Back to Basics                                                                                                           18 Sept 2012
Dave Gray and Clive Rathband FRPS FPSSA EFIAP, a couple of the more experienced members from our club, took us back to basics on digital camera settings, composition and lighting, using examples to illustrate their talk. Dave shared his tips on what file format to shoot in, metering options, white balance settings, ISO levels and shooting modes. Clive focused on what makes a good composition and how cropping or flipping an image may improve it. A useful evening for the less experienced photographer and any new members looking for the basic starting points from which to improve their photography. LS
Members can download a Back to Basics - Camera settings pdf   by logging into MEMBERS INFORMATION
Jane Austen Festival Promenade, Bath                                                 15 September 2012
Bayonet chargeDevizes Camera Club were asked to be the official photographers for the Grand Costumed Parade, which marks the official opening of the week-long Jane Austen Festival in Bath. 
A small detachment of the 32nd Cornwall Regiment commenced proceedings with a display on the Royal Crescent Lawns, including a musket firing demonstration, before marching to Queen Square to lead the main Parade. 
Over 500 people in full Regency Costume took part in the Parade from Queen Square down the full length of Milsom Street and past the Pump Rooms and Bath Abbey, ending in Parade Gardens. 
The event draws participants from all over the World and already holds the record for the most people in Regency Costume gathered in the same place. 16 photographers from the Club took part and we were lucky with both the weather and the light in our efforts to capture images of all the different aspects of this very special event.  FC
Some of the many photographs taken by members can be seen in the JANE AUSTEN GALLERY in the lefthand menu.  
20th RPS International AV Festival 2012
Congratulations to Joan Ryder Rathband for gaining an acceptance for her revamped sequence, Lest We Forget.  The Festival was held in Cirencester this weekend and there were some outstanding sequences from across the globe.  Results page.
'The Idle Rich - Sliding into Digital'  Leo Rich  ARPS EFIAP/b APAGB        11 September 2012
Leo Rich, after many years of slide photography  has left behind his beloved film camera and embraced the big new world of digital photography!
'Towards Burg Eltz in Snow'
After being disappointed with his first foray into digital in 2005 Leo tried several different digital cameras and now rather reluctantly admits that he has found one that equals his film camera and is rather enjoying the digital experience!
In his usual relaxed and entertaining manner Leo recalled some of his recent photographic adventures in various parts of the world.
India is a country Leo visits time & time again and as never one to stick to the tourist trail he likes to visit out of the way villages where he is fascinated by the many interesting characters both young and old who are only too pleased to pose for him.
Leo describes himself as ‘a people photographer’ but also likes to photograph wildlife and recalled some close encounters while photographing tigers.
Living up to his motto ‘live every day to the full’ Leo is very much involved in the photographic world and is currently vice chairman of the PAGB.
The award winning photograph (shown left) with its well-placed red umbrella is just as taken and has not been given a ‘Photoshop’ colour change because as Leo says - he would not even know how to do that yet!           PM
More Salon Successes!
23 Acceptances including a NCPF Ribbon in Projected Images - plus 3 Print Acceptances including a NCPF Ribbon =  Fantastic results!  in the 33rd Northern Counties International Salon of Photography 2012
Well done to Chris Beard, Gill Cardy ARPS DPAGB AFIAP (Digital and Prints and a fantastic Ribbon!), Kevin Ferris, Robert Harvey ARPS, Charlotte Morris LRPS (fantastic Ribbon!), Clive Rathband FRPS FPSSA EFIAP and Joan Ryder Rathband FRPS FPSSA.
In addition, another 8 acceptances!! Congratulations to Rod Stowell ARPS DPAGB who gained 8 acceptances in four salons - Southampton 99th International Exhibition, 2012 Bristol Salon of Photography, Danish Digital 2012 in Denmark and the 36th Greater Lynn International Color Exhibition in the USA!

Please read the updated Ryder Rathband Trophy requirements
Open Evening: Welcome to New and Existing members                       4 Sept 2012
The club held an informal meeting to start off the new season. Our Chairman, Frank Collins, introduced the committee members and gave a brief overview of what the club does. Dave Gray, our Landscape group leader, then gave a short presentation about the group's activities, including digital images from various field trips. Gill Cardy, our Nature group leader, is away at the moment so Clive Rathband continued with details of the club's Shutter Chatter group. In the second half of the evening we saw a selection of digital images and AVs from club members, a perfect way to whet the appetite for the season ahead! LS  
Royal Photographic Society’s 2012 International Projected Image Exhibition
Three Acceptances!  Congratulations to Gill Cardy ARPS DPAGB, Robert Harvey ARPS and Joan Ryder Rathband FRPS FPSSA.  This is always a very tough salon to crack, so well done to you all. Results

Please read the updated Ryder Rathband Trophy requirements and FIAP Distinctions Requirements.

Club Exhibition at Hillworth Park, Devizes                                               11 August 2012
To publicise the opening of the newly refurbished Hillworth Park in Devizes, the Town Council asked DCC to run this event in the new Park Centre building. The club put on a display of prints and projected images from its members, some of whom were available to answer questions on photography. 
Left: Club members at Hillworth Park 
The Single-Use Camera competition organised by Mike Halstead on behalf of Devizes Town Council had 21 entries from under 16's and was judged by DCC members Frank Collins, Stephen McGrath and Dave Gray.
The competition photographs were all taken on the opening day of the refurbished Hillworth Park. 
Below are some of the prize winners. 
Laura Chidwick
1st place
Megan Clark
2nd place & Highly Commended
Henry Davies
3rd place

Photographs by Gill Cardy & Leila Searight
The Judges Declare...
... Clive Rathband FRPS FPSSA EFIAP and Robert Harvey ARPS joint winners of our July YOU BE THE JUDGE competition. Well done to you both! We will take a break from the competition during the month of August though members are welcome to email their entry for September in the meantime.
Enjoy the holidays! LS
PAGB Inter- Club Projected Image Championships
 We had a super time at Warwick today for the PAGB PDI Inter-Club Championships with 20 members, friends and spouses there to witness the event. We did very well and certainly did not disgrace ourselves.
After Rounds 1 & 2 we were just 5 points behind the Club in 8th Place, so we just missed out on the Championship Final. We then competed in the Plate Competition with the other 29 Clubs. In this Competition we had the 7th highest score - 7 points behind the winner, but due to ties we were officially in 10th Place. A very credible result in our first Championships.
The judges were Colin Harrison, FRPS MFIAP MPAGB FBPE FIPF EFIAP/s, Bob Moore Hon FRPS MPAGB Hon PAGB and Dr David Wheeler FRPS MFIAP EFIAP/s DPAGB. As always there were a wide range of marks and we had to adjust our entry in Round 2 and the Plate to try and make the most of our entry.
The Championship Winner was Wigan 10 with Smethwick PS 2nd, Amersham PS 3rd and Plymouth CC 4th. The Winner of the Plate Competition was Tenby and District C C.

Thank you to all members who gave us images to select from. Unfortunately we were not able to use images from all of you but the selection was extremely difficult due to the constraints of the Competition Rules and trying not to use similar images to other Clubs. We trust you will continue to give us your support in the Inter-Club battles in the coming season.  CR
 DCC Images gaining over 13 points                  Devizes CC results pdf.                      Full results pdf.
DCC Social Event - Saturday 30 June 2012

chatThe last day of June 2012 was certainly an afternoon and evening of sunshine and showers. Heavy downpours made it necessary to abandon the lovely garden and crowd into the conservatory at very frequent intervals!! rain

It was such a shame the weather let us down but nevertheless most members and guests managed to take a tour of the interesting garden and a few persevered and completed the garden quiz while others attempted a very quick game of croquet but rushed inside like drowned rats when the heavens suddenly opened once more!

garden-quizDespite the changeable weather members enjoyed themselves and were able to catch up on the photography chat and some even managed to watch the latest happenings at Wimbledon as well!frank

The event was held at 'Silver Birches' Winterbourne Bassett  and the club gives a very big  thankyou to Sarah and Robert Harvey for the use of their house and garden.
Many thanks go to Clive and Joan Rathband for all their hard work in preparing much of the large buffet set out in the conservatory, also to Frank Collins for his splendid barbeque which luckily was under cover and also thanks to Gill Cardy, Jean Ingram and others for their contributions.

If any other members took any photos at the event then please send them to me for the website.  PM

AGM & Presentations                                                                                        15  May  2012
Our club's 2011/2012 season drew to a close this week, though the Nature and Landscape groups will continue to meet over the summer. We also have a social event to look forward to at the end of the month. Members of the committee each gave us a brief report on this year's achievements, the highlights of which included our club winning 2nd place in DPIC, thus taking us through to the National PAGB Federation Digital Competition in July; our unprecedented success in interclub competitions; our sold-out event at the Arc Theatre last autumn and DCC becoming an associate member of Devizes Sports Club from this September. The leaders of our Nature, Landscape and Shutter Chatter groups reported continued interest from a high number of members.
Chairman Frank Collins summed up the very busy and challenging year and thanked all those who have contributed to the smooth running and success of the club. Frank said that members should be very proud that a club from a small market town will be competing on the national stage later in the year.
group2After electing the new committee, members received their club certificates and trophies. Well done to Hilary Eagles, Chris Beard, Robert Harvey, Stephen McGrath, Joan Ryder Rathband, Kevin Ferris and everyone who received trophies. The new Ralph Pullen Memorial trophy presented by his wife Barbara, was a high point of the evening. Next season we can also look forward to the Silver Birches trophy, donated by Robert Harvey for the best landscape print. Have a great summer! LS   
                2011-2012 Award winners at the presentation
More photographs here                           Club awards list here
Instructional Evening                                                                                   8 May 2012
Both experienced photographers and members who were relatively new to photography enjoyed an interesting evening of demonstrations by members showing various photographic techniques.
The evening began with Clive Rathband FRPS FPSSA EFIAP presenting parts of the series of interactive DVD's by David Boag entitled 'Natural Focus'.  Equipment, technical basics and creativity  were very well illustrated and all aspects of camera settings, lenses etc. were fully explained in an interesting and easy to follow manner.
The set of 'Natural Focus' DVD's can be ordered from David Boags website.
Stephen McGrath then gave an excellent demonstration using Photoshop Elements which changed a rather ordinary landscape into a stunning image with a dark brooding sky over a field of glowing yellow rape seed.
A few tips for beginners were given by Pam Mullings showing how images can be easily improved using simple editing - horizons straightened - images cropped and irritating distractions removed.
Robin Gregory finished the informative evening using Photoshop CS5 to demonstrate  more advanced editing techniques.  The original coloured image was expertly transformed by Robin using adjustment layers and masks into a dramatic monochrome landscape. PM
Ladies v Gents Battle                                                                              1 May 2011
Tuesday evening saw the clubs competition season draw to a close with the popular Ladies v Gents Battle, a truly fun competition where everyone has the opportunity to take part. Last time the Ladies won a convincing victory and Gents were left in no doubt who wore the trousers in Devizes Camera Club, so it would be interesting to see if the ladies could retain their edge.swan Adrian Herring ARPS, DPAGB and his wife Vanessa LRPS were the judges for the evening and had to judge 30 prints and 30 DPI's and each would award a mark out of 10 for each image.
It would be fair to say this was an excellent evening with Adrian and Vanessa judging each image in great detail and they were quite harsh with some of their comments but totally fair and gave some very constructive feedback to members. It was gratifying to see that so many members had entered images of a such a high standard that the scores awarded for the images were very close indeed. Special mention must go to Gill Cardy for getting maximum 20 points with both her images Golden Eagle on Prey and Capercaillie AttackOnce all 30 prints had been judged and the scores checked and double checked it became clear that the ladies might have had some of theglastonbury-tor highest scoring images but the gents were more consistent as the scores were tied at 215 points each and so it wacarmine-bee-eaterss all to play for after the break with the PDI's. Again Adrian and Vanessa set about their task with great relish and provided excellent feedback on all the images, there was only one PDI that was awarded a maximum of 20 points and this was another of our ladies - congratulations to Charlotte Morris with her excellent Swan in Snowstorm (top right). Mentions must go also to Pam Mullings who scored an excellent 19 points with her Carmine Bee Eatestagrs (left) but the gents also managed to get 19 points with Steve Morris's image Stag (bottom right) and Robert Harvey's Glastonbury Tor at Dawn (middle right) - very well done to Steve and Robert.
The final result was too close to call - had the ladies triumphed once again or had the gents been victorious? Robin Gregory had been keeping score via the DiCentra software and no one knew the final result until he pushed the button and the result flashed up on the screen. Amazingly once again it was a tie at 224 points for each team! After 60 images and 120 marks being awarded there was absolutely nothing to choose between our ladies and gents. Personally I feel that this was a fitting conclusion not only to the evening but also the club's season that has seen us do so well in all competitions - congratulations to everyone. The ladies team had images from 15 members in their entry while the gents were represented by 16 different members. CB

Fordingbridge Challenge 2012 25 April 2012

Devizes Camera Club visited Fordingbridge Camera Club on Wednesday evening to take part in the annual Fordingbridge Challenge competition.

This Battle is a regular in our season and we have had some good results in previous seasons but would we be able to continue our run of good form?

To take part in the event we have to cross the border and enter into the Southern Counties Photographic Federation area and compete against some of the best clubs from this region, never an easy prospect. The judge for the evening was Glyn Edmunds DPAGB, EFIAP/s, PPSA a very experienced and widely travelled photographer.

The format of the evening was 8 rounds of projected images from each of the 10 participating clubs with Glyn judging fordingbridgethe images 'cold' (he had not viewed them before the competition), he then gave his opinion on each image and then awarded a mark out of 10. Any images he thought were particularly meritorious he held back until the end, this made adding up the points total very difficult as the images he held back were not awarded points at this stage. It was quite clear to all in attendance that the images were all of an extraordinarily high standard and the result was going to be extremely close. At the half time break some rough calculations had Devizes Camera Club ahead by 1 point but with 2 Gold Medal winning images to come we felt in a strong position.
Pictured above -Fordingbridge CC Chairman Michael Whatmore AFIAP BPEI* & Gill Cardy ARPS DPAGB -Devizes CC Vice Chair.
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Print & Projected Image of the Year
Judge: Margaret Collis ARPS DPAGB APAGB Hon. EFIAP
24 April 2012

Entries for the final competition of the season were members images that have been awarded 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in
Nature, Landscape, Creative, Set subject 'British' and Open club competitions during the 2011-2012 season. 

Very experienced photographer and judge Margaret Collis had no problem judging such a miscellany and gave members her helpful and informative comments and judgment on all of the 84 prints and projected images.

Cape Fox & Pup
Cape Fox & Pup by Joan Ryder Rathband
Congratulations go to Joan Ryder Rathband FRPS FPSSA who was awarded 1st. and also 3rd. place in the General Projected Image category.
Well HidddenChris Beard gained 1st. place and an HC in Intermediate and Liz Bates 1st. in Beginners Projected Images.

1st. place in General Prints went to Pam Mullings with Kevin Ferris placed 1st. in Intermediate Prints with 'Well Hidden' (shown left)
Hilary Eagles was awarded 1st place in Beginners Prints.

Many congratulations go to all those awarded places. 
Trophies and certificates will be presented to all those with awards in this seasons club competitions at the AGM on 15 May.  PM

All of the  images that gained awards can be seen in the Galleries
Full Results here

WCPF Members Projected Image Exhibition  2012                              21 April 2012
A total entry of 969 images were entered in the Projected Image Exhibition, with 276 in the Creative Section, 230 in the Nature Section and 463 in the General Section.  Overall there were 55 Acceptances n the Creative Section, 62 Acceptances in the Nature Section and 107 Acceptances in the General Section.

Devizes Camera Club did brilliantly and we are thrilled that Richard Atkinson and Pam Mullings gained their first acceptances in Salons!!

In total, DCC gained 18 Acceptances, with 6 Highly Commended Awards, 2 Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) Ribbons and one Silver Medal.  Congratulations to Richard Atkinson, Gill Cardy ARPS DPAGB, Kevin Ferris, Robert Harvey ARPS, Charlotte Morris, Pam Mullings, Clive Rathband FRPS FPSSA EFIAP and Joan Ryder Rathband FRPS FPSSA on a fantastic achievement.

Please click on the Salons link at the top of the DCC Website and then click on the Salon Results link to view the details.

                         Click the sections below to view the images and results on the WCPF website

                          General Section                      Creative section                       Nature section    
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WCPF PRESIDENT Brian Galbraith CPAGB presents a HC certificate and a Silver medal to Joan Ryder Rathband,
a HC certificate to Clive Rathband and a HC certificate and Ribbon to Pam Mullings 
155th RPS International Print Exhibition 2012
Congratulations to Gill Cardy ARPS DPAGB on a fantastic achievement in having a print accepted in the 155th Royal Photographic International Print Exhibition.  The following quote is taken from her acceptance letter:
"This year 2,800 prints were submitted from 747 photographers worldwide and 123 prints were selected for the exhibition (from 105 photographers).  May I take this opportunity to congratulate you on your success and for your contribution to a first class exhibition."
Please click on the Salons link at the top of the website and then on the Salon Results link to see the details.  Well done, Gill! JRR
RPS Projected Images Exhibition 2011                                                      17 April 2012
Club members were treated to a digital show of the RPS's prestigious Projected Images Exhibition from last year. The images were divided into two categories: General and Nature, and all images shown were acceptances. Among our members who featured were Joan Ryder Rathband FRPS FPSSA with one General acceptance and two Nature acceptances, Gill Cardy ARPS, Stephen McGrath and Clive Rathband FRPS FPSSA EFIAP, all with one Nature acceptance. LS
Creative Competition 10 April 2012
Thanks to judge Terry Walters for his honest critique of our club's print and projected image entries for the Demiurgic Cup. The creative force of photography was very much in evidence in this competition!
In the print category, Chris Beard won 1st place with
Arlington Row 1897, followed by Hilary Kay in 2nd place and Gill Cardy ARPS DPAGB in 3rd place.
Chris Beard & Rod StowellIn the projected image category, 1st place went to Robin Gregory with Desolation Angel (pictured right), followed by Chris Beard in 2nd place and Brian Ruddock in 3rd place. Hilary Kay also won a HC in the PI category and Stephen McGrath received a HC in each category.
The Demiurgic Cup went to Chris Beard for his winning print and was presented by Rod Stowell - the donor of the Trophy on 17 April.     Congratulations, Chris! LS
 Click here for full results.          All the winning images can be seen in the Galleries.
 Members can log in to see the points tables in MEMBERS INFORMATION.
WCPF Print Exhibition Results 2012
Three Highly Commended Awards as well as some acceptances!

Well done to Gill Cardy ARPS DPAGB, Kevin Ferris and Robert Harvey ARPS for their excellent results in the Western Counties Photographic Federation 2012 Print Exhibition. 

Almost 1,100 prints were entered and 261 prints were accepted.  150 prints will be shown at the Exhibition in Frome and the rest will be included in the Travelling Critique that will circulate around the WCPF Clubs over the next 15 months.  Only one accepted print from each entrant is included in the Travelling Critique.  Please click on the SALONS link at the top of our website and then on the SALON RESULTS to see which prints will be exhibited in Frome and which will be included in the Travelling Critique.

The Exhibition will be at the Rook Lane Gallery in Frome from  Sunday, 13th May to Saturday, 26thMay.

The Presentation of awards for trophies, medals, ribbons and highly commended prints will be at 2.00pm on Sunday 13thMay.  All entrants, WCPF Camera Club members and their guests are welcome. 

If you have entered digital images, these will be shown at The Corn Exchange, Exeter, on The Members Projected Image Day, Saturday 21stApril.  All projected image results and presentations will be made on that day.  Tickets are still available.  All Projected Image entrants will be notified of their individual scores during the week following 21stApril. JRR

To view the Medal Winners please click here:
 WCPF Print Exhibition Results

An Evening with Rosemary Wilman Hon FRPS BPE5* AFIAP                                       3 April 2012

It was a very great privilege for the club to welcome Rosemary Wilman - President of the Royal Photographic Society from 2009 - 2011 who showed us a large selection of her award winning prints.


The evening began with 30 prints from Rosemary’s ‘About Time’ exhibition at Fenton House Gallery which included some special favourites taken over many years.
The evening continued with a selection of interesting prints that transported us on a virtual world tour from Nepal to Cuba, from US to India, from Route 66 to Shanghai.
Interesting portraits from Belfast, snowy landscapes from Yellowstone NP, close up’s of flowers, rocks and wildlife showed a wide range of photographic interests and that Rosemary is not afraid to break the ‘rules’ with her photography.

 Thank you Rosemary for travelling from Surrey to show us such a large selection of excellent prints. PM

AV competition 27 March 2012
Judge Roger Mallison presided over our club's annual AV competition and with his 40 years experience in the audio-visual, gave very useful feedback on the 11 entries submitted. The subject matter for the evening included the African safari, bird & mammal eyes, a garden tour, surfing and a humorous take on death in Venice! Clive Rathband's inspiring "This Wood" was highly commended. Robert Harvey's Cornish "Atlantic Edge" came in third place and Joan Ryder Rathband's moving sequence on Wootton Bassett, "Lest We Forget", came second. The winning entry on the evening was "Dulcie" by Robin Gregory, which moved the judge beyond words! Congratulations, Robin, and thanks for sharing the beauty of new life! LS      rmallison
Judge Roger Mallison presents Robin Gregory with the Croall Plaque, donated by the husband of Mrs H. Croall (left) in 1974
Another evening with Barry Mead                                                  20 March 2012
Barry Mead FRPS EPAGB/s MPAGB came to the club this week and held his audience
enthralled with his images of wildlife and also his creative work. Barry's enthusiasm for his
subjects and the fun he finds travelling with friends in search of them clearly showed in this
extremely entertaining evening. The quality of his work is outstanding, and we saw landscapes,
birds and animals from Africa and the USA as well as some extraordinary, imaginative and
humorous images put together from a variety of places. Barry also showed his successful
MPAGB submission of 20 superb prints. GC
                 Giraffes at Sundown and Martial Eagle by Barry Mead. © Barry Mead
Visit to Calne Woodlands CC                                                                                19 March 2012
Our return visit to Calne Woodlands Camera Club was a most enjoyable evening.  Thirteen Devizes Camera Club members attended and we had a varied programme to share with the Calne members.  There were presentations by Chris Beard who showed a collection of his Wiltshire Landscapes and Dragonflies, Frank Collins with images of his recent trip to Cuba, Stephen McGrath on his visit to China, Gill Cardy ARPS DPAGB on her visit to Iceland and Robert Harvey ARPS with a fascinating talk on Astrophotography.  There was a display of DCC members' prints during the interval and we finished off the evening with four Audio-Visuals from Robert Harvey ARPS, Pam Mullings, Gill Cardy ARPS DPAGB and Clive Rathband FRPS FPSSA EFIAP.  Thank you to Calne Woodlands CC for hosting us and making everyone feel so welcome! JRR

2012 Saguaro International Nature Exhibition
Congratulations to Robert Harvey ARPS, who has gained two acceptances in this International Nature Exhibition.  Well done, Robert!  Please click on the Salons link at the top of the website and then navigate to the Salon Results link to view the details. JRR 
Competition 4  "British" 13 Mar 2012
The theme for this competition required rather more inspiration than usual from our members. The collection of prints and digital images judged by Peter Weaver APAGB CPAGB LRPS showed that our club rose to the challenge, as always! In the Beginners section, first place went to Hilary Eagles in the print category and to new member, Derek Mason, in the PI category. In the Intermediate section, Nick Smith won first place and a HC in the print category, as well as first and third place in the PI category. Well done, Nick! The winner in the General print category was Robert Harvey ARPS who also gained a HC, followed by Pam Mullings in second place, also with a HC. Joan Ryder Rathband FRPS FPSSA won first place in the General PI category, followed by Robin Gregory in second place, also with a HC. Congratulations to Joan for winning the set subject trophy on the night - her image "Paying Tribute" was the overall winning shot. LP
Click here for full results. Winning images can be seen in Galleries.
Stonehenge before Dawn by Nick Smith - winner Intermediate print category.
Left: Joan Ryder Rathband receives the trophy from judge Peter Weaver for her winning image Paying Tribute.

Nature Group visit to Slimbridge 10 March 2012

The Nature Group went to Slimbridge on March 10th, hoping for Bittern and Kingfisher. Unfortunately neither were seen but an enjoyable day's photography provided some practice in capturing white subjects in sun as the Swans displayed and fluffed up their feathers. The ducks were all resplendent in their breeding plumage and the flamingos were tempting in their various pink dress.
The latter provoked some reflection shots and spray flying as they bathed. goldeneyeIt was nice to see beautiful, though not wild, species such as the male Smew with his smart plumage of white with a bit of black. He's not easy to find in the wild. Fascinating, too, was the display of the male Goldeneye, as he called, then threw back his head almost to his tail in an effort to impress his mate. This was a bit of a challenge as he gives no warning of this speedy trick.

An hour or two was spent trying to get an uncluttered view of the many wild small birds on the feeders, as well as the beautiful male reed bunting on the ground – not a photogenic habitat!

Sadly we missed the shot of the day, as the Water Rail waited some time until we had left the viewing place before he ventured out into the open - the usual lot of the Nature Photographer. Only our keen bird watcher friends managed to see it. GC

 Goldeneyes Displaying by Jean Ingram.   See more Images in the NATURE GROUP GALLERY

Images from around the World          John Chamberlin FRPS MFIAP                              6 Mar 2012
A regular visitor to our club during the last 30 years, John Chamberlin always delivers the most inspiring photography from his latest travels around the world.
First we headed south for the distinctive wildlife and landscapes of the Falklands and South Georgia, then up to Yellowstone National Park for some breathtaking winter scenery. After a stop in Cuba we headed across to Namibia's Etosha National Park for a different type of wildlife, before returning to more frozen landscapes, this time from Svalbard in the Arctic Circle. We finished the first half of the evening with autumnal scenes from Tuscany and flocks of birds from the wetlands of the Rio Grande.
John likes to return to the same places to photograph something different each time, so we revisited Tuscany in the spring and Yellowstone in more extreme temperatures. And we also enjoyed his more abstract images of Kolmanskop's buildings buried in sand and close-ups of reflections captured in a car park! Thank you for an amazing evening! LS

Sandhill Crane Landing and Svalbard Reflections by John Chamberlin
Calne Woodlands Camera Club                       28 Feb 2012
We welcomed our fellow photographers for an evening of projected images, prints and AVs. Chairman Eddy Lane started off the evening with his and his wife Pam's panel of entries submitted for the DPAGB distinction, showing what score each entry achieved. We then enjoyed a series of entertaining AVs on a variety of subjects such as cricket, the Masai Mara and Van Gogh. Alan Smith then showed us his beautifully creative still life prints, explaining what materials he uses and how he combines the different textures in Photoshop. New member, Phil Dent, ended the evening with a stunning print collection of concert photography from the 80s and 90s, including the greats like Queen, Sting, Tina Turner and Whitney Houston. This will be a hard act to follow on our return visit in three weeks time! LS calnecc
Calne Woodlands Camera Club members
Phil Dent, Alan Smith, Pam and Eddy Lane
'Safari' by David Boag                                                            21 February 2012

Club members very much enjoyed sharing David’s enthusiasm for East Africa – as he says ‘Africa gets in your blood’ and those that have been lucky enough to have gone on safari will agree with that!

It’s not only the ‘Big Five’ but the abundance of other wildlife that make the area so amazing for photographers. David recalled the experiences of some of the groups he had led and the sheer wonder when they encounter a lion or an elephant at very close quarters. resting-lions 

The talk was illustrated with some David's many photographs and he explained that studying the natural behaviour of wildlife helps you know just when to press the shutter to get the perfect shot. David’s amusing anecdotes had everyone laughing and members were inspired by his dedication to wildlife photography. PM

If you want to learn more then visit David’s website and see details of ‘Natural Focus’ – an excellent interactive photography tutorial suitable for all levels.

David Boag's website
WCPF Digital Projected Image Competition 2012                  19 February 2012
The Digital Projected Image Competition (DPIC), of the Western Counties Photographic Federation, took place in Exeter last Sunday, 19th February. Five of our members and three guests attended the event.
Twenty images from each of the fifty (yes, 50!), competing Clubs and Societies from across the Federation, were judged by three eminent judges, Rosie Armes FRPS DPAGB EFIAP BPE3*, Colin Harrison FRPS MPAGB MFIAP EFIAP/g FIPF FBPE and John Cartlidge EFIAP BPE3*.
After the ONE THOUSAND images had been judged, we were thrilled to find that Devizes Camera Club was in SECOND place with a total of 223 points! This is our highest position ever - in both this digital competition and in the previous slide competition. The winners were Plymouth with 232 points and Newton Abbot third with 220 points.

In addition, Gill Cardy ARPS DPAGB was awarded a Bronze Medal for ‘Red Grouse Taking Off’    (image left)     Well done, Gill!!!

Full results of this event can be viewed on the WCPF website

As a result of us gaining second place, we have been selected to represent the Federation (along with Plymouth and Newton Abbot) to compete in the NATIONAL event - the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain Inter-Club Projected Image Championship. This will take place at the University of Warwick on the 14th July 2012. It will be an enormous day for the Club and a huge step-up in the level of competition, so we must prepare well. We need the support of ALL members to provide us with their VERY BEST images and we also hope that we will have an excellent turn-out at Warwick to cheer us on. Please diarise this now so that you will be able to join us in Warwick. CR

Devizes Camera Club results here
Competition 3   Open          14 February 2012
The Club gave a warm welcome to Dennis Price LRPS who visited us to judge the 3rd Open Print and Projected Image competitions.
The standard of entries was high which gave Dennis the difficult task of selecting - which in his opinion were the very best images in each category for awards.
Hilary Eagles prints gained both 1st & 2nd places in Beginners Prints and Liz Bates was placed 1st in Beginners PI's with Hilary Eagles placed 2nd, David Fraser 3rd and in his first PI competition John Totten gained a Highly Commended.
In the Intermediate print section Rob Dobson gained 1st with Chris Beard 2nd and 3rd. Chris Beard was  placed 1st, Hilary Kay  2nd and Steve Morris 3rd in Intermediate PI's
With so many award worthy images to choose from in the General Print section the judge awarded Robert Harvey ARPS 1st place,Laurie Mills 2nd and Gill cardy ARPS DPAGB 3rd place.
Stephen Mcgrath was placed 1st, Dave Gray 2nd and Kev Ferris 3rd in General PI's    PM
Full results can be seen here              Competition 3 images can be seen in the Galleries.
                                                                     Members can login to see the points tables.
Train to Nowhere
Train to Nowhere by Liz Bates
The Plough and Barrow
The Plough & Barrow by Chris Beard
Winter Surfer
Winter Surfer by Stephen McGrath
GB Cup 2012 - Open & Nature Competition results
GB Cup - Open
The GB Cup is a national competition open to all clubs affiliated to the PAGB, so we pit our skills against the very best club photographers in Great Britain, last year we came 89th out of 120 competing clubs - could we do better this year?
We managed an excellent 29th place out of 139 competing teams and we also came 2nd from among all the clubs competing from the WCPF.
GB Cup - Nature
There was a second competition at the GB CUP, this time it was for Nature images and Devizes entered for the very first time.
I am pleased to say that we managed to come 34th out of 130 competing clubs.
These result have firmly cemented Devizes Camera Club as one of the top photographic clubs in the UK, a great testimony to the talent we have among us each week, we should be very proud of ourselves. However this is not the time to rest on our laurels, we need to build on these results and see if we can finish even higher next year.
I would like to take this opportunity to mention what I believe is the reason behind our recent, good results in all competitions.
Obviously we have a depth of talent in our club and with new members joining all the time this pool of talent continues to grow but all talent needs nurturing to enable it to fulfil its potential. Its this nurturing of our talent that I feel is behind our growing success.
We have a Landscape Group run by Dave Gray, the Nature Group by Gill Cardy and the Shutter Chatter evenings hosted by Joan & Clive Rathband - all have played their part in raising the standard of photography within Devizes Camera Club. It is the activities of the special interest groups that have helped many of our current crop of top photographers to grow in skill and confidence to the point where we can now hold our heads up among the best photographers in the country. We are all still learning, that is the beauty of photography so come along and join us - next year it might be one of your images that is representing Devizes Camera Club against the rest of the country.
If you would like to get involved in club competitions speak to any of the committee members who will give you all the help and advice you need.  CB
Club results here when available.  
Warminster Print Battle     2012     Judge: Tony Byram   EPIAP ARPS AWFP DPAGB  11 February 2012
battleOn Saturday 11th February 7 Camera Club met in Battle at The Lakeside Centre in Warminster to compete in the annual Warminster Print Battle.
In 2010 Devizes struggled in this Battle after winning the Trophy several times previously and coming last of the competing clubs - this time we aimed to do a little better - and we did!
Devizes Camera Club built up a big lead over the competition during the early rounds with the judge awarding a maximum of 20 points to Gill Cardy ARPS DPAGB, Dave Gray, Rob Dobson and Pam Mullings (images shown below). 
There were also good points scored by 'Dark Secret' by Robin Gregory and 'Misty Lane Through Pewsey Vale' by Chris Beard - both were awarded 18 points.

New member Nick Smith scored well in his first club battle with 'Hell's Ghyll' receiving 16 points.
After 7 rounds we were well on course for a huge winning margin but things were evened up over the next couple of rounds as a couple of our images attracted surprisingly low scores from the judge.
Everything hung on the last round, Robert Harvey's - 'Sea Of Poppies' needed a good score to ease the tension but once again it didn't meet with the judges total approval and he gave it 15 points - the door was open and a good showing from the very last image of the day would be good enough to wrestle the trophy from our grasp. A lovely portrait of a Morris Dancer, enthused over by the judge had the whole Lakeside Centre on the edge of its seats, any more than 17 points and Frome Wessex would have beaten us at the post. As Tony gave his final award of points - 17, everyone frantically checked their additions on the scoresheets.
Devizes had won by 1 point!
Photograph above - Battle secretary - Chris Beard and the Judge - Tony Byram.
Full results
Goshawk with Prey by Gill Cardy ARPS DPAGB
Our thanks and congratulations go to Warminster for hosting the event and making us feel  so welcome.    CB
Living on the edge
Living on the edge by Rob Dobson
Have you heard?
Have you heard? by Pam Mullings
Woodborough Hill
Woodborough Hill by Dave Gray

The Challenges of Close-up & Macro Photography
John Bebbington FRPS                                                                                               7 Feb 2012
With a book on insect photography to be published in June, John's expertise in the field of macro photography was greatly appreciated by our club members. A naturalist by training, he has always used photography to complement his field work. He teaches natural history photography courses and is currently chairman of the RPS Nature Group. The focus of the evening was on the challenges of macro photography: depth of field, lighting, composition, use of stabilisers... all very beautifully illustrated with digital images of flowers and insects, including moths which were often quite hard to spot! He also touched on the art of fieldcraft and the welfare of the subject being photographed, all the while reminding us of the beauty in our back garden. LS 
Every Picture Tells a Story                           Peter Preece                         31 Jan 2012
Artist and wildlife photographer, Peter Preece, provided us with a feast for the eyes with his digital slideshow of birds, insects, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. After 40 years of working in a design studio, he retired and started travelling with his wife and fellow photographer, Margaret, around the UK and Europe in search of wildlife to photograph. And with access to 5,000 acres of reforested farmland with lakes and scrapes, he can set up feeding stations and build hides (when not using his camouflage Skoda!) in order to attract and photograph a wide variety of species. With plenty of tips and a freezer full of bait, Peter showed us how his art is 95% fieldwork and 5% award-winning photography. We wish him luck in winning a cash prize from Mr Attenborough! LS      

The Judges Declare...
smallgrainra  ... Richard Atkinson as the winner of our Dec/Jan YOU CAN BE THE JUDGE competition with his entry Smallgrain (pictured left). Congratulations, Richard! We had a theme for this competition, Winter Scene, so thanks to all those who managed to come up with an image in addition to those needed for our club's Christmas card.

The February competition is up and running so don't forget to vote. We have gone back to an open theme and this month we have an impressive 12 entries! LS

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