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Ramblings with the Idle Rich    Leo Rich ARPS EFIAP/b DPAGB APAGB 24 Jan 2012
Our club welcomed back Leo Rich with a slide presentation of his travels around the world, which he qualified as Ramblings with the Idle Rich: The Bigger Picture. Leaving behind the days of trying to capture the competition-winning photos, Leo prefers to record the impact that travel photography has on him as an individual. With a particular interest in wildlife and people, he took us on a tour - which included his back garden - of the New Forest, Turkey, the Andes, India and Cuba. His portraits were particularly stunning (eg. Lady in Blue pictured right) and gave us a real sense of what drives his travel photography. The presentation ended with a series of very atmospheric evening shots of the camel fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan - quite simply an extraordinary moment in time captured on film. LS     ladyinbluelrich
 
Landscape Group weekend trip to the Gower                              13-15 January 2012

The Landscape Group enjoyed a highly successful weekend in the Gower peninsular in South Wales for their major field trip of the year. Twenty-three members and partners enjoyed exceptionally sunny weather, and were therefore spoilt for choice amongst the many sights the area has to offer.

Given the weather, many of the party opted to travel down early on Friday, to make sure of some sunset pictures, notably around Rossili and Worms Head. Then it was on to the Kings Head hotel in Llangenith for showers, food, and a slide show from Robert Harvey illustrating some of the attractions of the South Wales coastline.

On Saturday, alarms were set early, and a large party left the hotel in the dark to photograph the sun rising over the sea from Port Eynon. Many then opted to go on to Rossili, to take advantage of the afternoon low tide and opening up of the causeway to Worms Head. Saturday was more cloudy, but the sun did put in an appearance later on to ensure another round of sunset pictures.

The highlight of the Saturday evening was a keenly contested quiz, again organised by Robert Harvey, to test out people's knowledge of places of interest, from our own Wiltshire locality to all corners of the globe.

Sunday dawned cloudy, and thankfully many of the party managed a lie in, but by mid-morning, the sky was again a deep blue. People then decided to head for places they had not yet been too, with a sizeable group going to Three Cliffs Bay and Penard Castle. Despite the blue skies, there was a stiff wind blowing making it difficult to keep cameras steady and camera bags free of sand, but the resulting pictures were very worthwhile.

All in all, we had a very enjoyable and productive weekend, in the company of like minded people, and with a great spirit of exchanging knowledge and ideas. Many thanks go to Robert Harvey for organising the accommodation, and also the entertainment on both Friday and Saturday evenings.

For a selection of pictures taken on the weekend, please see the 'Gower Visit Gallery' link towards the top of the left side menu.


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     Some of the group at Three Cliffs Bay
 
Annual Competition part 2   Judge: Barry Mead FRPS EFIAP/s MPAGB          17 Jan 2012
bmeadkferrisThe second leg of our annual competitions, comprising Nature Prints and Projected Images, was judged by Barry Mead, a specialist in wildlife, landscape and creative photography. With expert tips on how to improve an image without breaking the rules of nature photography, Barry shortlisted almost half the prints displayed, such was the standard of the entries. Congratulations to Kev Ferris for winning 1st place with Field Mouse, Serengeti. Gill Cardy came 2nd with a HC and Chris Beard was 3rd also with a HC.
The evening progressed with our Nature PI competition of equally high standard, giving Barry the almost impossible task of selecting bmeadsmcgrath
the final six entries. The winner was Stephen McGrath with Dung Fly - and his Juv. Damsel Fly Hiding gained him a HC - followed by Joan Ryder Rathband in 2nd & 3rd place with a HC. Thank you Barry for a very entertaining evening - we wish you all the best with EFIAP/p! LS 

Barry Mead presents the John Snowman
Memorial Trophy to Kev Ferris (top right)
and the Bowker Praed Shield to
Stephen McGrath (bottom left)




 All the award winning images from the Annual competitions can be see in the Galleries.
 Full results here.     Members can log in to Members Information and see the Points Tables
 
Annual Competition part 1              Judge: Andy Beel FRPS                 10 Jan 2012
The club welcomed Andy Beel FRPS to judge two of our annual competitions, Pencil of Nature monochrome prints and Landscape projected images. Looking at composition, lighting and contrast in the 27 black & white entries, Andy's final choice of six prints included portraits, architecture, still life and landscape, with Dave Gray winning the Pencil of Nature trophy.

Colour returned in the second half of the evening as Andy judged an impressive collection of projected images of British landscapes, with Chris Beard winning the Derrick Turner Memorial trophy. Congratulations to Dave and to Chris, who also obtained a HC monochrome print.

Well done also to Robin Gregory who came 2nd in monochrome prints with a HC, and to Robert Harvey ARPS for gaining two HC projected images. All winning entries can be seen in the gallery soon.   LS
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Mist over Pewsey Vale by winner Dave Gray

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Pink Cannings Dawn by winner Chris Beard
Full results here
 
Members Projected Image League 3 January  2012
On the first meeting after the Christmas break members were able to enjoy viewing all of  the 57 sets entered in the competition. Members could enter 3 sets of 5 images on subjects of their own choice.
The range of subjects was very varied and included superb sets of birds, insects and flowers through to motocross, street musicians and church interiors together with numerous other interesting and well photographed subjects. 
Members present at the meeting scored each set of images - the results of which have been calculated and checked and were announced on the 10th  January.
stephenMany congratulations to Stephen McGrath  who by a very narrow margin, gained the highest combined score with his 3 sets. In second place was Chris Beard and in third place was Robert Harvey ARPS. 
Other members whose sets were in the top 10 were Dave Grey, Pam Mullings, Gill Cardy ARPS DPAGB, Richard Atkinson, Leila Searight,
Clive Rathband FRPS FPSSA EFIAP and Liz Bates. PM

All of the 150 stunning images from the top 10 sets can be seen in the
 P.I. LEAGUE GALLERY where you can add your own comments.
  
Chairman Frank Collins (left) presents the Hewitt Cup to Stephen McGrath
The scores for the top 10 entries and for the top 10 individual sets can be seen here.
Members can log in to see the full results in MEMBERS INFORMATION. 
 
The Ryder Rathband Trophy 2011
The first year of The Ryder Rathband Trophy has drawn to a close.

Late News Flash!  Congratulations to Rod Stowell ARPS for his acceptance in Argentina!  The salon was judged before the 31st December 2011 so this acceptance is included in the 2011 Log.

Congratulations to Gill Cardy ARPS DPAGB for her acceptances in Singapore and to Rod Stowell ARPS who gained acceptances in two salons in India.  The judging dates for these three salons fell within the cut off date of the 31st December 2011, so well done to them for making the final days of the Competition interesting!
It was gratifying to see such an improvement in successes in external competitions this year and we would like to congratulate every member who entered the salons during 2011.  It is a wonderful achievement to gain acceptances and awards in National and International Exhibitions and it was fantastic to see some of the Devizes Camera Club members gaining their very first acceptances - and awards! - this year.  Keep up the good work! 
Our members gained 135 Acceptances with 11 Awards and 3 Medals!

Please do not be disheartened if you miss out on acceptances - just keep trying and you will succeed in the end.  The immediate reward is competing for the Ryder Rathband Trophy, but the long-term reward is going on to gain distinctions in FIAP and then gaining honours in the Royal Photographic Society and other prestigious Societies.

Robert Harvey ARPS was the very deserving winner for 2011. Congratulations, Robert!


The final log positions were as follows:


35 points        Robert Harvey ARPS
27 points        Rod Stowell ARPS
19 points        Joan Ryder Rathband FRPS FPSSA
17 points        Chris Beard
17 points        Gill Cardy ARPS DPAGB
11 points        Clive Rathband FRPS FPSSA EFIAP
 8 points         Stephen McGrath
 5 points         Robin Gregory
 4 points         Charlotte Morris LRPS
 3 points         Jean Ingram
 2 points         Kevin Ferris
 1 point           Louise Gray
 
Please click on the Salon Results at the top of the website to view all the details. JRR
 

Print Knock-out                                                                               13 December 2011
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DCC's annual print knock-out competition had a record-breaking 160

entries from our club members who, throughout the evening,dave-gray voted for

their favourite print from randomly selected pairs, until all but the last four winning prints were unceremoniously knocked out!

 

Stephen McGrath's cat, Scampi, finally ran out of lives to make way for finalists Dave Gray and Eddie Marsh who dominated the evening with their landscape prints.

Eddie (above) 1st place with "Roundway Hill in Winter" & 3rd place with Byway to Potterne.

Dave (right) won 4th & 2nd places with "Storms in the Fannichs" & "Woodborough Hill, Pewsey Vale"

Thank you to Frank Collins and his helpers, Pam Mullings and Gill Cardy for running a smooth show.

We finished the evening in festive spirit with a superb selection of nibbles.

Merry Christmas to all!    LS

 
'One a Day' - Congratulations on a great achievement
Rod Stowell ARPS has reached his goal of taking a photograph every day for a year!
Rod sums up his challenging year -
last-image My one a day year is nearly at an end and it's time to assess its worth.
At no time did I really panic to get an image. Sometimes it was late in the day, but as time passed I became more confident in my ability to produce something however uninteresting and mundane it may be. After all it has been a self-imposed exercise under my own rules which were pretty simple.
I have gained much more from the project than I could have imagined. I now know my cameras properly, have established a workflow both in the taking and the processing, which has made me quicker all round to achieve the image and compose something.
I shall not be sorry when it is over – last image 9th December and will try to find something to take its place.
If anyone else decides to do the same thing I have one piece of advice and that is to take it seriously and make the effort every day. It's not easy, but well worth it.

Rod

A comment or two from members would be much appreciated. Anyone else up for the challenge?
365 photographs - see them all in the Members Gallery
 
Water                          Dr Tony Marriott                                               6 Dec 2011
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We enjoyed a fascinating talk and digital slideshow on the chemistry, physics and beauty of the source of life on our planet - Water. While sorting through his 7000 slides, Tony discovered that 65% of them were about water, a subject which interests him from a technical, global and aesthetic point of view. His slideshow encompassed a wide range of water-related images, from glaciers and icebergs to rudimentary wells in the deserts of North Africa. We also benefited from a bit of on-site chemistry with Hoffman's apparatus (pictured left) which electrolises water, producing hydrogen and oxygen. LS 


Dr Tony Marriott with club members
 
The Judges Declare...
... Ron Sims LRPS LBIPP as November's winner of our online competition with his entry Blue Tube (as pictured). Congratulations Ron! And well done to Kevin Ferris and Robin Gregory who came joint second. 
The December/January competition is up and running so don't forget to vote. This time we have a theme, Winter Scene, and the winner will be declared at the end of January. LS
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Trowbridge Friendly - Return Visit                                                   29 Nov 2011
trowbridgeWhat a pleasure it was to welcome
members of Trowbridge Camera Club (pictured right) who presented a selection of their work as part of the return leg of our presentation to their club in 2009. The first half of the evening focused on prints, starting with Terrick Meakin's impressive and humorous collection, including his critique of judges! Ian Drake showed some excellent portraits, monochrome and HDR prints followed by Chairperson and AV worker, Valerie Rawlings, with what she modestly called "a bit of nonsense" based on a woodland theme. John Sanson showed us how a fresh pair of eyes captured modern-day Trowbridge for his exhibition at Trowbridge Museum. Ian Pearson, new club member, shared some great shots of the Far East and unusual buildings, followed by Secretary, Geraint Owen, who obviously had some fun with Photoshop for the club's themed competitions. In the second half we were treated to a digital slideshow by Geraint & Terry and a series of very entertaining AV sequences from various club members. Thank you for a splendid evening! LS
 
 
118th Toronto International Salon of Photography
Congratulations, once again, to Chris Beard for gaining acceptances and an Honourable Mention at the recent Salon in Canada.  Please click on the Salon Results at the top of the Website to view the details. JRR
 
'The Digital Magic Lantern Show'                                          22 November 2011
Linda and Edgar Gibbs DPAGB AV- AFIAP & FRPS DPAGB AVFI made a very welcome return visit to the club to show members how to make Audio Visual sequences using Pictures to Exe. This time more advance features and special effects such as animation and masks were very ably demonstrated.
Linda and Edgar work as a team - Edgar produces the superb photographs and Linda patiently puts together the A-V sequences.
Club members were shown sequences featuring Venice, Portmeirion and the Isle of Man together with such diverse subjects as 'Love Remembered' and the 'Pit Closures' were very cleverly depicted.
As a special treat a silver medal award winning sequence entitled 'Thomas' was shown. This was the moving story of a destitute boy in the 1860's and his change of fortune when he enlisted in the army after seeing a 'Magic Lantern Show'. The technology is now very different but conveying a story using a combination of photography and sound is still as appealing in today's world.  PM
 
Chasing the Light                                   David Noton                                         16 Nov 2011
davidThis year our club's event at the Arc Theatre in Trowbridge sold out: Chasing the Light - the Road Show by David Noton. And quite understandably so! What a feast for the eyes and soul as he took us on a guided tour around the world to some of the wildest places on earth. With a mixture of digital slideshows, video clips and Google Earth, we discovered what life on the road is like for a professional landscape photographer, the challenges and the many rewards that come with the inspiration for a shoot and sticking long enough with one location. David's photography is fuelled by adventure and a sense that, in order to evolve, one has to operate outside one's comfort zone. And he certainly made us feel like packing our bags and heading out into the wilderness! His three tips for the evening were: keep it simple, think before you expose and stick at it!    LS
 
Nature and Landscape Groups                                         15 November 2011
Members were treated to a selection of superb images taken by members on field trips arranged by the Nature and Landscape Groups.

Gill Cardy ARPS presented an interesting variety of Nature photographs taken by members at various local venues. Visits are planned in order to see the wildlife found in various habitats depending on the season. Members have visited many local wildlife areas  where wild flowers, birds, birds, insects, fungi etc. can be found.
Gill commented that even with the best habitat research - nature does not always co-operate and photographers sometimes need to adapt and find interesting subjects wherever they are!

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Dave Gray presented a selection of outstanding images taken on Landscape group outings to scenic areas nearby and sometimes further afield. Both experienced photographers and beginners achieved a wide variety of stunning images taken in snow, mist and sunshine, capturing both dawn and dusk and in wonderful locations such as Stourhead, Salisbury and Avebury amongst many others. 
robertVisits are carefully pre - arranged so that members have a good chance of a being in the best location at the best time of day. The weather does however sometimes mean that the group has to change tack and re - locate but whatever happens members usually manage to come home with some excellent images after an enjoyable day out. The Landscape Group had a well-attended weekend meeting early in the year on the south coast and further overnight visits are planned.  PM
All club members are very welcome to join the groups, have fun and gain photographic experience as well!
 
Calne Woodlands Multi Club Battle              14 November 2011
calneBattle Secretary Chris Beard receives the winners shield from judge John Tilsley ARPS DPAGB APAGB on behalf of Devizes Camera Club after they won the Multi Club Battle on Monday evening at Calne Woodlands Camera Club. This makes it 3 wins on the trot for Devizes Camera Club in this competition and 5 wins out of the last 6!

7 local camera clubs met and competed against each other by showing 10 images taken by their members, John Tilsley examined each and every one in great detail and gave his honest opinion of the image, he didn't pull any punches and was quite brutal in some of his comments. To quote John "you sometimes have to be cruel to be kind" and everyone who attended the evening certainly learned a lot about what makes a good competition image.
The competition was fierce and all clubs had some stunning images but as the rounds passed it soon became a 4 horse race between Devizes, Calne Woodlands, Warminster and Swindon Camera Clubs. Devizes managed to hang on to their slender lead in the points table over the final rounds when a maximum of 20 points were awarded to Gill Cardy's 'Red Grouse in Flight' and Robin Gregory's 'Oliver's Castle' images.

Thanks must go to all the clubs that competed for compiling such strong entries, we certainly have a huge wealth of photographic talent here in our small corner of the Western Counties Photographic Federation area.

A thank you is also extended to John Tilsley for his expert and insightful judging.
Finally a big thanks to our friends at Calne Camera Club for hosting such a magnificent event, it takes a lot of time, stress and planning to organise such an event and their hard work was very much appreciated.
The final points tally from the evening is as follows:

1st Devizes                    183 points
2nd Calne Woodlands    176 points
3rd Warminster              173 points
4th Swindon                   165 points
5th Trowbridge               159 points
6th Wootton Bassett       155 points
7th Corsham                  151 points
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Robin Gregory and John Tilsley   
During the evening there were 6 images that were awarded the maximum 20 points and 3 of these images belonged to Devizes Camera Club members. Clive Rathband and his 'Striated Caracara with Skua Head', Gill Cardy's 'Red Grouse in Flight' and Robin Gregory's 'Oliver's Castle'.
Judge John Tilsley was in no doubt that his favourite image of the evening was Robin's 'Oliver's Castle' an image that also received a Ribbon in the recent PAGB Projected Image Competition. CB
 
Results of 2nd competition                                                                                8 Nov 2011
Thanks to judge Bill Aven APAGB DPAGB LRPS for presiding over the difficult task of selecting the winners in this second "Open" competition. In prints, Kevin Ferris won first place in the Intermediate category, as did Pam Mullings in the General category. Robert Harvey also had two HC prints in the General category. In projected images, the winners were Hilary Eagles in Beginners, Hilary Kay (also with a HC) in Intermediate and Stephen McGrath in General, who also won 2nd place in General prints. In the Beginners PI category, Mike Saunders won 2nd & 3rd place and Jean Ingram came 3rd with a HC in the Intermediate PI category. In the General PI category, Gill Cardy came 2nd with a HC and Robert Harvey had two HC. Well done to all! LS
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Greenfinch by Hilary Kay 
Winner Intermediate PI category
Henry by Hilary Eagles  
Winner Beginners PI category
Grouse by Stephen McGrath 
Winner General PI category
See the full results here.     All the images can be seen in the Galleries.
 
PAGB Competition - Congratulations!
Congratulations to Robin Gregory who was awarded a Ribbon in the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) Projected Digital Image Competition for his image, Oliver's Castle. If you recall, the Western Counties Photographic Federation (WCPF), to which we belong, held the recent Digital Projected Image Competition (DPIC) where our members did so brilliantly. (Please see the Salon Results above for those results).
For the PAGB Competition, the WCPF had to enter 49 images and they selected the entry from the acceptances in the DPIC salon.  Four of our images were selected.  Gill Cardy ARPS DPAG had two, viz. Red Grouse and Golden Eagle On Road Kill, Clive Rathband FRPS FPSSA EFIAP had Striated Caracara With Skua Head and the fourth image was Robin's beautiful Oliver's Castle.  Gill's Golden Eagle On Road Kill and Robin's Oliver's Castle gained acceptances in the PAGB Competition.  Congratulations to you both!  Overall, the WCPF came a very creditable 5th in the Competition.  JRR Olivers Castle by Robin Gregory
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Swansea International Salon 2011
Congratulations to Robert Harvey ARPS, Rod Stowell ARPS and Gill Cardy ARPS DPAGB who gained acceptances in the Swansea International! Please click on the Salon Results at the top of the website to view the details. JRR
 
Studio Lighting                                                              1 November 2011
Members enjoyed an interesting evening with experienced portrait photographer Barrie Tovey.
Barrie gave advice on how to set up a basic home studio and demonstrated how the lighting could be adjusted and the models posed in order to achieve the best results. Kate, Aaron and Jack patiently acted as models while members were shown some of the techniques required in order to achieve a flattering studio portrait.
studio  Members practice their photography skills! Barrie and some of the more experienced members helped others find the best settings on their cameras for taking good portraits using artificial light.
After some trial and error most members managed to sort out most of their problems and take some interesting portraits.
Many thanks to the 3 models for being so patient and posing so well in a variety of costumes.
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Kate by Chrissie Miller
 
Nature Group Visit to Savernake Forest                        22 October 2011
bracketThe search for fungi proved difficult owing to the very dry conditions. Some other subjects presented themselves, (when is the enthusiastic Nature Photographer ever short of a subject?
A previous expedition by Chris has identified a promising area but the fungi were not showing on this visit.
Eventually some tiny bracket fungus were found and several earth balls.
It was a lovely warm sunny day and much enjoyed if not very profitable photographically. GC
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 Earthball by Hilary Eagles
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Candle Snuff Fungus by GC
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Moss Fruiting Bodies by Gill Cardy

 
The Judges Declare... 
Stephen McGrath as October's winner of You Can Be the Judge competition with his image entitled Sunset over Silbury Hill. In close second place comes Joan Ryder Rathband FRPS FPSSA with Owl in Flight. It was a close contest so congratulations to you both! The November competition is up and running so don't forget to vote. The next competition has a theme, Winter Scene, and will run over December and January, with the winner declared at the end of January. The deadline for your themed entry is 28th November. LS   
 
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Salon Acceptances, Belgium
Congratulation to Rod Stowell who has gained acceptances in the ISO2011 Salon in Belgium! Please click on the Salon Results link at the top of the website to see the most recent update. JRR
 
Colour Management 25 October 2011
johnhJohn Herlinger from Fotospeed gave club members his expert advice on the best methods of making digital prints with good, accurate colour reproduction.
By using correct colour profiles when printing, John explained that members would get consistant accurate colours, get less frustrated, use less ink and waste less paper  so saving on printing costs.
John explained using simple understandable terms - what colour profiling is, why we need it, how it works and how to set about doing it.
 
Many members who had previously struggled to understand the subject felt that at last they understood the principles and that by using correct colour profiling their prints could be greatly improved.
 Hopefully members will now be able to follow the instructions, get a colour profile for their printer together with the paper they use and then get correctly coloured prints every time!!
Thanks John for your excellent talk and for making a complex subject understandable!    PM
Fotospeed offer a free profiling service. Members can login and find out more in  'Members Information'
 
Life After Slides 
Di Tilsley CPAGB                              John Tilsley ARPS DPAGB APAGB
18 Oct 2011
ditilsleyHaving given their final slide presentation last August, Di & John are in a transitional stage with their photography, which is proving to be no less productive or creative than usual! From his last trip to New Zealand, during which he shot about 70 monochrome films, John presented a stunning collection of vertical & horizontal panoramic prints of mountain ranges, forest, coastline, lakeland and volcanoes. He finished with a panel of Parisian prints which explore the verticality of buildings, showing how the themes in his work lend themselves to diptychs and triptychs. Di's move to digital photography has allowed her to become more experimental, as witnessed in her distinctive shots of people in Paris. Her fascination with trees, from the landscapes of Canada, Finland, New Zealand and Wiltshire to the streets of Paris, provided us with some inspiring photography which also showed how two pairs of eyes can capture a very different shot from the same scene!  LS johntilsley
















 
Salon Acceptances - Ireland and France
Congratulations to Gill Cardy ARPS DPAGB and to Rod Stowell ARPS for their acceptances in Ireland and France.  Please click on the Salon Results at the top of the website for the details.  JRR
 
Demiurgic Trophy Presentation
Brian RuddockBrian Ruddock was presented with the Demiurgic Trophy by Clive Rathband FRPS FPSSA EFIAP.
The Trophy - kindly donated by Rod Stowell ARPS is for a competition aimed at encouraging members to explore the possibilities of  creative images - whether in camera or by digital manipulation. 
The competition  was held for the first time last season and Brian's image 'Skye Boat Song' was the very worthy overall winner.  PM
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'Skye Boat Song'
 
Results of 1st Competition                                                   11 October 2011
Thanks to David Bathard FRPS for judging the club's first competition of the year, now with three categories: Beginners, Intermediate and General. David described the selection of entries as wide and varied, with expertise in wildlife & landscape and adventurous in technique. Congratulations to Chrissie Miller for winning 1st place in the Beginners print category and 1st place with a HC in the Beginners PI category. And well done to all members who had entries in the Beginners category. Congratulations to Robert Dobson who won 1st place in the Intermediate print section as well as 1st & 3rd place in the Intermediate PI category. In the General category, Robert Harvey ARPS, came in 1st & 2nd place in the print section and Robin Gregory won 1st place and a HC in the PI section. LS
Full results                                     See Galleries for award winning images.
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Gants Mill by Chrissie Miller - 1st in Beginners PI category
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Oliver's Castle by Robin Gregory - 1st in General PI category
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Slow Motion by Robert Dobson - 1st in Intermediate PI category
 
'One a Day'       A project by Rod Stowell ARPS to take a photograph every day for a year!

As I have been doing the One Image a day for nearly a year now. I am beginning to see the benefits and drawbacks. Certainly one has to be conscientious and actually take a photograph each day,(some people have intimated that I am not doing that, rather I am dipping into my old pictures, they couldn’t be more wrong.)

This discipline is forcing me to take photographs in situations I previously wouldn’t have considered and has shown any fears I may have had to be false. I am looking for images without realising it, I am scrabbling round at the end of the day to get something - anything and I am learning how my cameras work and how a photograph is made like never before.

I no longer panic to get one “in the can” each day and I don’t find the thought of doing it again tomorrow at all daunting, that reaction has come and gone.
I am a lot more philosophical in my attitude and I always believe a photo will happen. So far it always has, even the day I lost all my images and had to use one from my mobile phone.

It’s a project I would recommend to anyone as long as it is taken seriously.

Rod Stowell ARPS

Only a few more weeks to go!!

Feedback would be good and even some ideas would be welcome, either in the Members Gallery comments, to me in person or by e-mail. If any club member wishes to start a thread on the forum I would welcome the discussion. Maybe someone else would like to have a go. Rod

Have a look at Rod's photographs now in the Members Gallery and add a comment.

 
Members Biennial Print Exhibition - Review
It is amazing how quickly the month went by! It was with real regret that we took the prints off the walls in the Wiltshire Heritage Museum. They looked so beautiful and there was such a wide variety of subjects that, collectively, they made a wonderful exhibition of the highest standard. The staff at the Museum, from David Dawson, the Director, to the rest of the staff and volunteers, were always willing to offer assistance and support, and we would like to thank them all! There were 135 votes in the ballot box for the Most Popular Print in the Exhibition. mists-cb
Misty Lane Through Pewsey Vale by Chris Beard
Congratulations to Chris Beard who gained the most votes for his beautiful landscape, Misty Lane Through Pewsey Vale. Second place went to Kevin Ferris for his lovely photograph of the little Field Mouse - Serengeti and Dave Gray was third for his landscape, Woodborough Hill - Pewsey Vale. Thank you to all the members who submitted prints for this Exhibition.
The Visitor's Book showed that, not only did we have people for all round Wiltshire, but there were visitors from the USA, Finland, London, Somerset, Bedfordshire, Devon, and Manchester.

A selection of comments from the Visitor's Book:
"This Exhibition exceeded my ideas of what could be achieved."
"Wow!! What talent."
"Most impressed by the presentation and the standard of the photography."
"What a Show! Superb. Well done all."
"An eye-opener. Very impressive."
"All so amazing. Quite impossible to choose a favourite!"
"Excellent. Truly stunning."
"Fantastic work. Took some time to choose a favourite."
"A very enjoyable exhibition with a wide range of subjects and treatments. We look forward to the next one!"
"What a delight!" JRR

 
A Few of My Favourite Things
Joan Ryder Rathband FRPS FPSSA
 
Elements of Composition
Clive Rathband FRPS FPSSA EFIAP
                                  4 October 2011
What a pleasure it was to welcome our own Ryder Rathband team for a very personal presentation of their eclectic and award-winning work. Joan and Clive have been shooting pictures together for over 20 years and share their time between Wiltshire and South Africa. Through her selection of images, Joan shared with us a few of her favourite things, all to do with her passion for the wilderness and getting in close to her subject. Her talk included techniques on how to organise your images, which members can read in Members Information after login. During the second half, Clive showed a variety of his all-time favourite photos, from landscapes and wildlife to steam engines and surfers, while illustrating what elements are needed to make a great composition. Thank you both for your pearls of wisdom! LS clive joan
 
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The Judges Declare...

... Robert Harvey ARPS as this month's winner of our You Can Be The Judge online competition. Congratulations to Robert for his entry, Sea of Poppies, which received 33 votes from a total of 100 voters. Many thanks to those who sent entries and to all of you who voted. The October competition is up and running, so please vote and encourage your family, friends, colleagues and fellow photographers to vote for their favourite image. LS

 
UK Landscapes & Overseas Travel            David Clapp         27th Sept 2011
On this joint evening with Warminster camera club, professional photographer and writer, David Clapp, known to have moved hay bales in order to capture the right photo, gave us an insight into the "synergy of camera and computer" in his stunning landscape photography. Full of tips on focal length, camera angles and photomontage, he successfully conveyed to us how he seeks out the right composition in a scene or harmony in the abstract through the lens. His selection of images for the evening, including some infrared and night photography, took us from the coast through forest and woodland to the lakes and peaks, and finally, to his latest project in Norway on the Northern Lights. His demonstration of the equipment he uses had him surrounded during the interval. A very inspiring evening indeed!  LS



 
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Single-Use Camera Competition 20 September 2011
marylardenThis annual club competition tests the skills of entrants as they all use exactly the same piece of very basic photographic equipment - a throw away film camera!
No focussing, no settings and no playback review - just press the shutter! Nevertheless the quality of some of the resulting 6" x 4" prints was as good as those taken on an expensive DSLR.
The judges Eddy and Pam Lane ARPS'S, DPAGB'S commented on the skill of the photographers and chose the best six prints for the awards.
1st place went to a stunning print by Mary Larden who is one of the founder members of the club and has a wealth of photographic experience. In 2nd place was John Richardson and in 3rd place came Mike Rooke LRPS.
Congratulations to all.   PM
All the winning images can be seen here
Winner
Winning print 
by Mary Larden
 



 
Kingdom of the Ice Bear                      13 Sept 2011

Pam and Eddy Lane ARPS DPAGB
Our club welcomed back Eddy and Pam who presented the highlights of their once-in-a-lifetime trip to Svalbard and the Arctic Circle on an historic icebreaker. We followed their journey through ice cliffs and tipping icebergs as they sneaked up on walrus and had an amazing 42 encounters with polar bears! Their three week trip, during which it never got dark, provided a spectacular setting for some truly outstanding wildlife and landscape photography. The evening ended with a series of short video clips, including a polar bear poking its head through the kitchen porthole, which made national news! LS pameddylane
 
Northern Counties International Salon
Congratulations, once again, to our members who gained acceptances in the 32nd Northern Counties International Salon of Photography 2011. We achieved a fantastic 19 acceptances and Joan Ryder Rathband, for her image, Pasque Flower Study, was awarded the NCPF Special Subject Medal for the Best Flora picture in the Exhibition. Please notify Joan as soon as you receive your notification so that your points can be added to the Ryder Rathband Trophy log.  To view the log, please click on the Salons Results link at the top of the website. JRR
 
Welcome to New & Existing Members                                               6 Sept 2011
Our first meeting of the season started with a short presentation by the Shutter Chatter, Nature and Landscape groups. Eddy Lane ARPS DPAGB paid us a surprise visit to announce the MPIX results and present the awards (see news item below). The evening ended with our chairman, Frank Collins, presenting members with certificates listing last season's awards. LS
 
Fantastic Results! WCPF Exhibition
Incredible! Well done to our members who gained Awards and Acceptances in the recent Western Counties Photographic Federation Members' Projected Image Exhibition. In particular, congratulations go to Gill Cardy ARPS DPAGB, who won the Gold Medal and a Trophy for the Best Nature Image in the Exhibition. In addition, we had 6 Very Highly Commended Awards, 2 Ribbons and 19 Acceptances - a total of 28 Acceptances! Well done to you all! Please select the Salons Results link at the top of the website.JRR

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Members' Biennial Print Exhibition
Visit by Finnish Ambassador
Visit to the Print Exhibition by the
Finnish Ambassador & party   JRR
The exhibition of members' prints was officially opened on the 4th September, by the Mayor of Devizes, Cllr. Mrs Sue Evans, who described the event as the best photographic exhibition she had attended! Colin Harrison FRPS EFIAP MFIAP MPAGB judged the photographs and found the overall standard very high. His compliments went to the club committee for the superb presentation. Thank you to all those who helped put the exhibition together. Photographic equipment - from pin-hole cameras to ultra-modern silcon chips and wafers, as well as photographs from photographers from Tornio, Finland, are on view in the downstairs gallery.   LS 
 See the award winning images                             
Chairman & mayor
Frank Collins and the
Mayor of Devizes
Joan & Judge
Joan Ryder Rathband receives the
Leaze Cottage Trophy
Kevin & judge
Kevin Ferris receives the
Derek Parker Plaque
Ambassadors wifeviewing the printsOn Tuesday, 6th September, the Finnish Ambassador, Mr Pekka Huhtaniem and his wife, as well as the Mayor of Tornio and other members of the delegation from Finland, visited the Museum.
They viewed the prints by the photographers from Tornio and, after viewing some highlights in the Museum, they visited the Devizes Camera Club Print Exhibition. They were all most impressed with our photographs!  JRR
Above: Mrs Huhtaniem, the wife of the Ambassador, signing the visitors book & The Ambassador and other members of the Finnish delegation view the Tornio prints
 
The Judges Declare...
... Joan Ryder Rathband (FRPS FPSSA) to be the
winner of our August YOU CAN BE THE JUDGE competition with her entry "Against the Wind."
Your votes place Chris Beard in second place with "Peek-a-Boo." Congratulations to both members!
Many thanks to those who sent entries and to all of you who voted in this first online competition. The September YOU CAN BE THE JUDGE competition is now up and running. Enjoy!...    LS
Against the Wind
 
Congratulations! RPS International Exhitibion
Congratulations to Gill Cardy ARPS DPAGB, Stephen McGrath, Clive Rathband FRPS FPSSA EFIAP and Joan Ryder Rathband FRPS FPSSA on gaining a total of six acceptances in the 2011 Royal Photographic Society International Exhibition.  Please click on the Salons link at the top of the website and follow the link to the Results page to see their acceptances.  You will also see the most recent log for the Ryder Rathband TrophyJRR
 
 Condolences
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Ralph Pullen
It is with tremendous shock and sadness that we heard of the sudden passing of member, Ralph Pullen. He was such a stalwart at Club meetings and was always willing to assist wherever he could. He was an enthusiastic member of the Shutter Chatter Group and the Landscape Group and his photography had improved so much. Ralph's presence and cheerful disposition will be greatly missed by everyone at the club. Our condolences go out to his wife, Barbara, and his family at this very sad time.
 
 
Landscape Trip To Glastonbury                          21 August 2011

The latest Landscape Group field trip was scheduled for Saturday 20th August, but with heavy rain falling and more forecast, it was hastily postponed until the next day. Perhaps unsurprisingly, only 3 people could make the rearranged date, but we were treated to a glorious late summer's day. 

We started in the afternoon at Ebbor Gorge in the Mendips, which is a mini-version of Cheddar Gorge, and as there is no road, is much less crowded. The gorge proved to be difficult to photograph well because of the number of trees obscuring views of the cliffs, but we made some reasonable attempts. It may be a better venue in the winter time when the trees are bare. We also found a wicker statue of a bear, reminding us that the Somerset Levels are close by.

From the Gorge, we climbed Glastonbury Tor, now in full sunshine, to photograph the iconic St Michael's Tower on the hill top. Although thronged from time to time with fellow tourists, we decided that inclusion of certain individuals actually added to our pictures.

Sunset was approaching, so we headed east to photograph the setting sun against the Tor from West Pennard hill. Our geometric calculations were somewhat imperfect, and the sun set to the left of the actual Tor, but nevertheless made for pleasing pictures. All in all, a wonderful day to be in such a beautiful setting.

wicker bear  st michaels tower   glastonbury sunset
 
Nature Group visit.    16 August 2011
On the Hunt
Clive on the Hunt by Gill Cardy
The Nature Group visited Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's Lower Moor Farm Reserve to look for Dragonflies and Damselflies. The weather was fairly warm and bright and some of the group got busy in the morning. As many of the ponds were nearly dry, the dragonflies were not too easy to find. Clive got down to work. A Common Darter provided a few images in various poses and a competition was held to get the best close-up portrait.
As usual, the damselflies took them selves off to a difficult muddy patch where a little paddling was essential.
Must take wellies next time!!   GC
Common Darter
Common Darter (male) by Chris Beard
Common Darter
Common Darter by Gill Cardy
Common Blue Damselfly
Common Blue Damselfly by Gill Cardy
 
Congratulations
Congratulations to Robert Harvey ARPS on gaining two acceptances in the Photo Travel Digital Projected Images section in the recent PSA International Exhibition.  Please see the Salons link at the top of the website and then follow the link to the Results page.  These acceptances have been added to the Ryder Rathband Trophy log.  Please check to see who is in the lead for 2011.

 
Click! - Join the Club
An article and photograph have been published in the August edition of 'Wiltshire' magazine giving the club some publicity before the start of the new season on Tuesday, 6 September.
Chairman Frank Collins talked to writer Dee La Vardera about the club and its membership.
Mention is made of our forthcoming Biennial Print Exhibition which takes place from 3- 30 September at the Wiltshire Heritage Museum, Devizes. more information
 
The opening by the Mayor of Devizes Cllr. Mrs Sue Evans is at 2-30 on Sunday 4 September and all are invited to come and view a wide range of members prints.
A photograph by club member Robert Harvey ARPS shows a few of our members enjoying some evening sunshine.
 
Shutter Chatter 2 August 2011
Six members attended the Shutter Chatter evening on Tuesday evening with Joan and Clive Rathband. Frank Collins, Gill Cardy, Pam Mullings, Stephen McGrath, Dee Phesse and Ralph Pullen brought images and everyone contributed to the discussions.  Valuable advice and suggestions meant that we all came away with many new ideas and tips. As always, it was a fun evening with lots of laughter as we all enjoyed a glass of wine to start the evening and tea and refreshments later.       JRR

Many thanks for an enjoyable evening and some useful editing tips. Dee

Thanks for your hospitality last night. It was interesting to hear others views on the images and pick up some tips. Pam
 
Nature Group visit to Alton Barnes 31 July 2011
sheep A few keen Nature photographers took advantage of a fine Sunday morning, which seemed to be windless and with a sympathetic soft light for flower photography. However when we got up the hill the wind was a bit more than noticeable and long-stemmed flowers were impossible - or at least difficult.
There were some lovely examples of chalk downland species, notably Rest Harrow ononis repens, Small scabious scabiosa columbana, Self Heal Prunella vulgaris, Birds-foot trefoil Lotus corniculatus, Clustered Bellflower Campanula glomerata, lots of buttercup species and the helpfully stemless Dwarf Thistle, among many others.
We found a sheltered dip and some experiments with focus stacking were attempted - the results you can see. This technique is useful even for macro subjects as a large aperture can be used to diffuse the background, but the subject can be sharply focussed throughout its thickness - as long as it stays in the same position for a few frames. A tripod is essential!
This would be a good site for orchids next year, but a bit earlier - June is the best month.
Towards lunch time the light was not helpful, so we finished by shooting a few long horned sheep. - Not suitable subjects, though, for a Nature Competition! GC
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Getting up close.
Rest harrow -Gill
Rest Harrow- focus stacked
Clustered bell-flower -GillClustered Bellflower-focus stacked Small-white -Charlotte
Small-white on Creeping thistle
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Wall Brown Butterfly
Photographs by Gill, Charlotte & HilaryK
Members can log in and see more photographs in the Nature Group Gallery
 
Shutter Chatter                                                          
A glass of wine helped to get the two Shutter Chatter evenings, on the 24th May and the 28th June, off to a good start. Twelve members attended and we all enjoyed a few informal, fun and enlightening hours discussing the images and prints.  All those present participated in the discussions and Photoshop was used to illustrated the methods to improve the photographs.  Other tutorials were used to view "before and after" manipulated images.  Welcome refreshments at 'half-time' allowed time for lots of chatter.   JRR

Thank you to Joan and Clive for a super evening. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot. Hilary
I just wanted to say 'thank you' for your hospitality last night. I enjoyed it enormously and learned a lot, which I will try to put into practice in the coming weeks and months. Chris
 
Set Subject
Club members who were not at the AGM and missed the anouncement might like to note that the Set Subject for Competition 4 in the coming season is 'British'
You have until 21 February 2012 to think up some bright ideas that might be suitable and get some images ready for entry into the competition.       PM 
 
Chippenham Folk Festival 29 May 2011
What a wonderful weekend of music, dancing and lots of fun! There were photographic opportunities EVERYWHERE! Joan and Clive were available to assist members on the Sunday. Don't forget to diarise this annual event in your next year's calendar. It is a delight!

Pig Dyke Molly Dancers and Green-eyed Morris Man
by Clive Rathband FRPS FPSSA EFIAP
Folk Musicians and Making Music by Joan Ryder Rathband FRPS FPSSA
Pig Dyke Molly dancers by Joan
Pig Dyke Molly dancers
Green-eyed morris man
Green-eyed Morris man
Folk Musicians
Folk Musicians
Making Music
Making Music
 


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