Newsletter Year 2020

21st October 2020 Ralph Snook ARPS EFIAP/b DPAGB .- Wildlife Snaps from my Travels

Ralph Snook took us on a wonderful journey with his beautiful photographs to Florida, Bulgaria and to Botswana.

Ralph described his talk as snaps, but they were far more than snaps! Ralph has captured so many species over his numerous trips to these wonderful parts of the world. We were taken on a journey, viewing so many stunning beautiful images, capturing the many species of birds and mammals, all with such beautiful timing.

We visited the fascinating wetlands, then we were taken to sit below ground in a hide to view the elephants, with inches to spare. We then visited the Chobe national park, on a dedicated photography adapted boat, for a beautiful river cruise. On our tour of the countries we were

treated to a large variety of birds, snakes, crocodiles, hippos, giraffes, large spiders and many more glorious wildlife of the lands.

 

 To top the evening off, we viewed a total eclipse. A very entertaining evening. Take a look at more images on Ralph Snook website by clicking here.

Review by Lynn Middleton-Flynn, Programme Secretary

14th October 2020   An Evening with Nova Fisher and Mo Martin LRPS​

We were presented with two fantastic presentations from two members of Exmouth Photo Group this evening

First off was Nova showing her first AV on her time in Beirut and the riots breaking out while she was there. We were then presented with stunning images of the faces of Vietnam.

Nova then went on to show the next AV on, trips around the world, with all the place that she has visited. To finish off with, we were taken for a trip to the North pole, with so much information, great video and pictures.

Take a look at for all the counties travelled by Nova by clicking here

Following Nova's interest in her visit to North Korea, you may be interested to see this www.novatravels.net/northkorea/

 

North Korea is not a place on the normal tourist list but Nova was keen to go as her son had been there and told her about it. Charles, her partner, would not go so I went on a private tour as a solo tourist, accompanied by 2 guides (they check on each other to ensure that nothing untoward is said).

 

She thought about doing an AV (and may do one day) but  couldn’t think of a way to tell the full story of her experience.  Photos were limited as guides walked tightly either side of her and it was difficult to move away to take photos, other than those ‘permitted’.

The second half of the evening we went on a journey with Mo explaining her ongoing journey to gain her ARPS

We were shown Mo’s first AV of Ragged Victorians which started her on the journey to try for the ARPS which she sadly lost all of her files. This made her change her choice of panel to her love of athletics. Many photos later, from around the world and different sports, Mo compiled her fifteen-photo panel. Explaining her different approaches to compiling her panels, over many different variations.  This is an ongoing project, to be continued!

We were then entertained with a beautiful AV from a music challenge, called Talk. We were taken on a journey around Cuba, with stunning photos of characters and the country.

Review by Lynn Middleton-Flynn EPG Programme Secretary

7th October 2020 Pedro Landers   

Pedro Landers talk took all of our members on a journey around North America, with a beautiful set of photos. Showing the scale and size of the outstanding mountain regions of North America.

 We were given a visual treat, of a large variety of birds of prey, out in the vast wilderness. We were also presented with beautiful dragonflies, drakes, loons, cranes and so many more stunning birds. All of which he managed to photographed in the time that he was a resident, living in America.

To view Pedro's website please click here

Review by Lynn Middleton-Flynn EPG Programme Secretary

September 30th 2020 Competition 1

The season’s first competition was judged by Ken Holland ARPS DPAGB. An excellent evening’s entertainment with the members entering 48 colour images and 20 mono images. Giving Ken a real challenge to choose his overall HC, Bronze, Silver and Gold images. Which he did with a very thorough critique of all the images entered.

Thank you to all the participants and congratulations to all the successful images on the night.

Please click here to view the winning images and results

Review by Lynn Middleton-Flynn, Programme Secretary

23rd September 2020     Sheila Haycox ARPS MPAGB/AV EFIAP.

We had a very entertaining evening with a wide range of styles and techniques displayed, across the 12 stunning Audio Visuals produced by Sheila. Imagine, El Cocodrillo, Applehayes, The Parlour, Inner Sanctum, This Ole House, TheGreat Realization, Protest March,  Ferry trip to Brixham, Cowes Regatta, Coldharbour Mill and to finish off with Monty’s Show.

We were also treated to so many excellent images, on various projects that Sheila has experimented with throughout the year. Showing us all a variety of styles to have a try at producing. Still life, multiple exposure of blending buildings together, textured photos and also of the reworking of previous images. 

An excellent evening.

Review by Lynn Middleton-Flynn EPG Programme Secretary

The RPS Digital Imaging Group produce a publication called Accolade which is designed to be a reference and inspiration to members applying for Distinctions.  It illustrates personal stories and images of successful and sometimes unsuccessful distinction applications.    One of our members, Jenny Baker now ARPS has had her story told in the most recent edition of Accolade No. 7 which is illustrated here.

16th September 2020 - Nigel Hicks FBIPP  - Composition, Keeping it Simple.

Nigel explained and covered so many interesting points and techniques with descriptions and wonderful photography, taking us all on a journey around the world with the wonderful photographs he has captured

The talk was very clear and informative and well presented, with bullet points and tips to improve our photography.  Covering detailed informative ways to take our photography to another level.

Leading lines, keep it simple, out of focus backgrounds, diagonal lines, shooting in to the light and hide and reveal. Some of the excellent tips to follow.  To see Nigel's website click here.

Review by Lynn Middleton-Flynn   Programme Secretary EPG

9 SEPTEMBER 2020    SUMMER CHALLENGE

 

The 94 Images which were entered from the EPG members for the fifteen different subject categories chosen to be taken throughout the summer months made for an excellent evening’s entertainment

The categories on offer to choose from were, Abstract. Birds Eye View. Coffee. Food. From a different perspective. From a window. Hot. Kitchen closeup. Macro. Minimal. Mirror photography. Plastic. Refraction. Self-portrait. Beginning with T. Light painting. Still life. Triptych. Water splash.

The most popular categories, abstract, from a window and macro all received the highest entries.

All fifteen subjects had a very varied, clever interesting interpretation with a lot of beautiful photography from all of the members entries.

 A very big thank you to everyone that entered and made for a very enjoyable zoom evening.

 

Review by Lynn Middleton-Flynn   Exmouth Programme Secretary

2 September 2020 - AGM - Chairman's Challenge - Awards

A complete change for the start of our Winter Season - the evening was conducted as a Zoom Meeting and due to an early closure of our last season because of the Covid-19 crisis it was decided to hold the belated AGM at our first meeting.  This went well as all Reports and Minutes were sent to members in advance.  34 members attended and Ian as the leaving Chairman was thanked for all his hard work over the three year period he held the position.  There were a few changes on the Committee, a change of Treasurer, a new extra Committe Member who has not been a member for more than four years, a new Print Competition Secretary but we are still short of a Progamme Secretary.  Thanks were given to Christine, Caroline and Derrick for the positions they vacated.

Ian then gave comments on the images entered for the Chairman's Challenge which this year was submit images to indicate the title of a TV Show and a Song Title.   There were 73 entries with some unusual interpretations of the subject matter and Ian managed to select 5 from each section as his favourites with the overall winner being John Perriam's "Dragons Den" as his interpretation of a TV Show.

To see the Chairman's Challenge images chosen please click here.

Ian then went on to present the Awards for the Chairman's Challenge, Monthly Competitions (Colour Prints, Mono Prints & DPI), Panels Colour and Mono Competition, Set Subject and Chairman's Shield.  Because this year was a virtual award ceremony we were unable to take images of the presentations of awards.  However the winners were:

Monthly Colour Print Competition - Sheila Haycox

Monthly DPI Competition - Dave Grout

Monthly Mono Print Competition - John Wickett

Panels Colour - Sheila Haycox

Panels Mono - Ian Bateman

Set Subject - Ian Bateman

Chairman's Challenge - John Perriam

Chairman's Shield - Sheila Haycox

Christine Chittock was then invited to talk about the forthcoming programme saying she had adapted the programme to suit Zoom meetings.  However she said that though we are continuing our season using Zoom when the time came for indoor meetintgs she said that the speakers she had lined up would be able to travel so the whole programme will work whether they have to be virtual or as indoor meetings.   

 

Maurice Chittock then took over the Chair and thanked everyone for their contribution to the club and announced that next year's Chairman's Challenge would be "Viewpoint" and "Lines" and members are invited to enter two images for each subject.

Review of our Project Evening 26th August 2020

 

We started our summer ‘Zoom’ programme on 15th April with a project evening by one of our own members and ended the programme and our fiftieth anniversary year with projects by five of our members and a guest speaker.  Over the summer we have been privileged to have an interesting, informative programme with high quality photography from speakers from various locations in the UK and further afield including Seattle and France.  We are grateful to our chair Ian Bateman FRPS MPAGB AV-AFIAP APAGB for hosting these sessions so well. Thank you Ian. .

 

Christine Chittock CPAGB

With my ‘What does photography mean to me; a cornucopia of photos’ I started the evening by looking back at some of the photos that are special to me highlighting how fortunate I had been to have the photographic opportunities offered by early morning Prague, the wonderful architecture of the Reichstag dome in Berlin and the colourful reflections of the Roman Baths in Bath.

Viewing some of my ‘Small is beautiful’ photos I talked about the challenge of capturing, butterflies, bees and in particular grasshoppers.  I was certainly grateful for days with good light and no wind.  My ‘Trees’ photo harmony Audio Visual (AV) followed with trees across the seasons.  Throughout, my emphasis was on capturing photographs whenever you have the opportunity and how Lockdown had offered us the chance to explore our own locality seeing things from a different perspective.

 

Lynn Middleton-Flynn

The beauty and wonder of the local area was portrayed in Lyn’s ‘Lockdown Wanderings’ with superb photographs of Exmouth beach.  Lyn had taken the opportunity of a quieter Exmouth during Lockdown to explore the beach showing us the beauty of the shells she had collected, arranging them with an excellent eye showing them off at their best.  It was clear that Lyn had spent time ‘really looking’ for photographic opportunities that some of us might have missed.  Unquestionably Lyn had a ‘good’ eye for patterns, textures, colour and tone as shown in her photographs of pebbles and indeed throughout all that she had taken.

  

A sandstorm that might have seen some of us pack up our cameras had captured Lyn’s attention as she had appreciated the photographic opportunities offered by fast moving sand and an empty beach.  Then to contrast sand patterns in damp sand showing us the beauty of unusual shapes.  Lyn certainly showed us that the landscape at our feet is definitely worth capturing.  Thank you Lyn.

 

 

Steve Reynolds FRGS FIPF EPSA EFIAP/p ARPS 

Steve our guest speaker from Torbay Photographic Society showed us how he had achieved the Fellowship of the Irish Photographic Federation FIPF with his ‘Dark Venice’.   Every year in late January to early February photographers from all over the world visit the incredible city of Venice to capture people in elaborate costumes with intricate masks posing on bridges, in the streets and by the gondolas.

Steve had decided to try something a little different with his print panel. It was clear that he knew how to play with colour, tone and movement to produce individual prints that would form part of a successful panel; a real achievement.  Steve had chosen his titles well; ‘Blood brothers’; Flame of Orange; Distorted; Dual Personality were just some of his titles.

We were shown the prints that made the final panel and those that were left out; all though were of a high quality showing Steve’s ability to capture the emotion of the scene in camera, with clever post processing and printing.  Importantly we could see how Steve had placed his prints in his final panel, not an easy task but managed very well to show off the prints at their best.  Thank you Steve.  To see his website click here

 

Mike Gillan LRPS

We travelled to Udaipur in India with Mike’s lovely photographs capturing scenes of the streets with electric cables tangling, crowds of people, decorative palaces and the beauty of the evening light.  We appreciated a clear map so that we could see how Mike had travelled across the region.

Mike clearly had an eye for capturing evocative scenes giving us a real feel of the place, shown so well in his photo of a building with work in progress via all the wooden scaffolding.  Importantly Mike gave us additional information so that we could imagine the scene at the time as shown by his bagpipe band playing ‘For he’s a jolly good fellow.’  Through his well taken photographs we could see the intricate carvings and then the beauty of the reflections of the expensive and magnificent eighteenth century Taj Lake Palace on Lake Pichola.   Due to time constraints we were only able to see a small part of Mike’s project on Udaipur and so based on this evening we are assured of more wonderful photos at a later date. Thank you Mike.

 

Derrick Holliday ARPS

Derrick showed us with his ‘Silence’ that he is a master of AV making.  Derrick had taken the photos he took in Oradour France, then processed as monos and placed together to produce a superb thought provoking AV.  Well-chosen text was spoken with a clear voice with variety and tone by one of our own members Tony Ovens MA.  Choosing just the right music is not an easy task but Derrick had achieved this in his AV showing us the tragedy that occurred all that time ago on 10th June 1944.

Through Derrick’s AV we learnt of the Oradour-sur-Glane massacre.  During the 2nd World War German troops entered the village of Oradour-sur-Glane in central France and rounded up the inhabitants.  Massacred by machine gun fire and burnt in a church, within hours 642 villagers were dead.  The horror and sheer terror of that day was preserved as a poignant reminder to future generations of the atrocities and cruelty of war.  Not an easy task to take on as an AV but managed so well by Derrick. Thank you Derrick.

 

Mo Martin LRPS

Mo certainly showed us that she has a talent for making an excellent AV with her ‘Camargue’.  To start with she set the scene with her photos of the area, followed by striking photographs of the black bulls.  Lovely, dramatic well composed photographs of the wild white horses with their ‘gardians’ were included, captured so well as they moved through the water.  A close up of an eye of one of the horses was so sharp and well placed in the AV.

Beautiful reflections, carefully managed transitions and well-chosen music kept our attention throughout.  We were impressed by Mo’s ability to capture and process her photos so well, placing them with care in her AV so that she captured the mood of the Camargue.   A real treat for us all and a fantastic end to the evening. Thank you Mo. 

 

Review by Christine Chittock, CPAGB Exmouth Photo Group Programme Secretary

12 August 2020 - Review of ‘Create Away’ by Serge Krouglikoff and Ross Bennett

Together via ‘Zoom’ from the Camargue, Serge and Ross led us through an evening of fantastic photography.  After a career in international fashion photography Serge used his skills and experience to found ‘Create Away’ and we could clearly see his amazing skills with his subjects in many different locations.

It was wonderful to see the iconic wild white horses set against the stunning landscape of the Camargue.  We saw the horses in action, with their Guardians (Les Gardians) and the majestic black bulls.  Taking advantage of the light we saw striking scenes of the animals set against the early morning sun and then later with the setting sun.

We could see why Serge had been invited by Sony to photograph ‘Salins d'Aigues-Mortes’, the pink salt lakes of the Camargue.  Serge had managed this so well bringing out the vibrancy of the colours and the shapes and patterns of the landscape. A scene with three flamingos flying over the salt lake was well composed and gave us a real feeling of the area.

Serge was a master at controlling the light in difficult often crowded situations. We saw lovely photographs of characters in his street photography. Sometimes mono with such beautiful examples as the musician facing the sea. 

High key was chosen by Serge very effectively when he concentrated on the eye of a horse.  Overall, he chose his subjects well making the most of the colours and tones within a scene.

We were also taken to Provence where we admired Serge’s leading lines in the lavender fields and the beautiful sunflowers.  Then the action of the St Tropez super yachts, the detail in the purebred Friesian stallions of Spain and the elegant ballet dancers in an art deco house in Cuba. So much variety in one evening of entertaining and superb photography.

To view Serge Krouglikoff's website please click here

 

Review by Christine Chittock CPAGB, Programme Secretary, Exmouth Photo Group

5th August 2020 - Review of Melvin Nicholson ‘Landscape Locations UK’

Colyford, Honiton, Torbay and Wantage Camera Clubs joined Exmouth Photo Group to welcome Melvin Nicholson for his stunning ‘Landscape Locations UK’.   Melvin has used a variety of equipment in his 6 years as a professional photographer, but recently he has used a Sony A7R3 and a Canon EOS R with a Benro carbon fibre tripod with a geared head.

Melvin started the evening by showing us how he sometimes wades into water to get those definitive shots and we could see by his striking photo of a rusty wrecked boat in Fleetwood that it was certainly worth the effort.  Throughout the evening we could see his success with long exposure shots, a classic example of which was his lovely photo of ‘Scale Force’ the highest waterfall in the Lake District with a single drop of 52 metres.  This entailed another walk into the water!

It was clear that Melvin is devoted to his art, investigating locations, rising early or staying up late to capture photos when the light is just right.  So we were not surprised to see his success in ‘Take- a – View Landscape Photographer of the Year’ 2017 – 18.  His ‘Nature’s Torchlight, Buttermere, Cumbria’ (what an apt title) gained a ‘Commended’ in the Classic View Category and the light on the trees is just spectacular and so well taken.  https://melvinnicholsonphotography.co.uk/product/natures-torchlight-buttermere-lake-district

As was his ‘Cumbrian Floods, Buttermere, Lake District’ with the warm light on the reeds leading you to the lone tree held in by the mist in the background obscuring the well-known Haystacks.

Composition was a strong point with examples from the lesser known Martindale in the Lake District, his unusual view of the much photographed Eilean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochlaish with lights reflected on the water and a snowy backdrop giving the scene an evocative feel, and the many lakeside piers he showed us, each one photographed with skill and imagination. 

Altogether a fantastic evening of fabulous photography.  Thank you Melvin. To view Melvin's site please click here

Review by Christine Chittock, CPAGB

22nd July 2020 - Review of ‘Essential Composition’ by Chris Upton ARPS

We had a superb evening of fantastic photography taking us through Chris’ twenty guidelines to composition.  In Chris’ well-structured presentation he showed us a wide variety of excellent photographs; all the more surprising as photography is Chris’ second career after retiring 5 years ago.

Ansel Adams was quoted as saying, “A good photograph is knowing where to stand.” And as Chris explained this is important but so too are our decisions about what to leave in and what to leave out. It is vital that viewers are in no doubt about where to look as he showed us with his copse of trees, with beautiful light highlighting the trees.

Clearly set out were Chris’ sub headings which included the RULE OF THIRDS, more a guide as Chris explained than a rule.  He illustrated this with his unusual and beautiful photograph of Normanton Church at Rutland Water a structure that appears to float on the lake when the reservoir is full. Definitely well worth a visit.

Chris mentioned Leonardo Fibonacci’s ‘Golden Ratio’. The Fibonacci spiral can help us with composition and once applied can help lead the viewer through a photograph.   The golden ratio is represented by the Greek letter phi and is about 1.618 and found throughout nature.   Chris showed us the Fibonacci spiral placed on his photograph of West Burton Falls in north Yorkshire and we could see how well it worked.

Another of his guidelines was VIEWPOINT. Sometimes looking up works well as shown in his wide angle view of the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Chris likes to use a tripod particularly for symmetrical compositions such as detailed doors on cathedrals as shown in his photograph from Sienna. Sometimes it is effective to get up high and look down as he did so well from the city walls of Dubrovnik in Croatia to photograph the fan shaped steps below.

FRAMING was another guideline. Natural frames can work well as shown in Chris’ autumnal trees leaning in on either side. Archways provide good frames.  A gondolier standing upright on his gondola worked very well alongside the historic wooden poles in the Venice lagoon with mist in the background helping us concentrate on the gondolier.

A lovely photograph of Old Harry rocks in Dorset helped us see that the mist in the BACKGROUND had helped to obscure Swanage in the background so that the viewer could concentrate on the spectacular rocks.  Using a low aperture such as f4 can help to blur the background when your focus is on a particular subject such as portraits of people as show so effectively by Chris

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Just some of the guidelines that Chris mentioned in an informative, inspirational and engaging evening of photography. Thank you Chris.  To view Chris's site please click here

 

Christine Chittock CPAGB Exmouth Photo Group Programme Secretary

15 July 2020 Review of Mark Pain’s ‘Sports Photography’         

 

We could clearly see why Mark was ‘British Press Awards’ ‘Sports Photographer of the Year’ in 2005 and 2011 and indeed Mark has numerous awards, marking his superb photography capturing those definitive moments. By the end of the presentation there was plenty we could try out when photographing sport but indeed when undertaking any photography.

Mark recommended being physically, technically and mentally ready. Throughout his work Mark is always looking for the best position to take his photographs, thinking out of the box to secure a particular spot.  Sometimes this would mean moving away from the press photgraphers positions or enquiring about training sessions which would give him something different.

Knowing your camera settings, experimenting beforehand, trying out different settings and techniques is all important if you want to improve your photography.   Not being afraid to fail too so that you are constantly improving by learning from your mistakes.  Getting used to the ‘back button’ so you can use it successfully or changing the focus tracking in the camera’s menu so you can retain the focus just where you need it; all recommended by Mark.

When photographing elite competitors in the Olympic Games you often only get one chance to ‘capture the moment’.  So by thinking ahead Mark had positioned himself well and focused on Zara Phillips’ face to capture her smile when she was awarded her medal by her mother Princess Anne.

 

Different angles worked well especially for Formula 1 with sharp vehicles and blurred foregrounds and backgrounds so that the viewer’s eye was drawn to the vehicle.   This also worked well for track cyclists on the velodrome.

Mark’s photography was stunning throughout as seen in his photographs of Tiger Woods, capturing the emotion of the occasion.  We saw a great photograph of Sebastian Vettel celebrating a Grand Prix win with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button dousing him in champagne.  At the 2008 Beijing Olympics a wonderful and unusual photograph of a diver off the 10m board with a trail of water droplets from his hair.  Silhouettes too, again for something different of a footballer and a horse rider.   Altogether an informative evening of fantastic photography. Thank you Mark.   To view Mark's website please click here

 

Review by Christine Chittock CPAGB, Programme Secretary Exmouth Photo Group

8 July 2020 - Review of ‘Small is beautiful’ by Robert Harvey  BA ARPS EFIAP CEnv CSci MCIWEM   

 

A perfect presentation for the current times as we still face restrictions but have the opportunity to travel a little further afield.  Much of the material Robert shared with us we can try out in gardens, woodland and sand dunes for example.

Robert’s presentation was very well delivered and most informative with specific details about camera settings and techniques with stunning photos.  Why should we undertake such photography?  Well for the sheer beauty of the ‘Emerald Damselfly’ or for the absurdity of the male Marsh frog looking as if it is blowing bubble-gum.  Further afield the Giraffe Long necked beetle, a weevil from Madagascar is just weird and well captured by Robert.

We have such a wide range of subjects with 150,000 species of butterflies and moths, 120,000 for flies, 350,000 for beetles and 300,000 for flowers.  Robert had made it his aim to photograph as many different species as possible with spectacular results.

Part of Robert’s success comes from planning his garden layout and planting. So a pond and a meadow are a must but if you haven’t got space for a meadow just leave part of the grass unmown to allow the flowers to flourish.  

As ever in all his photography composition is important.  Sometimes eye level works well as shown by Robert’s face on view of a wasp beetle. An uncluttered background helps to focus the viewer’s eye on the subject so just one snowdrop on the right in the frame in the snow at f22.  Snakes head fritillary in the frost just before sun rise at f5.6 and then a pair of cowslips mirroring each other; different scenes but both equally effective.

Sometimes it is worth including the background to set the scene, so a May bug on May blossom.  Wide angle works well with flowers in the foreground and a church or a mountain in the background.  Something different with a fish eye lens, getting down low and photographing flowers looking up towards the tree canopy; so colourful and a fascinating effect.  Other ideas to try are insects silhouetted on an umbellifer or a butterfly such as a Marbled white set against the moon.

It is often difficult to achieve photos that are sharp where they need to be so Robert uses focus stacking, taking a series of photographs of the same subject but concentrating on different focus points for each frame. A tripod is essential for this and much used by Robert.

If you are unsure of the name of the small creature you have photographed Robert suggested trying one of the many different Facebook groups.  You will soon get an answer.

Usefully Robert told us about different locations. One I can recommend mentioned by Robert  is Fermyn Woods part of the ancient Rockingham Forest in Northamptonshire. Known locally for its butterflies Robert captured the magnificent Purple Emperor there.  Then the dramatic Braunton Burrows in North Devon, one of the largest sand dune systems in the UK to photograph orchids.  Lastly of course Robert’s home county of Wiltshire is well worth a visit, not least because chalk downlands are one of the richest landscapes for wildlife in the UK as we saw from Robert’s excellent photographs.  

Robert left us with his new word ‘ Aragmaphile’ ‘A lover of the small things’  After an evening of wonderful photography we were certainly inspired by Robert’s ‘Small is beautiful’. Click here to see Robert's website

 

Review by Christine Chittock, CPAGB Exmouth Photo Group

Review of Julian Elliott ‘ s presentation ‘Mongolia – From Steppe to Eagle Hunters’  3rd June 2020

Please click here to view Julian's website

When planning his photographic trips and ensuring he has all the essential equipment Julian always makes a point of learning greetings; it just makes that extra difference, especially for those people shots. So “Сайн уу (Hello) Баяртай (Goodbye) гуйя (Please) баярлалаа (Thank you)”

Julian showed us the incredibly diverse city landscape of the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar with its skyscrapers, pagodas, and traditional nomadic Gers (traditional “tent-like” houses also known as “yurts”). We had a flavour of what was to come with the towering mountains in the background. 

 

Julian likes to capture what he wants at the time with minimal post processing, so sometimes he moves to avoid distractions in the background. He thinks about the best lens for the scene, mostly using 100 – 400 mm and 24 – 70 mm.  Beautiful scenes were captured by drone showing the winding rivers and the expanse of the landscape. Julian is well prepared with plenty of memory cards and batteries and we were interested to learn that he could sometimes charge his batteries in the local homes where he stayed, due to solar power.  Clothing was another consideration as sometimes it was extremely cold, which we could see in his crisp photos of ice patterns.

Julian showed us that it is worth getting up early to catch the wonderful early morning light across the enormous landscapes with the mountains disappearing into the distance.  With the eagle hunters Julian considered the direction and power of the light to ensure that the viewer could concentrate on the people in their vibrant traditional clothing with a glimpse of the occasional Chelsea football shirt!  Through his wonderful photography we could see his skill in capturing the action of the eagle hunters on their horses; it was clear that he was well prepared to capture the fast moving action.  As well as the shots he was prepared for Julian explained that it was always wise to be on the look out for the unusual shot, so he showed us a delightful scene of a young child peering out of a doorway; an absolute delight.

By the end of the evening we had a real feel for Mongolia, a country so huge that we could fit the UK in six times over and yet their population is only 3.17 million. We could admire Julian’s night skies and really appreciate the lack of light pollution, we could gain an impression of the vast landscapes with Julian’s stunning panoramas and we could see the value of looking up to capture a different view when visiting temples.

A first for us to have our Zoom presentation delivered from the Val de la Loire where Julian lives, but that is the silver lining of the situation we are all facing as we can enjoy an evening of inspiring photography presented from another country. Thank you Julian and thanks again to Ian Bateman, our Chair for hosting another successful evening.

 

Review by Christine Chittock CPAGB Programme Secretary, Exmouth Photo Group 

Wednesday 20 May 2020 - Review of Chris Palmer’s ‘Talking Pictures’

Ian Bateman, our chair and host for the evening extended a warm welcome to Chris Palmer from Amersham Photographic Society.  We also welcomed members from Colyford, Honiton and Woodbury Camera Clubs who joined us for another ‘Zoom’ lecture. 

It was so useful to listen to Chris’ hints tips and advice and to see examples of what he was saying put into practice.  Chris recommended taking time to look at a scene before rushing in and taking hundreds of photos from one position.  He illustrated this so well by a scene of a loch with a cottage reflected in the water. When using a telephoto lens ‘The most effective zoom is a pair of legs’.  Chris had captured the scene with the cottage in so many ways and reminded us to think of portrait style as well as landscape when holding the camera.

Beautiful photos of trees illustrated how Chris thought hard about composition, the angle of the light and how it can be so effective to exclude the sky.  However on other occasions a sky could enhance a photo.  Chris would go out on days that other photographers might give a miss.  This certainly paid off, capturing scenes with a lingering mist, taking advantage of a dull day to concentrate on a single orange leaf highlighted against a rock and lovely reflections after rain.

The second half gave us something we can all try on the beach. This is where it certainly does pay off if you take time to stand and stare and of course move around building yourself into a location. Your view point is really important as Chris showed us when he looked down on a scene capturing one lone figure on a beach or 5 surfers in a line. This is where skies can add drama to a scene as Chris showed us with a threatening sky.

It was encouraging to hear that there are opportunities in every coastal location.  Sometimes it is a close up of a pebble. Other times it is the long view as at Elgol with a rock in the foreground capturing your attention and leading you to look further across to the Cuillin Mountains in the distance.

So altogether an enjoyable and informative evening thinking about how you use your camera equipment including a tripod to get the best results.  Chris certainly had achieved the best results with his well seen high quality images.  The bonus of Zoom lectures is of course that you can see the work of highly experienced photographers who like Chris judge at national and international level.  So thank you Chris, we were most fortunate to see your fantastic photography.

Click here for Chris's website

 

Review by Christine Chittock, CPAGB Programme Secretary Exmouth Photo Group

Wednesday 13th May 2020 Review of presentations by our own members Ian Bateman FRPS MPAGB AV-AFIAP APAGB, Peter Hyett ARPS and Maurice Chittock

In normal circumstances we would have spent the evening at one of our many scenic locations in Devon taking numerous photographs and enjoying a meal and a drink in a pub afterwards.   Although we are missing socialising together we now have an exciting summer programme of indoor photographic presentations.  On this evening we were joined by Honiton and Colyford camera clubs and a member from Taunton camera club who wanted to know how we were managing our photographic evenings via Zoom.

Ian started the evening with an interesting variety of photos from a works trip to Bologna in Italy. A beautiful clear view of the snow-capped Alps gave us an idea of the high quality photos we could expect to see. Fortunately for us Ian had managed the 498 steps up and down Asinelli the tallest medieval tower in the world, so that we could admire his photographs looking down over the classic orange/red roof tops.  As Ian showed us, there are actually two leaning towers, Asinelli at 97.2 m tall and Garisenda at 48 m tall.  Legend has it that the construction of the towers was a competition between the Asinelli and Garisenda families to show which the more powerful family was.

Then for something completely different Ian showed us how to convert any one of our photos with ‘Photoshop’ into a ‘twirl’ photo.  It is always wise on evenings such as these that if you select a photo of the reviewer of your presentation that you select one where she is smiling and this is exactly what Ian did and converted me into a ‘twirl’!   He also demonstrated the process of changing other photos into ‘twirls’.  So something to try out!

Peter followed with some of his favourite images and a few from Lockdown.  We were not surprised to see Peter’s lovely vibrant photographs of glass bottles, placed to show them off at their best in terms of line, colour and tone.  We admired a very clever arrangement of a monopoly board with a Property times bursting through the board and a Cluedo board with the focus on Peter’s forefinger through a magnifying glass.

Peter has had success with his photography of models and we could see why.  The clever poses, careful thought about lighting, the angle of composition and much more. During Lockdown Peter has taken the opportunity to watch online photographic lectures which has encouraged him to revisit topics and experiment.  So why not try a combination of oil and water which Peter did so well, getting the tripod out and using indoor sparklers and photographing the night sky from your home.

‘Sailing Photography’ is a subject that is rarely covered in EPG, and so it was a refreshing change of menu during Lockdown.  Maurice started from the very beginning of photography, in 1825, and briefly reviewed technical progress during the 19th century and how those developments influenced the subjects and style of yacht photographs from the 1860s onward.  

He then moved on to describe the work of one of the most significant 'dynasty' of maritime photographers, the Bekens of Cowes.   Their work spans from the 1880s right up to date.  Maurice outlined the Bekins styles of photography of the most famous yachts of the era before WW1, and how they adopted and adapted the technology of the day to suit their particular genre of photography.  He contrasted that with the work of a modern pro-photographer, Rick Tomlinson, whose style of work is also influenced by his digital technology and the market for his photos.

 

Maurice then showed a selection of his own photos of boats, including racing yachts from the viewpoint of a participant.  From 2005 to 2019, he has been taking photos of yachts, boats and ships from a yacht, giving an unusual perspective. 

Maurice's talk displayed over 70 images, from 1825 to 2019, and placed them in the context of available technology, the market and genre. A thought provoking and entertaining talk!

 

Thank you Ian, Peter and Maurice for a fascinating and informative evening.  So, members, why not try out some of the ideas from this evening?

 

Review by Christine Chittock CPAGB Programme Secretary

Wednesday 29th April 2020 -   David Keep, ARPS, DPAGB, FBPE, AFIAP - SPORTS IMAGES WITH IMPACT 1 – moving beyond the record shot.

Having seen the superb reviews from other camera clubs who had booked David for one of his Zoom lectures I made contact and David was very quick to respond. All his lectures looked interesting but knowing that some of our members are keen sports photographers and feeling sure that it would be a good topic for those of us who have little experience in this field I went ahead. This was our first Zoom lecture by an external provider and looking at the comments from our members and visitors David was very well received and appreciated.

From his home in Chesterfield, David delivered his excellent presentation to 50 of us with visitors from Colyford, Honiton and Woodbury Camera Clubs.  David was methodical in his approach, setting out his objectives for the evening and giving his favourite sports (from a photographic point of view) a rating out of 10.

David always does his research for each sport, finding out about each sport and where sporting fixtures are held.   Courteous and respectful of the organisers of each event David asks permission to take photographs and has a ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ (DBS) certificate so that he can take photographs of young people.  Over time he has got known for his first rate photography, is well respected and has managed to get press access for many events, but he explained that we could all do the same.

It is always refreshing when a photographer shares his camera settings and David let us know how he approaches each type of sport, how he makes best use of his camera at each event and  how he goes about post  processing.  An unusual but very useful feature were David’s wonderful videos as they gave you an insight into each sport. 

It was clear throughout that David is determined, dedicated and conscientious. He has a keen eye for composition, looks for impact and drama and produces high quality photographs with strong diagonals, showing key action, great facial expressions and with players in striking moves.  Importantly any essential sporting equipment is in the image in just the right place but distractions are removed in post processing.

Altogether a most informative, inspirational evening with plenty to think about and try out post Lockdown.  Thank you David!  Thanks again to Ian for chairing the session and for ensuring that everything ran smoothly.

 

Review by Christine Chittock, CPAGB Exmouth Photo Group Programme Secretary 

John Perriam ARPS DPAGB AFIAP  - 22nd April 2020

 

Our second project evening during Lockdown using Zoom by one of our own members.  This time with guests from Colyford, Honiton   and Woodbury Camera Clubs.  Our members attended from their homes in and around Exmouth, although with their virtual backgrounds it would seem that they were from further afield, e.g. Australia and Myanmar and Derrick and Jenny from another planet.   It was great too to see Dave from the Isle of Skye.   Many members and guests took the opportunity to chat before John’s session and at break time with a discussion on home schooling as well as photography.  A lot of John’s ideas could certainly be incorporated into home schooling sessions.

John’s evening entitled ‘John’s Lockdown Project’ gave members plenty of ideas to work on at home and many of his excellent ideas will be useful for our Summer Challenge.   So why not try soap bubble photography.  Using a black mount board as a background John said “You might as well give it a try.” Some of John’s photos ended up with lovely psychedelic colours and his wonderful photos found their way into his very creative science fiction photos.  John has great fun with his photography and it definitely looks well worth giving this one a try.

Another indoor project was John’s amazing aqua or water bead photography.  John included photos from before and after Lockdown. John also shared his results from oil and water photography.  A great one for home schooling to see the effects of oil in water and again some of John’s photos ended up in his creative composite photographs.

John has produced brilliant science fiction photos as we saw this evening.  John too put out a request.  If you have a model of a space ship you don’t need please let John know.  He would make excellent use of it in his science fiction photos. 

Another idea for indoor photography is to take close ups of musical instruments.   Try a narrow depth of field as John did on F2.8.  John took his stunning close ups of an Italian built EKO guitar that he had had since he  was 15 or 16  and placed them in a panel.  Close ups of a newly built Stratocaster worked well as well.

John’s creative streak showed up so well in his sphere photography project using a crystal ball.  These are often used in situ out and about at famous sites, but in Lockdown why not try post processing and incorporate a sphere into one of your existing photos. John did this so well with photos of the Sage at Gateshead, the Angel of the North and a limestone pavement in Yorkshire.

In Lockdown you could aim to process photos taken before March of this year as John had done. We were treated to well taken wide angle shots in Leeds showing off the architecture at its best.  16 photos in a panel of an abandoned garage from North Wales, lone trees in Wales and Yorkshire.  A panel of close ups of banana leaves from the Eden project and long exposure waterfall photos from the Elan Valley.  Reflections were a feature in Bristol night lights and Bystock Pond in John’s Autumn presentation. 

How to remove a distracting background was shown in John’s Speedway photos and what a difference it made.  There was so much to inspire us and John ended with his Lockdown Dabblings with ideas on mirror photography. Altogether a fantastic evening full of ideas to try out during Lockdown. 

 

Thank you John.

Report by Christine Chittock CPAGB

Sheila Haycox ARPS MPAGB/AV EFIAP Project Evening - Our First Project Evening during Lockdown on Wednesday 15th April 2020

A first by Exmouth Photo Group a project evening delivered to our lounges, spare rooms and studies by our very own Sheila Haycox.  In these unusual times of Lockdown we have found different ways to keep in touch and to maintain our interest in photography. So it was great to see 23 households participating in an evening’s entertainment via Zoom.  A chance to see everyone again and a wonderful opportunity to see photography of such high quality as we would expect from Sheila.

Sheila started the evening with her photos from one of our summer outings in 2019 to Trago Mills.  A reminder of their wonderful gardens which Sheila had captured so well; the leading lines, the vibrant colours, the different gates, the walk ways and the architecture as a wonderful backdrop to the plants.

A reminder of the days when we could travel further afield! Sheila as the ‘Travelling Photographer’. We were taken to the magical Lake Bled, to one of Sheila’s trees as the main focus from a limestone pavement in Yorkshire, a beautiful long exposure at Durdle Door, the wonderful architecture of Salford Quays and much more.

Little did we know that when we started our 50th Anniversary year that we would end the winter season in isolation.  So it was great to see our 50th Anniversary Photo Book which Sheila has put together with each member having their own page. The book ends with the speeches made by Ian Bateman and John Perriam at our anniversary dinner.  Fortunately we decided to have our celebration dinner at the start of the season!

In July 2019 Sheila attended one of the U3A Thursday monthly meetings where Nick Fletcher, author encouraged us to write our own memoirs and to think about printing our recollections for family, friends and possibly a wider audience. Certainly he inspired Sheila as by the Saturday after the talk she had written 3,000 words.   Sheila never does anything by halves.  With old photos scanned, her memoirs written, modern photos processed and a family tree set out,  her book entitled ‘Doodlebugs and Fireworks’ is completed.  What a fantastic achievement Sheila. Well done. 

 

Sheila’s determination to carry on with photography whatever the circumstances is an inspiration for all of us. So we weren’t surprised to see her Covid 19 photography.  Close ups of fixtures in her bathroom, textures,  a 1000 piece jigsaw with a difference and stunning still life photos in her garage, well-chosen pieces and carefully thought out lighting.  Then the progress of thatching being carried out on neighbouring cottages, with well captured action shots.

We were also treated to a fabulous tour of Australia, close ups of cars and Sheila’s award winning pelican photos from Lake Kirkini in Greece.  Then to end, a set of mono photos with evocative misty scenes, striking shapes and patterns and a stunning photo of Morgans in the rain. 

Thank you as well to Ian Bateman for facilitating and Chairing the session. During a Pandemic it is so cheering to have something positive to write about. Thank you so much Sheila.

 

Report by Christine Chittock CPAGB, Programme Secretary

Wednesday 8th April - Panels Competition - Zoom Meeting

This year the panels was judged in a complertely different way due to the Covid-19 Crisis.   It was judged by Peter Fry using "Zoom" because we were unable to hold a meeting as clubs and organisations had to adhere to the Government's ruling of no contact with other people.   We could therefore only have digital entries.   The Zoom meeting was very well attended and ran very well with the aid of Ian Bateman and Peter Fry.   Please click here to go to the Panels Page.

Closed from 18th March 2020 until further notice Colvid Crisis

 

It is with regret that the club had to close early this season due to the Corona Virus.  We all have to kisolate ourselves and keep a safe distanbce away from other people.    However people are resourceful and clsubs having been having webinars.   Exmoluth members were invited to an Exeter Camera Club webinar with the speaker being Victoria Hillman and we have also had an invite from the RPS plus Exester again to see Paul Sanders speaking.

Wednesday 17 March 2020  - SDL Digital Competition

The Digital Competition this year was held "in camera" due to the Covid-19 outbreak.  A decision was taken by the Committee to suspend all future meetings of the club as from 16th March until the crisis is over.    As there was to be no meeting, John Baker, the judge for the Digital Section was asked if he could forward his scores and I am delighted to say that the results for the digital images gave Exmouth rthe edge and we were the overall winners of the print and digital sections.  We still hold the cjup.  Please click here for the Score Sheet on both competitions. The images entered can be seen on the External Compdetition page.   Please click here   The final results being: 1st - Exmouth Photo Group  - 491 points, 2nd - Newton Abbot - 490 points, 3rd - Dawlish & Teignmouth - 465 points, 4th - Crediton - 451 points.

Wednesday 11th March 2020 - Review of Classic Wild Landscapes by David Boag

 

David had always been keen on natural history and turned to photography to record his interest.  This was in the days of film and David’s photographs were much more than just record shots as we could see throughout the evening.

With reference to the photographs on our website David could see that we were talented photographers and felt that we could all aspire to be great landscape photographers.  He was there to inspire and enthuse us with his great variety of photographs.

Wonderful panoramas unfolded across the screen with 5 photographs stitched together.  We watched as he showed us how he would concentrate on interest in the foreground. Sometimes a plant would work and David showed us different options with a plant on the thirds or in the centre.  We were encouraged to think about the foreground, the middle and far distance and how we are led through a photograph with a path for example.

He showed us what snow would look like without shadows and then showed us well taken photographs with strong shadows.  What a difference!

Our choice of lens is very important and often our most creative decision. David showed us photographs with his favourite wide angle lens and we were suitably impressed.  Likewise a 300mm lens would work on other occasions foreshortening the distance.

David would take advantage of whatever situation he found himself in and so fog would work well giving a scene atmosphere and in poor light conditions he would sometimes concentrate on the beauty of flowers or ferns.

Altogether a worthwhile evening with much to interest us.  By the end we had been reminded to look at a scene and see what we could discover, initially looking at the whole scene and then finding details that we might have missed had we not spent valuable time really looking. Thank you David!

 

Review and photograph by Christine Chittock, CPAGB Programme Secretary

10th March 2020 - RPS Fine Art Distinctions Day

 

I am pleased to report that on Tuesday 10th March 2020 Jenny Baker was presented with an ARPS Certificate and Badge for gaining her ARPS in Fine Art for her panel on the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao.

Jenny was one of the few who gained distinctions that day, so very well done Jenny.

At the WCPF ;Council Meeting on Saturday 7th March Sheila Haycox was presented with a certificate for an acceptance in the PAGB Interclub  Digital  Nature Competition for her Long Billed Hermit.

4 March 2020 - Competition No. 4 

The judge for Competition No. 4 was Jane Kearney CPAGB  from Barnstaple Camera Club.   She did a very good job on judging all our prints and digital images, very entertaining and giving us good advice.  Below images from thne evening and Sheila receiving the cup for her overall win.   To see the winning images click here.

PAGB AV Advisory Day - 29 February 2020

On Saturday 29th February, EPG ran a very successful AV Advisory Day on behalf of the WCPF. The idea for this was broached last August, after Derrick Holliday attended a similar event in Manchester. He noted that it was a long way to travel for people in the South West, and suggested that we could hold one locally.

I liaised with the WCPF Awards Officer and the PAGB, and booked the hall and judges. The hardest part in making a commitment like this is to ensure that sufficient people submit sequences, so a fair amount of marketing to the WCPF AV community was needed. It all worked out, and we even attracted applicants from Belfast and Cardiff. In total, we had 14 applicants and showed 26 sequences.

Woodbury Hall is ideal in that the projector, sound system and screen are all in place, so all that is needed on the technical front is to plug the laptop into the hall control box. The jury was made up of Howard Tate, the President of the PAGB, Edgar Gibbs, Chairman of the RPS AV Group, Linda Gibbs and Ian Bateman, President of the WCPF. All gave their comments after each potential application, mostly in agreement but with some different views. The only difference between this and an actual assessment is that after the comments there would be a silent vote amongst the jury, with the jury chair noting the result. These would then be discussed by the jury in camera during the day, and the successes announced at the end of the day.

Many thanks to Sheila for operating the laptop, and to the catering team of Elaine, jenny, Mo, Beate and Derrick for keeping the audience and jury refreshed during the day.

Before closing, I asked for a show of hands to indicate how many people were confident enough to proceed to an actual assessment. There were sufficient hands raised, and if enough of these actually submit formal applications, there is is good chance that we will host an AV APM Assessment Day in July. This depends on Rod Wheelans approving it, and I am in dialogue with him over this.

 

Ian Bateman

26th February 2020 - Barbara Jenkin EFIAP/d1 GMPSA/s ARPS BPE4* and Malcolm Jenkin EFIAP/d2 GMPSA/s SPSA CPAGB BPE4*

Ever wondered about those initials after photographer’s names well Barbara and Malcolm were tasked with explaining how members could (if they wished) secure letters after their names and as there are so many different ones they had been asked to concentrate on FIAP.  ‘FIAP’ stands for ‘Fédération Internationale de l'Art’ or ‘International Federation of Photographic Art’.  To quote from the FIAP website:   “The distinction "Artist FIAP" (AFIAP) is the first artistic distinction that can be obtained. It is awarded to photographic artists whose artistic qualities, technique and production of work have been acknowledged through the participation in international salons under FIAP Patronage.”

Barbara and Malcolm went through the stages of distinctions starting with Artistic AFIAP. They mentioned David Coates from FIAP who they said was most helpful and this link will explain the requirements please click here for link to PAGB 

We were shown the successful photographs Barbara and Malcom used for their distinctions and could clearly see how their photographic interests had widened.  In pursuit of distinctions they had developed their skills in portrait photography for example and we saw both their digitally projected images and prints which were of a high quality.  Their own hats, fascinators, scarves and ribbons were used to very good effect with models.  They explained that two good venues for movement were the Natural Light Studio in Weedon Bec, Northamptonshire and the Trident Studio in Plymouth.  Sheila also mentioned Oak Farm Studios, Tedburn St Mary, Exeter.  We saw from Barbara and Malcolm’s striking photos of ballerinas and dancers that plenty of space is required to secure those definitive shots.

With their superb prints on display, catalogues and medals to view members could get an idea of what was involved. There was an offer to tempt us all as Barbara and Malcolm shared details of the very unusual free entry to an international photographic salon; the Helenic Photographic Salon in Greece with a closing date of 29th February. It will be interesting to find out how many of our members entered!

So thank you Barbara and Malcolm as we are all much more knowledgeable after your session.

Review and photos by Christine Chittock CPAGB, Programme Secretary

27 February 2020 - Mix and Match Contest against Exeter Camera Club

The Mix and Match was hosted this year by Exeter and I am delighted to say that Exmouth Photo Group with their fifty images made the right choice.   We Won!!!!  We scored 57 points and Exeter scored 43 points.

The basic rules to the match:   Each club has 50 images and they take it in turns to put up an image, the other club has to match the images in some way or another and then the judge has to choose which is the best image.  (the judge's verdict is final).   As the evening progresses it gets more and more difficult to match and there is some heckling from the audience which makes it a fun evening.

We were well surported with quite a few Exmouth members attending.   Jane Kearney CPAGB from Barnstaple was the judge and she did a good job in matching and choosing the images, it was a very entertaining evening.   

 19th February 2020 Project Evening  with Teresa Brown and Stella French + Sheila Haycox ARPS MPAGB/AV EFIAP, John Perriam ARPS DPAGB EFIAP

Introducing the evening Ian Bateman our Chair gave special thanks to Sheila and John for all their fantastic sessions in our anniversary year.  This evening we saw their final AV in the series: Summer Outings in 2013.  At that time we had weekly outings organised so well by Martyn Shepherd, a former Chair.  

As ever the photography was superb, taken at different angles, capturing a beautiful rainbow, revealing textures, delightful reflections, Teignmouth beach huts in a beautiful light and showing off Exmouth marina at its best. We saw members in different stances with their heavy camera gear and one scene of Martyn changing a film.   So thank you ever so much Sheila and John for all your outstanding photography, humour and well-chosen music in all your audio visuals (AVs)

Teresa followed with three different AVS, revealing her interests and showing her skills in photography.  First up was ‘Flowers’.  These blended very well in terms of size, shape and colour starting with beautiful whites, raindrops on petals and moving on to include other colours with magical scenes of bluebells and ending with different shades of oranges and red in the autumn. 

A complete contrast was her ‘Most Honourable and Noble Order of the Garter’.  In this she had definitely captured the regal nature of the occasion with the marching guardsmen in their fine uniforms.  Unusual, clear and eye catching photos were shown of the Queen as Sovereign of the Garter with distinct and well captured photos of the senior royals and Sir John Major. 

Her last AV showed one of her particular interests the ‘Red Arrows’ at Fairford.    Captured close up in detail, showing off the vibrant red of the aircraft, then the breath-taking displays with the incredible formations, perfect timing and the fantastic red, white and blue smoke trails.  Not an easy task to secure sharp photographs of aircraft travelling at great speeds but Teresa had managed very well with an excellent set of photographs.

Stella showed us a variety of AVs covering the Lake District, Cuba, Vietnam and Cambodia.  Fortunate with good light at Rannerdale Knotts in the Lake District she had captured the wonderful carpet of bluebells across an open hillside with the occasional tree to give a context to the scene.  Stella had managed the impossible capturing a popular spot with no people.  Well done Stella.

Strikingly different was Vietnam’s spectacular garden of islands at Halong Bay. Here we were able to see the towering majestic limestone pillars as Stella travelled by boat through this awe-inspiring landscape.  Focussing in on the setting sun we were certainly given a feel of the magic of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

An introduction with maps of the largest religious monument in the world, the Ankor Wat Hindu Temple complex in Cambodia helped us to get some idea of the vast expanse of this staggering site.  Stella had captured photos of the roots of the ‘Strangler’ trees gripping and crushing the temples, incredibly photogenic but sad to see as well.   Beautiful reflections revealed the true majesty of these exceptional temples.

Stella showed off the wonderful blues and yellows of the buildings in Cuba, paint peeling but interesting with street sellers, pedestrians, classic cars and much more.  Always looking for something different Stella had captured the rustic Soviet built 1552 locomotive as well as the usual scenes of washing in the streets and Ernesto "Che" Guevara adorning the buildings.

A feature of all of the AVs this evening was the well-chosen music, so appropriate for the many different AVs but the music helped to set the atmosphere and to give us a flavour of the places we visited, at least it seemed that way. 

Heartfelt thanks to Sheila, John, Teresa and Stella.

 

A special thanks goes to Derrick Holliday ARPS who gave up his time to assist both Teresa and Stella with the production of their AVs.  

 

Review and photo by Christine Chittock CPAGB, Programme Secretary

12 February 2020 - An Evening of AV's by Alan Boothman DPAGB/AV  AFIAP

Alan is President and Competition Secretary for Newton Abbot Camera Club and so definitely a busy man.   So we were grateful that he gave up an evening to present Audio Visual (AV) sequences of such variety, interest, wonderful sound and great photos.

With such a strong musical background we were not surprised to see and hear his ‘Connecting’ which won a sound award from the Adelaide International AV Festival. A pianist playing a piano amongst a sea of pianos was an effective way to start and finish his AV.   In this AV as with ‘In Search of the Blues’   his seamless approach of people appearing and fading out works so well with the sound.   Alan showed us how he combines many images within one slide and how one AV can have numerous audio clips, so well put together with pertinent timing.

Alan explained how he uses ‘Text Aloud’ to prepare his commentaries.  It was evident that he spends much time on research, chooses thought provoking poems, gets to the key points and matches the words to the photos so that the audience’s attention is captured and maintained.

Travelling is obviously a love of Alan’s and he makes the most of his visits to different parts of the world. Showing us the evocative atmosphere of New Orleans, the dramatic history of Hever Castle and the Tower of London, the stunning landscapes associated with Lorna Doone, the grandeur of the Randolph Hotel in Oxford and the famous scenes from Bletchley Park.

Panoramas are well taken and used, as in his beautiful images of the striking and iconic architecture of Oxford and Cambridge.  In ‘Searching’ he starts and ends with a curved roof top and a face at a window; a style of his that we see in some of his AVS, starting and ending with the same scene but with clever differences.

Alan clearly has a love of movement and he is always striving to try something different.  So in ‘The Tudor Gallery’ he sets out to use 2D animation, not an easy task but it helps the viewer to concentrate on Henry VIII whilst still appreciating the background.  In other AVs movement is shown in more usual ways with beautiful flowing water and waterfalls.

Altogether a most enjoyable evening.  Thank you Alan.

Review and Photo by Christine Chittock CPAGB Programme Secretary

Monday 10th February 2020 - Peter and Carol Hyett were invited to give a presentation to the WI in Exmouth.   They chose to show AV's from some of the members and it was well received.   Peter and Carol generously gave their fee to clubs funds so we now have £38 more added to club funds.    Thank you both, nolt only a good advert for the club but a bit of profit for the club.    Below is a report from Carol and Peter.

Although we were originally asked to fill 1.5hrs, at the W.I.’s request this was reduced to 45 minutes. We were also warned that some of the W.I. would probably leave before we had finished due to the timing of local buses etc.

The AV’s that we presented to them were:-
 

  • Share the Dream – Mo

  • Lovatnet Lake – Carol and Peter

  • Reconcilliation – Derrick

  • A Night at the Opera – Ian

  • They Stole a Mountain – Sheila

  • A Hare’s Tale – Jenny

  • Deepest of the Deep – John P

  • Morning Has Broken – Ian

  • La Vallee des Saints – Mo
     

This was followed by a Faststone ‘slideshow’ of 96 competition images from 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 seasons.

Everything was very well received and no one left early! There was a very good atmosphere which included some of them singing along with the well known music.

We are likely to be asked for a return visit next year.  We did make it clear that we will not be included in any list of W.I. presenters.  Additionally, we have been asked to give a similar show to Withycombe W.I. sometime in the future – this is something we would be prepared to do, again for a similar fee to be collected on behalf of EPG, less any expenses.

They gave us £40 by cheque payable to EPG, and I will claim £2 car parking, so a net £38 for EPG. The fee originally discussed was £35, but they had already made the cheque out today for £40.

Our EPG banner was displayed and we will be giving the W.I. our contact details in case anyone decides to try an evening out at EPG.

 

Peter and Carol Hyett​

9 February 2020 WCPF DPIC Competition

 

15 members have just returned from the DPIC Competition held in Exeter Corn Exchange – a fantastic turn out from club members. There were 56 clubs taking part and each club entered 18 images so we have sat through 1008 images …… yes you read that correctly! The 3 judges each marked an image out of 5 and only had a few seconds to make up their mind. You can image we did not always agree with their marking! However at the half way point we were 19th but by the time the final image was shown we had improved our position and  finished with 211 points and a very creditable =8th with Sidmouth and Backwell. Our top scoring image was Dave Grouts ‘Down the Hatch’, which scored 14 points, well done Dave. 

 

Report by Mo Martin

You can view the images and scores via the External Competition page by clicking on the appropriate button or click here to view.

You can also view within the next couple of days all the results, club winners and individual winners by going to the WCPF website and click on the WCPF DPIC 2020 link or click here for the PDF document.

5th February 2020 - Peter Crane ARPS  ‘Street Photography’

Peter gave us an excellent presentation starting with hints and tips and followed by a selection of his street photography in both colour and mono.  Part of Peter’s success lies in the fact that he tries to be inconspicuous, usually wearing dark clothes.  He plays the long game waiting for those photographic opportunities to arise, knowing what he wants and being alert to people moving around and possibly moving into shot.  Many of the photos we saw helped Peter secure his ARPS and we could certainly see why.

Having previously used Nikon equipment he now uses a Fuji mirrorless camera on manual mode with Auto ISO with a 16 – 80 mm lens.  He has invested in a Cordweaver wrist strap and a small spirit level which comes into its own when he is using his camera from hip level.  Many of our members purchased these spirit levels from Peter so we can look forward to their own take on street photography.

For his street photography Peter often visits the markets in London, such as Brick Lane, Borough Market, Portobello Road, Brixton and many more.  He likes the juxtaposition of the shapes and colours of buildings and street furniture with people passing by or sitting on a bench or wall. This was shown very well in his photography with people with all kinds of hair styles and coloured hair matching their surroundings, often giving us eye catching shots.  So a man in the foreground with a vibrant Mohican hairstyle matching an ALDI sign in the background.   Or a woman in a golden/orange coat matching the door she is walking past.

An event that is definitely worth a try is the now annual ‘No Trousers on the Tube Day’ in London every January.  This year was the 11th year of this event on 12th January,  but the idea started in New York in 2002 with the ‘No Pants Subway Ride’ with only 7 people participating. The annual event has spread around the world to 60 cities so plenty of opportunities, provided you go travelling in January.  

Four girls posing on the platform with a sign in the background ‘Goodbye Boring Hello Interesting’ was very well seen and a fantastic shot which other photographers missed. So that we could concentrate on the girls and the sign Peter had converted his photo to mono, thus avoiding any distracting colours. 

However, it is not all about cities and Peter showed us how he had been successful in towns and villages always looking for the unusual.  So he had asked his wife to pretend that she was posting a letter in a hard to reach post box.   

Fork Handles, hardware shop in Regent Street Teignmouth was captured very well by Peter with the vast tumble of goods outside the shop and people in just the right places, showing us that he is astute, alert and well able to secure unusual and striking shots in camera with very little need for post processing.

Thank you Peter for an entertaining and informative evening with wonderful photography and plenty of guidance. Thank you too for your ‘Green’ travel from the Swindon area by bus and train to Exmouth.  Click here for Peter's website

 

Photo and Review by Christine Chittock CPAGB, Programme Secretary

29 January 2020 - Comp. No. 3

Competition No 3 was judged by Gordon Aspland from Newton Abbot.   All the winning images can be seen here.

Dave Grout was rthe overall winner of the competition with his image A Fighter in Repose.

Project Evening 22nd January 2020 Mike Gillan LRPS and Mo Martin LRPS and Sheila Haycox ARPS MPAGB/AV, EFIAP John Perriam ARPS DPAGB 

Sheila and John continued with another of their anniversary project evenings. With a stylish title page Sheila showed us their Audio Visual (AV) on Glastonbury, with very good people shots, people in costume and interesting shop fronts.   This was followed by lovely winter trees on the Somerset Levels and a walk up hill to Burrow Mump.  Again, whilst enjoying beautiful photographs we can either add such a place to our list of places to visit for the potential photographic opportunities or decide to revisit. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burrow_Mump Sheila and John’s photography is always superb and as ever they put some thought into their last photo of the sequence with an attractive sunburst. 

Mike then took us through the process of achieving a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS) which he had done in 2019 with 10 prints. Helpfully he showed us some of his original images on the screen and how he had worked on them to make improvements. Initially on an Advisory Day as an observer he had learnt about technical defects to avoid, defective exposure, excessive sharpening, chromatic aberration, unintentional lens distortions and dust spots.

Mike then attended an Advisory Day with his potential photographs and a judge with a sharp eye noticed chromatic aberration on one of his photos so Mike decided against using that particular photo. Three men on a bench in Sicily was one of the photos that made the final selection and Mike showed us how he had concentrated on the colour tones for this photo as well as some cropping.  

Finally with his prints arranged in the order he had on the day, Mike showed us the importance of a good hanging plan.  For this the overall impression was important, as well as the colour palette, a variety of photos and thinking about where it was best to place portrait and landscape sized prints.  So congratulations to Mike LRPS, a wonderful achievement and thank you for an informative session.

Mo with her much anticipated photos from Canada was up next with her friend Sarah who had accompanied her on the trip.   The places they had visited and the highlights of their trip were remembered in an attractive photo book.  Canada as we saw has many photogenic locations and Mo and Sarah made sure they were on their list.  We started with Sugar Beach, a former parking lot in an industrial area of Toronto that had been transformed into an urban beach.  Then the well know Niagara Falls and the ‘Maid of the Mist’.  With her sporting background Mo wouldn’t have missed the Toronto Hockey Hall of Fame and so we were treated to Mo’s lovely capture of the bronze statues of hockey players.

Mo had done very well to capture the dramatic scenes of the Calgary stampede an annual rodeo, exhibition, and festival held every July.  With the many movements and bright sun it was not easy but Mo showed us it was possible to secure very good shots.  The beautiful Lake Louise was captured but Mo explained that many of the most famous locations were very crowded.

On the Rocky Mountaineer train it can be difficult to capture the great expanse of scenery.  However, Mo had done extremely well to capture a long view of the train and the avalanche shelters. Vancouver is a must and we saw lovely photos of the tower blocks and the iconic totem poles in Stanley Park.

With a visit to Seattle as well we saw the variety of Mo’s photography, people, places, movement striking architecture and a memorable photo of their luggage.    Thank you Mo for processing all those photos so that we could see how we too can make the most of the places we visit. 

 

Review and Photos by Christine Chittock CPAGB Programme Secretary  and many thanks to the club for a lovely rendition of Happy Birthday! 

15 January 2020  -  Christine Chittock CPAGB Project Evening

Much of Christine and Maurice's time spent in 2019 has been to go to the People's Vote rallies and demonstrations. It has taken up a lot of their time.   She of course took her camera with her everywhere she went, mostly London, and produced some great images of all the peoples vote rallies.  The AV she produced I felt was an excellent journalistic audio visual about the Will of the People with dramatic music. 

Christine and Maurice did though manage to visit other places abroad and in consequence Christine made a moving AV about the Berlin Wall which she is still workiing on and another surprise and interesting AV was about  the artist and designer Hundertwasser showing his work in Vienna.  A fascinating place.

Her final AV was one she had been working on for several months all about Mary Anning who studied Geology in Lyme Regis.  An interesting and informative production.

Well done Christine, an excellent evening.      Sheila Haycox

The evening started with John and Sheila again showing a couple of AV's from the past as a celebration of the Club's 50th Anniversary.

Christine, who stepped in at the last minute because our original speaker had moved from the area, did a marvellous job of entertaining the club for the rest of the evening.    Christine showed a quite a variety  of Audio Visuals that she has been working on over the last few months some of which she is hoping will be suitable for possible distinctions. Christine showed ten AVs in total which included Surfin at Kimmeridge and Cornwall;  around Birmingham; Spring Show at Malvern; Prague; Cadhay House and Gardens; Shades of Autumn mostly from Stourhead plus others on which I have given a resume below.

8th January 2020  - First Project Evening of 2020 with John Perriam ARPS DPAGB AFIAP, Sheila Haycox ARPS MPAGB/AV EFIAP, Jenny Baker LRPS and Derrick Holliday ARPS

For our first session of 2020 and in our 50th anniversary year, John and Sheila started the evening with another humorous sequence made some years ago.   Members had given Sheila and John photos they could use for  an audio visual (AV) sequence, but not their very best photos oh no, members had clearly selected photos that would usually be rejected.   So up for ‘The Challenge’ Sheila and John produced ‘World Breaking News’ presented by Jennifer Ecclescake and Rory Teflonsteel.  I rest my case! On a more serious note they followed with a sequence of urban scenes, with beautiful reflections, vibrant graffiti and stunning architecture, ending with well taken photos in low light. 

Sheila then gave members a reminder about our anniversary photo book; some members had responded with both text and their photos, from one to four per page.   So now the call is for those members who have not yet submitted a short piece about themselves (up to 120 words) and their photos to do so ASAP.

Derrick and Jenny followed with their varied, interesting, entertaining and striking AVs.  Throughout it was evident that you can seek photographic opportunities in many different places and situations. A different stance on Cuba by Jenny was up first with dancers against a backdrop of blue painted walls in need of a repaint, boxers, including an interesting video, street scenes and then the classic cars we expect to see from Cuba. Derrick had taken on the challenge of photographing gannets, certainly no easy task but Derrick showed us it was well worth the effort.  

On our project evenings it is always worth seeing places you might like to visit yourself.  Valencia is one such place as shown so well by Jenny and Derrick in their lovely photos of the Spanish architecture.  They gave us a wonderful flavour of the work of the architect Santiago Calatrava in the futuristic ‘City of Arts and Sciences’; a must-see part of the city.

Jenny and Derrick showed us it was definitely worth pointing the camera upwards as seen in the photographs   of the world heritage site of the Mezquita (Mosque) Cathedral of Cordoba.   The magnificent architecture was apparent in Derrick’s photos and it was evident that it must be a highlight of any visit to Andalusia.

Always looking out for unusual stories Jenny showed us her fascinating story of the tiny village of Juzcar also in Andalusia.  A dramatic change occurred here in 2011, when a large film corporation won agreement from the villagers to paint every building blue to promote a Spanish premiere of a Smurfs 3D movie.  This was so successful that the residents voted to keep their buildings blue. However, in 2017 the village lost its rights to market the village as a Smurfs ‘town’ and Jenny’s photographs showed us, that with the loss of income from tourists  the buildings had started to deteriorate.  As Jenny explained her AV is a work in progress but certainly a fascinating story worth telling.

More AVS followed, showing the wide range of their work. The evening ended with their award winning entries at the 2019 Great Northern AV competition.  Derrick’s ‘Reconciliation’ about the transformation of Coventry Cathedral was superb with clever placement of the title.   Jenny’s ‘Speak for me’ about the poaching of elephants for their tusks was emotive and very moving.

Thank you, Sheila, John, Jenny and Derrick for showcasing your excellent photography.  

 

Christine Chittock CPAGB, Programme Secretary

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