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