Latest News 2022

24th April 2022 AGM and Chairmans Challenge

The final meeting of the winter season, the AGM was conducted in a timely fashion, dealt with by all EPG members pre reading all the Reports  and approving on the night.

All the awards earned throughout the season were presented to the appropriate members plus the Chairman's Shield which was presented by Maurice Chittock, Chairman, to Peter Hyett.  To see the results of all the competitions click here to view the PDF.

A warm welcome to David Davies as a new committee member. All the other members volunteered for their posts and were re-elected. We look forward to another enjoyable year. A very big thank you to all the committee, for all the time and experience, that keeps the photo group going each year, in a very positive way. A big thank you to Sheila for the website also Sheila and Ian for keeping all the technology going on the evenings

A summer programme will all be outside activities and will be posted onto the website.  Click here to view

The winter season will be back in person except for four zoom sessions of speakers. Please check out our programme on the website.

EPG will be running the Av evenings by zoom usually the first Tuesday of the month. The second Tuesday of the month we will be starting an Image Makers Group (IMG) at the Glenorchy Church.

The second half of the evening was the Chairmans Challenge. Our Wildlife and Architecture. A very varied entry in to both sections. Maurice gave a very comprehensive critique of all the images. Congratulations to Derrick Holiday for the overall winner. Please check the website for all the winners.

Reviewed by Lynn Middleton-Flynn EPG Programme Secretary

Photos by Chaz Madge

20th April 2022 Members Evening

with Christine Chittock CPAGB, Mike Gillan LRPS and Lynn Middleton-Flynn LRPS

 

We had a very enjoyable evening watching lots of interesting images.

 

Christine showed us her road to AFIAP and “something different” ; Mike his trip to India’s beautiful Golden Triangle and Lynn her passion for photography.

 

Christine started with showing us many different panels. Among them the fascinating Rainbow Panorama exhibition in Aarhus Art Museum in Denmark. Lovely images of people looking out over the town through rainbow coloured windows. We saw

great steam images from the Nene Valley Railway; clever mono images of Birmingham buildings and images of unusual colourful paintings and buildings by the avant-garde artist Hundertwasser in Vienna.

 

Christine then showed us 3 AVs. Photos of different birds in the Slimbridge Wetland Centre; a great variation of images with dramatic music under the heading “Power of Red” and finally a very clever kaleidoscope “Help from Friends”, which  showed photos of EPG members.

 

Mike then treated us to beautiful images from his trip to India’s Golden Triangle. We saw interesting images of people of all ages, children playing, grown-ups working outside or in colourful shops. In Agra a beautiful, dreamy image of boys playing cricket with the lovely Taj Mahal in the background. In Udaipur we saw wonderful images of the Taj Lake Palace on Lake Pichola and then the City Palace. The City Palace, once a harem, was a fascinating building.

 

Lynn really showed us her passion for photography in all the different images in this presentation. First she demonstrated her process in reaching her LRPS. She showed different styles of photography, moving  the images around to balance and worked with triangles. We then saw images from around the world. A wonderful photo of people on a bridge in Burma. Clever images of the Red Arrows; fascinating ICMs and many beautiful monos of people and still life.

 

Thank you to all three for a very interesting evening.

Review by Kristina Adamson

Photos by Christine Chittock

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13th April 2022 Panel Competition Judge John Tilsley APAGB, DPAGB, ARPS

Tonight’s panel competition we started evening with the colour panels. We had 3 sets of very beautifully printed colour panels.

First panel of six called Myanmar activities showing the everyday life of the people in Myanmar. The second panel called Seashore rocks. Beautiful blue tones of rocks with pebbles. The winning panel of four, called Hound Tor Abstractive, beautiful manipulated ICMs with a limited golden colour palette.

The BW panels were again of a very high standard, both the printing and the presentation of all three panels.  Dave was the first panel. A beautiful male ballet dancer in five different poses. The second panel of four decaying boats hulls, printed with beautiful range of black and white. The winning panel of five images called Refraction study. A still life of glass vases in reflective lighting to produce graphical shapes.  Congratulations to all entries, a high standard.

There were twenty-one entries in the DPI panels, so John had a very hard challenge to choose the HC, Bronze, Silver and the Gold.

 A very varied and wide range of topics were presented for the DPI panels. Trees, Cathedral Lights, Rock Abstracts, People, Towers in London, A girl…A Hoop, Potter, Post Box Toppers, Bluebells, A Wet Evening, Gulls on Grimy Glass, Texture, Cricket, 325 avenue north, ICM, Doors. Dawlish Groynes. What a variety of very well produced panels entered. All well balanced and tastefully presented again.

Please check out the website, there is a page of all the panels by clicking here and separately are listed all the awarded panels by clicking here.

Reviewed by Lynn Middleton-Flynn EPG Programme Secretary

WCPF AV Competition 9 April 2022

 

Congratulations to Ian, Elaine, Nova and Christine who achieved the following success at yesterday’s WCPF AV Competition:

 

  • Ian achieved 1st Place  in the Long Sequence category with ‘City of Darkness’

  • Elaine achieved 1st Place with a Short Sequence entitled ‘Gaudi’

  • Nova gained her first AV success by coming 2nd in the Short Sequence with ‘ Million Dollar Point’.

  • Christine was awarded 3rd Place in the Short Sequence with ‘Power of Red’

  • In the Photo Harmony category Exmouth wiped the board with Elaine taking 1st Place with ‘Gaudi’, Christine 2nd with ‘The Power of Red’. Christine was also placed 3rd with ‘The Hills of Devon’ and Ian was Highly Commended for ‘Winds of Winter’.

  • To round off EPG’s success Ian’s ‘City of Darkness’ gained the Audience vote for their favourite AV.

 

The event was held in Woodbury Village Hall and it was extra special to see all the AVs on a large screen with excellent sound quality.

Well done to all the Exmouth members who entered AVs. The AV section in Exmouth is certainly thriving as our entry of 14 sequences was just under half of the total entry.

6th April 2022 Practical evening

This evening EPG put on a practical evening. We started the evening by breaking into small groups with individual makes of cameras. Members talked through there settings, helping each other to understand the controls and the strengths of various camera makes. We all shared tips of how we use our different makes of cameras and why we liked various settings. Different lenses were also discussed and compared for their different uses.

We had a table top demonstration from Sheila demonstrating camera setting. Showing how she arranges the composition of the fabulous still life’s that she produces. Giving everyone lots of little tricks with the way that she lights the still objects. Also, helpful tips on the way the light source is diffused.

John demonstrated mount board cutting and framing one of his prints. Demonstrating the way, he marks out and cuts the window for the print. He then expertly displayed the way to perfectly line up and mount the print into the frame.  The mount board cutter is available for members to borrow.

Chaz demonstrated the use of bridge and photoshop, demonstrating masking, to dodge, colour change, sharpen, remove objects and to replace skies. As well as all the short cuts that he demonstrated through the evening

Ian demonstrated PTE for making Avs, on another table. Ian answered patiently, the many questions put to him by most of our members.

I think we all came away with learning something from the evening. We also found it pleasant to have time with each other, to talk and get to know different members of our photo group.

Review by Lynn Middleton-Flynn EPG programme secretary

30th March 2022 Mo Martin and Jenny Baker ARPS and CPAGB/AV Achieving an ARPS Distinction and also Peter Hyett ARPS, AFIAP. An Introduction to gaining a FIAP distinction.

This evening we had three of our own EPG members showing their process and path of gaining their own personal distinction.

The evening started with Mo giving us a before and after of the work that she did to accomplish the final images that she required to gain her ARPS in the contemporary categories.

Mo explained the process of how she selected each of the 15 sport images needed and the work of processing every image to gain the balance needed. Going through various hanging plan arrangements. Finally, to make the whole hanging plan hang together and complement each other. Along with also producing a statement of intent that described and complimented the whole panel.

Jenny then talked us through her beautiful 15 images submitted for gaining her ARPS.  Jenny’s panel was made up of her photographing the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao.            Jenny’s panel was shot in beautiful golden lighting conditions to give a soft glow to the whole panel. Beautiful angels of various parts of the outside of the building created a fascinating panel of angles and shapes. They were all printed on a metallic paper and mounted onto black mount board.

The second half of the evening Peter explained all about gaining his AFIAP and trying for his EFIAP which he is hoping to gain later in the year. Peter explained about how he planned and used a spread sheet, recording all the salons that he entered, helping to record the achievements of each of his acceptances gained. Peter then showed all 67 of his acceptances that helped him to gain his qualifications.

A very big thank you to all three-presenting tonight for a very fascinating evening.

Going for a qualification always pushes your photography to another level.

Review by Lynn Middleton-Flynn EPG Programme Secretary.

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23rd March 2022 Critique Evening - EPG first evening of critiquing members Dpi images and prints.

A big thank you to John Perriam and Sheila Haycox for giving their expert comments on all of the images tonight. From the reaction from everyone in the room and also on zoom the evening was very enjoyable and constructive. Everyone joined in the evening discussing ways to improve and develop all the image presented to the group. Which hopefully both the author and audience were given different ways to see the image.

Also, tips of how to improve the presentation of the image, with a little bit of cropping, dodging and burning. We were presented with a very interesting variety of different styles throughout the evening. Thank you to all who contributed to the evening with the images and the constructive critique.   Below are some of the images shown and an "After"  images with a few simple alterations as a suggestion.

We finished off the evening looking at the top 20 and the winners off the Knightshayes Trophy 2022 competition, the subject being  of "Simplicity.".   Everyone agreed that the winner was a superb photograph, a very beautiful, deserving, simple winning image.

Review by Lynn Middleton-Flynn EPG programme secretary

16th March 2022  -  Lea Tippett with his talk  Land Sea and Sky

This evening EPG was treated to an evening of the most detailed, beautifully printed photographs taken and produced by Lea. Lea Tippett is an ambassador for the Sigma cameras and he talked about and explained the cameras he personally uses.

Lea talked about his preference and style of producing square format prints all printed on Canson Infinity Baryta Prestige 340 paper. The size of his images and depth of field from front to back held so beautifully.  The Images displayed were from around Scotland, the Hebrides Lewis Harris and Uig, Wales, Cornwall and Ireland. All the images had leading lines in to the image, also using the foreground so well. Lea gave lots of information about the times and places of all the locations that he visited.

A very fascinating evening enjoyed by all, to be able to see prints in person once again. For more images go over to his website  go to:  http://www.leatippett.com

Reviewed by Lynn Middleton-Flynn EPG Programme Secretary

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9th March 2022 Competition 4 Judge Pete Fry Photography ARPS DPAGB BPE4*

Competition four, a hybrid meeting, again we had a very good varied entry for our fourth competition of the season.

This evening we started with the prints.  Peter had the prints to view in advance at home. Peter went through each image with, patience and thoughtful constructive criticism. Giving the author of each image, equal time for assessment and judgement.  Peter highlighted tips for his preference of ways to mount the images to get the best possible print.

There was 1 Silvers and 1 Gold in the Mono prints. There was 1 HC 1 Bronze 1 Silver and one Gold in the colour prints.

In the second half of the evening, we had 32 entries for the DPI competition.  Again, Peter went through each image with, patience and thoughtful constructive criticism. Giving lots of tips for improving the images.  We had 3 HC, 3 Bronzes, 1 Silver and 1 Golds in the DPIs, given by Peter.

Thank you to all the participants for making a very interesting evening and congratulations to all the successful images on the night.

Many congratulations to the overall Winner on the night. Can you see me by Lina Valukyniene

Please check out the website, for all the highly commended and winning images, of both the colour print, the black and white prints and the Dpi competition by clicking here.  Don't forget to look at the running totals which you can view here

Reviewed by Lynn Middleton-Flynn EPG Programme Secretary

2nd March 2022 Members Evening  - John Perriam ARPS, DPAGB, AFIAP with his talk called Eclecticity all kinds of everything

EPG first evening back in person for two years, also held as a hybrid meeting via zoom.

The start of the evening Maurice handed out the various cups and shields, they had been held for the winners over the past two years while we were meeting on zoom. Congratulations to all the winners.

John started the first half of the evening with 50 beautifully produced prints on various projects that he had experimented on throughout lockdown. John created projects on experimentation and perfecting throwing darts at balloons, Oil and water, soap bubbles, water droplets and turning the droplets into aliens, as only John can.  Beautiful prints of the colourful rocks and stones on spittle beach. Delicate BW sketch treatment, punchy BW prints. Also, stunning sand patterns images.

We then had a selection of Avs City People, street photography around Bristol. Bleak Midwinter and the Wild Rose, a music swap created AV.

The second half of the evening John images took us to Dawlish looking back over to Exmouth, dog walkers on the beach, Darts farm showing what different changes to the same images can produce, always encouraging everyone to experiment.   John talked about his day in Exeter taking 90 images in one day, encouraging everyone keep a record for the future of the changing times of our city’s.

Finishing the evening off we had the AV to Boldly Go, beautiful created, inspired again from a music swap. AV A Desolate Place, all set in Dungeness and the last of the evening, AV Stairways created from a visit to Leeds Library. What a wonderful variety of images and prints we were all treated to, with so many different ideas for everyone to try.

A great evening by John, enjoyed by all.

Review by Lynn Middleton-Flynn EPG programme secretary

23rd February 2022 Kirsty Peake LRPS Yellowstone

The World’s First National Park

Hopefully our last zoom only presentation.

Kirsty gave us a wonderful insightful presentation this evening with the first half of the evening all about Yellowstone Park and the thermal features and the wildlife in the park.  Beautiful geysers, the morning glory pool, mud pots, dragons’ den and grottos that have laid dormant. Stunning Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon was a very memorable photo.

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Images of bears, antelopes, red tail hawk, beautiful great grey owl, bluebirds, ospreys and many more fascinating animals.

For the second half of the evening Kirsty talked about her work with the wolves of Yellowstone Explaining about their reintroduction back in to Yellowstone in the 1990s. Talking us through their behaviour and the survival of the fittest. Kirsty explained about the various packs around the park and how they monitored and kept track of the wolves

Aa a qualified Animal Behaviourist, Kirsty’s research into wolf behaviour in relation to dog behaviour took her to Yellowstone. She has spent over 20 years splitting her time between Dartmoor National Park and Yellowstone National Park doing fantastic research.

For more information: https://wolf.org/headlines/2016-who-speaks-for-wolf-award-presented-to-kirsty-peake

 

Review by Lynn Middleton-Flynn EPG programme secretary

16 February 2022  -  In House Mix and Match 

 

For the second year running we ran an in house Mix and Match making up two teams from our membership.  The teams were ran by John Perriam and Sheila Haycox.    Ian Bateman arranged the organisation of the two screens required for the match.  Ralph ~Snook from Bristol judged the competition and certainly entered into the spirit of the match.

40 images from each team were projected alternately, the second image having to match in some way or other to the first image.  Ralph then gave a point if it matched but if it didn't then the team putting up the first image gained the point.  Ralph then awarded a point for the best image.

Team A ran by Sheila gained 42 points and Team B ran by John gained 38 points.  An enjoyable evening where members were allowed to try to influence the judge!!!!!

2nd February 2022 Exmouth Photo Group Show and Tell

Exmouth Photo Groups evening of our own members showing three of their personal favourite images. All members were encouraged to show and tell what they liked about the three images presented, in any way they cared to produce; on anything that they enjoy.

Once again, we were treated to a very enjoyable evening seeing the great variety of photos, on a very diverse range of topics, infrared, studio workshops, nature. iPhone photos, landscapes., ICM, multiple exposures, Cathedral’s, trains and fireworks and more.

John talked about his panels that he had put together, to demonstrate the various different ways that you can work one photo. He then produced a variation from the same image of layered images with blur, cropped and BW. We ended the evening with a lovely BW image taken at night from Maggy.

Once again, this evening highlighted the range of talent that we have in our club. How our members are experimenting with a wide range of subjects and styles. Members also shared a lot of information of where and how their photos were taken.

Again, a very relaxed, thoroughly enjoyable evening, seeing our very own members images. Thank you to all members that contributed and made for a very enjoyable evening.

Review by Lynn Middleton-Flynn EPG Programme Secretary.

26th January 2022 Two Speakers Paul Mcloughlin and John Baker 

What a fantastic evening presented to EPG tonight. Both Paul and John presented stunning images,  with so much inspiring information given so freely.   

Paul presented the first half of the evening starting with a quote by Constable. "The sky is the chief organ of sentiment in a picture." How true with all of the variety of skies in the photos that Paul delighted and impressed all of our members tonight.

Storms and squalls, rain, rainbows, fog bows coastal storms, night, fire clouds, sun pillows, 22 degree halos, beautiful mist and so much more. Taken in beautiful locations around the UK and also from his back door. Paul showed his love of going out in to the landscape, inspiring everyone to get out in all weathers.

9th February 2022 Ian Bateman FRPS MPAGB AV-AFIAP APAGB -   Members Evening Hidden France

Another fascinating member evening from Ian. The talk presented from his many trips to the hidden parts of France. Using a magazine guiding you to seek the lesser-known places all off the normal beaten tourist attractions.

We visited the region Auvergne. The Cahors is a town on the Lot River. With the magnificent bridge spanning over the river lot.

We were delighted with an AV on the Night at the Opera House, where a chandelier fell down into the audience. Ian produced the AV 20 years ago and the opera house is no longer used for opera. The Garnier Opera house is now used for ballet.

The next area in hidden France we visited was Place de Bastille monument and on to a nearby hidden walkway. The Coulée verte René-Dumont or Promenade plantée (French for tree-lined walkway) is a 2.9-mile elevated linear park built on top of obsolete railway infrastructure in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, France. A fascinating walking area to see a different perspective of the area.

On to the Auvergne, to an interesting building called Vulcania, which is an educational French amusement park and museum with a volcano theme.

We then visited the Polignac a commune in the Haute-Loire department.      A very interesting area of chapels and monuments on top of rocks. 

 

We then were shown a very poignant AV about the Oradour-sur-Glane massacre 642 civilians, including non-combatant women and children, they were massacred by a German Waffen-SS company.

Ian then presented images taken in Le Caylar, the Carved tree of Michel Chevray who gave a second life to the centenary elm on the village square. Beautifull carvings on the tree are of local residents, animals, insects and more.

Last we were treated to a fascinating story of the Postman’s Palace in the Hautrives town of a stunning palace, constructed entirely from handpicked pebbles over a period of 33 years.

We all enjoyed a very entertaining and very interesting evening, kindly presented by Ian.

Review by Lynn Middleton-Flynn EPG Programme secretary

John talked about being given a Leica by a relative and learning the beauty of using this stunning camera. When managing to master the camera he produced beautiful images with the special lenses and the new way of seeing through the view finder.

John talked about his on going project, of every month since 2008 to the present day, of photograping a subject a month. John started doing themed tryptych panels each month covering such a variety of subject. Birds, motorcross, mountain bikes, waterfalls, surfers, lighthouses, railways and so many more subjects.

Johns interest in the Milkyway and capturing of Comets showed his facination and  his vast knowledge of the sky. John shared his vast knowledge to gain information of where to view the objects in the skies, also the timings, with the various apps that he uses. Photo pills, Sky guide, Glendale app, Clear outside, Cesium app and Transit finder.

Link to more images and information https://blackdarter.co.uk

Review by Lynn Middleton-Flynn EPG Programme Secretary.

19th January 2022 Competition 3 Judge Richard Curzon

Competition three, again we had a very good varied entry for our second competition of the season. This evening we had 43 entries for the DPI competition. Richard went through each image with, patience and thoughtful constructive criticism. Giving the author of each image, equal time for assessment and judging.  We had 2 HC, 4 Bronzes, 2 Silver and 2 Golds in the DPIs, given by Richard.

There was 9 colour print entries and 5 black and white print entries. Peter was viewing the prints at home, then a copy of the print was projected as a DPI on the evening for everyone.

There was 1 Bronze 1 Silver and 1 Gold in the colour prints.  There was 1 Silvers and 1 Gold in the Mono prints.

Thank you to all the participants for making a very interesting evening and congratulations to all the successful images on the night.

Many congratulations to the Overall Winner on the night, Mike Gillian, for his image Jantar Matra

Please check out the website, for all the highly commended and winning images, of both the colour print, the black and white prints and the Dpi competition by clicking here.    Don't forget to look at the running totals which you can view here

Reviewed by Lynn Middleton-Flynn EPG Programme Secretary

12th January 2021 Members Evening -  Nova Fisher and Deirdre Jennings

Nova started the evening off with her talk on Travel in covid times Taking us on a descriptive tour off her trip to Argentina, Uruguay and to South Georgia Antarctica

 

Starting off from Argentina, with all the very colourful houses and the poignant stones of all the names written on to individual stones. Then placed around the monument in memory off all the people who have passed. Nova talked about visiting the famous bookshop with beautiful images taken from inside of the bookshop. The open flower sculpture, the cathedral and Parque de la Costa theme park that covered 23 acres.

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Then on to Uruguay where most places were closed due to covid, but the streets were littered with old cars, some with plants growing inside of them. But on the trip Nova was able to get up close on the smaller boats to some of the coastal areas to see the vast amount of sealions and the stunning cormorants.

Nova then went on to the Antarctic peninsula. When boarding the ship possession’s that were taken on board all had to be hoovered, to make sure that nothing foreign was transported to Antarctica. The disappointment to Nova was that it was too cloudy to see the eclipse because of the cloud. But being able to see the chin strap penguins and the emperor penguins made the trip all worthwhile. The video and the images told it all, giving a great sound and visual sense of the scale of the penguin colonies.

Deirdre presented The Highlights of Morocco for the second part of the evening.  Traveling in 2012 meeting up with friends who kindly hosted them for part of their time. Deirdre gave a detailed tour of her time visiting around Morocco, with lovely photos of her time visiting Agadir to Marrakesh. Images of daily life of the workers and their products on sale in the markets, the sales of medicines with a lovely display and description of their purpose. Surfing on the coast and fishing and the fishermen’s lifestyle. Deidre highlighted the very decorative restaurants with all the beautiful mosaics.

We visited Polizzi Medina with the goats eating up in the tree, Essaouira the main shipping port, Marrakech with the ornate gardens, Fez with the glorious doors to the palace. Also, there famous tanneries with the great images of the workers. On to Volubillis with the roman ruins. Visiting Maknes, Rabat and finishing the tour in Casablanca commercial centre and the palace.

A very big thank you to two off our members Nova and Deirdre for showing two very different areas of the world. Enjoyed by all.

Review by Lynn Middleton-Flynn programme secretary.

5th January 2022 Speaker Marija Lees LRPS People Street Photography

For the first evening of 2022 we were entertained with great photos along with an entertaining dialogue of each image presented by Marija.

The first part of the evening, all the images were produced in black and white making for powerful photos. The images all through the evening had people in somewhere. Small in the frame or up close and very personal. Marija captured all the up close and personal photos, by engaging the person with her interest in their trades and their choice of life styles.

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Marija took us around Exeter into shoe shops, to fishermen in Bude, to Saunton sands to the Lido in Plymouth. London to brick lane for many interesting characterful people. Marija captured candid shots of friends and family, social documentary, to 40s events, agricultural shows and landscapes.

The second half of the evening Marija explained her Exchange twinning trip to Russia in 2017. A wonderful project which explored the Russian people’s decorative buildings and the people of Russia styles and lives.

An exhibition was put on in Russia and here in Exeter at the Ramm Museum documenting and displaying the exchange trip. Also articles in the local papers and the RPS Journal. A very interesting entertaining evening.

Review by Lynn Middleton-Flynn EPG Programme secretary.

Happy New Year