November 2018

Paul de Sylva was the judge for our second in-house DPI League Competition which incorporated two competitions - Flora which required images of flowers, plant life and fungi and secondly Wildlife. Both of these competitions adhered to the agreed coordinated definition of Nature and Wildlife photography adopted by the FIAP. The Wildlife Trophy was won by Julie Claydon with her image ' Redshank ' and runner-up was an image by Karen Coller titled ' Mid Air Encounter '. The Flora Trophy was awarded to Lyn Rendall with her image  ' Scabious - Pincushion Flower ' and runner-up was 'Banana Leaf ' by John Taylor.

Following on from this we had an in-house workshop evening themed as  'questions and answers'.  Some of the more proficient members of the club were able to answer questions and give brief demonstrations about queries that arose in the use of Photoshop and Lightroom.  There was also help on hand with 'hardware' issues regarding camera settings, metering modes and lighting techniques.  Thanks go to all involved who helped with the running of the evening - we hope the members who posed the questions came away with a little extra knowledge.

Round 2 of our Print League Competition titled 'Portrait' was judged by Gordon Brown ARPS who stood in as a replacement judge, due to illness.  There was a good selection of images both in colour and monochrome and the overall winners were a husband and wife team - Nicky and Jim Pascoe.  Nicky's image 'In the Woodland' was placed first with Jim's 'Mustang Boy' as runner-up.

To round off the month we were treated to a fascinating talk by Edward Parker who is a renowned prize winning photographer and writer who specialises in environmental issues across the globe. Although his travels have taken him to many foreign countries such as Brazil, the Congo and Vietnam etc. he lives in Dorset where he is also manager for the Springhead Trust, and has been photographing trees for over 25 years in more than 30 books. He delights in capturing images of trees, young and ancient, and both his talk  and book titled 'Photographing Trees' explored what makes a good and successful photograph. He willingly shared his knowledge on the composition of his images and how by the careful use of light, using the rule of thirds and viewpoint he produced an array of stunning images, which can be seen at various exhibitions across the country.