Upcoming Meetings

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 13 November when we look forward to a return visit by Leo Rich ARPS, Hon PAGB, EFIAP/g who will talk about the PAGB award scheme.


Bradford Abbas Shield

Tuesday 23 October saw the annual competition for the Bradford Abbas Shield.  This year SBACC welcomed Shaftesbury, South Petherton, Wincanton and Yeovil camera clubs.  Each club submitted five prints and five digital images, making a total of 50 entries.  The theme was "Shadows" and we were delighted to have John Tisley as our judge.  As always, his in-depth critiques were fair and consistent:  he explained that with competitions, photographers should try to take images specifically for it rather than find something in their archives to suit the occasion;  images should tell a story, demonstrate  some originality, be relevant to the title of the competition and show attention to detail.   It was particularly interesting to note how many times John's comments related to this latter point.

The results were:

    1. SBACC178 points
    2. Shaftesbury Camera Club 171 points
    3. South Petherton Photographic Society 170 points
    4. Wincanton Camera Club162 points
    4. Yeovil Camera Club 162 points

SBACC scored strongly in both sections with Malcolm Balmer, Fo Bugler and Jay Warnes all achieving the top mark for one of their entries.

Meanwhile, congratulations to all the photographers for providing such a high standard of entry, and thanks to our visitors who contributed to a very enjoyable evening.


WCPF Print Portfolio

At last Tuesday’s meeting, members spent the evening viewing the WCPF’s travelling print portfolio.
Much discussion took place over which images were preferred.
These evenings are always enjoyable and informative.
Thanks Roger for picking up and returning the portfolio.


BA Shield Images

At our last meeting we viewed and discussed the ‘Shadows’ images that members put forward for selection for the Bradford Abbas Shield Competition.

It was an interactive evening as usual with plenty of discussion, critique and disclosing of editing techniques.  The selection process will not be an easy task!


New Season!!

AGM and Summer Images

The new season got off to a cracking start, with a very well attended AGM followed by a presentation of summer images. We were delighted to see some old faces returning to the club and to have a new member, David Mitchell.

After five years on the committee, Roger Gibson decided to stand down. Roger has made a major contribution to the club and was presented with a small token of the committee's appreciation for all his hard work. The remaining members of the committee were re-elected en bloc, with Malcolm Balmer remaining as Chairman. In addition, the club voted unanimously to elect Sarah Simpson to the team. Sarah is already well known to members for her help with the website and the refreshments, so it is great to have her on board in an official capacity.

Reports were presented to the members, showing the club to be in a good financial position. Thanks were extended to Barbara for keeping us in the black!

This seasons Events Programme is displayed on the website, and is full of interesting and stimulating talks, competitions and social activities.

Photo-shoots will continue to be organised throughout the season - as soon as details of the next one is finalised it will be posted on the website, so watch this space!

Following the coffee break we viewed members' summer images. There was a superb collection of shots which reflected the very high standards of the current membership, and with most of the photographers present, it was an added bonus to learn the technical details employed to create them.

Our progress bodes well for this seasons competitions - we look forward to an exciting year ahead.

Rouen Cathedral LITH


Brian Clarke

The last meeting of the current season provided us with a challenging talk by club member Brian Clarke, entitled; "The Colourful World of Black and White". Brian, a highly respected photographer specialising in mono images and winner of many competitions, illustrated his theme with a selection of his superb prints. These wonderfully demonstrated the art of toning with shades of pink, copper, blue and selenium.

In the second part of his talk, Brian went through the various stages of the process in Photoshop, showing us, through the use of colour balance adjustment and hue/saturation, how colour can be introduced to a black and white image.   It was timely to have such an inspiring talk at the close of the current programme, as members can now practice the technique through the summer break!

Burnham Copper Blue


Outdoor Shoot to Yetminster

The end of season outdoor shoot took place this year in Yetminster. Although to passers-by it was a glorious sunny evening, for photographers, dealing with the variant light posed quite a challenge!

Please go to our Photoshoots page to see the full article and images!


Mike Birbeck

The Club was delighted to welcome back Mike Birbeck FRPS, FBPA, FDPS who gave an enthralling  print presentation entitled:  "The North of England".   Beginning with York and covering Lindisfarne, Appleby Fair, Whitby, Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales, Mike's superb images illustrated his expertise not only with the camera, but also with editing and professional presentation.

A worthy Ambassador for Fotospeed, Mike's images displayed his eye for composition, the use of light, all further enhanced by his correct choice of photo paper.   We were privileged to be able to view so much of his work and left the meeting enthused to try some of the various techniques he employed.



Hack a Shot

The Annual Hack a Shot meeting provided entertainment, admiration and education in equal measure. Members had been provided with four images which they were invited to "hack" with no restriction on software or method.

The results showed the imagination which exists within the club as well as expertise. Photographers described not only how they had achieved their result and how long it took, but also those effects they were unable to accomplish. The use of filters and stretching an image in addition to such changes as adding, changing and/or moving objects ensured that all the alterations resulted in a completely new composition. Those who did not feel confident enough to submit an entry were left full of envy and admiration!

Sarah Simpson
Been waiting long - Jay Warnes
Ali Morton
Brian Haigh
Tony Hilton


Joint Meeting with Dorchester and Shaftesbury Clubs

The hall was full for a most convivial evening when we welcomed members of Dorchester and Shaftesbury camera clubs to the 3-way annual meet. Each club presented ten digital images with the photographers recounting "The Story Behind the Image".

This was not a competition and it was refreshing to see so many excellent photographs which had not been taken with a judge in mind! They provided the accompaniment to a range of fascinating stories: some poignant, some funny, some educational but all extremely interesting with members paying rapt attention.

During the interval the hall buzzed with conversation and a splendid range of cakes quickly disappeared into people's stomachs!

Our thanks to all those who contributed to such a worthwhile and enjoyable evening and we look forward to next year's fixture.


Stephen Spraggon

At a very well attended meeting members heard a superb talk by the renowned landscape photographer, Stephen Spraggon. Stephen's excellent images were further enhanced by the inauguration of the club's new projector which has vastly improved the visual experience and provides the club with a professional standard of presentation.

Stephen's talk, entitled Four Seasons in One Day was divided into four sections: spring, summer, autumn and winter. Each section was prefaced by a selection of seasonal images before Stephen expanded on what to look for, where to go, when to go and how to learn about seasonal light. In this latter context, he gave some excellent examples of the use of The Photographer's Ephemeris, a map-centric sun and moon calculator which shows how light will fall, day or night, for any location.

This was Stephen's second visit to the club and he didn't disappoint. His easy manner coupled with a well-constructed delivery ensured his talk was hugely enjoyed by all.

See more of Stephens inspiring work at www.spraggonphotography.co.uk

Burrow Hill, a prominent landmark on the Somerset Levels, photographed on a misty winter morning.
A 'wolf moon', the first supermoon of 2018, rising behind Glastonbury Tor, Somerset, on New Year's Day.
Intense red light from sunset hits the peaks of Yewbarrow, Great Gable and Lingmell on an autumn afternoon at Wast Water in the Lake District.
Gary Doodney
Malcolm Balmer
Trevor Austin


Landscape Critique Evening

The New Year got off to a brilliant start with a landscape critique evening designed to tie in with the talk to be given by Stephen Spraggon in February.

Both digital images and prints were enthusiastically viewed and the photographers explained why they had taken the image, what they liked or disliked about it and answered queries about exposure, shutter speed, paper, mounts etc.

A wide range of excellent images fired up enthusiasm (and envy!!) and through friendly and constructive dialogue much was learnt about the art of landscape photography.

The evening was further enhanced by Pam's excellent mincemeat cakes which threw any new year resolutions about calories out of the window.

Many thanks Pam!


Christmas Quiz

On Tuesday 12th December, a light-hearted quiz evening provided plenty of entertainment and ensured that everyone got into the swing of the festive season. "Guess the Photographer" required members to match images on the screen against a list of participating photographers. This was considerably harder than thought and a top score of 6 out of 25 won Sarah Simpson first prize.

After a longer than usual coffee break where mince pies replaced the usual biscuits and conversation buzzed, members faced an excellent set of twenty questions on photography put together by Mike Herrmann. It was a salutary reminder to everyone how little is known on the subject generally!!!!

The result was a tie on 13 points between Malcolm Balmer, Jay Warnes and Tony Hilton forcing a tie-break, which was won by Jay.

Chris Edgecombe

Tony Worobiec FRPS


Nightime and Low Light Photography - Tony Worobiec FRPS

Those who attended this meeting on 14th November, and it was a very good turn out indeed, had an absolute treat.
Tony, who is a font of knowledge, showed us his fabulous photographs taken in the golden hour, the blue hour and beyond and into virtual darkness.  These were accompanied with explanations of how the pictures were taken, the techniques employed and all this with a very large dose of good humour!

Many of us were so enthused by Tony’s excellent presentation, that an evening shoot at Weymouth's old town is being planned. Malcolm will circulate more about that in due course.

Please feel free to visit Tonys' website to see his fantastic work!


Bradford Abbas Shield

Tuesday 24th October saw five clubs, namely South Petherton, Wincanton, Shaftesbury, SBACC and Yeovil, compete for the coveted Bradford Abbas Shield.
The theme was "Agriculture" and with members attending from all the participating clubs, this was a very busy and excellent night for the club.
The quality of entries was high, and this was reflected by the small difference between the highest and lowest scores which were as follows:

1. South Petherton Photographic Society 174 points
2. Shaftesbury Camera Club 169 points
3. Wincanton Camera Club 168 points
4. Sherborne and Bradford Abbas Camera Club 160 points
5. Yeovil Camera Club 159 points

Each club entered five digital images and five prints and some of the highest scoring images are shown on the right.

Tractor Driver - Steve chick

Suckling Pigs - James Mcinnes

Precision Drilling - Roger Gibson (SBACC)

Smoke on Water - Fo bugler (SBACC)

Farming Country - Rob Cochran (Wincanton)

Below is the trophy being presented by our chairman, Malcolm Balmer, to very worthy winners South Petherton.

We look forward to seeing you all again next year!

Smoke on the Water - Fo Bugler SBACC
Farming country, by Rob Cochran (Wincanton)
Tractor Driver Steve Chick
Suckling Pigs James Mcinnes
Precision drilling Roger Gibson SBACC
SABACC Shield winners, South Petherton
Bradford Abbas Shield 1024
The Crowd


Bradford Abbas Shield Image Selection

At last Tuesday's meeting, we selected our entries for the Bradford Abbas Shield competition, where this year the theme is 'Agriculture'.

Those present saw 49 excellent images and for the first time, the selection was made by the members themselves rather than the committee.

The scores have now been collated and the selected images are as follows:

Smoke on Water - Fo Bugler

Making Silage - Mike Herrman

Ploughing near Colmers Hill - Fo Bugler

After the Harvest - Malcolm Balmer

Bullock Licking Nostril - Fo Bugler

Black Barn, Yellow Field - Fo Bugler

Precision Drilling - Roger Gibson

You Looking At Me - Malcolm Balmer

Mum & Son - Fo Bugler

Electric Storm over Crop - Brian Clarke


First meeting of the season!


Welcome to our new season; we started with a bang on Tuesday, warmly welcoming two new members, Chris Edgecombe and Anders Mattson. We hope you enjoyed the experience and look forward to seeing you both again at the next meeting! We are also incredibly pleased to welcome back Fo Bugler - we look forward to seeing more of your creativity this season!

To see some of Fo's outstanding work, please visit our Members Galleries page, as Fo is featured there!

Shadow Rays - Fo Bugler
Shadow Rays - Fo Bugler

This meeting included our AGM, where Norman Crabb presented the club’s accounts for the last time, as he has stepped down as treasurer after many years of service, returning to the back benches where he will continue to play an active part in our club. Barbara Herbert was  elected as our new treasurer, and although Normans are big shoes to fill we are confident Barbara is equal to the challenge! We are also pleased to announce we have a new chairman, Malcolm Balmer, who accepted his election to the position with an enthusiastic address to the members. The remaining committee members were re-elected on bloc.

Following our coffee break, we looked at and appraised portfolios of prints from the WCPF Travelling Print Portfolio. Small groups each took a box of photos and appraised them, finally selecting a print deemed to be the best of the set. A member of each group then displayed the print and explained the merits for which they had selected it. The process was great fun and it was intriguing to hear other members opinions on composition, technique and artistic style - do we have a few budding judges in our midst?

The Isle of Portland Heritage Trust photo competition takes place in October, their website is at http://www.stgeorgesreforne.co.uk/ from where you can click on the competition rules and entry form. Entries need to be in by 9th October but collections are available from certain branches of Wessex Photographic. It is a fairly prestigious competition with numerous clubs contributing entries.


End of season meeting


With the prospect of a long summer ahead there was an upbeat, end-of-term feeling about last Tuesday evening’s Camera Club meeting. Swallows, house martins, and now swifts have returned, signalling a clear change of season.

Huw Alban (‘artist using photography’) was our guest speaker. You may remember how well-prepared and carefully presented his talk on ‘The Emotional Landscape’ was, back in 2015. Last Tuesday’s presentation: ‘My Photography – My Way’, was similarly detailed, but this time concentrating on techniques to capture the very best image in camera.

Underpinning Huw’s photography is a real sense of wanting to capture the mood of a scene, and to think carefully about how to convey this. The histogram is critical, and we were shown also how neutral density and graduated filters can enhance what the camera records. This was illustrated by some of his very fine photographs.

My projects for the summer obviously involve tripod, filters, histograms . . . and a small notebook!