Upcoming Meetings........

On Tuesday 27th March members will show off their software manipulation skills with the annual "Hack a Shot" meeting.
As always, this is bound to be an entertaining, informal and educational evening.


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 left.

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


Photoshop Workshop

At a very well attended meeting, Jay Warnes gave us a presentation on Photoshop, showing us all the tricks and methods he employs in post processing.
Along with many others present, I learned new ways in which the programme can be used, and squeezing the use of most of the Photoshop tools into two hours was definitely a considerable achievement.
Needless to say we overran, but the coup de grace for me came when, after our chairman had called time Jay explained the use of the gradient tool, which has now become a firm part of my processing routine.

Thank you Jay for a most enjoyable session - I think that all of us who were lucky enough to be there have taken a substantial step forward in our post processing skills.


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!



Club photoshoot


At the last meeting, the club had a most enjoyable photo shoot for one hour in Sherborne. It was a beautiful evening and members took full advantage of the excellent light to photograph the evening sun shining on Sherborne’s historic buildings, and the shadows cast in the gardens.  These were some of the many photo opportunities that were found around the ancient streets

Returning to Bradford Abbas Village Hall for refreshments, the very creditable results of the evening’s efforts were projected onto the screen for discussion and some light hearted banter.

Our next meeting which is on Tuesday 23rd May, is the last of the season and will be a talk by Huw Alban entitled “My Photography- My Process-My Way”.  The members who attended Huw’s workshop at Sherborne Castle will know what a treat this lecture is going to be.

May I remind those who were at the workshop, that your favourite image from the day should be forwarded to Huw for critique to be discussed at our next meeting. huw@huwalban.com.