The club's 2017/2018 programme is now complete. There will be a summer break before the start of the next season which begins on Tuesday 11th September with the AGM, followed by viewing a selection of members' summer images.
The last meeting of the current season provided us with a challenging talk by club member, Brian Clark, 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!
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!
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!