Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Tuesday 2nd October – Summer Challenge Results and a talk by David Spain

The moment everyone has been waiting for when the results of this 2018 Summer Challenge were announced.
There were 24 entries ranging from motor racing to horses, from overseas to very local. A big thank you to all members who entered. The judges had a tough time and the results were close. 
In third place was Jack Mitchell with Winged Insects, in second place was Any Lowe with Last Minute Macro and this year's Summer Challenge Champion is Dawn Osborn with Birds of Iceland. The contact sheets of the winners are shown below.

This was followed by an illustrated talk from one of the club members David Spain, who has had a varied and interesting career taking pictures of the famous and not so famous, covering a wide variety of genre, including several images which had been published in magazines. He even had one of his pictures used on a  postage stamp!
David stressed that his career had been helped by who he knew and as such many doorways had opened for him.  However, as David himself said, it is not just knowing the people to get the openings, you still had to come up with the goods. Most of his images were taken on film which had the added disadvantage of not being able to "chimp" but have the agonising wait to get the rolls developed to see whether or not you had captured the required images!! Clearly David repeatedly met the client's brief and showed us some stunning images, both colour and monochrome, many of which he had developed himself. 
An interesting evening which was well received by members.

2018 Summer Challenge Champion, Dawn Osborn 

2nd in 2018 Summer Challenge, Andy Lowe

 3rd in 2018 Summer Challenge, Jack Mitchell

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Tuesday 25th September – "A Moment Captured" an illustrated talk by Shirley Hollis

We were delighted to welcome Shirley Hollis to our club meeting tonight. Shirley came all the way from Dunstable to give a talk entitled " A Moment Captured". Shirley has an ARPS and AFIAP and after a brief biographical journey she proceeded to share many of her award winning prints. Throughout Shirley stressed that she aimed to capture that fleeting moment of light, emotion or action. In the break members had a chance to see her ARPS Panel of 15 images, all taken in Ashridge Forrest and all ICM. 
After the break we were treated to an  audio visual presentation of images from Iceland. 
Members very much appreciated the hints and tips and suggestions about how to capture some good images and found Shirley's talk very inspirational.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Kentwell Michaelmas - Saturday 22nd September 2018

Another season of club events started with a welcome return to Kentwell Hall providing a chance to catch up with their amazing Tudors.  They certainly paint a very vivid picture of what life must have been like in the 16th century.  In character all the time and full of fascinating facts about local and national history.
We watched food preparation both in the Hall's kitchen for the Gentry and outside for the Estate workers before enjoying our own excellent lunch in the cafe.

Some images from the day are shown below:

Family at Prayer by Roy Scrivener

Plucking Doves for Lunch by Diana Graham

Alchemy by Nick Akers

Good Woman Baker by Christine Alcock

Ladies at Lunch by Roy Scrivener

Spinning a Yarn by Dawn Osborn

Mischief by Graham Jackson

Preparing the anti moth mixture by Francesca Shearcroft

Peeling the Onions by Andy Caws

Keep Your Powder Dry by Christine Alcock

The Shy Embroiderer! by Di Jackson

Kitchen Maid by David Wilkin

Dr. Lee by Di Jackson

Shot Maker by Francesca Shearcroft

Pottage Mass Production by Nick Akers

Mealtime at Kentwell Hall by Diana Graham

Players by Andy Caws

Kentwell Kitchen by David Wilkin

The Alchemist by Dawn Osborn

Relaxing by Graham Jackson

Preparing the Potage by Di Jackson

Tuesday 11th September – Welcome back and Summer Challenge

The hall was buzzing with much conversation as members caught up with each other after the summer break. Subs paid, forms completed and we settled down to watch this year's Summer Challenge entries.
The judges, Michael Paddison, Liz and Nick Akers, had no easy task scoring all the images from 24 entries which ranged from Architecture to Wildlife and from Monochrome to Double Exposures. All the scores were handed in and the results will be announced on 9th October.
Thanks to all entrants and to the judges. 

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Tuesday 10th July – AGM, Presentation of Awards, Slide shows and Social.

Over 40 members attended the AGM. No two years at WDPC are the same and this year we had cause for many individual celebrations with several folks gaining both CPAGB and DPAGB awards, one member had several successes in external competitions and several members continue to gain BPE acceptances. Not to mention 19 members having a total of 31 images accepted for the EAF exhibition of which two were selected for the PAGB National exhibition.
The business section of the evening was kept to a minimum as all reports had been sent out prior to the meeting. The new committee was elected.
The trophies and certificates for the Photgpraher of the Year, both print and digital, were awarded as were those for the Image of the Year and the most improved member. Full details can be found on the Roll of Honour Page.
The meeting closed and we were able to watch two slideshows, one showed all the high scoring images from the year, the other captured the flavour of all the club events throughout the year. Members then enjoyed light refreshments.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Sunday 8th July - BBQ

Perfect BBQ weather and over 40 of us gathered at Wells Cole to enjoy a BBQ prepared by the Wells Cole team.  It was a great way to celebrate the end of the season.  We finished the afternoon with a Jenga challenge which for some was a fun spectator sport and for others, a serious competitive knock-out challenge!

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Tuesday 26 June - Image of the Year

Bob Good was the judge for our Image of the Year competition.  We had 29 entries in the digital section and 24 in print.

In his introduction, Bob listed his favourite subjects but you can see from his final selection, the images he chose covered a wide range.  Bob held back several images that were in contention before making his final decision.  Congratulations to Andy Lowe for his digital image ‘Fated Funghi’ and to Fred Thompson for his print ‘Female Banded Demoiselle’ - they are this season’s Images of the Year.

Take a look at the winners, runners up and the highly commended images below.

Digital Image of the Year


Print Image of the Year


Digital runners-up and highly commended

2nd POPPY LIGHT by Fred Thompson

3rd ARTHUR by Christine Frost

Highly Commended


A BRUSH WITH A FOX by Robin Orrow



 HAPPY HOUR by Christine Alcock

 Print runners-up and highly commended


3rd TURNING BACK THE CLOCK by Graham Frost

Highly commended  HARE GROOMING by Caroline Tillett