Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Tuesday 12th January 2021 – "The Art of Composite Photography"

The first meeting of 2021 and we were delighted to welcome Sharon and Robert Prenton-Jones, all the way from N Wales. Thank goodness for Zoom.

A usual the meeting was in two halves, firstly Robert talked about how he created his stunning images. Not just showing the finished result but he included many behind the scenes images. When out and about with the camera he focussed on capturing many apparently random images, knowing he could possibly use them in future composites. He stressed the importance of ensuring the light/shadows in the different images were the same. He concluded by talking us through how he created a modern version of Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper. 

After the break Sharon talked us through how she created some of her Magical Legends images. Her talk included hints and tips on how to blend images together, how to create mist and again the various layers she used to compose the final images. The inclusion of a practical demo of using Photoshop was much appreciated. Both Sharon and Robert included a slide show in there talks.

The evening was well supported by members who were not disappointed by a very informative and entertaining evening. Thanks to Robert and Sharon.

Monday, 21 December 2020

Tuesday 15th December - Christmas Fun

Well, we may not have had our usual Christmas Dinner celebrations but we still managed to celebrate 'Zoom' style.  Christmas hats, reindeer antlers, Christmas jumpers and flashing bow ties were all seen in abundance and as a special treat we had a visitation from Father Christmas!

We had a slideshow of everyones homemade Christmas cards - some photographically designed, some beautifully painted and all looking splendid.

Next came a Christmas themed quiz which worked surprisingly well. Judging from some rather 'rosy' faces plenty of alcohol and mince pies were being consumed as well!

Wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas and looking forward to a healthy New Year when we can all meet up again.

Some of our Christmas cards can be seen below:

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Tuesday 8th December – The Diary of a Nature Photographer

Last week we heard from a Spaniard living in Ireland this week we have a  Dutch gentlemen living in London, Rene de Heer, to talk to us about his nature photography, mainly birds.

Rene took us on a world tour and showed us many stunning bird photographs. It was good to see some of these birds which are not the normal birds seen in the UK, including golden eagles, pigmy owls and cranes.  Rene researched and planned his trips so he knew exactly where to go to find  the species he was looking for. Although frequently frustrated by poor weather, it was evident from Rene's pictures that he was very patient spending many hours in hides, not always in the most comfortable of positions, and it was clear his perseverance paid off.

Unusually for such a talk Rene also included some images of the hides and even an occasional landscape view to show the sort of areas he visited.

An interesting evening which had a good attendance from members who were captivated by the images displayed on screen. Some of Rene's pictures can be seen on his website:  I can imagine that there will be several members wanting to go along on one of Rene's tours to Spain when travelling restrictions are lifted!

Thursday, 3 December 2020

Tuesday 1st December – "Architectural Photography – In search of the genus loci"

We were delighted to welcome Iñaki Hernández-Lasa FRPS, FIPF, AFIAP, all the way from Limerick, to our club meeting this week. When you think of architectural images you tend to think of photos of a building, often in its entirety and in its environment. 

Iñaki shared with us his vision for architectural images which was very different and he tried to capture the spirit of the place by showing abstract or minimalist images. His talk was centred around his two panels, one from the Guggenheim in Bilbao for his FRPS and one based on Valencia for his FIPF; both of which can be seen on his website,  

Iñaki emphasised the need to plan and prepare your shoots, the need to often wander around the buildings for some considerable time before even taking out the camera. He frequently arrived at the venue early before there were too many people around then having the patience to wait until the person/people were in just the right place.  The importance was the thought process behind the image and not the gear used to capture the image. 

Many members commented that they were inspired to go out and take some images of more contemporary buildings when we are able to travel around more freely.

Friday, 27 November 2020

Tuesday 24th November – "f32 and be early"

 Again we are privileged in lockdown to have speakers not usually available to us in Norfolk. This week we welcomed Stephen Lewis, ARPS, to give his presentation "f32 and be early".

f32 referred to the fact that Steve uses a large format camera for much of his work and as a landscape photographer is often up early to capture the shot. Steve's images, from many varied locations at home and abroad, were stunning. He is a stickler for details often going back to a location several times in order to capture the image he envisaged. He certainly provided inspiration and an understanding as to why he took a particular shot, giving compositional details as well as camera settings.

Thanks Steve for coming to Norfolk from near Chester. Some of Steve's images can be seen on his web site HERE.

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Tuesday 17th November Competition - Open Monochrome

 Our judge for this 2nd round of our digital League Competition was David Gibbins ARPS, APAGB, EFIAP/b, BPE5* who joined us via Zoom from Nottingham.  David was in for a busy evening as he had 23 Members and 62 Members Advanced images to judge.  In his introduction David explained that he had a particular interest in Monochrome images - so no pressure!

After much deliberation and holding back of several images, David made his final selection and his top scoring images can be seen below.

Thank you David for an excellent evening.

High scoring images from the Members Class:

SANJAY by Les Thwaites 20/20

LLOYDS by Les Thwaites 19/20

DON'T MESS WITH ME by Pam Rutty 18/20

OYSTERLINGS by Maureen Campbell 18/20

GRANDCHILD AURORA by Vanessa Robertson 17/20

READY FOR AN EARLY START by Daphne Lingwood 17/20

THE OLD COMPOST HEAP by Pam Rutty 17/20

TRIO by Jim McConnell 17/20

High scoring images from the Members Advanced Class:

ANNA by Di Jackson 20/20

BLOWIN IN THE WIND by David Ashfield 19/20

THE RUNNER by Shirley Radden 19/20


THE SEA POOL by David Turner 18/20

THE STARE by Robin Orrow 18/20

WAITING FOR THE TRAIN by Jan Murphy 18/20

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Tuesday 3rd November – "Seeing the Light", by Guy Edwardes

We were delighted to welcome the well known and award winning photographer Guy Edwardes to WDPC tonight to give a presentation entitled "Seeing the Light". The first half was based around landscape images and the second was all about wildlife.

The quality of the actual presentation that Guy gave was second to none, giving many hints and tips as to how he captured his stunning images, with reference to Apps he used, compositional elements, lenses and settings.  Not to mention the planning that went into his photography, invariably needing early morning starts.

The presentation showed many landscape images from around the UK with lots of misty mornings, many from his home county of Dorset but also further afield including Tuscany where he leads regular workshops. Similarly with the wild life images, stunning frogs from Costa Rica and birds from Greece.

Very broad spectrum but all had one thing in common...absolutely beautiful images.

It was our biggest turn out for a Zoom meeting since we had started such meetings and it was easy to see why.  To see some of Guy's images or to find out about his workshops please see his website: