Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Tuesday 14th September Zoom Presentation by Phil Savoie

 Although last week we met for real in the  Wells Cole CC it was back to Zoom this week for a presentation by Phil Savoie, original entitled "Up your Photography" but now called " Principals of Photography". We are all still learning and in this talk Phil  shared his Photographic journey of self improvement and how we could create images with impact.

He covered the basics of lenses, depth of field, story telling and the need to have emotional contact with the viewer. All points being well illustrated with  excellent images.  The second half included some really useful Secret Source tips which were so simple and very helpful.

generally agreed that his presentation was brilliant and very informative.

Please check your Phil's web site tis ee some fo his stunning images and film clips:

Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Tuesday 7th September: Summer Challenge

We did not think the day would ever come when we would welcome Members back to the Wells Cole Hall. Several  had booked holidays or had work commitments and sent apologies, none the less there were 33 members who met for the first time in 18 months.

We welcomed along Roy Essery, MPAGB, to be the Judge for the Summer Challenge Competition. In the past we have had three judges each scoring every image, this year we did it slightly differently with only one judge who briefly commentated on each image and then scored the entry on the 7th image which was an image of all 6 images. There were 23 entries and all were praised by Roy as being of a high standard.

As this was the first real meeting before we saw the images for the Summer Challenge the chairman presented the Awards for last season. Click here

No easy task to select a winner but the high scoring images can be seen below

1st Place: Hedgerow Sketches by Andy Caws 20

2nd Place: It's all about the splash by Jan Murphy 20

3rd Place: Summer Insects by Liz Akers 20

Highly Commended: Old Buckenham Airshow by Graham Frost 19


Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Tuesday 22nd June 2021 - WDPC Image of the Year

We were fortunate to get the services of Alison Jenkins ARPS, DPAGB, LMPA as our judge for this our final competition of the season.  Alison had 68 images to select from and they represented just about every genre of photography you could think of - so no easy task.

If that wasn’t enough to keep her busy, our club laptop with all the competition images loaded failed to connect on zoom so Alison not only judged but presented the images via her zoom link to our members.  No problem for Alison.  Every image received a constructive critique, praise given and improvements suggested in a positive, supportive manner.

Many thanks Alison for stepping in and helping us to provide an excellent final competition for this season.

The results of our Image of the Year can be seen below:

1st Place and Image of the Year


2nd Place Image


3rd Place Image

A MOMENT IN TIME by Les Thwaites

4 Images were Highly Commended:


LIFE AFTER DEATH by Caroline Tillett

ON THE BOX by Paul Radden

PASSING TIME by Jan Murphy

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Tuesday 8th June "All the Gear and No Idea" – illustrated talk by Roger Hance FRPS, DPAGB, BPE*5

It was pleasure to welcome back Roger to WDPC. Although fairly local we are still in Zoom mode so unusually for Roger all images were digital. However they certainly did not disappoint. 

His subject matter ranged from portraits to macro, from voles to garden birds and  from landscapes to sport. Whilst showing his images Roger also clearly talked about how he had taken them, what he was aiming at and also how he was continually looking for new subjects. Some of the images included only being taken last week. One thing became clear was that Roger certainly understands his subject when talking about wildlife.

He recently switched to Olympus gear and did refer to his body/lenses quite often but not to the detriment of his talk.

His presentations are always good, his style is very easy to listen to and understand, with many hints and tips provided, and inspired many of us to go out tomorrow to try and get some garden birds, if nothing else.!

it is worth noting that apart from a few Welsh landscapes all images shown were taken in England. 

Roger has recently started his own YouTube channel where he has uploaded several videos on a range of topics, mainly facing on wild life. Click here.

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Tuesday 1st June – "The Way I See It' by Chris Upton, ARPS

Many positive comments after Chris Upton's talk, which covered the 7 steps he thought were necessary to take a good picture. He started by emphasising the need to work out what is the message you are trying to convey before considering the Hows.  Each of his points was most ably illustrated by his own images.

The talk was good instruction for our less able members and a useful refresher for the more experienced.  Lots of practical suggestions, hints and tips but Chris also stressed that looking at all the videos, reading all the books, listening to all the talks etc  was no substitute for actually getting out there with your camera.

Post meeting note: This week Chris has received a commendation for his image "Medusa" in the Sienna awards. No mean achievement considering there were over 50,000 images submitted.

Thursday, 27 May 2021

Tuesday 25th May – "Never underestimate an old women with a camera" – talk by Sally Sallett, ARPS, CPAGB, AFIAP, BPE*3

WDPC were really appreciative of Sally coming along at very short notice. Thank goodness for Zoom as Sally comes from Wakefield!!

It is amazing how many qualifications Sally has achieved in such a short space of time. In the first half she shared some of her fairly normal pictures but in second half we saw some of her award winning images. For example her panels for her RPS distinctions and her CPAGB images, with very different but enjoyable styles.

Although Sally did not share any processing suggestions her creativity certainly showed through in her images. Many of her images can be seen on Face book. 

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Tuesday 11th May – Mark Sisson, "White and Wild"

Mark came well recommended and certainly did not disappoint. Having describe the gear he uses he continued by sharing many images taken in cold climates. These ranged from Shropshire to Svalbard, from Finland to Iceland and from Japan to Yellowstone. He continually emphasised the benefit of taking images against the right back ground and being able to understand the lens you use, how they work and what you can do with them.

He described how in many cases he liked to give a sense of place and therefore had space in his images, sometimes of pure snow and sometimes of ice flows or maybe just the out of focus trees.  He demonstrated how much patience he had by waiting for hours in various hides waiting for the eagles to show up and  he mentioned the need to observe your subject and understand it before pressing the shutter.

Being unable to travel at the moment may be a good thing as I think there would be many wanting to book trips to Japan, Iceland and even Scandinavia. Lots of positive feedback from club members on the quality of Mark's images and also the excellent delivery of his presentation.