Thursday, 14 February 2019

Chippenham Park Gardens - Wednesday 13th February

We couldn’t believe our luck as the clouds disappeared, the wind dropped and the sun came out - what a beautiful day.  This club event was about photographing snowdrops but there was so much more to enjoy at Chippenham Park gardens - winter aconites, crocus, amazing displays of hellebores and many fragrant winter flowering shrubs.  Thank you Christine for recommending this destination as a club event - I think some of us will definitely be returning to enjoy the gardens later in the year.

After all going off in various directions to find that special shot we met up at the cafe to enjoy a hot drink and sample some of their splendid hot food and cakes.

Everyone seemed to enjoy their day and thought the gardens and all the facilities were outstanding.

Some of our images can be seen below:

Boxing Hares by Graham Jackson

Standing Out From The Crowd by Andy Caws

Aconites by Diana Graham

Snowdrops by Maureen Campbell

Purple Crocus by Di Jackson

Lazing by the Pool by Sue Baldwin

Yellow Crocus by Francesca Shearcroft

Legs Akimbo by Sue Baldwin

Lone Daffodil in the Snowdrops by Diana Graham

Purple and White Hellebore by Di Jackson

Crocus by Maureen Campbell

Sunlit Snowdrops by Di Jackson

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Tuesday 12th February – An Evening with Colin Trow-Poole

Colin Trow-Poole came all the way from Worcester to visit us tonight. A journey of over 150 miles. His talk was definitely in two halves. The first being mainly, but not exclusively, landscapes including architecture abstracts and urban scapes and the second being nearly all portraits. Most of Colin's images were monochrome and being sponsored by Permajet they were all prints.
Colin's talk was not just about showing his images but along the way he included many hints and tips as to the reason he took the image the way he did. Also gave us several editing suggestions as well. Although Colin clearly knew the rules of composition he was  not afraid to break them and explained to us why he did so.
A great evening  and well supported by members.
Many of his images can be seen on his website

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Tuesday 5th February

This evening we had a repeat of the workshops held a couple of weeks ago.
Members had a chance to go along to the same of a different work station.  The committee received many favourable comments about the two evening sessions. 
Hopefully members will practise, practise and practise and ensure they can used the new skills learnt.

Friday, 25 January 2019

Tuesday 22nd – Software workstations

The post-processing/editing of images always seems to pose challenges for both beginner and more advanced photographer alike. With either significant upgrades or new software being released this was an evening where members could get some guidance on different software. There  were six different tables using a variety of different techniques to edit images.
Members had a chance to do one workstation before the break and one after.
Next meeting we will repeat the evening giving members a chance to watch two different workstations or may be the same having practiced over the weeks and come back with questions!!
Workstations included On1, Lightroom both doing basic RAW conversion and the use of local adjustments in LR, multiple exposures with Photoshop, using textures, editing nature images and using Photoshop to replace skies or create reflections.
Thanks to the members who put in the hard graft to prepare the various workstations.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the evening and learnt something!!

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Tuesday 8th January – Competitions/Distinction SIG Presentation

WDPC have three Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Towards the end of November we heard from both the Landscape and Nature SIGs. Tonight we had an excellent presentation from  Di Jackson one of the founder members of the Competition and Distinction Group. Several members have gained both PAGB distinctions and BPE Crowns with many members continuing to enter BPE.  Di's presentation included the successful entries for those who had gained PAGB Distinctions in 2018.
Di was at pains to point out that in addition to those in the SIG group several new members had recently gained RPS, PAGB and BPE distinctions. Their images were not shown as at the time they were not part of the SIG! However, subsequently some folks expressed an interest in joining the group.
After the break we were treated to some images from one of the recent BPE Exhibitions which included entries from several club members.

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Tuesday 11th December – Christmas Social

Traditionally WDPC finishes the year with a Christmas Social. This year was no exception and 34 of us gathered together at The Crown, Gt Ellingham. William and Sarah and their staff looked after us extremely well although sadly Di, who had organised the evening, was unwell and unable to attend. However we were all delighted to see that Jack was back to form.
We all took a night off from photography but one person could not resist a few pics for the record!!

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Tuesday 4th December – Table Top / Macro Practical

The two programme secretaries had worked very hard to arrange a number of table top set ups in the hall, including screws on reflective surface, flowers, forks, light tables with slice of various fruit to name but a few. All but one were taken with no flash and only desk lamp lighting.
Members really seemed to enjoy the evening taking images, learning about their cameras, having the opportunity to chat to one another and several were heard to say that they could try some of these things at home in the cold/wet winter days!!
A huge thank you to Christine and Jan for organising it.
Some of the images are shown below.

Blue Bottle by Graham Jackson

Smoke by Diana Graham

Bubbles by Caroline Tillett

Bottles of Light by Roy Scrivener
Bolt City by Di Daniels
Neon Nonsense by Andy Caws

Spoon Reflections by Caroline Tillett
Elf by John Kerr

Blue Bottles by Graham Jackson

A Glass of Feathers by Roy Scrivener
Fruit by John Kerr