Thursday, 21 September 2017

Tuesday 12th September – Welcome Back

Lots of chat was heard at the opening meeting of the new club year as members had the opportunity to catch up with friends not seen over the summer break. 
Last season we ended on a high with lots of celebrations. This year we continued with that theme as two members were presented with ribbons gained at the individual PAGB exhibition held in Ireland over the summer.
So after subs were paid and presentations made we all settled down for a lighthearted evening. Rather than look at images from external competitions several members had kindly prepared slide shows of places they had visited over the last 3 months. We started in  Paris with Jan, no less than two from Paula demonstrating her particular style of photography, a visit to the Keukenhof with Christine and Francesca. After the interval we went to Romania with Di, Andy and Rachael, Dungeness with Jack who talked us through why he found himself at Dungeness and last, but by no means least, a series of slides by Robin who had just returned from a workshop with Laurie Campbell in Scotland.

A good evening and one which slightly overran but with so many helpers to clear the hall we were shipshape extremely quickly. Thanks to all for such help and support.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Tuesday 11th July AGM

An AGM can tend to be a bit tedious but not that of the WDPC. This year we had much to celebrate, both as a club and individually. WDPC came first in the Cambridge Camera Club interclub competition, second equal in the EAF interclub competition and were selected to represent the region at the national (PAGB) competition. Individually we had a record number of acceptances at EAF exhibition, including a judges award, a member won the best in competition at Cambridge CC, several members continue to gain acceptances at BPE and additionally we now have five club members who have gained their CPAGB distinction. 
At the meeting we also presented trophies and certificates to all the winners of both print and digital internal competitions together with cups for the Image of the Year.
After the reports were given and the election of a new committee we watched a slide show of the high scoring images throughout the year and one from all the year's outings. Not to mention consuming a very tasty buffet.
The final celebration was for three members who celebrate their three score years and ten over the next few weeks. Congratulations to all three and thanks to the superb bakers.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Tuesday 4th July – "Mainly Landscapes" by Hugh Milsom and Pat Broad

We were delighted to welcome Hugh and Pat to WDPC to this the last but one meeting of the year. With a wide number of distinctions between them they were well qualified to talk about "Mainly Landscapes". All images were prints and all had a distinctive style, being somewhat softer than the usual landscape image with many having an almost ethereal quality. They have travelled widely and shared images from USA, Iceland, Eire and the UK. Throughout the talk Hugh and Pat shared some hints and tips about taking their pictures and the processing of their images. They were very willing to answer members questions during the break and at the end.
Hugh had brought along copies of his most recent book, "A Retrospective View". Available on the night or also online.
Some of their images may be seen on their respective web sites, Hugh's at and Pat's at

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Tuesday 27 June - Image of the Year Competition

Many thanks to our judge for the evening, Paul Radden, LRPS, DPAGB, EFIAP, PSA2*, who stepped in at very short notice.  There were 31 digital images and 27 prints for Paul to assess.  He gave constructive criticism, often inviting the views of the audience (a brave man!) before holding back images for his shortlist.

12 digital images were held back and whittled down to eight which received awards.  Congratulations to Di Jackson for the digital Image of the Year, The Stare, and to second and third placed images by Robin Orrow and Roy Scrivener.

Six Prints were shortlisted and print Image of the Year went to Robin Orrow's 'Zebra in the Blue Hour'.  Well done Robin and congratulations to Mick Ladner and Christine Alcock whose prints were placed second and third.

Thanks to all club members who entered images and turned up to the meeting on a very blustery, rainy night.

Here are our images of the year 2017:

Digital Image of the Year

1st  THE STARE by Di Jackson


3rd  ONE LIME STREET by Roy Scrivener

Highly Commended  READY TO BLOOM by Sarah Pymer

Highly Commended  WHITE TAILED EAGLE by Andy Caws

Highly Commended  WAVES OF LIGHT by Paula Cooper

Commended  DETERMINATION by Christine Alcock 

Commended  FAKENHAM RACES by Christine Frost

Print Image of the Year

1st  ZEBRA IN THE BLUE HOUR by Robin Orrow

2nd  ROCK PIPIT WITH FOOD by Mick Ladner

3rd  GERBERA by Christine Alcock

Highly Commended  EBB TIDE by Pam Rutty

Commended  SNOW LEOPARD READY TO POUNCE by Diana Graham

Commended  WEATHERED BY STORMS by Christine Frost

Friday, 16 June 2017

Thursday 15th June - Houghton Hall & Gardens

After meeting in the car park everyone took off in various directions to explore the fabulous Palladian house and wonderful gardens and parkland.

There was much to admire in the opulent State Rooms with magnificent furnishings and artwork on display and it was fascinating to hear of the many famous political figures that had passed through this historic building.
The Walled Gardens were a riot of colour with superb herbaceous borders, formal Italian gardens, fountains and a very productive vegetable garden. 
Also of interest were the permanent Sculptures and the Richard Long Exhibition 'Earth Sky' displayed throughout the gardens, parkland and within the Hall itself...certainly thought provoking!

Quite a few of us managed to sample the excellent cafe in the Stables courtyard and while we were there have a look at the amazing Model Soldier Museum - what a collection!

Seven of us travelled on to Old Hunstanton to enjoy the late afternoon sunshine and refreshing sea breeze.  The beach was almost deserted apart from the kite surfers who were making the most of the prevailing wind and putting on quite a show for us (those that remembered to have their long lens with them!).
To finish off a very long but enjoyable day we found the only fish and chip shop still open and sat down to enjoy our supper.  

Some of our images can be seen below:

Having Fun by Geoff Lingwood

Lupin Detail by Francesca Shearcroft

The Houghton White Deer by Tom Thurston

Skyspace by Andy Caws

Waterflame by Christine Frost

The Conservatory by Graham Frost

Lunch Al Fresco by Andy Caws

Rose Arch by Di Jackson

Bird of Paradise Detail by Francesca Shearcroft

Camera Shy by Tom Thurston

Kite Surfer by Graham Frost

Old Hunstanton Lighthouse by Christine Frost

Cranesbill by Di Jackson

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Tuesday 13th June – Jon Martin "A Little Bit of Everything"

We welcomed Jon Martin to the club meeting tonight and members were enthralled, not just by all the excellent images he shared with us but because his presentation was peppered with hints and tips about composition, lens settings and some software tips. Jon is well qualified, FBPE, FIAP, and it is no surprise that his work has also won awards in international competitions.
Jon is clearly passionate about his photography and has now the time to pursue many and varied destinations to capture his images, from Iceland to Cambodia, from Scotland to Cornwall and of course Norfolk. Subject matter included abstracts, portraits, landscape, travel and wildlife.  Something for everyone. 
To see some of his images then check out his web site,
Thank you Jon for an excellent evening.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Tuesday 6th June– Focus on.......Panels

As a result of an evening workshop a few weeks back the challenge to members was to make a panel, or two, composed of between 3-5 images, taken over a two hour period, locally in May! Phew.
There were 31 panels which is at least 93 images, ranging from architecture  to wildlife,  abstract to flowers. Not an easy choice for members to decide which were their top five.
Well done to all those who entered. The top five panels are shown below.

First Place: Healing Plants by Francesca Shearcroft

Second Place: Wild Orchids Trio by Caroline Tillett

Third Place: Snail Trail by Jan Murphy

Fourth Place: Dreamy Daises by Paula Cooper

Fifth Place: Ponies by Heather Ryder

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Wednesday 10th May - Hickling Broad Boat Trip (NWT)

What a fantastic day on Hickling Broad - 2 boatloads of us set off to photograph the fabulous scenery and wildlife found at this Norfolk Wildlife Trust site.

Weather conditions were much improved over recent days and our only 'problem' was coping with too much sunshine which made getting the correct exposure tricky.

Many thanks to Jacqui and the team at Hickling for ensuring we had an excellent, well organised and informative day at this beautiful site.

Some of us went onto The Greyhound in Hickling village (surprise!) where we were treated once again to some lovely grub!

Some of our images are below:

Little Tern by Liz Blake

Mute Swan by Robin Orrow

Crested Grebe by Geoff Lingwood

Family of Greylag Geese by Andrew Barnes

Flying the Flag by Jan Murphy

Mute Swan Landing by Geoff Lingwood

Mute Swan feeding Cygnets by Jan Murphy

Marsh Harrier over Meadow Dyke by Mick Ladner

Safety in Numbers by Kim Scrivener

Among the Reeds by Andy Caws

Male Reed Bunting by Di Jackson

Swan Aggression Display by Liz Blake

Motley Crew by Andy Caws

Mute Swan with Cygnets by Christine Alcock

Ready for Take-off by Di Jackson

Hazy Afternoon by Kim Scrivener

Mallard Ducklings by Diana Graham

Feeding Cygnets by Ron Wheeler

Avocet by Diana Graham