Monday, 14 October 2019

Suffolk Whole Hog - Sunday 13th October 2019

Obviously the weather forecast and recent persistent rain must have deterred some of our members as only 5 brave souls ventured out for this annual charity event.  Well, as it turned out it didn't rain during the whole event and, apart from lying on damp, muddy ground we didn't get wet!

The event was very well supported as usual with hundreds of competitors turning out to run, clamber, slide, hang and submerge themselves in, over or through the 30+ obstacles over the 5 or 10kms courses.  Some were obviously fitter than others but everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

Some of our images can be seen below:



by Tony Smith

by Di Jackson


by Donna Smith


by Andy Caws


by Caroline Tillett


by Di Jackson


by Tony Smith

by Caroline Tillett

by Donna Smith

by Andy Caws

by Di Jackson

by Donna Smith

by Tony Smith

by Andy Caws


Thursday, 10 October 2019

Tuesday 8 October - Peter Milsom "The Power of Sport"

There was a good turnout of club members and visitors to hear Peter Milsom talk about his successful sports photographs.  Over the years Peter has photographed a range of sports and he showed us examples from track and field athletics, para athletics, canoe slalom, jet ski and motocross.  With each image Peter pointed out the factors which helped to create impact.  Very often this included dramatic weather - how often do we hear this?

We should all remember Peter's guiding mantra "effort, drama and emotion".

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Tuesday 1st October – Visit to Norwich

Despite the weather forecast, and the heavy rain en route to Norwich, 9 intrepid members met at the Forum to take some low light pictures. Having debated whether to eat or shoot first, we booked a table at the Cosy Club and then went shooting to reconvene later for refreshments. 
The rain actually stopped and within an hour or so the pavements were dry so reflections had also vanished!!
We split into smaller groups and wandered round the centre of town. Despite Elm Hill being shrouded in scaffolding everyone managed to find other areas worthy of shooting. A good time was had by all.
Some of the images are shown below.


Cobbled Lane at Night in Norwich by Jan Murphy


Barber Shop by Jack Mitchell


Salon Sixty Six by Diana Graham

Norwich Cathedral by Jack Mitchell


Bedford Street by Christine Alcock



Light Trails by Francesca Shearcroft

Norwich Nightlife by Andy Caws
St Peter Mancroft by Jan Murphy




St Ethelbert's by Jack Mitchell

Monday, 23 September 2019

Carriage Racing - Saturday 21st September 2019

A new season and our first club event - carriage racing at Ashfield Carriage and Polo Club, situated in beautiful Essex countryside.  A brand new venue and a new experience for us to try out our photographic skills!

What a venue!  Absolutely amazing equestrian facilities, excellent cafe and very friendly, helpful organisers and competitors.  The original itinerary had been for cross country but we discovered that the days events were now to include dressage and cone racing which both provided us with plenty of opportunities to capture that 'special' shot.

Thanks to everyone at Ashfields, especially Lorna, for all the help and advice given and for allowing us access to such amazing facilities - it was very much appreciated. 

Some of our images from the day can be seen below:



by Christine Frost


by Graham Frost


by Caroline Tillett

by Geoff Lingwood


by Jan Murphy


by Andy Caws


by Di Jackson

by Francesca Shearcroft

by Jan Murphy

by Andy Caws

by Francesca Shearcroft

by Di Jackson

by Caroline Tillett

by Graham Frost

by Christine Frost

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Tuesday 10th September Welcome back

There was a lot of catching up to do as this was the first meeting of a new year. 
Subs were collected. Membership cards distributed.
Then we were delighted to welcome our three judges, Elaine Stubbings, Jon Martin and Peter Simpson, to judge the 2019 Summer Challenge.
The Challenge this year followed the usual format for the digital but for the first time we introduced a print panel competition. There were 22 digital entries and 5 print panels.
The images were very varied in genre ranging from macro to mono, from scapes to still life and  from  wildlife to coastal.
Two weeks to wait for the results!!

Congratulations to all who entered. 
The winning contact sheets and panels are:

by Nick Akers Summer Champion, Digital


by Andy Lowe 2nd=

by Liz Blake 2nd=

by Jan Murphy Summer Champion, Prints

by Di Jackson 2nd=

by Robin Orrow 2nd=

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Tuesday 9th July – AGM

WDPC is 10 years old.
The AGM was kept to a minimum time as all the various reports and been sent out to all members beforehand. The chairman repeated her thanks to all committee members for their hard work throughout the year, and extended this to all members who had helped with refreshments and those who came along early to help with setting the hall up.
Two committee members, Christine Alcock and Jan Murphy, were not seeking re-election and the chairman presented them with a small token of appreciation for their hard work over the past years. The Programmes had been most enjoyable and the coming year's continued in the same vein. Click here for the new programme.

The following officers and committee members were elected for the coming year:
Chairman; Francesca Shearcroft
Vice Chairman: Robin Orrow
Secretary: Andy Caws
Treasurer: Marnie Ball
Committee Members:    Di Jackson
                                    Christine Frost
                                    Graham Frost
                                    Jack Mitchell
                                    Roy Scrivener

After the official business of the AGM we were treated to two slide shows. The first was all the high scoring images throughout the year, including the images from IOTY. The Awards and trophies were presented at the appropriate places in the slide show. See here for a list of winners. The second was a slide show of the various events held throughout the year. It mainly showed those who had attended but also some images from the various venues. This was then left as a rolling slideshow as we all enjoyed some light refreshments.

The centre piece of the refreshments being the "10" Anniversary cake.










Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Tuesday 2nd July – "Beautiful Light" Print presentation by Dr Jane Goodall

It is rare that you get a speaker who shows us beautiful images and also gives so much information about how to take them, how to plan, what to think about in terms of composition, and even how to process images.  All delivered with great enthusiasm, including demonstration of gear to keep warm and dry!!
One member whose main preference is wildlife was heard to say "I could be inspired now to take some landscape images", another said "best talk for a long time".
Jane is a great speaker and her talk was inspirational.  To see some of her images please check out her web site here.

Sunday, 30 June 2019

WDPC BBQ - Sunday 30th June

Perfect weather for our annual BBQ - 40 of us gathered at Wells Cole where we were treated to a fantastic spread prepared by the team at Wells Cole.

Kathy very kindly supplied our entertainment with boules and a game new to most of us called 'Smite' - it proved to be hilarious.  Played on uneven grass with the 'Smite' stick flying and bouncing around in every direction - it soon had us all in stitches and definitely brought out the competitive side in some members!

Many thanks to Raechal and her team for a wonderful afternoon.