Wednesday 28 April 2021

27th April 2021 - Competition: Theme - Macro/Close-up

We welcomed Leo Rich ARPS, EFIAP/g, DPAGB as the judge for our final league competition of the season and with 72 images to judge we were in for another full evening.

As you would expect with a theme of Macro/Close-up a high percentage of the images were natural history subjects with flowers, butterflies, fungi and various other flora and fauna featuring strongly. There were also some amazingly imaginative images which all helped to provide a very interesting and varied display of images for Leo to judge.

Thank you Leo for offering constructive helpful comments and, most importantly, encouragement.

Some of the high scoring images can be seen below:

In Members Class:

COPRINOPSIS IAANII by Les Thwaites 20/20

COMMA UNDERSIDE by Maureen Campbell 19/20

FROSTY ROSE by Pam Rutty 19/20

YELLOW BRAIN FUNGUS by Maureen Campbell 19/20

I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE by Tom Thurston 18/20

TIME GONE BY by Tom Thurston 18/20

In Members Advanced Class:


DOUBLE IMAGE by Christine Frost 20/20


HOUSE FLY by David Ashfield 20/20

MALE BANDED DEMOISELLE by Graham Frost 19/20


Monday 19 April 2021

Tuesday 13th April – "Abandoned Places" an illustrated talk by James Kerwin

It was a pleasure to welcome James Kerwin to WDPC tonight. When booked I thought he was from Norwich so hopefully he could have come for real to a club meeting or via Zoom, not even thinking the pandemic would still have us locked down. In reality he has lived overseas for the last few years and has spent his time focussing on the Abandoned Places, so once again zoom saved the day.

His talk recounted his different projects in various countries, ranging from Lebanon to Georgia, from Poland to Armenia. He told many stories relating to his images, both of which showed what beautiful buildings some of the abandoned places must have once been. Not really "urb ex" images but more along the lines of a society in decline, even though only one image had any people in it. Along the way he spoke about the importance of light, how he used a tilt and shift lens and also gave additional tips how to photograph architecture.

His web site,,  as well as show casing some of his images also gives details of the workshops the he runs often enabling participants to visit some of the more off the beaten track venues. 

An interesting evening and one which had many members considering where they could find any abandoned buildings nearer home.

Friday 9 April 2021

Tuesday 6th April – "In the Making" by Gareth Martin, CPAGB, AWPF

Gareth joined us via Zoom from S Wales. He has had many successes in various salons and he showed the images straight out of the camera and then showed the final edited image, in some instances showing the intermediate stages as well. quite amazing how some apparently nondescript images could be processed into something acceptable to the salons. 

It could well be that if we all trawl through our hard drives we too may find some award winning images!! 

Thanks for coming along Gareth and sharing such varied images in a challenging presentation.