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A full programme of online talks and DPI competitions will start on September 1st 2020. See the latest programme here.

If you are interested in joining one of our talks you can request free access to one talk here.

Due to the current situation the club is offering a discounted price for full membership of only £20 for the 2020-2021 season.

13th October – Underwater Photography by Jack Perks
Jack enthralled us with his fascinating talk on underwater photography. Technical detail, personal experiences and amusing anecdotes made this talk accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Whilst many photographers never show less than perfect images Jack showed the difference between different cameras, settings and environments. Based mainly in the UK, with passion and enthusiasm for his craft we saw his work in rivers, ponds, harbours and rock pools. Although I am not sure how ready we are to don Puffin hats and take to the North Sea. I particularly liked the split level photographs showing the animals inhabiting both the water world and the air world. Many thanks to a very inspirational speaker.
See Jacks Website for lots of amazing underwater images: https://www.jackperksphotography.com/portfolios
Review by Karen Laws

6th October – Islands in the Mediterranean by Alice Kendrick
In these difficult and restrictive times what a joy it was to be transported ‘virtually’ to the Mediterranean Islands courtesy of our very own Alice Kendrick. During the year Alice guides many trips to various locations imparting her knowledge to her guests, sadly on hold at the moment.

On Tuesday Alice toured around islands including Sardinia and Sicily showing us the landscape and the amazing flora and fauna that her guests would experience. Alice’s brilliant knowledge of the Latin names provides expert knowledge but I love her descriptions of the images and the more common names and how they came to be. The additional information about location, habitat and photography made the evening, entertaining, informative, relaxing and inspirational for future trips when the world reopens.

Thank you Alice

Review by Karen Laws

For anyone interested in joining one of the tour companies that Alice works for here are the links
Greentours main site – http://www.greentours.co.uk
Or Sicily – http://www.greentours.co.uk/Wildlife-At-Leisure/SICILY-23
Sardinia and Corsica – http://www.greentours.co.uk/Europe/SARDINIA-AND-CORSICA-1
Next year Alice is due to do Sicily, The Gargano peninsula on mainland Italy and a private tour to Corsica with them.

Greenwings main site – https://greenwings.co
Or Cyprus – https://greenwings.co/our-holidays/botanical-holidays/cyprus-in-spring
Next year Alice is due to do Poland, Norfolk Swallowtails, Southern Greece butterfly tour and the Vercors in southeast France with them.

29th September – September Monthly DPI Competition
An excellent competition with Judge Ben Pike. Ben gave good feedback and encouragement for all 52 images entered. Congratulations to Louisa Christie for a first place result with these two wonderful images both scoring 19 points:

Congratulations to Kim Human for scoring the only top score of 20 points with this image titled “Shoes in the wrong place”:

All results are available here.

22nd September – India Land of Contrasts by Roger Reynolds
Tonight we were treated to a wonderful tour of India with some excellent photographs from award winning photographer Roger Reynolds. Roger runs a photographic tour company and has visited India on many trips. The photographs included fabulous photos of local people in their environment; amazing landscapes; wildlife; local rituals as well as famous landscapes like the Taj Mahal and the Golden temple. If you are interested in joining one of Roger’s trips you can find details here.

8th September – Danube Delta and its wildlife by Gary Dean
Gary’s talk first took us through a map of the delta area. The lower reaches of the Danube spread out in a series of lakes and smaller linking water ways creating a large area of wetland enjoyed by a huge variety of wildlife. It’s into this environment that Gary and his wife went to see and photograph the wildlife, which is predominantly birds.

The trip was well organised with a set of hides used by the hotel distributed over a diverse range of habitats. The small group of enthusiasts on the trip would plan what they wanted to see and then choose which hides they wished to visit for the day. Over the course of the holiday they would thus be able to visit the majority of the hides to hopefully catch the wildlife they were interested in. The hides varied considerably in construction dependent on the location, one was a metal shipping container raised high to allow for shots of birds flying in towards nest sites, set up on the container for this very purpose. Staging post trees had also been set up a short distance away to give the best chance of catching the birds prior to their flight to the nest. Other hides were more of a traditional construction overlaid with grass to blend in with the surrounding landscape and set overlooking a lake or open area allowing the birds to be viewed and photographed.

The wildlife photos Gary presented during his talk were to the usual high standard we’ve come to expect from Gary with a wide variety of birds, mammals and invertebrates all being included. Some of the birds were known to us as winter visitors, but most were unseen in this country. The majority of the shots were with his go-to Canon D7 Mk II with 100-400mm L lens which always seems to provide some fantastic results. As well as adding interest by telling us what each of the subjects photographed were, Gary was also able include some anecdotes of his stalking skills; for example  when he successfully managed to crawl out, commando style, over some rough ground to get some shots of some rather timid creatures but having arrived at his chosen spot realised that his camera battery had just ran out and the spare was back where he’d left his gear. Thankfully his stalking skills were good enough to let him reverse the manoeuvre, retrieve the battery and crawl out again to capture the shots he was able to show us.

As one of our early virtual sessions using MS Teams it went very well. The comms were stable and there were very few problems during the talk, boding well for our future presentations. Gary had just one comment; he felt it a little strange talking to just the screen as he was unable to see any of his audience.

Many thanks Gary, we’re looking forward to the next outing.

Review by Ian Montgommery

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    Monthly Competition 2

    An online DPI only competition with Judge Dave Stewart.

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PAGB news

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Photography News

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Exhibitions

British Photographic Exhibitions encourage members to exhibit their images and gain awards for successful entries. See List of Exhibitions.
The Royal Photographic Society. Events.
The Photographers Gallery, London. Whats On.
The Photographic Angle. List of Exhibitions.

External Competitions

The World Photography Competitions. Details here.
The Societies of Photographers invite all members of our Club to enter their monthly photography competitions. Details here.

Club Member Blogs

Tom Lane has published some very interesting articles:
Yosemite from the ground.
Yosemite from the air.
My Life in black and white.

Club Members Offers

Timeline events are a company who arrange photo shoots and training. They have offered club members a discount of 10% off your first bookings.
Use the following discount code at the point of checkout on the website: CW1016
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