Category Archives: Club News

Jack Salway’s garden 15 August 2017

The club visit to this tropical garden was well attended. Jack was most welcoming, allowing us to use his “shed” to make tea and coffee, and to roam around his garden all day. So many of the plants are exotic, growing to a good height in many cases, which gave the garden the feel of a jungle, especially as it was a hot day.  Look at the photos taken by some of the members who visited to get an idea of this  unusual place.

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BBC Gardeners World video of the garden 3:17 mins

Jack’s welcome to us below

 

 

 

Summer Walk 19 July 2017

Brian Marjoram  led our annual summer walk from Watts Gallery Car park to Loseley House and gardens on a pleasant July Wednesday. The walk is about 4 miles with some gentle inclines, and the 6 members who did it had an easy amble in the slightly damp weather. Yvonne and Ken met us for coffee at the Loseley cafe, and afterwards we had a guided tour of the gardens by Doris.

The sandwiches at the cafe were somewhat criticised, but otherwise the outing was successful, with excellent tea and cake on our return to Watts Gallery.

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Surrey Photographic Association PDI Competition 13 May 2017

 Congratulations to Godalming Photographic Club – winners of both the Open section {222 points) and Nature section (118 points).

Joint runners-up – Open – Bookham Camera Club & Windlesham & Camberley Camera Club
Joint runners-up – Nature – Bookham Camera Club & Richmond & Twickenham Photographic Society

 Open results

Ludshott Photographic Club did not do well in the Open Section. We were joint 13th with an average of only 9.65, which suggests quite a number of low scores. The images are judged out of 15.

Nature results

We came joint 3rd in the Nature section with an average of just over 11 out of 15, a very good result.

Congratulations to Kathleen Bird LRPS CPAGB for winning a judge’s medal. This was awarded by judge  Chris Palmer FRPS DPAGB APAGB EFIAP for “Lucilia Species”, a picture of a green fly taken at Wisley RHS gardens.

Charlie Waite Lecture

Message from Margaret Gatter, Richmond and Twickenham Photographic Society –

Charlie Waite, firmly established as one of the world’s leading landscape photographers, will be giving a talk entitled “Silent Exchange” in September. I would be grateful if you would bring this event to the attention of your members and, if possible, include it in your programme for next year.

Date:    Saturday, 16th September

Time:    7.30 p.m.

Venue:  Imber Court, Ember Lane, East Molesey, Surrey. KT8 0BT

Tickets: £10  from m.gatter856@btinternet.com

020 8399 8485  or text to 0774 717 3394

I am partially deaf, so if anyone leaves a message on my answer ‘phone, please speak clearly, especially when leaving a contact number!

The talk is in aid of the Speer Road Church building fund.

For those who do not know about Charlie, here is a brief introduction.

Charlie was an actor before he became a photographer and his talks are entertaining as well as being illustrated with fantastic images, so please encourage your “other halves” to come along too.

He has had solo exhibitions in America, Japan, Australia and, of course, in London. He has written more than 30 books.

Charlie and Sue Bishop founded the company “Light and Land” in 1996. Many workshop tours, worldwide, have taken place since then. One of his leaders is Joe Cornish. At the RPS Travel Group Day in April, Joe gave praise and thanks to Charlie who encouraged him in his early days as a landscape photographer.

Charlie founded the competition “Landscape Photographer of the Year” in 2007 with a prize of £10,000. This is for images of the U.K. This has now been extended to the U.S.A.

For more information go to his website!

Thank you.

Margaret Gatter

Richmond and Twickenham Photographic Society

Alex Hare’s seminar

“Landscapes – Creation to Completion” 
by Alex Hare

Saturday, 25th March 2017

Alex has a profound understanding of what it takes to create stunning landscapes, and he shared his knowledge and enthusiasm with us in a fascinating talk.

In the morning  he talked about the various aspects of outdoor photography and landscapes, covering technique, composition and lighting, including illustrations which give a sense of scale from a single viewpoint.

The afternoon session can be summed up as “Post Production”. There was a discussion on software choices and their various merits, between 8 and 16 bit images, the merits of RAW files and other technical issues.

Thank you Alex for an interesting and informative day, I am sure everyone went home better informed and inspired.

Club Dinner 2017

33 members attended the club dinner on 13 March, a very pleasant evening with good food and good company. We went to the Royal Exchange at Lindford, who provided us with a separate dining area and excellent service.

We might be a photographic club but no one brought a camera to this event! The photographs below are thanks to Jeff who took them on his iphone.

John Wichall in PAGB News

John features in the latest PAGB newsletter. If you have never looked at this newsletter now is a good time to click on this link:

Photographic Allience of Great Britain newsletter

If you would like to receive these newsletters on a regular basis go to the PAGB news website and sign up. All club members may do so as our club is affiliated to the PAGB.

John’s article is below, and was accompanied by 8 of John’s photographs.

My fascination with nature and love of nature photography have their origins in the inspiring wildlife programmes of the 1950’s and 1960’s. It didn’t matter whether it was Armand and Michaela Dennis on the plains of East Africa, Peter Scott telling us to “Look” or Jacques Cousteau who was “Diving to Adventure”, I dreamed of doing what they did and, I guess, the wish to capture the experience with a camera must have been buried somewhere pto Page 8 of 21, e-news 180. 01 Mar 2017 in my subconscious. Fast forward to the early 70’s and I at last got my hands on an SLR, my wife’s Practika, which I quickly discovered was fine for recording friends and family, but with only a 135mm lens was not a lot of use for capturing wildlife.
Though I up-graded my kit in the following years, wildlife photography continued to take a back seat to family, travel and landscapes, and that remained the situation until 2011 when I retired and decided to join my first camera club. Ludshott Photographic Club opened my eye to what was achievable. Although Ludshott is a small village club, it has always competed in events organised by the Surrey Photographic Association and enters the GB Cup annually. Whilst we cannot compete with the larger clubs, entering federation and national competitions gives our members the opportunity to compete against and see some of the best images produced by UK club photographers. I’ve found involvement with these competitions inspiring.
Ludshott has traditionally been strong in producing nature images, which encouraged me to develop my interest, but joining the club has also showed me that there were other genres that I could and should develop to get the most from my hobby. The club encourages members to aspire to PAGB or RPS distinction. I initially followed the RPS route, gaining ARPS with a Nature panel in 2015, which was based on the birds in my home county of Hampshire, and this provided a foundation for a successful submission for DPAGB in 2016.   John Wichall

SPA Individual Entry Competition 2016

This competition was held in conjunction with the Surrey Photographic Association’s AGM on 15 October 2016. SIx members of our club entered the competition.

John Wichall ARPS DPAGB won the Open Prints section with “The Printers”. Well done John.

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Kathleen Bird LRPS CPAGB received a Judges Medal in the Nature PDI Section with “Lucilia”. This medal was Bob Webzell’s choice.

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Angus MacKay received 11 out of 15 for his 2 entries, and David Bird got a 12 out of 15 for “Oriental Poppy”.

oriental-poppy-by-david-bird

A Visit to the Hawk Conservancy on August 10th

Six of us visited the Hawk Conservancy in Andover with a view to photographing birds of prey.  Unlike many such displays, the Conservancy tries to create the world where the birds would be seen in their natural habitat.  A display of vultures was set in a landscape complete with termite mounds and meerkats. The fish eagle flew in to take food from the surface of a pond as it would in the wild.  The birds were spectacular but so fast, that getting a photograph was more down to luck and shooting in burst mode.

The highlight of the day was time spent in woodland with a tawny owl and a kestrel.  The birds were put in natural settings such as the branch of a tree or a tree stump.  The tawny owl decided to do its own thing.  It was supposed to stay on a branch of a tree but no it flew off.  It had heard a vole moving in the undergrowth and flew down to catch it. It took the prey to a tree stump and proceeded to eat it giving us great opportunities to photograph natural behaviour.  The kestrel behaved perfectly giving opportunities for head and shoulder shots.
By Ken Lindup