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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
CLUB VISIT TO WINKWORTH ARBORETUM on 26 October
We met at the kiosk at 2pm for a cream tea on a very popular day in half term to photograph autumn colours.
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.
Kathleen Bird LRPS CPAGB received a Judges Medal in the Nature PDI Section with “Lucilia”. This medal was Bob Webzell’s choice.
Angus MacKay received 11 out of 15 for his 2 entries, and David Bird got a 12 out of 15 for “Oriental Poppy”.
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
6 members had a 5 mile walk round Petworth Park today in pleasant sunny weather. We were lucky enough to avoid the showers visible all around us, and to see large herds of deer. We ended with lunch at Petworth House.
Dear Mr President, Committee Members and fellow Members,
I am very “chuffed” to be selected as the recipient of the Robbie Morgan Trophy this year, particularly as the overall standard throughout the year in the Beginners section has been very high, as endorsed by several visiting judges.
However, I do have one main regret and that is I hadn’t joined the club earlier as since being a member, due to the very impressive work submitted by members in the competitions and presentations conducted by visiting experts, my perception in photography has completely changed for the better. Prior to this, when looking at my results I considered most reasonable and a few good. Now when looking at the same images, the standard has dropped dramatically to the point very few images are worth keeping apart from being a “recorded” image.
Therefore, a sincere thanks to all in setting the example for me and future recipients of this prestigious award to aspire to greater standards and imagination.
Some of Bruce’s photographs.
Above: John with other successful DPAGB candidates
Two of our members were successful at the recent PAGB awards.
John Witchall gained his DPAGB, and Gordon Rae was awarded a CPAGB. Congratulations to both of you.
The Awards for Photographic Merit are open to all members of Clubs affiliated to the PAGB through their Federations and are at three levels
- Credit (CPAGB) – Blue badge and certificate
Standard: Good Club Photography
- Distinction (DPAGB) – Red badge and certificate
Standard: Open Exhibition Photography
- Master (MPAGB) – Yellow badge and certificate
Standard: Highest Standard of UK Amateur Photography
The awards are held for life without any annual fee and holders are entitled to use the designated letters after their name.
More information about obtaining an award can be found at http://www.thepagb.org.uk/awards/apm-awards/
Some of the successful images.
Ludshott Photographic Club entered the Yateley 8x8x8 competition in May 2016 with 8 black and white images. 8 invited clubs enter 8 images by 8 different authors.
Our entries are by Gordon Rae, Kathleen Bird, John Wichall, Iain Morrison, Sheila Orford, Brian Marjoram and Doris Marjoram.
On display were the 8x8x8 Competition Panels. Also displayed were Yateley Camera Club members’ print and PDI panels.
Two of our members won awards at the 2016 SPA Exhibition, held at Guildford House Gallery.
Gordon Rae LRPS won The Derry Wilman Nature Trophy for the Best PDI Nature. His image was Masked Weaver Nest Building
John Wichall ARPS, CPAGB won the judges medal for Siamang Gibbons. The medal was given by Clive Tanner FRPS MPAGBP.
Stefan gave us a close and personal look at the Bloodhound Project on Monday evening 15 February. We followed the project all the way through to its current “almost finished” position with Stefan’s excellent photographs and videos. The attention of visitors and members was held throughout the evening with plenty of questions asked at the end.
Thank you Stefan, your knowledge and enthusiasm inspired us all.