Annual Exhibition 2017

Annual Exhibition 2017

It’s that time of year again and we have a new home for the exhibition.

No longer in the Welcome Centre but in the Baptist Church Hall where we have our meetings on a Monday evening.

It runs from Monday the 23rd October to Saturday the 28th October 2017 from 6pm to 10pm weekdays and 11am to 6pm on the Saturday.

On the weekdays except the Monday there will be inter-club competitions running, so if you just want to pop in for a quick viewing the best days to visit will be the Monday and the Saturday.

It will be one of our largest exhibitions for many years; expect to see over 160 prints and 160 digital images from 30 photographers.

As you may expect there will be a diverse range of photographs which reflect the diverse nature of the club and the different interests of members.

We would love to see you and remember there is a visitors vote for the all important ‘People’s Choice’ Award.

Rosemary Wilman – An Evening of Contrasts

Rosemary Wilman – An Evening of Contrasts

On Monday September 11th we will be welcoming Rosemary Wilman, HonFRPS AFIAP, BPE5*, an ex-president of the the Royal Photographic Society, to Greenleaf Road for her lecture An Evening of Contrasts.

Rosemary’s emphasis is on colour, shape, form and composition, and she’ll be presenting a wide range of images from all sorts of interesting places around the world, pus sharing her ideas and tips on identifying the more unusual. She’s happy to take questions too.

Don’t miss!

You can see her work on her website:

Summer Exhibition – Winns Gallery in Lloyd Park 2017

Summer Exhibition – Winns Gallery in Lloyd Park 2017

The Society return to the Winns Gallery for their 5th Summer Photography Exhibition.

It runs from Monday 21st August to Sunday 3th September 2017 from 11am to 5pm each day.

The exhibition showcases the work of over 20 photographers from the Society and over 70 prints.

The diverse body of work reflects the different styles and interests of the photographers and there will be something for everybody to appreciate.

We look forward to meeting you there.

On Monday the 21st August there will be an open evening at 7pm where there will be the opportunity to meet members and have a glass of wine or two! We shall then retire to the Bell for further drinks and discussion.

Ladakh – the Land of the High Passes – John Cross

Ladakh – the Land of the High Passes – John Cross

Who needs Alan Whicker when we have our very own intrepid traveller John Cross!

John will be giving his annual talk about Ladakh (no, I’d never heard of it either!).

In John’s words;

“I will be talking about his trips to a little known region of the Indian Himalayas, Ladakh.

Situated high on the Tibetan plateau, Ladakh, Land of the high passes or Little Tibet is aptly named. A desert for most of the year access to the country by road is only possible during the summer months as snow blocks the main road for much of the year.

This isolation has helped preserve the traditions of the region and lifestyles of its rugged and independent inhabitants.”

Simon Weir – Beyond Visible Light

This is the inaugural Wally Killmartin Memorial Lecture and will be presented by Simon Weir on the subject of Infra Red – Beyond Visible Light.

Many members will remember Wally with great fondness and it was thought that a fitting tribute would be name a lecture after him to be presented once a year.

The talk from Simon should be truly interesting and in his own words;

“This fascinating and inspiring talk looks at the history of infrared photography over the last 100 years. It covers the discovery of “invisible” light, the invention of IR films and their many civilian and military uses, the move to digital camera conversion and even a moment of space exploration! Along the way I showcase the work of IR photographers from around the world as well as my own portfolio of IR images taken over 15 years.”

A couple of members already have converted cameras to infra red – perhaps this lecture will encourage others to follow a similar path.

You can check out Simon’s site by clicking this link.

Interesting Invertebrates by Neil Philips

Interesting Invertebrates by Neil Philips

Neil Philips is an expert naturalist, speaker and photographer and on Monday 20th he’ll be visiting us to talk about the world of insects and invertebrates, which can make wonderful photographic subjects.

Neil will show his best images and give us some tips, explaining the photography techniques behind the photos.  He will also tell us a bit more about the creatures themselves, and is happy to answer questions afterwards.

And if you don’t like spiders, think of this as aversion therapy.

More wildlife photos on Flickr and on his website,

Neil’s profile – from his website;

Although it is now almost a cliche to say it, I have been a fan of nature and wildlife since a young age.  In fact I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t!

My education involved studying ecological and palaeontological subjects to the BSc and MSc level and I have now ended up as an environmental education ranger in a country park, which is quite handy for a wildlife photographer.  I don’t have to wander far to take photos in my lunch break!

I have been trying to take photos of wildlife since I was a child, when I tried and failed to use a simple 35mm Boots film camera and ended up with tiny pink spots on some grass that should have been chaffinches!  In 2007 I purchased my first ‘real’ camera, a Panasonic Fz7 bridge camera, with which I learnt the basics of wildlife photography…. and got hooked!

Then in 2009, as soon as I saved up enough money, I bought my first DSLR: a Pentax k20d and a sigma 150-500mm lens and haven’t looked back.  I have added more lenses and kit since and recently upgraded to a Pentax K-5.

I have had some photos published and used by various conservation charities and they are now used in my wildlife talks.  My speciality, if I have one, is freshwater invertebrate photography, which I achieve using my photographic aquariums.