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The reports of the meetings held by Bradford Photographic Society
On 4th May Andy Withey started the meeting with a short introduction to Instagram where BPS will now have a presence.
Then some of the potential of the ‘PicturestoExe’ programme was demonstrated by Peter Sykes. While many other programmes exist, this remains the most powerful and workmanlike tool for creating a completely self-contained audio-visual presentation that does not need another programme to run.
We all look forward to our annual visit from Oliver Wright and we are never disappointed! 13 April was no exception, when we were treated to the story of his year, both photographically and personally. As ever, the images were absolutely stunning and the skill, dedication and passion that goes into making them shone through each one.
Our training evening on 6 April comprised a review of the print images that were hung in last year's Yorkshire Photographic Union Exhibition.
The DVD produced each year after the annual YPU exhibition is set up to allow each image to be studied individually allowing analysis and comment by club members.
On the 30 March we held the 156th Annual General Meeting of the Society, followed by a short presentation showing the images that do well in the Interclub competitions.
'No Backing Off' by Alex Daniel
The AGM saw two trusty officers standing down from the Club Council. Paul Richards stands down from the posts of YPU Representative and Publicity Secretary while Peter Sykes stands down from the Council but will continue as Webmaster. Gerry Gorman and Ian Thrilling were welcomed as new members of the Council.
On 16 March we were privileged to hear a talk by Colin Harding, who was Curator of Photography and Phototechnology at the National Media Museum until last summer. He is now a humble student, he says, but he does not seem to have forgotten much!
It was an impressive lecture full of flashes of illumination (why is it called a camera?) to amusing asides. Apparently William Henry Fox Talbot, who was not known at the time by that name anyway, only developed his photographic process in response to the discovery that his new wife was a much better painter than he was. Not to worry, it was being invented independently by a number of others at the same time anyway! She referred to his original camera as a 'mousetrap' and the name stuck (see header).
We started March with a very interesting training evening on 2nd entitled 'How to Capture Birds'. Our speaker was Michael Myers, a member whose bird images have impressed club members and judges alike.
Only a day late, we had our very own Burns Night on 26 January when Heather Burns came to talk to us about her work. Considering that she only started photography seriously four years ago Heather produces some terrific work in the rock music field that is published regularly in the magazines.
On 15 December a select band of members and partners gathered at Aagrah Midway for our annual Christmas Meal. It is certainly a popular venue - most of us could not get into their carpark at 7pm. Fortunately there is plenty of overflow parking.
Thursday 1 September saw the first meeting of the new session. An impressive fourteen members altogether showed their work. So, with most submitting ten photographs, commentary on each was necessarily brief. It is always fascinating to hear the story behind an image. Some seriously stunning work was on show and we will no doubt see many of these images again in our competitions.
Treasurer Mathew was gainfully employed taking subscriptions with his impressive pre-printed receipts.
Along with a nice catch-up chat, it was a great start to the 2016-17 year!
A gorgeous evening on Thursday 12th of May was spent by four teams of BPS members indulging in a photographic Treasure Hunt. Each allocated a colour, the challenge was to was to present a set of five images with that colour as their theme.
Don Crabtree acted as judge and he had a difficult task with a similar standard offered by all the sets. It was encouraging that Don considered that no set was complete rubbish - but slightly surprising since the whole exercise took about 90 minutes from finding suitable subjects to presenting the finished set complete with any desired post-processing.
It felt like majority were enthused from 'many vision' session last night (14th April), with 40 entries.
There were some classic and inspirational entries, which also included adventure of poundstretcher.
"Whitby Pier" - Winner - Jason
2nd. Graeme, 3rd. Kenn.
Thursday 21 January we were treated to a report from the P.A.G.B in the from of a DVD.
A total of 1470 image were seen from 98 clubs. Two image were from our members Brian Shackleton and Micheal Myers. Both were worthy enteries .
Most image were of the creative and artistic mode.
Overall it was very interesting and in enlighting .