Report of Bradford Photographic Society Meetings

The reports of the meetings held by Bradford Photographic Society

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.

What a gem of a talk! On 8 December, David Pratt treated us to an illustrated talk about the photographic exploits of his father, Christopher Pratt  - yes, that Christopher Pratt of furniture fame. David followed the story outlined in his book entitled 'Christopher Pratt, Photographer', which is out of print but held in the Bradford Library, embellished with personal recollections of his father.

We hosted the Christmas-time traditional battle with Bingley Camera Club on 1 December this year. There was a change in format requiring 30 digital images from each club (instead of the usual 15 prints and 15 DPIs). As a result there was no official 'who is leading at the half way stage' announcement at the tea break and all the drama was kept to the end.


The 24th November saw a most unusual talk that was very well attended. Richard Hardcastle the Chief Anaplastologist at St Luke's hospital treated us to a talk on the subject of cosmetic prosthetics.

The meeting on 10 November was re-formatted at short notice as our Greenwood Trophy for Novices could not run for lack of entries. However there were plenty of entries for the Norman Stow Trophy for Architectural  Record prints. David Hopkinson won with his 'West Window, Ripon Cathedral' (see below) . Graham Mitchell came second with 'Historic Houses, Freudenburg, Germany' and David's 'Atlas Fountain, Castle Howard' was third. Continuing to stalk the winner, Graeme's 'Architectural Detail, Allianz Stadium, Munich' was highly commended. Our judge, Colin Williams, gave clear and constructive comments as well as scores. Our thanks to him for a very successful competition.

On 3 November our training session led by Andy Holland at Opus Studios attracted fourteen members. Our model was Lizzie Farrar who contributed a lot to the shots we got by using her experience to produce great poses and responding well to individual's ideas.

Andy set out to demonstrate the use of  four studio lights and a white background to produce for different effects. First we tried the high-key set-up with a white background, then a grey background followed by a dark background and finally a artistic rim-lit effect. Everyone had a turn using their camera with the studio flash, posing the model and choosing their shots.

This Thursday 27th. saw the first of this year's competitions.   Being contested were the Tom Scatchard Memorial Trophy for Record photography, the Norfolk Trophy, Nature, and the J.F.Mather Trophy, Pictorial images. All three competitions were for DPI images and there was a very respectable entry of 91 images from 11 society members.


The Judge for the evening was Tony Caunt LRPS of Bradford Camera Club who’s previous visits had been so appreciated that he had merited a recall (something not extended to all judges and speakers).

With thirteen members submitting up to ten images each, there turned out to be 113 images offered for critique in our first critique session this year! Subjects ranged from children to artistic abstract including action and architecture, landscape and street.

Thursday night, 22 September, our members were treated to a really interesting talk on working towards photographic distinctions by Sally Sallet ARPS CPAGB BPE2*. In this talk she told members how to achieve awards from the Royal Photographic Society, Photographic Alliance of Great Britain and British Photographic Exhibitions at all their different levels.


Street Photography – John, Bridget and Freya Gill September 8 2016

John presented with support from wife Bridget and daughter Freya. The talk was illustrated by photographs from all three family members. One interesting point was the three different focal lengths used – John close-up at 28mm, Bridget 28-105, Freya mostly 105 and upwards.

John showed a variety of styles from the family and much to his obviously amused chagrin some of the biggest applause came for Bridget and Freya’s photos. It was an obvious source of interest for us to guess (usually accurately) who had taken the picture.

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.