Report of Bradford Photographic Society Meetings

The reports of the meetings held by Bradford Photographic Society

Bruce Pickering, a BPS old boy, with the assistance of his wife, who managed the projected images, provided us with a most interesting and entertaining evening. Bruce, who specialises in wildlife photography, spent the first part of his presentation demonstrating the various pieces of kit and comfort gear that he uses during the sometimes long wait that is required to catch the desired image. He imparted many useful tips for the would be wildlife photographer, such as using extension tubes on long lenses so as to increase the image size by bringing the focus point closer than the lens would otherwise allow.

This was promised by all who had listened to Oliver Wright to be a good evening. They were slightly misleading - it was an excellent evening.

Oliver presented his talk with a mix of humour, factual and technical information. His images were from his latest year of photography - hence the title "My Year". Most of the images were taken in the north of Sweden and showed the beauty of the country in the dark wintry nights.

1st of October was our second training evening of the year - this time on Still Life photography.

Four of our memebers put together differing still life set-ups for us to practice our skills on all the time thay were offering advice on alternative ways of producing a good image.

Rais shoed us the difficulties of taking images of objects on reflective surfaces, and using additional lighting to get the best out of the scene.

The last meeting of the 2014-5 session was our President's Evening on 28 May.

First on the agenda was the Image of the Year competition. Digital versions of the winners of all the internal club trophy competitions for the whole 2014-5 session were shown and those present voted to chose the winner. At the first vote it was a three-way tie. The second vote resolved Brian Shackleton's "Kingfisher" as winner with "Shimla Mountains" by Balwinder Kaur and "Lunch Break, Haworth Wartime Weekend" by Graeme Mitchell as equal second.

On Thursday 21st May we were treated to a fascinating journey through Bill Johnson's considerable print-making life. Telling us that he has made three times as many prints in ten years of digital printing as he did in forty years in the darkroom, he proceeded to show us a selection of the impressive results - with commentary.

Indeed, the sun did shine upon us when we went to Bolling Hall on Thursday 7th May!  A healthy turn-out of members were able to appreciate the show of blossom which greeted us. The warm, low light provided some interesting figure studies with shadows and the Hall formed a good background for portraits.

We became part of a crusade on Thursday 30th April. Our speaker, Dave Burgess MA Phot, ARPS has taken upon himself to spread the word throughout the YPU that we should all be more creative - and he made a good case!

By re-creating or de-constructing his various images, he demonstrated how to produce 'flowers' by blending multiple rotated images of some fairly unpromising originals which were then combined in very artistic ways.

On Thursday 23rd Richard Spurdens visited the club to deliver his talk 'Landscape to Studio and a few bits between II'.

Richard's talk was illustrated with projected images, reinforced by an impressive display of prints. Before the tea break he gave us a sample of his impressive images of a wide variety of subjects from Northern Lights and landscapes in Iceland through a huge selection of sports - canoeing, skiing, tennis, kite surfing, Tough Guy, cycling and more - to Morris Dancing! These came with plenty of advice on locations an technique.

Gold - Kyle Smith

On Thursday 9th we had a Photographic Treasure Hunt. Although the turn-out was relatively small, those who took part agreed that it was a lot of fun and an unusual challenge. Teams were given until 9pm to hand over five images entitled:

1.       Gold

2.       Perspective

3.       Old Blue Eyes

4.       Bright

5.       Food for Thought

The 2nd April saw the 154th Annual General Meeting of the Bradford Photographic Society. An impressive 22 members attended, sacrificing the opportunity to see the 7-way political leaders debate live on television!

The meeting proceeded in accordance with the agenda, taking the pre-circulated minutes of the 153rd meeting as read and approving them. Reports were delivered by the Hon Treasurer, Kath Bonson, the Print Secretary, Tom Heggie, (detail to follow by email), the Digital Image Secretary, Steve Swiszczoski, the Acting Webmaster, Peter Sykes, the Interclub Representative, Graeme Mitchell, and the YPU Representative, Geoff Richards. This was followed by the Presidents report by Tom Heggie who thanked the committee for their hard work during the year which has resulted in a lot being achieved with separate mention for Brain Packer who, although not a Council member, agreed to be co-opted to help with the archive.

Members were entertained by Howard Tate, Immediate Past President of the YPU, on large prints on 19 March.
Large being A1 and special Panoramic shots with over a 100 images taken - well beyond the 400x500 YPU standard size!


Howard, a judge himself, seemed to have little time for the opinions of other judges and made it clear that the images he took, were to please himself, and to promote his own individual styles, and often broke the rules of composition.

What set out to be a training evening on Action and Sport Photography on 5 March, developed into something rather unique.

We started off with two short talks by Tom Heggie and Kath Bonson about the techniques for photographing 'planes, bikes and trains' and 'swimming and rowing' respectively. The intention to have a couple of boxers demonstrating shadow-boxing  expanded somewhat as Nick Manners brought along no less than six members of PAT's gym to our meeting.