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The reports of the meetings held by Bradford Photographic Society
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 .
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.