Friday 1st May saw the return of PETER GENNARD MFIAP, EFIAP/p a good friend of KPS, this being his fifth visit (the first in 1991).
Peter's talk was "PG Tips - my vision" and consisted entirely of prints, mainly his style of portraiture. It was interesting that in most instances we were shown the colour and monochrome versions of his work. It was a superb evening, and we also thank Sandra, Peter's wife, for her assistance at the display board.

AP and FT Trophy Competitions
Friday 24th April was the date for one of our favourite competitions of the year - sometimes known as the Triptych Competitions. The AP Trophy is for a set of three related projected images, and the FT Trophy is for a set of three related prints.

This year the Judge was Michael Krier ARPS, who carried out the task with great enthusiasm and gave some very apt comments on our panels.

Winners FT Trophy Competition:
1st Fay Rogers - "The Meeting"
2nd Derek Webber, 3rd Derek Webber

Winners AP Trophy Competition:
1st Adrian Herring - "Chippenham Folk Festival"
2nd Mike Martin, 3rd Adrian Herring

On Friday 17th April, a new speaker to KPS - PETER YOUNG CPAGB, AFIAP, APAGB
presented his talk "Tales from the Dark Side" Peter is from the Midland Counties Photographic Federation and his talk concentrated on Landscapes, Figure Studies and Portraiture. Great to have an evening with all prints!

Cheltenham International Salon
On Friday 10th April members thoroughly enjoyed the presentation of the 2014 Cheltenham International Salon. It was also interesting that a number of our members had acceptances, and some of these were projected during the presentation.
10 Minutes of Fame
Friday 27th March was a "members evening" when nine brave people were persuaded to show their work - hence "10 minutes of Fame" It was a most interesting evening varying from Geoff Cole - a long-time member with a resurgence of interest in monochrome photography - to Rachael Woolley and Dave Dimond, two of our newest members just starting on the ladder of success.

On Friday 20th March, there was a change to our programme as Jan Crawley was unable to be with us. We were treated to a talk from RAY GRACE ARPS, DPAGB called "Nice is NOT good enough" Ray's opinion is that Judges often label a photograph as "nice" - but if a little post processing takes place by the photographer, the picture could be transformed into receiving a more encouraging response from the Judge. We were shown a number of "Before and After" pictures together with details of the processing which took place. Ray was very generous with his information, resulting in an excellent evening.

Helen Sheppard ARPS
One of our members - Helen Sheppard - received the ARPS Distinction last week, and brought her panel to the meeting on Friday 20th for us to view. My picture shows Helen with her panel, so Congratulations from the Society Helen!

Studio 1
Friday 13th March was the first Studio evening of the year which was led by Mike Martin.
A charming young lady - Gemma - was the versatile model, both for indoor portrait and for outdoor "light" pictures.

Bob Bishop and Carol Bourton
On Friday 6th March we welcomed Bob Bishop, EFIAP BPE2* LRPS and Carole Bourton, CPAGB to KPS. A very different, entertaining and enjoyable evening covering the 1940’s with still photography, audio visual and excellent commentary which brought back many memories. They started with the war years in Bristol showing the devastation caused to the City and travelled through to the City as we know it today. Excerpts written during the blitz by local people were read with depth and feeling. Important people such as Churchill, the railways, occupations, entertainment, dance were just some of the areas presented through old and new photographs as well as audio visual presentations. Vera Lynn, who we were reminded is now 97 years old, ended our evening with a couple of songs and we all joined in with ‘We’ll Meet Again’. Not the usual ending to a KPS evening but different and really enjoyable.

Quarterly Competition No.1
The first competition of the year was held on Friday 27th February and our judge was PETER WEAVER LRPS, APAGB, CPAGB who commented on every print and DPI despite there being a large entry. Peter was fair and firm with all the entries emphasising that he was impressed with the high standard of the work in all sections.

Quarterly Competition No.1. OPEN CLASS
The Open Class results are as follows
1st 'Repose' by Mike Martin
2nd 'No Parking' by Derek Webber
3rd 'Parental Protection of a baby Baboon' by Vanessa Herring

1st 'The Other side of the Bus Shelter' by Joanne Searle
2nd 'The Dancer' by Joanne Searle
3rd 'Sharon' by John Long

Quarterly Competition No.1 INTERMEDIATE CLASS
The Intermediate results are as follows:
1st 'Windswept Church by Bernice Deane
2nd 'Sparrowhawk' by Gordon Wilcock
3rd 'Frosty Sunrise' by Bernice Deane

1st 'Gas Lamp Trader' by Chris Deane
2nd 'Zebra Stripes' by Bernice Deane
3rd 'Who will buy?' by Bernice Deane

A first-time speaker to KPS on Friday 20th February was JOHN HOOTON FIPF, FRPS, MFIAP
John is from Ireland and brought us a host of wonderful colour prints. He is captivated by the ever varying light and mood of Ireland's Atlantic coastline and brought superb pictures of the coast around the Dingle Peninsular. They were interspersed by a series of the interiors of derelict cottages in that area. A really stunning evening!

On Friday 13th February we were delighted to welcome MARTIN ADDISON FRPS on a return visit with his talk 'Looking outside the frame - how not to win competitions'
The talk concentrated upon making images which are creative, interesting and personally satisfying. Many of the projects suggested and illustrated were original and most unusual. They were further interspersed with short audio visual sequences.
A fascinating evening!

London Salon of Photography 2014
In Friday 6th February we should have been viewing a presentation from Sigma. Unfortunately, they sent a DVD which we weren't able to play. It was fortuous that we had in hand a CD of the pictures from the 2014 London Salon of Photography. This was most enjoyable!

Brian Swinyard and Keitth Cooper
On Friday 30th January we welcomed return visitors BRIAN SWINYARD MA (Photo),ARPS, EFIAP/b, DPAGB, BPE3*, PPSA and KEITH COOPER LRPS, LBPPA with their joint talk "Conventional and Digital Dabblers"
An excellent evening with prints and projected images from both speakers who worked well together. Brian with his love of filters making unconventional and creative images, and Keith with his obvious love of portraiture and landscape images.

Visit of Dorchester Camera Club Members
On Friday 23th January, we were delighted to welcome members of the Dorchester Club who brought along a selection of prints. We saw a successful CPAGB panel from Roland Tarr, a successful LRPS Panel from Rosie Mathison and a successful ARPS Panel from Margaret Homan Berry. Additionally, Tim Downton and Sue Buckland presented Nature and sports pictures and finally,John Tilsley who brought along some of his latest work which has been influenced by attending various workshops during 2014.

John Tilsley said: “Hopefully we will show you a good cross section of work from the 6 Photographers. I am sure this will give you an interesting variety of both subject and level and hopefully illustrate the success of the distinctions group we have been running for local camera club members in our area.”

Sue and Mike
On Friday 15th January, two of our own members sat at the computer and gave us an interesting evening of instruction.
Sue Wentworth showed some of the latest aspects of PTE8, also displayed the three sequences which gained her the LRPS. Later, Mike Martin demonstrated his techniques with Lightroom and the making of creative and "unusual" portraits.

Sarah Howard
On Friday 9th January, our speaker was SARAH HOWARD who is a "first-time" visitor to KPS. Sarah's talk was "An Image seen-the creative art of landscape"
An interesting evening when we were gently reminded about composition, lighting, leading lines, the rule of Thirds etc., all illustrated by projected images as explanation and example.
Sarah also displayed a good number of mounted colour prints, and finally reminded us of her personal workshops conducted both in this country and in parts of Europe.

Exhibition of pictures at Kingswood Library
Thanks to the members who kindly gave me a print for this display at Kingswood Library. It's there until the 21st of January.
Hopefully may attract a new member!