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Mike Palfrey's Bugatti
Friday 12th July was an ideal evening to be out at Bitton Railway Station to photograph the legendary Bugatti motor car, built by our member Mike Palfrey. Members were delighted to have something a little different to photograph, especially as this project has been ongoing for many years. There will be pictures from Joanne Searle on the Social Page of this website shortly.

Robert Lloyd FRPS, DPAGB, EFIAP
Friday 5th July brought Robert Lloyd FRPS, DPAGB, EFIAP to Kingswood with his talk "An evening with Rob Lloyd" We were treated to wonderful colour and monochrome landscape prints, in some cases comparing Wales to the Alps. This was Rob's 3rd visit to Kingswood.

Practical Demonstration evening
On Friday 28th June, Stewart Scott demonstarted how to prepare pictures for digital projection, and later Kevin Poole, Brian Cheer and Andy Beel all showed their method of mounting prints
This evening was organised in response to the recent membership survey.
Ronald Miller 90th Birthday
I was privileged to attend - on your behalf - a Birthday Luncheon at Beer in East Devon, for the 90th Birthday celebration of Ronald Miller.
Ron is an Honorary Life Member of the Society and is the oldest and longest serving member, having joined the Society in 1948. Ron was Chairman for many years prior to Vivian Croucher taking that post.
Ron is seen here with his wife Audrey, also a past member of KPS

Evening out - Goldney Gardens, Clifton
Friday 14th June was one of our "summer" evening excursions and the plan was to visit Goldney Gardens, Clifton to photograph the garden and the follies.
It was a wet dull evening, and whilst a few pictures were taken, this is the only one worth showing to you! It shows the Tower which was built in 1764, was intended for Thomas Goldney’s Fire Engine. Steam power was used to pump water from the well supplying the cascade in the grotto and the fountain in the canal. The Statue is Hercules. (clouds inserted!) There is a fantastic Grotto filled with shells and a statue of Neptune, but tripods would have been required to do it justice. More pictures on the Social Page.

Outing to Bristol University Buildings
Friday 7th June was the first of our Summer Evening Outings, and 19 of us enjoyed a guided tour of selected buildings and gardens belonging to Bristol University. There will be some pictures on the Social Page soon, but here is just one of the the obvious attractions - a Maze of Mirrors in the Royal Fort Gardens.



David Bathard FRPS
On Friday 31st May, our speaker was DAVID BATHARD FRPS with his talk "New Horizons" David is well-known as a monochrome worker, but this evening he took us on a colour trip to such places as the USA, India, France, Cambodia, China and Spain. However, he DID show some monochrome work as will be seen on my photograph below!



Quarterly Competition No.2 2013
Intermediate Class - Prints
lst "Bleak Trail" by Arthur Lees
2nd "Boots" by Steve Murnam
3rd "Bowler" by Steve Murnam




Intermediate Class - D.P.I's
1st "Single Track" by Arthur Lees
2nd "Salt Cellar" by Arthur Lees
3nd "Cold and Hungry" by Arthur Lees


Quarterly Competition No.2 2013
Friday 24th May was the evening when we saw the results of this competition. Our judge was RALPH SNOOK ARPS, AFIAP. - first time at Kingswood and was an excellent judge who dealt with our work constructively and fairly.
Open Class - Prints:
1st John Long with "Fed Up"
2nd Mike Martin with "Kings Cross Vortex"
3rd Elizabeth Restall with "A Peeping Tom and a Blue Rinse"



Open Class - D.P.I's
1st "Jim" by Kevin Scott
2nd "Balletic Tulip" by Elizabeth Restall
3nd "The Gathering" by Andy Coffin


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Peter Brisley ARPS
Friday 17th May brought PETER BRISLEY ARPS with his talk "Travels with my iPad" Peter does not own a computer, but uses his iPad to create very individual and exciting pictures. We were treated to pictures from the UK, Cambodia, Burma and other places. Peter's pictures are printed on attractive silver metallic type paper.

Chris Mowthorpe ARPS
Last week we were treated with exciting Colour Landscapes, and on Friday 19th May we were equally thrilled to have CHRIS MOWTHORPE ARPS to show his excellent monochnrome landscape work.
Chris was a dedicated darkroom worker, but is now producing supern quality work via his Lightroom - in fact his talk was called "From Lith to Lightroom"

ED COLLACOTT
On Friday 3rd May we were pleased to welcome ED COLLACOTT on a return visit to KPS with his talk "Landscape Britain"
This was certainly an evening for the landscape enthusiast and Ed was able to display a series of outstanding prints from all around Britain. His enthusiasm for his subject was very evident and he told us that he was often at the desired location before dawn, having camped locally in his beloved Camper Van. His pictures can be seen on his website at; www.fineartphotographs.co.uk


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AP and FT Trophy Competitions
The annual Triptych Competitions for a set of related prints (The FT Trophy) or related DPI's (The AP Trophy) was held on Friday 26th April. Our judge was Ray Grace ARPS, DPAGB who carefully considered and commented on 23 panels of prints and 25 panels of DPI's

The winner of the FT Trophy was Alison Price ARPS with her set of Gentoo penguins



The Winner of the AP Trophy was Mike Martin with a panel titled 'Trip the Light Fantastic'

Martin Fry FRPS, APAGB
Friday 19th April brought MARTIN FRY FRPS, APAGB with his Audio Visual presentation titled "Cotswold and Cornish Cream"
This excellent evening was described by many members as the best Audio Visual ever seen at KPS, and this was confirmed by our few AV exponents. Landscapes, winter scenes, a sequence about the Severn Bore and also the annual Trevithick Day in Cambourne, Cornwall. This latter presentation was about the town's most famous son, Richard Trevithick, who invented a steam engine which travelled along the road. His statue stands outside the town library. Attractions include model exhibitions, vintage vehicles, performances by local Male Voice Choirs, concerts by the Camborne Town Band and other local bands and dances.

Fotospeed Photographers Portfolio
On Friday 12th April we should have had a visit from Angela Williams, but as she was hospitalised a quick change of plan brought us a Portfolio of prints from
THE FOTOSPEED SPONSORED LECTURERS

This was an evening with the display of great pictures accompanied by written comments from Margaret Salisbury, head of the Lecture Service. Details of the paper used was on each mount, so it was good to see what paper suited the picture content.
Visit from "The Rathbands"
On Friday, 5th April we were delighted to welcome CLIVE RATHBAND FRPS, FPSSA, EFIAP and his wife JOAN RYDER RATHBAND FRPS, FPSSA with their presentation "A few of our Favourite Things"
This talented couple excel in nature photography, and we also saw some excellent landscapes and other pictorial photographs. They also brought many of the gadgets and items they use in their craft.
An inspirational evening!

Tony Cooper ARPS
On Friday 22nd March we were due to welcome a speaker from Wales, but as he was unable to attend, one of our own members TONY COOPER ARPS agreed to present his talk titled "A Strolling Interview". Tony began by telling us that his pictures were pedestrian, even boring - however, we were soon able to disagree with him when he presented colour and monochrome pictures together with thoughtful and humorous comments.
He concluded his talk by inviting his audience to create a panel from fifteen of his monochrome pictures. Tony is seen here with the eventual panel.

Andy Beel FRPS
Our programme Secretary, Andy Beel FRPS, is seen receiving his cheque and certificate as the winner of the Open Class of the RPS Digital Projected Image Competition. Making the presentation is Peter Phillips LRPS, our Competition and Exhibition Secretary

Bob Underhill APAGB. AIPF
On Friday 15th March, we welcomed Bob Underhill APAGB. AIPF with his talk 'Totally Digital' Bob showed a considerable number of projected images, including a variety of landscapes and seascapes from the U.K. and Ireland, also derelict places and people. Bob is a past President of the Smethwick P.S

Les Loosemore ARPS, AWPF, DPAGB
Friday 8th March brought a new speaker to KPS - Les Loosemore ARPS, AWPF, DPAGB with his talk on Distinction Print Panels. Les brought a very impressive print stand and during the evening we viewed about 300 prints forming a number of Distinction Panels and other work. It was a very inspiring evening allowing us to view impressive photography presented in relaxed manner. Les is a sponsored FOTOSPEED Lecturer.