George Reekie BPE 5*
In January of this year, snow prevented the visit of GEORGE REEKIE BPE 5* but on Friday 6th September, we were delighted to welcome George to Kingswood with his delayed talk "From Japan to Norton" George is from Norton Fitzwarren which explains the title. We were treated to a digital presentation of life in Japan in winter with a bias toward wildlife and consisted of a series of stunning pictures! After coffee we saw a varied selection of exciting pictures - wildlife, sport, portraits and landscapes all accompanied by an informative and amusing commentary.

RPS Western Region 2013 exhibition
A Gold Medal and six Ribbons were awarded in this Exhinition, and of the six Ribbons, four were awarded to members of K.P.S. These were -
Vanessa Herring, Joanne Searle, Peter Phillips and Tony Cooper.

W.C.P.F.Travelling Critique Collection
On Friday 30th August, we viewed the W.C.P.F.Travelling Critique Collection which is a collection of prints which didn't quite make it into the WCPF Exhibition this year. This collection travels around the Federation. Lots of discussion took place, including prints from four KPS members, Joanne Searle, Adrian Herring, David Thomas and John Long. The print by Joanne Searle "Alive and Kicking" is shown here.

Photographic Exhibition 7th September - 13th November
You are invited to visit an Exhibition by a Past Vice-President of Kingswood P.S.
'Bristol and Somerset - Vanishing Lives
An Exhibition of Mid-C20 Photographs by Reece Winstone FRPS

The RWA is pleased to announce a new exhibition showing in the Cube gallery at the Academy in Queen’s Road, Bristol 7th September – 13th November (closed 18th-22nd September). Entry is free; open between 10.00am to 5pm.
38,000 photographs, 18 cameras, 4 decades, 2 counties, 1 freelance
By 1966 Reece Winstone FRPS had taken 38,000 photographs across ‘Beautiful Britain’ as a freelance photographer, of which some 7,000 were of Bristol and Somerset
'The Magic behind the Lantern'
Our speakers for the Friday 16th August were Linda Gibbs, MPAGB, AV-AFIAP and Edgar Gibbs, FRPS, MPAGB, AV-AFIAP who gave a wonderful evening of their award winning Audio Visual sequences entitled 'The Magic Behind the Lantern'. This was accompanied with detailed instruction on how to produce sequences from your own pictures using the software Pictures to Exe.
Their presentation gave KPS members an excellent evening with their sequences offering fun and nostalgia.

Hugh and Pat
Friday 9th August brought the long-awaited visit of HUGH MILSOM FRPS, MFIAP and PAT BROAD ARPS,AFIAP with their combined talk "An evening with Hugh and Pat"
This was Hugh's seventh visit to Kingswood and the second visit accompanied by Pat.
Hugh commenced with some of his 'landmark' Infra-red darkroom pictures - always a joy to see - and was followed by Pat explaining and showing the road to her RPS Associateship Panel. After the break we were treated to a series of A2 prints from Harris, Yellowstaone and other locations. A memorable evening!

Studio Evening
Friday 2nd August was one of our occasional Studio Sessions. The evening was led by KEVIN JAMES who commenced the evening by explaining the settings on cameras, triggering lighting sets, various lighting arrangements, shooting positions and a little about studio etiquette. The model for the evening was Georgie.

Bristol Harbourside Festival
On Friday 26th July, some of our members met at the Peto Bridge in Bristol with a view to taking pictures during the annual Bristol Harbour Festival. Picture below by Tony Withers.

Audio Visual Forum
Friday 19th July was shown in the programme as a talk by Dr.David Cooke, but as he unfortunately had to postpone his visit, it was decided to hold an Audio Visual Forum. A chance for those members who dabble with AV to show their work.
Unfortunately, we appear to have a lot of members who are anti-AV so the audience wasn't as large as usual. However, it was thought to be a successful evening with work shown by Sue Winkworth, Joanne Searle, Tony Withers, Stewart Scott, Rod Wainwright and John Long.
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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.

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"