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'Famous for ten minutes'
On Friday 12th October, eight of our members volunteered (?) to take part in an evening called 'FAMOUS FOR TEN MINUTES'
We are most grateful to the following members - Arthur Lees, Elizabeth Restall, Vince Reeves, Kevin James, Brian Cheer, Alison Price, Bob Ryan and Bruce Gibbs, who showed prints and projected images.
Jubilee Year Convention
Sunday 7th October. The Pound Arts Centre at Corsham was the venue for our Jubilee Convention. A packed auditorium of people from all around the West Country enjoyed listing and seeing the photography of Des Clinton, Tony Dudley and Gijs van Gent
The event was considered to be an outstanding success



Just a few pictures taken during the day;



Print Critique Evening
Friday 5th October was a most interesting evening when three society members volunteered (?)
to lead the discussion. Members were asked to bring along prints and these were commented on by (left to right) Rod Wainwright, Vanessa Herring and Peter Phillips.

Quarterly No.3 Open Prints
On Friday 28th September, our 3rd competition of the year was judged by DAVID SOUTHWELL ARPS David was thorough in his comments and judgement.

1st Seeing the Light by Kevin James
2nd Oak Tree and Potato Field by John Hoddinott
3rd Monkey and Friend by Ray Reeves

Quarterly No.3 Open DPI's
1st Kings Cross Station Impression by Elizabeth Restall
2nd Chenobyl Interior by Vanessa Herring
3rd Sunset at Aber Mawr by Peter Phillips

Quarterly No.3. Intermediate Prints
1st Cooling Off by Bob Ryan
2nd Reflections on a Castle hy Alison Price
3rd Gingerbeard by David Rumsam

Quarterly Competition No.3 Intermediate DPI's
1st Drying off by Alison Price
2nd Waiting for Mum by Alison Price
3rd Final Approach by Alison Price

Pam and Eddy Lane ARPS's DPAGB's
Friday 21st September brought a chill into the meeting room with the visit of
Pam and Eddy Lane ARPS's DPAGB's
They brought us "Svalbard and the Arctic Circle - Kingdom of the Ice Bear"
We saw lots of polar bears, a colony of Walrus and other animals and birds - and of course, lots of ICE! A fascinating talk with very interesting and spectacular pictures.

Margaret Salisbury FRPS, MFIAP, FIPF, APAGB
Our programme for Friday 14th September warned us that "The Welsh Dragon is here again, do not dare to miss her, she will not be pleased and will mark your card"
Those who did not attend missed a treat of great photography and fascinating anecdotes. During her talk called "Dragon Away" Margaret Salisbury FRPS, MFIAP, FIPF, APAGB led us through many countries with her pictures and stories.

John Tilsley ARPS, DPAGB, APAGB
Friday 7th September brought John Tilsley ARPS, DPAGB, APAGB up from Dorchester to deliver his talk "Latest Work".
John is an excellent speaker and spoke enthusiastically about his partial move from Darkroom to Digital. John likes to work in series, and firstly display a set of pictures in upright 'letterbox' format of subjects with contrajour lighting and long shadows. This was followed other series including a wartime re-enactment, some exquisite snow picture taken whilst ski-ing in Finland and finally one of birds taken on a lake in northern Greece.


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Final Evening Out!
Friday 31st of August was the final outdoor meeting for the year. Some of our members met in Bristol, then dispersed to do their own 'thing' - meeting up later, as usual, to sample a few lemonades!! There will probaby be a few pictures in due course on the Social Page.
Jubilee Exhibition at The Pound Centre
From Saturday 1st September until the day of our Convention on Sunday 7th October, there will be an Exhibition of our member's work at THE POUND CENTRE, CORSHAM SN13 9HK WILTS The Centre is open Monday - Friday 9.30 am - 9.30 pm and on Saturdays from 9.00 am - 5.00pm Closed Sundays
'Swanage Old Pier' by Peter Phillips LRPS will be in the Exhibition

WCPF Print Critique Evening
On Friday 17th August, we received and viewed the prints from the WCPF PRINT CRITIQUE These prints are the "best of the rest" entered for the Annual WCPF Members' Exhibition. Most scoring 9 or 10 but not a high enough score for the Exhibition.
The discussion was led by Andy Beel FRPS, and my picture show members viewing some of the prints during the coffee-break.

Audio Visual Forum
On Friday the 10th August, we had our annual evening of member's audio visual sequeces. We are aware that some of our members are not keen on AV, but nevertheless, seven members created an enjoyable evening's viewing with very differing styles of pictures and music.
Following is one of the pictures from John Long's "The Olympic Flame" sequence

Penny & Spike Piddock DPAGB's
Friday 3rd August brought 'first time' speakers to the society - PENNY & SPIKE PIDDOCK DPAGB's with their joint talk "A Wet Night In!"
We were treated to underwater pictures from The Red Sea, The Maldives and Indonesia. Penny is a Scuba Diver and Spike a Photographer Diver. We saw prints, projected images and AV's of the many creatures who live underwater.

Evening Out - Bristol University.
On Friday 27t July, about 30 members gathered in Clifton to take the Wills Memorial Tower tour. To those familiar with Bristol landmarks, this is the tower at the top of Park Street which stands 215 feet (69 Metres) above street level. After taking the lift to the 5th floor, we then climbed 185 steps to the Belfrey in time to insert ear plugs when "Great George" chimed eight. There were a further 120 plus steps to the top of the tower where wonderful views were to be had of Bristol and as far as the Severn Bridges. This picture shows one of the Gargoyles - more pictures by Joanne Searle will shortly be found on the Social Events Page.

Evening at the Harbour Festival
A group of us met in Bristol to wander around the Harbour which was crowded with people in anticipation of the Harbour Festival taking place during the weekend. Lots of pictures were taken and we later met together for drinks!
Just a grab shot which I managed to get -

London Salon of Photography
On Friday 13th July we viewed a projected image presentation of the 2011 London Salon Exhibition. The CD contained about 190 pictures with comments by Bill Wisden MBE. Hon.FRPS.
As this didn't last for the whole evening, we then viewed the winning WCPF Clubs in the Federation's projected image competition 2012.

Friday 6th July
Due to weather conditions, the outdoor "shoot" of member Mike Palfrey's Bugatti Motor Car was called off, and instead another member, STEWART SCOTT demonstrated digital techniques, following on from the successful evening on June 22nd
Visit to Purton
For the first of the summer "Night out" meetings on 29th June, 17 club members visited Purton on the banks of the River Severn. More pictures on the Social Page.


Photo: Jo Searle ARPS