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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
Digital Workshop
On Friday 22nd June one of our own members STEWART SCOTT led a Digital Workshop and demonstrated many hints, tips and tricks in the use of Photoshop. Stewart is clearly adept at creating and modifying pictures to get the best effect.

John and Mike
Friday, 15th June. It was a pleasure this evening to view the work of two of our own members. JOHN HODDINOTT AND MIKE MARTIN approach their photography in different ways, John illustrates his love of landscape with his pictures and Mike is more experimental, often combining two or more images to achieve the final result.
Although we see a small proportion of their work in competitions and the exhibition, this evening we saw many more of their library of pictures

Jenny Byram EFIAP, DPAGB, BPE1*
Our visitor on Friday 8th June was JENNY BYRAM EFIAP, DPAGB, BPE1* who transported us around the world to Australia, New Zealand, Venice and two locations in Russia. We were taken to these places by the means of Audio Visual and in addition we saw two Miscellany sequences which contained many of Jenny's award-winning images.

Critique Evening
Friday 1st June was one of our critique evenings and Adrian Herring, Mike Martin and Andy Beel commented on prints from both newer members and established members. It was a successful evening.
Quarterly Competition No.2
On Friday 25th May we welcomed Barry Mead FRPS, EFIAP, DPAGB as our Judge for the 2nd Quarterly Competition.
Barry gave us fully comprehensive and constructive comments on our work, plus the anticipated "Mead" touches of humour

Quarterly No.2 Open Prints
1st Old Pier Swanage by John Hoddinott
2nd Skating in the Park by Elizabeth Restall
3rd Frozen Tide, Berrow Beach by John Hoddinott

Quarterly No.2 Open DPI's
lst Corfe Castle Rising from the Dead by Andrian Herring
2nd Forth Bridge by Jeff Morgan
3rd The Stairway by Joanne Searle

Quarterly No.2 Intermediate Prints
1st Lansdown Sunrise by David Rumsan
2nd No.1. by Bob Ryan
3rd Pulpit Dawn by David Rumsan

Quarterly No.2. Intermediate DPI's
lst Kilve by Andy Coffin
2nd Double Dutch by Jennifer Morgan
3rd The Kiss by Alison Price

Mark Mumford FRPS
Friday 18th May brought a large dose of Surrealism in the form of Mark Mumford FRPS with his talk “Gorilla in a Yellow Field”
Mark’s background as an Artist and Graphic Designer led him into photography and many of his pictures display Surrealism and Symbolism, sometimes difficult to understand and interpret, but always striking and colourful.
Being known for his creative and digital manipulation, one has to admire his skill and tenacity in producing his own style of photography. An evening not be to forgotten!