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Outdoor Portrait session
There was a deafening roar of shutters clicking outside our Hall on Friday 12th August, when Helen Drew modelled for us with an outdoor street fashion session. Apparently in the Far East there is a current fashion for outlandish street clothes, and although my photograph doesn't really demonstrate that - I rather liked this shot. The session was led by Steve Cox.

Second Severn Crossing
Our final 'Evening out' this season took us to the Second Severn Crossing hopefully for a sunset. 15 members and some wives waited patiently, but there wasn't much is a display that evening - as you can see from my picture. You can read more and see some pictures on the Social Page - the work of Joanne Searle.

Ricardo Busi
On Friday 29th July we were treated to a feast of travel, landscape and nature photography from RICARDO BUSI from Italy. Ricardo is a much-traveled photographer and we saw pictures from Bali, Ukraine, USA, Australia and most of the European countries. Ricardo is seen here against the backdrop of one of his excellent nature pictures


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Bristol University Botanical Garden visit
On Friday 22nd July a group of members visited the BRISTOL UNIVERSITY BOTANICAL GARDEN. We were blessed with sunshine for the first half hour in the garden, and whilst in the Glasshouse it poured with rain!

Digital Workshop with Tony Poole ARPS
On Friday 15th July, we sat in the dark, many members frantically scribbling in notebooks trying to record some of the hints and tips being given by TONY POOLE ARPS
Tony also demonstrated solutions to questions already submitted by members during the week.


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PETER BERRY
On Friday 1st July our speaker was PETER BERRY with his slide talk "Zimbabwe Steam Safari and Sub-zero China" Peter comes from Gloucester, but has travelled the world photographing his passion - Steam trains! We were transported to the Gobi Desert, the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Inner Mongolia and many other places where steam trains are still be to found. Peter's enthusiasm was very evident! There was also a display board of prints to be seen.

'Those you have loved'
On Friday 17th June, the evening was titled 'THOSE YOU HAVE LOVED' and members were invited to bring along six favourite and loved pictures and talk about them. It proved to be a most interesting evening and rather than feature just one person in my photograph this week, you will see all ten of the members who participated.

Tom Dodd FRPS
Our visitor on Friday 10th June was TOM DODD FRPS who brought us his talk "From the Darkroom and Beyond" The talk was on monochrome photography and Tom displayed his excellent prints from the darkroom and the lightroom. He also gave a demonstration of digital hints and tips on creating mood and atmosphere in Black and White prints.

Shaun Boycott-Taylor ARPS
On Friday 3rd June, one of our own members, SHAUN BOYCOTT-TAYLOR ARPS delivered his talk 'All Aspects of Print Mounting and Presentation' This also included a demonstration of presenting and framing a photograph as seen in the picture. Shaun finalised the evening with a display of his stunning Associateship Panel of birds and why he chose the particular prints.


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Quarterly Competition No.2. Open Class
PRINTS
1st Neath Waterfalls by Steve Bridgen
2nd Horgabost Beach by Peter Phillips
3rd Spiritual Cleansing on the Ganges by Joanne Searle



DPI's
1st Looking the wrong way by Alan Searle
2nd Protest March, Barcelona by Adrian Herring
3rd Waxwing by Mark Isaac

Quarterly Competition No.2. Intermediate Class
PRINTS
1st Misty Morning by Jacinda Ashton
2nd Beached by Dave Bryan
3rd Low Tide by Jacinda Ashton



DPI'S
1st Supercentre by Jacinda Ashton
2nd Still Water by Jacinda Ashton
3rd Roses by Jacinda Ashton

Second Quarterly Comptition
Friday 27th May was the Second Quarterly Cpmpetition which was judged by TONY BYRAM ARPS,EFIAP,AWPF,DPAGB It was a large entry of 59 prints and 44 projected images, which Tony dealt with by speaking constructively about each and every entry.


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New Member's Evening
On Friday 20th May, we invited our new members to bring along some of their work for us to view, and eleven responded!
Before coffee we saw prints, including several six foot long panoramas (No, that's not a mistake, there were SIX FEET!) We also saw the work of several intermediate members, who were very brave to face the more experienced members with their smaller prints.
After coffee, we saw projected images - two with musical accompaniment!
An excellent evening!
Dianne Owen FRPS
Our speaker on Friday 13th May was DIANNE OWEN FRPS with her talk entitled "Creative Consciousness" An evening packed with creative photography which members were able to see at close quarters, as many of her prints were passed around. Coming from Southport, quite a few of her pictures featured the Antony Gormley sculptures on the beach at Crosby - but seen in many guises!

How to make an AV sequence
On Friday 6th May, we had a demonstration on how to make an Audio-Visual Sequence by yours truly JOHN LONG ARPS, DPAGB, HonPAGB President, Webmaster and "so called" AV practitioner.
It all appeared to go well, lots of questions which I tried to answer, but was limited by the unfamiliarity of a laptop running on Windows 7 ! After the break I showed some of my own AV's and several guest AV's - all of which were well received.
Jeff Morgan
Our speaker on Friday 29th April was JEFF MORGAN. Jeff is a prolific photographer and during the evening of projected images, we saw pictures from the USA, China, Greece and the UK. Jeff is the Technique Editor of PHOTO PLUS Magazine.

Peter Bamforth ARPS
Friday 15th April saw the second visit to Kingswood of PETER BAMFORTH ARPS with his talk "What's New?" Peter is a prolific worker and in addition to the digital presentation of his trip to Tibet, China and Hong Kong, he brought a display of excellent prints.

Brian Cheer and Andy Beel
On Friday 8th April we were treated to an evening of monochrome photography by two of our own members. In the first half Brian Cheer ARPS, DPAGB, APAGB displayed his darkroom prints, which included various toned and lith treatments. After the coffee break Andy Beel FRPS shown prints produced digitally from his trips to Ethiopia. Finally Andy displayed some stunning A2 mounted prints.

FIAP Award to Joanne Searle ARPS
One of our members, Joanne Searle ARPS is seen here accepting her AFIAP certificate from Chairman Adrian Herring ARPS. This award is for 53 acceptances of 10 different Images, in 10 different Salons, in 5 different countries and it is a requirement to have received two awards. Joanne has accomplished this over a two and a half year period which is a considerable achievement.
Now Joanne Searle ARPS, AFIAP


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Practical evening - Close-up photography
On Friday 1st April, we had one of our occasional PRACTICAL EVENINGS and the subject was Close-up photography.
Rather to my surprise as I was running the evening, it was a success with many members taking pictures at the three set-ups.The 'photographer' is just 2 inches tall and the background a sunrise picture taken in Ireland!



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