The Frank Thomas Trophy Competition
Our guest judge for this event on Friday 5th November was BRIAN SWINYARD MA, ARPS,EFIAP,DPAGB who gave fair and well considered comments on our work.
The trophy was awarded to Andy Beel FRPS with a set of subtle prints of shadowy people. Brian considered they were 'stunning' - regretfully they will not reproduce well due to the subtle printing. In 2nd place was John Long ARPS with a set of Biker Portraits and in 3rd place was Mike Challenger ARPS with a set of colourful smoke pictures

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Digital Workshop
On Friday 29th October, TONY POOLE ARPS, one of our own members, sat at his laptop and delighted, confused and generally fed us many hints and tips on the use of Photoshop. Tony expanded on the care to be taken with backing up our images and filing them in a way that they can be easily found a year later!

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PAGB National Print Championships
34 clubs competed from all the UK's PAGB Federations and 8 of these reached the final; unfortunately we did not make it through to the final!
The remaining 26 competed in the Plate competition with the winning club, Rolls Royce, scoring 69 points out of 75. second place went to those scoring 66 points and Kingswood had the third highest score with 65 points, a very creditable effort. It's a pity that 4 clubs tied for second place scoring 66 points which meant we couldn't claim being 3rd. However, although technically we were 7th, just one more point would have done it!
Several entries scored a maximum 15 points in the Plate Competition, including Steve Cox's entry for Kingswood "What the Eyes Can't See the Heart Can't Grieve Over"
It is still a very rewarding result and a substantial improvement over the 58 points we managed when we competed in 2006. See the above listing of full results
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Bob and Linda Pearson
We enjoyed a presentation entitled "A Photographic Journey" on Friday October 22nd from Bob Pearson FRPS, EFIAP, DPAGB and Linda Pearson ARPS
We were treated to a wonderful evening of landscapes and general travel photography from many parts of the world including the USA, Italy, Japan, Chile and other places. The pictures from the winter in Yellowstone National Park were particularly impressive.
Steve Smith FRPS, MPAGB
Members and visitors to our meeting on Friday 15th October were assembled for the long awaited visit of STEVE SMITH FRPS, MPAGB with his talk "Emotions" We were not disappointed and thoroughly enjoyed the presentation of Steve's work. In particular we viewed each print from his Fellowship Panel and he gave us the background in the taking of the picture. He is seen here with one of his most recognised photographs - and a personal favourite of mine!

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John Paul Davey FRPS
Friday 8th October saw JOHN PAUL DAVEY FRPS at our meeting with his talk "A Passion for Beauty - Plate 2" This was John's second visit to KPS and we were given a complete evening of darkroom silver prints - which in itself is a rather unique occasion these days! John's enthusiasm for his subject and equally for his darkroom time was very evident.

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Chairman's Evening
On Friday 1st October, our Chairman ADRIAN HERRING ARPS,DPAGB was our speaker and entertained us with an evening of new prints, followed by a fascinating demonstration of Gallerie Wrap, a method of displaying images for the wall. Adrian is a Fotospeed sponsored lecturer and this is one of their products.

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3rd Quarterly Competition
Results of the Competition:
PRINTS: 1st "Thro' the Blue" - John Woolley
2nd "Blue Gate Santorini" - Elizabeth Restall
3rd "Running Late" - Joanne Searle

DPI's: 1st "Silver Birches & Reflections" - Vanessa Herring
2nd "Over Birnbeck" - John Hoddinott
3rd "Harley Man" - John Long

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Judge for Quarterly Competition No.3
We were please to welcome DAVID BATHARD FRPS on Friday September 24th as our Judge for the 3rd Quarterly Competition

Malcolm Ranieri FRPS, MPAGB, BPE4*
Our speaker on Friday 17th September was Malcolm Ranieri FRPS, MPAGB, BPE4* on his second visit to the society. His talk "In Search of Steam" was illustrated by medium format colour slides and depicted steam trains both from this country and overseas. He demonstrated the techniques of railway photography, which apparently often includes the use of a stepladder!

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Shaun Boycott-Taylor - Associate
We congratulate Committee member Shaun Boycott-Taylor who this week was awarded the distinction of Associate of the Royal Photographic Society for a Nature Panel of British Birds.

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Steven Le Prevost FRPS, AFIAP, MPAGB
Friday 10th September brought the visit of STEVEN Le PREVOST FRPS, AFIAP, MPAGB from Guernsey. Steve is a prolific creative photographer and gave our members - plus a considerable number of visitors - a wonderful evening. Very little straight photography, but a feast of Digital Artistry!

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Clive Rathband FRPS, FPSSA, EFIAP
On Friday 3rd September, members were transported 7,900 miles to the Falkland Islands by our speaker, Clive Rathband FRPS, FPSSA, EFIAP
Clives talk, illustrated by slides, showed the isolated islands, the birds and mammals and supplemented by informative narration. Wildlife photography at it's best!

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Evening at Westonbirt
The last of the summer 'evening's out' and we went to Westonbirt for the "Festival of the Tree" There were some stunning tree carvings and it was fascinating to see the sculptors at work with their chainsaws. Just one of those pictures here:

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Maureen and David Toft
Friday 6th August saw the visit of Maureen Toft EFIAP, MPAGB, BPE5* and husband David Toft AFIAP, MPAGB, BPE4* They displayed an extensive range of superb pictures, including Nature, travel, people and landscape

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Evening out - Temple Meads Station
On Friday 30th July, a small group of members took advantage of the opportunity to visit Bristol Temple Meads Station where we had been given permission to use cameras and tripods on the platforms. We all had to read the safety instructions, sign the log and wear special badges before being allowed loose! No flash, tripods at least six feet from the platform edge! Seeing possible pictures wasn’t easy, but I felt that “Pigeon’s eye view” was probably my best effort!

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Robert Lloyd FRPS, DPAGB
On his second visit to Kingswood Photographic Society, ROBERT LLOYD FRPS, DPAGB enthralled us with his superb landscape pictures of Wales and Switzerland. A most enjoyable evening when we were joined by four prospective members!

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Evening out at Portishead
On Friday evening ten members of Kingswood Photographic Society met at the Marina in Portishead. We wandered about as usual, and many of us were attracted to a series of "standing stones" I later found out (courtesy of Google!) that The "Standing Stones" are known as FULL FATHOM FIVE by the artist Michael Dan Archer. One of the largest sculptures recently installed in the UK, the Seafarer’s Sculpture, it consists of a forest of granite columns running across a large earthwork by the sea in the new Port Marine development in Portishead near Bristol. The 108 granite columns vary in height from 1m to 3m and are arranged in serpentine aisles which the spectator can walk through to the crest of the mound where a stone has been set to sit on and contemplate the sea. From land or sea, the view reveals that the columns form the profile of a wave.

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Page Park Celebration
On Saturday 10th July, the society took part in the 100 year Celebration at Page Park, Staple Hill. We had a display of photographs and welcomed many visitors to the stand. It is hoped that this will result in new members to Kingswood Photographic Society.

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