On Friday 4th August 2017, we viewed the WCPF TRAVELING PORTFOLIO being a collection of prints, most of which scored 12 marks. These were in several sections, monochrome, nature, travel and colour open. We stared the evening by members each being asked to comment on a print, but eventually this proved to be taking too much time, so we reverted to the title and name being read out and then the pictured viewed. This year the Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners in each class were also shown. An interesting evening where a number of us were generally disappointed with the standard of the prints shown.
Our speaker on Friday 21st July 2017 was ROY JACOBSON CPAGB with his talk 'Share the view through my lens' Roy displayed a full board of prints but his presentation in the first half was with digital aviation photography. Roy is very keen aviation photographer and his knowledge about the planes shown is extensive. Several interesting AV's were shown and after the break he concentrated on his first love which is wildlife photography. The birds and other wildlife were photographed in many parts of the world. A final AV was showing alternate planes with birds mimicking the shape and aspect of the plane was spectacular.

Creative Evening
On Friday 14th July 2017, we held an "in house" event called Creative Evening.
About 12 members submitted a few images and those who wished to participate downloaded these images to their computer. Those members then worked on pictures of their choice and cropped/changed to colour or monochrome/added contrast or manipulated in some way noting what they had done. On the evening the before and after images were projected and members told what that done to the picture.
It proved to be an interesting evening to see what pictures the participating members had selected and also the different things they had done to the originals.
Ian Thomson ARPS, EFIAP/b
Our speaker at KPS On Friday 7th July was Ian Thomson ARPS, EFIAP/b with his talk 'Architecture, Landscapes and Sport' As a retired Architect, Ian's presentation showed many unique angles on buildings on the continent and in the UK. After the break he showed a panel of prints plus digitally presented traditional landscape photography. Ian told us there are few sights in life that can compare with watching the sun rise over the Scottish mountains or the English Lakes, so it is perhaps no surprise that his passion for Architectural Photography is shared with a love of Landscape Photography. This was an interesting and most enjoyable evening.

10 Minutes of Fame!
On Friday 23rd June 2017 our meeting was an "in house" event with 9 or 10 members showing either prints or DPI's to 'enjoy' their 10 Minutes of Fame and to show the audience their work. In several cases it was prints from long ago with one member admitting to have to extract prints from his loft, in other cases it was new work. It was particularly pleasing to see Vanessa's 'L' panel.
Kingswood' 'Fun in the Park event'
We were invited to take part in the Annual "FUN IN THE PARK" event, organised by the 'Friends of Kingswood Park' on Saturday 10th June. We weren't actually in the Park but in the adjacent Community Centre Hall. People were interested to see our display which was organised by Eric Pleydell, with several society members supporting during the day.

Our speaker on Friday 9th June 2017 was PETER HAWORTH ARPS
Peter is another first time speaker to the society with his talk 'Landscapes and Seascapes' in which he demonstrated his approach, pre-visual, light and filters and composition. He later also demonstrated his approach to monochrome pictures. A most interesting evening which was most enjoyable.

Quarterly Competition No.2
Quarterly Competition No.2 was held on Friday 2nd June 2017 and was judged by a long-standing friend of KPS - MARGARET COLLIS ARPS, HonEFIAP, DPAGB, APAGB, AFIAP. Margaret carefully considered the 42 prints and 36 DPI's and commented accordingly, also mentioning how surprised she had been when asked to mark each entry between 10-20

1st 'Goth Girl' by Kevin James
2nd 'Bird in Flight - Bittern' by Gordon Wilcock
3rd 'Learning to use a pencil' by Adrian Herring

1st 'Temptation' by Mike Martin
2nd 'White Rose' by Bruce Gibbs
3rd 'Young Impala against an Ant Hill' by Vanessa Herring

Outdoor Studio Session
Our meeting on Friday 19th May 2017 took the form of an outdoor Studio Session. About 20 members braved the chilly breeze to go to the Willsbridge Mill area to photograph the lovely Isabella. The session was led by Mike Martin, who gave lots of most helpful information about outdoor posing, and the use of flash in outdoor conditions.

Monochrome battle with 41 other clubs
We took part in "ONLY MONO" which was a 42 club Battle for Monochrome photography, held at the St Paul's Centre in Port Talbot. It was an excellent day, very well organised by Cymru Monochrome Club - especially Gareth Martin - attended on our behalf by Steve Bridgen, Mike Martin and John Long.
Our prints were 'Waiting for the Green' by John (15) 'Enquiring Eyes' by Adrian (18) 'Last Light of Day' by Joanne (18) and 'Contemplation' by Mike (20)
The battle was won by INN FOCUS with 75, SWANSEA with 73, COTSWOLD MONO with 72 and we came joint 4th with 71 sharing the place with 8 other clubs.
Then picture below is of Mike Martin receiving his certificate from Kevin Thomas FRPS, MA Photography, FWPF who was the excellent judge.

KPS welcomed yet another new speaker to our meeting on Friday 12th May 2017 - GRAHAM HARRIES from Llanelli. Graham is an award-winning professional photographer and in his presentation titled 'What I do' he showed excellent examples of his work which included press, PR, wedding and live music photography. He has photographed many live acts such as Status Quo, Lionel Richie and Meat Loaf. He also showed us pictorial photography and many locations of old and deserted buildings in West Wales. Graham is VERY enthusiastic about his work and this showed in his presentation.

Our speaker for Friday 5th May 2017 was TOM DODD DPAGB, FIPF with his talk 'More then Mountains' which was a talk with stunning A2 Prints. There were certainly a lot of mountain and landscapes, but also people, travel and sports pictures.
The surprise came as when each panel of 4 prints were on the display board, Tom proceeded to turn each print over to reveal something quite different on the reverse side! This was something quite unique. The second part of the talk was what Tom called 'proper photography' - all monochrome! Certainly an evening to remember!

Group visit to Didcot Railway Centre
On Sunday 30th April 2017 a group of 9 members visited the Didcot Railway Centre. The Group is shown below, although we didn't manage to get Steve Bridgen and Geoff Cole in the photograph. A most enjoyable day!

FT (Frank Thomas) Trophy Competition
On Friday 28th April 2017 and in conjunction with the AP Trophy Competition, the annual FT Trophy Competition for a set of three related Pictures was held. The judge, David Southwell, spend a lot of time discussing the concept of the sets of Prints and Projected images and his comments were appreciated.
The results were as follows:
1st 'Clevedon Pool' by Derek Webber
2nd 'Rock Formations' by Bruce Gibbs
3rd 'Ecological Adaption' by Gordon Wilcock
HC 'Railway Men' by John Long

AP (Andy:Pauline) Trophy Competition
On Friday 28th April 2016, we held the annual competition for a set of three related projected images. The judge was David Southwell

The results were:
1st 'Snarf' by Mike Martin
2nd 'Preparation is everything' by Mike Martin
3rd 'Waifs' by Ray Reeves
HC 'Las Vegas at night' by Allan Jones
HC 'Holy Men' by Ray Reeves

On Friday 21 April, Kingswood PS members were fortunate to have Nick Jenkins’ presentation, ‘Miles and Miles of Fresh Air’, in which Nick described his experience as a dedicated landscape photographer. His emphasis, not surprisingly, was primarily on his home country, Wales, with a focus on hills, valleys and the coast. Nick demonstrated how he used filters and talked about how he composed and presented pictures, whilst referring to the exposures that he used to emphasise particular features, especially waterfalls. This extra information was much appreciated by those present, who thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
Our speaker on Friday 7th April 2017 was JENNY HIBBERT MPAGB, EFIAP, AWPF who was on her first visit to our Society. The talk with projected images was on her trip to Mongolia. It depicted her walk alongside the Kazakhs as they moved around 1,000 animals through mountainous terrain in conditions of -26 degrees and below.
A most interesting talk and showing spectacular pictures.

Digital Workshop
Our speaker on Friday 31st March 2017 was RAY GRACE ARPS, DPAGB who conducted a Digital Workshop. Ray, a long-standing friend of KPS, demonstrated a number of techniques, also answered questions which had been requested beforehand. He also provided a CD which will be available to members on request.

Gabriel O'Shaughnessy FIPF,FRPS,MFIAP,EFIAP/s
Friday 24th March brought a new speaker to KPS - Gabriel O'Shaughnessy FIPF,FRPS,MFIAP,EFIAP/s - with his print talk entitled "Photography, Personal and Practical" Gabriel showed us a tremendous variety of subject matter including landscapes, still life, Portraiture, composites and other personal favourites.
All these with a wry sense of humour! This was an evening we will remember.

Bob Pearson FRPS and Linda Pearson ARPS
On Friday 17th March, our joint speakers were Bob Pearson FRPS and Linda Pearson ARPS with their talk entitled "From Bob and Linda Pearson" We were treated with prints from both speakers - mainly sets of pictures - landscapes, pattern pictures,
dreamy movement and creative pictures. After coffee we viewed DPI's, mainly as audio visual series with music. Japan, Vietnam, Botswana and Hemis(Ladakh,India) all of which gave us an insight of the people and places. All in all a wonderful evening of photography of a very high standard. I went home with the wonderful images and Snow Monkeys and Dancing Cranes in mind!