George Reekie DPAGB, ABPE
Our visiting speaker on Friday 13th May 2016 was George Reekie DPAGB, ABPE with his talk "An evening with George Reekie" George has been to talk to us before so we knew were in for an excellent evening.
His images included Sports action, African Wildlife, Bird photography and Steam Locomotives. The pictures were shown as projected images and he kept us enthralled all evening with the excellence of his photography.

Portrait Evening
On Friday 6th May 2016, our own member Mike Martin organised a lively portrait session, in the hall with studio lights and in the churchyard with soft evening light. I was not able to be present but Joanne Searle has kindly sent me some pictures of the models, Steph, Kelly and Paul.

On Friday 29th April 2016, our visitors were JOHN BAKER MFIAP, EFIAP/p and SUE BAKER EFIAP BPE3* with their joint talk titled 'There and Back Again'
This was a wonderful monochrome and colour print talk covering landscape photography from such locations as Chamonix, Iceland, North Wales, Scotland and the Lake District. In addition there were a few creative and portrait images. John and Sue are seen here enjoying a well-deserved cuppa during the break

David Dimond
We offer congratulations to DAVID DIMOND who was successful in attainting the Licentiate of the RPS.

Outing to Avebury
On Thursday 21st April 2016, a group of members went on an outing to Avebury, organised by Hilary Kay. The Group are pictured here (photo by Joanne Searle) and more pictures are to be found on the Social Page.

AP and FT Trophy Evening
Friday 22nd April 2016, was the Annual FT (Frank Thomas) Trophy and the AP (Andy & Pauline Xena) Trophy event. These are basically a Triptych competition, but the three prints or DPI's must be related in some way.
The competition was judged by Frank Feeney, who was a 'first-time' Judge and he gave interesting comments on our work. Like Martin scooped both awards with a successful print panel of portraits titled "Paul" and the DPI panel was titled "What is Art?"

FT Trophy:
1st 'Paul' by Mike Martin
2nd 'Soldiers Parade' by Derek Webber
3rd 'Restoration' by Alan Jones

AP Trophy:
1st 'What is Art?' by Mike Martin
2nd 'A Successful Catch' by Sue Winkworth
3rd 'Transporter Bridge' by Bruce Gibbs

Our speaker on Friday 15th October 2016 was JACK CASEMENT ARPS with a presentation titled 'More than just Photoshop'

This was a rather different talk as Jack uses a number of software applications including Bryce, Poser, Apophysis and Ultra Fractals which produce interesting and very creative pictures.
This is Jack's first visit to KPS, and we were included on a tour Jack has made this week to a number of WCPF clubs and societies.

Critique Evening
On Friday 8th April 2016, we held a Critique Evening when various members brought along prints and/or DPI's to show, and to hopefully get advice and suggestions from other members on the evening.
3rd Cheltenham International Salon.
On Friday 1st April 2016, we viewed the3rd Cheltenham International Salon which was most enjoyable. It was interesting to note that several of our own members had their pictures included in the presentation.
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Les Loosemore ARPS, DPAGB, AWPF
On Friday 18th March 2016, we welcomed Les Loosemore ARPS, DPAGB, AWPF with his talk 'A Return Visit' As before, Les arrived with his own very impressive illuminated long print stand which enabled him to display his Landscapes, Waterfall pictures, Panoramas, and other subjects in an ideal manner. Les is a very prolific photographer, and his enthusiasm and dry humour kept us on our toes all evening.
Les is a Fotospeed photographer.

Eddy and Pam Lane ARPS,DPAGB,AFIAP
On Friday 11th March 2016. our visitors were Eddy and Pam Lane both ARPS,DPAGB,AFIAP with their talk 'In the Footsteps of Shackleton' This was a very exciting travel talk describing their travels in the Antarctic illustrated by both DPI's and prints. We saw many excellent wildlife pictures,especially birds and penguins and like most members present I was most surprised at how many different penguins there are. At the end of the evening we were 'tested' on our ability to identify them!!

On Friday 4th March 2016 our speaker was TONY GERVIS FRPS with his talk "My American Dream" Tony last visited us in 1998. This was a quick-fire talk showing over 800 images from his very frequent visits to the USA. He has been to every State and over 200 National or State Parks. Tony has also been granted freedom to photograph at five of American's top Rodeos.

Quarterly Competition No.1 2016
The first of our Quarterly Competitions was held on Friday 26th February 2016 and our Judge was SANDIE COX ARPS, DPAGB,who gave a very comprehensive commentary on our work. The results are shown below.

Q1 2016 Open Class
Q1 2016 was held on Friday 26th February 2016

1st 'Punk with Attitude' by Kevin James
2nd 'Bulgarian Shepherd' by Adrian Herring
3rd 'Dragon Queen' by Mike Martin

1st 'Cormorant Fisherman' by Sue Winkworth
2nd 'Solo Sunbather' by Adrian Herring
3rd 'Young Female Kestral' by Kevin James

Q1 2016 Intermediate Class
The First Quarterly Competition was held on Friday 26th February 2016.

Intermediate Class - Prints (there were no Intermediate DPI's)

1st The ATS Sergeant by Brenda Sparrow
2nd Georgliannas Paramoir by Rachael Woolley

John Chamberlin FRPS, MFIAP, APAGB
On Friday 19th February 2016, we welcomed John Chamberlin FRPS, MFIAP, APAGB
with one of his talk illustrated by birds, animals and landscapes from many parts of the world. John first came to Kingswood PS in July 1982 and has been coming almost every year since. Yet another fascinating evening with wonderful pictures.

Day at Slimbridge, 16th February 2016
After days of rain it was a pleasure to be presented with a day of cloudless skies for our trip to Slimbridge. After lunch we all went our own way around this beautiful park visiting the areas that interested us the most. All sorts of wild birds and, of course, the otters giving their usual comical display. Everyone had a very enjoyable day before making their way home. Thanks to Hilary Kay, our Social Secretary, for organising this event

We congratulate Gordon on attaining the LRPS

Joanne Searle and Gordon Wilcock
Friday 12th February 2016. The speakers this evening were two of our own members - JOANNE SEARLE and GORDON WILCOCK
Joanne presented her LRPS, ARPS and AWPF panels, followed by a selection of prints which had been accepted in numerous national exhibitions. Later Gordon displayed many of his earlier examples of bird photography, followed by his recently attained LRPS panel, telling us how each print was selected for use in the panel and some of the problems he encountered along the way.

February 5th 2016 brought VINCE CATER to talk to us on the subject of 'From Capture to Output' Vince is from FOTOSPEED - the company where most of us purchase our paper for printing photographs. The talk took us through the minefield of colour management and the correct way to create and use profiles for the printing our "masterpieces!" Vince also showed A3 specimen sheets of different surfaces.
Vince was ably assisted by John Herlinger, founder of the company. The photograph below shows Vince left and John on the right