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Congratulations to Dave Hand for winning the November themed competition – ‘Water’

Congratulations to Dave Hand for winning of the November themed competition – ‘Water’


DPI 2 Competition 14.12.2019 Advanced Mono – Winners Congratulations

1st – Winter morning – Dennis Bates

2nd. – Full Throttle – John Simpson

3rd – White peacock Display – John Simpson

Highly Commended – Gypsy Lane – Lynn Paterson


Commended  – Bodie – Lynn Paterson


DPI 2 Competition 14.12.2019 Advanced Colour – Winners Congratulations

1st – Autumn-Sunset-Burnham-on-Sea – John Simpson

2nd -I’m watching your every move – Lynn Paterson


3rd – In Our Sights – Alan Preston

Highly Commended – Shelob in Her Lair (Philodromus sp) -Bob Thomas

Commended – Dawn light on the barracks  – Dennis Bates

DPI 2 Competition 14.12.2019 Intermediate Mono – Winners Congratulations

1st – Forgotton web – Julie Lehman

2nd – Swanage beach huts – Sharron Hill

3rd – County Buildings – Julie Lehman

Highly Commended – Lazy Dog Dayz – Julie Byrne

Lazy Dog Dayz

Commended – Shall I Jump? –  Jane Rowbottom

DPI 2 Competition 14.12.2019 Intermediate Colour – Winners Congratulations

1st – King of the Apes – Jane Rowbottom

2nd. – Before and After – Lee Byrne

Before and After

3rd Canalside  – Julie Lehman

Highly Commended – Durdle Door  – Sharron Hill

Commended  – Keeping a lookout – Peter Wilkes

DPI 2 Competition 14.12.2019 Beginners Mono – Winners Congratulations

1st – Calm before the storm – Dave Hand

2nd – Petrified -Julia Brooks

3rd – Coming Through – Martin Knight

Highly Commended – A Dab Hand – Julia Brooks

Commended – The Lioness – Angie Miles


DPI 2 Competition 14.12.2019 Beginners Colour – Winners Congratulations

1st – Whatever the Weather – Julia Brooks 2nd  – 2nd – Its Mine – Peter Jones


3rd – Into the light – Martin Knight

Highly Commended – The eyes have it –  Martin Knight

Commended – Splash light –  Dave Hand

Congratulations to member Alan Jones

Congratulations to member Alan Jones who has had his
“Long Horn Bull” image accepted in the forthcoming
Smethwick Photographic Society International Competition

Member’s Nights – 29th October and 5th November

By Karis Benn and Roisin Chambers

Members night “Camera Skills” – 29th October

A well attended evening and the first outing for the club’s studio lights which proved to be a really good investment. The evening was divided into two totally different sessions to give the widest appeal possible; creative photography with Michelle Sanderson who has an extremely imaginative frame of mind and and more traditional portraiture session with John Simpson.

Karis achieved phenomenal results with Michelle’s intriguing set up using beer glasses, back-lighting and droplets of water on clear glass to give the effect of condensation on a sweet jar. This image will undoubtedly be a winner. Some group members found this a challenging but entertaining activity. Thank you very much Michelle.

The introduction to portraiture photography to some members was an excellent opportunity to develop skills using back-lighting and studio lights to removed unwanted shadows. Beth was a most patient and good humoured model allowing club members endless time to focus their cameras and make several attempts at getting the best image, thank you Beth.

I’m sure Karis won’t mind sending you a picture of yourself which you might like to frame for your wall, it is a beautiful image.

John is always incredibly generous with his time and knowledge, sharing his skills with club members whether it be landscape, wildlife or portraiture.

Many thanks John for all your time and effort.

Members Night “Bring & Show” – 5th November

Another very creative session presented by Michelle, illustrating the fact that a lot of very different images, showing unusual effects can be done at home with no expensive equipment needed, just some of the things members will have in their own home. Michelle’s session used three decorated wine glasses, a piece of black mount board and some back-light. The challenge was to capture the intricate pattern on the glass while making sure the colour and the pattern were sharp and vivid against the black background.

John gave club members a second chance to hone their skills at portraiture using the studio lighting and neutral background.

The investment in the studio lights will be beneficial for club members in the future and a wise decision on the part of committee members.