Club Programme for 2019 – 2020

This programme is free to all members - join here.  Talks are also open to visitors, when space is available.
Please see the calendar for up-to-date details and visitor charges

We have an exciting programme of events, competitions and great lectures this season, put together by our Programme Secretary Bruce Deacon

All Events Agenda (click to expand or contract)
Dec
10
Tue
Christmas Social
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Please note: this is a pre-arranged dinner for members and partners held at a local hotel. There is no meeting at the Scott Primary School this week.

Information

Our club evenings are held at Scott Primary School, Hawk Drive, Bedford MK41 7JA *

Doors officially open at 7pm* although we are usually open at 6.30pm onwards for anyone willing to help set the chairs and tables out.

Lecture evenings start at 7.30pm* but competition evenings may begin earlier at 7.15pm*

We usually close the event by around 9.45pm and always appreciate help stacking the chairs and tables away to be out of the hall by 10pm.

Most evenings have a mid evening tea and biscuit break. A donation of £1 is requested.

Visitors are welcome to most evenings* The normal charge is £3pp*

* unless stated otherwise

 

Dec
17
Tue
Seasonal Round 2 – Wheels (Competition)
Dec 17 @ 7:15 pm – 9:30 pm

Internal Club Competition

Round 2 – Theme: Wheels

  • Judge – Ben Pike
  • Maximum entry per member – 2x Prints and 1x PDI or 1x Print and 2x PDI’s
  • Final entry date 10 December 2019
  • Counts towards the seasonal points competition

Information

Our club evenings are held at Scott Primary School, Hawk Drive, Bedford MK41 7JA *

Doors officially open at 7pm* although we are usually open at 6.30pm onwards for anyone willing to help set the chairs and tables out.

Lecture evenings start at 7.30pm* but competition evenings may begin earlier at 7.15pm*

We usually close the event by around 9.45pm and always appreciate help stacking the chairs and tables away to be out of the hall by 10pm.

Most evenings have a mid evening tea and biscuit break. A donation of £1 is requested.

Visitors are welcome to most evenings* The normal charge is £3pp*

* unless stated otherwise

 

Jan
7
Tue
Monochrome My Way (Talk)
Jan 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Monochrome My Way by Ann Miles  FRPS  MPAGB  EFIAP

An exploration of the different moods that we can create using the monochrome medium. From stark barren snow scenes to dark threatening skies in landscapes.  From detailed architectural studies to soft artistic renderings.

Ann will show several colour images where monochrome is not appropriate. There will be some discussion of the software and techniques available for making the most of your digital conversions.

 

 

Information

Our club evenings are held at Scott Primary School, Hawk Drive, Bedford MK41 7JA *

Doors officially open at 7pm* although we are usually open at 6.30pm onwards for anyone willing to help set the chairs and tables out.

Lecture evenings start at 7.30pm* but competition evenings may begin earlier at 7.15pm*

We usually close the event by around 9.45pm and always appreciate help stacking the chairs and tables away to be out of the hall by 10pm.

Most evenings have a mid evening tea and biscuit break. A donation of £1 is requested.

Visitors are welcome to most evenings* The normal charge is £3pp*

* unless stated otherwise

 

Jan
14
Tue
Architects Association Trophy (Competition)
Jan 14 @ 7:15 pm – 9:30 pm

Architects Association Trophy

Theme – Consensus in Architecture

The award is to celebrate Architecture and therefore any image in this competition should reflect this. It is expected that the majority of the image (greater than 50%, excluding any reflections), must show Architecture. The image should not consist of a two-dimensional picture of Architecture i.e. an image of a picture.

  • Judge – Naomi Saul ARPS  DPAGB  ASINWP  EFIAP
  • Maximum entry per member – 3 x PDI’s only
  • Final entry date 7 January 19

The following interpretation of “Consensus in Architecture” has been provided by Graham Wright, Architects Association representative…

“Modern Architecture has often been criticized as being insensitive; terms like “…. It looks like a prison building…” and “…it’s a carbuncle …” have often been used.  Good Architecture should not simply copy the neighbours, but be compatible, good neighbourly and respectful designs.  Architects do not work in isolation to design buildings which also have to be approved by various bodies. We often see the resultant compromises. It is my view that consensus in Architecture should meld the new with the old.”

Information

Our club evenings are held at Scott Primary School, Hawk Drive, Bedford MK41 7JA *

Doors officially open at 7pm* although we are usually open at 6.30pm onwards for anyone willing to help set the chairs and tables out.

Lecture evenings start at 7.30pm* but competition evenings may begin earlier at 7.15pm*

We usually close the event by around 9.45pm and always appreciate help stacking the chairs and tables away to be out of the hall by 10pm.

Most evenings have a mid evening tea and biscuit break. A donation of £1 is requested.

Visitors are welcome to most evenings* The normal charge is £3pp*

* unless stated otherwise

 

Jan
21
Tue
The Photographic Sublime (Talk)
Jan 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Speaker – Dr Tom Peck

The Photographic Sublime

How the traditions of the sublime in art influence the photography of the past, the present and the future.

Dr Thomas Peck (contributor to Black & White Photography and OnLandscape.co.uk) traces the roots of the English and German traditions of the sublime: “think awesome / fearful vs transcendent / mystical nature,”  and shows how these have influenced the early photographers of the landscape through to the modern day.

With examples stretching from painters like Turner and Caspar David Friedrich and photos from a wide selection including Carleton E Watkins to M Kenna to S Salgado to A Adams to H Sugimoto, plus the author’s own pictures. The presentation is a fascinating insight into a cultural trend which is sure to provoke some debate, especially when we look into the future at how photography and the sublime might continue to interact in the 21st century

 

 

Information

Our club evenings are held at Scott Primary School, Hawk Drive, Bedford MK41 7JA *

Doors officially open at 7pm* although we are usually open at 6.30pm onwards for anyone willing to help set the chairs and tables out.

Lecture evenings start at 7.30pm* but competition evenings may begin earlier at 7.15pm*

We usually close the event by around 9.45pm and always appreciate help stacking the chairs and tables away to be out of the hall by 10pm.

Most evenings have a mid evening tea and biscuit break. A donation of £1 is requested.

Visitors are welcome to most evenings* The normal charge is £3pp*

* unless stated otherwise

 

Jan
28
Tue
Backup, High Speed and Abstract Art
Jan 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
A series of short presentations by club members covering subjects including 
  • The importance of backing up our images and data 
  • The technique of capturing high speed sporting events
  • Creating abstract art in Photoshop.

Information

Our club evenings are held at Scott Primary School, Hawk Drive, Bedford MK41 7JA *

Doors officially open at 7pm* although we are usually open at 6.30pm onwards for anyone willing to help set the chairs and tables out.

Lecture evenings start at 7.30pm* but competition evenings may begin earlier at 7.15pm*

We usually close the event by around 9.45pm and always appreciate help stacking the chairs and tables away to be out of the hall by 10pm.

Most evenings have a mid evening tea and biscuit break. A donation of £1 is requested.

Visitors are welcome to most evenings* The normal charge is £3pp*

* unless stated otherwise

 

Feb
4
Tue
Seasonal Round 3 – Open (Competition)
Feb 4 @ 7:15 pm – 9:30 pm

Internal Club Competition

Round 3 – Theme: Open

  • Judge – Derek Buckett
  • Maximum entry per member – 2x Prints and 1x PDI or 1x Print and 2x PDI’s
  • Final entry date – 28 January 19
  • Counts towards the seasonal points competition

 

Information

Our club evenings are held at Scott Primary School, Hawk Drive, Bedford MK41 7JA *

Doors officially open at 7pm* although we are usually open at 6.30pm onwards for anyone willing to help set the chairs and tables out.

Lecture evenings start at 7.30pm* but competition evenings may begin earlier at 7.15pm*

We usually close the event by around 9.45pm and always appreciate help stacking the chairs and tables away to be out of the hall by 10pm.

Most evenings have a mid evening tea and biscuit break. A donation of £1 is requested.

Visitors are welcome to most evenings* The normal charge is £3pp*

* unless stated otherwise

 

Feb
11
Tue
A Moment Captured (Talk)
Feb 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Speaker –  Shirley Hollis  ARPS AFIAP

www.photographsbyshirley.com

A Moment Captured

The talk this evening will encompass Shirley’s photographic journey since 2008, when she started taking photography seriously, through some of the key images along the way, why she took them and what she learned along the way.

She will look at the most successful images, those that have won awards, competitions or been accepted into exhibitions, along with her ARPS panel. The presentation will also include a short travelogue of her visit to Iceland, together with her current photographic projects. The talk will certainly be of interest to photographers at many different stages.

 

 

Information

Our club evenings are held at Scott Primary School, Hawk Drive, Bedford MK41 7JA *

Doors officially open at 7pm* although we are usually open at 6.30pm onwards for anyone willing to help set the chairs and tables out.

Lecture evenings start at 7.30pm* but competition evenings may begin earlier at 7.15pm*

We usually close the event by around 9.45pm and always appreciate help stacking the chairs and tables away to be out of the hall by 10pm.

Most evenings have a mid evening tea and biscuit break. A donation of £1 is requested.

Visitors are welcome to most evenings* The normal charge is £3pp*

* unless stated otherwise

 

Feb
18
Tue
Creative Nature (Talk)
Feb 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Speaker –  Victoria Hillman

Wildlife Biologist and Photographer

www.vikspics.com

Creative Nature

Victoria is a wildlife researcher and photographer and author of Forgotten Little Creatures celebrating smaller species by bringing together photography with scientific and historical facts. Victoria is a Manfrotto Ambassador, part of the judging panel for British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA), Bird Photographer Of The Year (BPOTY) and Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Photography Competition 2019 and is a guide for NaturesLens workshops

This presentation looks at Victoria’s more creative and artistic work and covers how she took the shot including lighting and composition, a mix of macro, other wildlife and nature photography.

Information

Our club evenings are held at Scott Primary School, Hawk Drive, Bedford MK41 7JA *

Doors officially open at 7pm* although we are usually open at 6.30pm onwards for anyone willing to help set the chairs and tables out.

Lecture evenings start at 7.30pm* but competition evenings may begin earlier at 7.15pm*

We usually close the event by around 9.45pm and always appreciate help stacking the chairs and tables away to be out of the hall by 10pm.

Most evenings have a mid evening tea and biscuit break. A donation of £1 is requested.

Visitors are welcome to most evenings* The normal charge is £3pp*

* unless stated otherwise

 

Feb
25
Tue
Seasonal Round 4 – Long Exposure (Competition)
Feb 25 @ 7:15 pm – 9:30 pm

Internal Club Competition

Round 3 – Theme: Long Exposure

‘Long Exposure Photography’ is a genre of photography that consists of two parts. The first is the deliberate and creative use of an extended shutter speed beyond that which is necessary to obtain a regular ‘correct’ exposure of a scene. The second is where there is such a shortage of available light, that the only way to obtain a correctly exposed image is to use a shutter speed that goes beyond what the photographer can easily take by handholding the camera.

  • Judge – Jonathan Vaines AFIAP CPAGB  LRPS
  • Maximum entry per member – 2x Prints and 1x PDI or 1x Print and 2x PDI’s
  • Final entry date 18 February 19
  • Counts towards the seasonal points competition

 

Information

Our club evenings are held at Scott Primary School, Hawk Drive, Bedford MK41 7JA *

Doors officially open at 7pm* although we are usually open at 6.30pm onwards for anyone willing to help set the chairs and tables out.

Lecture evenings start at 7.30pm* but competition evenings may begin earlier at 7.15pm*

We usually close the event by around 9.45pm and always appreciate help stacking the chairs and tables away to be out of the hall by 10pm.

Most evenings have a mid evening tea and biscuit break. A donation of £1 is requested.

Visitors are welcome to most evenings* The normal charge is £3pp*

* unless stated otherwise

 

Visiting Speakers' Highlights



8th October 2019

Abandoned Architecture by James Kerwin

In 2014 James began shooting his first abandoned buildings series “Decadence” and five years on he has built up a large portfolio taken in some of the most striking locations in Europe and beyond. His primary focus is capturing the colour palettes, utilizing post-production techniques to develop each complete image



22nd October 2019

Long Exposure Photography by Antony Zacharias

Antony Zacharias is a professional photographer, tutor and author, specializing in long exposure, travel, landscape and architectural photography. His work has been commissioned by clients including Toyota US and Sky Atlantic and published by the Conde Nast, BBC, Guardian, Times and Ecologist.

His work has also won numerous awards and photographic competitions.



12th November 2019

Distinctions Overview by Jonathan Vaines AFIAP CPAGB LRPS

The presentation will run as an open question evening with an aim to give people an understanding of image selection for an RPS Distinctions, Salon Submission & PAGB Accreditation with an understanding of accreditation of salon by PSA, FIAP, BPE etc.,  what the different levels are i.e AFIAP, EFIAP, EFIAP/d2, ARPS, CPAGB etc  and how they work, how to apply, how to record keep.



19th November 2019

A Mindful Approach to Photography by Paul Sanders

Paul Sanders is a fine art photographer, Fuji ambassador, speaker and photography mentor. Paul believes that photography has the power to influence our perception of the world around us, building a sense of appreciation and contentment simply by taking the time to notice what’s around us and how that makes us feel.

Through photography, we can discover a better way to understand ourselves, our thoughts and our feelings and to reconnect with the world we normally rush through.



3rd December 2019

 ARPS My iJourney

Following the POV Competition we have an additional presentation by our long-standing member John Gough ARPS which will centre around his successful ARPS panel 


 


7th January 2020

Monochrome My Way by Ann Miles FRPS MPAGB EFIAP

An exploration of the different moods that we can create using the monochrome medium. From stark barren snow scenes to dark threatening skies in landscapes.  From detailed architectural studies to soft artistic renderings.

Ann will show several colour images where monochrome is not appropriate. There will be some discussion of the software and techniques available for making the most of your digital conversions.



21st January 2020

The Photographic Sublime by Dr Tom Peck

How the traditions of the sublime in art influence the photography of the past, the present and the future.

Dr Thomas Peck (contributor to Black & White Photography and OnLandscape.co.uk) traces the roots of the English and German traditions of the sublime: “think awesome / fearful vs transcendent / mystical nature,”  and shows how these have influenced the early photographers of the landscape through to the modern day.

With examples stretching from painters like Turner and Caspar David Friedrich and photos from a wide selection including Carleton E Watkins to M Kenna to S Salgado to A Adams to H Sugimoto, plus the author’s own pictures. The presentation is a fascinating insight into a cultural trend which is sure to provoke some debate, especially when we look into the future at how photography and the sublime might continue to interact in the 21st century



11th February 2020

A Moment Captured by Shirley Hollis

The talk this evening will encompass Shirley’s photographic journey since 2008, when she started taking photography seriously, through some of the key images along the way, why she took them and what she learned along the way.

She will look at the most successful images, those that have won awards, competitions or been accepted into exhibitions, along with her ARPS panel. The presentation will also include a short travelogue of her visit to Iceland, together with her current photographic projects. The talk will certainly be of interest to photographers at many different stages.



18th February 2020

Creative Nature by Victoria Hillman

Victoria is a wildlife researcher and photographer and author of Forgotten Little Creatures celebrating smaller species by bringing together photography with scientific and historical facts. Victoria is a Manfrotto Ambassador, part of the judging panel for British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA), Bird Photographer Of The Year (BPOTY) and Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Photography Competition 2019 and is a guide for NaturesLens workshops

This presentation looks at Victoria’s more creative and artistic work and covers how she took the shot including lighting and composition, a mix of macro, other wildlife and nature photography.



3rd March 2020

Night and Low Light Photography by Tony Worobiec FRPS

A Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, Tony is a prolific author and fine art photographer with work in the permanent collection of The RPS, The Fox Talbot Museum and in numerous corporate and private collections here in the UK, in Europe, Japan and in The States.

The presentation covers the main technical problems likely to be encountered when photographing in low light and at night.  Many inexperienced photographers think that there are many difficult technical challenges involved with this type of photography, but as we will quickly discover photography at night is no more difficult than in the day.



17th March 2020

Macro Photography by Roger Hance FRPS

This talk shows the various skills and techniques used in the field of Macro Photography – the equipment used and some of the unusual things Roger carries in his camera bag that help him to get sharp images.

The talk covers a wide range of nature subjects including butterflies, moths, dragonflies and damselflies, wild flowers, fungi, frost patterns, cobwebs and much more.