The next meeting is on Monday, 29 Novemeber when we have a joint meeting with the Rhondda Camera Club.
On Monday, 15 November, longstanding WDPS member Bill Buck gave a talk on “ A Look Back at Wrexham. For this he had visited local sources of old photographs of the town, mainly the Wrexham Library and the Wrexham Museum to collect copies of photographs of the old streets and industry of Wrexham, mainly about 11900 to 1950. These were all shown with the copyright holders permission. He then visited the same, or as near as possible, location tto obtain images of the current scene. Thus made a very interesting story, with newcomers to the town educated on its history, and for those who were long time resident, it stimulated the memory and enabled comments of “ I remember that”
Altogether an enjoyable evening,.
On Thursday, 11 November the WDPS had a competition with the Hawarden Photographic Society by Zoom. 11 Members of the WDPS logged in. Each club entered 25 images and these were judged by David Gibbins ARPS, APAGB, EFIAP/b, BPE5, CPAGB from the North and East Midlands Federation. Not an easy task as the standard was high, and he held back 14 images for further consideration. Eventually The Wrexham society were declared winner by a small margin. A very interesting evening which indicated how the experience of Zoom has widened the scope of meetings.
On Monday, 8 November the Society held its first internal competition of the season. This was judged by Terry Donnelly FRPS FSWPP MPAGB FBPE from Lancashire. Terry is a very experienced photographer, but even so, judging an open competition where images of different genres have to be compared, one to another, is never easy.
There were over 50 entries in the colour PDI section in the competition representing the work of 14 members. Terry considered each in turn, commented on likes and dislikes, and suggested improvements. Perhaps his most potent suggestion was to look at a processed image again after a delay of a day or two, when the author would probably be able to see weaknesses. He commented that nowadays many competition entries are clearly over processed, especially in colour balance and sharpness, which might be the result of even easier to use powerful photo editing software. He also frequently commented on lack of shadow detail – and, once,on creased clothes in a portrait. How many judges notice this detail?
His results showed that 13 images in the colour section had been held back for further consideration (and an equal number were awarded the minimum mark). Eventually he placed “I can see for miles” by Barry Prole first ( a landscape ) Crested Dogstail Grass, by Mike Mason second (a study of a flower) and “ Little Owl” by George Griffiths third ( a study of a bird),
In the monochrome section, where there were over 40 entries, Again it was a difficult task since the comparison was not like with like. Flowers. portrait and interiors had to be judged against landscapes, street scenes and creative images. Again Terry criticized constructively, holding back eight for further inspection. The winner was “Wizard” by John Hallard with Engineer’s Workshop and Apple Blossom, both by Eddie Naish, second and third.
Congratulations to all.
First Internal winners.
Left, “I can see for miles” by Barry Prole,
Right, “Wizard” by John Hallard
On 25 October the WDPS had an international meeting by Zoom with the Palmerstown Cluub from Dublin. Each club provided 20 mages and these were judged by Geoff Reader, DPAGB, BPE3.. his task was made more difficult by the wide range of genres of the images entered, ranging from Street to Portraits, Nature to Action, landscapes and townscapes, but he gave interesting and constructive comments on each – and a mark. At the end of the evening it was determined that both Palmerstown and Wrexham had the same score, how often does that happen? There was no tiebreak mechanism defined so both clubs agreed to share the honour and agreed that an enjoyable evening had resulted.
The individual winner was Simon Robert’s “ Down the Barrel” with Gwilym Jones’ “Ebb and Flow” second and “Dreaming” (reproduced below) by Philip Devereaux third.
”Dreaming” by Philip Devereaux
On Monday 18 October the WDPS held a“Speaker” meeting by Zoom, when Tal Chohan gave a talk on “The Art of Zoo Photography.”
For most photographers zoos are the only opportunity to record exotic animals, and even though they are not in their natural habitat Tal was able to demonstrate that remarkable images could be obtained. The challenges come from the fences and glass of the enclosures, the presence of other people and often the lethargy of the animals themselves. Tal’s response is to get to know the animals and their habits – and even more important, to allow the animals to get to know the photographer. He avoids holiday periods when there are many distractions, and has the patience to wait for the animals to respond- particularly important when there are more than one in the frame. He also advised going to the zoos in bad weather – there are smaller crowds and the more gentle light avoids high contrast.
Tal showed us many remarkable images, especially of tigers, some of which seem to pose for him. He is a very entertaining speaker giving both technical details and a feel for the atmosphere of the shot. A very rewarding talk.
Many more images, and details of his talks, safaris and exhibitions on his web-site, www.tcwildlifephotography.com
Copyright, T. Chohan.
On Monday 4 October the WDPS held its first Themed Competition with the subject “Street Photography”.
This is a popular competition which the WDPS holds every year. As usual there was a wide range of subjects in the images, whish must have made it hard for the judge, Phil Chadwick, to compare one with another to find a winner. Ine difficulty was the definition of “Street Photography”. Does it include shots in supermarkets, festivals or fetes or even in fields? Phil took the view that if the general population could “walk by”, the image would qualify. Some images were marked down, others accepted. One other difficulty recently has been that streets have been largely deserted – nothing going on to photograph. So the WDPS members had been digging through the back-catalogues.
Street photography also has problems because the photographer is not in control and the best shots are often “grab” shots. This leaves little control over distracting features such as street lights near the edge of the frame. Clever cropping is often needed, as too much image manipulation is not allowed.
However, Phil came to a conclusion, generally agreed, that the best shot was “Mad Hatter” by Barry Prole. Although not revealed at the time, this was taken with a mobile phone. Congratulations to all who entered.
Mad Hatter, by Barry Prole.
Zoom session, Kieran Metcalfe, Chasing the Light.
The first tals of the 21-22 Season was given by Zoom by Kieran Metcalfe Keiren is active in many genres, but this talk shows his expertise in producing attractive images of landscapes.
Keiren started by giving us some technical details of his camera (Canon 80D) and his preferred lenses. He takes many exposures for each individual image, especially in high contrast situations, working in RAW and using variable filters to extend exposure times by as much as 10 stops. The resulting HDR images cover subtle texture and lighting, but leave composition to the eye of the photographer
He also knows his locations, so when the weather and lighting conditions are favorable, can get to suitable locations. For this talk many of his images were from the Peak district showing the contrasting texture of rocks and heather with equal effect. He also presented long exposure images where the movement of water or clouds was smoothed to add drama.
He extolled the virtue of sunrise and sunset images – the “golden hour”, even though these required careful consideration of sun angles and cloud conditions, for which he consulted various web-sites, for example, skyfireapp.com, clearoutside.com and photoephemeris.com.
He believed that often “less is more” but also acknowledged that the successful photographer requires, planning, preparation, knowledge and luck.
Many thanks Kieran for a most interesting evening.
.The Dragon and the Flame, Copyright, K. Metcalfe.
First Meeting, 13 September 2021
The inaugural meeting of the WDPS held on Monday, 13 September was a social and “chat” evening at the Rail Club. There were 15 attendees, but we know of several more who could not attend for individual reasons. The fear that membership would be significantly reduced was therefore allayed. The evening was enlivened by showing some “lockdown” images from Paul Shone, Les Flower, John Hallard and Eddie Naish