RCPS Press Report 28th January 2016

The most recent event has been the judging of the Landscape competition and what an attraction it proved to be with thirty-five prints and fifty-eight digital projected images (DPIs) entered by members. If ever there was doubt that we live in an area of outstanding natural beauty then this competition put paid to that with many stunning images from the Yorkshire Dales, the coast and Northumbria, an occasional one from Wales and Scotland and a few from overseas. It was clear from the detailed assessment that photographic Elaine Ligo gave about each entry that she had spent a lot of time paying attention to them, as she was able to comment on choice of subject, composition, technical matters from tonal range to contrast, exposure and composition plus a general and perhaps more subjective opinion of the image as a whole. Elaine complimented members on the high quality of the landscapes exhibited, as evidenced by no fewer than sixteen members receiving placement recognition for their efforts.

The overall winner, was David Uffindall, with Vietnam Jungle, which was also placed first in the DPI section with 2nd DPI place going to one of our newer members, Karen Kubran with Winter Beauty and 3rd place going to John Elvin with Industrial Memories. The following members were awarded a Highly Commended; Frank Vallely (3) for Autumn at Blea Tarn, Forest Shapes and Morning Light on Lindisfarne, Shaun Argent (2) for Autumn Impressions and Yellow, Helen Tabor (2) for Fountains in Autumn and September Day in Swaledale, Carol Morrison for Santander (the place, not the bank!) and Stuart Holmes for York Station. The following received a Commended award; Shaun Argent for One Tree Hill, Andy Dobbs for Brimham Trees, Angie Willis for Summer Lands, Derek Hodson for Autumn Colours, Peter Dale for HP Shadows, David Uffindall for Plockton Seascape and Dorothy Morland for Watendlath.

In the Print section 1st place went to Frank Vallely with Nidderdale in Winter, 2nd place to Shaun Argent with Tall Trees and Evening Sun and 3rd place to Derek Hodson with Humber Bridge. The following received a Highly Commended; Shaun Argent with Howe Hill and Frank Valley with Winter Morning in Nidderdale. The following were Commended; Frank Vallely for Tree on Brimham Rocks, Geoff Blackman for Summer Shower, John Elvin (2) for Boston Spa Weir and Nidderdale, David Morland (3) for Black Rock Cottage, Dale Barn and Twilight, Dorothy Morland for Gouthwaite Reservoir, and Derek Hodson for Bodnant Gardens.

On Monday 1st February we have the equivalent of a two-for-the-price of one offer when Tony Furmston FRPS and Marjorie Furmston FRPS visit us to speak to an intriguing title of ‘Anything Goes” plus there is an alternative venue, Easingwold Camera Club for any members who want to go to the second leg of our digital battle with them. More of the latter, later, but back to Tony and Marjorie. Both of our speakers joined the Normanton Camera Club in the ‘70’s and then, after becoming interested in audio-visual work, linked up with the Leeds AV group. In the decade following both achieved Associates and Fellowships of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and in so doing created history by being the last joint Fellows of the RPS. They have lectured extensively from Poole in the south to Perth in the north, along the way donating their expenses to TAKE HEART, a charity they support at Leeds General Infirmary and St James Hospital. Both Tony and Marjorie enjoy landscape photography particularly in the Lake District and further north, in Scotland but are as equally at home dressing up to take part in and record 1940’s wartime events recreations. It promises to be an interesting night! For those who want to go to Easingwold please let our Vice-President and Secretary, Geoff, know immediately if you have not yet done so. Hopefully there will be spaces in cars to give lifts. Unfortunately the programme has become quite full and the only way to squeeze in a visit to Easingwold, who came to us before, is by doing it this way.

On Saturday, February 27th at 2pm, as you should know by now, we are holding a public event at Ripon Grammar School, when internationally acknowledged filmmaker and photographer, Michael Pitts, presents ‘In at the Deep End: Capturing Detail and Drama Underwater’. Michael has won Emmy awards, particularly for filming some of the most memorable David Attenborough programmes, including The Private Life of Plants and The Blue Planet. Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £7 for 16’s and Under and are available now from Alan’s Gallery, 19 Kirkgate, G Craggs, 3 Moss’s Arcade and David Harrison Picture Framing, 35 Bondgate, all in Ripon or from an RCPS member. Tickets by post can be obtained with an SAE and a cheque payable to RCPS and sent to c/o14 Mallorie Close, Ripon, HG4 2QE. There may be unsold tickets available on the door, however, past experience has shown that some patrons have been disappointed, so much better to be safe than sorry and get yours now!

The Annual Awards Night and Dinner for members and partners/guests is on Monday, 11th April at the Black Lion, Skelton and the menu has been sent via email.