RCPS Press Report 28th April 2016

Fresh from his success at having pictures published in the ‘Nidderdale: Area of Outstanding Beauty Guide,’ member Michael Bell has done it again by having more pictures published in ‘The West Riding Rambler.’ Michael is a keen walker and his pictures of people enjoying the countryside are clearly in demand as they meet the needs of the bodies that publish information about outdoor recreation in specific locations.

Round and about there are upcoming opportunities for photographers to try out their skills with a variety of subjects. This weekend, and perhaps of particular interest to those who want to enter our ‘Motion’ competition in autumn, is the Tour de Yorkshire that starts on Friday 29th, April in Beverley. Stage 1 includes Wetherby, Knaresborough, Ripley, Pateley Bridge and on to Settle. Next nearest this area is Stage 3 on Sunday 1st May when the route takes in Northallerton, Thirsk, Sutton Bank, Helmsley, Kirkbymoorside then north to Hutton le Hole, Danby, Grosmont, Sleights, Whitby and the eventual finish on Scarborough sea front. (See letour.yorkshire.com). On Saturday 7th May the Yorkshire Photographic Union (YPU) Annual Exhibition opens in Wakefield Town Hall, Wood Street, WF1 2QW and runs until the following Saturday from 10am to 4pm daily. Hopefully there will be members of RCPS who will have had work selected for this event, but no one will know until opening day! On the 14th and 15th of May, ‘The Rhododendron Show’ takes place at Harlow Carr RHS Garden in Harrogate. On Friday 27th May there is a ‘An introduction to flower and plant photography,’ a one day course for a maximum of twelve participants, from 10am to 5pm run by professional photographer Steve Gosling. It is aimed at beginners, those relatively new to photography, or those wanting to know how to take more control over their cameras. Steve, an award-winning photographer and experienced tutor, will cover the basics of photography e.g. controlling exposure (apertures, shutter speeds and understanding the relationship between the two), depth of field made simple, setting ISO, understanding file formats (JPEGs & RAW) and an introduction to composition. The day will include a classroom-based session and the opportunity to put new skills into practice in the gardens. The fees are: RHS Members £86, Non-RHS Members £94.
Tea and coffee are included, but you will need to provide your own lunch and bring your own camera and instruction booklet. Look on the Harlow Carr RHS web site for more information. Later, in June, Garry Fry, a qualified and experienced professional photographer, will lead a similar course on ‘The magical world of insect photography.’

If your interest is more mechanical than botanical or biological have a look at the web site, ‘Photographer Travel Guide: North Yorkshire Moors Railway,’ an ephotozine.com site that offers great tips on when and where to get the best shots of railway related subjects on the move or in stations or yards on the North Yorks line.

If you want to get ideas and be inspired, perhaps a trip to Harewood might do the trick because until July 1st they have an exhibition of work by the highly acclaimed Finnish photographer Jorma Puranen. Puranen has photographed Harewood’s landscape and the Lake, (one of Capability Brown’s most significant contributions). His images are distinguished by his use of a special technique where he actually takes a photograph of the reflection of the image rather than the actual subject, producing images with a mysterious, painterly, shimmering quality. Alongside his new work, in contrast to this carefully considered and quintessentially English landscape, there are also photographs taken by Jorma of a truly wild landscape, the far north and the Arctic. Entitled ‘ Icy Prospects’ this one shows just how different these `two Norths` really are.