RCPS Press Report 3rd November 2016

A small number of photographers from the York Photographic Society made the journey to Ripon to share with us examples of their work. Unfortunately I was on holiday and missed the event therefore I am grateful for Derek Hodson sending me some notes to enable me to record the event. Peter Bayliss, President of York PS, spoke about and showed images from a range of photographic projects that he has undertaken or been involved with recently. Thus members were treated to some stunning images that covered aspects of York by day and by night, monochrome pictures ranging from Tyneside to Harrogate, pictures of life in his village, Strensall, images of intentional camera movement, images in infra red and with tilt and shift lens’ and an amazing project that involved him taking a ‘selfie’ every day for a year, each more bizarre than the last! Derek says that some included ‘levitation, others miniaturisation but all with the aid of the software, Photoshop, to illustrate him in different positions or guises’. Peter also spoke about members of YPS working in trios as a team, setting themselves a challenge to photograph ‘Beamish’ or ‘Gardens of Yorkshire’. Antony Ward, also from YPS, gave a more generalized presentation with some excellent images of animals, insects and birds, interspersed with landscapes, especially those of the general habitat where he had taken his flora and fauna shots. In this presentation members were treated to a travelogue that included the Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland and Durham, the west coast of Scotland, St Kilda, the Inner and Outer Hebrides and, especially to enable our President, Geoffrey to reminisce of a previous home location, the Shetland Isles. It is very clear from this that RCPS members will have to be on their mettle when we look forward to making the return trip to York in the New Year on Wednesday, February 8th.

I’m grateful to member, Alan Kaemena, for reporting that he recently attended an intensive but exceedingly rewarding day-long course on using the software programme, Lightroom. It was held at The Swan Hotel in Harrogate and run under the aegis of Jessops, the photographic people. The excellent tutor was Andrew Stephenson, who works for Jessops in Harrogate. He is no stranger to many RCPS folk, given that he made his public presentation debut at RCPS when he came to talk to us about wildlife, tigers especially.

Our next session involves the judging, by Erica Oram, of our second competition, ‘Altered Reality’. This was a well-supported competition last season, hence, by popular request, its inclusion this time around.

We are now getting into the programme and it is pleasing to see that, with new members and previous members, the membership total is holding up and compares well with last year as do average attendances.