RCPS Press Report 17th November 2016

It seems an age since our annual photographic exhibition held in early September, but the memories came back when we were delighted to have as our guest, local resident, Mr Clive Collum-Smith. Clive, an amateur magician is no stranger to pulling things out of a hat himself, however it was his voting slip amongst all those 230 plus visitors’ voting slips that had voted for their favourite image, that was pulled out of ‘the hat’ by President Geoffrey Blackman. Clive won a mounted print of his choice and he chose his and the public’s favourite landscape from the exhibition, David Uffindall’s “Monte FitzRoy, El Chalten, Patagonia”, which was presented to him by the President.

Also at the same meeting was Erica Oram, who came to judge our ‘Altered Reality’ competition and in a move away from the accepted reality of judging, Erica chose to judge them on the night. She spoke with an authority and a fluency that made it easy to appreciate why Erica is a judge on the national stage. She effortlessly moved through each image making comments from the general to the particular and always positive, with words of advice on how an image might be improved. First in the print section and overall competition winner was Emma Littlefair with ‘Just a Passing Shower’; Frank Vallely’s ‘Balancing Act’ came second and he also took third place with ‘Neptune’s Horses’. Emma Littlefair also got a highly commended for her ‘Turning Dreams into (Altered) Reality’ and Nigel Peacock was commended for his ‘Volleyball’. In the Digital Projected Images (PDI) section, top spot went to Bill Swan for his ‘Twixt Land and Sea’, second place went to Iain Cairns for his ‘Isiah’ and third place to John Elvin for ‘Wartime Radio’. Highly Commended were Frank Vallely for ‘Frozen Trees’, Emma Littlefair for ‘Brought Roses Home’, and Bill Swan for ‘Apocalypse’. Commended were Margaret Vallely for ‘Reflected’, Emma Littlefair for ‘Immortal Springtime’ and David Uffindall for ‘A Lot of Spherical Things’. With just two competitions judged, Emma Littlefair leads the season’s point’s table, three points ahead of Bill Swan and five ahead of Stuart Ward and Frank Vallely. Sixteen members so far have points on the board and as there are still several competitions to come, all is to play for!

Our next meeting is devoted to photo processing. This always opens up a debate about what is acceptable ‘enhancement’ of an image. For some people creativity with a computer knows no limits, for others it is the opposite. As one of my sons always says, “Cheating, dad. It’s cheating – just get it right in the camera first time!’ Whichever side of the fence one is on, the workshop will provide a good insight into what simple actions can be taken and will be a vehicle for continuing the debate! Members and guests are welcome – guests are £3 and any guest fees paid can be offset against the membership fee when joining.