RCPS Press Report 1st December 2016

Firstly, congratulations to Bill Swan and Frank Vallely, both of whom had an image chosen for display in the new Aldi store, recently opened in Ripon. An Aldi manager, Mr James Collinge, contacted RCPS to ask if anyone had images of Fountains Abbey, Ripon Cathedral and the old gasworks. With regard to the first two locations at least, RCPS members gave, according to James, ‘a fantastic response,’ and eventually Bill and Frank had their work chosen, which, when mounted and framed will hang, I believe, in a staff area within the store. Well done to everyone who contributed and especially to the chosen two!

We had another popular workshop evening recently when member Stuart Ward gave a presentation and demonstration of the software product, Lightroom. John Elvin followed by giving examples of free software that can be downloaded from the web and used to edit images.

Next up is Lizzie Shepherd, a professional photographer based in North Yorkshire, specialising in landscape, nature and travel photography – when she is not running small group photography workshops, offering 1-2-1 tuition or providing commercial photography services to a number of different clients. As Lizzie gets to know better the Dales, Moors and North Yorkshire Coasts she finds herself increasingly drawn to capturing the hidden landscape. To this end in her photography Lizzie seeks to encompass not only the beauty and intrigue that surrounds some of our classic views, but also to reveal a little bit of the less obvious, hidden scenes – things that people might otherwise just walk by. Similarly, when she travels to other parts of the country and world, she is always looking to explore more abstract and unusual interpretations of places visited. Lizzie believes that one of the joys of photography is that it forces you to open your eyes, to develop your vision and to keep searching for ways to express that vision. Lizzie also writes photographic articles for a number of publications and is a regular contributor to Outdoor Photography, The Great Outdoors magazine, On Landscape and Landscape Photography Magazine. She supplies images to Robert Harding Picture Library and Design Pics International. Her photography has been featured across a range of different business sectors and published worldwide. Lizzie has achieved many awards, amongst them the Winner of the Living the View Category, LPOTY (Landscape Photographer of the Year) 2015, Highly Commended in the same competition in 2014, Commended, SLPOTY (Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year) 2014, Commended, TPOTY (Travel Photographer of the Year) 2010, Finalist, BWPA (British Wildlife Photography Awards) 2014 and shortlisted, WPOTY (Wildlife Photographer of the Year) 2014 and 2015. Lizzie is going to take us to warmer climes in the depth of our winter, showing us her images of the barren and beautiful desert landscapes of Namibia and Ladakh. Get out your atlas, look up where these places are and come and enjoy the evening. (Guests £3) Don’t miss it!

This date, 5th December, is also the closing date for entries for the British Natural History competition. The rules state that any branch of natural history except for anthropology and archaeology is permitted. Entries must have been taken in the UK and restricted to images of animals and plants that are native to the British Isles, although introduced species such as grey squirrel or giant hogweed are acceptable. Judging will be weighted towards the story that the picture tells as well as being mindful of the technical quality of the image. Subjects should be shown in their natural habitat. Scientific bands, tags and radio collars on wild animals are allowed. Hybrid plants created by humans, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible as is any photographic manipulation that alters the truth of the image.

Members might also have noticed that as part of our Christmas social evening on 19th December we have a Ladies v Gents match, or should it be rematch as we had one last year but I have quite forgotten which team won! (Well, OK chaps, we just have to do better this year!)