RCPS Press Report 25th May 2017

Last week the Ripon City Photographic Society (RCPS) started off with a busy evening in The Golden Lion – we were competing with a choir and a dart’s match but that didn’t stop us sitting in the corner to talk photography! We also gave our opinion on one of the latest Photobooks as a way of presenting our images; we thought it was good quality and a great way to share your images with others or for those times when it is just good to have your images in front of you rather than on a computer or device. Then we had our Committee meeting on Wednesday, with a full agenda and productive outcomes. Summer Event Friday 12th May – Ripon Races report from Alistair Peterson: ‘The weather forecast for the event looked a shade ominous, however just before the start all fears were soon dispelled and thankfully no brollies were in fact needed. The free entry event was an opportunity for first timers to witness a traditional sporting spectacle that is not only well supported locally, but the venue itself lives up to the title of “Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse”. The atmosphere was a pleasure to behold, all ages attended and the people factor ensures that all the varied dress styles that accompany them are on display. This in itself proved invaluable because it provided outside the actual racing event the recipe for great reportage type of people photography. I’m sure apart from shooting the actual racing the abundance of characters circulating provided ample photographic material. The Bookies may have had better pay days, but that was secondary to the enjoyment of experiencing the evening’s entertainment completely free gratis. As with all first time visits the attendees gained plenty of future tips on where to be sited to get your best shot, and also what lenses worked well in the public enclosures. By the time last race started the light was beginning to fade, however on cue the clouds parted and the welcome late night glow sealed a great evenings experience. The next summer gathering is nature and landscape orientated at Brimham Rocks and fingers crossed the weather and light will prevail, and with a new moon it could be a great opportunity to dust off the tripods for some astrophotography.’ Our next Summer outing is, in fact, tonight at 6 pm Thursday 25th May, Brimham Rocks, we will again be hoping for good photographic weather, a lovely sunset would be perfect. Everyone welcome; there is no charge from RCPS, however, it is a National Trust site so car parking fees apply to non-Trust members; the car park closes at 9 pm, so if you wish to stay later you would need to move your car. Please also note that the kiosk will be closed, so you if you know you will be getting peckish you had better bring your own snacks and drinks and perhaps a torch would be handy for negotiating the paths as the daylight fades. The next date for your diary on the Summer Programme is Sunday, June 18th which combines steam trains and the beautiful Yorkshire coast, details will be on the RCPS website and Facebook page.