Sunday, 9 December 2018

Standard soaring at BPC annual club comp!

Congratulations to everyone who took time out to work on, what became, an amazing collection of submissions to the 2018 club photo competition.  

This year's competition proved to be a bit of a hybrid, merging digital submissions with hard copy and presented a variety of challenges to our long-suffering judge, one of Smethwick Photography Society's best, Peter Siviter!

Peter takes each photo and gives a positive critique, outlining the good in each image and suggesting ways that might enhance the final version, sometimes this, he advised, could be something as simple as a tighter crop.

62 images were submitted, a massive increase on last year's competition and a 500 per cent build on 2016!

Peter was quick to notice the significant improvement in the overall standard of the images.  He particularly liked the thought behind photographs that told their own story, those that capture the fine tones of a dramatic landscape and shots of everyday images which had just that something extra in the colour, the crispness and the execution in capturing the mundane and making it magical.

As is the tradition with BPC club competitions, the members had their vote, a simple 'first past the post' vote and as if to prove that members knew what they were looking for the same image scooped both Peter's top prize and that of the members.

The results:

Overall winner and Members' Choice

Christine Farrell - for her beautifully dramatic landscape.





The two runner up prizes went to:

Mark Waidson for his eagle-eyed opportunity in capturing this New York scene




And Steve Reynolds, pictured below (R) with his delightful image. 
(L-R) Mark Waidson, Christine Farrell, Peter Siviter and Steve Reynolds.


BPC 2018 Christmas Party

What a Christmas cracker!

Many thanks to the chef and staff at Whistlers in Pershore, for making this year's BPC Christmas 'do' a total success.

Fantastic food (thanks chef), delicious drinks and way to go waiting staff!

Many thanks to all of the members who had left their regulation Kagouls and camera kit at home, swapping them for high heels and a generous sprinkling of sequins (for the girls of course!!).

Here are a few of the highlights. 


Paul, starts the night off with a glass of something good! 


Before the cracker pulling begins! 


Come on Sheila, show us what you're made of! 


Sue enjoys a rather amusing little number, the wine that is,
 not Colin, who is sitting next to her! 



Graham presents Irene with her long service award
Thanks Irene for everything you do for BPC 




Ahhhh - and then there was pudding! 

Friday, 23 November 2018

Black Friday Deal with TPA

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Saturday, 10 November 2018

Autumn Exhibition Opens

Darren cuts the ribbon and the cake!

Many thanks to Darren Hedges and his team of wonderful staff who helped to make the official opening of Birlingham Photography Club's 2018 Autumn Exhibition on Saturday 10th November a huge success.

BPC members and their guests enjoyed the tea and delicious cakes as much as they enjoyed looking at the images at Revill's Farm Shop & Cafe.

Nine BPC members are taking part in the exhibition, which is based on local scenes and is proving to be an interesting topic of conversation by visitors to Revill's as they try to guess where some of the images were taken.

Congratulations to all of the photographers who made a huge effort to create their stunning images that will grace Revill's cafe walls on the lead up to Christmas.

Opening hours are 9am - 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and 10am - 4pm on Sundays, more information is available at www.revillsfarmshop.co.uk 

BPC Organisers would also like to thank Picture Scene, where husband and wife team, Kelvin and Gill Hartshorne, worked tirelessly on a splendid job of mounting and framing the work.  More information is available at www.picturescene.co.uk

Visitor book comments include:

"Congratulations on a lovely and varied exhibition, showcasing genuine local talent in a great location."

"Congratulations to everyone involved in this exhibition.  Well Done."

"Great exhibition, demonstrating superb photography skills."

"Lovely afternoon celebrating Birlingham's photographic skills a super tea shop."

"Super images and a cream tea - what a combination!"

"High standard of photography displayed in a lovely setting - well done all.  Look forward to the next exhibition!"

"A very nice spread of photos, all well presented.  Thanks to Angela for organising the exhibition."

"A lovely exhibition.  Well done to everyone involved."

"A lovely selection of photographs. It's interesting to see the contrast between the colour, black and white and sepia photos.  What a talented bunch!"


BPC members photographed below have original works on display, together with further images by:

Pete Allen, Tissy Davidson, Nick Harley and Tony Woods.  The exhibition will run until Christmas, for more information email birlinghamphoto@btinternet.combirlinghamphoto@btinternet.com


Pictured (L-R)

Elaine Castleford, Sheila Reed, Steve Reynolds, Darren Hedges, Angela Fitch, Jennifer Taylor and Rose Finch



Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Wex's Guide to Using Filters

Are you a landscape photographer?
Do you use on-camera filters?

Neutral Density Graduated Filters (ND Grads) are just the thing to transform landscape images which have bland or uninteresting skies into something quite extraordinary.

Wex Photo Video has a useful guide to using filters.  
Visit to https://bit.ly/2O4HvfT to find out more

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

BPC Christmas Do!

Saturday, 8th December, 7pm arrival
Whistlers, Broad Street, Pershore
£24.95pp - partners welcome

What a fantastic year BPC has had!

Visits to Slimbridge Wetlands Trust, Croome Park and Gloucester Prison, a stunning exhibition of work at Evesham's library and a further exhibition to open in October at Revill's Farm Shop and Cafe, Defford.  Over 20 members have exhibited work, many photographers exhibiting for the first time.  Congratulations to everyone on capturing those wonderful images that have been part of the Club's exhibitions.

Added to which, 17 members have taken part in interactive training days with local pro photographer Richard Barley.

Perhaps it's time for a rest?  The Christmas Do is just what we all need to round off a fantastic year over some excellent food, good wine and first class company.

Bookings are being taken now, email birlinghamphoto@btinternet.com.
£24.95 per person, partners are welcome.

Deposits of £10pp will be collected at the November meeting and the balance at December's meeting.