Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Calling all wildlife photographers!

Comedy Wildlife Photography

Make a cuppa and then click on www.comedywildlifephoto.com which is sure to raise a smile or three!

Many thanks to Barbara for giving the heads up on this lighter side of serious photography.

Club Print Comp Winners

Congratulations...

...to everyone who submitted photographs for BPC's first dedicated print competition as there really wasn't a bad one amongst them!

This year saw developments in offering two categories: Foundation and Experienced, which encouraged more members to enter, giving a delightful range of genres for our visiting judge, Claire Carter, to consider.  www.carterart.co.uk 

Claire did an amazing job in talking about each photograph at length, highlighting the best parts in each image and offering some guidance where improvements could be made.  This light touch approach is perfect no matter what level the photographer has reached.



L-R: Tony Woods, Elaine Castleford, Steve Reynolds,
Angela Fitch, Graham Harber, Helen Barlow,
Claire Carter (Jan Robinson couldn't make the meeting) 

The winning photographs

Foundation:            Elaine Castleford for her punchy image of trailing car lights
Experiences:          Tony Woods for his pin sharp image of a diving kingfisher

Runners up

Foundation:            Elaine Castleford for her 'watercolour' image of Ladybower Reservoir
                               Helen Barlow for her monochrome image of power through the lines
                               Jan Robinson for her HDR image of people from the Ethiopian Hamar Tribe

Experienced:         Graham Harber for his ethereal image stormy skies over Scotland
                              Steve Reynolds for his dynamically geometric image of an RNLI lifeboat
                              Angela Fitch for her daring to be different portrait of an Ethiopian tribeswoman

Jim Fergusson also got a special mention from judge Claire for perfectly executed image of a Petronas Mercedes Formula One race car.

Many thanks to everyone who obviously took a massive amount of time to submit to a field of excellent images.

Heads up for the digital competition in December - all entries should have a file size of no more than 5Mb.  Exclusive to members, all genres welcome, up to three images per member, free entry, deadline for submissions to birlinghamphoto@btinternet.com no later than midnight Sunday 24th November.  Peter Siviter will be the visiting judge for the digital competition.peter-siviter-dpagb

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Number 8, Pershore - Call for submissions

Number 8, the cinema, theatre and art gallery in High Street, Pershore has extended its 2019 submissions date for their open exhibition to 11am, Thursday 25th July 2019.

If any BPC Member would like to submit for the open exhibition please complete the following and submit with your payment and image/s as directed.

Or download from downloads at Number 8's website.

Good luck!
Angela


Open Exhibition 2019
Submission Form


Name………………………………………………………………………………..  Age…………………

Address…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
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Telephone no………………………………………………………………………………….……………
Email address………………………………………………………………………………………………

Picture 1
Title

Medium

Price

Size
Height:                                                    Width:

Reject
Accept

Picture 2          
Title

Medium

Price

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Height:                                                    Width:

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There is a handling charge of £5 if you submit one picture or £6 if you submit two pictures.

By making a submission you are agreeing to the following criteria and agreeing that you are able to meet the dates and times specified.  

Work submitted must not contain copyrighted material, infringe intellectual property rights or plagiarise another artist’s work.

I enclose the fee of £5/£6 (please delete as appropriate).  

Signed by artist……………………………………………………………………

Date…………………………………………………………………………………


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Number 8 - Office Use

Submission considered on……………………………………………………….

Signed on behalf of Number 8…………………………………..………………

Open Exhibition 2019

Number 8 is pleased to invite you to submit work for possible inclusion in their Open Exhibition 2019 taking place from Thursday 26 September - Wednesday 16 October 2019 in The Foyer gallery space at Number 8. This year’s open exhibition is dedicated to the memory of art fair organiser Angela ‘Bunny’ Wynn. The exhibition is organised by a steering group of professional artists and Number 8’s Programme Manager. 

Open Exhibition Criteria
  • You are able to submit up to two pictures.  There is a handling charge applicable to your submission of £5 for one picture or £6 for two pictures.
  • Total payment must be sent with this form by the deadline. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Number 8’. This payment is an administrative charge to cover the consideration of your submission and is non-refundable.  
  • Pictures must be 2D and can be in any medium.
  • Please complete the Title, Medium, Price and Size categories
  • The Reject/Accept boxes are for Number 8’s use only. This form will be returned to you specifying whether any of your submissions have been accepted.
  • You must send a photograph, or digital image on a CD or memory stick, of the pictures you’re submitting (not the actual picture) and number them according to how you complete the submission form. 
  • Please state if a picture is not for sale in the ‘Price’ section.
  • You must send your completed form to Open Exhibition, Number 8, High Street, Pershore, WR10 1BG with an appropriate SAE. 
  • Once work for the exhibition has been selected Number 8 will return the assessed form with your photograph(s) in the SAE provided. 

If accepted you must ensure that…
  • all pictures are framed (apart from box framed canvases) and mirror plated (see sketch A)
  • all submitted pictures must be labelled (see sketch A)
  • appropriate packaging/wrapping, labelled with the title of the work, is provided for pictures so that when the exhibition is dismantled they can be packaged ready for collection. Packaging that is unlabelled will not be kept.
Pictures that do not fulfil these criteria or are inappropriately framed may still be rejected at the point of installation.

Please note: With the limitations of space, certain pictures may be accepted but not hung. The committee’s decision is final. Every care is taken with pictures sent for exhibition but Number 8 will not be responsible for any loss or damage.  Artists are strongly urged to insure their work against damage and theft.

If your picture is installed…
  • Number 8 will produce a written catalogue of all pictures on display.
  • Prizes will be awarded for the three pictures of special merit in the exhibition
  • Number 8 will handle the sale of pictures and pay the artist by cheque within 14 days of the end of the exhibition minus 20% commission plus VAT. 

The important dates…
  • The deadline for submissions is Thursday 25 July, 11.00am
  • You will be informed of the results of your submission by the end of August.
  • Successful applicants will need to bring their actual framed and mirror-plated pictures to Number 8 on Wednesday 25 September between 10.00am and 3.00pm The work must be appropriately wrapped and labelled. 
  • A Drinks Reception for successful exhibitors will take place on Friday 27 September, 8.00pm.
  • Artists must collect and wrap their pictures during dismantling on Wednesday 16 October between 4.15pm - 6.00pm. Please note we reserve the right to charge a storage fee if work is not collected as stated. 

Checklist
  • Can you fulfil all the criteria set out in this submission sheet?
  • Have you filled in the first page of this form?
  • Have you numbered and enclosed the photographs or digital images of your pictures?
  • Have you enclosed a SAE for the return of your images and assessed submission form?
  • Have you included a cheque for the handling fee?

Our Selection Process
We will undoubtedly receive more applications that we can accept so not all work will be successful. Selection will be made regarding the quality and diversity of work under consideration.  Work may be rejected that is of sufficient quality but does not fit with the overall exhibition due to duplication of style or subject matter.   

Please note:
  • We will not consider work by artists who have had a solo exhibition at Number 8 in the past 12 months or have one booked for later in 2019/early 2020.
  • We will not consider individual pieces of work that have already been exhibited at the Number 8 gallery.
  • Pieces selected for the Open Exhibition will not be accepted for exhibition again at Number 8 within the next two years.
  • Submissions via email are not accepted.

We wish you the best of luck and look forward to receiving your submission.

Yours sincerely




Emma Bangham 
Programme Manager,
Chair of Gallery Steering Panel



Monday, 17 June 2019

Flying Scotsman in Worcestershire

Ann sent this lovely image of a moment captured when the Flying Scotsman was in Worcestershire on Saturday 15th June - thanks Ann!


The Flying Scotsman
by Ann Kingscott-Marsh-Marsh


Also, many thanks to Andy for capturing this fantastic image of the Flying Scotsman as it sped through the county on its way to London Paddington.

Nice combination of technology both old and new!

Right time, right place eh Andy:-)



Flying Scotsman
By Andy Young

Sunday, 2 June 2019

It's all there in black and white

Exhibition of mono photography at The Regal, Port Street Evesham

Evesham's arthouse style cinema, The Regal, hosts the 2019 BPC summer exhibition of black and white images which depict an original mono movie.

Club Members: Ann, Graham, Steve, Tony and Angela submitted a total of 15 images, each one superbly executed, capturing the essence of their chosen film, which dated from the 1920's (Metropolis) to 1990's (Schindler's List).

The official opening event, held on Sunday 2nd June, proved to be a hugely popular event with all of the photographers present, models from some of the works and friends, family and acquaintances, all keen to see the work.

The Regal owners, Sue and Ian Wiper, were part of it and have bought Tony's image based on David Lean's 'Brief Encounter' which will grace the Regal's walls for the foreseeable future.

A 'People's Choice' vote for the most popular images was held at the opening event - one person, one vote with Angela winning both first and second prizes for her images based on the 1948 version of Crichton's 'Oliver Twist' and the 1951 David Lean comedy for Ealing Studios, 'The Lavender Hill Mob'.  Tony was awarded third prize for his image of another David Lean film, the love story, 'Brief Encounter' (not Close Encounter, which is a totally different thing altogether!).

BPC is in talks with Evesham Festival of Words and The Regal to find a suitable theme for a 2020 return to the cinema as part of next year's Festival.




The exhibition 



Back row L-R: Matt Richards, Tony Woods, Ann Kingscott-Marsh,
Graham Harber, Steve Reynolds, Karl Grimstone
Front row L-R: Elizabeth Smith, William Cook and Angela Fitch

Visit It's all there in black and white here - not the best video ever made, apologies from the videographer, she has a lot to learn!!

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Special event for BPC at Evesham's Regal cinema

'It's all there in black and white'...

...is an exhibition of monochrome images which have been inspired by black and white cinematography.

As part of Evesham Festival of Words 2019, BPC Members have worked diligently to create a collection which is set to stun visitors to Evesham's Art Deco cinema, The Regal - WR11 3LD.

Regal staff have organised a special opening event where visitors can talk to the photographers and enjoy this wonderful building and its hospitality.

The exhibition will run throughout June 2019 and anyone wishing to attend the special opening event on Sunday 2nd June, 2pm - 3pm, should email birlinghamphoto@btinternet.com to reserve their place.




Birlingham Photography Club
Summer Exhibition at The Regal Cinema, Evesham
Runs throughout June 2019
Free entry 


Wednesday, 22 May 2019

It's a colourful world

Photo Competition

The camera retailer, Park Cameras, has opened its competition for entries.

The rules are simple and much as any photographer would expect and the theme is 'It's a colourful world'.

Entry is free and the deadline is 30th June, so get out and about, whether it's Gaudiesque architecture,  playground adventures or urban graffiti, get out there and grab it!

More information is available at Park Cameras


Tuesday, 16 April 2019

New local source of quality used kit

Worcestershire top photographer, Richard Barley, announces his latest expansion into high quality, top pre-owned camera equipment sales.

Visit Richard Barley for more information.

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Wow, what a weekend - BPC on tour!

2019 weekend away - Hope Valley, Derbyshire


Sixteen BPC Members left Worcestershire just after dawn on Saturday 23rd March on the first ever Club Photo Weekend.  The mini bus, superbly driven by Graham, AKA Parker, was  stuffed to the gunnels with cameras, tripods and chocolate (thanks Sweetie Jean:-))

First stop Mam Tor and after a steep climb to the top, at no extra expense whatsoever, we were greeted with a flight of hang gliders - silver-helmeted pilots and candy-bright canopy  dotting the beautiful bucolic landscape.  



Hang gliders over Mam Tor
By Angela Fitch

View from Mam Tor
By Angela Fitch 

Following Mam Tor back on the bus and off to Castleton for lunch at Tilly's Tearooms, anyone in the area drop in, whether you're looking for tea and cake or a full lunch Tilly's is the place to be! Off now to Padley Gorge, which has a babbling brook and a surreal wooded area which could be straight out of Lord of the Rings!  The golden hour wasn't as gold as it might have been so a slight change of plan and we're off to Chesterfield to capture the beautiful church of St. Mary's and All Saints, that's the one with the twisted spire!


Padley Gorge
By Angela Fitch 

The day done, we headed for the hotel, a pint and a comfortable bed.  

Day two started with a pre-dawn departure for Ladybower Reservoir, a huge body of water, which was as calm as a mill pond at five o'clock in the morning.  After a couple of hours at Ladybower, the chill nipping our fingers and noses, we made for a hearty breakfast at the Ladybower Inn, a lovely place, serving great food with a smile. 


Dawn over Ladybower Reservoir
By Angela Fitch 


A stroll to walk off the bacon and then back on the bus and a beautifully scenic drive to Edale, a walk up through this quintessential Derbyshire village, dodging the mountain bikers and hikers, coffee at Coopers and then off again for yet another delicious meal, this time The Snake Pass Inn.

It's time to be heading home now, but another nimble addition to the itinerary was a brief  stop-off at Dovedale before hitting the road south.

Many thanks to Graham, our wonderful driver, and to everyone for making our first BPC weekend away a big success.



Graham and Rose at Winnats Pass, Castelton 


Graham and Rose on the banks of Ladybower Reservoir 

For more photos of this wonderful weekend, click on the gallery page.


Thursday, 21 March 2019

£25 free voucher with Richard Barley Photography

Worcestershire-based pro photographer...

...is giving away vouchers to the value of £25 against any training course that he offers!

The deal is limited to one per person/per course and for more information, to claim yours visit Richard's website at: www.richardbarleyphotography.com/free25.html

Richard is no stranger to Birlingham Photography Club, Members will remember his excellent presentation on portrait photography at a recent club meeting and many more have already pounded the streets of Worcester, enjoying the training packages that Richard delivers.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Terry Hewlett, ARPS, Flash Photography Session


Photography is all about the light - right?

Terry Hewlett, ARPS, made his first visit as guest speaker to BPC on March 12th, where he revealed the pro tips of getting the light right to make portraits to be proud of.

Many thanks to Ken for modelling - don't give up the day job Ken, your strengths lie elsewhere!


Starting with image 1, Terry demonstrated how things shouldn't be done!




Image 1 - on-camera flash - how not to do things!



Now using an off-camera studio light
A marked improvement!



Increase the shutter speed and cut those highlights



Try using a slow shutter speed with a flash, hand held!
Amazing results



So, you've got the light, now get the angle right
The wrong angle here created the nasty reflections
in Ken's spectacles



Move the light around the compass
to even up the skin tone and get rid of the reflections



Add a honeycomb light to tame
the spread of light


Remember to balance the strength of the
main light with the secondary light 



Those reflections again 



A simple tilt of the head rids the image
of both the reflections and any shadow created by
 Ken's hat 



And now in mono 



What a transformation!  Isn't he handsome:-)



Sunday, 3 February 2019

HDR software - for free!

Aurora HDR 2018


If you have yet to reach page 72 of Digital Camera (issue 212) you're missing out on a free download.

Aurora HDR 2018 is perfect for your HDR images!

Raw or Jpeg, it shuffles your bracketed shots, aligning them as it goes and even deals with any ghosting that may have occurred.

Lots of presets to choose from and can be used as a plug in with Adobe LR, PS and Elements as well as Luminar and many other key brands doing the rounds.

Visit https://skylum.com/l/dcw - you'll need your name and email address, but that's all they ask for.  Simply copy and paste the access code and away you go!

After watching the tutorial and half an hour playing with the presents, filters, layers etc. a total novice turned the top picture into the bottom one - not a work of art, but easily done and an improvement on the rather dull original.


Before


After

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Where to next?

Are you looking for inspiration?

There isn't a photographer in the land that doesn't, on the odd occasion, get stuck in a rut, making photos of all the usual 'stuff', finding it tricky to think outside the box and finding out about brilliant photography opportunities just after they have happened!


Here are a few local events which may be just what you're looking for:


March - May

Vale of Evesham Spring Blossom Trail
A 50 mile AA signposted rout around the UK'S only blossom trail.
www.valeandspa.co.uk/blossom

Saturday 23rd March

Droitwich Spa & District Horticultural Society Spring Flower Show
Chawson Barns, Droitwich Spa WR9 0AQ
Facebook - droitwichhortsoc

Sunday 7th April
Spring Show 
The Village Hall at Bishampton
www.bishamptongardeningclub.org.uk 

Saturday and Sunday, 27/28 April
Wartime in the Cotswolds
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, Broadway
www.gwsr.com 

Friday 3rd - Monday 6th May
St. Richard's Canal Festival
Vines Park, Droitwich Spa
www.strichardsfestival.co.uk

Saturday and Sunday 5/5 May
Evesham Rowing Club Annual Two Day Regatta
www.erc.club

Sunday 5th May
Tiddesley Wood Spring Open Day
Tiddesley Wood Nature Reserve, nr Pershore WR10 2AD
www.tiddesley.org.uk

Sunday and Monday 5/6 May
Cropthorne Walkabout
www.cropthornewalkabout.co.uk

Tuesday 14th May
A morning walk with stunning views
Start Bishampton Store WR10 2LX
www.eveshamramblers.org.uk

Friday 24th - Monday 27th May
Dubs in the Middle
Ashdown Farm, nr Evesham WR11 7EL
www.dubsinthemiddle.co.uk

Saturday 25th May
Little Comberton Street Market
Manor Lane, Little Comberton, nr Pershore
www.little-comberton.com/street-market

Saturday 25th - Monday 27th May
Cotswold Festival of Steam Gala
Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway, Broadway
www.gwsr.com

Sunday 9th June
Classic Vehicle Clubs Day
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, Broadway
www.gwsr.com

Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd June
National Morris Weekend
In and around Evesham
www.nationalmorrisweekend.co.uk

Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd June
Steam and Real Ale Weekend
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, Broadway
www.gwsr.com

Saturday 22nd June
Hampton Ferry Car and Bike Show

Late June to early July
The Confetti Flower Field
Wake Manor Estate, Wick, nr Pershore