Visits and Plans
05/05/18It was a busy week for NRPS members! Following Ivy Goacher’s evening , Jane Richardson had plans in place for a club visit to the Owl Experience at the West of England Falconry Centre that now has its base at Newton St Loe Farm Shop. The weather was shocking early on Wednesday morning, but it relented, and we enjoyed a fantastic hour and a half session photographing the glorious range of owls that were so accommodating. Employees at the centre were patient and caring as well as informative and helpful. Highly recommend a visit. The usual Thursday club evening featured members’ images on the set subjects of Graffiti and Statues, but also gave us the chance to view the final sections for Friday’s Inter Club Competition with Frome Wessex and Frome Selwood Camera Clubs. We viewed a wide array of statues and graffiti from all over the world, and the evening ended with an Audio visual presentation of graffiti from an abandoned MOD site, dating from some ten years ago when cameras were so very different!
The Inter Club Competition hosted at Beckington by Frome Wessex Club was well attended but something of a disappointment for NRPS, who overall came third of three when scores from both Print and DPI Competitions were combined. Frome Wessex romped away with both competitions and whilst we were placed 3rd in the DPI after being neck and neck with Selwood throughout the until the final two rounds, in the print section we equalled their score and were placed second with them.
Judge Simon Caplan (LRPS Reflex Camera Club) was looking for emotional impact and a “wow factor” . His feedback reflected this, and as a result, on occasions, his stated reservations about the composition of some entries were overridden by other factors. As always there were those who disagreed, but Simon’s commentary was informed and often humorous and he survived the evening unscathed!! Members were pleased that in the DPI competition Jane Richardson’s entry won the “On the Beach” category, Jenny Short’s close up the “Purple”, and Suzanne Ladd’s obsession with “Shoes” also paid off and was placed first in that section. In the print competition Jill Toman’s “Curves” in Architecture took first place , as did her entry in “Light and Shade”, and Jenny Short’s colourful rendition of pencils bubbling away in tonic water, had the desired effect, and won the “Pencils” section.
As we enter what is really the last month of the current season of indoor meets members will be “showing their own “ at Thursday’s meeting and anticipating the Judging of the may Open Print Competition the following week. A number of outings are planned in subsequent weeks in the hope of lovely weather and some “Golden Hour” shots so this might be the time to contact us and come along for a taster before we begin again in September with more formal programmes. The website has a host of information so that might be a good place to start!
Jenny Short 03.05.18