FEBRUARY 2008 BULLETIN

The cloud by Barry Freeman ARPS DPAGB

Winner of the William Robinson Cup

Editorial

     This issue of the Bulletin features the 2008 Annual Exhibition and as a new innovation we are showing some of the award winning images and my apology to anyone whose award image is not shown in this edition of the Bulletin.  Another feature is that on the centre pages there are colour pictures (for the first time in an IDPS Bulletin, due to the printers installing digital printing equipment which leads too much lower costs)

     We are still desperately in need of an External Competitions Secretary. Matt Clarke has been holding the fort this season, but it interferes with his other roles for IDPS and his Day Job. Please contact David Robinson if you want to know more before volunteering.

     My wife Diana who has taken on the job of Archivist is trying to trace an important historical document, which was put together some years ago by Charles Whitfield-King (when he was the Archivist). It contained many club photographs, press cuttings and historical documents. We believe the last person to have this document was Peter Laming who was a Committee member until he died in December 2002 (he was considering writing a club history at the time). We can’t trace any of his relations who may have our document secreted away. Any suggestions of ways to trace the Laming’s family, who are very, thin on the ground?

     Beginners Workshops continue to be held but they are not shown in the programme. They are arranged as and when they are needed with agendas to suit the current needs of those attending. If you are interested in attending a workshop please contact me with your needs.

     Yesterday I attended another IDPS Digital Workshop, which I reckoned was a success and there was a good attendance. They are always worthwhile and address the needs of both beginners and advanced workers. Contact Wayne Turtill for details.

     Finally - A reminder to send your image portfolio to David Robinson for him to upload onto the IDPS web-site.

Barry Freeman ARPS DPAGB

President’s Notes

     As I write this the judging of this year’s Annual Exhibition has been completed and award winners are announced elsewhere in this bulletin.  It was encouraging to see that entries were up on last year and that we had a particularly strong entry from beginners.  Also striking this year is how digital is growing at the expense of slides.  Last year the entries were 50/50 slides/digital but this year slides were less than 20% of the entry.

     The judging days involve a great deal of hard work for the Exhibition Secretaries Alan Turner and Matthew Clarke.  Preparation of the prints and images for judging takes a good couple of days of work.  We handle 750 prints and 400 slides/digital images.  I can tell that after you have spent a day moving 750 prints around you are ready to put your feet up!  The Exhibition Secretaries are assisted by a small team to whom I must say thank you.  In addition to myself there is Barry Freeman and David Pryke – my thanks to both.  Also the Society is grateful to Pat Pryke and Lynda Robinson who welcome the judges and the Society team to their homes for a long day including the provision of an excellent lunch and refreshments during the day.  My thanks to both – the judging teams definitely march on their stomachs!

     One thing I have observed this year, both from watching the judging of the Exhibition projected images and from attending the Cambridge Digital Day, is that images which make good prints don’t necessarily make good projected images.  There is no doubt in my mind that you must have regard to the finished product when preparing images.  This is a particular issue for prints which have been photographed for presentation as projected images.  A number of images which had been very successful as prints (even at international level) were heavily criticised and marked low by the judge at the Cambridge day.  This is not unlike duplicated slides of the past, which never had the tonal range of the originals.  Photographed prints have a similar lack of tonal range of the original digital files (or negative) and definitely look like photographs of prints rather than digital images!  We need to observe how digital images project and learn to “Photoshop” them for projection.  Just as in the past the best slides take advantage of the luminosity from projection and we must learn to select and prepare digital images for projection to maximise the effects of the luminosity of projection.

     So finally congratulations to all who have won awards and had work accepted in the Exhibition.  Your images have been independently selected by an experienced judge from among an entry of very high quality so you can be justly proud of your achievements.  If you feel you have had “a bad year” and not got as many in as you would like I give you my commiserations, but remember – there is always next year!

     The hard work continues as the catalogues have to be prepared, the hanging plans for the print panels designed and the digital presentation of projected images organised.  Invites to our guests and clubs in the local area are in the post.  After all this preparation please don’t forget we need your help on Monday 3rd March at 9.30 in the Robert Cross Hall to set up the Exhibition ready for the opening on the following day.  Many hands make light work!

David Robinson ARPS

ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2008

The selection of the exhibition has now been completed and the lists of award winners follow this report.

We are most grateful to the judges, Roger Force FRPS DPAGB APAGB (prints) and Barrie Hatten DPAGB (projected images) for carrying out this onerous exercise in a fair and efficient way.   Their comments follow the lists of award winners.

There were 755 prints entered this year, 12 more than last year with the approximate proportions of 25% monochrome and 75% colour, compared with last year of 28% and 72% respectively.  There were 39 entrants, four more than last year, including seven Beginners.   There were 239 acceptances, 32% of the total entry with the percentages being 28% monochrome and 72% colour prints. 

It is interesting to note that the percentage of entries for monochrome prints has fallen from 34% in 2006 to 25% in 2008 with a corresponding increase in colour prints. 

It should also be noted once again that a considerable number of prints that could have qualified for consideration for the Life trophies and Architecture, Record, Scientific and Technical trophy were not indicated on the entry forms and were therefore not put before the selector for consideration for those awards.

There were also a number of prints that were borderline cases for rejection under Rule 21, being either poorly backed or having used inferior quality masking tape.   Poorly backed prints are much more liable to damage when being handled whilst unpacking and at the selection.   Poor quality masking tape can become detached and damage other prints that are being considered.   Members should be aware that the prints are subject to a considerable amount of handling during the unpacking, selection and repacking processes.

Once again this year we had two categories of work entered in the new ‘Projected Images’ section.   There was a total of 475 images submitted, compared with 417 last year, of which 76 (16%) were slides and 399 (84%) were digital.   There were 23 entrants compared with 22 last year.   There were a total of 267 acceptances amounting to 56% of the entry, of which 44(16%) were slides and 223(84%) digital.   There was one entrant in the Beginners category.

Matthew Clarke, David Robinson and David Pryke had spent a considerable amount of time putting together a programme for presenting and recording the acceptances, etc. at the selection, which apart from a few very minor hiccups, worked very well. 

The next major exercise is the setting up of the exhibition in the Robert Cross Hall, Corn Exchange, Ipswich on Monday 3rd March commencing at 10.00am.   Unfortunately this means that those of you who normally help but unfortunately have to work on the Monday will be unable to attend and for which we apologise.   We like to see as many members as possible, including those who have not entered the exhibition, at the setting up as it helps to spread the workload.   Print workers are encouraged to hang their own panels.   The bulk of the work should be completed by about 1.00pm, so please turn up armed with measure, spirit level, pliers, screwdriver and small hammer.   Bring a thermos of coffee or tea if you wish to.

The layout of the exhibition will be similar to last year with the majority of the panels being the 1 metre wide and 2 metre high fabric covered panels to which the prints are fixed with plastic corners fixed to the boards with Velcro.

This year we are repeating the continuous presentation of the projected images on a large screen television, which has been loaned to us by a local SONY retailer.   We will not be using the slide display cabinets this year.

Under the Exhibition Rules all entrants will be issued with a catalogue free of charge.   Catalogues will be available for members at the setting up and the official opening.   Entrants are asked to ensure that they collect their catalogues, which will be marked with their name to avoid confusion.   Should you not be able to collect your catalogue at the setting up or opening it will be left on the stewards’ table in the exhibition, or included with your returned entries.

The Committee considered that the Official opening of the exhibition by the Mayor of Ipswich in the Exhibition Hall last year was a success and therefore will do so again this year on Tuesday 4th March when the awards will be presented.   Every effort is being made to accommodate as many seats as possible, which will be removed after the opening ceremony.  The event commences promptly at 7.30pm and members are requested to be in their seats by 7.15pm.

All members are invited to attend and their guests will be most welcome.   If an award winner is unable to attend, will they please inform the Exhibition Secretary beforehand and if possible appoint someone to collect on their behalf to avoid problems on the evening.

After the official proceedings drinks and snacks will be available in the Gatsby complex adjacent to the Exhibition Hall and members and guests will be able to view the exhibition at the same time.  For details see page 23 in this Bulletin.

The exhibition will be open from 11.00am to 9.00pm Tuesday to Friday, 11.00am to 5.00pm Monday 10th March and 9.30am to 6.00pm on Saturdays.   It will be closed on Sundays.   Entry for members of the public is free so please tell you friends and acquaintances and encourage them to come along.   Catalogues will not be sold to the general public during the course of the exhibition.

Posters advertising the exhibition and invitation cards will be available at Society meetings.

The exhibition will be taken down at 6.00pm on Saturday 16th March and print exhibitors are particularly requested to attend so that they can take their prints away with them to reduce the load on the Exhibition Secretaries.   Print boxes and prints that were not selected for the exhibition will be brought to the hall for collection.   If you are not able to attend please ask a colleague who is attending to collect your prints for you.  

Please see my note on page 28 in this Bulletin in connection with your entries for the EAF Exhibition.

Exhibitors are also reminded that under Rule 22 they are required to take at least one turn, and two if possible, as a steward at the exhibition while it is in progress.   It is a requirement of the authorities at the Corn Exchange that a steward is present at all times when the exhibition is open.       It is also in the interests of the Society that someone is there to note potential new members and generally keep an eye on the exhibits.   Any member who did not submit an entry to the exhibition would also be welcomed with open arms if they are prepared to take a turn at stewarding.   It is preferable if two stewards can be on duty at a time, especially at lunchtime, evenings and all day Saturday.  

The stewards’ rota is the responsibility of David Robinson (Tel: 01206 241419, email ThosDavid@aol.com) and it will be available at Main Society and Section meetings up until the opening.   If for a genuine reason (holiday, sickness or considerable distance) you are unable to steward please advise David Robinson.

The public showing of the slides and projected images will be in the Exhibition hall on Wednesday 12th March at 7.30pm.   Please bring your friends along.

Alan Turner ARPS DPAGB APAGB

ANNUAL EXHIBITION AWARDS 2008

Selected by Roger Force FRPS DPAGB APAGB

Monochrome Prints – Open Section

BEST PICTORIAL – LANDSCAPE AND SEASCAPE

William Robinson Cup                        The cloud                    Barry Freeman ARPS DPAGB

BEST PICTORIAL – OTHER THAN LANDSCAPE AND SEASCAPE

Ganzoni Cup                                       Hide and seek             Michael May

BEST PORTRAIT OR FIGURE STUDY

Marcus Morling Cup                            Louie                           Michael May

BEST LIFE OR PHOTOJOURNALISM

Martlesham Trophy                             ‘No you don’t’               Arnold Phipps-Jones

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Three women                                      Richard Cherry ARPS DPAGB

The kiss                                                    “            “

Majorcan farmstead No.3                   Roy Essery

Roche Rock, Cornwall                        Barry Freeman ARPS DPAGB

Charlotte                                             Michael May

Flatford No.2                                       Ron Pain LRPS CPAGB

Three heads are better than one        Arnold Phipps-Jones

Point de Normandie                            Lynda Robinson LRPS

Laura                                                   Terri Thorpe

‘Smile for the camera’                             “        “

Man, woman and dog                         Richard Cherry ARPS DPAGB

Infinite regression                                     “           “

Argument                                                  “           “

Stock Exchange view                         Barry Freeman ARPS DPAGB

Laura                                                   Michael May

Chapel, Loule, Portugal                      Lynda Robinson LRPS

Derelict poster site                              Alan Turner ARPS DPAGB APAGB

Gemma                                                   “        “

Reach for the sky                                    “        “

Colour Prints – Open Section

BEST PICTORIAL – LANDSCAPES AND SEASCAPES

Munro Cautley Cup                             Eilean Donan Castle                           Brian Beaney FRPS

BEST PICTORIAL – EXCLUDING LANDSCAPES AND SEASCAPES

Cyril Hall Cup                                      CK210 – Woodbridge Harbour           Brian Beaney FRPS

BEST PORTRAIT OR FIGURE STUDY

Woolford Plaque                                 Do I look bothered?                 Roy Essery

BEST LIFE OR PHOTOJOURNALISM

Eric Biddle Cup                                   Listening and waiting              Peter Cox

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Only one bunch left                             Brian Beaney FRPS

Carol Anne and Esme                                        “         “

The tide mill at dawn                               “         “

‘Mirelle’ – Woodbridge                 “        “

Port Erin                                                  “        “

Grey Heron                                          Richard Cherry ARPS DPAGB

Immature male Impala (Aepyceros memampus)                  Matthew Clarke

Jay (Garrilus gladarus)                                                                “            “

Male Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros)                          “            “

Kurricane Thrush (Turdus libonyanus)                                        “            “

Lakeland latch                                                                         Peter Cox

Near Covent Garden on a Saturday morning                             “       “

Early morning at Rushmere                                                   Liz Cutting LRPS CPAGB

Painted lady                                                                             “        “

Cromer Pier                                                                            Brian Goad LRPS

Two Demoiselle showing aggression                                                Roger Hance FRPS AFIAP

Hurricane                                                        Michael May

Gull feeding – Farne Islands                           Peter Miller

Black Headed Gull (Laurus ridibundus)          Ron Pain LRPS CPAGB

Common Hawker (Aeshna juncea)                   “      “

Dragonfly No.2                                                Arnold Phipps-Jones

Datura                                                             David Robinson ARPS

Shrine dolls – Japan                                       Lynda Robinson LRPS

Coreen                                                            Stan Searle APAGB

Wet and windy                                                Alan Turner ARPS DPAGB APAGB                                                                                                                                                           

Male and female Nyala at water hole              Matthew Clarke

Attractive door knocker                                   Roy Essery

Call to prayer                                                      “       “

Nigella seedheads in late summer                 Barry Freeman ARPS DPAGB

Petronas Tower                                              Christine Hart

In a hurry                                                         Dennis Lumkin LRPS

High on life                                                      Michael May

Kentwell Hall                                                   Peter Miller

Curlew                                                                “         “

Matmata, Tunisia                                              “         “

No place like home                                         Jean Pain LRPS CPAGB

‘Life’s such fun’                                               Alan Powell LRPS

Maria                                                               Stan Searle APAGB

3 Jacks (Jackdaw)                                          Terri Thorpe

Balloons at sunrise                                             “        “

Boy watching birders, Rwanda                       Les Weeks

Monochrome and Colour Prints – Open Section

Leslie Shepherd Trophy                      Bridge, Honfleur                                  Lynda Robinson LRPS                    

BEST NATURAL HISTORY

Vincent Challenge Cup                       Male Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)       Matthew Clarke

BEST CREATIVE/IMAGINATIVE

Fison Cup                                           Jacey Coffee House                           Brian Beaney FRPS

Monochrome and Colour Prints – Beginners Section

IDPS CUP                                           Moody dockland                      Brian Vincent

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Motorcycle and sidecar racing                        Trevor Brundle

Firing squad                                                         “          “

Bamburgh beach                                                 “          “

Stone in groyne                                               David Kelly

Stoke Quay                                                     Brian Vincent

Worcestershire barn                                       David Kelly

Deserted post                                                     “        “

Reflected abstract No.1                                      “        “

Donna                                                                         Wayne Turtill

Judge’s comments on the prints selected have not reached us in time to be included in this Bulletin. I hope they will be available for the next issue? So I will use the space which was reserved for the judge to show another image from the exhibition. ED

PROJECTED IMAGES (Transparencies and digital projections)

Selected by Barrie Hatten DPAGB

BEST PICTORIAL – LANDSCAPE AND SEASCAPE

Pat Cobner Cup                      Barmouth beach at sunset     Barry Freeman ARPS DPAGB

BEST PICTORIAL – OTHER THAN LANDSCAPE AND SEASCAPE

Colour Group Cup                   Dee estuary                            Barry Freeman ARPS DPAGB

Levick Cup                              John Richardson window, HadleighChurch  

                                                                                                Barry Freeman ARPS DPAGB

BEST PORTRAIT OR FIGURE STUDY

Noel Thorpe Portrait Trophy        ‘Punk’                                  Peter Miller

BEST LIFE OR PHOTOJOURNALISM

Nash Salver                            Sausage and chips                 Peter Cox

BEST NATURAL HISTORY

Mallett Cup                              Tree Sparrow                          Roger Hance FRPS AFIAP

BEST CREATIVE/IMAGINATIVE

Corbyn Cup                             Leaf                                         Alan Aldous

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Male Cheetah at waterhole No.2                                             Matthew Clarke

Garden Warbler                                                                           “           “

Arctic Tern No.1                                                                            “           “

End of summer                                                                       Peter Cox

Piping Redshank at Elmney                                                   Roger Hance FRPS AFIAP

Canary Wharf                                                                         Jean Pain LRPS CPAGB

Atmospheric creek                                                                  David Pryke

Matsumoto Castle                                                                   David Robinson ARPS

Flying up the mount                                                                Terri Thorpe

We are here                                                    Brian Blomfield

Hippo and Great White Egret                          Matthew Clarke

Canary Wharf station                                      Barry Freeman ARPS DPAGB

Happisburgh groyne                                           “           “

Fox cub                                                           Roger Hance FRPS AFIAP

Male Red Grouse                                                “          “

Marsh Fritillary                                         “          “

Jill Anne, Aldeburgh                                         Peter Miller

Lost                                                                 David Pryke

Mummy!                                                          Ray Smith LRPS

Let there be light                                               “        “

Shadow pattern                                                 “        “

Beaching the lifeboat                                      Terri Thorpe

Terri Ann                                                           “       “

Sea stay                                                          “        “

Thurne mill No.2                                              Alan Turner ARPS DPAGB APAGB

Clam                                                               Lydia Vulliamy

Red fish                                                               “          “

Begonia Rex                                                   Robert Walker LRPS

Following wind                                                     “          “

One, two, three                                                    “          “

Set of Three Slides Section

Austin Farrar Cup       Male Adder No.1          Roger Hance FRPS AFIAP

 “        “        No.2

                                                 “        “        No.3

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Berlin No. 1                                                     Len Thorpe

Dionaea (Venus Fly Trap)                               Robert Walker LRPS

Phalaenopsis 

BEGINNERS SECTION

Norwich Trophy                       Getting up steam        Trevor Brundle

A Northumberland view                                               Trevor Brundle

Judge’s comments on the projected images

It has been a pleasure and a privilege to select the projected images for your 2008 exhibition.  There was a wide range of work to choose from, with some beautiful images in many of the categories. Natural History was, as usual, especially well represented. In making my selection I have tried to choose a fair reflection of the Club’s work, while keeping in mind the need to retain the interest of your visitors.

Congratulations to everyone who has had work selected. I hope that you will bring all your family and friends to see it. For those of you who were less successful than you had hoped, I would like to offer a few comments. Many potentially good images were not selected because of technical faults. I always feel that this is a shame, but it is necessary to maintain the standard of the exhibition. Some of the images were not sharp enough and/or had inaccurate exposure; whether you use film or digital capture, image quality can normally be improved by using a tripod and paying careful attention to exposure.  The main problems encountered by digital workers were excessive saturation, over sharpening and poor distribution of tones. These can be overcome by experience and practice in image preparation. There are plenty of experienced workers within the club who will be pleased to advise you. Once you have done the difficult bit and taken an image it is worth spending a little time ensuring that others will see it at its best.

Finally I would like to congratulate and thank the team that organised the judging. They had clearly put in a huge amount of work, which made working through the 470 images a straightforward and enjoyable process, with easy transitions between slides and digital projection as required. Most importantly, care had been taken to ensure that the digital projector was correctly profiled so that the digital images were seen as their authors intended.

Thank you once again for allowing me to select your images. I had a most enjoyable day, and look forward to visiting the exhibition.

Barrie Hatten DPAGB

JUDGING OF THE PROJECTED IMAGE EXHIBITION by Matt Clarke

Most of the images were collected at the Main Society meeting on Monday 7th January. In total there were 76 35mm slides and 399 digital. In theory, digital is easier, but does make some difficulty due to the fact they only exist in the ether and not in physical presence. There follows the main things that I do to prepare for the judging;

a) Log each entry (off the entry forms onto a database).

b) Number each entry with a unique number – numbered spots for slides and a 7 figure filename for digital – that filename is formatted “XXXiYYY.jpg” where “XXX” is a unique random number and “YYY” is the exhibition entry number. This means that each digital image can be viewed by the judge in random order and can also be traced back to the individual photographer in the event of a problem. The “I” is there merely to enable my software to automatically rename the images.

c) The slides are placed in random order into magazines and their entry number recorded in sequence. This will enable us to read out the titles when they come in front of the judge.

d) Natural History slides are marked with a little red dot on top, Record slides with two little blue dots and Life & Photojournalism slides with three little green dots. All this will enable us to identify slides complying with the rules for those classes that are being considered for cups.

e) Digital images are loaded into Photoshop Album. Categories are set up for all the award categories, plus Highly Commended, Commended, Accepted, Set of Three and Beginners. Three other categories are set up – “A”, “B” and “C”.

9:30am on Sunday 20th January saw David & Lynda Robinson, Alan Turner and myself turn up at David and Pat Pryke’s house in Levington. Everything was ready (almost), with the room blacked-out tables and chairs all set up at suitable places and absolutely centre stage – the judge’s throne. The judge, Barrie Hatten DPAGB with wife Liz arrived soon after. After a quick conversation with Barrie, mainly to give him guidance on the award of trophies etc, the judging got underway. Barrie started with sets of three, allocating each either an “A”, “B” or “C” mark. “A” = definitely in – possible award, “B” = want to see again, “C” = definitely out. Then we came to the Beginners section, awarding the cup and Certificates to some well deserving recipients. When that was complete, Barrie went through all the remaining images, again allocating “A”, “B” or “C”. Lunchtime intervened, and many thanks to Pat for a really excellent spread.

Afterwards, Barrie went through the “A’s” (slides and digital) and allocated all the cups and Certificates. At this stage, we had only selected around 150 images as “definite”, so Barrie went through the “B’s” and allocated them into either “A” or “C”. In fact he was a little bit enthusiastic and we ended up with around 260 images in the exhibition. Although we are not constrained by space, we have to be a little restrictive with the number of acceptances as we have to avoid a slideshow that will be too long for people to sit through. Now, begins the task of pulling it all together into that slideshow. I am sure that you will enjoy it.

In the longer term, I am considering making a few changes to the way digital images are entered to the exhibition, probably along the lines of asking you to enter your name and image title into the exit data in each image. Using Photoshop (full version, Elements or Bridge), this is actually very easy. This will make slideshow production much easier and should avoid my usual typo’s etc. We will let you know in due course.

Incidentally, there has been some discussion as to why I have asked for images at high resolution and not just the usual 1024 x 768. These are:

i) Last year, when the large screen arrived from the Sony Centre. I found I had to resize upwards all the images to get them to show full-screen (1920 x 1080 resolution). It is much easier, and involves no image degradation to resize images downwards.

ii) In the past, we have been asked by the press to supply high resolution for inclusion in the EADT or Evening Star. We have only been able to supply copies of prints to the obvious disadvantage of On-Screen members.

Letter - January 2008

Dear Fellow Members,

I would like to say a very big “Thank you” to you all, for the support you have given to Denis and I through the difficult years of his dementia.

He always enjoyed membership of I.D.P.S. and would encourage friends to join.  He was also very proud of his ARPS and would constantly wear his R.P.S. tie – even on the ward!

Unfortunately, once he was admitted to the ward, I couldn’t get him to use his camera, but he enjoyed looking at photographs and talking about them.  So photography was still enjoyed, but in a different way.

The total amount of donations given in memory of Denis was £480.00 to the R.N.L.I. and £391.00 to the ward.  So, my grateful thanks to all who contributed.

Pauline Vincent

Denis Vincent ARPS (1922 – 2007)

       The friendship Denis and I shared began in the mid 1990s.  We had been aware of each other because we had each taken part in the BBC Radio Suffolk weekly Country Matters programme presented by Chris Opperman.  At that time I was Minister of the Museum Street Methodist Church where IDPS held its monthly meetings.  Noel Thorpe was a member of both organisations and on one evening when I called in on the meeting of IDPS he said, “Let me introduce you to Denis Vincent”.

       From that time we remained firm friends and shared our mutual interest in nature.  There were further participations with Chris Opperman and Country Matters; we sailed the Deben on Denis’s boat “Teal” discussing the birds we saw along the way; and we sat round Denis and Pauline’s dining table looking at slides and commenting on their subjects with occasional recorded inserts from me, his “sound pal”.

       Denis had a long list of favourite photographic locations including Scolt Head Island and Pensthorpe in Norfolk, Welney on the Ouse Washes.  In Suffolk there was the Nacton Duck Decoy, Barham Pits, Rede Wood, Christchurch Park and his own garden.  If only we had known each other twenty five years ago we might have made a formidable team with film and tape.

       Probably the highlight of our combined efforts occurred in the summer of 2001 when a pair of spotted flycatchers occupied a nest box in Denis and Pauline’s garden.  He set up his hide and I placed microphones by the box and on the fence.  We made a complete record of the activity of the flycatcher family from hatching to fledging.

       Denis has left a wonderful legacy of his dedicated pursuit of quality pictures from nature, particularly birds, butterflies, dragonflies and wild flowers, especially orchids.  He was an accomplished photographer, a wise counsellor and an enthusiastic supporter of IDPS.  (“They’re a nice crowd”, he would say to me, “you ought to join”).  We will remember him most for his courtesy and manners, his friendly personality and warm humanity.

May he rest in peace?

Police Stop & Search Encounter

            Some of you are aware of what happened to me prior to Christmas but Barry has asked me to write about my experience of being stopped by the Police for taking photographs.

            I was helping a friend who has no photographic knowledge. He runs a community website in Ipswich www.aboutmyarea.co.uk/ipswich . He asked me to take some photographs of Ipswich Towns lights being turned on (in a public place) by Leticia Dean.  The photographs would then have been placed onto the community website thus promoting this glorious town of ours.

            Whilst I was taking photographs of an act prior to the turning on of the lights I was approached by a police woman and she asked me to stop taking photographs. She then proceeded to ask if I had a licence to use my camera (that’s a new one on me). I explained that I was helping a friend (I even gave her a business card with the sites details) and I challenged her as to why I could not take any photographs as there were several other members of the public taking photographs with cameras (even whilst she was talking to me). Her reply was that I was reported as seen taking photographs of the crowd. I tried to prove to her that I was not taking pictures of the crowd only of the act on stage by offering her a look at the images on my card.  Alas she was not happy with that, she said that there was an official photographer at the event and I had to stop taking photographs.  I was dumbfounded by this, as there were so many others taking photographs, I was then taken behind the barriers and down an ally way to fill a form in called an Encounter & Stop/Search Record. This I found very degrading as it looked as if I had been arrested. I then erased all the images that I had taken.

            It’s really ironic that I was stopped as in the past I was the runner up in the Ipswich in Bloom Photographic competition and those images are used to promote Ipswich by Ipswich Borough Council, also a few months ago the Mayor asked Ipswich Photographic Society to provide an image for her official Christmas Card…..not taken from a public area I expect!!

            However I was not going to let this matter rest so I emailed The Bureau of Freelance Photographers (of which I’m a member) and The Royal Photographic Society (also a member) informing them of what happened.  I also wrote to the Chief Constable of Suffolk, Police complaints commission demanding a full investigation into the way I was treated and a full explanation of why I was stopped from taking photographs in a public place.

            Of course the media got to hear of this and I was getting phone calls and emails from various publications requesting information as to what happened that day. Amateur Photographer had a full page on their web-site and a two page spread in their magazine. Plus it was covered in many other publications.

            On 3rd December I had a telephone call from Inspector Matt Dee – Ipswich Central; he asked if he could come to my home to discuss the incident. It was during this visit he informed me that I had not committed any offence by taking photographs and the two special constables were acting in an inappropriate way owing to them being given wrongful information and he informed me that in future he would be briefing all his staff prior to any events etc informing them that it is perfectly OK to take photographs in a public area. 

            Inspector Dawson was aware that I had deleted my images so to make amends for this he gave me a DVD that was produced by the event organisers showing the switching on of the lights, however this is copyrighted and I was unable to use the images on the web-site. 

            A few days later I had an envelope in the post with BFP emblazoned on the front, upon opening the letter I was amazed to find a cheque to the sum of £15, they had paid me for the article about the incident which I partly wrote. A copy of this cheque along with the article is now in a frame in my office as this is the first and only payment I have ever had for an article.  So out off a bad experience I was able to top up my photographic kit fund…….

Photographers’ Rights in the UK

          I am indebted to Stan Searle for finding this valuable guide and discussion of peoples’ rights to take Photographs in the UK. Written by a lecturer in law at Heriot Watt University, it can be downloaded as a two page A 4 document PDF format from the website:-

http//www.sirimo.co.uk/ukpr.php

Subjects discussed include:-

Restrictions on the Right to Take Photographs – introduces the subject

Private Property – defines possible restrictions and the meaning of ‘trespass’; difference between law in Scotland and that in England and Wales.

Restrictions in Certain Public Spaces - particularly as regards commercial photography,

Harassment and Invasion of Privacy by taking photographs

Obstruction and Public Order

National Security - definitions and examples of ‘prohibited place’

Court Proceedings - Restrictions in court

Wildlife - guidance concerning disturbance of wildlife generally and links to lists of protected species.

Copyright and Trademarks - important section

Bank Notes - an offence to photograph.

          The document discussed is very worthwhile downloading and I suggest a copy is placed in your camera bag for ready reference if and when the occasion arises... ED

Membership Secretary

Well, membership is still moving on as you can see below and we have added another three members to the club.  

We look forward to seeing their work in the coming season.

Hopefully you are all receiving your weekly updates. For those of you who aren’t, have you got an e-mail address that you haven’t given to me?

Would you like an e-mail? You can get a free e-mail account at www.hotmail.co.uk.     

Programme Notes

Setting up of the Annual Exhibition will take place on Monday 3rd March from 9.30am. Everyone who is available is encouraged to come and assist as the more helpers we get the quicker it is completed!

The opening of the Exhibition is on Tuesday 4th March in the Robert Cross Hall at 7.30pm –Please try and be there for 7.15 to give time to get everyone seated before the Mayor arrives.

After the opening there will be refreshments provided by members in the Gatsby room so don’t forget to bring some food and/or a raffle prize!  The projection of slides will be on Wednesday 12th March at 7.30 again in the Robert Cross Hall, Corn Exchange. So do come and bring your friends as it is much more impressive to see the images projected on the big screen than on the TV screen (although that is an excellent facility for the other days of the exhibition).

The subject for the next Main Society meeting after the exhibition is “Photographing your local patch” by Eastern Light Photography from Ipswich on Monday 31st March.  They provide images for magazines and have pictures in various locations locally especially around Pin Mill.

On Monday 14th April we are pleased to have Alan Whitcroft from Luton showing his “A-Z of the West”.  These are excellent images from America and this will be the last chance to see them as Alan is retiring from lecturing this year.

The annual quiz this year is on Saturday 26th April in our usual venue at Bramford.  A good evening is had by all and we have refreshments and a raffle during the evening.  Tea and coffee are provided and included in the price of the ticket which is £5.00.

Make up a table of up to six people and have a fun evening!  We are indebted to Peter Norris for agreeing to do the quiz again for us even though he is no longer a member. 

The last Main Society meeting of the season is the AGM on Monday 28th April and this will be followed by the showing of the EAF exhibition images from 2007.

I hope to see you all at these meetings as they are organised for you to enjoy and if you don’t enjoy them come and tell me what you would like instead!

Lynda Robinson LRPS

“The so-called ‘rules’ of photographic composition are invalid, irrelevant and immaterial...there are no rules of composition, only good photographers.” - Ansel Adams

PRINT SECTION NOTES

    Well 2007 is well and truly behind us and I hope you all had a good Christmas, I know the end of my year saw me grabbing the headlines with the national and local media, all for the sake of being stopped by the police for taking photographs in a public place (see article). I’m pleased to say I have had a personal and full written apology from the Suffolk Constabulary for the way the matter was handled and the way that I was treated and I would like to thank the IDPS Committee and all those people who gave me support and advice during this time. 

    Back in November saw our third monthly competition being judged by David Robinson with a good attendance for the evening.  The set subject being “Geometric” with several entries in all classes for which David gave his comments and advice.

    The following awards were given:-

Advanced Set Subject

1 Hills & Valleys                             Richard Cherry

2 Half a Pier                                   Ron Pain

3 Into the Treadmill                    Roy Essery

H/C Tri Coloured Seating         Phil Smith

H/C Painted Poster                    Michael May

1 Autumn Cyclamen                Peter Cox

2 Terri Ann                                     Michael May

3 Reach for the Sky                    Alan Turner

H/C Carnival Yellow                  Liz Cutting

H/C Dino’s                                    Roy Essery

H/C Sea Holly                               Richard Cherry

1 Petronas Tower                        Christine Hart

2 The Louvre Paris                       Steve Hart

3 Water Abstract                       David Kelly

1 Water Front                               Jetski

2 Feathered Friend                    Steve Hart

3 Sheet Music                              David Kelly

H/C The Omegon                       David Kelly

H/C Nautical Colours                Steve Hart

    On 19th December the Print Section saw its annual Beat a Print evening with the team leaders being Wayne Turtill & Jean Pain and with Lynda Robinson judging.  This evening proved most popular with approximately twenty five members being present.

    After Barry Freeman explained the scoring the two team leaders selected their prints and the evening got off to a good start. It was not long before the bribery started with one team leader sneaking the judge various miniatures and packets of sweets. Off course this did not sway Lynda in any way. However by the end of the evening, I must say the team who bribed Lynda the most won by a narrow margin. Congratulations to Jean and all her team members and commiserations to Wayne and his team.

    To round off the evening the members enjoyed a good spread of Christmas food provided by various members of the Society.

    The first meeting of the new year was on 16th January when an excellent discussion evening was held, featuring the RPS Creative Group 2007 Print Exhibition images. The exhibition was presented by Joy Hancock FRPS MPAGB using digital projection via our club’s new Digital Projector, which proved to be a success as all the images were viewed on a large screen making the discussion more meaningful. Joy did an excellent job of leading the discussion and the very full audience participated enthusiastically. There were widely varying types of creativity on view.

Phil Smith Print Section Secretary

CLOVER AND ROSLYN CUPS AND HOLBROOK TROPHY COMPETITIONS

            Ann Miles FRPS AFIAP MPAGB judged the above competitions and her appraisal and the results were presented at the Main Society meeting on Monday 7th January.  The results were:

  Winner                            “Low Water”                             Brian Beaney FRPS        

  Runner up                      “Japanese Gardens”               Lynda Robinson LRPS

  Third                               “Morte Slate”                           Richard Cherry ARPS DPAGB

HOLBROOK TROPHY

  Winner                             “Highgate Cemetery”            Peter Miller

  Runner up                       “Desolate Orfordness”         Alan Turner ARPS DPAGB APAGB

  Third                               “Rocks and Sand”                   David Robinson ARPS

  Winner                            “Sodden”                                   Roy Essery

  Runner up                       “Seedheads”                           Barry Freeman ARPS DPAGB

  Third                               “Garden Macro”                       David Robinson ARPS

SUBSCRIPTIONS

The Committee have decided that there will be no increase Annual Subscriptions for the 2008-2009 Season.

Subscriptions for the 2008-2009 season taking effect from 1st April 2008 will therefore be:

                                Ordinary members                              £38.00

                                Ordinary members (country)               £24.00

                                Associate members                            £19.00

                                Junior members                                    £6.00

Please note that subscriptions for the new season are due on 1st APRIL 2008 and prompt payment will greatly assist with the cash flow of the Society. 

Alan Turner ARPS DPAGB APAGB – Hon. Treasurer

DIGITAL AUDIO VISUAL

Using Pictures to Exe Software

I know that a number of members are using or proposing to use the latest version of Pictures to Exe software (Version 5 Deluxe) to produce Audio Visual sequences and I thought it might be useful to explain my method of working. So here goes…….

Preparing the images

1.   Choose the images you think you might need – choose more rather than less as you can discard them later.

2.   Improve them as necessary in Photoshop or whatever and size them to a maximum of 1024 pixels on the long side of a horizontal format and a maximum of 768 on the short side. Try to keep them all the same dimensions in the sequence, as when the edges keep moving it is not pleasing to the eye. If you intersperse verticals with horizontals - not recommended but it can be necessary – keep the height of the vertical within the height of the horizontal i.e. a max. of 768px.

3.   Prepare a blank slide by filling a 1024 x 768 image with 100% Black.

4.   Prepare any Title or ending credits you may need by using the Type tools in Photoshop on a suitable image.

5.   Using “SAVE AS” to avoid losing the originals save all your required images in a New Folder called e.g. “Austria AV images”. Save them as medium quality JPGs.

Using Pictures to Exe

1. Go to FILE/NEW and change Project 1 in the Box that appears to e.g. “Austria”.

2.   Find your prepared images in the appropriate Drive at the top left i.e. A,C,D etc. (If details and not thumbnails have appeared click on the icon to the right of T to display the images). This is your File List.

3.   If the images are already more or less in the in the order you will want them in your sequence go to PROJECT/ACTIONS ON FILE LIST/ADD ALL PICTURES TO SLIDE LIST. Double click on the Blank to provide a second copy to place at the end. Alternatively you can double click on the images you wish to use to put them in the Slide List. All the chosen images will now appear across the bottom of the page. If you want a full page view of the Slide List click the icon at bottom right and on the page that appears click and drag to move any image around to a new position. Close the full page view.

4.   Now click on PROJECT OPTIONS and choose the following:-

MAIN - Ensure “Close Show after last Slide” and “Synchronise Slides to Music” are ticked.  Set TIME INTERVAL FOR NEW SLIDES at (say) 8secs. And click SET FOR EXISTING SLIDES (N.B. –This time now includes the fading in time).  This is only a starting point and the timing of all images can be changed later.

ADVANCED – In the Drop down menu choose HIDE CURSOR DURING SHOW

EFFECTS - Tick the rightmost icon (two blank squares) to un-tick all the transition effects – then tick FADE IN/FADE OUT. Set transition time to 3000msecs – 3 seconds. This can be adjusted later if necessary for individual images.

Ignore the other options for the moment.

5.   Now press PREVIEW and watch your images. Make a note of the time the sequence takes to run, as this will give a rough idea of the length of background music you will need.  Look out too for fades that do not look right and any images that may be repetitive or unsuitable. A right click on an image in the slide list will enable you to remove it.

6.   Now you are ready to add some music. Go to PROJECT OPTIONS again and click MUSIC.  Browse to find one or more tracks which total approximately the time you need, preferably in mp3 format to save space. (See below for more on importing Music) Make sure that the three boxes (Play in random order etc.) are not ticked.

7.   Now click on TIMELINE which should appear showing that the images have been spread along the timeline in the way you choose earlier i.e. at 8 second intervals with a 3 second grey line showing the fade-in time of each.  If you now click on WAVEFORM the waveform of your imported music should appear showing highs and lows of the volume.  If the images do not end at the end of the music you can click and drag each image along. I find it easiest to start at the end by dragging the closing blank to where the music has almost faded and adjusting the previous images as necessary.  In this way you can adjust the length of time each image is shown and by clicking on the end of a grey area shorten or lengthen the period of a fade in. At any time you can preview your changes at the section you are working on by clicking the PREVIEW button.

8.   Don’t forget to Save your work at various stages as you go along. During the making of a sequence you save in .pte format which is work in progress and you can always go back to it and make any changes you wish. When you are finally happy with a sequence press CREATE and after a few seconds you have an .exe version which can be burnt to a CD and played on any computer. In addition you can create a DVD by using the AVI button. None of this gets rid of the .pte working file so you can still go back and make further changes if you wish. I save all my .pte files and .exe files in the one folder called AV Sequences.

9.   IMPORTANT. It is essential to note that Pictures to Exe is not making copies of the images or music in a sequence – it is merely noting where the images or music can be found on your Computer. So DO NOT MOVE the prepared images or music from where you saved them in the first place until your sequence is complete. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! It follows that any changes you make to the selected images in Photoshop or to the music tracks will be carried over automatically into Pictures to Exe.

A note on importing music tracks

            Windows Music Player will now let you import tracks from CDs and convert them to mp3s but I find I have more control by using Magix Audio Cleaning Lab.  For producing complicated background music involving mixing and perhaps a commentary you need either the expensive Adobe Audition or Audacity which is free to download but not so user–friendly. And don’t forget – if you intend to give Public Shows of your work you need an appropriate music licence.

            The above is a brief summary of how to use the basic workings of P to Exe. The latest version though allows you to do much more and in the new Objects and Animation window of Version 5 you can add Zooms, Pans and Rotation enabling you to simulate movement in your sequences. But please use this with discretion – a few such tricks can add interest to a sequence whereas repeated use can become irritating.  If you must have a lot of movement use a Video camera!

It would be difficult to describe in a few words the possibilities of “Objects and Animation” but perhaps easier to describe “on-screen” so if any member is interested in these latest developments or, indeed, in the basics of Pictures to Exe please do get in touch and we can arrange some hands-on sessions.   The Audio/Visual Group would welcome some new members.

Ray Smith LRPS Audio/Visual Group Leader

EAF 2008 ANNUAL EXHIBITION

     Each individual member of the Society, with the exception of Associate Members, is entitled to submit a maximum entry of 4 monochrome prints, 4 colour prints, 4 slides and 4 projected images to the above exhibition and all members are encouraged to enter.  

     Entry forms will be available at Main Society and Section meetings.   Entries accepted at a previous EAF Annual Exhibition are not permitted.

     Extracts from the EAF Exhibition Rules where affecting the entrant will be printed on the back of the entry form.   Entrants of projected images should pay particular attention to the specific requirements for submitting their images.

     There is an entry fee of 50p per entry which should be included with your entry form.   Cheques to be made payable to ‘IDPS’.

     All print entries should be handed in to Alan Turner and slide and projected images entries to Matthew Clarke by Wednesday 19th March at the latest, but may be handed in at main and section meetings before that date.

     Print mount sizes must be 50cm x 40cm (20” x 16”) and all prints must be adequately backed.   Slides need not be mounted in glass although this is preferable.   Entries do not necessarily have to be from our exhibition but if so should be indicated on the entry form so that they can be retained when the exhibition is dismantled.

Digital group

    The 9th December digital day was a great success ( I think so anyway ), catering for entry level Photoshop skills and moving on to some more advanced techniques later on in the day. This is the type of format that I would like to carry over for future digital days. I would also like to stress that the agenda for these days should be written by the members, if you have something that you would like to be shown, and let’s face it if you want to know how to do something chances are so does somebody else, then tell me and I will put it in the agenda. I would also like to see some of your images being brought along which can be on a disc or prints, they can be straight images or manipulated images; if they are manipulated perhaps you would like to explain what you did to them. The plan is also to issue write ups on the tutorial that we do on the day and e-mail those out to attendees.  

    I would like to say thank you to all the people that put presentations together at last digital day. Long may it continue?

The notes for the ON SCREEN Section, Winter 2008

     Our annual Battle with Ipswich, Australia took place on Friday 16 November 2007. Judging of the prestigious SET OF FIVE followed after the interval.

Our judge for the evening was Gerry Metcalfe. Entries for the Battle were all digital, 40 images were divided into 4 sections – Landscape, nature, people and open.

     Although Gerry’s judging was well observed I thought his marking was on the generous side – both teams averaged almost 8.5 marks for each image. So it was no surprise that the final result was determined by the last 3 images.

Result     Ipswich England – 165 Marks

               Ipswich Australia – 168 Marks

Best Overall image –

Low Tide by Tina Dial, Australia

     Although Australia won that evening England leads the overall Battle by 5 to 4. Will it even up next year?  Our grateful thanks to Ray Smith for yet another smooth organisation of the Battle with Ipswich, Australia.

     Set of Five. Lydia Vulliamy, the Champion of Champions has been toppled! Until now she has remained unbeaten since the competition began. Although still 2nd she will have no complaint about the winner, Matthew Clarke, with his spectacular set of South African wildlife. Superb! I am happy but also a little sad. I was very happy for Matthew, but a little sad that Lydia did not maintain her tremendous run of success. Each year she has won she has put my limited verbal dexterity into free-fall. I shall miss the challenge.

Result: Set of Five Winner             Matthew Clarke

                                    2nd       Lydia Vulliamy

                                    3rd        Peter Miller

Many thanks to Gerry Metcalfe.

     Friday 7 December 2007, it was Christmas Party time. Once again we had the pleasure of Lynda Robinson’s company to Judge SS “Atmosphere” and Open. I must admit she nearly sent me to sleep. No it was nothing to do with her judging which was as enjoyable as ever, it was that lyrical Irish voice. A big thank you to Lynda for getting our Party evening off to a great start.

Result: Atmosphere, Winner – David Pryke

             Open            Winner – Peter Cox

24 members attended. As usual the chance to chat and drink was much enjoyed. Grateful thanks to David Pryke for organising the wine and to all those who provided an excellent spread of food – we even had digital cheese straws.

     The Cabaret?  No reflections on Michael or Pat but we decided to give the successful Dyson Show a rest this year. Instead we had engaged a local MP to give us a short humorous slide show on Government mistakes. She was very brave. However she was unable to attend. Yes – you have guessed it – the Government had lost her slides!!

     The STEEDS CUP our most prestigious competition was judged on Friday 4 January 2008. Dr Roger Winter, our judge for the evening, arrived early from Ingatestone. (A Doctor of Philosophy for those interested).

     There was a slightly disappointing entry, 8 sets only – 1 Slides and 7 Digital.

 I am sure no member present would disagree with Roger’s selecting Peter Miller’s excellent set as the winner. What was slightly off putting to me, however, was that he often used an image to go off at a tangent of his own making. On the other hand he may have done this deliberately to help fill the evening for members. The choice is yours.

     Thanks must be given to Matthew Clarke for his presentation of the Steed Cup entries.

Steeds Cup – Winner – Peter Miller

Friday 18 January 2008. Picture this scene. It is in a small room in a house in High Street, Ipswich. One man is sitting on a chair with a balloon in his mouth; another has his hands over his ears, whilst a third is trying to crack an egg with a hammer. All this is being photographed by a small group of people under the command of a tall man unfolding a white handkerchief! Any stranger entering the room could be forgiven for believing this to be a Special Night for the Oddfellows.

     It was not. It was Harold Mousley in great fun mode, expertly demonstrating with the help of members that creative photographic images can be produced without the need for expensive props.

     After the interval he judged Set Subject, A Fishy Tale and Open.

A Fishy Tale: Joint Winners,          Lydia Vulliamy

                                                            Robert Walker

                                                Brian Blomfield

Open Winner:                      Pat Pryke

     Thank you Harold for a brilliant and memorable evening.

Brian Blomfield 

“I hope we shall never see the day when photo shops sell little schema grills to clamp onto our view finders; and the Golden Rule will never be found etched on our ground glass”

- Henri Cartier-Bresson

IDPS 1928-2008

     IDPS arose from complex beginnings with references being made to an Ipswich Camera Club as early as 1888; this is according to the various attempts over the years, to define the history of the Club.  (This early club had at least one member who was also in the Ipswich Social Settlement CC which was the name of the club from which IDPS grew, and needs to be investigated further).  In the meantime the Minute Books that IDPS hold begin with an initial four entries referring to ‘the old minute book’ covering the first four years, the first entry being 6th June 1904 when the Ipswich Social Settlement Camera Club was formed.  It would appear from this that the first Minute Book was disposed of.  The club was so called because members’ activities were combined with the Social Settlement Club where they met, the subscription being 1d. per head per week. 

     The Social Settlement Club was formed in 1901 by Sir Daniel Ford Goddard to fill a need for a social centre within the community and was supported by him until his death in 1922.  He became President of the camera club, apparently from its inception until he died.   After a great deal of uncertainty over the future of the SS Club in 1922, Ipswich Council took over the administration.  The Camera Club section applied at that time for permission to admit ladies to the club but was refused.  This fact may have been the beginning of a general malcontent with a situation where there were already problems with the accommodation, noise, etc.                          On 13th April 1928 a meeting was held to map out the club’s future, the outcome being that the title “Ipswich & District Photographic Society” was decided upon with the ISSCC committee being elected to the re-born club and a set of rules drawn up.  IDPS was really born.

Diana Freeman – Archivist

An Article printed in the Amateur Photographer – 20th November 1957 - Found by Alan Turner

East Anglia News

Some breathtaking statistics are published with the current issue of the Ipswich & District Photographic Society’s Bulletin.

How many societies have assets amounting to nearly four hundred pounds and a membership of more than 230, of which 211 are fully paid up?   It is pleasing to note amid all the high finance of the annual accounts that the society maintains an even keel, with an excess of income over expenditure of two pounds odd—of which one pound six shillings was recovered from the darkroom meter.”

Another piece of startling news is that a Monochrome Group has been started.  We have heard this idea mentioned many times as a wisecrack, but Ipswich have gone one better and done it—in a well-organized manner.   Members capable of producing negatives and making prints will meet six times during the session, informally round the fire in the Oriental Cafe, and have promised to bring prints along to each meeting for discussion—emphasis being laid upon personal interpretation. There will be four set subjects—a Lamp Post, Trees, a Hat and Water.  (They might all be got into one picture on a wet, windy night!)   A possible “ pendulum swing “ is mentioned in the Bulletin editorial: “ It is interesting to note that in current American magazines pictures with grain the size of a pin-head seem to have a strong appeal over there. Why, we can’t imagine, unless it is considered that the grain adds some interest to the picture.”

A recent meeting of more-than-usual interest was devoted to the showing of a collection of colour slides from a New York society. The collection comprised 150 transparencies, under the enigmatic title “Baghdad on the Subway.”

Monochrome Appreciation Group

    MAG as it is at present organised, is past its sell by date. Over the past year there has been little support for the regular Thursday meetings and a number have been cancelled. The MAG days out have also suffered through lack of support. The main Committee have agreed to a change to the MAG, which will still support those Black/White photography enthusiasts and give encouragement to interested members.

    Next season the club days out will be integrated, being organised by a number of different members in the form of Society Photographic Days. For example Norfolk Broads Boat Trip and a return visit to the Wattisham Airbase. If you have any ideas for suitable days out, which would attract a good number of members then please contact a Committee member? The intention is to organise Mini-bus or coach transport, when feasible, for venues some way away from Ipswich.

    It is proposed to change the Thursday MAG meetings to a less formal programme structure where interested members will meet at regular intervals to suit their availability. i.e. a range of possible dates will be circulated to the group members, with the meeting arranged for the date of maximum attendance. A letter (email) will be sent to potential members explaining the changes more fully. Anyone who is interested who is not on the regular attendance list please contact me.

    Note: The MAG Day Out to Colchester Zoo has been postponed due to the very bad clash with other events in the area. It will be rescheduled for Sunday 20th April. Please will members let me know if they intend to join us so that I can arrange a group entry ticket, which will save you money?

Barry Freeman – Group Leader

Studio Group Winter Report

    The Studio Group held its AGM on the 5th December, with a healthy turn out.  We discussed the past year and what we wanted to do in the next 12 months. 

    The group has decided that we need to do a few more outdoor shoots and so we will be introducing a ‘Spring’ outdoor shoot in Late April – to try and catch the Bluebells in bloom. May seems to be too late these days.   We are looking for some new venues, but we shall be revisiting some old favourites.  The Beach Shoot will be in July and we shall base ourselves at “Walberswick” again as this proved to be a very popular choice. Our aim will be to have the shoot followed by a family BBQ again.  Wayne is hoping to arrange another shoot out at “Wattisham” and possibly one of the other air bases in the area.  The group are still looking for formal venues; however we are hoping to get access to “Shrublands” again.

    Our spring indoor shoots will follow our usual format with February’s theme around “welcome to spring” 

    Following on from the Societies next AGM Scott Brown will be taking over from Michael May on the Committee.  The studio Group would like to thank Michael for his support over the last 2 years.

    Michael would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their help and wishes Scot well in his new role.

THE FOLLOWING SIX PAGES FEATURE PORTRAITS TAKEN BY MEMBERS OF THE IDPS STUDIO GROUP

Donna by Michael May

Donna by Wayne Turtill

Introducing Ben by Terri Thorpe

Laura by Wayne Turtill

Terri Ann by Steven Hart

Terri by Wayne Turtill

Exhibition Secretary

PRINTS

COMMENDED

COMMENDED

BEST RECORD

COMMENDED

Open Section

BEST RECORD

COMMENDED

   “       “    2

   “       “    3

COMMENDED

Red onion

COMMENDED

Malcolm Clark

Phil Smith   

Kevin French

Ian Ross

Moira Ellis

Wayne Turtill 

Advanced Open

Entry Set Subject

Entry Open

CLOVER CUP:       

 ROSLYN CUP:

Alan Turner

Wayne Turtill

Terri Thorpe