This evening, we had the pleasure of welcoming Ralph Duckett to the Kidderminster Camera Club in order to present a selection of his images whilst also providing a witty & enlightening description and back story to his photographs. Looking at his work, it is easy to see how he has attained the highest standard of Masters in the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) accreditation and he is an EFIAP.
It’s always great to receive these talks at the club, as they help to broaden people’s vision of photography and start to generate their own ideas for producing bodies of work. We try to balance the talks with tutorial evenings, competitions and practical sessions in order to give members the best opportunity to make the most of their membership and personal development.
Ralph has lived all of his life near Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, England and has been a keen photographer since a small boy.
Ralph joined his local camera club, Burton on Trent Photographic Society, where he was advised to learn the craft of darkroom printing and has gone on from strength to strength. He is a prolific photographer and his first love is landscape photography, though Ralph does take photographs of a great variety of subject matter. Ralph was reluctant to move over to digital printing and capture, only making the change when infrared film was discontinued and fewer exhibitions were accepting slides.
To view some of Ralph’s work head over to his website: http://www.duckettlighting.co.uk
February seems to appear earlier every year, Christmas fled by and we’re into ExhibitionTime again. This year Kidderminster Library has asked us to keep the exhibition in place for two months, an extra four weeks to our usual four.
Contrary to popular belief, the preparation and installation does not happen overnight organised by mysterious beings whose only purpose in life is to arrange such events. The following few pictures shows the truth, real folk spending real time, cleaning the sometimes grubby mounts, polishing the glass and sorting uprights and horizontals. This is done a few days after the prints have been selected, sorted by format, content and mount colour and photographed as a planner to how they will appear on the gallery walls. A big thank you to all who came along to the framing day.
There are always little problems to overcome along the way before we get to the actual day of hanging but we have yet to be defeated . This year we were concerned about the condition of our ageing frames which were a collection of dated “Mahogany” and “Gold” and to replace them would have made a very large hole in the club funds. Luckily, Mark Gameson’s father Philip, the owner of a joinery firm came forward to make us an offer we couldn’t refuse – to spray them a uniform matt black. They now look excellent and we will be eternally grateful for Philip’s generosity.
Happily, we had plenty of volunteers to help on installation day. It took only two hours from start to finish with all the “T”s crossed and the”I”s dotted.
Job Done -What a Team !
And so, onto the opening night, 1st February 2017
This year we invited Graham Walton to open the exhibition and judge the pictures. There are two awards, Best Print in the general section and best in the advanced. We were pleased to hear Graham praise the quality of the work and the exhibition as a whole and glad that we made his choices difficult!
The opening night was, as usual, well attended with members bringing their partners along to share the occasion.
Brian with Graham Walton
After much studying Graham duly awarded the two trophies
Mark Gameson won the General Trophy for his print “Girl on a Train”
The Advanced award went to Len Harris for his “No More Tea & Roses”
As winter descends we like to have an evening devoted to ideas to keep our photography going throughout the dark nights ahead.
Members are invited to bring along their particular interests to show to other members and this is productive in the sharing of ideas and promotes discussion of camera techniques as well as lighting, table top work, macro, flash equipment, etc. It is often jokingly remarked that it is one of the few occasions where folk actually bring their cameras to the camera club. It is a popular evening and a great opportunity to examine other member’s kit and just socialise.
It’s a Benbow – it’s a what?
All this and a happy Treasurer – can’t be bad!
This year’s Team Challenge event went as well as ever, producing some cracking images to prove that members had made the most of the summer recess. Mark Wilbrey was our judge, always a favourite visitor to the club and, in his judge’s role, we find him both fair and instructional with his comments. We look forward to his explanation in a future tutorial of Fibonacci’s Golden Curves – most of us thought it was to do with an Italian film starlet.
A big part of the fun is the choice of team names – usually centred on the team leader’s actual name – Marion’s Muppets, Rowe & Chips, Rays of Sunshine and Mike’s Marauders but we also had The Remarkables, and Keep It Simple. Perhaps a prize for the best name is called for?
Here are the “Rays of Sunshine” after receiving their “Mega Prize” (box of Heroes) . No expense spared at KCC !
To see how the images scored go HERE for DPIs and HERE for PRINTS
It’s the end of season now, the competitions have come to an end and it’s time to award the trophies. Up until this year we have hired a room at the Brasserie Restaurant for the occasion but this year we thought that we would try something different and hold it at our clubroom.
The “American Supper” we tried earlier in the year was a great success and so it was decided a repeat of that would be good but this time with liquid refreshment paid for by the club. As usual folk brought along far too much food but as someone said, it is better to have too much than too little. There was a great variety to suit all tastes. Steve did a good job laying on the drinks and everyone had a pleasant social evening it was certainly more relaxed than the rather formal Brasserie affair.
Another advantage of being in the clubroom is that we were able to have a display of the successful prints and a rolling projection of the year’s best projected images.
Here are some of this season’s trophy winners. It is a pity that Rob Evans and Geoff Cooke were both away from home and unable to attend. Rob managed to win both the print and projected image league and Geoff won the print league (advanced) Mike Morris (on the left) won three trophies including projected image of the year. Len Harris (extreme right) won print of the year. The other two gents shared a trophy – see below:-
Chairman Brian Hardy and Hon Treasurer Ray Rogers shared the honour of winning the Advanced projected image league and were left to decide who’s bookshelf the shield should sit on first.
We must express our sincere thanks to Terry Jamieson for organizing a great day out to Llangollen. Twenty of us enjoyed ourselves by first of all taking a narrowboat over the famous Pontcysyllte viaduct then lunch and a mooch around the town before moving on to Chirk Castle.
Weatherwise it was not too bad, with a little drop of the wet stuff coming over in the latter part of the day but by then we were looking around the castle.
We were all in agreement that Llangollen would certainly be the place for a return visit.