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Club Report - Informal Discussion and Wonky Horizons

Marjorie Burge writes:

An Informal Discussion at APS on Friday 22nd January, giving members an opportunity to throw ideas around in relation to the end of the evening vote of thanks, inviting manufacturers of photographic materials to give talks, whether judges could, or should, be influenced in relation to the diversity of marks given when judging competitions, whether some printed information should be made available to new members, and whether print competitions could have images shown simultaneously by digital projection. Answers were yes, yes, probably not, yes and no. It was a good friendly discussion with everyone joining in and happy, I think, with the end results. In any event all ideas will be on the agenda for the next Committee Meeting.

After a refreshment break, our own Wonky Horizons group - Anthony Baines ARPS CPAGB, Philip Hinton ARPS, and Martin Till LRPS – took us through some of their recent photography outings. Anthony took us on a Flash Adventure showing us what can be achieved with an external flash gun, turning daylight into twilight. Anthony and Phil showed some amazing street photography from the London Comic Con where characters from all your favourite films come to life – loved The Joker. Phil explained his artistic approach to portraiture and his use of textures, Lightroom and Photoshop to create classic styles. Martin and Anthony had spent a day in a hide tracking the flight of owls swooping down from a tree and landing on the top of posts. Suffering for their art in cramped conditions, they both produced amazing images. Martin and Phil took an early morning trip to Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve to catch bearded tits and woodpeckers, they all went to Reculver for the sunset, and put their lives at risk to capture villains at The Dickens Festival.

There was so much from these talented photographers and hopefully we will see more of their work over the season – I know Anthony has some seriously impressive photography from his visits to airshows which time did not allow on Friday. Find out more about them on their website (, and Flickr pages and

The Joker by Anthony Baines

Little Owl by Anthony Baines

Little Owl by Martin Till

Male Bearded Tit by Martin Till

Kingfisher by Martin Till

Dazed and Confused by Philip Hinton

Death Of A Hero by Philip Hinton

Mothers Ruin by Philip Hinton

Reculver Sunset by Philip Hinton

Next Friday 29th January we have our 3rd Print Competition when Richard Walton FRPS MPAGB EFIAP BPE3* will be judging. It is also the third round of the Small Prints, and entries (prints and digital) are required for the Bill Waters Natural History Trophy.