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Talk by Roger Hance

Report by Marjorie Burge.

On Friday 14th December, we were delighted to welcome Roger Hance BPE5* FRPS AFIAP, a member of Ipswich and District Photographic Society, showing his photography under the title ‘The More I Practice the Luckier I get’. Roger is an enthusiastic speaker, eager to share his knowledge and pass on everything he has learned during his many years in photography. Natural history seems to be his first love with sport a close second, and his secret is to ‘know your subject’. Catching birds, snakes, insects, hedgehogs and anything in the wild means learning when they are at their best, so you need to be an early riser – he even knows how to talk to red grouse on the Scottish Moors! We saw some beautiful images taken in nature parks where the animals have adjusted to people and don’t take fright. Roger applied the same rule to sport ‘you must learn the rules of the game’ to get the best images, and where to stand to make sure they are coming towards you – lots of strong…

PDI theme

Report by Marjorie Burge

On Friday 7th December, Paul Parkinson LRPS CPAGB of Aperture Woolwich Camera Club, on his first visit to APS, was judge for our PDI Theme Trophy Competition. There was a good entry and all our photographers had taken great care in putting their images together, some with a story, all with a connection, covering wildlife, wild water, walking with dinosaurs, groynes, hairspray, and many imaginative images captured from walks and holidays. Our judge was quite severe when eliminating some of the entries, and although this has to be done to hold back the best, it must have been quite disheartening to be so summarily dismissed. He wanted more power and diversity, more contrast and energy, and although he expected use of Photoshop, especially to tidy up blemishes, he didn’t want to know that it had been used – quite hot on halos. Some sets fell down on just one image which he felt upset the balance of the others – quality above quantity - and some were simply overta…

3rd PDI report

Report by Marjorie Burge.

On Friday 30th November, Ray Bridges LRPS CPAGB ADPS BPE3* of Maidstone and Tenterden Camera Clubs, was our judge for the 3rd PDI competition of the season. Ray is a good friend of APS and a fair and honest judge. There were 76 images to comment upon, spread across three divisions, and Ray was careful to give each image equal attention. He was generous in his praise and obviously delighted with many of the images, giving lots of hints along the way – time of day gives different light, vignetting needs to be unobtrusive, found some images on the soft side, and some landscapes a little flat, and, as always, found many areas he felt would benefit from cropping. He encouraged the use of Photoshop, saying ‘it’s a digital world’, and although conscious that this wasn’t allowed in the many natural history images entered would still have liked to tidy some of them up. The quality of all entries was high, and some really good images fell down on just one small point w…

Talk by Chris Bell

Report by Marjorie Burge.

On Friday 23rd November, our invited speaker was Chris Bell, telling the story of his life in photography. Chris, graduated from the Royal College of Art with a Masters Degree in Photography in 1978 and spent his early years in teaching before turning to photography as a full time career. Showing his early images taken in the late seventies, he explained how he approached his reportage photography – ‘making images’ he called it - always be ready for something to happen, don’t wait or you will miss it, and, if possible, get in close. These were images that cannot be repeated. The streets then, in the seventies, were vastly different to the ones we have now – children walking around, playing, teenagers sitting on walls, people living their lives openly, the roads clear of cars and all the clutter that goes with road safety now. And Chris was there with his camera recording it all in black and white. This photography was all before digital and the ease of Photosh…