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Members' talks and 2nd PDI

Report by Marjorie Burge

On Friday 8th November we were treated to presentations by Peter Skynner, Mick Gilburt and Kyle Tallett, our own photographers. It isn’t easy standing up front and talking, even to a roomful of friends, and they are all to be congratulated on their presentations. Peter took us through some of the coastal and canal walks he has undertaken over the past twenty years – ridge-walking looked quite scary – and the many beautiful photos he has of these memories – the Poldark film location, Ullswater, Madeira, Ireland – and a wonderful wildlife section. Mick let us into some of his secrets with cropping and cloning – sharing with us his wonderful nature photography and knowledge of habitats – cricket images, sculptures and stained glass windows - and his winning collage in the Spirit of Wye Competition. Kyle had prepared a beautiful documentary of then and now – London in the early 80’s and all the derelict wharfs, compared with London now and the ‘progress’ of improvement, showing us images that will never be taken again and a way of life that is lost. We learn so much more about our photographers at these members evenings.

On Friday 15th November Paul Adams ARPS DPAGB FDPS of Bexleyheath Camera Club, a KCPA Premier Judge, on the KCPA Judges Panel and General Secretary of the Disabled Photographers Society, judged our 2nd PDI competition. A long-time friend of APS, Paul is a welcome visitor, and commented on our entries with his usual enthusiasm. He is very quick to see any small blemishes (a great believer in using Photoshop to tidy everything up), and has a good eye for cropping to improve impact.  Backgrounds and colour were very important to him, and composition although I’m not sure we should be moving things around at a memorial. He did explain that because the entries were so strong, especially in Division 1, he had to be strict in his criticism in order to choose his final winning images.

Division 1:

1st Bob Devine with Kestrel Takes Blackbird

2nd Garry Shorter with Vinny Smith

3rd Chris Rogers with Yes M’Lord

Division 2:

1st Katrina Devenport with Morning Light

2nd Martin Tilling with Charlie

3rd Philip Hinton with Dancing Generations

Division 3:

1st Graham Bailey with Early Morning Laundry Collection Venice

2nd Mary Marel with Trapped by the Wind

3rd Harry Seddon with Sparrowhawk Leaving Garden with Prize

Next Friday, 22nd November, is a speaker’s evening, and we have Ken Scott talking about his photography under the title of ‘Finding Your Ground’. This will be a good evening - Ken Scott is an experienced professional photographer – he will explain his approach to photography, and we can listen and learn. Visitors always welcome.