SNAP n CHAT #5 Butterfly World

From Angy Ellis

At 10am 13 enthusiastic members met in the car park of Butterfly World, Preston Park, Stockton.  First thing on the agenda was to acclimatise our cameras which basically means stand and chat for 15 minutes until the mist passed and our various sized lenses were clear to shoot 

With jackets and cardigans tied around our waists off we trotted to be delicately greeted by so many beautiful flying Butterflies landing on our heads and clothing.

Advice on how to shoot in this situation was offered by Dave & Walter with Dave teaching a few of us how to make the most of the “Assigning buttons” on our cameras which was very much appreciated. Many pictures were taken but still a few elusive butterflies like the glass winged or the blue butterflies managed to dodge most of us as we tried to track them down. 

Butterfly World is an indoor tropical garden populated by 80-120 species of exotic free-flying butterflies and complemented by a display of flowers, plants & shrubs. It’s a magical world as close as possible to a Tropical Rain Forest, where you can stroll at your leisure, sit beside the splashing waterfall and admire the fish before wandering into a separate section where you can enjoy a small group of Meerkats.

After we had all lost a great deal of body weight in the moist heat we finished in that cafe to re-hydrate. 

Butterfly World is open March to November from 10am till 4.30pm seven days a week link

Pictured: group pictures before and after by Angy Ellis, and Martin Stobbard and friend by Dave Murrell. Coming soon: SNAP n Chat #5 in Members Galleries here

Dave Murrell -1   group pic Angy Ellis

Apres party. Angy Ellis

Website Watch: New!

Members Galleries

The latest gallery is by Arthur Attle ARPS, intriguingly entitled 111 Seconds in a Potting Shed with a Casio, in the Themes and Projects section here

There are 5 categories: Portfolios, Themes and Projects, Golden Oldies, Group and Snap n Chat – and all open to members. How to submit is on the same page

Coming soon: SNAP n CHAT #5 Butterfly Farm

Articles

David Trout’s recent article on DPS successes first published in the NCPF’s Northern Focus magazine also appears on this page along with many others by DPS members on a huge variety of topics link

Links from the Past

New this year: we have retrieved a number of blogs from our previous website 2009 to 2012 that make fascinating reading. But hurry – we may not be able to keep them forever due to website capacity issues

Those of historic interest are on the new History page – just follow the links – here

Competition results from that era are on the revamped Archives page in Club Competition Results from 2009 (follow the links) – see picture successes from yesteryear – here

Pictured: from Arthur Attle’s 111 Seconds in a Potting Shed …

                                                          01. Arthur Attle ARPS

Club Night Preview 30th March:

Results: Dunelm Trophy & Leazes Bowl

Formerly a Trio of competitions, now a Duo due to the high number of entries leading to results nights being over long, it’s the first of the non-Progress, special subject contests of the year

Both are for Projected Digital Images – the Dunelm Trophy is for landscapes taken anywhere and the Leazes Bowl is for portraits. Both have a long history – past winners are on the Archives page in Trophy and Award Winners from 1950 here

The competitions will be judged by David Illingworth of Morpeth Camera Club

Pictured: Banner Man by Dave Murrell and The Eligible Bachelor by Joe Grabham EFIAP/from the 2016 Leazes Bowl

     HC Leazes Bowl. Banner Man. Dave Murrell          2nd Leazes Bowl. The Eligible Bachelor. Joe Grabham EFIAPs

Northern Focus: Spring 2017 edition out now

Northern Focus is the magazine of Northern Counties Photographic Federation edited by John Smith APAGB EFIAP PPSA of Gateshead CC. The latest edition features an article by our own David Trout LRPS on Durham Photographic Society’s recent successes, including the “On Track” exhibition at Locomotion, Shildon National Railway Museum, and the various Portraits from the North East exhibitions.

The front cover picture is inadvertently wrongly credited – should be Double Heading at Bowes Railway by Michael Watson. Tanfield Railway – Out of the Shed by Barrie Forbes is correctly attributed in David’s article along with Michael’s whose cover picture is repeated

The magazine is packed with other news and interesting articles, along with diary and Northern Counties International Salon of Photography 2017 dates and it’s here:-  Northern Focus 2017 Spring

Pictured: Tanfield Railway Out of the Shed by Barrie Forbes and Double Heading at Bowes Railway by Michael Watson

  Out Of The Shed. Barrie Forbes  Double Heading Bowes by Michael Watson

Club Night News: 23rd March

David Stout EFIAP PPSA DPAGB: Casablanca to California

Travel photographer and raconteur par excellence David Stout took us on an enthralling journey through Morocco, taking in the Kasbah Fez, and across the USA from Denver to San Fransisco. He showed a stunningly well taken range of pictures from landscapes, to architecture, to travel portraits, even wildlife. He is a much travelled man whose enjoyment of different places, cultures and people was very infectious. He was very good at giving insights into his photographic composition and techniques, and having his wife Carol at the heart of the commentary gave things a heart-warming human dimension

After this, sales of polarising filters, Ansel Adams books, sprigs of mint, and “home made” asparagus soup will rocket. Spot metering will be back in vogue with a vengeance. Iridescent Blue will be the new in vogue paint colour. Members will be adopting David’s mantra when introducing themselves on their travels – “Hi, I know David Stout EFIAP PPSA DPAGB …”. And parking by the side of the road in scenic deserts is “OK” if due to engine over heating

More about Bodie, the ghost town in the Bodie Hills east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Mono County, California is here

More about David Stout is here

Assignment Tanfield Railway

It was on Saturday 18th March, Tanfield Railway Great War Weekend and a good time was had for sure. Follow up meeting to show and discuss prints will be 11th April at the Dunelm Club at 7 p.m. Meantime email your 8 PDI sized pictures for the gallery and future club night to David Forster

SNAP n CHAT #5 Butterfly World

Tuesday 28th March, Butterfly World, Preston Park, meeting in the car park at 10.00 a.m. All members welcome link

Digi Nights are go!

The next meeting, led by Dave Murrell is Wednesday 5th April 6.30 pm County Hall. It’s free and all members welcome

PftNE Craftspeople of the North Exhibition

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, opening 1st April and on until 2nd May – see earlier NewsBlog here

Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize and Sunderland PA exhibitionis also showing!

DPS Botanic Garden Exhibition: 47 prints by 47 members – on for the month of May. Set up volunteers needed (see Don Bennett). More about the Botanic Garden is here

DPS Annual Exhibition in the North Aisle of Durham Cathedral, recently voted National Heritage Site of the Year by BBC Countryfile magazine ( link ). This will be in August, around 100 prints. NB It will be an exhibition on the theme of “Treasures of the North”.

Only in the North

To celebrate the current Only in England Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr exhibition at Bowes Museum (on until 7th May) the Museum is inviting photographers of all ages to take inspiration from the show and to share their own unique images of Northern England.

More information is on the Notice Board and here

NCPF Beamish Weekend

20th to 21st May, will include a selling exhibition of members’ prints. More information is on the Notice Board and on the NCPF website here and Beamish website here

Lake District Photography Weekend

The Jeff Teasdale Lakes Weekend Experience is 3rd to 5th November, and Jeff has a proforma to fill in to make a booking. Payment (deposit or in full) is due by 29th June but book your place soon. Staying at the Field Studies Council, Blencathra Centre near Keswick for two nights Friday and Saturday, the cost is only £118 full board. Check out the poster on the Notice board. Based on past experiences, highly recommended!

Competition Countdown

Des Kelly Trophy (best print landscape within NCPF region) and Lambert Hedley Cup (best print human portrait) now closed for entries. Digital versions of (normal PDI size) need to be emailed to new Competition Secretary Prints, Dale Wesley Hill by midnight that night:

Email address is: daledpsprints(at)gmail.com (replacing (at) with @)

2nd Progress PDI closing date is 20th April

Plus: only 83 days to the Fillingham! Set subject “Spirit if the North East”

Check rules, including General Competition Rules, in your printed Programme and on the Competitions page of this website

Hot Dates

Many upcoming events of interest to photographers are on Mike Boult’s Hot Dates page here

Next Meeting: Thursday 30th March

Results Night: two trophies will be won – Dunelm Trophy for best landscape PDI taken anywhere and Leazes Bowl for best portrait PDI. Judge will be David Illingworth of Morpeth CC

Pictured: Contemplation by David Forster, Highly Commended in the 2016 Leazes Bowl

                                                                                     HC Leazes Bowl. Contemplation. David Forster

Photography News Issue 42:

Edited by Will Cheung FRPS:

Issue 42: Huge numbers were given away at the Photography Show. It has over 100 jam packed pages -including Camera Club News on page 17 with the headline, “History is made at Durham PS” which highlights our biggest ever number of female winning trophies in the 2016 season!

It’s free and you can subscribe here

There will also be some high quality hard copies at the club to share around and pass on

Pictured: PAGB stand at the Photography Show 2017

                                                            PAGB stand at Photography Show 2017

Taylor Wessing Returns to Sunderland

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 is on the first leg of a national tour at the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens until 4th June. It’s renowned as the foremost international photographic portrait competition and celebrates the very best in contemporary portrait photography

The Sunderland PA Annual exhibition is also showing at the Museum and will be on until 7th May

Coming soon will be the Portraits from the North East Craftspeople exhibition, opening 1st April and on until 2nd May. Portraits from the North East is a collective of photographers, all Durham PS members link

More about the Sunderland Museum and all three exhibitions is here

                     

Club Night Preview 23rd March: Casablanca to California

David Stout EFIAP PPSA DPAGB: Casablanca to California

In a change to our printed programme, the inimitable David Stout from Whickham PC will be making a return visit to Durham PS with his latest show

Apologies for the error in a previous posting, the Dunelm Trophy and Leazes Bowl results night will be the following week, 30th March

Picture David Stout

                                                    

Only in England at the Bowes

The superb Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr Only in England exhibition is on at the Bowes Museum until 7th May

In celebration, photographers of all ages are invited to take inspiration from Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr, and to share their own images of Northern England in Only in the North. There are categories for young people, with a top prize of £1000 for over 18’s plus Impossible Cameras. Selected images will be on show in the entrance to the gallery
“Through this project, we hope to capture images that represent the distinctive character of the North today. They can show anything from iconic scenery and landmarks, to the people and customs that give Northern England its unmistakable identity and charm”

More about the Only in England exhibition, including a links to Only in the North and application forms, is here

Pictured: scenes from the exhibition

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Club Night News: 16th March

Dale Wesley Hill: Eloquence, Etiquette and a Fast Escape Route

It’s true DPS members were producing cine films as far back as 1966 (see this one on the History page link). However, Dale Wesley Hill set a new standard with a gripping, entrancing, life enhancing video of one of his equine photography shoots showing just how he does it. Remarkably, from a starting point of knowing nothing about horses too! And, in Lloyd, a new video star is born!

As well as showing great pictures and how he shoots them, Dale then gave a masterclass in Fine Art post capture processing. It really was an excellent night from one of our own members

Dale has four galleries of work on this website, The Expression Glass, The Art of Equine Art, Portrait Perceptions and a portfolio here

Dale’s article, What does it take to Photograph a Horse is in Articles here

More beautiful horses are on at the Cheltenham Festival this week!

Assignment Tanfield Railway

The next Assignment outing will be this Saturday 18th March to Tanfield Railway Great War Weekend with Durham Pals living history group. Meeting in the car park at 10.00 am, all members welcome Link

PS: still time to send your 8 PDI from Assignment Saltburn to David Forster (for a gallery and next year’s Assignment night AV) deadline midnight on Sunday

SNAP n CHAT #5 Butterfly World

Tuesday 28th March, Butterfly World, Preston Park, meeting in the car park at 10.00 a.m. All members welcome link

Digi Nights are go!

The next meeting, led by Dave Murrell is Wednesday 5th April 6.30 pm County Hall

Craftspeople of the North Exhibition

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, 1st April to 2nd May – see previous NewsBlog here

More DPS Exhibitions

Next up, Durham University Botanic Garden Cafe: 47 prints by 47 members – on for the month of May. Still space for 5 more prints from 5 more members! Deadline to bring prints to the club is next Thursday 23rd March. More about the Botanic Garden is here

This will be followed by our Annual Exhibition in the North Aisle of Durham Cathedral, recently voted National Heritage Site of the Year by BBC Countryfile magazine ( link ). This will be in August, around 100 prints. NB It will be an exhibition on the theme of “Treasures of the North”. If you have a suitable strapline picture for the Cathedral website email to Ian Peele (address in the back of your printed programme)

Only in the North

To celebrate the current Only in England Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr exhibition at Bowes Museum (on until 7th May) the Museum is inviting photographers of all ages to take inspiration from the show and to share their own unique images of Northern England.
“Through this project, we hope to capture images that represent the distinctive character of the North today. They can show anything from iconic scenery and landmarks, to the people and customs that give Northern England its unmistakable identity and charm

Information is on the Notice Board and here

NCPF Beamish Weekend

20th to 21st May, will include a selling exhibition of members’ prints. More information is on the Notice Board and on the NCPF website here and Beamish website here

Lake District Photography Weekend

There is a poster on the notice board for the Jeff Teasdale Lakes weekend 3rd to 5th November, and Jeff has a proforma to fill in to make a booking. Payment (deposit or in full) is due by 29th June but book your place soon. Staying at the Field Studies Council, Blencathra Centre near Keswick for two nights Friday and Saturday, the cost is only £118 full board. Based on past experiences, highly recommended!

Competition Countdown

It’s closing date for Des Kelly Trophy (best print landscape within NCPF region) and Lambert Hedley Cup (best print human portrait) next Thursday 23rd March. Digital versions of entries (normal PDI size) need to be emailed to Print Secretary Dale Wesley Hill by midnight that night: daledpsprints(at)gmail.com (replacing (at) with @)

2nd Progress PDI closing date is 20th April

Plus: only 90 days to the Fillingham! Set subject “Spirit if the North East”

Check rules, including General Competition Rules, in your printed Programme and on the Competitions page of this website

This Weekend

Spring is hotting up. Choices include the Photography Show at the NEC, Tanfield Railway Great War Weekend with DPS Assignment on the Saturday and more. Links and many more events are on Mike Boult’s Hot Dates page here

Next Meeting: Thursday 23rd March

In a change to our printed programme, the ever popular David Stout EFIAP PPSA DPAGB from Whickham PC will be presenting, “Casablanca to California”

Also it’s last call for Botanic Garden exhibition prints

Pictured: Tanfield by Dave Murrell and Dale Wesley Hill by Angy Ellis

                                Tanfield 1 by David Murrell