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) (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   

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