SNAP n CHAT #9 Newcastle Quayside at Night

From Angy Ellis

20 eager members congregated outside the Baltic Mill Museum on a very cold January night. Meeting time was 6:30pm, some were early and due to traffic delays some were a little late so the usual group shot was unfortunately missed this time.

Taking dramatic night-time photographs isn’t as easy as you’d think so Dave Murrell kindly volunteered to guide the less experienced members on the ‘what to do’ and ‘what not to do’. With a little patience, practice, and Dave’s tips, we were all taking great images and there were some very happy faces looking at the backs of the cameras. The more experienced members as expected showed us the stunning shots what they had already taken and shared the best locations and viewpoints throughout the night.

If there’s one thing that makes us humans feel small, it’s the stellar display arcing above our heads on a dark, clear night and this night we were also fortunate to have a Supermoon.

Chatting through the night a few of us agreed that night photography can be much more rewarding than photography during the day. Everything looks different at night, you don’t need to go somewhere exotic to get great pictures. The Sage, the bridges, and buildings were brightly lit and the streets that are rather pedestrian during the day – can make fabulous photography subjects at night. You can take your time when photographing at night, more so than during the day. There were less people out, and you don’t have to worry about the light changing, however we did have the cold to contend with. After about an hour or so a few of us agreed it was time to either go to the pub or back home to thaw out our fingers. Hard core members stayed out shooting.

The web gallery is evidence of the success and enjoyment our members had. Thank you for coming along and the next SNAP n CHAT meeting will be announced soon.

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Picture by Barrie Forbes

                                              Barrie Forbes (9)

Angy

Club Night News: 1st February 2018

An Evening with our own Assignments Group:

And what a night it was! The packed audience enjoyed expertly presented AVs by organisers David Forster and John Carter showing 493 great images from the eight 2017 Assignment outings (equating to 100 member/days out) along with 30 evocative sound tracks.

What came across was the sheer diversity of both locations, and images created, added to which the camaraderie and enjoyment of being out and about with fellow members. We are a big club but what a great way to get to know each other and form friendships, and what a learning experience!

Fittingly, as David and John have now retired from the role, there was a “Trip Down Memory Lane” finale that managed to be both moving and hilarious

Assignments have been part of Durham PS since 2010 and there have been 63. They were founded by Colin Armitstead APAGB in 2010 and organised in recent years by David and John. Thanks to them, many thousands of photographs have been taken that would not otherwise have seen the light of day. In recognition of their service, the Vice President’s Award was presented to Colin in 2011 and jointly to David and John in 2016. Legions of appreciative members have cause to be grateful

A list of all Vice President’s Award winners 1989 to 2017 is in Archives here

Links to Pro Show Gold and other AV software is in Useful Links here

More about Assignments and Assignment Galleries from 2010 to 2017 are here

The next Assignment 2018 is 15th February (see below)

2018 Membership no increase in fees for 2018!

People are still signing up! Amazing value at only £40 for 50 club nights and many other activities in 2018 (£20 for Juniors, Students and Overseas members). Check out Programme Secretary Paul Ritchie’s great programme of events on the Programme page

New members are very welcome. You don’t have to pay up on your first night. You can learn all about us on the About page. Write to our President Peter Walton if you would like to know more via the Contact page

SNAP n CHAT #9

First outing in 2018 was to Newcastle Quayside at Night on Wednesday (Super Moon night). There was a very good turnout and a great time was had by all. A gallery will follow soon. Email 2 to 5 images, normal size for web, to Angy Ellis

Digital Night is back!

Wednesday 7th February, County Hall 6.30 pm. Includes cut outs/moves, re-sizing and special requests – and you can bring your own image(s) to be worked on during the evening. All members welcome

Annual Awards Presentation Dinner

Bowburn Hall Hotel, Friday 16th February – an enjoyable dinner together, presentation of trophies, the showing of trophy winning images and the traditional giant “Free” raffle, the “biggest raffle in the world”, which will be MC’d by the sparkling Miss Angy Ellis as only she can. Please bring along raffle prize(s) (an opportunity to unload unwanted Christmas gifts and make generous donations!). £20 per head, guests are welcome – sign up next week latest

Plus: the 2018 Vice President’s Award for exceptional service to the Society will be announced by Dave Murrell

Assignments 2018

Pictures from the January Assignment are on the DPS Facebook Group page – members can go to Photos, Albums and January 2018 to view

The second all new Assignment is to Beamish, Living Museum of the North, Saturday 17th February meeting at 10.00 am in the entrance cafe area. All members welcome to join in the experience

Organiser is Ian Peele. How to join DPS Facebook Group and vote for images is here

Society Challenge 2018 – glass heads

This year’s objects: glass mannequin heads. Members can borrow one for a week at a time and use their photography skills to include them in photographs. Please return the following week. Chances are you’ll get another turn if not more

The Society Challenge – Your Images on View will be 15th November

Images from the Crystal Ball Challenge are in a newly restored gallery in Members’ Galleries 2016 on the Galleries page here

Botanic Garden Exhibition

This annual DPS event this year will be for the month of May. Hon Life Member Don Bennett DPAGB is organising. It’s an open exhibition and room for 47 prints in 20×16 inch mounts which need to be in by 29th March. Sign up on the notice board to secure a place

Hot Dates

Hot Dates Blogger Mike Boult has been posting events, dates and links for Hot Dates 2018 for which we are all grateful. Email Mike (address in your printed Programme) if you have more.

Competition Countdown

Coming soon: our first Results night of 2018 – 1st Progress PDI with judges Alan and Mavis McCormick Thursday 15th February

Next closing date is Dunelm Trophy and Leazes Bowl, Thursday 22nd February

New this year: Peter Walton’s set subject for the Fillingham Trophy is “The Moment”, and for the Sterling Award PDI, “Humour” … and 5 on a theme (rather than 5 or 6) in the Hon Members Cup (prints) and Digital Trophy (PDI). Details on the Competitions page and in your printed programme

Next Meeting: Thursday 8th February

And now for something completely different –  Roger Coulam with Thinking Image …  his last lecture at Durham was in 2014 and was very well received. It will be fascinating to see what this former Storm Chaser from Sunderland has in store for us this time. Some clues might well be in the John Cogan ARPS review from the time in Articles here

And, more directly, from Roger himself on Facebook … here

Something else to look forward to … Roger’s exhibition at the Side Gallery will be on 17th February to 26th March 2018

Meantime, last chance to see Harry https://www.facebook.com/events/450642931961921/Morrison at the Side … on until 11th February – exceptional!

Link to Side Gallery is here

Pictured: Colin Armitstead at Assignment Barford Raceway in 2010, and John Carter (left of picture) and David Forster from the “Trip Down Memory Lane” segment

      Colin Armitstead at Barford Raceway 2010. tg         John Carter (left) and David Forster on Assignment

e-news from the PAGB 200:

enews 200: the 200th enews from the PAGB, all promoted by this website, features more pictures to admire from Masters of Print Hall of Fame, club results from GB Cup, call for entries into the 2018 FIAP Biennials, latest news from the Photography Show and loads more … here

enews 200 Extra: has information about PAGB sponsers’ activities and offers at the forthcoming Photography Show at the NEC … all here

NB The best way to receive FREE e-news is by email. Easily done by registering at http://www.pagbnews.co.uk

Hon Editor: Rod Wheelans MPAGB MFIAP FRPS FIPF HonPAGB HonSPF

Pictured: The Dream by Joe Grabham EFIAP/Silver which received a coveted PAGB Biennial Ribbon in the 2017 FIAP Biennials

                                                            The Dream. Joe Grabham EFIAPs

Club Night Preview: 1st February

An Evening with our own Assignment Group:

Assignment photography outings have been a regular feature of Durham PS life virtually every month since 2010. Founded by the legendary Hon Life Member Colin Armitstead APAGB, who joined in 1963 and was General Secretary for 40 years, Assignments have been well organised by David Forster and John Carter for many years

The annual Assignments evenings, where members’ images taken during the previous year are shown, have also been a regular feature in the Programme. David Forster has compiled the latest spectacular AV show with John’s assistance and by all accounts it’s their best yet which is fitting as it’s their last having retired from the role this year

Don’t miss!

More about Assignments are in Colin’s introduction on the Assignments page, along with 62 galleries of members’ images. Many of the latter have been re-built thanks to John Attle following last year’s crash link

For 2018, a new approach to Assignments is being organised by Ian Peele link

The February 2018 Assignment is to Beamish, Living Museum of the North, Saturday 17th February meeting at 10.00 am in the entrance cafe area

Pictures: by Ian Peele & Mike Boult from the 2015 Streets of Brass Assignment

      Ian Peele 3       MikeBoult7

Durham Town Hall Exhibition: a great success

From Mike Boult

Our latest exhibition was taken down on Monday. We have continuously been showing great Images there since the beginning of October 2017. I would like to thank everyone for providing me with prints and helping to make it such a great success. The people who work at the Town Hall tell me they have received many favourable comments. Thanks again!

Mike

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Club Night News: 25th January 2018

Dr Param Sandhu: Life on the Brink – a Retrospective

It was a joy to welcome Dr Param back to Durham and on even better form, delivering a masterful presentation with wit and humour yet with darker messages about “Man’s betrayal” of the endangered tigers

It was very apparent he has a deep passion and love for tigers. He knows them by name and revisits the jungles and reserves again and again to see how new generations of cubs are doing. By the end, the entire audience was enraptured by these gorgeous, magnificent apex predators – from their “Lovely” paws to their shoulder blades, to their individually unique stripes and markings

His photography just gets better, capturing the beauty and elusive behaviour of tigers in the wild as we’ve never seen before. And frequently from low viewpoints (even from the backs of elephants!). As for the balletic sequence of two young, near adults play fighting … magic!

Param’s Wildlife of India exhibition at the Joe Cornish Gallery in 2016 was reported here

Param is on Facebook here

And his website is here

More about Shivang Mehta’s book, A Decade with Tigers, now published, is here

2018 Membership no increase in fees for 2018!

Good to see so many signing up. Amazing value at only £40 for 50 club nights and many other activities in 2018 (£20 for Juniors, Students and Overseas members). Check out Programme Secretary Paul Ritchie’s great programme of events on the Programme page

New members warmly welcome. You can learn all about us on the About page. Write to our President Peter Walton if you would like to know more via the Contact page

Durham Town Hall – last chance to see

Our latest Town Hall Exhibition has had a good run of four months, but really must come down Monday 29th January

SNAP n CHAT #9

Destination: Newcastle Quayside at Night – Wednesday January 31st meeting at 6:30pm outside the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. Angy writes, “Bring tripods and wear warm clothing. We can start at the Baltic walking about together, discussing best viewpoints, helping those who need assistance with long exposure photography hopefully resulting in some cracking pictures”

All members and guests welcome

Digital Night is back!

The first Digital Night of the year will be Wednesday 7th February, County Hall 6.30 pm. Suggestions to organiser Dave Murrell please. Feel free to bring your own image(s) to be worked on during the evening. All members welcome

Annual Awards Presentation Dinner

It will be at the Bowburn Hall Hotel, Friday 16th Febuary. As well as a hugely enjoyable dinner together, there will be the presentation of trophies and the showing of trophy winning images. And of course the giant “Free”raffle which will be MC’d by the sparkling Miss Angy Ellis. Please bring along raffle prize(s) in time-honoured fashion (an opportunity to unload unwanted Christmas gifts and make generous donations!). £20 per head, guests are welcome – sign up on the notice board asap

Assignments 2018

Pictures from the January Assignment are on the DPS Facebook Group page – members can go to Photos, Albums and January 2018 to view

The February Assignment is to Beamish, Living Museum of the North, Saturday 17th February meeting at 10.00 am in the entrance cafe area

Organiser is Ian Peele. How to join DPS Facebook Group and vote for images is here

Society Challenge 2018

This year’s objects: glass mannequin heads! Members can borrow one for a week at a time and use their photography skills to include them in photographs. Please return the following week. Chances are you’ll get another turn if not more

The Society Challenge – Your Images on View will be 15th November

Images from the Crystal Ball Challenge are in a newly restored gallery in Members’ Galleries 2016 on the Galleries page here

Hot Dates

Hot Dates Blogger Mike Boult has been busy posting events, dates and links for Hot Dates 2018. Email Mike (address in your printed Programme) if you have more.

Competition Countdown

1st Progress Prints competitions now closed for entries. Remember to send digital versions to George Hodgson (address inside the rear cover of your printed programme)

Coming soon: our first Results night of 2018 – 1st Progress PDI with judges Alan and Mavis McCormick Thursday 15th February

Next closing date is Dunelm Trophy and Leazes Bowl, Thursday 22nd February

New this year: set subject for the Fillingham Trophy is “The Moment” and for the Sterling Award PDI, “Humour” … and 5 on a theme (rather than 5 or 6) in the Hon Members Cup (prints) and Digital Trophy (PDI). Details on the Competitions page and in your printed programme

Next Meeting: Thursday 1st February

One of the highlights of the year: An Evening with our own Assignment Group. Great pictures and evocative music in AVs compiled by David Forster and John Carter. Having retired from organising Assignments, which they’ve done very well for many years, it’s their Last Assignments Hurrah! Don’t miss!

Pictured: Assignments composite by David Forster

                                                           Assignments. David Forster

The RPS Northern Region: events February to April 2018

Carol Palmer is Northern Regional Organiser for the Royal Photographic Society and one of her responsibilities is to arrange photographic events throughout the region for members and non-members

Carol has noticed that a number of non-members have been attending RPS Northern Region events recently and has kindly provided us with a copy of the programme from February to April 2018

The programme includes a joint participatory talk from Tom Stoddart Hon FRPS and Tim Smith, workshops from Tony Worobiec FRPS and Malcolm Blenkey ARPS, a day of travel photography with James Frost FRPS and Hazel Mason FRPS and an LRPS and ARPS Advisory Day

Details are here: RPS Northern Region events Feb to April 2018

Booking is via the RPS Northern Region website here

Picture: Malcolm Blenkey ARPS

                                            

Club Night Preview: 25th January

Dr Param Sandhu: Life on the Brink – Wildlife of India

Dr Param Sandhu is a retired medical practitioner, now a wildlife photographer and lecturer living in Ponteland. He has a passion for the wildlife of India, particularly the glorious tigers of which he has formidable knowledge. He has travelled widely and is n experienced and confident public speaker

His previous, very well received lecture at Durham PS was devoted to tigers and was entitled, Vanishing Stripes. We reflected at the time that, “It was a love story devoted to the “Immense beauty, handsomeness and grace” of the endangered tigers of India. It was a captivating presentation, with wonderful photography, delivered with laconic good humour …”

Don’t miss!

P.S. It’s also closing date for 1st Progress Prints competitions entries – 1st print competition of the year and with Great Expectations as to the prints; surprise and delight us!

Pictured: Tiger. Param Sandhu

                    Tiger. by Param Sandhu          Dr. Param Sandhu

Photography News Issue 51:

Edited by Will Cheung FRPS:

Issue 51: It’s packed with interesting and inspiring stuff; tips for better portraits, Canon Eos M100 test, a raft of 1st tests including lenses and colour management solutions and more. A great way to kick off the New Year and it’s here

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

You can also register to read Photography News on the new Photography News website here

Pictured: Northern Wall by Elizabeth Proud, runner up in the Fillingham Trophy 2017. Set subject of the Fillingham Trophy 2018 is “The Moment” selected by the President, Peter Walton. To be eligible, entries have to have been taken between the 2017 AGM and the closing date 14th June 2018

                                                          Northern Wall. Elizabeth Proud. 2nd, Fillingham Trophy

Club Night News: 18th January 2018

The London Salon of Photography Annual Exhibition 2017:

What a great night it was to see the amazing range of top flight photography via the DPS Big Screen Experience. And it was enlivened by expert, poetic, insightful commentary from Leigh Preston (who has lectured at Durham PS several times) and Salon Chair Judith Parry

Find out more about The London Salon of Photography; see again the medal winners and acceptances (the latter in “Salon Archive”) and 2018 entry information. It would be a huge achievement for any DPS member to join Joe Grabham and John Clarke in having prints in a London Salon of Photography Exhibition!

The London Salon website is here

SNAP n CHAT #9

Destination: Newcastle Quayside at Night – Wednesday January 31st meeting at 6:30pm outside the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. Bring tripods and cameras and wear warm clothes. Angy writes, “We can start at the Baltic walking about together, discussing best viewpoints, helping those who need assistance with long exposure photography hopefully resulting in some cracking pictures”

Assignments 2018

Pictures from the January Assignment are on the DPS Facebook Group page – members can go to Photos, Albums and January 2018 to view and vote

Next up is the February Assignment: to Beamish, Living Museum of the North, Saturday 17th February meeting at 10.00 am in the entrance cafe area

How to join DPS Facebook Group and vote for images is here

Annual Awards Presentation Dinner

It will be at the Bowburn Hall Hotel, Friday 16th Febuary. As well as a hugely enjoyable dinner together, there will be the presentation of trophies and the showing of trophy winning images. Please bring along raffle prize(s) in time-honoured fashion for the giant “Free”raffle (an opportunity to unload unwanted Christmas gifts and make generous donations!) which will be MC’d by the inimitable, irrepressible Miss Angy Ellis. £20 per head, guests are welcome – sign up on the notice board

Society Challenge 2018

This year’s objects glass mannequin heads opening up realms of creative possibility. Members can borrow one for a week at a time and use their photography skills to include them in photographs. Please return the following week. Chances are you’ll get another turn if not more

The Society Challenge – Your Images on View will be 15th November

Images from the Crystal Ball Challenge are in a newly restored gallery in Members’ Galleries 2016 on the Galleries page here

2018 Membership no increase in fees for 2018!

People are flocking to renew or join for the first time. Excellent value – £40 gives you 50 club nights in 2018 plus many other activities. Still time (just) to pay and thereby retain last year’s membership number for competitions

Durham Town Hall – last chance to see

Our latest Town Hall Exhibition has had a good run of four months, with changes of prints along the way, but must come down Monday 29th January

Hot Dates

Hot Dates Blogger Mike Boult has been busy posting events, dates and links for Hot Dates 2018. Email Mike (address in your printed Programme) if you have more. Thanks

Competition Countdown

Next week 25th January is closing date for 1st Progress Prints – two sections, A for the experienced and B for the less experienced (members can decide which to enter). They are open to any subject or genre i.e no set subjects. In a new innovation, they will both be judged by the same judge – the excellent, highly experienced Dave Phillips from Hartlepool. Remember to enter all three stages on principle – the packed audiences will be grateful!

Send digital versions for simultaneous projection on results night to Competition Secretary, Prints, George Hodgson in the new size for projection of 1600×1200 pixels. Full details are in your printed Programme and on the Competitions page here . George’s email address is in your printed programme and on the Committee page of this website which is on the About page here

This will be the 67th year of “The Progress”. Read Joe Grabham’s article “In Praise of the Progress” here

Coming soon – note that the new set subjects this year for the Fillingham Trophy is “The Moment” and for the Sterling Award PDI, “Humour”. Please read rules carefully

Next Meeting: Thursday 25th January

We look forward to a welcome return visit from Dr Param Sandhu with “Life on the Brink”, Wildlife of India

Pictured: Beamish by Mike Boult

                                                                 Beamish 7. Mike Boult