|The Nature Group presents....||1 November 2016|
Thursday 1 November was billed as "The Nature Group Presents"; an opportunity for the Club's specialist Nature Group to share some images and some experiences with the rest of the Club members.
For the first half, Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP took us on a journey of discovery of the butterflies of England. Having set himself the task in 2016 of attempting to take an image of every one of the 57 native butterfly species, he shared with us his experiences of achieving the goal, along with hints and tips for photographing butterflies and of course some stunning images.
Starting in May and proceeding right through to September when he finally photographed the elusive clouded yellow, Robert took us through the catalogue of our native butterflies one by one, along with a fascinating explanation of how and where he had achieved each image. This varied from the simple - walking out into his garden - to the downright difficult - driving to a specific hill in the North of England to look for one individual species. Some butterflies are apparently very elusive, living for most of the time in the tops of trees. It helps to know when they come down out of the trees and be there at the right time to catch them on camera. Alternatively it helps to know that there are very short oak trees on Browndown Ranges!
Certain butterfly species have a very small geographical range and here the correct research and planning to know exactly when and where to go to find them was a crucial part of achieving photos of all 57 species. As Robert pointed out, since Wiltshire is generally such a good county for butterflies, he did manage to see over a third of the species in and around his own garden. Others required a much greater tenacity and dedication to the cause, with locations such as the Norfolk Broads, Exmoor, Cumbria and the South Coast of the Isle of Wight being specific locations for individual species. A number of Nature Group trips were made to known butterfly locations, allowing others from the Group to have the chance to photograph some more unusual butterflies such as the Glanville Fritillary and the Green Hairstreak.
Robert's top tips for photographing butterflies are:
• The butterflies are less active in the early morning or the evening and thus more likely to sit still for you. This may also work on a sunny day if it becomes overcast and they sit with wings spread trying to warm up
Our thanks to Robert for sharing his journey with us.
The second half of the evening was a chance for a number of other Nature Group members to share some of their photos. Several members had selected their favourite wildlife shots of the year and so we were taken on a trip around the UK and then to the other side of the world.
A fascinating glimpse into some of the shots that Nature Group members have taken through the year and our thanks to them for sharing with us.
|'English Wildlife'||25 October 2016|
On Tuesday 25th October members welcomed well-known local wildlife photographer David Kjaer to the club to see his wonderful presentation of images of English Wildlife to be found during a typical English autumn & winter. David took us on a tour of the Southern half of the Country to show us the sites and the Wildlife he has photographed
|Landscape Group trip to Ystradfellte waterfalls||22 October 2016|
An autumn visit to the Brecon Beacons waterfall country around the village of Ystradfellte is becoming a club tradition.
|Competition 1 Prints 'Open||18 October 2017|
Entries in the first Print competition of the season were ably judged by John Randall from Andover Camera Club. Welcomed by Dave Gray, John prefers to judge 'cold' and so only had a quick look through the entries prior to giving his comments.
Following the 'Practical Evening' on 20 September - Dave Gray has put together a very informative tutorial on the use of Adobe 'Lightroom'.
|'The Idle Rich Rambles On'||11 October 2016|
There was a large turnout to welcome back Leo Rich ARPS, EFIAP/gold, DPAGB, BPE3 to Devizes Camera Club. Responding to a late call because of the unavailability of the scheduled speaker, his presentation was advertised as “an eclectic mix of images with no apparent theme to keep everyone guessing and even amused”. However he admitted that there was evidence of a “lavatorial theme”, especially during the first half.
The second half of the evening was dedicated to Leo’s love of India. He regularly goes to India with a group of other photographers and they like to get off the beaten track and head for some remoter villages.
Leo’s somewhat scattergun approach to presenting his images certainly kept us guessing. And his amusing anecdotes and wonderful sequences of images made for a very enjoyable and entertaining evening for which our thanks go to Leo. DF
|'The Great Divide'||4 October 2016|
The audience were entertained from start to end by this excellent evening by Leigh Preston FRPS EFIAP MPAGB portraying the contrasting sides of America.
|Projected Image Competition 1: Open||27 September 2016|
The judge for the first Projected Image competition of the season was Jim Marsden FRPS APAGB AFIAP who was welcomed back to the club by Chairman Richard Watson LRPS.There was a large number of entries and Jim who has judged for us on previous occasions remarked on the high standard particularly in the Beginners section. Just to explain to those new to the club - most new members start off in the Beginners group and after gaining enough points they move to Intermediate and then to Advanced. Many in the Beginners are not new to photography but have probably not experienced club competitions before.
First to be judged were the 22 images in the Beginners section with some outstanding landscapes and wildlife images. With so many superb images it was difficult for Jim to pick out the award winners but finally a stunning landscape 'First Light at Bamburgh' (shown left) by Sue Wadman was given first place.
A cleverly executed 'smoke' image by Kevin Ferris LRPS titled 'Mask' (left) was the judges favourite with a close up of a rare Damselfly from Borneo by Dave Gray taking second place.
|Practical Evening||20 September 2016|
'What do you do after you click the shutter?' Club Secretary Dave Gray gave a presentation to members regarding the importance of cataloguing and organising images on your computer so that they can easily be located when required.
|'The Digital Adventure'||13 September 2016|
Members looked forward to a very interesting presentation as Colin Harrison FRPS MFIAP EFIAP/p MPAGB EPSA FBPE FIPF was welcomed to the club by Dave Gray.
|Chairman's Evening||6 September 2016|
DCC Chairman Richard Watson LRPS warmly welcomed members and those that were interested in joining the Club to the first meeting of the 2017-2017 season.
Further details and competition rules can be found in COMPETITIONS
Any queries please contact Caroline.
|Landscape Group visit - Avebury by Moonlight||Monday 15 August 2016|
Six hardy Landscape Group members gathered at Avebury after dark to try photographing the stones by moonlight.
|Landscape Group Field Trip to Porlock||Saturday 13 August 2016|
To the south-east, the heather gave way to wooded combes and beyond that to Dunkery Hill, enveloped in another purple haze.
|Welcome to the new DCC Website|
During the last few months the club website has been re-built using new updated free software. The previous website was built 6 years ago and in that time many things have changed. Smart phones and tablets are in common use and many people view websites on them so websites now need to scale down and display well on anything from a large widescreen monitor to small phone screen.
|Nature Group Butterfly Trip||Saturday 17 July|
|The Nature Group's latest outing saw of small party travel to the Wiltshire/Hampshire border to photograph some of the butterflies on the wing in July. First stop was Bentley Woods, with many tall oak trees favoured by the elusive Purple Emperor, as well as our largest Fritillary, the Silver Washed Fritillary, and various more common species such as Ringlet, Gatekeeper and Skippers Large and Small. Despite various extremely smelly potions laid out as bait, only one Emperor was seen, and that nowhere near the bait. However, all the other butterflies were often seen on the wing, though finding them at rest for photography was very elusive. One pair of mating Ringlets did however provide a good static subject to photograph.
The group then took the short drive to West Dean Hill, to photograph chalk downland species, notably the Dark Green Fritillary and Marbled White. Again, the butterflies were very active on the wing, but difficult to find at rest, though all the group eventually managed images of the two target species.
From West Dean Hill, we took another short drive to Blackmoor Copse, hoping to catch sight of a White Admiral butterfly. The weather was becoming increasing humid and overcast, so very few butterflies of any species we seen, although a White Admiral was glimpsed but not photographed before flying up into the trees.
All told, the list of species seen by at least some of the party during the day was :
Large skipper, Small skipper, Green veined white, Brimstone, Red admiral, White admiral, Purple Emperor, Comma, Dark green fritillary, Silver washed fritillary, Meadow brown, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Marbled white and Speckled wood.
Our thanks go to Robert Harvey for researching the sites and for coordinating the trip for those who went.
|Summer Social Event||25 June 2016|
This year Gill and Ian Cardy kindly invited the club to their large garden, hidden away in the heart of Melksham.
The sunshine of the morning unfortunately turned to heavy rain with claps of thunder and flashes of lightening by the afternoon - not exactly the sort of weather expected in June!.
Club members, partners, friends and a dog frequently had to take cover but despite the weather enjoyed meeting up, having a chat and looking around the interesting wildlife garden.
There was a welcome slightly dryer spell towards the end of the evening when some managed to have a game of boules but sadly the grass was too wet for croquet.
Gill challenged those present to name 14 of the wild flowers she had marked scattered around the garden - a few more common ones were easy to identify but most required some good botanical knowledge.
A fine spread was laid on by committee members with special thanks to Hilary Eagles, Frank Collins, Richards Watson, Richard Atkinson, Mike Valentine, Peter Tasker and Michael Saunders.
Frank managed to get the BBQ going under the shelter of a large garden umbrella and Richard did a heroic job carrying the hot food across the lawn to those sheltering from the rain.
Robert Harvey celebrated his wife Sarah's birthday and brought along a delicious chocolate cake to share. It also happened to be the birthday of Clive Rathband so we wish both of them all the very best.
Club members are hoping that we get some better weather soon and can get out and about to take some photos ready for the 2016 -2017 season which starts on 6 September when we all meet up again.
Many thanks to Gill and Ian for the use of their garden and to all those who helped make the evening so enjoyable despite the weather. PM
|Group Visit to the Isle of Wight||11 June 2016|
Six members from the Nature and Landscape Groups ventured over the waters to the Isle of Wight in search of some rare butterflies and inspiring landscapes.
|Nature Group trip to Cotley Hill||Sunday May 29th|
Some members of the Nature Group have signed up to a spring and summer of Butterfly photography, inspired in part by Cate Barrow's presentation to the club last season.
|AGM & Presentation of Awards
||17 May 2016|
The 2015-2016 programme had been very varied and successful thanks to the work by Dave Gray and Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP.
Dave and Robert also led the thriving Landscape and Nature Groups and organised many very enjoyable weekend and day outings during the year.Visits had been made to the Dorst Coast,West Sussex and waterfalls in Wales and many other photogenic areas.
Caroline Wright was praised for successfully organising the many competitions held during the season.
Stuart Barnes was thanked for his role as Membership Secretary as well as arranging the refreshments each week and the monthly Newsletters produced by Stuart and Michael Barnes are regarded as a great benefit to the club.
The club was pleased to welcome many new members during the season and attendance at meetings had been good.
Richard Atkinson has as usual been a very efficient Treasurer. A new projector which received much praise and sound equipment had been purchased from the club funds. Mike Saunders and Mike Valentine have kindly acted as links to the Sports Club.
Pam Mullings was thanked for running the website and taking on the role of Battle Secretary part way through the season.
Our thoughts and best wishes go to Jean Ingram for her loss and Derek Mason for his recovery after ill health.
Committee members read out their reports covering the years activities and answered any queries from the members.
There were 7 resolutions put before members and after much discussion on some points, all were eventually carried.
The membership fee will rise to £35 mostly to cover the increase in the amount paid to the Sports Club for the use of the facilities.
The new committee was duly elected with most posts staying the same. Changes are - Frank Collins to take on the role as Battle Secretary and Peter Tasker to be the Publicity Officer. Mike Valentine is to understudy the Treasurers role and Hilary Eagles is welcomed back onto the committee
(for full committee list see About Us)
Richard Watson was thanked by members for his role as Club Chairman.
After the break the Trophies were presented by Richard Watson to the very worthy winners. Robert Harvey received 6 out of 20 awards - the rest spread were spread amongst 10 of the club members. Some award winners were unfortunately away and not present for the group photo.
During the summer break members might like to bear in mind the Set Subject for 2016/17 is 'The Kennet and Avon Canal' which luckily is nearby for most members so look out for some interesting images.
It was announced that 'Streetlife' is to be a competition theme so look out for suitable interpretations while you are travelling around.
More Presentation Photographs Above: some of the 2015-2016 award winners. Photographs by Tim Pier
|Audio Visual Spectacular
||10 May 2016|
Members enjoyed seeing a variety of the award winning sequences from the WCPF Audio Visual competition 2015.
Guiding us through the evening and explaining the good and bad points of each sequence were Devizes CC members Clive Rathband FRPS FPSSA DPAGB EFIAP and Joan Ryder Rathband FRPS FPSSA DPAGB AFIAP who had been the judges for the competition.
There were 33 entries divided into 3 categories with a wide variety of subjects - some showed stunning landscapes and wildlife while others set out to tell a story in images, words and music. A sequence in the Photo Harmony category titled 'Jurassic Coast' by club member Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP showed stunning images of the Dorset heritage coast from Orcombe Point to Old Harry Rocks (left) and gained 2nd place. 'In the Footsteps of Darwin' was another excellent sequence by Robert and was placed 3rd in the long AV category (up to 12 minute). Images taken in the Galapogos Islands were cleverly timed to fit in with the spoken words written by Darwin about his observations of the unique species such as the Giant Tortoise (below) which he found on these islands. Well done Robert.
An Innovation award was given to 'Dreaming' and Joan commented that although the sequence had some faults it deserved an award for its creativity.
Joan explained what judges look for in a good AV - the images must all be of the very best quality, the music and any recorded voices must be appropriate for the subject and dissolves should be timed to fit in exactly with the audio.
'Forgotten Industry' showed the history of an area on Dartmoor where granite sets were quarried and showed the hardships endured by the workers.
Another sequence featured the story of the love between Edward and Wallis Simpson.
In first place in the long AV's was 'Svalborg Sojourn' with stunning images of arctic scenery and wildlife with wonderful polar bears and other wildlife. In third place was 'First Light-Last Light' with amazing sunrise and sunset photographs set to stirring music.
Sequences in the short category are limited to just 3 minutes 21 seconds. We enjoyed the very moving 'Lest we Forget' which opened with the poppies that surrounded the Tower of London and went on to show war graves and some of the inscriptions. In the same category was 'Legacy' which told some of the history of Brunel & Fox Talbot and 'Venetian Reflections' showed some very colourful images. 'Semana Santa' was 2nd in the long AV category and followed the colourful religeous processions of Holy Week and the various brotherhoods in their rather sinster costumes.
The evening finished with the best long sequence of 2015 which had an extremely moving and thought provoking commentary and harrowing images telling the story of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Joan explained what judges look for in a good AV - all the images must be of the best quality, the music and any recorded voices must be appropriate for the subject.
Many thanks to Clive & Joan for sharing their expertise. Any members interested in making AV's can join WAVES which is based in Trowbridge and can offer help and advice.PM
|Landscape Group visit to Dorset
||Saturday 7 May 2016|
The latest Landscape Group trip saw seven members photographing at various sites in Dorset, each one not meriting a full visit in its own right, but still producing memorable images. Our thanks for organising the logistics as usual go to Robert Harvey, who strung the locations together to take best advantage of the light through the day.
First stop was the beech avenue at Kingston Lacy, clad in the first flush of fresh green leaves, where we had to be careful to avoid traffic speeding along the A3082. From there, we continued to Swanage aiming to photograph the rotting supports of the old pier. Unfortunately on this occasion a diving school pontoon surrounding the pier somewhat spoiled the composition. Nevertheless, the group will know where to come sometime in the off season when the pontoon will have been removed.
Back to the Landscape theme, the group headed to Sixpenny Handley to photograph an old Dutch Barn surrounded by the yellow flowers of oilseed rape. Robert had anticipated that as part of a four year crop cycle, this would be the year that the field would be planted with oilseed rape, and indeed it was. From there, it was just a short drive to Knowlton Church, our final venue for the day. Knowlton Church is a curious blend of pagan and Christian, with the ruins of a medieval church sited within the banks of a Bronze Age henge. The church provided our sunset shots for the day, with the sun performing well before eventually sinking into a thick bank of cloud. DG