Christine Widdall MPAGB, FBPE, EFIAP
Our speaker for the meeting on Friday 17th November was Christine Widdall MPAGB, FBPE, EFIAP with her talk 'PORTFOLIO' Christine says "My aim is very simple and straightforward – to try to capture places, people and moments in time and make them as beautiful and interesting as possible" Portfolio was a talk which covers most of the photographs which Christine generally photographs, starting with the landscape around Saddleworth. These were excellent, as were the photographs taken in the city. After the break Christine showed us 'Deconstructions' of her montage work. Firstly showing the finished picture then how the various elements were put together for the finished picture. There was also display of mounted and loose prints to see before the meeting and during the break. A memorable evening!

2017 Annual Exhibition
The Annual Exhibition for 2017 took place on Friday 10th November. Members and many visitors were able to view the prints and DPI's, there was an excellent atmosphere and much lively conversation. The two Main award winners were - Prints 'Pensive' by Vanessa Herring and DPI's 'Beauty is the eye of the Beholder' by Mike Martin


The group picture is by Dave Rumsan
Exhibition Award Winners
Best Print in the Exhibition 'Pensive' by Vanessa Herring
Best Pictorial Print 'Natural Beauty' by Joanne Searle
Best People Print 'Pensive' by Vanessa Herring
Best Nature Print 'Male Sparrowhawk and Prey' by Gordon Wilcock
Best Record/Applied Print 'Jugs in Time' by Derek Webber
Best overall Monochrome Print 'Pensive' by Vanessa Herring
Best overall Colour Print 'Look at the Drawing of the Bullock' by Adrian Herring

Best DPI in the Exhibition 'Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder' by Mike Martin
Best Pictorial DPI 'Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder' by Mike Martin
Best People DPI 'Resting on a long walk from the shop' by Adrian Herring
Best Nature DPI 'Grouse in cover' by Jean Dimond
Best Record/Applied DPI 'Left and Forgotten' by Joanne Searle
Best overall monochrome DPI 'Resting on the Walk from the Shop' by Adrian Herring
Best overall Colour DPI 'Waiting for the rain to stop' by Sue Winkworth
Our speaker on 3rd November was PAT EMERY with his print talk titled 'Landscape, Wildlife and Sport" - all about capturing moving targets in their environment. We were delighted to see, first of all, a selection of superb monochrome pictures and this was followed by colour prints. After the break we were treated to a great selection of wildlife pictures.

The annual AV FORUM evening was held on Friday 27th October 2017. Six members brought sequences, all of which were enjoyable and well-worth watching. A number of members were asking during the coffee break and after the meeting what programmes had been used, so there may be a little more interest in Audio Visual in future.
Studio Evening
On Friday October 20th, Mike Martin held one of the popular Studio evenings. It was an all-male evening with Paul and Keith and was very popular.

Ed Collacott
On Friday 13th October our speaker was Ed Collacott with his talk "A Passion for Landscapes" Ed's lifelong passion for landscapes will be demonstrated by showing an extensive collection of Fine Art prints of many places within the UK. They show seasonal variation and textural diversify of many parts of the United Kingdom. The majority of these are new pictures from recent travels.

On Friday October 6th our meeting took the form of a digital Tutorial session on Photoshop, conducted by RAY GRACE ARPS, DPAGB Ray is a long-term friend of KPS, having once been a member. He concentrated on working with Raw Files showing us his workflow in the use of ACR

For our meeting on Friday 29th September we welcomed Ralph Snook ARPS, EFIAP, DPAGB with his talk entitled "Wildlife Images from my Travels"
In the first part of the meeting we saw prints and after coffee DPI's. Images and anecdotes from trips to such places as Alaska, Bulgaria and Kenya were shown and thoroughly enjoyed by those at the meeting.

Quarterly Competition No.3
The competition was judged by a good friend of Kingswood who has been to us on numerous occasions Peter Weaver APAGB, CPAGB, LRPS who gave a considered and thoughtful judgement on our work.

Quarterly Competition No.3 2017
The results of Quarterly Competition No.3 are as follows:
Open Class - PRINTS
1st Mike Martin "With Beauty comes Wisdom
2nd Mike Martin "Faceless"
Joint 3rd Gordon Wilcock "Kingfisher just emerged from Dive"
Joint 3rd Mike Martin "Amber"

Open Class DPI's
1st Gordon Wilcock "Kingfisher emerging with Catch"
2nd Mike Martin "Love is colour blind"
3rd Adrian Herring "Lunch on Indian Train"

Pictures from Outings and Days out
On Friday 15th September 2017, members brought along their favourite pictures from Outings and Days out . Just one member (Kevin James) brought prints, but the others were all PDI's. It was intereting to see different views and compositions from the visit to the Speedway and the visit to Bristol Harbourside. It proved to be an interesting evening.
Dury & Tippet and Smart Computers
Friday 8th September 2017, our evening could be called ‘An Evening of Two Halves’

The first half was presented by Stephen Dury, a local registered optometrist. Stephen went into great detail as to how our vision plays its part in a variety of different ways in the life of a photographer. He started his talk by indicating that we do not see with our eye, we see with our brain, and explained just how our brain allows us to see what we want to see but leaving out other details which we only see at a later date when we come to process the image. All very logical but also giving much food for thought.

The second half of the evening was presented by Dean Wood, Senior Manager of Smart Computers in Keynsham. A very interesting presentation covering all aspects of the computer world, the good and the bad. He explained what Smart Computers are able to offer us as photographers, whether it be technical information and advice but they are also able to offer a bespoke service designed for our individual needs.

Both talks were very different but enjoyable and informative.
Bob Bishop EFIAP/s, BPE3, LRPS
Our speaker on Friday 1st September was Bob Bishop EFIAP/s, BPE3, LRPS with his talk 'Have Camera, will Travel' This consisted of colour and monochrome pictures from recent travels which included inspirational landscapes, street photography and people - it was most interesting when we viewed the original picture, then the scene after modifications etc. Bob also brought a display board full of prints for us to view in the coffee break. A truly great evening of photography!

Evening out at Kelston
About 20 club members spent an interesting evening out at THE RIVER AVON AT KELSTON meeting and socialising at The Lock and Weir Pub. We were fortunate that soon after arriving a Canal Boat used the lock and it was most interesting to watch the procedure of going through the lock. This was the final summer night out for this year thanks to the organisation of our Social Secretary David Dimond. A picture will no doubt appear on our Social Page later.
Across the River are the remains of the Kelston Brass Mill a Grade 2 Listed building which was working until 1925

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Critique Evening
On Friday 18th August we held a critique Evening when certain members brought along Prints and/or DPI's. It was most interesting to see work which was new to us, and it is hoped that comments made may be useful.
Our speaker on Friday 11th August 2017 was ANDREW MARKER FRPS with his talk "Journey to the FRPS and Beyond"
Andrew displayed his 'A' panel with small prints of reflections in water followed by prints of other ideas he had for the jump to a Fellowship. These did not work out and after a trip to Santorini he was inspired to gather together prints of small corners of buildings, windows and other such ideas which produced a body of work. This panel was successful! After the break we saw a selection of AV sequences with trips to Yellowstone National Park in winter etc. Truly an inspiring evening!

On Friday 4th August 2017, we viewed the WCPF TRAVELING PORTFOLIO being a collection of prints, most of which scored 12 marks. These were in several sections, monochrome, nature, travel and colour open. We stared the evening by members each being asked to comment on a print, but eventually this proved to be taking too much time, so we reverted to the title and name being read out and then the pictured viewed. This year the Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners in each class were also shown. An interesting evening where a number of us were generally disappointed with the standard of the prints shown.
Our speaker on Friday 21st July 2017 was ROY JACOBSON CPAGB with his talk 'Share the view through my lens' Roy displayed a full board of prints but his presentation in the first half was with digital aviation photography. Roy is very keen aviation photographer and his knowledge about the planes shown is extensive. Several interesting AV's were shown and after the break he concentrated on his first love which is wildlife photography. The birds and other wildlife were photographed in many parts of the world. A final AV was showing alternate planes with birds mimicking the shape and aspect of the plane was spectacular.

Creative Evening
On Friday 14th July 2017, we held an "in house" event called Creative Evening.
About 12 members submitted a few images and those who wished to participate downloaded these images to their computer. Those members then worked on pictures of their choice and cropped/changed to colour or monochrome/added contrast or manipulated in some way noting what they had done. On the evening the before and after images were projected and members told what that done to the picture.
It proved to be an interesting evening to see what pictures the participating members had selected and also the different things they had done to the originals.