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Monochrome battle with 41 other clubs
We took part in "ONLY MONO" which was a 42 club Battle for Monochrome photography, held at the St Paul's Centre in Port Talbot. It was an excellent day, very well organised by Cymru Monochrome Club - especially Gareth Martin - attended on our behalf by Steve Bridgen, Mike Martin and John Long.
Our prints were 'Waiting for the Green' by John (15) 'Enquiring Eyes' by Adrian (18) 'Last Light of Day' by Joanne (18) and 'Contemplation' by Mike (20)
The battle was won by INN FOCUS with 75, SWANSEA with 73, COTSWOLD MONO with 72 and we came joint 4th with 71 sharing the place with 8 other clubs.
Then picture below is of Mike Martin receiving his certificate from Kevin Thomas FRPS, MA Photography, FWPF who was the excellent judge.

GRAHAM HARRIES
KPS welcomed yet another new speaker to our meeting on Friday 12th May 2017 - GRAHAM HARRIES from Llanelli. Graham is an award-winning professional photographer and in his presentation titled 'What I do' he showed excellent examples of his work which included press, PR, wedding and live music photography. He has photographed many live acts such as Status Quo, Lionel Richie and Meat Loaf. He also showed us pictorial photography and many locations of old and deserted buildings in West Wales. Graham is VERY enthusiastic about his work and this showed in his presentation.

TOM DODD DPAGB, FIPF
Our speaker for Friday 5th May 2017 was TOM DODD DPAGB, FIPF with his talk 'More then Mountains' which was a talk with stunning A2 Prints. There were certainly a lot of mountain and landscapes, but also people, travel and sports pictures.
The surprise came as when each panel of 4 prints were on the display board, Tom proceeded to turn each print over to reveal something quite different on the reverse side! This was something quite unique. The second part of the talk was what Tom called 'proper photography' - all monochrome! Certainly an evening to remember!

Group visit to Didcot Railway Centre
On Sunday 30th April 2017 a group of 9 members visited the Didcot Railway Centre. The Group is shown below, although we didn't manage to get Steve Bridgen and Geoff Cole in the photograph. A most enjoyable day!

FT (Frank Thomas) Trophy Competition
On Friday 28th April 2017 and in conjunction with the AP Trophy Competition, the annual FT Trophy Competition for a set of three related Pictures was held. The judge, David Southwell, spend a lot of time discussing the concept of the sets of Prints and Projected images and his comments were appreciated.
The results were as follows:
1st 'Clevedon Pool' by Derek Webber
2nd 'Rock Formations' by Bruce Gibbs
3rd 'Ecological Adaption' by Gordon Wilcock
HC 'Railway Men' by John Long



AP (Andy:Pauline) Trophy Competition
On Friday 28th April 2016, we held the annual competition for a set of three related projected images. The judge was David Southwell

The results were:
1st 'Snarf' by Mike Martin
2nd 'Preparation is everything' by Mike Martin
3rd 'Waifs' by Ray Reeves
HC 'Las Vegas at night' by Allan Jones
HC 'Holy Men' by Ray Reeves



NICK JENKINS ARPS, AWPF
On Friday 21 April, Kingswood PS members were fortunate to have Nick Jenkins’ presentation, ‘Miles and Miles of Fresh Air’, in which Nick described his experience as a dedicated landscape photographer. His emphasis, not surprisingly, was primarily on his home country, Wales, with a focus on hills, valleys and the coast. Nick demonstrated how he used filters and talked about how he composed and presented pictures, whilst referring to the exposures that he used to emphasise particular features, especially waterfalls. This extra information was much appreciated by those present, who thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
JENNY HIBBERT MPAGB, EFIAP, AWPF
Our speaker on Friday 7th April 2017 was JENNY HIBBERT MPAGB, EFIAP, AWPF who was on her first visit to our Society. The talk with projected images was on her trip to Mongolia. It depicted her walk alongside the Kazakhs as they moved around 1,000 animals through mountainous terrain in conditions of -26 degrees and below.
A most interesting talk and showing spectacular pictures.

Digital Workshop
Our speaker on Friday 31st March 2017 was RAY GRACE ARPS, DPAGB who conducted a Digital Workshop. Ray, a long-standing friend of KPS, demonstrated a number of techniques, also answered questions which had been requested beforehand. He also provided a CD which will be available to members on request.

Gabriel O'Shaughnessy FIPF,FRPS,MFIAP,EFIAP/s
Friday 24th March brought a new speaker to KPS - Gabriel O'Shaughnessy FIPF,FRPS,MFIAP,EFIAP/s - with his print talk entitled "Photography, Personal and Practical" Gabriel showed us a tremendous variety of subject matter including landscapes, still life, Portraiture, composites and other personal favourites.
All these with a wry sense of humour! This was an evening we will remember.

Bob Pearson FRPS and Linda Pearson ARPS
On Friday 17th March, our joint speakers were Bob Pearson FRPS and Linda Pearson ARPS with their talk entitled "From Bob and Linda Pearson" We were treated with prints from both speakers - mainly sets of pictures - landscapes, pattern pictures,
dreamy movement and creative pictures. After coffee we viewed DPI's, mainly as audio visual series with music. Japan, Vietnam, Botswana and Hemis(Ladakh,India) all of which gave us an insight of the people and places. All in all a wonderful evening of photography of a very high standard. I went home with the wonderful images and Snow Monkeys and Dancing Cranes in mind!

BEN MALIPHANT
Our speaker on Friday 10th March 2017 was a first-time visitor to us at KPS. BEN MALIPHANT brought us his rather unique talk 'Time Lapse Photography' which consisted firstly of a gentle look at Portishead, followed by a sequence of beautiful pictures from Yosemite National Park in the USA. Ben explained how must timelapse photography is created, the use and technique of cameras in this fascinating branch of our hobby. He later projected several rather manic pieces by other photographers!

Quarterly No.1. 2017
This competition was held on Friday 3rd March 2017 and the Judge was TERRY WALTERS EFIAP from Swindon. In commenting on our work, Terry made it quite clear that he expected images to be sharp and quite a number were marked down accordingly.
This was the first Quarterly using the marking system which was voted on at the last AGM (marks between 10 and 20) and some found it all rather confusing as there were 7 prints and 7 DPI's all marked 20!

Quarterly No.1 2017 Prints
OPEN CLASS

Best Print - 'Looking for a boyfriend' by Adrian Herring

Other prints also marked 20
'Under the Rainbow' by Joanne Searle
'Kelly' by Kevin James
'The Prayer Bench' by Jean Dimond
'Windscreen Ice Patterns' by Kevin James
'Creating Bubbles' by Vanessa Herring
'Young Lady from Jaiput' by Vanessa Herring



INTERMEDIATE CLASS

Best Print - 'Hepworth's Eye' by Rachel Woolley


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Quarterly No.1. 2017 DPI's
Best DPI - 'Swirls' by Joanne Searle

Other DI's which were also marked 20 points
'Woodpecker' by Gordon Wilcock
'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder' by Mike Martin
'Indian Farm Worker' by Adrian Herring
'An Evening Dip' by Joanne Searle
'Love under a Rainbow' by Adrian Herring
'Rocky Mountaineer' by Arthur Lees


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Critique Evening
On Friday 24th February 2017, members participated in a Critique Evening. Surprisingly there were quite a few members showing prints leaving lesser time for those who wishes to show DPI's. It was felt to be an interesting evening.
"Feel Good" Event
We took the opportunity to display some prints at the Kingswood 'Feel Good' fair which took place at The Park Centre in Kingswood on Saturday the 18th February - hoping to gain some new members. Some people were interested and we are keeping our fingers crossed! (pictures Joanne Searle)

Inspiration and Perspiration
On Friday 17th February 2017 our visiting speakers were husband and wife team JOHN TILSLEY APAGB, DPAGB, ARPS and DI TILSLEY APAGB, CPAGB with their talk 'Inspiration and Perspiration'
John presented prints in the first half many of which we were able to view during the break, and Di showed DPI's after the break. A well travelled couple displaying a keen eye for subject matter and despite being in the same place at the same time, the images were quite different. A most enjoyable evening.

Margaret Collis ARPS,Hon.EFIAP, DPAGB, APAGB,AFIAP
On Friday 10th February 2017 we were delighted to welcome Margaret Collis ARPS, Hon.EFIAP, DPAGB, APAGB, AFIAP with her print talk titled "Indo China - On and off the Beaten Track" Margaret has been a good friend to KPS for many years, visiting with Lectures and on occasions, Judging our work. Margaret was once a member and Committee member of KPS before moving to another part of the city many years ago. She tells us that she learnt much of her photographic stills whilst a member of KPS. This talk comprised of excellent prints taken in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Bali. A most enjoyable evening!

Studio Evening No.1
Friday 3rd February 2017 was the first Studio Evening of the current programme. Mike Martin led the evening with the provision of excellent lighting to illuminate the model Izabela Kowaleska, a finalist in the Over 25’s category of the Top Model UK 2017 competition. Izabela proved to be an ideal, highly photogenic, model capable of responding to members’ requests for various facial expressions and physical poses. She deserves to do well in the competition. (Photo: Adrian Herring)