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WCPF AV Day 2018
18th May 2018


WCPF AV Day 2018


WAVES members had another successful day at the recent WCPF AV Day held on 14th April 2018 at Clyst St Mary Village Hall, near Exeter. Those who attended saw some superb AVs covering a wide range of subjects, these came from 33 entries from 8 WCPF clubs.

The judges were Linda Gibbs MPAGB AV-AFIAP and Edgar Gibbs FRPS MPAGB AV-AFIAP entries competed for the best ’Long’ sequence (over four minutes), the best ’Short’ sequence (less than four minutes) and the best ’Photo Harmony’ sequence. There was also an award for the most innovative entry, and the audience also voted for their favourite. Further details can be found on the WCPF website.

RESULTS -

The President’s Salver for the Best ‘Long’ Sequence:


1st A Question of Parliament – Peter Rose (Portishead Camera Club)

2nd A Special Place – Sue Winkworth (Kingswood Photographic Society)

3rd Theresienstadt – Sheila Haycox (Exmouth Photo Group)

Highly Commended The John Constable Story – John Long (Kingswood Camera Club)

Commended A Walk Through History – Peter Budd (Crediton Camera Club)

Commended A Mother‘s Lament – Judith Sulley (WAVES)

Commended The Tudor Gallery – Alan Boothman (Newton Abbott Photographic Society)


The Coote Challenge Cup for the Best ‘Short’ Sequence:


1st Loch Ewe – Sheila Haycox (Exmouth Photo Group)

2nd A Modern Tale of Loss and Remembrance – Alex Hamer (Paignton Photographic Society)

3rd Ploughing Match – David Castle (WAVES)

Highly Commended St Matthew"s Glass Church – Jenny Baker (Exmouth Photo Group)

Highly Commended Barbara – John Long (Kingswood Photographic Society)


The Photo Harmony Trophy:


1st Winter Light – Ian Bateman (Exmouth Photo Group)

2nd Blue Harmony – David Castle (WAVES)

3rd Green – Christine Chittock (Exmouth Photo Group)

Highly Commended Once Upon a Time – Sue Winkworth (Kingswood Photographic Society)

Commended Tommy – Derrick Holliday (Exmouth Photo Group)


The Innovation Award:


Going Underground– Ian Bateman (Exmouth Photo Group)



The M.A.D. Trophy for the winner of the Audience Vote:


1st Going Underground – Ian Bateman (Exmouth Photo Group)

2nd A Question of Parliament – Peter Rose (Portishead Camera Club)

3rd A Special Place – Sue Winkworth (Kingswood Photographic Society)
Newsletter No. 89
14th March 2018
Newsletter No. 89


Review of Annual General Meeting on Saturday
February 17 2018
February is the new date for the AGM. As it brings it in to line with the financial year and, hopefully, avoids the elements of confusion which sometimes occurred.

Full minutes of the AGM will be circulated by Jenny in due course, so I will not repeat them here. The main points of interest are:

• Fees for members remain as £15 per annum plus £5 per meeting.
• Visitor’s fees increased to £10 per meeting after their first free visit. Hopefully this will encourage more occasional visitor to become members.
• The new Chairman is Peter Rose – thanks go to Peter for taking on this job and a vote of thanks was extended to Tony Byram for all his hard work during his period in the chair.
• Peter’s change of job left a vacancy for treasurer and new member, Sinclair Scott, has volunteered to do this not very popular job. It will be good to have another new face on committee.
• The theme day for next year is now to be called the Members Challenge. Everyone is invited to send one image to Jenny who will collate them and send them out to all members who will be invited to make something out of them! You can alter the images as you wish and it is suggested that around 20 should be used to produce an AV of around/up to 4 minutes. When we have done this before it has proved to be great fun and the results have been surprising! Please send an image to Jenny and get ready to join in. After the first panic you will be really amazed at what you think of.
• After the AGM we spent the rest of the morning watching this year’s challenge entries. The subjects were Bizarre or A Day Out. The subjects varied from Dancing Pigeons, Birds and hot air ballooning Elephants to days out on the Waverley, at Cheltenham races, to the Sea Shore, Skegness, Longleat and the Colours of Autumn and at Sherringham Priory. The entries were voted on by the members and the joint winners were –

o My Day Out– by Judith Sulley who went camping in Skegness with her family and found herself dragged round an engineering museum.
o Sherringham Gardens - by Sinclair Scott a new member who showed the beauty of the priory there.

Joint second place went to –

o A Day Out at a Ploughing Match by David Castle – which gave an interesting insight into the history of ploughing
o Elephant Antics by Sheila Haycox- A very clever constructed sequence with Daisy the Elephant getting up to many adventures. Next talk is - how you did that please Sheila!

There were sequences from members for the afternoon session –

1. Theresienstadt by Sheila Haycox - A story about Theresienstadt which was a
Concentration camp in the 1940’s near Terezin, 40 miles from Prague.
2. White Horses by Richard Ramsay - A tour around the white horses of Wiltshire including the one at Uffington; enjoying the local countryside with a bit of history about their construction.
3. Reflections by Jenny Byram - “The original version of Reflections was shown sometime ago and the general consensus was that it was a) to long and b) the music was wrong. I have shortened the sequence, lengthened and varied the dissolves and changed the music. I continue to photograph reflections so there will undoubtedly be further versions.”
4. Green by Christine Chittock - Scenes of gardens, parks, stately homes and countryside all dominated by green. Trees, flowers and water on a green theme set to Greensleeves.
5. The Geddington Squirt by Christine Chittock - Every boxing day in the village of Geddington in Northamptonshire there is a special event known as “the Geddington Squirt!. Geddington’s volunteer fire brigade battle against a team of firefighters from Northamptonshire’s Fire and Rescue Service. A beer barrel is strung on a wire across the ford in the centre of the village. The aim of the battle is to use hoses to force the barrel to the side The first team to score 3 wins
6. The Colours of Arizona by Brenda Sparrow - This is an ongoing work showing a holiday trip to Arizona. I’m struggling with music and presentation. Lots of useful ideas given. Expect another version.
7. Blue Harmony by David Castle - All things Blue. Toeing the Line by Judith Sulley This won second place in the New Horizons Great Northern Festival.


We finished the day with some of the late Val Rawlins' sequences which her family have kindly allowed us to use. Three brilliant sequences were shown, all with a
twist in the end to make us laugh.

Hope to see you all at the next meeting on Saturday 19 May when the Committee Entertains!

Don’t forget to send Jenny a picture for the challenge and your DATA PROTECTION FORMS or we won’t be able to contact you in future.


From left to right Sinclair Scott (Treasurer), Peter Rose (Chairman) and Jenny Byram (Secretary)
Review of meeting on November 11 2017
03rd January 2018
Newsletter No. 88


At the November meeting we had a very good attendance with several new members and visitors welcomed.

The day was taken by Sheila Haycox ARPS, DPAGB, EFIAP, MPAGB-AV who is one of our own members. Sheila started with some of her own sequences.

The first sequence was a wonderful photo harmony of Scotland which helped to clarify ongoing questions about “what is photoharmony” (Photo harmony has no beginning, no middle and no end! – It is a series of pictures which blend pleasingly together with each other and the music but do not tell a story.)

The second sequence was called Chagford. It was pictures taken at a local agricultural show with the commentary done by our late member Tony Scammells. Tony had a way of making his funny comments which was unique to him and this sequence was particularly appreciated by all of us who knew him.

A sequence on Costa Rica birdlife contained amazing photographs of the colourful wildlife there. Puts it right on the list of “want to go” places.

Next Sheila showed us how to get rid of odd pieces of music/words in PTE9 and gave us several useful tips. Some were new to me so I am putting them in here in case they were new to you also.
• If a piece of music must go with a certain image – lock the music to the picture. Go to “project options”, “audio” – select track if there is more than one, tick the lock to slide box and type in number of slide.
• Select a picture in the slide bar on exe and use “Ctrl + W” to take you straight in to photoshop. If it opens something else in pte go to settings, preferences, system, set graphical editor and make your programme selection.
I have been using this a lot since the meeting. It makes life so much easier.

The morning finished with sequences including Cowes Regatta and a monochrome sequence about Daisy the elephant, Chobe Village in Botswana and “Is there Hope” which showed the people of Myanmar and their struggles to improve their lives rather than just the scenery of the area. This moving sequence was one of Sheila’s successful pieces for her MPAGB-AV and was particularly thought provoking given the current problems in this area.

After lunch we started with the attendees sequences.

Victoria Falls - Sue Winkworth.
A photo harmony showing the falls from a helicopter and then close up to the river. Showing the power of the water.

Niagara falls at Night – Brenda Sparrow
The falls are lit with changing colours at night. Surprisingly few visitors know about this as they only go for the day.

Hanham Court Gardens – John Long
Hanham Court is located near Bristol and John has known it all my life, but only recently discovered that it is open on special occasions and when John discovered it would be open in May for the National Gardens Day he went along with the intention of taking pictures. This resulted in the sequence shown at this meeting.

What’s the Point – Peter Budd
A flower festival has been held every year for over forty years at Crediton Parish Church, each year with a set theme. This year’s was “What’s the Point” and I was intrigued by the title.....

A Question of Parliament – Peter Rose
Utilising images from re-enactment of the English Civil War By the Sealed Knot Society. A challenge with the sound effects

Arctic Landscapes – Eddy Lane
A very simple photo harmony programme used as part of our “Kingdom of the Ice Bear” lecture – need feed back on whether it is worth developing in to a proper av.

Yellowstone in Winter
Photo harmony work in progress. A collection of images from this year’s photo workshop to Yellowstone in winter. The sequence contains some vertical images which need to be integrating into a horizontal format.

We finished an excellent day with a general discussion and some more of Sheila’s work.

Hope to see you all at the AGM on Saturday 17th February.
Don’t forget your challenges. - A short sequence on either “a Day Out” or “Bizarre”.
WCPF Audio Visual Competition 2018
26th December 2017
WCPF Audio Visual Competition 2018


Saturday 14th April 2018, 10:00 am

Clyst St Mary (Village Hall) near Exeter EX5 1BG

The Judges will be Edgar and Linda Gibbs (Welsh Photographic Federation)

The Coote Challenge Cup will be awarded to the winner of the “Short” Competition
The Presidents Salver will be awarded to the winner of the “Long” Competition
The Photo Harmony Trophy will be awarded for the best Photo Harmony Sequence.
The M.A.D. Trophy will be awarded for the audience popular vote
The Innovation Award Trophy will be awarded for, in the judge’s opinion, something different.

Closing date for entries 18th February 2018

Join the audience, to enjoy a wide variety of Audio Visual presentations, and to see the work of other photographers who expand their interests by creating image sequences which can be projected at their clubs, or shown privately in formats suitable for tablets, smart phones, and HD television.

Coming to this event gives photographers inspiration on how to use their images, and an AV project, with a chosen subject, is one of the best ways to drive the effort towards more photographic outings.

There will be a raffle, and drinks will be available at times during the day, including lunch time to serve those bringing sandwiches.

Advanced seats are available at £5 per head, by emailing av@wcpf.org.uk.

Price on the door is £6.

Visit http://www.wcpf.org.uk/pages/wcpf-av-2018.php for Entry Form and Rules
Newsletter No. 87
27th October 2017
Newsletter No. 87


Review of meeting on August 12th 2017

August is not always the best attended month but this time Ian Bateman drew an exceptional attendance from members and visitors. Included amongst the visitors were several VIPs’ from the photographic and AV world. Ian started from a presumption that his audience all knew the basics of making a sequence and spent the morning working on details to improve our work Voice recording was the first thing covered and one member was “volunteered” to make a recording which was put in to a pre-prepared sequence.

Tips - Keep the mike to one side rather than speaking directly in to it. This avoids sibilance. Carry a small digital recorder in your camera bag to record ambient sound (waves, a stream etc) this is easier than taking sound from your camera and better quality. Audio mixing is covered in the notes Ian sent out. Making an icon for an exe file is also in Ian’s notes and Ian showed us how to set this up so we can then create a different icon for each sequence.



Attendees intently following Ian's every word (Photo by Clive Rathband).

We started the afternoon with members’ sequences -
Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion by Sue Winkworth A photo harmony depicting Bristol Docks.
In the Beginning by Clive and Joan Rathband A photo harmony of glass abstracts –but with a theme.
Tough Mudder A Challenge over 12 miles Sand and Water Interpretation of Sand?
Holloway A Story of Ancient Trackways
Showtime by Sheila Haycox A remake of an AV shown at last Waves with a better voice over and more commentary. After the sequences Ian continued his talk with how to use video in AVs.

We had a very intensive day and were grateful for Ian’s very detailed notes which were forwarded to all members. Finally Linda and Edgar Gibbs have asked us to remind everyone about the National AV Championships in Leeds on 23/24 September. Hope to see you all on Saturday
Newsletter No. 86
08th July 2017
Newsletter No. 86


Review of meeting on May 14 2017
This was our AGM which is traditionally not well attended. However this year the attendance was good and we were able to welcome three new members and a visitor. The meeting commenced with a minutes silence to remember Maureen Albright who had been a long time dedicated member of Waves and of the RPS.

The formal AGM was concluded quickly and we finished the morning with the sequences from the annual challenge. There were quite a few entries and they were entertaining and varied.

The audience vote for first place was for a sequence by a new member, Roger Holman entitled “Water Meadows” this was an emotive photo harmony sequence following the seasons on the Somerset Wetlands which everyone enjoyed. A close second was “In the Beginning” by Clive Rathband - all the photographs were close up sections of a glass paperweight, although we only began to identify this at the very end. Third place went to “Come Rain or Shine by Richard Ramsay. Congratulations to all entrants for meeting the challenge so well.

The choice of titles for next year’s challenge are –

1 Bizarre
2 A Day Out.

The afternoon session started with a request from Robert Allbright - If anyone is considering applying for PAGB awards and distinctions in May 2018 please express an interest to the PAGB. If insufficient interest is shown by December this year the May assessments will be cancelled.

There then followed a selection of members sequences.

1. A True Rendition by Robert Allbright

Does the detailed accuracy (‘specificity’) of the camera make it untruthful? The history of visual culture shows that painters have always used tools to interpret truth; at first they used the glass lens and the camera obscura. Art photographers follow a long tradition; they bring to their subject personal emotions and responses - ’the subject is yourself.’ That's part of the alchemy of art, how an artist can transform one thing into another. This skill is employed by both photographers and painters to express their true feelings and values.

2. London by Heather Bennett

Having joined Wantage AV group in January, I took the plunge to make my first AV, using the many images of London I possess. For the music I decided on a song by Barry Manilow recorded in 1980.

3. Dad rides on by Anne Logan

This sequence was recently highly commended at the WCPF AV competition.


4. Diving in the Red Sea by Allan Edwards

5. White Water by Richard Ramsay

This sequenced comprised of images taken at two white water canoeing events held in Cardiff and at the Olympic course at Lee Valley.

6. From Haytor Rocks to the Sea by Peter Budd

This sequence was recently commended at the WCPF AV competition and records the 18 mile route taken to carry granite, quarried on Haytor on Dartmoor, down to Teignmouth where it was loaded on to ships carrying it to London for the construction of London Bridge, The British Museum and the National Gallery. The route comprised a railway constructed of granite that ran from Haytor rocks to Ventford and then the Stover canal to the river Teign and on to Teignmouth. This unique transport system was in use between 1820 and 1860.

7. Memories of Charnia by Peter Budd

A short photo-harmony of images taken on the many visits I made to this beautiful city in Crete.

8. Shakespeare at Waves by John Long

This was the first shown at the 2010 theme day and as quite a lot of work had gone into it, I thought it might be an idea to make the members suffer by showing it again! Seriously, as we have a number of new members, so I considered it might be a “filler” if there was time to show it.

9. A Shakespeare quotation for the 2017 Theme Day by John Long

I looked at a website which gave details of a number of Shakespeare’s most famous quotations and decided on “Frailty – thy name is Woman” This was a “tongue in cheek” effort and showed the results of a portrait session with a girl called Tara. It started with fairly pleasing poses, then she became rather aggressive showing fists to the camera also rather angry poses with outstretched hands like talons. The final images asked the question “So Mr. Shakespeare, would you consider this woman as frail?

We next saw the 3 sequences entitled Inspired by the Landscape, Adelstrop and The Vision by Peter Rose which earned him a CPAGB. Finally, Clive and Joan Rathband are digitizing the AV collection of Sir George Pollock and showed us one of his early works. The pictures may be old but it still showed us the standard we all want to achieve.

Several of our new members have been asking for a definition of photo-harmony details below -
Photo Harmony
Photo Harmony is intended to demonstrate skill in the production and visual progression of still images linked to sound. No words or story with a specific beginning, middle and ending are required. The emphasis is on matching the images with appropriate transitions and harmonising them with the sound. Video clips are not allowed in the sequence.
Techniques
The purpose is to display a set of images which harmonise with each other and with the sound used. The sequence should be constructed so that images progress harmoniously in terms of colour or tone and graphic design. The aim is not to display images which may be excellent when considered individually but which fail to harmonise with each other and with the sound chosen. It is recommended that the sound and the images start and finish together and that the original ending of the music is preserved rather than an arbitrary fade-out.
As with all techniques, digital manipulation can easily be overdone and result in an effect counter-productive to the one intended. Such modifications should be carefully matched to the overall concept being communicated by the images.


And finally the next meeting will be on Saturday 12th August.



The Three Wisemen of the Committee
WCPF Audio Visual Competition 2017
23rd April 2017
WCPF AV Competition 2017



The WCPF Audio Visual Competition 2017 was held at Clyst St Mary Exeter on Saturday April 1st, unfortunatly the Judge Martin Fry FRPS, AFIAP, BPE2*, APAGB was unwell on the day and unable to attend, but he had pre-judged the sequences and his comments and awards were read out by the WCPF President, Bill Aven.

There were 34 sequences entered, half of which fell into the ‘long’ category (between 4 and 12 minutes and half ‘short’ category (less than 4 minutes). 17 entries also qualified for the Photo Harmony category. A list of the winning sequences appears below, for further details and photos please go to the WCPF website - http://www.wcpf.org.uk/pages/wcpf-av-2017.php

As in the past few years WAVES members again had success on the day, especially in the Photo Harmony Category with 1st, 2nd and 3rd -

Shelia Haycox: 1st - Wildlife in Costa Rica (Photo Harmony) and Highly Commended - The Wonderful Crocodile (Long Sequence)

Sue Winkworth: 2nd - Cappadocia (Long sequence) and 3rd - Story Tellers (Photo Harmony)

Anne Owens: 2nd - Highland Winter (Photo Harmony)

Ann Logan: Highly Commended - Dad Rides on (Short sequence)

Peter Budd: Commended - Haytor Rocks to the Sea (Long sequence)


WINNING SEQUENCES

Long Sequence

1st The Fallen - Ian Bateman (Exmouth Photo Group)

2nd Cappadocia - Sue Winkworth (Kingswood Photo Society)

3rd In Search of the Blues - Alan Boothman (Newton Abbott Photo Soc)

HC The Chapel, The Devil, and the Bar of Soap - Ian Bateman (Exmouth Photo Group)

HC The Wonderful Crocodile - Sheila Haycox (Exmouth Photo Group)

C From Haytor Rocks to the Sea - Peter Budd (Crediton Photo Club)

C Canyon Country - Robert Harvey (Devizes Camera Club)


Short Sequence

1st Holsworthy Livestock Market - John Perriam (Exmouth Photo Group)

2nd Beauty of The Camargue - Mo Martin (Exmouth Photo Group)

3rd Crossing the Chobe - Jenny Baker (Exmouth Photo Group)

HC Dad Rides on - Anne Logan (Crediton Photo Club)


Photo Harmony

1st - Wildlife in Costa Rica - Sheila Haycox (Exmouth Photo Group)

2nd - Highland Winter - Ann Owens (Plymouth & District PC)

3rd Story Tellers - Sue Winkworth (Kingswood Photo Society)

HC Yellow - Christine Chittock (Exmouth Photo Group)


Innovation Award

Kaleidoscopic Stourhead - Christine Chittock (Exmouth Photo Group)


Audience Vote

1st The Fallen - Ian Bateman (Exmouth Photo Group)

2nd Beauty of The Camargue - Mo Martin (Exmouth Photo Group)

3rd The Chapel, The Devil, and the Bar of Soap - Ian Bateman (Exmouth Photo Group)