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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)
WAVES Day 11th February 2017
15th March 2017
News Letter No. 85 and WAVES Day Saturday 11th February 2017


Review of meeting on February 11 2017

A Snowy Day put many of our more distant members of travelling so attendance was lower than usual which was a shame as Martin Fry is always a superb speaker. This day was no exception and in spite of the weather we were able to welcome two new members and two visitors. Martin Fry FRPS EFIAP/b AV-EFIAP BPES APAGB Under the title of “A Cotswold Lad Returns” Martin took us through “A Journey from Artist to Excellence”. He started with “What England Means to Me” An emotive sequence of countryside and coastal pictures complete with church bells. The slow changes showing the magic of the third picture which is a feature of Martin’s work and which he emphasised to us at the end.

“Cousin Jack” is an old name for the Cornish miners who took their Cornish culture abroad when their local mines closed and the second sequence was their story. This was followed by sequences about the “Severn Bore” and “Cornish Love” – John Betjeman had a long love affair with Cornwall and is buried in the churchyard of St Enodocs Church on the edge of the sea. Martin talked about recording sound effects with your camera –record the sound effect as a video. It is then possible to remove the pictures and just use the sound.

We were told that 90% of an AV is visual; 5% sound and 5% the titles. Martin’s advice was to keep titles white (a shadow round them helps too) and that it is important to make a strong visual impact at the beginning of a sequence. Martin also explained how much easier it is today with digital photography and the AV programmes that are available. He emphasised the use of sound effects to set the mood of the sequence as well as the use of the variation in the loudness of the music.

An AV of “Slad Valley” showed that slow effects are good for going back to the past and transform in Photoshop can be used to line up archive material with modern (e.g. photos of a building taken several years apart). “Winters Gift” was another view of Slad Valley, and “This Special Place” was Martin’s use of visual impact to persuade local villagers that the church could be used to give the school the extra room the children needed.

A documentary called “Past Times” illustrated the need to get pace and variety into a sequence. When recording voice slow down a little and read through the script three times. Your voice will change and become more relaxes.



Martin Fry during his presentation


After lunch we started with the attendees sequences and Martin gave some very helpful critique to everyone.

1. Show Time by Sheila Haycox - An AV depicting shows that were performed on a Norway Cruise with the added element of daughter visiting Mum and being roped in to see Mum’s AV

2. Walton Common by Peter Rose - A photographic record of the flora and fauna of a year on the Nature Reserve.

3. Toeing the Line by Judith Sulley - As a former pupil of Ian Bateman from his days in Wantage, this is a sequence to mark the return of a national icon to the railway. However it was not the engine that became the lasting memory of the day.

4. Changing the Nets by Brenda Sparrow - This was a day of high winds in Brixham. The fishing boats couldn’t go out so maintenance was in order. Changing the nets was two hours of heavy, hard work.

5. Assemblage by Sheila Haycox - Putting together an assortment of images to blend and flow in colour for a short photo harmony.


Martin Fry then finished the afternoon off for us by telling us what we need for the AV-EFIAP - 20 sequences, 50 acceptances from 18 different salons in 10 different countries (but only 6 countries do it!), I’m sure we will all be having a go!!

Finally we concluded with three more AVs from Martin - The Loves I have which was the story of Barbara Hepworth, The Holy Brook – which runs through Slad Valley and The New Year, will rise up again.

An unforgettable day. Please come back soon Martin.

Don’t forget the challenge this year is an AV of less than 4 minutes. The choices are –Shakespeare; Weather or Photo Harmony. – No excuses with that selection.

And finally, due to clashes, THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE ON MAY 20TH 2017 (not the usual 13th)
WAVES
25th November 2016
WAVES Day Saturday 12th November –
Newsletter No. 84



We started the day with a special AGM to amend the constitution of the Club.
After the poor attendance at the last AGM the committee noticed that the rules contained no mention of a quorum when potentially important decisions were being made.
Being aware of the distances some of our members travel the following proposal was put forward.

Clause 6 be amended to state the following:-
A quorum for the AGM shall be 50% of paid up members plus one. If there is no quorum (at the meeting) the minutes shall be sent out to all members who then have 14 days to object to any decisions made.
This resolution was carried with no objections.

Business dealt with we were delighted to welcome Howard Bagshaw ARPS, MPAGB as our speaker for the day. Howard is always a welcome visitor to WAVES and the attendance reflected that. We were happy to see several visitors and possible new members.

Howard started with
Remembrance A sequence about the Menin Gate services held daily since 1914.
This was followed by a Gaelic lament to a lost love
A true story about Ailein Duinn accompanied by some wonderful views of the Hebrides.

A sequence from Namibia was shown next with Howard taking the opportunity to distinguish between making AVs for pleasure and family as against Competition work.

Pilansburg National Park showed us a place for wildlife watchers and photographers. This was away from the usual safari parks.

Howard then dealt with the best way to insert video in a sequence. As it can be difficult and often doesn’t work it must contribute something positive to the sequence. We were also given useful tips on working around the problem of sounds embedded in the video where the camera automatically records them.

We followed this discussion with an AV about Mont Blanc
Howard likes his gadgets and we were allowed to study his Gopro camera and his drone. I have a feeling some Christmas present lists have been added to!

This was a morning full of entertainment and learning. Thank you Howard. We all hope you will be back soon..

After lunch we watched the attendees sequences and Howard added to the constructive comments.
If any new members are nervous about entering this please don’t be. We work at all different levels and comments are always helpful.


1 News 23/7 by Sheila Haycox
This is a spoof on News 24 in the hope of making a news item less serious than we usually see.

2 Requiem for the Fields by David Castle
A very emotive sequence about the fields taken over by solar panels and therefore lost to agriculture. Music composed by Joanna Castle

3 The Peace by David Castle
Mrs Beamish keeps her distance in church. Shaking hands is not for her.

4 The fallen by Ian Bateman.
A modern remembrance installation of miniature shrouded bodies blended with pictures of traditional poppy fields

5 Dismaland by John Long
During the summer of 2015, there was much speculation regarding the activities going on within the redundant swimming pool at Weston-super-Mare. Everything was secret! However in the Autumn it was announced that a Theme Park ha been created by BANKSY – the Street Artist. A website was created and crashed several times due to so many people wishing to get a ticket.
I eventually managed to get a ticket and still had to queue for a long time to get entrance. This is the story of my sequence , possibly not a creative, but a factual sequence about the “Bemusement Park” – as described by BANKSY in the leaflet.

6 A Highland Winter by Ann Owens
My first effort at putting together an AV after an 8 year gap, due to going to a “Mac”.
This is a simple Photo Harmony made with images from my archives. Still “a work in progress” but it is a start.

The next meeting is in February 2017 when Martin Fry will pay us a return visit.

Don’t forget the challenge this year is an AV of less than 4 minutes. The choices are – Shakespeare; Weather or Photo Harmony. – No excuses with that selection.

Wishing you all a Happy Christmas.
See you next year.

Brenda S.