Monday, August 22, 2016


Again, I knew it was going to be special evening as the chocolate biscuits were out and there was a warm atmosphere, this helps with chocolate digestives, too hot and the chocolate melts and gets all over your fingers. When it is warm the chocolate sticks to the biscuit next to it so when you pick up one two or three come with it, and it is unhygienic to pull them apart and put them back in the box, so you have to eat them all.
I was worried that Roger got off to a dodgy start, I thought he said natural history was easy, therefore alienating half of  the club, then upsetting the other half by insulting Nikon users. Of course us Olympus users do not get involved with this juvenile war. It would be a bit like Liechtenstein picking a fight with Russia or USA. 
We went from Herons to Soho one type of bird to another, back to natural history then to portraits, making it sound so simple, just ask and then talk them into submission. O/k if you have the gift of the gab.

There was a spot of  Rock & Pop photography, interesting that he said that the size of the stage was the same as ours, perhaps Sylvia could arrange for the Rolling Stones to come for one of our practical evenings, so we can have a go. I'm sure the bingo players will not object to one loud evening.

For all his varied and brilliant images I was disappointed that he did not have a picture of a Dalmatian I know they are not as common as they were. Interesting was that all the pictures were taken in this country. 

Thanks to Sylvia for her email about the pronouncing of the Spanish names, apparently there are a lot of places that begin with a double L, which got me thinking are the Welsh and Spanish genetically linked?    

Monday, August 15, 2016


 Most members have got message about length of titles we do get the odd long one now and then, like Mixed Planting at etc. As we have almost got that sorted perhaps now is the time to sort out pronunciation, George tried to help on Tuesday by dropping an L in his title of Port Lligat, he did say he dropped it to help Andy out and who would care (only Sylvia George) but I won't tell her if you don't. I propose that if you have got an awkward title to pronounce you send me the correct spelling, for admin purposes only and the back of the print spelt phonetically, it would make it so much easier for us on the night. As it ends up with the three of us trying to say the title correctly and half the club having a go, and probably the author not really having a clue. 

I soon realised that our Outings Secretary's was in trouble when to get his attention Lin called him Andrew as a fellow Andy being called Andrew is not a good sign.

The first two classes went well with the judges doing a marvellous job, by getting 1st,2nd, 3rd & H.C.'s all on different points, making it so much easier. There was a bit of a problem with the difference between a Buffalo & a Bison. Well you can't wash your hands in a Buffalo. 
However, the shower that marked the advanced class. I call them that not because they gave me poor marks (well that is part of the reason) they got the first three o/k but not one of them could be bothered to give one of  the 6 highly commended one more mark. Oh no, so I have now got my wrist bandaged up through the strain of writing out those tickets.

My favourite picture of the evening was my Shield Bugs I did not realise they were doing that! I thought they were Siamese Twins, sorry co-joined. 

I'm glad to see that Gordon took my comment of not seeing any pictures Dalmatians and put in a print of some Arctic Wolf Cubs, very sweet but no spots.


That's better.




1st The Offering 
by Gordon Bramham

2nd Buchaille
by Brian Clark

3rd The Walkway
by Kevin Sykes

H.C. Buchaille Etive Mor
by Brian Clark

H.C. Unique Colours
by Andy Taylor LRPS

H.C. The Collier
by Dave Wilcox

H.C. Thomas Clayton
by Dave Wilcox

H.C. What A Topper
by Kevin Sykes

H.C. A Precious Moment
by Ping Lin


1st Make Him An Offer
by Pete Wills

2nd Captain Wainwaring
by Richard Hallam

3rd Mixed Planting at RHS Hyde Hall
by Len Adshead

H.C. Petrified Forest
by Harry Hodgkin

H.C. Coffee With The Shard
by Len Adshead


1st Skateboarder
by Glen Crawford

2nd Artist At Work
by Glen Crawford

Monday, July 25, 2016


Phew what a scorcher, An evening that needed to have the windows open, oh we did, shame we had to have the curtains pulled. I know that the heat affects Jim, but I think the shock of Norwich signing a decent goalkeeper and forward was too much for him and he had to have a lie down. It is always good to see Howard considering the distance he now lives from the club. I was trying to work out if there was any pattern to when he came. Then it hit me, he waits a few weeks until he has some winning tickets to collect and they are presented to him so that he gets a bigger round of applause.

We had another stunning photo of a Pelican from Gordon, I was a bit disappointed that he has shown lots of pictures from the Dalmatian Coast, we have not seen one picture of a Spotty Dog. Is it that those Pelicans with their big beaks can eat one whole.       

My Favourite picture of the evening was "A Drink At Sunset". I liked the vertical letter box, I'm not sure that I agreed with Gordon that the photographer should have waited half an hour to let the sun sink lower, I know that they were having leisurely drinks on the terrace, by that time the drinks would have been sunk by then.

Leisurely drinks at all inclusive holiday

Thursday, July 21, 2016



1st Greater Flamingo & Stilt
by Reg Mellis

2nd Red Kite
by Gordon Bramham

3rd Dream
by Ping Lin

H.C. White Pelican
by Gordon Bramham

H.C. Roller Chasing Magpie
by Gordon Bramham

H.C. Sneaking In
by Howard King


1st Sharp Lines
by John Hastings

2nd Rainham Marsh Ducks
by Martyn Addison-Smith

3rd Sri Lankan Bird On A White Stick
by Richard Saville

H.C. Lilac Roller
by Harry Hodgkin


1st Awaiting Occupants
by Sharon Brown

2nd As Found
by John Baker

3rd Homeward Bound
by John Baker

H.C. Checking The Nets
by Peter Owen

H.C. Anchored Up
by Dennis Goodman

Monday, July 18, 2016


This week we were lucky to have a judge that is a self made man. A self taught photographer and nature expert.  And with all these self assembly kits there is always some bits over to make something else.  In this case it was as judge. It is quite refreshing when we have a non judge judging as they come up with their own way of doing things. First we had a change to the score, which in the end did not make a difference to the result, then we had a version of Play Your Cards Right, were he gave the score, and then came the audience participation bit where we were asked to go higher or lower. The person whose image it was,shouted higher and their neighbour thinking if it goes higher they will beat me, shouting lower. 

In the end we got the right result, well those of us that that got first, second, third and highly commended. Think so.


Saturday, July 16, 2016





Dalmation Pelican

Siberian Lynx

Lammergeier (The Bone Breaker)


Great Grey Owl in Snow

Lammergeier Eating Bone

Little Owl With Food


Crested Crane

 Hyacinth Macaws Fighting

River Otter


Amphiprion Bicintus 
Red Sea Clown Fish




Orchid Duo

Point of Focus

Unique Colours



Wild Garlic

Pink Poppy


Having Lunch