“Every Picture Tells a Story” – 15th December 2016 – Peter Preece

Our Speaker on the 15th December is Peter Preece, who specialises in natural history photography.  for full details of his work, see his websiteh ttp://www.peterpreece.com/.

His lectures are entitled “Every Picture Tells a Story” which are digital presentations. These talks are available to demonstrate to Societies and Clubs on how to set up feeding stations, build hides and photograph all aspects of fauna and flora. They also explain the equipment needed and where to photograph certain species of wildlife.

Peter’s profile on his website tells us

“For many years both myself and my wife Margaret have belonged to local Photographic Societies, including Smethwick, Solihull, Droitwich and our local club, Cookhill and Studley. We are both retired and spend a lot of time travelling around the U.K. and Europe photographing everything we find, from insects to animals. 

Over the last 12 years we have visited about 900 venues where Peter has shown his illustrated talks to Natural History Societies, Photographic Societies, W.I.’s, Probus Clubs and other organisations interested in Wildlife. A lot of our photography is done from hides situated in areas where we attract in birds such as jay, buzzard, nuthatch etc. and are based in Warwickshire close to where we live. These hides are baited up every two days to set up feeding stations which have produced many successful images in national and international exhibitions for both ourselves and people who have been invited to these hides. ”


Yorkshire Sculpture Park Sunday 22nd November 2015 – Field Trip

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an open-air gallery in West Bretton near Wakefield in West Yorkshire, England, showing work by British and international artists, including Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth and until the 11th January 2016 it also includes Wave a sweeping arch of bright red poppy heads suspended on towering stalks [previously seen at the Tower of London]; 

WeepingWindow  is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies seen pouring from a high window to the ground below. These two sculptures, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, created to mark the centenary of the outbreak of war.

This trip is planned to allow members the opportunity to see the poppies and other exhibits.  The location also includes the chance to walk the extensive grounds, including a lake and woodland areas.

I suggest departure from Melbourne at 09.00hours and travel to the YSP, arriving shortly after opening time.

Please Ian Pettit [ ian.pettit@talk21.com ] know if you are interested in participating in this trip by the end of day Sunday15th November 2016. Minimum participants 4.
Open 10.00 – 18.00hrs
Car Parking 8.00 all day
Resturant and other facilities on site
Yorkshire Sculpture Park

West Bretton


Love of Landscape – Chris Newham – 22nd October

This talk by Chris Newham will be in two parts,

“The first half  I will show some of my landscape work and share how I made the photo (settings etc.) and the story behind the shot. I will bring some prints for members to view during tea break. Second half I will give a Nik software demonstration showing the possibilities the software offers and how easy it is to use it.”

Details of Chris’s work can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/milo42

This should be an interesting night, and you can learn how some of the more experienced  members of our society have already found Nik Software a very simple front end to the Adobe toolset. Details of the Google Nik Collection can be found by following the link.