Thursday, 14 December 2017

All change for the photo prompt!

The 'presents' theme, suggested as this week's photo prompt has failed to attract a great deal of interest, so to stay in the Christmas spirit, the theme has been extended to reflect the festive season as a whole.

So, whether you like street photography, architecture, portrait, landscape, still life, abstract or anything else that gets your creativity out of bed in the mornings, there is something here for you.

If you haven't yet tried one of the BPC photo prompts all you need to do is follow the theme, interpret it as you will and submit your images in low resolution to the usual email address for uploading to the gallery page.

Low res images please to birlinghamphoto@btinternet.com

Good luck and thanks!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Latest Photo Prompt

Following a fantastic response to the snow photo prompt, and thanks to everyone who has contributed (still time to submit if you would like to), our new photo prompt is........



Wait for it.......

Presents!

As the weather is likely to be wet and cold over the next few days what about some still life?  Gift wrappings, ribbons and bows, piles of prettily wrapped goodies under the Christmas Tree - or maybe something completely different - interpret it as you will, the choice is yours, but at least you don't need to wrap up warm for this one.

Good luck - images, as always, low resolution to birlinghamphoto@btinternet.com

Thanks

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Photo prompt

No prizes for guessing this one!

Let it be snow, let it be snow, let it be snow!!

Great opportunity to play with exposure compensation!

Some great tips at https://www.diyphotography.net/15-beginner-tips-winter-and-snow-photography/ - everything from what to wear to how to capture large areas of white!

Stay warm folks!

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

And the results are in!

BPC Annual Photography Competition

The 2017 BPC photo comp attracted over fifty entries, quadrupling the 2016 entry and the quality, you just had to be there to see how the members' skills have evolved over the past twelve months.

Petr Siviter, a visiting judge with over thirty years experience, joined BPC Members for the evening and critiqued every single image, indicating along the way how a good photograph could be made even better with attention to its composition, lighting, depth of field and even the quality of the print and its mount.

Undoubtedly some BPC members are more experienced than others, but every member in the room learned something from Peter's experience and guidance and we're extremely grateful to him for taking time to travel from Smethwick Photography Society to rural Worcestershire.

The judge's first prize was awarded to Rose Finch, for her excellent monochrome art interpretation of trees in Puzzle Wood.  Runner up prizes were awarded to Peter Sanger for a beautifully crafted blue door featuring an angel in the top left panel and Kevin Williams for a dramatically lit interior shot of Pershore Abbey.

The competition included a Members' Choice category, where the image with the most votes cast was the winner.  Peter Allies scooped this highly acclaimed award for the second year running for his portrait of 'The Thinking Man'.

Many thanks to everyone who took part - some of the images will be submitted to Revill's Farm Shop, Defford, Worcestershire for inclusion in a New Year exhibition of work by BPC members.

For more information about BPC email birlinghamphot@tinternet.com, for Smethwick Photographic Society www.smethwickps.co.uk and check out Peter Siviter's gallery page at www.smethwickps.co.uk/mg-peter-siviter/4592073181

Visit our gallery page to see other submitted works - the page will be further updated when members supply their images.




The Members' Choice - Peter Allies' The Thinking Man



The Judge's winner - Puzzle Wood by Rosemarie Finch


Judge's runner up - Kevin Williams' interior of Pershore Abbey 


L-R: Runner up Peter Sanger, Judge Peter Siviter, Judge's winner Rosemarie Finch,
Runner up Kevin Williams and Members' Choice winner Peter Allies




Visiting Judge gives encouraging comments on each of
over 50 submitted
entries to the BPC 2017 Annual Photography Competition


Peter Siviter congratulates Peter Allies on
scooping the Members' Choice prize 



Rose Finch is delighted to pick up first prize 



Runner up - Peter Sanger's wry smile says it all!



Runner up Kevin Williams enjoys the moment!

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

4 go to Nature in Art!

BPC Member Visit

Tuesday 5th December


Lovely morning at Wallsworth Hall, Twigworth, Glos - some fantastic images submitted to the 2017 British Wildlife Photography Awards.

The exhibition runs until 7th January, so if you didn't make it today there's still time to check out the good, the strange and the downright odd!  Glorious colours, some fantastic locations and brilliant results.

BPC Members: Rose, Sue, Irene and Angela enjoyed lunch in the cafe after a hard morning's discussion about the merits of the winner!!


Sunday, 3 December 2017

Merry Christmas Photographers - wherever you are!

BPC hits Pershore for a great night out!


The Angel Hotel, Pershore, did a splendid job of feeding 19 hungry photographers a delicious Christmas meal with all the trimmings.

This, the first Christmas party for the Club, was a relaxed affair and everyone seemed to have a very good time, the perfect opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit.



Here we are, crackers to pull, drinks to sip and jokes to tell!

Irene, Barbara, Stever, Kevin, Jim, Bernadette and Carl smile for the camera.


Roy, Peter, Sheila, Steve, Ken, Geoff and Mark raise a glass
(Sorry Sue, I've cut you in half - baaaaaaad photographer)

Please Sir, can I have some more😄
Ann and Paul enjoy the Christmas festivities!


 Kevin, Jim, Bernadette, Carl and Steve enjoy an Angel Christmas dinner

Graham hasn't lost the art of silver service!
Sheila, Peter, Ken and Steve share a joke


Jim enjoys a Christmas cracker joke
Pudding!
                 




Thursday, 30 November 2017

Are you ready for the next photo prompt?


Cold weather


Very topical as we scrape the ice of the windscreen!
Crispy frozen leaves, feather patterns on glass, ice on the bird bath or just a beautiful winter's blue sky with something interesting in the foreground.

Any BPC members who would like to include their cold weather images on the gallery page please email them to me at birlinghamphoto@btinternet.com 

Stay Warm