Welcome to the new look club website. We have made a few cosmetic changes to give the pages a fresh new look and have made some changes to the way the website works. Hopefully you will find this fairly intuitive. The links to what we believe are the most important and most visited areas are now featured on buttons at the bottom of the home page. We have also begun to add events to the calendar and these will include the club programme and other items associated with the L&CPU, ICPA plus some photographic opportunities.
Please have a look and let us know what you think and how it can be improved. Enjoy.
It was probably a lot warmer in Florida than in Grindleton on Tuesday night, but nature photographers Kitty and Geoff Walsh brought their own warmth with them. Members of the Chorley Club, their photography was of the highest quality, National Geographic magazine having publishing a number of their photographs.
They were a little reluctant to visit Florida at first but are now regular commuters. The best time is December and January for the arrival of the migrating birds; April and May are the months for nesting. However the otters, crocodiles, racoons and many other animals are around at all times. However, the sun is too hot in the summer months for comfort.
Extraordinary photographs by Geoff settled a controversy which had been around for many years. There were reports of otters successfully attacking crocodiles, but most people did not believe it was possible. Geoff was in the right place at the right time and his photograph has been used by National Geographic no less than five times. Amusingly, a visitor with his family was noisily dismissive of the possibility and finally said he would like to meet the man who took the picture. Kitty, who was standing nearby, said quietly. “He’s over there, why not speak to him!”
February starts with folios from the Inter-Club Photographic Alliance and the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union. The club meets at 7:30 on Tuesdays at the Grindleton Pavilion. Photographic enthusiasts are invited to come and see what the club does before deciding to join.
Competitions at Ribblesdale Camera Club were felt to be victims of their own success as the high standard of many competition entries were a bit daunting for new members and the inexperienced, writes Ken Geddes.
The club decided to divide their projected images into two groups, “A” and “B” – the “A” for those who took their competitions very seriously and the “B” for those who just wanted to show the club what they do and get a few useful tips from the judge.
Cold at New Brighton by Garry Williamson.
The two classes have self selection and there is no promotion or relegation. Just different approaches. This new format was judged by Dave Bibby from Cleveleys. The prints section was won by chairman Steve Proctor with Boatman and the Navvy with Clare Drew’s Dance Trio in second place. Group A of the Projected Digital Images (PDI’s for short!) was won by Gary Williamson’s witty Cold at New Brighton, while Lesley Marklew’s remarkable shot of a space age window cleaner – Reaching Out was a very worthy winner of Group B.
The club meets at The Pavilion, Grindleton, on Tuesday nights at 7-30pm.
Reaching Out by Lesley Marklew.
On December 12th, the Lancashire and Cheshire Union’s Folio of the best prints from their 2017 competition will be shown.
Three female members of Ribblesdale and District Camera Club swept the board at the competition evening held on Tuesday 26 September.
This was the first of the new season’s competitions and members had to enter a panel of 3 images which, in some respects, should complement each other. There was a difference this year since not only could 3 prints be entered but also 3 digital images which would be shown together.
All of those members who had not attempted this before expressed their satisfaction in having developed their skills to achieve that.
The winners were all digital images and the overall winner was the youngest member of the club, Laura Nutter.
Laura's three, very emotive, black and white images were based on the song The Sound of Silence and her locations ranged from Downham to Liverpool.
In second place was Denise Sanderson’s ‘Bunny Hop’; 3 images of a cyclist performing a particularly tricky manoeuvre.
Third place was taken by Francine Critchley with 3 very colourful images of young Esme in a red gingham dress against a backdrop of solid yellow flowers.
Ribblesdale Camera Club’s plans for the winter season were discussed by members of the clubs committee and it was decided to introduce several new ideas, writes Ken Geddes.
The programme will be a mixture of talks, folios of the best competition entries in the area, club competitions and practical evenings, including portraiture and still life.
Competitions for prints and digital projections in both colour and black and white will be considered by judges from the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Unions list - but as an experiment, possibly one competition will be assessed by a professional photographer or journalist.
Many people like competitions as they like to see their images discussed and graded by experts as well as compete for annual trophies.
However, others would prefer just to hear the opinions on their work and tips for improvement, without the competitive element. This will encourage new members as well as imaginative or experimental images, not normal competition material. There is room for both groups on the same evening. Other evenings will feature guest expert photographers showing their work, as well as members giving shorter contributions.
The club meets at 7-30pm in the Pavilion at Grindleton every Tuesday evening (except Halloween) from September 12th to May 8th.
New members will be made very welcome, whatever their cameras or abilities.
We came 6th in this years ICPA Annual Mono Print Competition with 62 points, this year the results were very close with the winners, Nelson Camera Club getting 67 points, the following images were used for our entry.
Talented local photographers have been celebrating success after coming tops in a regional competition. A number of budding photographers, who are all members of Ribblesdale & District Camera club, have earned successes in the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Unions annual individual competitions. They were up against some of the very best photographers not only in the county, but also in the UK to achieve their respective merits. Clitheroe teenager, Laura Nutter, claimed a very impressive first place as the Young Photographer of the Year with a series of black and white images. The judges were so impressed that they have chosen Laura's images to go for selection to represent Great Britain in the upcoming FIAP Biennial world competition in the Young Photographer of the Year category. Laura has been with the club now for a couple of years and regularly enters competitions and supports the club.
Beneath the Streetlamp - Laura Nutter
Adorned - Steve Proctor
Abraham from Lincoln - Gary Williamson
Remembrance - Laura Nutter
The Boatman and the Navvy - Steve Proctor
Calm Before the Call - Gary Williamson
Chairman of the camera club, Steve Proctor was placed fifth in the Photographer of the Year competition among some highly-respected competitors from the northern counties many of whom represent the UK in prestigious exhibitions and competitions. This entry required a set of 12 digital images and 12 prints. Gary Williamson also represented the club favourably by finishing in eighth place in the colour print category. These placings were keenly competed by over 250 photographers who entered their very best images from their year's work. Ribblesdale and District Camera club held its presentation night at the Calf's Head in Worston, where the best images of the season were rewarded with a range of trophies in recognition of the photographer's skill. The awards were shared out between eight members with Steve Proctor winning the Photographer of the Year title for the third successive year, Jason Merrin winning the digital section and Clare Drew the print section.