Newark & District Photographic Society – January 2013

Peter Yeo FRPS,DPAGB,APAGB

Happy New Year to all in Lincoln Camera Club from a very wet Newark & District PS.  We have had torrential rain at times, then just rain, but it all accumulates and the River Trent that runs through Newark, and bypasses the tiny village I live in, has burst its banks in several places and there are areas where the river is about half a mile wide.  Water-pumping stations have been flooded by the water they are meant to distribute and we were without water for a few hours as a result.

Rose King, our President, and her husband Paul are in California as I write this column, and they too have had rain.  Clark Springman sent a CD with the images for the inter-club image exchange to Rose in California so as to avoid the Christmas and New Year mail “rush” and sent me a copy as well.  Our thanks are due to Clark for his hard work in gathering LCC’s work for our enjoyment, and for ensuring we get it in good time for our meeting on 7th January.  We originally planned to show the N&EMPF Exhibition CD of images and commentary but as the exhibition doesn’t actually open until 12th January it is not possible to show it, so the LCC/N&DPS Exchange will fill-in very nicely.

On the 14th we have a visit by Geoff Trinder, Deputy Chairman of the LIncolnshire Wildlife Trust, and manager of the wildlife reserve at Epworth Turbary for the last 36 years.  Any LCC members who are also members of the Methodist Church may be familiar with the name Epworth as that is the small town from which the Wesley family, founders of Methodism, came.  Geoff will show a wide variety of images showing all aspects of the natural world, plants, birds, mammals, largely from his Reserve, but also people, pattern pictures and landscapes.

On the 21st Steve Myall EFIAP, from Nottingham, will judge the Photographer of the Year (POTY) Heat 4, for prints.  The letters after Steve name indicate that he is a very successful exhibitor at home and overseas, and he brings that skill to his judging activities.

On the 28th Russ Daniels CPAGB, from Alfreton, Derbyshire, will judge the PDI section of the 4th Heat of POTY.  I don’t think I have had the pleasure of meeting Russ so I am unable to say anything about him.

I have mentioned previously that my wife Frances and I went up to the Isle of Harris in the Spring.  Harris is a beautiful island in the Outer Hebrides, off the NW coast of Scotland.  Three pals and I are going there again, setting-off on 31st January, taking two days to get to the ferry port at Uig, on the Isle of Skye, and spending a week taking photographs in what we expect to be wintery conditions.  We have been told to anticipate horizontal rain, driven by gale-force winds, and cold like we have not experienced before!  Sounds like fun!!  I think I may have known cold of a similar nature as the sea in Port Stanley harbour froze on the first day of “Falkland Islands Summer-time” in 1982 when I was down there with No 29 Squadron, RAF, following the eviction of the Argentinian forces.  I hope I have enough thermal-underwear to cope with the conditions!  On that cheerful note I will end this report.

Good snapping in 2013.

Peter Yeo