Newsletter - Summer 2013

Newsletter 2012/2013 Season
The season got off to a good start with the Chairman’s Evening during which members enjoyed a Finger Buffet [thanks to Margaret] and an interesting slide show by Ian on his own work. The evening also included the presentation of Awards for 2011/2012.

“Advanced” Print 1st Bernard Viney
2nd Ian Ledgard

“Novice” Print 1st Angie Jones
2nd Elinor Clune

“Advanced” Digital 1st Mary Pipkin
2nd Jane Evans

“Novice” Digital 1st Angie Jones
2nd Gwyn Jones

The John Taylor Plate - Ian Ledgard

Our first speaker of the season was Rob Mitchell and his topic “The Cliché Trap”. A good turnout by members who enjoyed an entertaining talk and slide show, with a lot of interaction – a sure sign of an interesting subject.

Our first competition of the season was an Open theme judged by Jenny Hibbert. An interesting evening and a well supported competition, 30 prints and 42 Digital. She felt our images needed more work in “curves, highlights and shadows” and cropping. At the end of the evening she awarded three 20s - Sylvia Samms in prints and Ian Ledgard and Angie Jones in Digital.

The month was rounded off with a Workshop - “Get to Know Your Camera and it’s Functions”, an excellent evening consisting of talks by Bernard and Mary.

The month started with a talk by Richard Evans – “A Walk in the Park, Pembrokeshire Coastal Path”. This was a most disappointing evening, which was illustrated by rather poor images.

During the month we had a Workshop on Raw Files and an interesting talk by John Anthony, Community Safety Officer on “The Photographer and the Law”.

October’s competition theme was “Water” judged by Harry Gardiner, a very popular judge. Again this was a well-supported competition with 39 Prints and 51 Digital. Harry awarded one 20 in prints to Gwyn Jones and two 20s in Digital to Emyr Griffiths and Bernard Viney.

This was the first of our inter-club competitions a five way between ourselves, Carmarthen, Kidwelly, Pontyberem and Trostre/Velindre held at Carmarthen, we had a very rude “wake-up” call coming last!! The Judge was Roy Thomas, Kidwelly took first place, we all enjoyed lovely refreshments at half time.

Pixels 2012 was another washout, we scored a disappointing 56 out of a possible 80; the Judge was Dave Mason from London. Tenby club won with 77 points we came 35th!!

Bonfire night was spent at the home of Sue and Lynne not only taking lots of images of fireworks but also enjoying their generous hospitality. The rest of the month took in a Workshop on “Studio Portraits” – Jane volunteered to be the model, an evening with Gary Shinner, a popular and entertaining speaker and the monthly competition with an “Open” theme, again popular with 36 Prints and 36 Digital. The judge was Mike Cullis who awarded a 20 to Ian Ledgard in prints and none in the Digital category. This judge felt our images could be improved using “Lightroom”.

This month started with a Workshop on “Mounting Prints and resizing Images”, there were demos by Ian, Bernard, Kneale and Mary, this was especially helpful to our new members.

The competition this month was “Film or Book Title” judged by Chris Warren, who although quite a tough marker had useful comments. This was quite a popular comp with 34 Prints and 29 Digital entries with two 20s awarded in Prints, Mary Pipkin and Bernard Viney and three 20s in Digital to Angie Jones, Ken Stratford and Mary Pipkin.

We celebrated Christmas with a Social Evening and Fun Photo Competition during which members took part in a quiz (thanks Mary) and enjoyed a finger buffet provided by members, thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the evening!

January 2013
The New Year began on a fun note with a “Members Presentation Evening” in print or digital for a maximum of ten minutes. This proved to be most entertaining, well done all those that took part. We had to cancel one meeting due to the weather.

Two competitions took place this month, the Brian Jennings Trophy held at Trostre and judged by Rob Mitchell, who was obsessed with spotting the use of “Photoshop”!! The competition was between Amman Valley, Abertawe, Carmarthen, Llanelli, Pembrey, Tenby, Trostre and ourselves, Tenby won with 90 points and we were joint 4th with 81 points.

Our monthly competition’s theme was “Day and Night” judged by Kevin Thomas and created some difficulty with members as shown in the lack of entries, 18 Prints and 18 Digital, there were no 20s awarded as the judge didn’t award 20 in club competitions!!

This month started with an interclub competition between Kidwelly Camera Club and us and was judged by Gareth Martin. This was an exciting evening, the scoring being very close, at half time Kidwelly were trailing by 165 points to 176 for the Prints. However during the second half, Digital images they pulled back to Kidwelly 168 to 170 points, a final score of TVCC 344 to Kidwelly 335. Refreshments were served at halftime (thanks to everyone who helped out) and a raffle was held, looking forward to the re-match next season.

The rest of the month included a talk by Bernard illustrated with prints and slides, an interesting and informative evening enjoyed by all and a Workshop based on the photo effects of David Rowley, who will be visiting us in the flesh next season! – an evening not to be missed.

This month’s competition was Street Photography judged by Brian Coleman, this proved more popular than last months with 33 Prints and 24 Digital entries. Only two 20s were awarded one in Prints and one in Digital, both to John Hufferdine, well done John!

Mary had the bright idea to have an evening titled “This is Me” in prints or an AV – well it turned out to be such fun, we learnt a lot about our fellow members that you would never have imagined, a brilliant evening. We also had a very interesting speaker Steve Phillips who spoke on the “Regional Press Photography in South Wales, and brought a series of archival and up to the minute images to illustrate his most informative and enjoyable talk.

We experienced two competitions our monthly “Open” themed competition judged by Ray Rees, hard marking and he kept asking “would I like this image on my wall”, not really relevant!! As always with open themes this was quite popular with 30 Prints and 22 Digital entries. Two 20s were awarded Bernard Viney in Prints and Mary Pipkin in Digital.

The second competition an inter-club between us, Amman Valley and Crai held in Sennybridge. The Judge was Brian Makinson, who quite honestly left a lot to be desired, his comments and scores didn’t match-up and he failed to interact with the audience (these are my own personal opinions). The final scores were Amman Valley 338 (they didn’t turn up) Crai 318 (very small membership) and TVCC 342. Our members that travelled to Sennybridge were rewarded not only with a win but also with a tasty buffet at half time.

During this month we had two Workshops one on Architecture, which was most interesting and informative, with several members offering advice and another on Photographing Glass. This was hands on with several workstations set up with various lighting options – candle, torch lamp etc. again a very enjoyable evening.

We had two competitions this month again, our monthly was Industrial and Commercial judged by Roy Thomas, as we were getting to the end of the season, not quite as many entries 25 Prints and 24 Digital. There were only two 20s awarded Bernard Viney in Prints and Maura Jones in Digital.

The second another inter-club competition between Trostre Camera Club and ourselves held at our Venue, the Judge was Ed Cloutmen AFIAP. This was very closely fought, we were leading at halftime after the Prints 169 to 164 but Trostre pulled back strongly in the Digital section scoring 166 to our 163, a final score of Trostre 330 and TVCC 332. Refreshments were served and a raffle provided a great deal of entertainment at halftime, thanks to all who helped.

Members experienced the first of our evening field trips, this one to Dinefwr Castle through the bluebell wood, a lovely evening.

The two bank holidays meant we had only two meetings this month.

The final monthly competition of the season had an “Open” theme judged by Tim Fearnside, with 28 Prints and 27 Digital entries. Only two 20s awarded in Prints to Ian Ledgard and Angie Jones and no 20s in Digital.

Members enjoyed a Field Trip to the Wildlife and Wetlands Trust, Llanelli; the weather was warm and sunny.

This month we held our AGM, which was well-supported 17 members present. Officers were elected as follows:

Chairperson Ian Ledgard EFIAP/b MPSA LRPS AWPF
Vice Chairperson Mary Pipkin LRPS AWPF
Secretary/Programme Secretary Angie Jones
Competition Secretary Gwyn Jones
Treasurer Jane Evans
Publicity Mary Pipkin LRPS AWPF
Committee Members Maura Jones
Emyr Griffiths

Club Awards 2012/2013

“Advanced” Print 1st Bernard Viney
2nd Angie Jones
3rd Ian Ledgard

“Novice” Print 1st Gwyn Jones
2nd Elinor Clune
3rd Ken Stratford

“Advanced” Digital 1st Mary Pipkin
2nd Ian Ledgard
3rd Bernard Viney

“Novice” Digital 1st Gwyn Jones
2nd Lynne Ball
3rd Elinor Clune
Members Achievements 2012/2013

Achieved his MPSA (first in Wales) and EFIAP/b
Ian’s image “Conducting the Choir” was awarded a GOLD Medal in the Coachella Valley Salon in California, and a BRONZE Medal in Luxemburg. 347 International acceptances in the following Countries – UK, USA, China, Serbia, Bulgaria and Luxemburg, with 8 HM and 1 HC and a Judges Choice in China

Mary Pipkin LRPS AWPF
Achieved her AWPF in November 2012, 26 acceptances in 11 Salons and had an acceptance in the Welsh Salon

Angie Jones
Had acceptances in the following Salons – Swansea International, Mississippi Valley and PSA China

The Annual Dinner was held at The Angel, Llandeilo, when a presentation was made to Bernard Viney, a founder member of the club, who together with wife Julie are moving house to be nearer family. Bouquets were presented to Treasurer Jane Evans and the out going Secretary Mary Pipkin in recognition of all their hard work on behalf of the club.

Farewell to Bernard Viney LRPS by Mary Pipkin

We are sad that next season Bernard Viney, one of our few remaining founding members, will be moving house and leaving Towy Valley CC. Bernard joined the club at our first formal meeting and has been a regular attendee ever since. Initially we had no funds so we had to make our own entertainment and Bernard volunteered enthusiastically. He undertook jobs such as obtaining a significant grant with which to purchase the equipment we have today, demonstrating the mysteries of Photoshop 7 and showing us a small number of his vast slide collection. He has always encouraged everyone, regardless of their experience, and his enthusiasm for all types of photography has been infectious. Bernard has held all the posts in the club, starting with Secretary, and has been especially helpful when members have had a problem. We owe Bernard a big thank you and I know everyone will join in wishing him and Julie good luck for the future and hope they settle quickly into their new home.

Informal meetings during the summer break will be held in The Angel, Llandeilo, Monday evenings at 7.30 pm when the weather is inclement and we shall be out and about locally when the weather allows – check your email late afternoon on Mondays to see where we are headed!

First meeting of the new season 2nd September 2013 at the Reading Room, Cwmifor, Manordeilo, SA19 7AW, 7.30 – 10.00 pm.

Contact details:
Ian Ledgard tel: 01558 823953 email:
Angie Jones tel: 07989 987820 email:

A Taste of What’s to Come 2013/14

Competition Topics for next season include four Opens plus Architecture, Sport, Neglect, Disposable Camera and Creative Portrait.

We have several Lectures to look forward to including David Rowley on Photoshop, our David Jones on the Outer Hebrides and making a Holiday Photobook, Alan Shepherd on Distinctions - Associate of WPF, Gareth Martin on Photographic Locations of Port Talbot, Ed Cloutman making a book with Blurb and Night Sky Photography, and Nigel McCall. We also have Workshops on Architecture, Sport, and Panoramas, just to name a few, plus field trips.

Websites you may find useful for Photoshop tuition:

The opinions expressed in this newsletter are those of the Author – Angie Jones