A masterclass in Sports Photography by Mark Pain

Last Tuesday’s ‘Special Presentation’ (8th October) was a fantastic evening of terrific images from the master of sports photography Mark Pain.

With the continued growth in the membership f the Society and the knowledge that guest tickets tickets would be in great demand it was decided to use the larger  upstairs hall at the Methodist Hall. Our confidence paid off as once again the room was full and another three new members joined the Society on the night.

 Apart from the amazing photographs Mark went into great detail about some of his images and the preparations that a professional photographer is required to plan and carry out in order to be in the right place at the right time to get the shot…or as Mark puts it ‘Capturing the Moment’

 Mark emphasised a number of times the importance of knowing your camera intimately and knowing exactly what your camera can do and just as important what it can’t do. 

Mark also spent time answering questions from members of the Society both during his presentation and afterwardfs

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Good turn out for the latest Special Presentation at NDPS by Kevin Sawford

Last Tuesday’s wildlife presentation from Kevin Sawford was a evening of information overload. With a huge number of great images and lots of details about animal behaviour and the fieldcraft required to capture good images of all sorts of wild creatures. We were shown images taken literally on Kevin’s doorstep and in his garden to images from his local area and further afield throughout the UK and overseas.

Kevin Sawford is a multi-award winning professional wildlife photographer based in the village of Woolpit in the heart of Suffolk.  He runs the Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s varied range of photography workshops and Kevin is represented by several picture agencies including the RSPB. 

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Chairman's monthly blog...

don’t think anyone will disagree that Norwich & District Photographic Society has made some huge steps forward over the last couple of years. I am only too pleased to remind everyone of these developments and the achievements that have taken place and to reflect upon what these changes mean and will mean for the Society going forward

We have pushed forward on all fronts but at the very heart of all these developments has been the updating of the Society’s Constitution (formally known as the rules). This is both the framework and the foundations of the Society and the basis for all future progress over the coming years.

At our Annual General meeting, which took place in June this year, a number of members (Neil Hall, Paul Cowcher, Paul Oliver and David Lloyd) came forward and were elected to the committee. This has strengthened the committee considerably and will allow the Society to function more effectively and give us the ability to develop more effectively new initiatives in the future.

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New members' day...

On Saturday (28th September) a number of our new members met at the Hotel Nelson in Norwich to discuss with and ask questions about the Society with members of the committee over a cup of coffee.

This also gave us a chance to explain in a relaxed and undisturbed way what the Society is all about and our plans and ambitions for the future (something that is not so easy to do at a Tuesday night meeting with all the hustle and bustle going on)..

Following the meeting some of the new members then went on a walkabout around Norwich to take some photos. A very enthusiastic group of members who should be a great asset to the Society - Thank you all for choosing to join NDPS..

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Planning starts today for the Society's 104th Annual Exhibition

The Society’s Annual Exhibition at Norwich Cathedral closed today but thoughts are already turning to next year and the 104th Annual Exhibition showcasing the work of all the Society’s members.

Last season’s annual exhibition was praised by the Cathedral team for being the best photographic exhibition held since the Hostry had been opened. The general consensus has been that this year’s exhibition was even better with more than one hundred prints on display that represented the range of talents throughout the Society and the very best of Norwich & District Photographic Society. Also on display has been the usual excellent panel of work by our colleagues at Foto-Club Koblenz and the winning entries in this year’s Open Public Competition.

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Great start to this season’s Photographer of the Year competition.

This season’s Photographer of the Year compeition got off to a great start last night with the room at Chapel Field jam-packed to see our judge for the evening Rex Makemson score a record number of entries.

In order to give new members of the Society the best opportunity to score well this was an open themed round where entraints were asked to ‘let us see your best images’. So it turned out with new member Gary Hagg scoring two maximum scores with his his images - Flower Fairy and Golden Cross.

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A very proud Mum...!

The mother of Jacob Lawes’ (12) was clearly a very proud Mum when she watched her son being awarded with his certificate for winning the inaugural junior category of this year’s Open Public Competition organised by Norwich & District Photographic Society with his photograph Sheringham Steam Train by David Noton during the interval of his Chasing the Light Road Show.

Also present to collect her certificate for being a runner-up in the junior competition was Eden Willimott (13).  Unfortunately, Elizabeth Rose Wotton (11) who was also a runner-up in the junior competition was unable to be present but we shall get her certificate to her as soon as possible.

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Inspiring, Spellbinding, Wonderous and Extraordinary..!

Norwich & District Photographic Society would like to say thank you to everyone who has been in contact to say what a great time they had on Saturday night (14th September) when David Noton’s Chasing the Light Road Show finally arrived in Norwich.

David had promised that this would be no ordinary photographic talk as the audience travelled around the world sharing in his experiences behind the lens in a diverse range of situations and environments.  So, it turned out as David took every one of the enthralled audience in the Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre at the University of East Anglia (UEA) on an incredible journey around the world in pictures and video.

The outcome...? Inspiring, spellbinding, wonderous and extraordinary – just a few of the words that have been used by those lucky enough to there to describe the Road Show and the  quality of David’s photography.

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Important information for people attending David Noton's Chasing the Light Road Show

Venue; Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre, UEA Norwich Research Park, Chancellors Drive, Norwich, NR4 7TR

The Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre is located approximately half way along Chancellors Drive just past the first bus stop/shelter on the righ thand side of the road. Please enter the theatre by the main entrance on Chancellors Drive.where there will be someone from the Society to greet and direct you into the main foyer.

Please note that doors open at 7:00pm and David Noton’s presentation will start at 7:30pm sharp.

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Making the Ordinary Extraordinary...!

With so many members still away on holiday Chapel Field Road was nevertheless full of exiting members and eight new members who we were delighted to welcome as new members of the Society for the first special presentation of the new season presented by Damien Demolder.

Damien Demolder began his talk at Norwich & District Photographic Society by asking everyone present to define ‘street photography’.  What followed was entirely predictable as one by one members gave textbook answers to the question.  After a few minutes Damien recalled a workshop where he asked the same question and after having received similar answers, he finally e got to a youngster at the end of the group who was participating in the workshop – Street photography is all about making the ordinary extraordinary the youngster replied...!

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Outdoor Photography declares David Noton's Chasing the Light Road Show is 'A Night to Remember'

There are now less than 20 days before Norwich and District Photographic Society hosts David Noton’s inspirtational ‘Chasing the Light Road Show’ when it arrives in Norwich.

David Noton is recognised as one of the world’s leading landscape and travel photographers, who runs his own highly successful freelance photography company from Sherborne, Dorset, UK. His passion for photography, travel and the world’s most beautiful locations are the defining influences that have shaped his life, work and creative approach to photography. The BBC has described some of his latest work as beathtakingly beautiful…!

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Just two weeks to the start of the New Season at NDPS...

With just two weeks to go before the new season opens at Norwich and District Photographic Society all the final preparations are well advanced and we are working hard to ensure everything goes to plan.

Our programme has contained many superb presentations in the past 12 months during which time our membership has continued to grow, and our regular meetings and Special Interest Group meetings have all been well supported.  Hopefully this season will be even better with many great highlights throughout the season and a number of important new initiatives being introduced.

Here is a summary of the main activities during the first month:

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Open Public Competition 2019 - Review

When Norwich & District Photographic Society decided last year to hold an Open Public Competition for the first time everyone involved was a little apprehensive because we had no idea what the response would be. Quickly it became clear that there was no reason for our concern as photographers throughout East Anglia and in some caes far beyond started to post images on our Facebook page. The outcome was so succesful and the quality of the images submitted so good we decided not only to make the competition an annual event but to add this year a junior category.

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The final twenty images in this Year's Open Public Competition are announced...

Here they are - the final 20 images selected by our members' panel to have made the shortlist for this year's NDPS Open Photographic Competition. All of the shortlisted entries get a free ticket (that will be awaiting be awaiting them at the door) to our David Noton 'Chasing the Light Roadshow' on Saturday 14th September at 7pm at UEA, Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre.

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Message from Keith Garnham - Chairman

The Norwich & District Photographic Society has made huge progress over the past year.

Our membership continues to grow and last season’s programme was excellent and second to none with many superb presentations. This year looks as if it will be even better with many great highlights throughout the season and a number of important new initiatives.

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An in depth study of Norfolk's lovely medieval churches

Mike Trendell FRPS who in recognition of his outstanding contribution over many years was recently elected and Honorary member of Norwich & District Photographic Society is holding an exhibition of his photography showing an in depth study of a selection of Norfolk’s Medieval Churches at Christ Church in Eaton from Saturday 2nd August until Sunday 18th August.

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