RPS Landscape Group Newsletter, April 2017

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CONTENTS 01 Editorial 02 News Round-Up 03 A Rainy Day at Stonehenge Mark Reeves report on the dawn shoot at Stonehenge

© Mark Reeves

Editorial I am writing this at the end of a day in the company of fellow group members at Bolton Abbey, in North Yorkshire. For once the weather was better than forecast! While I hope everyone made some pictures they are pleased with, there seemed to be broad agreement that the most rewarding aspect to the day was the chance meet and socialise with other photographers. Sadly, those who attended our dawn shoot at Stonehenge were not so lucky with the weather, as Mark Reeves’ image above shows. See his report on page 3. Bookings for our Autumn Conference and Annual General Meeting are now coming in, and the £50 early bird discount is still available until 1st May. It promises to be a great weekend. There is more about this and news about some new event categories on page 6. Finally, you may have noticed that the newsletter is slimmer than usual this month. Submissions are needed for our regular features (My Favourite Place and Members’ Images) and I should be interested to hear from anyone with other ideas for an article. This might be about a project you are working on or an aspect of landscape photography that interests you. I look forward to including your contributions. With kind regards Jim Souper Newsletter Editor

04 What's On A selection of exhibitions and events, including both photography and other forms of art, of possible interest to group members. 05 Events Details of group events and new event categories 07 Members' Images More Featured Images

Submissions The next newsletter will be out in early May 2017. The deadline for submissions is Sunday 30th April. If you have an idea for article, please send a brief synopsis of the purpose and content of the piece. Please submit your images as jpegs, sized to 72 dpi and with 1200 pixels along the longest edge. Please send all submissions by email to: landscapenews@rps.org


News Round-Up Winners Announced

Northern Summer of Photography

Winners of the 2016 Scottish Nature Photography Awards have been announced. The overall title went to Gordon Rea, winner of the Wildlife category with his image 'Undercover Osprey'

Manchester-based photography network Redeye has compiled a celebration of photographic activity taking place in the North of England between April and September. It includes not only larger exhibitions and festivals, but also a selection of smaller, more personal events.

Winners of the landscape categories were Paul Webster (Scottish Landscape - The Land), Stephen Crossan (Scottish Landscape Sea & Coast) and Kerstin Gruenling (Scottish Landscape - Urban Greenspace). Andrew Bulloch (aged 14) won the junior title with his image 'Cape Wrath Storm'. Winning images can be viewed at www.scottishnaturephotographyawards.com

Weather Watch Once again, the RPS has teamed up with the Royal Meteorological Society for the Weather Photographer of the Year competition. The competition is open to amateur and professional photographers alike, and images can be submitted on weather in its widest sense. The closing date is 7th June. See here for more details.

See https://www.redeye.org.uk/nsop for details.


There are a number of forthcoming events from

other Special Interest Groups, which may be of interest to Landscape Group Members. The Analogue Group AGM at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, on 29th April, includes talks by John Bulmer and Ian Beesley. The Digital Imaging Group's Expo 17 will take place on 23rd September at the Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport. Speakers include landscape photographer Paul Sanders. The Documentary Group are supporting a twoday workshop, Focus on the Next Level, over the weekend of 7th & 8th October. Four members of the Chichester-based Focus Group will examine a number of ways that could change the way you approach and plan your photography, and share their experiences of how to get work seen by a wider audience.


Do you have any news, an award or exhibition for example, that may be of interest to members? If so, please email landscapenews@rps.org.


A Rainy Morning at Stonehenge By Mark Reeves Taking advantage of English Heritage's "Stone Circle Access" arrangements, 21 members of the landscape group headed off to Stonehenge one very early and very wet March morning. The weather on the previous day had been delightful - just as the following day would prove to be. However, on the morning that our visit was planned, there was very heavy cloud and plenty of light rain. The hoped-for sunrise was nowhere to be seen. Nevertheless, as landscape photographers, we were all used to disappointing weather and so we just made the best of what we had - moody atmosphere and a rare chance to get up close to the stones. .

© Aiden Doyle

Concept 1

© Lesley Doyle

© Anthony Plank

Inner Stones

© Phil Shaw

Impressions of Stonehenge

Guardian of the Stones

© Fiona McCowan

© Mark Reeves

Click here to see a full gallery of images from the day.


What's On

A selection of exhibitions & events which may be of interest to landscape group members

Exhibitions On Landscape Exhibition II: Inspired by First Light Northallerton The second On Landscape photography exhibition, co-curated by Jo Rose, Curator at Joe Cornish Galleries and Tim Parkin, editor of On Landscape. The View from Here | Landscape Photography from the National Galleries of Scotland Edinburgh A selection of landscape photographs from the 1840s to the present day, drawn entirely from the permanent collection of photographs at the National Galleries of Scotland. At the Scottish National Portrait Gallery until 30th April 2017. Williamson Open 2017 Birkenhead An open art competition on the Wirral, which has included photographers since 1989. At the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Birkenhead until 7th April to 7th May. The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection London Classic modernist images from the 1920's to 1950's, at the Tate Modern until 21st May. Elger Esser: Morgenland London A new series created during his travels in the Eastern countries of Lebanon, Egypt and Israel from 2004 to 2015. At the Parasol Foundation for Contemporary Art until 21st May. Wolfgang Tillmans London Alongside portraiture, landscape and intimate still life, Tillmans pushes the boundaries of the photographic form in abstract artworks that range from the sculptural to the immersive. At the Tate Modern until 11th June. Yan Wang Preston: Mother River Bradford A photographic odyssey taking the viewer on a journey along the entire length of the Yangtze, often known as China’s Mother River. At Impressions Gallery, Bradford, until 24th June.

Britain in Focus: A Photographic History Bradford In partnership with BBC Four, this exhibition explores the changing ways we share and consume photographs, from the rapid technological progress of the 19th century to today’s selfies on social media. At the National Media Museum, Bradford until 25th June. Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography Bradford Original prints of pinhole photography from around the world. At the National Media Museum, Bradford until 25th June. Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year London Winning and highly commended images from over 4,500 entries to the 2016 competition will be on show at the Royal Greenwich Observatory until 25th June 2017. British Art: Ancient Landscapes Salisbury Featuring the work of some of the greatest names in British art from the last 250 years, as their work records and reflects on some of our most treasured ancient landscapes. At the Salisbury Museum from 8th April to 3rd September. Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 London The exhibition features a collection of 100 exceptional images, drawn from more than 50,000 entries. At the Natural History Museum until 10th September 2017.

Conferences, Fairs and Festivals FORMAT 17, Derby until 23rd April On the theme of HABITAT, looking broadly at landscape, environment, mobility, migrations, digital worlds, ideas of home and displacement, conflict and regeneration and all the spaces that we live in. LOOK/17/ Liverpool International Photography Festival Exhibitions and events across Liverpool from 7th April to 14th May.


EVENTS West Brecon Beacons photography walk Saturday 22nd April, 10:00 to 14:00

Lee Filters Factory Visit Tuesday 20th June, 11:00 to 15:00

Four Seasons at Painshill Park – Spring Tuesday 25th April, 10:30 to 17:00

Norfolk coastal field trip Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th June

Llanddeusant An informal, but strenuous, photo-walk with Peter Douglas-Jones. See here for full details.

Painshill, Surrey The first of four photo-walks planned, for each of the four seasons, in the wonderful landscape garden created by Charles Hamilton back in the mid 1700's. See here for details.

Beginners Landscape Day in Llandudno Saturday 29th April, 10:00 to 16:00

Llandudno This location shoot in Llandudno is aimed at new photographers who wish to practice or learn more about landscape photography. The event will be led by Richard Glynne Jones LRPS AWPF who has lived in this part of North Wales for many years and is deeply familiar with the photographic locations on offer in the area. See here for more details.

Welsh Waterfall Walk Saturday 6th May, 10:30 to 16:00

Glynneath An informal walk to photograph some of the waterfalls along the rivers Nedd, Pyrddin, Mellte and Hepste, with Peter Douglas-Jones, See here for full details.

For details of all Landscape Group events listed above and of additional workshops and events of interest to group members, please visit the group's events page.

Andover, Hampshire A rare opportunity to see Lee filters being made! See here for more details.

Happisburgh Guided photographic trip to part of the Norfolk coast. See here for contact details.

A day with Nigel Hicks Sunday 17th Sept., 10:30 to 16:00

Bovey Tracey, Devon Nigel will talk to us about his own work, his courses, publishing books and his work with National Geographic Creative. See here for full details.

Stourhead National Trust house and gardens 14th October, 9:00 to 13:00 Near Mere, Wiltshire With hills, water and classical architecture overlaid by a fabulous collection of trees and shrubs, Stourhead was described as "a living work of art" when first opened in the 1740s. See here for details.

Landscape Group weekend conference and AGM Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th November

Near Skipton, North Yorkshire Our first conference and Annual General Meeting, include a talk by Charlie Waite and a range of other speakers. Please see the next page for more details. Could you host an event? If you know of a promising and photogenic location in your area, and you would be willing to organise an informal session for other members of the Group, please email to rps.landscape.events@gmail.com. We welcome all volunteers and would very much like to hear from members in all parts of the UK.


New categories introduced for group events To help members understand what is on offer at any particular landscape group event, we have introduced a number of different event categories. These are aimed not only at potential participants but also at potential event leaders who might be worried that their photographic skills are not sufficiently strong for them to lead an event. We hope that these new categories will make it clear what event leaders are offering and what participants can expect. Group A – Field trips where the guide has a good knowledge of the location (e.g. good viewpoints, good subjects, good times of day, tides if relevant etc.) and will have ideas about what to do in case of unhelpful weather or light conditions, but does not wish to offer any advice on photography skills or techniques. Group B - Field trips where the trip leader has a good knowledge of the location (as in Group A) but is also willing to offer general technical support and advice to inexperienced photographers. The leader is NOT expected to be an expert in anything but should be sufficiently experienced to pass on knowledge of the basics. Group C - Field trips that focus on a particular technique – such as long exposures or photographing at night. The leaders of these events will primarily offer advice about technique and location knowledge will be sufficient to enable participants to learn and practice the technique(s) concerned. Group D - Workshops that primarily focus on skills or technique and where location is irrelevant or is a secondary consideration. These may take place indoors or outdoors. The workshop leader may have limited knowledge of the location but will be experienced and skilled in the topic of the workshop.

Annual Conference and AGM A reminder that the £50 early bird discount for our first annual conference and annual general meeting expires at the end of this month.

Our keynote speaker is Charlie Waite. In addition, we have talks by Steve Gosling, Carol Emmas and Jesse Alexander. Peter Paterson FRPS will lead a distinctions workshop on Saturday morning. The weekend will also include guided location shoots in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and several opportunities for delegates to exhibit some of their own work.

Click here to book your place



Frosty Morning, Elterwater

© David Roberts

Pecca Falls, Yorkshire Dales

East Sussex coast on a freezing day

© David Roberts

© Graham Zimmerman

Lighthouse at Talacre

© John Patterson LRPS

Submission Guidelines Please send your Members' Images by email to landscapenews@rps.org. Please submit your images as jpegs, sized to 72 dpi and with 1200 pixels along the longest edge. It would also be helpful if you would provide a caption and a note of any RPS distinction that should be added to your credit for the image. The deadline for the next newsletter is Sunday 30th April 2017. Thank you!