Friday, 15 June 2018

RAIN DID NOT DAMPEN OUR SPIRITS or even our mobiles...!

After days of welcome sunshine, the rain decided to pour on the night chosen for a shoot using mobile phones around Lacock.  A short break in the clouds gave members a chance to get out there for an hour before finishing off the meeting in a warm, dry space called the Red Lion!
Four challenges were set - to take images of Red, Lacock, Reflections and a Flower - see a selection below:

Red © Rose Porfirio 2018

Reflections © David Sage 2018

Flower © Derek Hawkins 2018

Lacock © Pete Shaw 2018

Our last meeting of the current season included our AGM with David Sage appointed as Chair for 2018-19. 
Member Howard Morland gave a talk about the work of Neil Hulme (see ) who specialises in monochrome long exposures of land and seascapes resulting in quietly compelling images.  
And our stalwart Jean Drewett did us proud with strawberries and cream to round off the 'end-of-term' social!

Five shoot locations have been arranged for members to continue meeting over the summer break - the first in Amanda's garden.

Sunday, 20 May 2018


Three members presented a mixture of documentary DPIs and AVs at our last meeting.  

Dorothy took us on a visit to the Carnevale, with many vibrant images taken over a number of years while visiting or living in Italy.  She cleverly integrated a voiceover too, using iMovie, to give us an understanding of the history of Carnevale and of some of the floats making satirical political statements.

© Dorothy D'Addio 2018

Amanda, in contrast, took us to the British Virgin Islands with images of how the islands looked pre- and post- the 2017 storms.  From a Caribbean ideal to a devastated landscape, with images of destroyed communities, houses, cars and boats, it gave us an understanding of the enormous challenge now facing BVI if it is to successfully rebuild.

© Amanda Gregory 2018

Alan meanwhile stayed closer to home with his study of North Wiltshire Wildlife, with many of the images shown being taken during his frequent visits to his allotment and the river around Lacock.  Birds, butterflies, damselflies, dragonflies and small mammals were all featured.

Next meeting: watch out as we pretend to be tourists with our mobile phones around Lacock!

Tuesday, 8 May 2018


The weather couldn't have been lovelier for the Spring Bank Holiday and it certainly helped with visitor numbers to Lacock Positive's Annual Print Exhibition.  

We encourage visitors to choose their favourite three images, a task that many found very difficult as there were many comments about the excellence of all the images on show, which was very encouraging!

The following were voted the top ten favourites by visitors:

1st: Phil Selby: Forever Autumn

© Phil Selby 2018

2nd: Phil Selby: Shadows & Light

© Phil Selby 2018

3rd: Phil Selby: Family Tree

© Phil Selby 2018

4th: Danny Wootton: In Full Flow

© Danny Wootton 2018

5th: Phil Selby: Collision Course

© Phil Selby 2018

6th: Danny Wootton: Time for a Nap

© Danny Wootton 2018

7th: Danny Wootton: Sunrise

© Danny Wootton 2018

8th: Bob Bray: Landscape in a Bubble

© Bob Bray 2018

9th: Sue Power: Remembering Icarus

© Sue Power 2018

10th: Ros Vickers: The Dark Hedges

© Ros Vickers 2018

Friday, 4 May 2018

Racing ahead!

We enjoyed a very busy night full of contributions from members.

Chris Hamblett showed both slides and an AV illustrating the thrills and spills of motor-racing, the photographic techniques he employs and the challenges involved in getting the shots.  We all know motor racing is dangerous but seems there are quite a few risks in taking photos of it too - long lens seem to be a good answer!

© Chris Hamblett 2018

Philip Male showed images from a sequence he entitled 'The Other Side of Me'.  Philip is well-known for his splendid images of wildlife but last night he showed mostly black and white street photography, describing the challenges he has faced taking those too!  There are quite a few rules that we all need to be aware of when taking this type of photography, including awareness of private and public spaces and security concerns both public and personal - luckily Philip didn't get mown down by a bus in Birmingham! 

© Philip Male 2018

This month's members challenge was Tree(s) and it was good to see our newer members submitting images for review (e.g. see Danny's below)
 © Danny Wootton 2018

Our latest shoot venue was Slimbridge which was enjoyed in unexpectedly good weather!  It proved a good practice space for wildlife shots, though Derek got into taking dormouse shots rather than the birdlife!  Another new member, Carolyn, submitted shots too, see below.

© Carolyn Hamblett 2018

Our Annual Exhibition takes place in Lacock Village Hall over the Spring Bank Holiday from 10am - 5pm on both Sunday 6 and Monday 7 May.  Many of the images will be available for purchase. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, 21 April 2018


Lacock Positive (44 points) beat Corsham and Trowbridge clubs (38 points each) in a friendly battle on a hot Friday night in Corsham Town Hall.  Corsham provided splendid refreshments and a table full of raffle prizes too!  

We scored 11 firsts: Phil S, David S, Sue P with 2 each and Philip M, Derek, Ros, Amanda and Ruth with 1 each.  The judge, Peter Crane, rounded off the evening by naming his top six favourite images from the event - David S came top and Phil S came 4th and 6th on his list! (images below)

© David Sage: After Dark winner and 1st Judge's favourite

© Phil Selby: Sunrise winner and 4th Judge's favourite

© Phil Selby: Reflections winner and 6th Judge's favourite

Now we have to try and come up with some excellent images again to retain the cup in 2019!  
Lacock Positive will be hosting the event during April 2019.