This week's club meeting was a good meeting with lots of variety: a Lightroom learning session from Pete about using the Graduation Tool, a talk on different styles of Street Photography and a future challenge by Danny, a talk on Kenya from Amanda and a review of images from our autumn shoot.  A really varied evening.
Here are a few images from our Autumn shoot
 © Alan Davis 2019

 © Danny Wootton 2019

 © David Sage 2019

 © Julia Lloyd-Parks  2019

 © Sue Power 2019

Printing & Mountain Photography

Over the last couple of club meetings, we had two external speakers visit us.
Tim Jones, from Fotospeed gave a good talk on 'camera to print', the importance of colour calibration and samples of a variety of Fotospeed's papers 

Then last week we had a talk by Alex Nail, a photographer specialising in Mountain Photography and Adventure.  Alex told fascinating stories from his trips to the Northwest of Scotland, Iceland and Drakensberg.

Our next meeting on the 28th Nov will include
  • Challenge Review: Panoramas challenge 
  • Shoot Review: Autumn Shoot - Widbrook Wood
  • Presentation: Kenya Trip - Amanda
  • Learning & Challenge: Street Photography - Danny

Summer Shoots and Negative Space

It has been a few clubs meetings since our latest blog....sorry.
Since the last update we our club nights have seen a few of members photos from our summer shoot at Bradford on Avon and Bathampton, a critique night of members images and a Lightroom training session from Pete on how to the use the clone and healing tool.  We also held a review of images for our Negative Space Challenge, including a good interpretation of the challenge from Howard 
 © Steve Barnett 2019

 © Ruth Baldwin 2019

 © Philip Male 2019

 © Jane Buckle 2019

 © Alan Davis 2019

 © Howard Morland 2019

Club meets start again for 2019/20

It was good to meet up with club members again after the summer break.  Two sessions in and we have covered a number of topics already

David Sage gave a couple of talks at our first meeting:  one on the On The Beach exhibition by Marketa Luskacov√° that he visited recently at Martin Parr's gallery in Bristol and a talk on the use of Negative Space and how it can enhance an image.  

 © David Sage 2019

This week Julia Lloyd-Parks gave a talk on photographing horses in a way that conveys motion using the a number of her own images.

 © Julia Lloyd-Parks 2019

 © Julia Lloyd-Parks 2019

Our next meeting (Thurs 3rd Oct at Lacock Village Hall) will be a critique night, where members bring up to three images for critique by fellow club members.

We also already have a few external speakers lined up for later in the year
Alex Nail - Adventures in Landscape Photography on the 14th Nov
David Bathard - My Approach to Monochrome on the 5th Mar
Peter Crane - Street Photography on the 2nd April

Hopefully see you at the next meeting

Out and about....part 3 - Bradford-on-Avon

The end of July, a lovely summer evening and a trip to Bradford-on-Avon.  Changeable weather gave some challenges, but also brought out everyone's creativity 
 © David Sage 2019

 © Derek Hawkins 2019

 © Keith Clover 2019

Out and about....part 2 - canals and country parks

We must have a thing about canals.  A month after some of our club members visited Cean Hill Locks in Devizes, eight of us took a trip to Bathampton for a stroll along the canal, oh and a visit to the pub.
  © Amanda Gregory 2019
© David Sage 2019

  © Philip Male 2019
© Sue Power 2019

Out & About

Getting out and about.  That's the agenda for Lacock Positive members throughout the summer months.  Rather than our usual fortnightly club meets in the village hall in Lacock, we arrange trips to various photo shoot various locations.

On the 27th June we met up in Corsham, yes, where some of Poldark is filmed, for a smartphone photography challenge
© David Sage 2019

© Julia Lloyd-Parks 2019

On Sunday 7th July, we met up at Dyrham Park, a National Trust property 20 miles north of Bath. Dyrham is a great site, with park land, deer and a great historic house.....what's not to like?
 © Amanda Gregory 2019

 © Derek Hawkins 2019

 © Philip Male 2019

 © Sue Power 2019


We ended our Club year with a review of images from a recent shoot at Caen Hill Locks, our A.G.M., which included the  election of new officers, and celebrated all with our star caterer, Jean, serving strawberries, creams and meringues to our discerning members!  

© Jane Buckle 2019

 © Amanda Gregory 2019

© Peter Smith 2019

Our new Club year starts September 5 but we will continue with shoots throughout the summer break.  


Mo Connolly, our speaker, talked about her passion for Documentary Photography and asked us to consider whether our photography fell under the definition of Documentary (the truthful recording of events) or Fine Art.  

After illustrating her talk with documentary images by well known photographers, past and present, Mo showed images from her two current projects.  The first, a record of the Volunteers at Salisbury Cathedral (approx. 600!) and their contribution to the smooth running of the building whether it be, for example, dusting, flower arranging or archiving; the second, a study of the members of a Salisbury charity, the Jo Benson Day Centre for adults with physical disabilities.  Mo explained about the permissions needed for both projects and time spent establishing relationships with participants.  

She also brought a selection of documentary books to peruse and examples of her published material, for information and/or fundraising, arising from her projects.  A number of members are now considering projects they may pursue in the near future and what they might do with the images, such as making a book or giving a story-telling presentation to the club.

Next meeting: AGM, shoot images and strawberries!


The challenge 'The Sky's the Limit' brought a mixed bag of interpretations from members - and in Steve's case his gave us a laugh for a horse that wandered into his sky image!  All good fun.

© Derek Hawkins 2019

© Ruth Baldwin 2019

Two presentations followed - Pete's journey to Mongolia and the Eagle hunters shown as slides and videos and Irene's Round the World trip (via Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific and USA) shown as AV's.  Seems we are going places!

Next meeting: Speaker Mo Connolly on Documentary Photography


The result of 864 visitors voting for their favourite images is as follows:

1st: He's Not Heavy © Philip Male 2019

2nd: Envelop @ Phil Selby 2019

3rd: Spring Meadow © Phil Selby 2019

4th: Midnight Train © Philip Male 2019

5th: Harvest Mouse © Derek Hawkins 2019

6th: Deckchairs © David Sage 2019

7th: One o'clock, two o'clock © Amanda Gregory 2019

8th: Early Autumn Colour © Danny Wootton 2019

9th: Ragged Robin © Bob Bray 2019

10th: Up Periscope © Philip Male 2019

Come and visit us again - Spring Bank Holiday 2020!


A great Spring Bank Holiday turnout of visitors dropped in to the annual Lacock Positive Print Exhibition, which provided good fun for people trying to chose their 3 favourite images!  

BBC Wiltshire dropped in on Sunday 5 May to interview David Sage, Lacock Positive Chair, to discuss the exhibition.
Lovin' the dark glasses David!

© Geoff Castle 2019

Discussions first about our forthcoming exhibition - Lacock Village Hall, May 5 & 6 - and how we display our images, followed by an ideas session on what it is we want next year's programme to include!  Hopefully we will include a bit to tickle everyone's interest.....

A couple of reviews of images from two Club challenges followed:  Hats and Spring

© David Sage 2019

© Peter Smith 2019

© Philip Male 2019

© Sue Power 2019

We finished with two member presentations: 
An AV by David Sage on Lacock Remembers, a documentary on the efforts various Lacock groups made making poppies to decorate St Cyriac's Church.

© David Sage 2019

Plus a stunning slide show by Ruth Baldwin of her winter journey to Skye where she was 'lucky' to arrive at the same time as the snow in February 2018!  

Next up: Annual Print Exhibition 2019