friendly club for amateur photographers in and around sherborne, dorset

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Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 6 December at Bradford Abbas Village Hall
Social evening, to include Elizabeth’s mince pies!
Photo Challenge: Where is it (images within 10 miles of Bradford Abbas VH). Visitors welcome!

The Cyclades with Brian Haigh

Brian Haigh

Brian Haigh

On Tuesday 10 November we were given another superb talk by our member BRIAN HAIGH who accompanied his excellent images with a scholarly commentary.

The Cyclades lie in the Aegean Sea and form part of the Aegean archipelago.  Whilst they are a major tourist attraction, well illustrated by the images of vast cruise liners dominating the otherwise picturesque harbours, it is essentially an area of  archaeological magnificence.

Covering the islands of Naxos, the largest of the islands with wonderful architecture, superb old churches and castles, Mykonos, renowned for its tourism and glamour with its quaint windmills, colourful doorways and “Venetian” quarter and Delos, one of the most important mythological sites in Greece, Brian explained about  Greek mythology.

We learnt about Ariadne and Theseus (Naxos),  the battle between Hercules and the Giants (Mykonos) and Delos with its fabulous Terrace of the Lions,  home to magnificent temples and statues and reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis.  From around 1400BC the Cyclades saw the rise of the Mycenaean civilisation and Brian illustrated this with images of pottery and museum artefacts.

Windmills Mykonos

Windmills Mykonos


Temple of Demeter near Moni Naxos

Temple of Demeter near Moni Naxos


Agios Stefanos church ancient Thera C8 -9th

Agios Stefanos church ancient Thera C8 -9th

We were privileged to benefit from Brian’s camera skills and vast knowledge and are extremely grateful to him for providing such an illuminating presentation.

(click on a pic to see it bigger!)

Bradford Abbas Shield 2015

On Tuesday 27 October we hosted the annual Bradford Abbas Shield Competition at which we welcomed the following clubs:

  • Shaftesbury
  • South Petherton
  • Wincanton
  • Yeovil

1 BirbeckThe theme for the competition was “Umbrellas” and each club could submit five prints and five digital images.  It was clearly a challenging title but there were a number of excellent, imaginative entries and some first-rate printing.

We were delighted to welcome as our judge Mike Birbeck  FRPS FBPPA FDPS, winner of many national and international awards, who is based in Taunton.  His constructive comments and enthusiasm were warmly received and we all benefitted from his practical observations on composition which emphasised the importance of looking at cropping and lighting. As he rightly pointed out – when it comes to deciding between two images, it’s the detail which counts.

The Shield was closely fought over but the final result was a win by just one point for Yeovil  with 178 points followed by Wincanton with 177, Sherborne Bradford Abbas 171, Shaftesbury 164 and South Petherton 163. 

Congratulations to Yeovil and our thanks to all who took part.

A selection of images from the evening is below (click on a pic to see it bigger):