RPS Landscape Group - 2023 Conference Review by Peter Fortune
Regular readers will know that the Landscape Group AGM and Conference was held in Harrogate on 3rd - 5th of March. It is fair to say that the event was very successful due in part to the hard work of Dave Glen and his team. Richard Ellis the Chair of the Landscape Group who was to stand down at the AGM after Chairing the Group since its inception gave some opening remarks.
After drinks, the first of a series of delicious meals was enjoyed by delegates, committee members and guests alike. After the dinner Stephen Lewis gave a 2 part presentation on Time Lapse Photography, which delegates who were asked, described as fascinating. On the Saturday Jennifer Bennett gave an illustrated talk on Taming the Sea with some beautiful images showing that sea-scapes could indeed be very inspiring. Rob Duncalf was up next to give a review of Alternatives to Adobe Photoshop of which there are many on the market. He gave his personal conclusion that Lightroom Classic was inches opinion, the best.
In the afternoon, David Fieldhouse spoke about Urban Photography with many illustrations of landscapes shot mainly in London and Birmingham. After this delegates enjoyed one of a number of sessions choosing a trip to Fountains Abbey led by Andy Mcloughlan, a trip to Brimham Rocks led by Alistair How, Rob Duncalf gave a demonstration of Drone Photography in the Hotel grounds and Fiona McCallum FRPS gave a presentation on Photobooks. After this Fiona and Joe Cornish spoke about the process of gaining Distinctions.
After dinner Ruth Grindrod gave a 2 part presentation on Scotland Looking Beyond describing her very impressive images.
Sunday 5th March, Robert Harvey gave an illustrated presentation about using long telephoto lens in landscape photography explaining the pros and cons of using 70, 80, 120, 240, 300, 600, and even 4000mm lenses. He promulgated the benefits of “Standing well back and going in close. After this we had the AGM.
Richard Ellis opened the meeting with a review of the past year and the financial progress made in recent years. The elections/re-elections of the committee produced the following results:
Chair - Colin Balfour LRPS
Vice Chair & Member without Portfolio - Mark Reeves ARPS
Treasurer - Mark Edwards LRPS
Magazine Editor - Ellie Lilly
Secretary - Viv Cotton
Professional Led Events Manager - Chris McIntosh
Member Led Events Manager - Howard Klein
Landscape Group Web Editor & Social Media - Sue Wright
Newsletter Editor - Peter Fortune
Member without Portfolio - David Travis FRPS
After the AGM, Joe Cornish gave an illustrated Talk entitled “A Landscape Photographer’s Life” or “View of a Life”. He included a huge number of photographs covering most of his distinguished carrier.
After Lunch those delegates who were interested went on a guided walk around Harrogate while the other delegates set off for home.
Read more about the committee here