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Roman Baths By Peter Basterfield ARPS Western

Meddling Monks

February 2020 - What Makes Judges Tick

Thirty plus souls braved Storm Ciara to attend February’s regional event.

In the first part of the meeting Sue O’Connell FIPF, ARPS, ERAP/d1, DPAGB, BPE5*, an accredited PAGB judge and member of the WCPF Judge Training team, gave us her insight on what judges are looking for when assessing an image - good points as well as areas for improvement. Using a selection of her own images Sue demonstrated how preparation for taking a shot, in-camera techniques and post-production can all work to produce great images.

A group session followed where attendees who brought along prints had the opportunity for them to be reviewed by their peers acting as judges. Very good fun and some invaluable feedback for those who showed prints. 

Black & White Everest From 40Km

May 2020 'My Photographic Journey - started on Mount Everest!'

On May 10th the Western Region was treated to a marvellous talk by Ken Skehan on the topic “My Photography Journey ~ Started on Mount Everest”.  Over 60 members registered and were able to enjoy, via Zoom, an amazing story of how the trip changed Ken’s life, while viewing great Photographs. 

Ken shared with us the motivation for his trip to Mount Everest along with the challenges faced and rewards.  Brought to us in a heart-warming fashion that made us both wish we were there and be thankful that we were not.  The trek to Base Camp at 17,500 feet took us along narrow trails, across shaky bridges, past housing construction Napalese style (no machines) and suffering the fearsome altitude sickness. Read more about it on our website

From the beginning of not knowing that a DSLR needed a CF card to the successful publication of his book, our interest was drawn into tales of soliciting free equipment, gaining commercial sponsorships and involvement travelling the world with high profile companies.  He shared secrets of how he attracted business as well as how & where to raise funds selling your images. Ken’s enthusiasm and determination of promoting himself proved once and for all that with the right attitude you can make a living with your photography… along the way also receiving his ARPS distinction.  His generosity does not end with his sharing his knowledge but carries over in his support of many of his chosen charities.

Anyone who missed hearing Ken should take the time to look at his website.  You will be treated to inspirational photography.

Thank you Ken for a magnificent, interesting and entertaining presentation