Quick catch up

Evening all

Unusually, I’ve been quiet for a while – visiting a few campsites before the school holidays. We had a few days at Thirsk – James Herriot country and the dog must have known because she didn’t like being on one side of the street. A few days ago we returned from 8 days in the Cotswolds. Nice and picturesque, but nowt to compare to Yorkshire

A quick reminder – cycle race in town on Friday – good for action shots for the Photojournalism, etc, competition, open and B&W perhaps.

21st August – Cannon Hall 6pm photo shoot. Not sure how many will make it to this, but has a decision been made about the best place to park and meet up at Cannon Hall, then those who are meeting/picking up anyone at Emmanuel Church know where to find us? By ‘best’ place to park, I’m using my Barnsley politeness to say ‘park b’art paying’ – as you probably guessed, but it’s only a couple squid for a couple of hours, I think.

Below is some detail from the YPU about this year’s Keighley Day, along with an attached flier about the speaker they have booked for the day. It’s quite a while off, yet, so there will be reminders before then.


To all YPU Clubs,

Please inform your members that the 2017 Alexander Keighley Event Day is now open for booking.

The day will feature highly renowned photographer Joan Blease and will be on Saturday November 18th 2017.

For further details of Joan see her website: joanbleasephotography.com

The venue will be the Carleton Community Centre, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 3RJ.
The cost of £25.00 includes refreshments and lunch.
An information poster and booking form is enclosed

Please send payment and the booking form to YPU Treasurer Colin Williams, his address is on the form. (cheques payable to the YPU)


Stephen Dean
(YPU Secretary)

Fwd: Newmillerdam visit and sunset

Subject: Newmillerdam visit and sunset

Monday evening photo shoot.

After suffering the hot sun for a few days, what could be better than watching it disappear and give us a colourful sunset?

Five of us (and a new visitor who may join us later) travelled miles and miles last night, almost as far as Wakefield, to get shots of the expected sunset which did not disappoint (see attached).

As well as the other two trips we have planned, some of you may prefer a day out at Penistone Armed Forces Day on Saturday 24th June. Details can be found at www.penistonearmedforcesday.co.uk and the website assures everyone that there will be a fly-past by a Lancaster bomber, which should be visible from other areas, but they don’t say when it’s coming – so keep the camera handy, where ever you are.


Raining stair rods – postpone photo trip?

So far, I’ve heard from one member who can’t make it this evening and another one who thinks it will be too wet, especially for his new camera.

For me – as it has been chucking it down for a while and it is forecast to carry on for the day, I don’t expect to be attending the Newmillerdam shoot this evening.

If things change rapidly, anyone who is going, please let me know and I’ll forward the message to everyone. However, according to my iphone weather app (also known in the family as the ‘samuel never-rght’) there is a 60-70% chance of getting soaked between 6 and 9 tonight.

As the purpose of the trip was to see the sunset, according to the Photographer’s Ephemeris, the Sun is due to set every evening around 9:30, as it shines over the roadway, along the length of the water.

This link photoephemeris.com/tpe-for-desktop takes you to the free on-line version. Scroll down to ‘start using the TPE for Desktop web app’, click it – then in the search box (top left) put ‘Newmillerdam Wakefield’. There’s a free downloadable guide, but the red pin shows the chosen location. Grab it and move it onto the bridge.

The row of boxes below show the bright orange line (sunset time 21:30 tonight). It also shows Moonset, Moon rise, Sunrise and a few other things which someone may understand.

To change the day, click the blue arrows at top left, and clicking the blue clock brings you back to ‘now’. You can also drag the slider along at the bottom of the screen, which indicates the time of day.

Have fun and keep dry.

Watch out for short notice emails/messages for a replacement trip – perhaps in the next few weeks.


Fwd: Next photo shoot visit

Subject: Next photo shoot visit

Good afternoon all

I hope the summer’s been as warm, or wet, as you like it – and long may it continue.

Attached is a small flier for a long weekend (9th, 10th, 11th June) flower festival at St Thomas’ Church, Church St, Gawber, opposite Barnsley Hospice, S75 2RL. I’ve been told that taking photos will be fine, so anyone after some flower pictures should find some good displays here. £3 entry, refreshments available – money raised goes to the good causes indicated on the flier. The church and it’s surroundings also provide some interesting Architectural and Record shots, as well as interesting images for our Landscape and/or Open competitions. Photographs of stonework also provide good tonal Black & Whites.

Monday 5th June is our next photoshoot visit, and having dried out from the last one, I’m all ready to get wet, again, but this time at Newmillerdam.

Anyone interested in this visit, please be at the Emmanuel Church for 6 o’clock (pm), or 6:15/6:20 ish in the car park at Newmillerdam. Parking’s free after 6, I believe.

If anyone needs any practice before that – The Ecclesfield & District Equestrian Club is holding their annual John Rhodes Memorial Show on Sunday 4th (TOMORROW) at the EDEC Club Field (on the A61, opposite junction with Bracken Hill, Sheffield, S35 1RS). For those who haven’t been before, the entry to the field is a small dirt track leading off the A61 on a blind bend. If heading from Tankersley, the safest way to access it for the first time, and make sure you don’t miss it, is to turn into Bracken Lane (High Green), turn round, then drive back out of Bracken Lane – turning right onto A61, then an almost immediate left up the dirt track. You should see the event and cars/horse-boxes in the field. It’s free to spectators and anyone from Barnsley Photographic Society is welcome. This is in a horsey field, and wellies or hiking boots are recommended. Also, don’t forget to bring a sack and a shovel if you want to take away lots of free-stuff for helping your rhubarb grow.

The day’s programme can be found at www.freewebs.com/ecclesfieldridingclub/events/shows/JR_show_2017_v4.pdf and general website is www.freewebs.com/ecclesfieldridingclub/events.htm

They have four rings (event fields) taking place most of the day, from 9/9:30 until about 4/4:30, and this is an event to get some Photojournalism/Sport/Action shots as well as a few Portraits. You can take snacks, flask, sandwiches, etc – or buy some at their kiosks – usually burgers or hot dogs – maybe chips if they’re expecting royalty.

I generally get there for 10 ish, and stay for a few hours, but anyone can come and go whenever they please. Weather forecast looks ‘good to wet’, so it could provide a bit of practice for Monday night’s soaking. In these days of digital cameras, who’d have thought we’d still be doing so much wet photography?


Fwd: Monday 24th April

Evening all

hope you’ve been enjoying the warm day as much as you could, before the winter comes back in the next couple of days. I’ve just been out to find my pitch for next Sunday’s cycle-past and it’s interesting to note that many of the small country lanes around Stocksbridge are in the middle of resurfacing. After pedaling up all those hills, I suppose it would be uncomfortable on a bumpy road. How thoughtful.

Monday evening – don’t forget that this is not our final meeting. We meet again on 8th May at Emmanuel when we’ll be reviewing the year so far, discussing what’s set up for over the summer months, finalising the programme for the rest of 2017 (more or less done, but we’re still trying to get judges for some), then discuss how you’d all like the activities to pan out for next year and beyond. In the absence of a volunteer to be the Programme Secretary, the programme will remain much as it has been, with as many amendments as members request on 8th May, and our current big headache is the number of competitions between September and December, especially when judges are becoming a rarity across the YPU circuit.

One important activity I have to do on the 8th is to set the President’s Trophy Competition topic for over the summer. This is a photographic challenge for everyone to join in. General description/definition is on the website, in that it will be one entry presented on a 50x40cm (20x16inch) mount/card. To enter, you must bring it in on, and for the duration of, the President’s Evening (first Monday back in September) and we will judge it by member ballot, as with the little gems scoring system. I will then keep you entertained for the rest of that evening – and try not to mention any Dubai photographs.

Back to Monday 24th. The judge will be coming to Wade Street Chapel, as it’s actually easier for her to get to than Huddersfield Road – straight off the M1 at Dodworth, etc. For those who haven’t been before, the car park (a pay & display, but it’s free after 6pm) is just about opposite the Jet garage, 150 yards from the Chapel.

As I’ll at Stocksbridge on the night, judging, and Bill is being forced to enjoy his birthday with his family, this will be a nice quiet evening for everyone else, so come along and enjoy the peace and quiet. The place should be opened up between 7:30 and 7:45 and the key holder only lives across the road, so locking up is no problem. One thing we do have to do when using the Chapel is get all our projection stuff there, screen and all, so a few strong volunteers may be sought to help do some carrying in and out.

Hope the competition goes well for all those who’ve entered, and I’ll see you all at our extra meeting, 8th May, around 7:45 for 8 o’clock start.


PS – a quick reminder – if you haven’t yet been to Wath Library to see the Yorkshire Monochrome Group’s black and white exhibition, then make sure you do – it’s well worth the trip, and closes on 28th April.