Every year the Northern Region holds a residential weekend in the Lake District. This weekend is open to all regions of the RPS and has always been very popular with members from all over the country attending.
The weekend starts with dinner on Friday followed by a guest speaker. Saturday morning & afternoon is free for your own photography. There will be two talks on Saturday evening and again on Sunday morning. The weekend will finish on Sunday morning after we have been motivated by all we have seen.
Attendees are invited to bring along some of their own images to be displayed at various times over the weekend.
This is a great opportunity to hear some excellent talks, see some excellent images, meet up with old friends and make some new ones. All of this is set in a wonderfully photogenic area of the country.
Why not come along and join us.
Our speakers this year are John Macfarlane LRPS & Rosamund Macfarlane ARPS, Peter Paterson FRPS and Dinah Jayes ARPS.
John & Rosamund MacFarlane
On Friday evening John & Rosamund will be giving a talk entitled The Remote Himalayan Kingdom of Zanskar
Keeping your feet dry. Zanskar.
©John & Rosamund MacFarlane
Rosamund Macfarlane ARPS, DPAGB, EPSA, AFIAP and John Macfarlane LRPS, DPAGB, EPSA, AFIAP are both passionate amateur photographers and active members of the Keswick Photographic Society.
Rosamund became serious about her photography 16 years ago, and encouraged John to develop his interest further on his retirement in 2008, when they moved to Loweswater in Cumbria. They both enjoy the discipline of working towards photographic qualifications and entering international salons.
Living in the Lake District and their love of travel have helped them to focus on wildlife, landscape and travel photography. In 2015 both obtained Highly Commended awards in the British Wildlife Photography Awards and Rosamund has an image shortlisted for the 2016 competition. Rosamund achieved a long-term ambition when her picture of a snow hare was a finalist in the 2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition and John was placed second in category in the 2015 Scottish Nature Photography Awards.
Their photographic trips have often had an icy objective, including the Arctic and Antarctic, winters in Northern Scandinavia, Iceland and Scotland but they have also visited the Indian Himalayas frequently, and sub-Saharan Africa. They enjoy giving illustrated talks to photographic societies and other local and regional audiences, raising money for charity.
John is at present involved in a project “A Diary of a Wood”, which follows the season and history of an ancient woodland close to their home, and through this he is developing audiovisual and time-lapse photography skills. Rosamund is currently working on a collaborative book with their son Robert.
Peter Paterson & Dinah Jayes will entertain and inspire us on Saturday and Sunday.
Laig Bay, Isle of Eigg.
Peter has been taking photographs for over 50 years starting mostly in monochrome which he processed in the darkroom.
During this time he gained the Fellowship distinction from the Royal Photographic Society and also gained the MFIAP award.and the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain Distinction MPAGB.
Peter’s main subject interests are Landscape, Still Life and Abstract, both in colour and mono.All the images are derived from Digital Files either from Slide or Nikon Digital Cameras.
He exhibits his photographs Nationally and Internationally in various Photo Salons around the world. He have also had photographs published in Digital Photo magazine,Photography Monthly,Digital SLR Photography,Advanced Photographer,FPME,Creative Mono Yearbook, Guide to Great Photography, and The AA Landscape Photographer of the Year Book collection 01 and 03.
Peter is also on the L Panel judges list for the RPS and the Pictorial A panel list
Dinah started photography after her husband bought her a camera when she retired from teaching. With no knowledge of photography, apart from the odd family snap, Dinah decided to enrol on a beginner’s course in photography. After starting the course to learn the mysteries of image capture and film development she found she had been well and truly bitten by the Photography Bug!
Dinah joined Smethwick Photographic Society in 2000 and really began to learn about photography. Digital cameras soon began to appear and, despite starting with black and white darkroom photography, Dinah bought a Canon 10 D and started the learning process all over again with digital photography. It was around this time that she decided to focus her talents on the genres of still life, portraiture and figure studies.
She also began to enter international competitions and, after some success, began to apply for distinctions in photography as well. As well as being ARPS Dinah has achieved MPAGB and AFIAP. She is currently trying to broaden her body of work with landscape and street photography.
Our venue for the weekend is Burnside Hotel, Bowness, Windermere http://www.burnsidehotel.com/