MEMBERS of York Photographic Society are gearing up for their annual exhibition, at the Poppleton Tithe Barn this weekend (August 12 and 13).

Among the striking images on show will be Allan Highet's photograph of scullers on the River Ouse; Nick Ansell's almost abstract close-up of the wall of a building on the University of York's new Heslington East campus; and Rebecca Johnson's in-the-moment snap of two children jumping between paving stones.

The exhibition will feature many more photographs than these, of course.

Here, society members talk about some of their work that will be going on show...

Allan Highet – Scullers on the Ouse

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This was taken from Clifton Bridge during the 2016 York Autumn Sculls Regatta. The light was just right to show the almost monochrome patterns in the water in contrast to the yellow of the boat.

Nick Ansell – Heslington East Reflections

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This was taken on a summer evening group photo walk at the Heslington East campus of the University of York. This image was particularly pleasing because of the striking mosaic effect of its combination of geometric forms, colours and reflections.

Rebecca Johnson – Future Talent

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This image was taken in Berlin while I was waiting to go into a concert. It was taken with my little pocket-sized camera, proving that you don’t always need expensive photography kit to capture an appealing moment in time. The two children were jumping between the round paving stones which caught my attention. I liked the toning colour scheme of the family's clothing, and the fact that I managed to catch a bit of movement in the children’s feet. In addition, the slogan on the boy’s sweatshirt gave me a perfect title!

Alison Taylor – Road to Elgol

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Taken on a trip to Plockton in April. I was on the way to Elgol when I noticed this group of trees standing proud of the surroundings with the snowy mountains cast as background. As I couldn’t see anywhere to stop I drove on vowing to stop on my return. It was a great decision as the thaw caused water vapour to add a layer of texture to the mountains and I captured a much better photograph.

Frank Adams – River Etive

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This photograph of the river Etive was taken shortly after the rain had stopped. I particularly liked the texture of the rocks in the foreground and the patterns in the river, which were made possible by using a slow shutter speed. Ben Starav shrouded in cloud created just the right atmosphere. Needless to say it was raining again a few minutes later.

David Beverley – Clouds over the Cuillin

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I feel that the Isle of Skye is one of the most photogenic areas of Scotland. This photograph was taken at dusk from above Eilean Donan Castle at Dornie. I used a long focal length lens and love the way the Kyle of Lochalsh leads you to the recession of the Cuillin mountains in the distance. The light at dusk was golden but I feel that conversion to black and white has added an extra dimension to the image. The photograph should be appreciated more as the battle with the midges was terrible!

John Illingworth – Defeated

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Whilst on a journey through Glen Affric, Scotland, I came upon this dead fir tree. I thought it looked like a warrior slain in battle - this kind of idea occurs to me when making photographs - so I called it "Defeated" and did a small amount of processing in Photoshop to give it a Tolkien type of look."

Harry Silcock – Glencoe in Winter

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The photograph was taken last March in Glencoe. The mountain is Stob Dearg at Buchaille Etive Mor.

The image was taken hand held without a tripod, using a wide angle lens to enable me to include foreground detail as well as the distant landscape.

  • York Photographic Society 2017 exhibition and sale of prints, Poppleton Tithe Barn, Saturday August 12 from 10am-5pm and Sunday August 13 from 10am-4pm. Entry free.

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