Sunday, 19 February 2017

Club Report - A Talk By Spencer Stone and David Hughes

Marjorie Burge writes:

Congratulations to both Spencer Stone and David Hughes for the thought and preparation put into their presentations on Friday. Both very different. Spencer took us on a tour of  Port Lympne, Hole Park, Godinton Park, Finchcocks, Brands Hatch, London architecture, the night sky, his addiction to sunrises, sunsets and Lego, and his progress through Panasonic, Nikon, Canon to the iphone and apps. Spencer likes to find a different view in familiar situations, knows his night sky intimately, looks to experiment and is obviously enjoying his adventures in photography. David took us on a visit to Arizona to see his brother-in-law, living the American life in the desert with family, horses and goats for company. We took part in the Fort Verde Carnival, a good old-fashioned affair with Wells Fargo, those huge trucks, floats from schools, Apaches, musicians, and lots of American flags. Then to the Montezuma Well with a tourist trail of signs, Jerome with its iron mines, Antelope Canyon and finally the Grand Canyon.  David talked us through the hazards of visiting but his photography showed that they were all well worth the time, and took us to places we might otherwise never have seen. A really good evening of personal stories and photography from APS members.

by Spencer Stone

by Spencer Stone

by Spencer Stone

by Spencer Stone

by David Hughes

by David Hughes

by David Hughes

by David Hughes

Saturday, 18 February 2017

KCPA Diamond Jubilee Trophy 2017

Neville Marsh writes:

Congratulations to APS - we have won the Diamond Jubilee Trophy for the second year in a row so it's off the Warwick again in July.

Not only did we win the competition but Martin's image "Female Chalkhill Blue" was awarded the Premier Award Certificate together with the Ashford PS Shield  whilst Neil French gained a Merit Award Certificate with "In Memoriam Auschwitz" so many congratulations to Martin and to Neil - and well done the Selectors!

The individual marks were:  Determination by Chris Yates  - 15
                                              Dew laden Marbled White by Martin Till - 16
                                              Female Chalkhill Blue  by Martin  Till - 20
                                              In memoriam Auschwitz by Neil French - 18
                                              I thought he was with me by Anthony Wright - 13
                                              Male bearded reedling by Phill Drury - 16
                                              Missed by the keeper by Neville Marsh - 15
                                              Wedding in OIA by Kyle Tallett - 14      

Our total was 127, one more than Malling whilst Maidstone and Parkwood were equal third with 124.

Neville Marsh, Ashford P.S representative with KCPA president, Chris Shore and Judge Peter Cheetham HonPAGB

The judge, Peter Cheetham from the Midlands, only gave one 20, one 19  and five 18s so you can see that the marking was not overly generous.

Crowborough Community Hall was a splendid venue with excellent black-out and excellent projection and the whole afternoon went off like clockwork - well done to Chris Shore as KCPA President/compere and the organising team (and their helpers) for a splendid afternoon.

Female Chalkhill Blue  by Martin Till

In memoriam Auschwitz by Neil French

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Club Report – Rural Landscape Competition (Friday 10th Feb)

Marjorie Burge writes:

Our judge for the John Wigmore Rural Landscape Trophy competition on Friday 10th February was Tony Bentley ARPS, Chairman of Invicta Camera Club and a Provisional KCAP judge.  Always a popular competition there were 71 PDI entries and 26 prints, a mammoth task for our judge who, even so, managed to comment clearly and perceptively on each and every image. Tony had a sharp eye for detail - small blemishes, untidy edges, imperceptibly sloping horizons – disliked obvious Photoshop work – liked the monochromes and misty images. His approach was ‘What do I like in this image? What don’t I like?’ which worked well. Tony held back quite a large number of entries in each group before thinning them down to his final choice. The quality, as always at APS, was high, and many outstanding entries had to be passed over before the winning images were chosen.  

Prints:  1st Avril Christensen with Boating Pool at Sunset, 2nd Peter Skynner with They Passed This Way at Night for Spain, 3rd Anthony Wright with The Rhue Lighthouse.

PDI:  1st Graeme Andrews with Mist Sets in Over Challock Hill, 2nd John Wigmore with Multiple Strikes, 3rd George Pearson with A Colourful Barrier

The overall winner of the John Wigmore Rural Landscape Trophy was Avril Christensen with her print Boating Pool at Sunset.

Overall Winner:  Boating Pool at Sunset by Avril Christensen

Mist Sets in Over Challock Hill by Graeme Andrews

Multiple Strikes by John Wigmore

A Colourful Barrier by George Pearson

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Club Report – 3rd Print Competition (Friday 3rd Feb)

Marjorie Burge writes:

Cherry Larcombe ARPS EFIAP DPAGB BPE4*, a member of Thanet Camera Club, and a KCPA Premier Judge, was our judge for the 3rd Print Competition on Friday 3rd February.

Cherry’s experience as a working photographer came through clearly as she commented not only on the images but also on the quality of mounts, the printing and the paper – glossy not used so much now, she said, but still appropriate for some images.  Titles were important too, and defined what was most important in the image. Images fell into certain categories – minimalist, pattern, abstract – and it was clear that Cherry preferred them to be peaceful and attractive.  She was very aware of the difficulties faced by the photographer and was extremely caring when pointing out areas requiring improvement. With 79 entries of very high quality, Cherry had a difficult evening but was quite clear when it came to picking out her chosen images. Cherry’s photography can be found at showing her own individual style and her many achievements in the world of photography. It was a good evening and Cherry’s careful comments were much appreciated.

Division 1:  1st Philip Hinton with The Good The Bad and The Ugly, 2nd Kyle Tallett with The Bride in the Arch, 3rd Anthony Wright with a Grandma

The Good The Bad and The Ugly by Philip Hinton

Division 2:  1st Mike Routley with Pearl Moon Serenity, 2nd Mike Routley with Stairwell, City Hall, 3rd Chris Yates with Arctic Tree Line.

Arctic Tree Line by Chris Yates

Division 3:  1st Fiona Beadle with Last House on the Left, 2nd Dominique Huxley with Rose Flamingo, 3rd Maria O’Connell with Hands Free.

Last House on the Left by Fiona Beadle

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Club Report - A Talk By Glyn Bareham ARPS CPAGB

Marjorie Burge writes:

A good evening on Friday 27th January when Glyn Bareham ARPS CPAGB showed us some of his prints under the title of ‘Seeing or Just Looking’. Glyn, a member of Seaford Photographic Society and Invicta Photographic Club, is a long-standing friend of APS and always welcome. The first hour was given over to pictures from his travels around the coast. Glyn made it quite clear that these pictures were taken to please himself, not for entering into competitions. He liked minimalist and simplistic scenes, shapes and silhouettes, loved his sky and diffused lighting through the clouds. Some of his images told stories that were only apparent once explained to the viewer, holding secrets that only Glyn recognised. Not all new prints, some from film, and even some from slides. Lovely images, carefully explained. Then images of sculptures, and shapes, and more experimental photography to please himself. Very emotionally involved in his photography - as the title of his talk said, more seeing than just looking.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

2016 APS Inter-Schools Print Competition

Students from Homewood, Ashford, Highworth and the Norton Knatchbull schools gathered in The Sinden Theatre at Homewood School on Wednesday 25th January for the culmination of the 2016 Inter-Schools Print Competition, organised by Ashford Photographic Society and sponsored by Givaudan.

Entries came from 11 to 15’s and 16’s and over, each group being able to enter in colour or black and white, in Landscape, Natural History, Portraiture, Photo-Journalism, Pictorial and Artistic Interpretation. George Pearson DPAGB, who judged the competition, said that the overall quality was very high in all groups and he was very impressed by the imagination and enthusiasm of the photographers. All prints entered were on display for family and friends to see and the winning photographs were projected, so that the judge could explain what it was he saw in the pictures that made him choose them. Cups, certificates and prizes were handed to the winning students by Neville Marsh DPAGB LRPS BPE3*, President of Ashford Photographic Society.

The winning school this year was Norton Knatchbull, very closely followed by Highworth (just 1 point in it).

Ashford Photographic Society would like to say how pleased they are to be able to bring this competition to the schools, made possible by the generous sponsorship of Givaudan. Thank you also to Homewood School for hosting the competition and to the staff who gave of their valuable time to help in making it all run smoothly. This year, 2017, it is hoped that the competition will be hosted by the Norton Knatchbull School in Ashford. If more schools would like to join in with this year’s competition APS would be pleased to hear from them, and contact can be made through our website at

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Brands Hatch Winter Stages Rally Outing

Sean Harding writes:

A few members went up to Brands Hatch on Saturday for a very cold 1st outing for 2017.  The event was MGJ Engineering Winter Stages Rally.  With eight stages totalling 45 miles using many roads in and out of the circuit also sometimes running reverse to the normal circuit with very icy conditions it was entertaining for the spectators.  There was 90 cars entering from Ford Escort Mk1, Ferrari 308 and Subaru Imprezas it was great up to get up close to the cars and Drivers.

Many Thanks for the APS members who come along and braved the cold weather.

by Sean Harding

by Sean Harding

by Sean Harding

by Sean Harding

by Sean Harding

by Graeme Andrews

by Graeme Andrews

by Graeme Andrews

by Suie Tomasini

by Suie Tomasini

by Kalysha Howard-Smith

by Kalysha Howard-Smith

by Kalysha Howard-Smith

Club Report - A Talk By Stuart Thompson ARPS CPAGB

Marjorie Burge writes:

Friday 20th January was down in our Handbook as an ‘informal discussion evening’ and everyone had an opportunity to put forward ideas to make life more exciting at APS.  A suggestion to improve the content and quality of the Handbook by including images from the previous season was quickly taken up and Karen will now be our Handbook Co-ordinator.

For the second half of the evening Stuart Thompson ARPS talked us through his ARPS panel entitled The Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway Project. A love of steam trains, as well as photography, saw him taking almost three years to put his 15 prints together, starting with walking the route from Hythe to Dungeness during which time he got to know not only the railway but also the people involved. Stuart explained the help given by the RPS judges in putting his panel together, showing rejected images as well as the ones finally chosen. Stuart’s panel was in black and white, converted from colour, and was entered in the Applied category. Different angles and viewpoints were required and Stuart discovered the joy of lying down in ditches to make this possible. He was advised to find something that hadn’t been done before. Keep it simple said the judges, and although this might apply to the final images it certainly didn’t apply to the time, energy and dedication on Stuart’s part to achieve his ARPS. We were all most impressed.

You can see Stuart's ARPS panel here

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Club Report – 4th PDI Competition (Friday 13th Dec) p2

Here are the results for the 4th PDI Competition, judged by Kirsty Ralfs LRPS.

Division 1:  1st Anthony Wright with Twilight At Loch Broom, 2nd Garry Shorter with Backhand Winner, 3rd Neville Marsh with Side By Side

Backhand Winner by Gary Shorter

Division 2:  1st Mark Caldwell with St. Clements, 2nd David Hughes with Abandoned, 3rd Mark Caldwell with Circular Church

Abandoned by David Hughes
Division 3:  1st Phil Drury with Bearded Tit, 2nd Karen Saunders with The Last Mile, 3rd Neil French with Eye To Eye With Vespula Vulgaris (Common Wasp)

Eye To Eye With Vespula Vulgaris (Common Wasp) by Neil French

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Club Report – 4th PDI Competition (Friday 13th Dec) p1

Marjorie Burge writes:

Friday 13th January, and unfortunately the snow and ice prevented Kirsty Ralfs LRPS, our judge for the 4th PDI Competition, from being with us on this evening. She sent her apologies. All is not lost, however, as we will be sending her the entries and she will be able to judge at home and let us have the results by the end of the week. There was a good attendance on the evening, so we ran the competition entries and threw it open for members to contribute to the evening by commenting on the images. There were many excellent would-be judges (as well as a few real judges) who took full advantage of the opportunity. It was also interesting to hear from the photographers themselves talking about their own images, as on normal competition evenings we sit quietly while the judge sometimes (not always) misunderstands our efforts completely. It also gave us just a little more time to enjoy the images.