Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Brands Hatch Outing

The GP Circuit at Brands Hatch is an ideal venue for photographing various forms of motorsport, and on Saturday 15th October this is exactly what a number of members from Ashford Photographic Society did.

Organised by Sean Harding 6 members meet up and spent the day photographing the final round of the British Superbikes championship.  For some it was their first time photographing any form of motorsport and with the expert guidance of Sean and Graeme Andrews they soon got to grips with such techniques as panning and composition, enabling them to capture some striking images of these powerful and fast motorbikes.

A good day was had by all.

Charlie Nesbitt (Motostar British Championship) by David Marsh

James Westmoreland (British Supersport) by David Marsh

Alex Persson (British Supersport) by David Marsh

Shaun Winfield (British Superbikes) by Suie Tomasini

 Howie Mainwaring-Smart (British Superbikes) by Graeme Andrews

Broc Parkes (British Superbikes) by Graeme Andrews

Founds / Payne (British Sidecar Championship) by Graeme Andrews

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Congratulations Stuart Thompson ARPS CPAGB

Stuart Thompson has been a member of Ashford Photographic Society since 2008 and has won a number of both trophy and league competitions.  Having previously obtained his Royal Photographic Society LRPS distinction, this September Stuart gained his ARPS distinction with a panel titled "The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway".

Congratulations Stuart, well deserved.

The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway by Stuart Thompson

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Club Report – Record Print Competition (Friday 14th Oct)

Marjorie Burge writes:

How do you make a Record Competition exciting? Invite Roger Force to be your judge! On Friday 14th October Roger Force FRPS DPAGB APAGB, a member of Dartford Camera Club, Honorary Vice President of the KCPA, on the L Judges Panel of the RPS, and a KCPA Premier Judge, gave us the benefit of his expertise in just exactly what is required to produce a good record image. The aim was to produce a photograph as close to the original as possible, and for this to happen shadows, highlights, lighting and texture were important. Spotlights in churches were especially difficult. While using Photoshop/Lightroom to make something look better was not allowed, he did want highlights toned down, shadows eliminated, images squared up and, just occasionally, blemishes removed. There were 49 PDI’s and 11 prints in the competition, with each image receiving his very close attention. APS members, new and long-standing, all felt that his in-depth comments would improve their approach to record photography in the future. In conversation, I said ‘we’ve got a whole year to forget how to do it’ and was told ‘Oh no, I’m going to take mine now ready for next time.’ Good advice.

Prints:  1st Mike Routley with Head and Torso Detail of Marble Sculpture of Bishop Brownlow North, 2nd Peter Skynner with Covered Slip 3, Chatham Dockyard, 3rd Kyle Tallett with The Chatham Naval Memorial.

PDI:  1st Sue Chapman with Contemporary Head Sculpture in Chichester Cathedral, 2nd Karen Saunders with Octopus Chapel, 3rd George Pearson with Memorial Window, Saint Bartholomew’s Hospital Sandwich.

Contemporary Head Sculpture in Chichester Cathedral by Sue Chapman

Octopus Chapel by Karen Saunders

 Memorial Window, Saint Bartholomew’s Hospital Sandwich by George Pearson

Winner of the Janet Morris Memorial Trophy:  Mike Routley with Head and Torso Detail of Marble Sculpture of Bishop Brownlow North.

Head and Torso Detail of Marble Sculpture of Bishop Brownlow North by Mike Routley

Next week, Friday 21st October, we can relax while Hugh Milsom FRPS MFIAP and Pat Broad ARPS AFIAP show their photography and talk about landscapes. Entry time also for our 2nd PDI competition. A good evening for visitors to enjoy.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Club Report–1st Print Competition (Friday 7th Oct)

Marjorie Burge writes:

On Friday 7th October we invited our good friend Clive Tanner FRPS MPAGB to judge the 1st Print Competition of the season. Clive is a Premier KCPA judge, an ex-president of the KCPA, chairman of the KCPA Judges Panel, and a member of Maidstone Camera Club, with many years experience in photography and, of course, judging. Clive’s speciality is record photography but this was an open competition and he had everything under the sun to comment upon. Even with 72 images in the competition Clive was never rushed, giving each individual entry his full attention, offering praise and advice in all divisions. He was looking for what the photographer put into the picture to make it stand out from the ordinary (but wasn’t looking for them to put in filters and plug-ins). He did mention drunks and fag ends, wanted some parts toned down, looked for a centre of interest, and felt that careful cropping could improve the balance of some images. On the whole he seemed fairly satisfied with our efforts and said that, particularly in Division 1, the quality of work made it very difficult for him to mark as they were all so good, and he felt he was separating the good from the very good in order to pick the top places. Clive said it was always a pleasure coming to APS which is good because he’s bound to be invited back again next year.

Division 1:  1st Anthony Wright with Don’t Go, 2nd Anthony Baines with Vapour on Typhoon, 3rd Kyle Tallett with Alone With My Thoughts.

Vapour on Typhoon by Anthony Baines

Division 2:  1st Stephen Cheek with Lion Cub and Baby Brother, 2nd Mike Routley with Curtain Tieback-Tassel, 3rd Stephen Cheek with Black Shouldered Kite.

Curtain Tieback-Tassel by Mike Routley

Division 3:  1st Avril Christensen with Sampans on The Wu, 2nd Karen Saunders with Matthew, 3rd Avril Christensen with Last Days of Autumn.

Sampans on The Wu by Avril Christensen

Next Friday, 14th October, Roger Force FRPS DPAGB APAGB will be judging the Janet Morris Memorial Trophy Record Competition, and hopefully the Small Print Competition first round will take place. Visitors always welcome.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Club Report - "Building On The Basic" Andy Smith LRPS CPAGB

Marjorie Burge writes:

On Friday 30th September Andy Smith LRPS CPAGB gave us his talk on ‘Building on the basics’. Andy is a member of Crayford Camera Club and his photography background covers forty years with his camera and twenty years as a KCPA judge. Find some of his photography on the Crayford website.

His talk was all about everything we should know about our camera if we read the manual and studied the menu, in order to get a perfect image before resorting to Photoshop/Lightroom. Everything, he said, was inter-related, so it was important to cover the basics and put them into practice. He stressed that the capabilities of cameras had advanced over the years and they were all now able to make some choices for you, but there were some steps which should be taken independently in order to get the best results. Some lenses were quite expensive and it was personal choice which ones to use. All were excellent in their own field, and it was important to choose appropriate to the subject you wished to specialise in. In the second half of his talk he showed us some images for comparison – colour, monochrome, architecture, street photography – stressing that while the rule of thirds was successful in producing a balanced image, it wasn’t always necessary to keep strictly to the book.

The following are several slides from Any's presentation:

Next Friday, 7th October, Clive Tanner FRPS MPAGB will be judging our first Print Competition, and it will be the first round of our Small Print Competition. Visitors always welcome.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Club Report–1st PDI Competition (Friday 23rd Sept)

Marjorie Burge writes:

On Friday 23rd September our 1st PDI competition was judged by Paul Dunmall CPAGB, a  member of Steyning Camera Club, and previously Distinctions Officer with the KCPA. Paul is a good friend of APS and judged our Portrait Competition in 2015. Images in all divisions were carefully considered and commented upon.  Paul was impressed with the high quality of Division 1 entries and leaned towards what he termed ‘brave’ entries, where photographers had taken a step outside the basic rules. In all divisions he felt there were good images which could have been improved by post-processing. At the end of the evening Paul said it was always a pleasure to be asked to judge at APS because of the high standard of work, and he felt that he too was able to learn from looking at our images.

Division 1:  1st Garry Shorter with Both Sides of the Coin, 2nd Sue Chapman with Petunia Details, 3rd Neil Owen with Follow the Leader.

Petunia Details by Sue Chapman

Division 2:  1st Graham Salt with Avro Tutor at Old Warden,  2nd Sean Harding with Tim, 3rd Chris Yates with Elmley Swan.

Avro Tutor At Old Warden by Graham Salt

Division 3:  1st Peter Skynner with Room With a View – Martindale Valley, 2nd Avril Christensen with Impressions of China, 3rd Avril Christensen with Alien City.

Room With A View – Martindale Valley by Peter Skynner

Next Friday, 30th September, we have Andy Smith LRPS CPAGB with his talk ‘Building on the Basics’ and it will be time to enter for the Janet Morris Memorial Trophy Record Competition covering both digital and print. Visitors always welcome.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Club Report - Talks by Graeme Andrews, Sean Harding and Chris Yates

Philip Hinton writes:

Last Friday evening was our first Club Night with presentations from Chris Yates, Sean Harding and Graeme Andrews, all APS members.

Chris began the evening by showing images of his interest in Urbex photography. This is finding and photographing buildings and architectural installations that are in danger of demolition and vandalism or even just neglect. Some have already been lost and Chris feels this is his way of preserving the memory of these interesting and rapidly disappearing buildings. He also gave an insight into his love of landscape photography with images of some of his favourite place's.

Conningbrook Lake by Chris Yates

Fort Burgoyne Caponier Dover by Chris Yates

Next, Sean presented his take on cars and bikes, photographed on visits to many local tracks and meetings, capturing action and speed. He then went on to show some of the wedding photography he has taken and explained how he approached getting the shots the couple wanted. He ended by showing some of his portrait images taken at re-enactment days and local festivals.

by Sean Harding

by Sean Harding

Graeme rounded up the evening with an insight into some of his creative images and his thinking behind the creative process. The evening ended with Graeme showing a selection of his natural history images from rare birds to macro pictures of insects and spiders, with images of sunsets near his home and even a view of a lightning strike.

by Graeme Andrews

by Graeme Andrews

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Club Report - "Alternative Images from a Fine Art and Club Perspective"

George Pearson writes:

Fridays’ entertaining presentation was very different from the conventional digital flow. David Silk and David Shaw frequently eschew the use of anything produced in the second half of the last century and instead dig out original unused Ilford and Kodak quarter and half plates via eBay. They then expose them in beautiful 100-year-old mahogany and brass cameras, develop and contact-print the results. They employ vintage techniques, cyanotype, lithographic etc; in short they explore possibilities that few of us have heard about and still fewer try. Both also take pleasure in both finding old images from any source and enquiring about the histories of the people and sights they discover. So, so different and all the stronger for that; a really enjoyable evening.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Club Report - Opening Night Of The New Season

Marjorie Burge writes:

An exciting first evening of our new season with everyone meeting up again after the summer break. The evening opened with a special surprise for Neville Marsh and Mick Gilburt when Councillor George Koowaree the Mayor of Ashford, and Gloria Champion the Deputy Mayoress, presented them with a cricket bat signed by all the Kent players commemorating 50 years of membership at APS, and Sue produced a celebration cake (made by her daughter Emma).  Neville has been on the committee right from the start, taking on different roles over the years and is now our President, and Mick has always been there by his side to help especially at the end of the evening when everything has to be tidied up before we can go home. I can remember Mick fine-tuning the projector in the good old days when we had slides.  Both Neville and Mick regularly attend the Kent matches and are well known for their award winning cricket photography. Fifty years of Friday nights and they are still enjoying themselves.

Once we had all signed in and received our programmes for the coming season, Katrina Devenport LRPS DPAGB and George Pearson DPAGB gave us an insight into their photography. Katrina has a special love for Yorkshire and showed us patterns in the snow on the hills and fields. Closer to home she had been to Brogdale and Saltwood capturing blossom, cowslips, orchids, and perfecting her images in camera without resort to Photoshop. George had travelled the world and had some wonderful images, rising early and walking for miles to find them, visiting wonderful rock formations in the States, and lonely derelict buildings in out of the way places.   The majority were from his trip to the Arctic where he made friends (from a distance) with a particular polar bear and some gigantic walruses, all amid stunning blue ice. It is always good to see images that are taken for pleasure rather than always with a competition in mind and both Katrina and George kept us entertained until it was time to go home.

The following are photographs of the evening, taken by Martin Till.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Annual Exhibition

The Ashford Photographic Society Annual Exhibition is now open from the 26th August to the 3rd September (excluding Sunday 28th and Monday 29th) 10:00 - 16:00. It is located in Park Mall Unit 23 (where Millets used to be).

Its our opportunity to show  to the local community what we do, it also advertises to prospective new members what a vibrant and creative group we are.  Please come along and see some excellent photography.

A big thank you to those who came in early and helped set up the exhibition, and thank you to Martin Till for the photographs.