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.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Club Report - A Talk By Dave Mason

Philip Hinton writes:

This was our first meeting of the new year and due to unforeseen circumstances Cathy Roberts could not attend. Luckily, she was able to swap dates with Dave Mason, who is a member of Woolwich Aperture and the Mirage photo group. Dave has recently retired and moved to Kent but he still mainly works as a street photographer and he presented many outstanding examples of his best images. He gives talks to many camera clubs all over the country and this gives him a great opportunity to visit local shows and country fairs where he captures many of his sharply observed images. He also had a selection of images showing his love of the countryside with some digital manipulation of trees and flora and fauna.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Club Report – 3rd PDI Competition (Friday 9th Dec)

Marjorie Burge writes:

A good evening at APS on Friday 9th December when our third PDI competition was judged by Andy Smith LRPS CPAGB of Crayford Camera Club. Andy is a judge with a lively imagination, looking for stories and meaning, wondering how we should feel on looking at an image. He found much to enjoy in our photography and his only real criticism was where he felt extra cropping, sometimes down to quite a narrow letterbox format, would improve an image. He made an interesting comment that placing an image ‘bang in the middle slows things down’. Out of a fair number of high quality images he chose the following:

Division 1:  1st Garry Shorter with Roll of the Dice, 2nd Neville Marsh with Ruddy Darter, 3rd Sue Chapman with Help Which Way Please.
Help Which Way Please by Sue Chapman

Division 2:  1st David Horwood with Blue Water, 2nd Maria O’Connell with Boom, 3rd Kyle Tallett with Wedding in Oia.
Blue Water by David Horwood

Division 3:  1st Neil French with In Memoriam Auschwitz, 2nd Phil Drury with Sunbeams on a Cloudy Day, Dingle Peninsula, 3rd Eniko Zsombok with The One WTC.
Sunbeams on a Cloudy Day, Dingle Peninsula by Phil Drury

The Small Print Competition results were as follows:

1st Round:  1st Peter Skynner with Passing Keys, 2nd Peter Skynner with Nuthatch, 3rd Peter Skynner with Three Hefers.

2nd Round:  1st Karen Saunders with Runner, 2nd Fiona Beadle with Canterbury in Mono, 3rd Michael Broadbent with Arctic Moon.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Club Report – Natural History Competition (Friday 2nd Dec)

Marjorie Burge writes:

Alan Bousfield ARPS DPAGB BPE* of Hailsham Camera Club was the judge for our Natural History Competition. Alan has a BA in Natural History. The competition was very well supported with over sixty PDI entries and twenty-eight prints. The overall standard was very high with a good representation of local wildlife, flora and fauna with many different species of bird and butterfly shown plus many rare and exotic animals from all parts of the world captured on camera by our well travelled photographers. The surprise overall winner was a macro shot of a fly on a leaf, with the first place in prints going to a magnificent shot of a kingfisher shaking a captured fish and this also won the action award.

Prints:  1st Martin Till with Kingfisher Disabling Its Catch, 2nd Chris Rogers with Black Necked Stilt, 3rd Neil French with Juvenile Vervet Monkey.

Kingfisher Disabling Its Catch by Martin Till

Black Necked Stilt by Chris Rogers

Juvenile Vervet Monkey by Neil French

PDI:  1st Anthony Wright with Flesh Fly (Sarcophagidae), 2nd Phil Drury with Squabbling Greenfinches, 3rd Phil Drury with Male Bearded Reedling.

Flesh Fly (Sarcophagidae) by Anthony Wright

Squabbling Greenfinches by Phil Drury

Male Bearded Reedling by Phil Drury

Overall winner of The Bill Waters Natural History Trophy: Anthony Wright with Flesh Fly (Sarcophagidae)

Winner of the Stephen Cheek Action Trophy:  Martin Till with Kingfisher Disabling Its Catch.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Club Report - "Back to the Future" A Talk By Richard Walton FRPS MPAGB EFIAP

Marjorie Burge writes:

A thoroughly enjoyable evening on Friday 25th November when Richard Walton FRPS MPAGB EFIAP gave his talk ‘Back to the Future’. Richard started lecturing and judging in Kent in 1994 and has developed his own personal take on photography from that time onwards. For a full list of his achievements go to where all will be revealed. His talk on Friday was centred around his use of Permajet (having been invited to join their Lecturer’s team in 2014) and the personal choice between colour and mono. Richard obviously favours mono but does use colour in moderation, pointing out that anything too brightly coloured often took attention away from the main focal point of the image. He showed the same images in mono and colour, leaving us to make our own choice, but explaining his preference and the reason for his decision, and also used different Permajet papers to show how the resulting image was affected. ‘Photography must be fun’ said Richard, and his travels around the coastal towns showed his ability to find that sense of fun mixed in with some serious photography. An instructive evening but also an evening of brilliant photography enjoyed by all.

Brighton Swimming Club by Richard Walton

Derelict Barn by Richard Walton

Southwold Sailors Reading Room by Richard Walton

The Bandstand by Richard Walton

Next Friday, 2nd December, we have The Bill Waters Natural History Trophy Competition, judged by Alan Bousefield BA Hons ARPS DPAGB BPE1*. Visitors welcome.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Club Report – 2nd Print Competition (Friday 18th Nov)

Marjorie Burge writes:

On Friday 18th November Glyn Bareham LRPS CPAGB of Invicta Camera Club together with Di Long LRPS of Herne Bay & Canterbury Camera Clubs, judged our 2nd Print Competition. Glyn is a KCPA Premier Judge and Hon Member of Seaford Camera Club, Di is a KCPA Provisional Judge. Having two judges worked well with Glyn leading and Di either agreeing or making her own independent comments. Interesting to see the different views. Glyn, who has been judging for many years now, said it was a pleasure to come to a club where he knew the quality of work would be high. His approach to Division 3 entrants was considerate of their being in ‘the beginners class’ and he said the quality of their work was very good. He mentioned a revival in monochrome. There were overall 83 images to comment upon but he took his time and gave each one his full attention. Di commented now and then, anxious over bright sections and more advantageous cropping. When given an opportunity to choose her winners over those chosen by Glyn, she did indeed pick some he had passed over – showing how different judges will bring different results. When entering competitions, know your judge.

Division 1: 1st Anthony Baines with Close to the Speed of Sound, 2nd George Pearson with Post, Stone, Water and Fence Composition, 3rd Kyle Tallett with The Sheep and the Church.

Post, Stone, Water and Fence Composition by George Pearson

Division 2: 1st Mike Routley with Speak No Evil, 2nd Marcello Tomasini with Durdle Door at Sunset, 3rd Marcello Tomasini with Alone in the Safe Harbour.
Speak No Evil by Mike Routley

Division 3: 1st Steve O’Connor with Corner No. 8, 2nd Fiona Beadle with Wooden Roller Coaster Out of Order Again, 3rd Paul Gardiner with Stokes National Park.

Corner No. 8 by Steve O’Connor

Next Friday, 25th November, we have Richard Walton FRPS MPAGB EFIAP with ‘Back to the Future’, and it will be time to enter our 3rd PDI Competition. Visitors welcome.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Club Report - Talk by Wonky Horizons

Marjorie Burge writes:

An excellent evening of photography from Wonky Horizons – Anthony Baines ARPS CPAGB, Philip Hinton ARPS and Martin Till LRPS – on Friday 11th November. Visiting Comic Con in London Anthony and Philip claimed themselves a clear section of wall to isolate their images from the 130,000 visitors. Batman, Star Wars, Harry Potter, even Wonder Woman was there and all eager to be photographed. Martin’s photography was far away from such hustle and bustle, rising early to catch St Michael’s Mount at sunrise, stonechats at a nearby nature reserve, then sitting in complete peace in a sculpture garden before moving on to Dartmoor landscapes, grey wagtails and dippers.

Anthony talked us through his entry in the Care on Camera competition which took him into close contact with the carers and their patients, and out of more than 800 entries he was awarded the Gold Award for his photograph. Check their website for winning images.

In the second half Martin showed some stunning images of kingfishers and butterflies, and talked us through his preparation in relation to the use of natural light and the patience required to capture images from a hide. Anthony’s love of aircraft photography is well-known and he took us on his travels to airfields and shows, explaining everything in detail from early morning at Stow Maries to Spitfires at Duxford. Phil explained how he uses emotion and art in his portrait photography, using textures and blending to perfect his unique images. There were musicians from St Mary’s concerts, beautiful wistful models, strange almost hidden images, ancient mariners. The evening ended far too soon.

by Martin Till

by Martin Till

by Martin Till

Love Lost In Time by Philip Hinton

Nothing Arrives by Philip Hinton

Sunrise Through Mist and Tree by Philip Hinton

by Anthony Baines

by Anthony Baines

by Anthony Baines

Next Friday, 18th November, we have Glyn Bareham LRPS CPAGB judging our 2nd Print Competition, the second round of the Small Print Competition, and hand-in for the Natural History Competition. What a busy life we do lead. Visitors always welcome.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Club Report – 2nd PDI Competition (Wednesday 2nd Nov)

Marjorie Burge writes:

On Wednesday 2nd November Premier judge Steve Carroll ARPS, a member of Maidstone Camera Club and of the KCPA, was the judge for our 2nd PDI Competition. With over 70 images it was a full evening – good that so many APS members enter the league competitions. Steve said they were all very strong images but overall, in all divisions, he didn’t like anything that was light enough to distract him from the main point of the image. Anything ‘overly bright’ needed to be toned down, and this he freely admitted was his theme for the evening’s judging. He was lavish in his praise for Division 1 entries but even here there was room for areas to be toned down. His chosen images were:

Division 1:  1st Philip Hinton with Welcome to Your Nightmare, 2nd Anthony Wright with Great Tit (Parus major), 3rd Stephen Cheek with Inquisitive Youngsters.

Inquisitive Youngsters by Stephen Cheek

Division 2: 1st Sean Harding with Kate, 2nd Graeme Andrews with What Do They Know, 3rd Michael Pepper with Boys’ Toys at the Steam Fair.

Boys’ Toys at the Steam Fair by Michael Pepper

Division 3:  1st Avril Christensen with It’s All About the Stripes, 2nd Spencer Stone with Long Exposure macro study of a plasma ball, 3rd Karen Saunders with Onions Drying.

Onions Drying by Karen Saunders

Our next meeting will be on Friday 11th November when we will hold a Special General Meeting at the very beginning of the evening, and then follow this with Wonky Horizons, when Anthony Baines ARPS CPAGB, Philip Hinton ARPS and Martin Till LRPS will be delighting us with their adventures in photography.

Monday, 31 October 2016

Singleton Lake (Autumn Colours) Outing

Philip Hinton writes:

On Sunday a group from APS met with members of  Friends of Singleton Lake for a shot of autumn colours.  We were rewarded with sightings of Kingfishers flying back and forth across the lake and a Little Egret flying across as well.  Martin Till led the group, giving plenty of good advice on how we could get the best images from around the lake.

Here are a selection of photographs taken during the morning:

by Philip Hinton

by Philip Hinton

by Philip Hinton

by Martin Till

by Martin Till

by Martin Till

by Martin Till

by Ian Macey

by Ian Macey

by Ian Macey

by Ian Macey