Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Talk by Carol White-Griffiths LRPS



On Friday 19th May, Carol White-Griffiths LRPS, President of Dartford & District Camera Club gave her talk ‘Capturing the Moment’. Carol’s photography was mostly following Dartford Football Club, catching dynamic images of leaping, jumping and flying footballers, recording delight and horror in their battle against the elements and the opposition using, as well as her hands-on camera, a remote at the far end of the pitch carefully hidden behind the goal. Perched on a stool and close to the action, Carol was often mud-splattered and even knocked over by close encounters with the players – ‘no glamour involved in being a sport photographer’ she said. Carol’s talk shared with us everything she had learned about the art of sport photography, shooting low, keeping the ball in the picture, concentrating on faces and expressions, and overall the need to understand the game and be able to anticipate the next move.  She did cover other sports, indoor and out, but football was her main passion and much of her photography was used by the Dartford club in their publicity, even one image covering the side of a taxi. Her narrative was very entertaining, full of observations and stories – another good evening at APS.

Next Friday, 26th May, is Awards Night and Buffet Supper (invitation only) marking the end of our season.

We meet back again at the beginning of September later this year, at Givaudan Sports and Social Club, Kennington Road, Ashford TN24 0LT. Our evenings start at 7.30 and we finish around 10.00, with an interval part way through, when coffee and bar facilities are available. We are a very friendly club with photographers of all levels; tuition is given at workshops for members and on the club outings members can team up to gain experience. All competitions are judged by KCPA judges. New members always welcome. Check out our website at www.ashfordps.org.uk to find out who we are and what we do, or telephone our secretary Katrina Devenport on 01303 814842 if you have any questions.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Report on the Annual Exhibition competition

On Friday 12th May 17, Ray Bridges LRPS CPAGB ADPS BPE3* of Maidstone and Tenterden Camera Clubs judged our Annual Exhibition, the final competition of this season when we put our best of the season on display. Because of the very high quality of all images entered, Ray had to be quite critical when commenting, looking for reasons to choose between the good and the very good, pointing out areas where he would have done things differently had he been the photographer. He was looking for creativity, mood, atmosphere and a story, questioning what was happening, and how people were involved, and always stressing that when choosing from such strong images it was sometimes down to the judges own personal preference. When commenting upon Stephen Creek’s winning image he said it had been captured at just the right moment, was full of atmosphere, and was just a superb picture – one of the best he had ever seen of animal behaviour. Overall, he said, it was a wonderful collection of work.

Premier Award:  Stephen Cheek with Crossing The Mara.

Highly Commended:  Anthony Wright with Selfie, Kyle Tallett with The Girl I Left Behind, Anthony Wright with A Grandma, Avril Christensen with Boating Pool Sunset, Martin Till with Kingfisher Disabling Its Catch.

Commended:  Philip Hinton with Joe Standing in the Shadows, Katrina Devenport with Wetland Ponies, Kyle Tallett with The Reader, Anthony Baines with Lapwing Fore and Aft, Ian Macey with How to Train Your Dragon.

Next Friday, 19th May, Carol White-Griffiths LRPS will be presenting ‘Capturing the Moment’, a collection of sporting photography . This will be our final open evening of the season so a last chance for visitors to come and look us over. Friday May 26th is our Awards Night and Buffet Supper (members only), a reward for all the hard work put in during the season and our final gathering before we break for summer.


We meet back again at the beginning of September, at Givaudan Sports and Social Club, Kennington Road, Ashford TN24 0LT starting at 7.30, with coffee and bar facilities. We are a very friendly club with photographers of all levels; tuition is given at workshops for members and on the club outings members can team up to gain experience. All competitions are judged by KCPA judges. New members always welcome. Check out our website at www.ashfordps.org.uk to find out who we are and what we do, or telephone our secretary Katrina Devenport on 01303 814842 if you have any questions.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Yellowstone in Winter - a talk my Ron and Maggie Tear



On Friday 5th May, Ron Tear ARPS MPAGB BPE3* PSA3* and Maggie Tear LRPS CPAGB, from Essex, gave us a presentation on Yellowstone in Winter.  Both dedicated photographers with many years of experience - check out their website to see just how involved they are in lecturing, judging, winning awards and, of course travelling the world with their cameras. They gave a beautiful presentation of Yellowstone in Winter, taking us through each step of their journey, from flying in dangerously close to the mountains, to standing dangerously close to erupting geysers, every moment recorded in stunning images, and with a lively narrative full of stories and information. There is so much more to Yellowstone than just the scenery. The wildlife was amazing, particularly the moose and bison blending in with the snowy landscapes, wonderful rhine frosted trees, thermal springs with rainbow coloured pools and patterns, the mood and lighting changing constantly – it was a photographer’s paradise. They were indeed ‘walking in Ansel Adams’ footsteps’. A wonderful evening of photography and narrative from Ron and Maggie – hope they come and see us again soon.

Next Friday, 12th May, Ray Bridges LRPS CPAGB ADPS BPE3* will be judging our Annual Exhibition, an important end of season competition which we hope to be able to put on display in Park Mall sometime in August. Visitors always welcome.