Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Club Report – 3rd PDI Competition (Friday 12th Dec)

Marjorie Burge writes:

Paul Adams ARPS DPAGB FDPS was our judge on Friday 12th December for our 3rd Projected Images Competition. Paul, from Bexleyheath Camera Club, is a premier judge and also President of the Disabled Photographers Society, and this year he won best print in their Annual Exhibition. Paul is a very friendly judge and made sure we were all included in the evening as he kept us entertained and informed as he commented in depth on all images. Out of a high quality entry he chose the following:

Division 1: 1st Richard Nutter with I’m Watching You, 2nd David Marsh with A Man From Planet Voca, 3rd Stephen Cheek with Lilac Breasted Roller Take-off


A Man From Planet Voca by David Marsh

Division 2: 1st Chris Rogers with Angry Hippo, 2nd Graham Salt with Hawker Hind at Old Warden, 3rd Chris Yates with Emilia.

EMILIA by 31

Emilia by Chris Yates

Division 3: 1st Les Gordon with Sarah Playing Barnada With Such Loathing, 2nd Steven Baker with A Balanced Breakfast, 3rd Alan Britton with Common Bonnet (Mycena Galericulata)


Sarah Playing Barnada With Such Loathing by Les Gordon

Top 3 images for each division: http://www.ashfordps.org.uk/respdi-2.htm
League tables: http://www.ashfordps.org.uk/league_tables.htm

The 2nd Round of the Small Print Competition results are:

1st Lesley Parker with I Can See You, 2nd Lesley Parker with Meerkat, 3rd Linda Thackeray with Untitled (B&W Grasses)

Next Friday, 19th December is our last meeting before the Christmas break (back again on 2nd January). It will be a Club Night and, in keeping with the festive season, we will be having nibbles and a quiz. It will also be hand-in for The John Wigmore Rural Landscape Trophy Competition which will be judged after the break by Kevin Bell LRPS.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Club Report – Friday 5th Dec

Marjorie Burge writes:

Colin Page, a horticulturist who specialises in landscape and nature photography, was the ideal judge for our Natural History Competition on Friday. Colin has been a member of Rye & District Camera Club for forty years, and Chairman for 20 years. He is also Secretary of Rye Natural History Society, on the committee of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and has over forty years experience in horticulture.  We had one of the highest entries for many years in this competition and gave Colin the difficult task of picking winners from images covering all aspects of wildlife – some of our photographers travel the world to seek out their favourite shots, some roam the countryside nearer home to catch the local flora and fauna. Colin commented not only from his own point of view as a judge but also from the photographer’s point of view. He understood the difficulties involved in catching the moment and was generous in his praise for all entries.

Prints: 1st Anthony Wright with Hoverflies Mating (Syrphidae), 2nd Bob Devine with Lioness with Playing Cubs, 3rd Dominique Huxley with Springtime in The Weald.

PDI:    1st Avril Christensen with Young Condor in Flight Over Andes, 2nd Alan Britton with Sunflower and Bee, 3rd Graeme Andrews with Male Shoveler Duck Reflected While Preening Itself.

The overall winner for The Bill Waters Natural History Trophy was Avril Christensen with her PDI Young Condor in Flight Over Andes.

Young Condor in Flight Over Andes by Avril Christensen

Action Trophy
Prints:  1st Bob Devine with Osprey Catches Fish, 2nd Chris Rogers with Baby Elephant in Late Sunlight, 3rd Chris Rogers with Heading Off.

PDI:  1st Stephen Cheek with Lilac Breasted Roller at Take-off, 2nd Graeme Andrews with Grey Heron Landing, 3rd David Marsh with Black Headed Gull Attacking Puffin for Sand Eels.

The trophy for the category of ‘Action’ within the Natural History Competition has been kindly provided by Stephen Cheek and this was won by Bob Devine with his print of Osprey Catches Fish.

bob Osprey Catches Fish by Bob Devine

Graeme Andrews photograph “Male Shoveler Duck Reflected While Preening Itself” has also had success outside of the club, coming 1st in the Pentax User forum’s weekly themed competition “Reflection”.  Congratulations Graeme!

MALE SHOVELER DUCK REFLECTED WHILE PREENING ITSELF by  Graeme Andrews 3rd place pdi Male Shoveler Duck Reflected While Preening Itself by Graeme Andrews

Next Friday, 12th December, Paul Adams ARPS DPAGB FDPS will be judging our 3rd PDI Competition.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Club Report – Friday 28th Nov

Marjorie Burge writes:

On Friday 28th November Bob Devine ARPS DPAGB BPE3* EFIAP gave us an insight into ‘The Wild Side of Bob’. A member of APS for over 25 years, Bob’s love of wildlife photography began with trips into his local countryside, happy if he could spot a fox or a badger. If you check his website at bobdevinephotography.co.uk you will see that the images he now treasures are of much wilder animals. Bob enters his images in national and international competitions, gaining distinctions, medals, and silver and gold awards. Although he has travelled with his camera to many countries – America, Asia, Europe - Africa is his favourite hunting ground and he showed us some amazing images taken in and around the national parks of that country. An early start to the day ensured he caught that first light of the morning, and hours of patience and radio contact in the vast spaces gave him opportunities that took our breath away, for lions, tigers, elephants and many quite rare animals. Ever heard of a caracal? Find it on his website. Everyone at APS enjoyed the evening.


Lion and Cub 3 by Bob Devine

Next Friday, 5th December we have The Bill Waters Natural History Trophy Competition to be judged by Colin Page. Because of the very high entry of Natural History images, the Record Competition, which was to be held on the same evening, has been moved to February. A good evening for visitors to enjoy our photography and discover how our visiting judges pick their chosen winners from amongst so many amazing images.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Club Report – Friday 21st Nov

Marjorie Burge writes:

Clive Tanner FRPS DPAGB from Maidstone Camera Club was our chosen judge for the 2nd Print Competition of the season. Clive’s background in judging over many years includes being the current Chairman of the KCPA Judges Panel, and a former President of the KCPA. Ample experience to enable him to judge the 98 prints that made up the three divisions in our competition. Clive gave each image detailed analysis, and it was clear that for Clive they must be attractive to look at, if possible contain some drama, tell a story and show some involvement from the photographer. Many images were classed as ‘competent’ but Clive was looking for ‘something more’, and chose the following :

Division 1:  1st Philip Hinton with Maria – Goth Beauty, 2nd Anthony Baines with Rising on a Pillar of Smoke, 3rd Helen Taylor with Shells and Silk.

Division 2:  1st Chris Yates with Typhoon Take-off, 2nd Mike Routley with London I Pods, 3rd Chris Yates with Watching Bricks Dry at Pluckley Brickworks.

Division 3:  1st Graham Salisbury with I’m Picking Up Good Vibrations, 2nd Alan Britton with St. John’s Hospital, Bruges (Cyanotype Print), 3rd Marcello Tomasini with The Dead Next Door.

Maria – Goth Beauty by Philip Hinton ARPS

Watching Bricks Dry at Pluckley Brickworks by Chris Yates

Clive thanked APS for giving him the opportunity to judge our competition, saying it had been a feast of photography from the very first print to the last. It was indeed good to see so many entries of such high quality, particularly in Division 3, and to see such imagination from members of APS. Well done everyone.

League tables:  http://www.ashfordps.org.uk/league_tables.htm

Next Friday, 28th November, we have ‘The Wild Side of Bob’ when Bob Devine ARPS DPAGB BPE3* EFIAP will be showing and talking about his passion for wildlife photography. Bob has travelled the world in search of unique situations for photography and won many awards in international competitions. Check out his website at bobdevinephotography.co.uk to find out more about him – or just come along and see it for yourself.

Entries for the 3rd PDI competition are also required with a cut-off time of midnight Friday 28th Oct.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Chris Rogers – Photographic Awards

We would like to congratulate Chris Rogers for winning an NCPF Ribbon in the Northern Counties International Salon of Photography 2014, Projected Digital Images Nature section, for his photograph “Baby Elephant in Late Sunlight”.  Chris also got an acceptance for “Angry Hippopotamus”.

Baby Elephant in Late Sunlight (Nature section) NCPF Ribbon

Well done Chris.

Northern Counties International Salon of Photography 2014

Monday, 17 November 2014

Club Report – Friday 14th Nov

Marjorie Burge writes:

Friday was a Club Night and Nicholas Hill ARPS showed images under the title of “The Beauty of India”, from his recent visit to Jaipur, Pushkar and Varanasi. An excellent narrative took us on his travels through the wonderful countryside, architecture and people that make these area so attractive to photographers. His technical experience and pure love of photography was evident. Rising early meant he caught the morning light, so important to the gentle colours in the ancient buildings, and careful approach and interaction meant his portraits, particularly of the holy men and the camel traders, caught the their way of life as well as the person. Using a Medium Format Pentax and portable studio lighting Nicholas was able to capture some stunning images. Little wonder that he is USA Landscape Photographer of the Year. A great evening of photography enjoyed by all at APS.

Sunrise with the Aghori by Nicholas Hill

We would also like to congratulate Nicholas on recently being awarded Kent Wedding Photographer of the Year 2014.

You can find out more about Nicholas and his photography at www.nicholashillphotography.co.uk.

Next Friday, 21st November our 2nd Print Competition will be judged by Clive Tanner FRPS DPAGB, the 2nd round of the Small Print Competition will be judged by the members present, and entries are required for the both the Bill Waters Natural History Trophy and The Janet Morris Memorial Record Trophy (to be judged on 5th December).

Friday, 14 November 2014

Club Report – Mono Conversion Workshop

Last night’s mono conversion work shop was well attended.  Anthony took the first half, demonstrating various techniques in both Lightroom and Photoshop for converting images to black and white, including the use of channels and the Nik Silver Efex plugin.  Ian followed this by showing how he processes his cityscapes.  Ian’s notes are here:  Mono Conversion Notes

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Club Report – Friday 31st Oct

Marjorie Burge writes:

Zoe Garnham-Archer, an accredited KCPA judge, from Invicta Camera Club, was our judge for the 2nd PDI Competition. Zoe is planning to visit Mount Everest soon on a trekking expedition and would donate her travelling expenses for the evening towards that exciting adventure. But before that, another difficult task awaited her attention – deciding who to pick as winners from a high-quality entry in all three divisions. Zoe commented carefully and with much attention to detail on all entries and after short-listing to four or five images in each group, chose the following:

Division 1: 1st Richard Nutter with Putting the Effort In, 2nd Sue Chapman with Godafoss Waterfalls Iceland, 3rd Sue Chapman with Curving Up.


Godafoss Waterfalls Iceland by Sue Chapman

Division 2: 1st Anthony Wright with Damselfly, 2nd Chris Yates with Ham Mill, 3rd Anthony Wright with Coco.


Damselfly by Anthony Wright

Division 3: 1st Martin Tilling with It’s All About Control, 2nd Steven Baker with Fingers of God, 3rd Alan Britton with Sunflower and Bee.


It’s All About Control by Martin Tilling

Top 3 images for each division:  http://www.ashfordps.org.uk/respdi-2.htm
League tables:  

No meeting on Friday 7th November as Givaudan are holding their own private fireworks event for their hard-working staff. This gives members more time to prepare their entries for the 2nd Print Competition which need to be handed in on 14th November. This evening will be a Club Night when we are able to learn more about how our members go about their photography. A good evening for visitors and new members wishing to learn a bit more about the club.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Steve Bloom “Our Wild World”

Steve Bloom is a writer and a photographic artist who specialises in evocative images of the living world. Born in South Africa in 1953, he first used the camera to document life in South Africa during the apartheid years. He moved to England in 1977 and co-founded one of London’s leading photographic special effects companies. With the use of pioneering digital techniques, he quickly built up a world-wide client base and worked on many prestigious campaigns, including the official posters for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.

On 13th November Steve will be doing his interactive talk “Our Wild World” at CCE (see poster for further details).

Steve Bloom Flyer

For more details about Steve and his work please visit his website at www.stevebloomphoto.com

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

What’s on in November

Club Activities

7th No meeting – Givaudan fireworks display  
13th Mono conversions (W) Anthony Baines ARPS & Ian Macey
14th Club night  
  Entries for the 2nd Print Competition  
21st 2nd Print Competition (P) Clive Tanner FRPS DPAGB
  Small Print Competition – 2nd round (P)  
  Entries for the Natural History and Record Competitions (DP)  
27th Intermediate Camera Skills (W) Martin Till LRPS
28th The wild side of Bob (D) Bob Devine ARPS DPAGB BPE3* EFIAP
  Entries for the 2rd Projected Images Competition  

(D) = Digital Projected Images
(P) = Prints
(DP) = Digital Projected Images and Prints
(W) = Workshops held at the Oak Room, Smeeth on Thursdays at 19.30

Other Activities

2rd - 28th – Exclusive House Tours at Ightham Mote
For the first time from 3 November – 28 November, Ightham Mote will be offering visitors to the house exclusive tours of areas of the house with one of our room guides – no need to book.

22nd – 23rd – Origin Weekend
Celebrate ‘Origin Day’ at the home of Charles Darwin. Explore evolution at its birthplace as our experts share their knowledge of the man himself and his groundbreaking theories.

29th – KM / British Legion Walk
All walks have a WW1 theme connecting to people, places or events associated with WW1. They are ‘Walks with Chat’ not peripatetic lectures as I’m not a historian

Please check the website http://geofframbler.co.uk/ for more information on the walks and any last minute changes.

Sheerness - 6 miles circular walk from the Sheerness railway station.

Park in local car parks at the front of Sheerness-on-Sea Railway Station. (ME12 1RJ, TQ918 749.)

All of this route can be done on hard surfaces that run parallel to those on softer ground. It may therefore be suitable for all-terrain buddies but be warned there are steps to cross a railway bridge.

Walk Themes: ‘Barbed Wire Island’, shipping disasters, Eastchurch - cradle of British Aviation, Malaria, demobilisation / resettlement of soldiers.

29th – 24.Dec – Christmas at The Castle
Capture the spirit of Christmas with a memorable day out for all the family. Traditionally decorated Castle rooms, welcoming log fires and twinkling Christmas trees.  Bring the children to meet Father Christmas, enjoy relaxed Christmas shopping in the Gift Shops, and sample delicious festive food in the restaurants. As dusk falls, the gardens are magically illuminated with up-lighting and beautiful colour washes. .

Monday, 27 October 2014

Club Report – Friday 24th Oct

Marjorie Burge writes:

Our judge for the Portrait competition on Friday was Darren Woolway ARPS, professional photographer based in Plumstead, specialising in automotive photography. Darren has his own approach to judging which he feels should not only pick out the winners but help all those who enter to improve their chances by giving hints on how to improve not just their photography but their final presentation of an image. There was a high entry in the competition, giving Darren a busy evening but he offered an informative and detailed comment on each and every image, choosing the following in both print and digital, before deciding on an overall winner:

Prints: 1st Philip Hinton with The Discreet Charm of Love Lost in Time, 2nd Ian Macey with Concentration, 3rd Linda Thackeray with Siobhan With Dark Hair.

PDI: 1st Lesley Parker with Lost Soul, 2nd Anthony Wright with Coco, 3rd Anthony Baines with Into The Desert.

Congratulations to Lesley Parker the overall Winner of The Tony Culver Trophy with Lost Soul.

Lost Soul by Lesley Parker

Next Friday, 31st October Zoe Garnham-Archer will be judging our 2nd PDI competition. No meeting the following week on Friday 7th as Givaudan have their own private fireworks display.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Club Report – Monday 20th Oct

Monday 20th October was our Battle with Folkestone Camera Club (www.folkestonecameraclub.co.uk), for both PDI and Print, hosted by Folkestone. The judge for the evening was Clive Tanner FRPS DPAGB, and with the PDIs shown first we went into the break with a 9 point lead. After the break the prints were judged and the lead was extended by a further 7 points, giving Ashford an overall winning margin of 16 points.

Ashford Photographic Society: 507
Folkestone Camera Club: 491

Below are our scores and the winning image from each section.

Augur buzzard floats above Lake Nakuru George Pearson 19 (3rd)
Blue on grey Garry Shorter 17
Check mate Graeme Andrews 19
Checking out the opposition at the start of the race Stuart Thompson 20 (1st)
Common blues mating Neville Marsh 18
Crime scene Helen Bramley 15
Galapagos sea lions Stephen Cheek 15
If you dare Bob Dyer 17
Kingfisher with fish for mate No.1 Richard Nutter 18
Porth Nanven Martin Till 14
Serval jump Bob Devine 18
The Alice Cooper band Graham Salt 17
The Chapter House Mark Caldwell 16
The teacher David Marsh 15
Willow Anthony Wright 12
  Total 250
  Folkestone Camera Club 241
Cullins from Elgol beach David Marsh 17
Damselfly Anthony Wright 17
Alex Lowes Ian Macey 20 (2nd)
Lonely lady Gordon Chapman 17
Langdale John Wigmore 14
A taste of summer Alan Britton 12
Southern Pale Goshawk Chris Yates 17
Paul Bob Dyer 17
Down to the sea Stuart Thompson 19
Venus in blue Philip Hinton 17
Hot and steamy Sue Chapman 14
Lamps in a line Jim Moody-Smith 19
Self belief Nicholas Hill 20 (1st)
Guard duty Anthony Baines 16
Who’s been sitting in my chair George Pearson 19
  Total 257
  Folkestone Camera Club 250


Checking out the opposition at the start of the race by Stuart Thompson


Self belief by Nicholas Hill

Congratulations Ashford, and a big thanks to Folkestone for both the friendly competition and hosting the event, Clive Tanner for judging, and those members who were able to attend.

Club Report – Friday 17th Oct

Marjorie Burge writes:

On Friday evening at APS we were told all about ‘Seeing’ by Richard Walton FRPS MPAGB EFIAP BPE3*. Richard is currently a member of Invicta Camera Club and has been gaining knowledge of photography since buying his first camera in 1988. In 2011 Richard was appointed to the Visual Art Associateship and Fellowship Assessment Panel of the Royal Photographic Society and re-appointed to the Licentiate Assessment Panel and his photography reflects experience gained along the way. ‘Seeing’ means more than just looking, it means finding that little extra something that makes an image special to both the photographer and the viewer. Richard placed great emphasis on simplicity, and although it was obvious that monochrome was his first love he was happy to use colour where it brought a picture to life.

We were treated to a stunning display of images from his travels, not all from abroad (he did have a very strong panel from Auschwitz), many from this country, particularly London, all showing his unique approach to the camera, his love of street photography and his very subtle sense of humour. A good evening at APS. Find out more of Richard’s photography at www.richardwalton.co.uk.

Monkish by Richard Walton FRPS MPAGB EFIAP BPE3*

Our next meeting, Friday 24th October will be the Tony Culver Portrait Competition to be judged by Darren Woolway ARPS – this will be prints and digital images. Visitors and new members always welcome.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Club Report – Friday 10th Oct

Marjorie Burge writes:

Roger Force FRPS DPAGB APAGB from Dartford & District Camera Club judged our first print competition on Friday. Roger, a PAGB judge, a Premier KCPA judge and also a KCPA Kent Judge Advisor, and his vast experience was evident as he commented meticulously on all images. His emphasis was on sharpness and originality, stressing that when judging so many entries his decision had to be made within a few seconds.

His chosen winners were:

Division 1: 1st Philip Hinton with The Discreet Charm, 2nd Nicholas Hill with The Sacrifice, 3rd Stuart Thompson with The Old Pier Swanage.

Division 2: 1st Anthony Wright with Haystacks, 2nd Mike Routley with Light Through Yonder Window, 3rd Anthony Wright with Spanish Dawn

Division 3: 1st Martin Tilling with Full Throttle, 2nd Les Gordon with The Cube London, 3rd Linda Thackeray with Beauty and The Beast.

THE CUBE by 68

The Cube London by Les Gordon

There was a large entry of high quality in all divisions and once again it is good to see some of our new members being successful. The results of the first round of the Small Print Competition will be announced later.

League tables:  http://www.ashfordps.org.uk/league_tables.htm

Next Friday, 17th October, our speaker is Richard Walton FRPS MPAGB EFIAP BPE3* (http://www.richardwalton.co.uk/) with a talk entitled ‘Seeing’. Richard’s photography is very strong and this will be a good evening for new members and visitors.


Simply Winter by Richard Walton FRPS MPAGB EFIAP BPE3*

Entries for the 2nd PDI competition are also required with a cut-off time of midnight.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Camera Skills Workshops

I will be running two Camera Skills workshops, the first being on Thursday 23rd October and the second on Thursday 27th November. Both will be held at the Oak Room, Smeeth, starting at 19.45.

The topics I will be covering are:

Overview of Exposure
  • Understanding the relationship between Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO
Controlling Exposure
  • Exposure compensation
  • Sensor Dynamic Range & Histograms
  • Metering Modes
  • RAW vs JPEG
  • Using Filters
  • White Balance
Camera Shooting Modes; which one to use when
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
  • Bulb

  • Lens overview
  • The three factors controlling Depth of Field
  • Focal length and perspective
  • Focusing Techniques
  • Choosing and using a tripod

All members are welcome.

Martin Till

Friday, 10 October 2014

Photoshop Basics Workshop – Recommended Resources

Following on from last night’s well attended Photoshop Basics workshop here are the resources that Ian recommended:

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Club Report – Friday 3rd Oct

Marjorie Burge writes:

Another great evening on Friday 3rd October when Ian Stone DPAGB and Marie Laure Stone DPAGB EFIAP BPE4* brought their ‘Worldwide Photography’ to the club. From small beginnings with a Kodak, and winning a trip to Australia their life of photography has indeed taken them worldwide, and we were lucky that they took time out to show us their amazing images of wildlife, landscapes and the people they met during their travels. Ian and Marie also took us through the steps they had taken along the way to achieve their skills, showing the wildlife panel Ian put together to gain his DPAGB and explaining some of the mysteries of distinctions. Distinctions well deserved as shown by their images of wild horses taken as they travelled through remote and wild areas in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

Kokboru, Kyrgyz Game by Marie Laure Stone DPAGB BPE4 EFIAP

Merlin Plucking A Dunnock by Ian Stone DPAGB

Next Friday, 10th October, is our 1st Print Competition with Roger Force FRPS DPAGB APAGB judging, also the first round of the George Downe Memorial Cup Small Print Competition, and entries will be required for the Tony Culver Trophy Portrait Competition.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

What’s on in October

Club Activities

3rd Worldwide Photography (D) Ian Stone DPAGB and Marie Laure Stone DPAGB EFIAP BPE4*
9th Basic Photoshop (resizing, labelling & entering) (W) Sue Chapman ARPS
10th 1st Print Competition (P) Roger Force FRPS DPAGB APAGB
  1st Small Print Competition  
  Entries for the Portrait Competition (P)  
17th Seeing (P) Richard Walton FRPS MPAGB EFIAP BPE3*
  Entries for the 2nd Projected Images Competition (D)  
20th “Battle with Folkestone” (DP) - Away  
23rd Basic Camera Skills (W) Martin Till LRPS
24th Portrait Competition (P) Darren Woolway ARPS
31st 2nd Projected Image Competition (D) Zoe Garnham-Archer

(D) = Digital Projected Images
(P) = Prints
(DP) = Digital Projected Images and Prints
(W) = Workshops held at the Oak Room, Smeeth on Thursdays at 19.30

Other Activities

2nd - 5th – Tenterden Folk Festival
Four days of folk, music and dance in Tenterden town centre from the 2nd - 5th October.  Barn dances, concerts, Morris dancers, workshops, folk clubs, sing-a-rounds, music sessions, craft, music and street stalls.  There will also be a procession, showcases, dance displays and much more.

5th – Autumn Sundays at Hole Park Gardens
Additional Sunday opening on 5th, 12th 19th and 26th October.

Hole Park Gardens in Kent, which are renowned for bluebells and beautifully clipped topiary and great yew hedges, have other surprises to captivate visitors in late summer and autumn, including a flower unique to Hole Park - the spectacular late flowering agapanthus 'Hole Park Blue'.

The 15 acre gardens include a vibrant exotic border which peaks in September and October together with mature trees and Japanese Maples which provide striking autumn colour around the gardens and woodland.

11th – 12th – Austin Counties Car Rally
Enjoy a nostalgic look back at an eclectic mix of Austin Counties cars (and other vintage vehicles!) at Tenterden Town Station and take a trip behind a steam train while you’re there!

12th – Diwali 2014 (London)
Celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights in Trafalgar Square. There’s something for everyone at this fantastic free event.  Highlights include a packed stage programme, showcasing the best contemporary Asian music and dance from professional artists and talented community groups. There’s also a live catwalk show, Asian bazaar, beauty marquee, food and family fun.

14th – 15th – Wild Mushroom Foraging with John Wright
John Wright, acknowledged expert, author in foraging and a regular visitor to River Cottage will be running a Wild Mushroom Foraging day at Moon Down, just outside Tunbridge Wells.  With John you will explore our site for a variety of fungi while being informed and entertained by John and his extensive knowledge of fungi. During the day we hope to find enough edible Wild Mushrooms to enable our Chef to provide tasters of the different varieties and to complement the 3-course lunch with wine.  The afternoon provides an opportunity for more foraging followed by Afternoon Tea, where John will talk through the day’s finds on the ‘Show & Tell’ table.

Adults : £90 to include 3-course lunch with wine and afternoon tea

17th – 19th – British Superbike Championship (Brands Hatch GP Circuit)
The battle for the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship will go down to the wire this October as the six Title Fighters go head-to-head on the legendary Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit in the decisive final three races of the season.

Friday: £10, Saturday: £18, Sunday: £32, Weekend (online booking only): £34

18th – 19th – Game and Apple Weekend Faversham
Faversham Food Weekends - we're in the middle of the Garden of England and this year we are going to be celebrating in the Market and across Faversham with four Food Weekends celebrating seasonal product. These will include tastings, talks, special menus in lots of Faversham pubs and restaurants and farm visits.

18th – 01st Nov – Canterbury Festival
Canterbury Festival 2014 will see over 200 events take place across two weeks in a wide variety of genres including music, performance, science, talks and visual arts. This year’s programme is packed full of exciting events for all tastes.

19th – Emmetts Conker Championships
Remember your school days this autumn at the Emmetts Conker Championships.  Challenge your family and friends to a game of conkers – who will win!!

23rd – Autumn Photowalks (Leeds Castle)

An opportunity to improve your photography skills and capture the castle grounds and autumn flowers with your own equipment with professional guidance from Robert Canis.  Robert will explain camera controls, composition, lighting, exposure and lens selection. There will be plenty of opportunities to stop and set up your shots for photographs in the grounds. 

The workshop is suitable for all ages and abilities and each walk lasts approximately three hours.  Sessions available from 10am to 1pm or 2pm to 5pm.  £40 per person (includes a one day ticket to Leeds Castle and refreshments). Max 8 people per session.

24th - 26th – Wildscreen Photography Festival (Royal Geographical Society London)

Bringing together the world’s top environmental and wildlife photographers, Wildscreen Photography Festival, formerly WildPhotos, is the must-attend event in the wildlife photography calendar.

Packed full of inspirational talks from the very best wildlife and conservation photographers, this is an unmissable opportunity to learn from industry experts, hear the stories behind the awe-inspiring and iconic images, find out about the latest kit and technologies and to join the debate on the hottest topical issues right now.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Club Report – Friday 26th Sept

Friday 26th September was our 1st PDI competition and we were delighted to have Sue Flood DPAGB as our judge for the evening. Sue is a KCPA accredited judge, and a long-standing member of Sittingbourne Camera Club, having served on their committee from 1985 to 2012 including a term as Chairman. The images to be judged were of the usual APS high standard and Sue gave them her full attention, choosing the following:-

Division 1: 1st Martin Till with Porth Nanven; 2nd Stuart Thompson with Fight for the Lead; 3rd Richard Nutter with Little Owl on Stump.

1st PORTH NANVEN by Martin TillPorth Nanven by Martin Till 

Division 2: 1st Anthony Wright with Willow; 2nd David Hughes with United Nation; 3rd Chris Rogers with Little Egret in Flight.

1st WILLOW by Anthony Wright Willow by Anthony Wright

Division 3: 1st Steven Baker with Strawberry Dessert; 2nd Lesley Parker with Giraffe; 3rd Steven Baker with Classic Firestone.

1st STRAWBERRY DESSERT by Steven Baker Strawberry Dessert by Steven Baker

There were some familiar names among the winners but also some of our newer members in Division 3. Congratulations to everyone for putting their images into this competition and making it such an enjoyable evening.

Top 3 images for each division:  http://www.ashfordps.org.uk/respdi-1.htm
League tables:  http://www.ashfordps.org.uk/league_tables.htm

Next Friday, 3rd October (how the months do fly by) we have Ian Stone DPAGB and Marie Laure Stone DPAGB EFIAP BPE4* showing us their ‘Worldwide Photography’.

The Onlookers, Hudson Bay by Ian Stone DPAGB

Elder Sister by Marie Laure Stone DPAGB BPE4 EFIAP

Entries will soon be due for The Tony Culver Trophy Portrait Competition and members need to be giving this some thought.

Visitors and new members are welcome at any of our meetings. We meet every Friday at Givaudan Sports and Social Club, Kennington Road, Ashford TN24 0LT starting at 7.30 and taking an interval half way through the evening 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. Get in touch via our website at www.ashfordps.ork.uk or just come along and say hello.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Club Report – Friday 19th Sept

Last Friday evening was a club night, with 3 members talking about their photography. The evening started with George Pearson DPAGB first talking about the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain and how he obtained his Distinction. He then went on to show a diverse range of photographs including landscape, nature and street photography, with his commentary being both informative and humorous. This was followed by Ian Macey talking about some of his favourite photographs that he has taken since starting in 2010. The evening concluded with David Marsh LRPS talking about how he recently obtained his Licentiateship distinction from the Royal Photographic Society. David talked about how he went about selecting the photographs used in his panel of 10 images, and about the assessment day at the RPS headquarters in Bath. Again this was a very informative talk and well received by the audience.

Bryce Snow by George Pearson DPAGB

Vodka Shot by Ian Macey

LRPS Panel by David Marsh LRPS

To see more photographs taken by George, Ian and David, go to the following websites: George (www.flickr.com/photos/55159293@N07/), Ian (www.iamphotos.net) and David (www.davidmarshphotography.co.uk).

Next Friday, 26th September, will be our first PDI Competition of the season with the judge being Sue Flood DPAGB, and entries are required for our 1st Print Competition (to be run on 10th October).

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Sue Chapman – Photographic Awards

We would like to congratulate Sue Chapman ARPS for winning her very first international medal, a Silver medal, and gaining 14 acceptances (out of 20 images) in the Photo Club Arizona Grand Corsica exhibition 2014 http://www.pca-exhibition.com/corsica/portfolio.

PGPI 0078 2014 Agapanthus in bud

Agapanthus Flower Bud (Nature section) Silver Medal

You can see more of Sue’s work at http://www.galileosolutions.co.uk/photography/photography-gallery.html and https://www.flickr.com/photos/no39pwblaske/

Well done Sue.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Club Report - Friday 12th Sept

Marjorie Burge writes:

In Pursuit of Beauty’ by Slawek Staszczuk, our talk on Friday evening, was an inspiring start to our new season. His landscape images were stunning. Slawek knew time, date and place for all his images and was generous in letting us into the secrets of his success. Catching the morning and evening light is essential, as are clouds in the sky – our blue summer sky holds no interest for him. He uses graduated filters to great effect to strengthen his images, with perhaps a little help from Photoshop but feels that his initial shot has to be as near perfect as possible. Patience plays a large part in his life, waiting and waiting for just the right moment to press the button. His website at www.photoss.net includes many of the images used during the evening and is well worth a visit.

Next Friday, 19th September, will be a Club night with some practical workshops and demonstrations to get us all in the right mood for the season ahead. Our first PDI Competition will be on 26th September and visitors are welcome to come along and find out what we are all about.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014


The workshops will be held at:

The Oak Room
Church Road
TN25 6SA

Meeting at 19:30 for a 19:45 start.  Cost is £1.00 to cover tea / coffee & a biscuit.

Parking is on the road right outside the Oak Room.


Directions (Google Maps)

*  For the week 08.Sept - 14.Sept only they have the road closed while they make repairs to the drains and pond which flooded and closed the road for ages in the winter.  You should be able to get vehicular access to the Oak Room by coming from the A20 Smeeth Crossroads and ignoring the road closed signs.

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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Club Report - Friday 5th Sept

Marjorie Burge writes:

The first evening of our new season was well attended with four new members signing up.  Philip Hinton welcomed everyone and gave an overview of what the new season held in store; Chris Shore explained the requirements for entering prints in competitions; digital images from previous seasons were shown and Chris Shore gave a judge’s view of what was good and not so good.  Helpful to all concerned, not just the new members.  It was generally a social evening with everyone meeting up again after the summer break.

Over the summer break we held a very successful Annual Exhibition in County Square and will be taking part in the Ashford Festival of Arts & Technology (http://www.ashfordfestival.org/) in the town centre over the weekend of 27/28 September.  Images with a ‘water’ theme needed for this.

Next Friday, 12 September, we have ‘In Pursuit of Beauty’, a talk with images by Slawek Staszczuk (http://www.photoss.net/)  , and entries are required for our 1st PDI Competition (to be run on 26 September).  A good evening for visitors.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013

If you are in Canterbury why not visit the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013 at The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge.  It is a unique opportunity to see sixty new portraits by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from around the world.

The exhibition runs until Sunday 2nd November 2014.  http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/whats_on/Taylor-Wessing-Photographic-Portrait.aspx

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

What’s on in September

Club Activities

5th Opening night introductions Committee
11th Mount Cutting & Print Presentation (W) Chris Shore FRPS
12th In pursuit of beauty (D) Slawek Staszczuk
  Entries for the 1st Projected Images Competition  
19th Club night with some practical workshops/demonstrations Club Members
26th 1st Projected Images Competition Sue Flood DPAGB
  Entries for the 1st Print Images Competition  
27th / 28th Ashford Festival of Arts & Technology  

(D) = Digital Projected Images
(P) = Prints
(DP) = Digital Projected Images and Prints
(W) = Workshops held at the Oak Room, Smeeth on Thursdays at 19.30

Other Activities

5th-9th - Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta
Up to 50 ships berthed along the Thames and shore-side activities including maritime markets, street theatre music, dance and art installations make this a great event for photographers.  http://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/tallships/site/index.php

6th-7th - Medieval Falconry Dover Castle
Gaze skywards and in awe as hawks, owls and falcons soar above the castle. Discover the art of training, exercising and hunting with birds and hear the stories and legends from medieval times.  http://www.visitkent.co.uk/events/190797/?key=medieval-falconry&micrositeid=209

6th-7th - Medieval Merriment Rochester Castle
Come and see the castle in all its medieval glory, with a weekend of historic activities, including; a Medieval fashion show, re-enactors, cooking displays, have-a-go archery, period stalls and traders, living history.  http://www.visitkent.co.uk/events/9578/?key=medieval-merriment-07-09-2013--1200&micrositeid=209

7th - Camel and Pig Racing Day at Hole Park
Hole Park will be the setting for a colourful fundraising event on Sunday 7th September 2014 when Camel and Pig Racing - plus Mongolian wrestling, singing and dancing return to the park after a 2 year break.  http://www.visitkent.co.uk/events/205851/?key=camel-and-pig-racing-day-at-hole-park&micrositeid=209

13th - Will Adams Festival
Experience a mix of Japanese culture and traditions and Tudor life at the time of Will Adams, the English Samurai.  http://www.visitkent.co.uk/events/9558/?key=will-adams-festival&micrositeid=209

13th-14th Hop Pickers Weekend Bodium Station
Visitors to Bodium Station can enjoy a whole weekend of hopping nostalgia at the Kent and East Sussex Railway's annual Hop Pickers weekend. Over the weekend former hop pickers re live memories and there will be the opportunity to try your hand at the testing skill of hop stripping.  http://www.visitkent.co.uk/events/125027/?key=hop-pickers-weekend&micrositeid=209

13th-14th - Southern Model Show Headcorn Aerodrome
Aircraft, cars, trucks, boats and tanks will be the stars of the show at the Southern Model Show – an event that will appeal to both expert and novice alike.  http://www.visitkent.co.uk/events/9468/?key=southern-model-show-13-09-2014&micrositeid=209

20th - Great Gorilla Run
Hundreds of people dressed as gorillas will run, jog or walk 8km though the City of London in the 11th annual Great Gorilla Run to help save a species on the edge of extinction.  http://www.greatgorillarun.org

20th-21st - Salute To The 40's Chatham Dockyard
Be transported back in time! Around every corner period vehicles, evacuees and people dressed in their best 1940's attire bring the site alive creating a truly vintage atmosphere. With dance troops and the best of 1940's entertainers, this is one of the finest of its kind in the country.  http://www.visitkent.co.uk/events/9253/?key=salute-to-the-40s-2014-20-09-2014--10-00&micrositeid=209

20th-21st - Open House London
our opportunity to get out and get under the skin of the amazing architecture in every London neighbourhood. On the 20th and 21st September there will be over 800 buildings, neighbourhood walks, architects' talks, and much more - enjoy your weekend!  http://www.londonopenhouse.org.

23rd-28th - Festival Of Flowers Leeds Castle
This popular floral event returns to the castle this autumn. See the castle's State roomstransformed into works of art using flowers by local florists, flower societies and clubs.  http://www.visitkent.co.uk/events/189502/?key=leeds-castle-flower-festival&micrositeid=209

27th-28th - Fort In The Forties Fort Gardens Gravesend
Come along to The Fort in the Forties event at New Tavern Fort, Gravesend. Visitors will be able to view military and vintage vehicles alongside living history displays including children dressed as evacuees and well-dressed spivs in their finest hats and spats.  http://www.visitkent.co.uk/events/202361/?key=fort-in-the-40-s&micrositeid=209