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 (, 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

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:

Next Friday, 17th October, our speaker is Richard Walton FRPS MPAGB EFIAP BPE3* ( 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.