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:

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 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

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:
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

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 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. .