Saturday, 12 December 2015

3rd rnd PDI Competition (11.Dec)

Neville Marsh writes: 

On Friday evening the third Projected Digital Image competition of the season was judged by Steve Carroll ARPS, a member of Maidstone Camera Club and an accredited judge of the Kent County Photographic Association. Steve had been to the club on three previous occasions, each time as a judge of our prints, the last time in May when he judged our Annual Exhibition.

There were 77 entries in all and each image received a discerning critique. A recurring comment throughout the evening was the need to darken bright foregrounds such as dead grasses or bottom corners of images but it also applied to highlights elsewhere in the image which tended to draw attention away from the main subject. Steve also admitted to a penchant for images with a restricted colour palette, first mentioned when commenting on two brown owls with a very sandy-coloured background.

Division 1: 1st Cheetah with Three Cubs by Bob Devine, 2nd Cuckoo with Caterpillar by Bob Devine, 3rd The Onlooker by Sue Chapman.

Cheetah with Three Cubs by Bob Devine

Division 2: 1st Keeper Spills Chance by Mick Gilburt, 2nd Catalan Coast by Anthony Wright, 3rd Autumn Memories by Marcello Tomasini.

Autumn Memories by Marcello Tomasini

Division 3: 1st Andy Murray Serve at the APT Tennis Quarter Finals by Les Gordon, 2nd On the Hunt by Maria O’Connell, 3rd One Four All and All For One by Suie Tomasini.

On the Hunt by Maria O’Connell

Next Friday, 18th December, is a Club and Social evening when we will be able to spend time together over Christmas nibbles and drinks from the bar, and extend our knowledge of all things general with the Christmas Quiz prepared especially for us by Martin Till.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Rochester Dickensian Festival Outing (05.Dec)

Philip Hinton writes:

On Saturday eight of us braved the cold wind and grey skies to go to Rochester for The Dickens Festival and we were rewarded with a  large variety  of friendly individuals dressed in Victorian costume as characters from Dickens novels there were also musicians and steampunks all happy to be photographed.  The parade through the High street was a photographic challenge and the funfair and market in the grounds of the castle gave up more photographic opportunities.

by Graeme Andrews

Dickens Ghost

by Anthony Baines



by Sean Harding



by Philip Hinton

Rochester 2


by Suie Tomasini



Saturday, 5 December 2015

Rural Landscape Competition (04.Nov)

Linda Thackeray writes:

On Friday 4th December David Silk, from AG Mono and Isle of Thanet Camera Club, was our judge for the John Wigmore Rural Landscape Trophy Competition and Chris Rogers, taking the evening in the absence of our Chairman, banged the gavel precisely on time to start the evening.  David, a member of the RPS for 40 years has been judging now for ten to fifteen years and informed us that he had taken a great deal of time looking at the PDI's, (of which there were over 70), to the extent of downloading them into his Dropbox so he could examine them in detail. He had much to say on each image, was impressed with the overall quality of the club's efforts and remarked on the outstanding quality of some of the prints on show. He came across as very professional, articulate and knowledgeable. David professed to a liking for the more natural image; he did not enjoy the HDR effect so much and thought some of them were 'overcooked'.  He did mention a couple of times how envious he was that he had not been able to photograph in a few of the locations depicted, which covered The Grand Canyon, China, Finland, The Lake District and Australia to name a few.

In some of the images, although David liked them, he had a notion that he wanted to move boulders, stones, even a seagull, to a different location in the shot - he thought that it would have improved the image. David also mentioned that, had points been available, an extra half mark would have been given to all of the early sunrise shots as he personally admired the photographers for getting out of bed so early!

Throughout the evening, there was much laughter, brought about mostly by David's friendly sense of humour. The atmosphere was relaxed and very friendly.

Chris had to chivvy him along though as there were so many photographs to get through, so his comments then had to become succinct, but were always to the point.

1st Anthony Wright with Calmed
2nd Chris Shore with Bottalack Relics
3rd Anthony Wright with The Loch.

1st Chris Yates with Pulpit Rock Portland Bill
2nd Chris Yates with Royal Military Canal
3rd Gordon Chapman with Evening in Alesund.

The overall winner of the trophy was Anthony Wright with Calmed, a pin sharp scenic lake shot.

Calmed by AW



1st Pulpit Rock Portland Bill by Chris Yates


2nd Royal Military Canal by Chris Yates


3rd Evening in Alesund by Gordon Chapman

The winner of the 2nd Small Prints Competition was Dominique Huxley with Peregrin, 2nd was Fiona Beadle with Retriever in the Woods, and 3rd Christine Marshall with Giraffes.

Next Friday, 11th December, we have Steve Carroll judging our third PDI Competition. And then on 18th December, our last before the Christmas break, members will be able to relax – once the quiz is over – and enjoy an amazing variety of Christmas nibbles. We return to the club on 8th January 2016.

Friday, 4 December 2015

Stuart Thompson LRPS CPAGB

Stuart has been a member of Ashford Photographic Society since 2008 and is well regarded within the club.  Having already gained his LRPS from the Royal Photographic Society he has now been awarded the CPAGB from The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.  This involved Stuart submitting 10 prints, with each one being marked individually.  Below are the 10 images Stuart used in gaining his award.

Congratulations Stuart, well deserved!











Monday, 30 November 2015

Canterbury Outing

Philip Hinton writes:

On Sunday a group of eleven members met at Linda's home where we were warmly welcomed with coffee and cake, we then made our way to the city center to shot some street photography and anything else that caught our eye. We explored around the Marlowe and then on to the West Gate where we found some climate change protesters who were happy to be photographed, then making our way down the High Street there was a brass band that made a great subject. Back at Linda's we had a splendid home made lunch ending with coffee and a chat before making our way home.

Many thanks to Linda for her  hospitality and home cooking.

by Brian Didmon

bd - Over the fence

bd - Puddings are on the menu

by George Pearson

gp - Canterbury tramp

gp - Copper Christ

by Linda Thackeray

lt - Church window in Canterbury

lt - Spiderman in Canterbury

by Philip Hinton

ph - sunday 3

ph - sunday 4

by Suie Tomasini

st - 20151129114133_IMG_0927-01

st - 20151129123521_IMG_0952

by Gordon Chapman

Danger - Photographers At Work

He's Late Again

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Practical Demonstration By Darren Woolway ARPS

Marjorie Burge writes:

Darren Woolway ARPS BaHons really did give us a practical demonstration on how to make people levitate when he was our guest speaker at the club on Friday 27th November. Setting the stage with studio soft boxes, camera, laptop, screen, stepladder and model, he unfolded the mysteries of ‘Ghosts and how to make people levitate’. Very necessary to the evening was his model Rachael, beautiful in a long floating red dress, who patiently posed for the camera while balanced on the stepladder. Images appeared almost immediately on screen as Darren experimented with lighting and exposure, shadows and texture – patience required here from both photographer and model. Having acquired his images, Darren showed us how he uses Photoshop to perfect his final ‘floating image’, and, with the use of layers and the careful elimination of the stepladder, there was Rachael, levitating. It was an amazing evening, the audience invited into Darren’s studio and being taken step by step through all that is involved in studio portraiture. We do have portrait photographers in APS and to them it was confirmation of what they already knew but to many of us it was an exciting glimpse into the life of a professional photographer. A step-by-step guide can be downloaded from here RAID Photographic Training.


The Model


The Background



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The Finished Image

Darren writes: “I then showed a simple 2 light set up to create a beauty head shot, using a large softbox as the background metered at F/16 and a shoot through brolley at the front set at F/8. A reflector was then used to complete the Clam Shell set up lighting the shadows under the models chin and eyes.

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Darren is a full-time professional photographer specialising in still life and automotive photography. Originally studying Garden Design he quickly moved on to photography and recently returned to College and graduated with a first class degree in Digital Photography. As well as working full time, Darren is an accredited KCPA judge (he judged our Portrait competition last season), gives talks to clubs and, with RAID Photographic is involved in a range of photographic courses. Darren’s websites will give you more information and you can find him at and also at

Next Friday, 4th December, Carol White-Griffiths LRPS will be judging the John Wigmore Rural Landscape Competition – both digital and prints. Our landscape definition of ‘a wide view or vista of scenery’, also includes water/seascapes and skyscapes. Visitors welcome.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Club Report - 2nd Print Competition (Friday 20th Nov)

Marjorie Burge writes:

Brilliant evening on Friday 20th November when Andy Smith LRPS from Crayford Camera Club judged our 2nd Print Competition. Andy’s first visit to APS (although he has judged extensively in Essex) and we gave him 85 prints to judge! We were all slightly nervous but no need, as he went through the images without hesitation, showing a clear understanding of the photographer’s point of view, and including the audience in everything he said. He was very sharp on light patches taking attention away from the real subject of the image, aware of the importance of position within the frame, full of praise for good mounts, and always friendly and positive. A wonderful variety of images in all divisions made it difficult to thin them down to just a few but Andy was quite definite in awarding marks and choosing his final one, two and three. An enjoyable evening and a promise to invite him back again next year was welcomed by all of us.

Division 1: 1st George Pearson with Red, Green and Wonky Stick, 2nd Anthony Wright with Bumblebee Bombus, 3rd David Marsh with Rising Up.


Rising Up by David Marsh

Division 2: 1st Kyle Tallett with Winter Sunrise at Fairfield, 2nd Chris Rogers with Alone in Captivity, 3rd Graeme Andrews with Resting After a Day’s Racing.

Lonely and in captivity

Alone in Captivity by Chris Rogers

Division 3: 1st Marcello Tomasini with Autumn Across the Pond, 2nd Marcello Tomasini with Angel in Disguise, 3rd Linda Thackeray with Ruppelles Vulture.


Autumn Across the Pond by Marcello Tomasini

Next Friday, 27th November, we have Darren Woolway ARPS BaHons giving us his view of photography under the title of ‘Ghosts and how to make people levitate (a practical demonstration)’ – should be a fascinating evening. Daren recently returned to College and graduated with a first class degree in Digital Photography – find out more at

Friday, 20 November 2015

Success At The Frome Salon National Open Photographic Exhibition 2015

A number of Ashford members have had success at the Frome Salon National Open Exhibition 2015 (Frome Wessex Camera Club).  In total they obtained 12 Acceptances over 5 categories, with Christopher Rogers “Number 37 At Full Power” getting a Second Place “Selectors’ Award” in the Monochrome Class.

Congratulations to you all!

Member Category Title
Anthony Baines ARPS CPAGB Nature Little Owl (Athene Noctua) And Prey
Open Colour High G Turn
Rising On A Pillar Of Smoke
Michael Gilburt LRPS CPAGB BPE3* Nature Swallowtail
Mobile Phone Frosted Leaves
Mullion Moth Caterpillar
Neville Marsh LRPS DPAGB BPE3* Nature Large Red Damselfly
Christopher Rogers Monochrome Number 37 At Full Power
Anthony Wright LRPS Scapes Catalan Coast
Monochrome Sweet Dreams
Open Colour Hannah

Number 37 At Full Power by Christopher Rogers

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Club Report - Talks by Doug Harman & Anthony Wright LRPS

Marjorie Burge writes:

A good Club Evening at APS on Friday 13th November. A Special Meeting to approve accounts started the evening but once that was out of the way, Doug Harman ( and Anthony Wright LRPS ( took the floor to show us some of the secrets of their photography success.

Doug confessed to over 27 years in photography, mostly in journalism working for Amateur Photography and What Digital Magazines, and modestly mentioned writing The Digital Photography Handbook. He is now working freelance and making time for personal photography. He showed us a visit to a Nikon factory in Shanghai in 2011, with deep insight into how their cameras are made and put together – no robots here, everything handled personally at every stage with up to 190 parts carefully connected, and even the labels hand painted. Out and about with his camera, we saw pictures taken in Shanghai on a Nikon compact, and on his travels including the Valensole lavender, fields of sunflowers and the impressive Gorges de Verdun.

Anthony has only recently picked up a camera but his love of photography goes back to his childhood, looking through family photos, many of which were taken by his mother. Now, taking on wedding photography as well as club competitions, his approach is seriously competitive but involves a natural enjoyment of what is waiting to be photographed. He showed us the Northern lights in a star filled sky, and dragonflies taken in his back garden – everything is fair game for Anthony. We saw his LRPS panel, and heard his delighted surprise at winning PAGB ribbons.

Beautiful images and lovely personal stories from both photographers – so good to know what people get up to between Fridays at the club.

Photographs by Anthony Wright LRPS




Next Friday, 20th November, we have Andy Smith judging our 2nd Print Competition, the second round of the Small Print Competition, and entries are required for the John Wigmore Rural Landscape Trophy Competition (digital and prints).