Monday, 26 January 2015

Club Report – Talk by Chris Shore FRPS MPAGB EFIAP BPE5* & Helen Taylor ARPS DPAGB BPE3*

Marjorie Burge writes:

Chris Shore FRPS MPAGB EFIAP BPE5* and Helen Taylor ARPS DPAGB BPE3*, long-standing members of APS, were our guest speakers on Friday with ‘Competing in Panels’.  Chris and Helen are experts in this field and brought a selection of their own panels to explain how and why they put them together as they did.  It was interesting to see how their panels developed over the years although their individual approach to photography remained the same.  They both use 5x4 large format cameras and develop their own film in the darkroom – no digital images – with a lot of thought, time and preparation at all stages to perfect their final images.  Chris and Helen shared with us their enthusiasm not only for panels but for photography in general.  They may be ‘nostalgic for the good old days’ but they are still at the forefront of APS photography.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Chris Rogers Shortlisted For RICS Photographic Competition

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has announced the winning entries of their inaugural photographic competition, and Ashford Photographic Society member Chris Rogers photograph "Eleven Million Bricks" was one of those shortlisted by the judges for the RICS exhibition showcasing the top ten entries from across the UK.

The top ten entries will form part of an infrastructure exhibition at RICS Parliament Square headquarters in London w/c 16 March 2015 and will be showcased at the RICS Infrastructure Conference in April.

"The aim of this competition was to bring infrastructure to life for the British public and it has certainly done that. We were overwhelmed with the number and quality of entries, which came from all across the UK. Infrastructure is vital to the global competitiveness of any nation and forms a key component of continuous economic growth and prosperity. The shortlisted images, and in particular the winning photograph, innovatively demonstrate the relationship we have with infrastructure while creating an impressive and high quality shot." Louise Brooke Smith, RICS President

Eleven MIllion Bricks

Eleven Million Bricks by Chris Roger

"Eleven Million Bricks" caught the eye of judge Alasdair Reisner who said: "Perhaps the most visually striking image in the competition, this picture would not look out of place in the works of MC Escher. Great use of black and white, and positioning of the shot help to highlight the titanic scale of this piece of infrastructure."

Many congratulations Chris.

RICS:  http://www.rics.org/uk/footer/rics-infrastructure-photographer-of-the-year/
BBC News:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-30912901

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Club Report – 4th PDI Competition (Friday 16th Jan)

Marjorie Burge writes:

Ray Bridges LRPS CPAGB ADPS BPE3*, a member of Maidstone Camera Club of which he is Honorary Vice President, judged our 4th PDI Competition on Friday 16th January. Ray is an experienced judge and gave careful consideration to all the entries. His comments were full of ideas on how to improve not only the initial taking of the photograph but also the processing of the final image – lots of toning down required – and he felt that images should be both interesting and challenging. He said it was always a pleasure to judge at APS because of the high standard of our photography. His chosen winners were:-

Division 1: 1st Stuart Thompson with The High Five Team, 2nd Bob Devine with Sparrow Hawk On Goldfinch, 3rd Richard Nutter with Kingfisher with Fish for Mate No 2.

KINGFISHER WITH FISH FOR MATE NO2 by 66 3rd Richard   Nutter Kingfisher with Fish for Mate No. 2 by Richard Nutter

Division 2: 1st Chris Rogers with Leopard Drinking, 2nd Mark Caldwell with Red Carpet for The Archbishop, 3rd Graeme Andrews with Don’t Drink the Water.

RED CARPET FOR THE ARCHBISHOP by 44 2nd Mark CaldwellRed Carpet for The Archbishop by Mark Caldwell 

Division 3:  1st Steven Baker with 4 of a Kind, 2nd Alan Britton with Bonnets and Webs, 3rd Suie Cheng with A Garden Visitor.

Bonnets And Webs Bonnets and Webs by Alan Britton 

Top 3 images for each division: http://www.ashfordps.org.uk/respdi-4.htm
League tables: http://www.ashfordps.org.uk/league_tables.htm

Next Friday, 23rd January, Chris Shore FRPS MPAGB EFIAP BPE5* and Helen Taylor ARPS DPAGB BPE3*, longstanding members of ARPS, will be giving advice on Competing in Panels. They are both experts in this field and their talk will be both fascinating and educational. Panels are an important part of the photographic world, and we have The Driftwood Trophy Print Panel Competition (donated by Chris Shore) in May, so an insight into the secrets of how to put one together will be invaluable for APS members.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Club Report – Talk by Cherry Larcombe ARPS DPAGB BPE3* EFIAP

Marjorie Burge writes:

On Friday 9th January Cherry Larcombe ARPS DPAGB BPE3* EFIAP (a member of Isle of Thanet Photographic Society) showed us her Creative Flower Photography.

8558213998_ff6cdbbd33_z Still Beautiful by Cherry Larcombe ARPS DPAGB BPE3* EFIAP

Cherry uses her camera as an artist would use a brush, creating delicate pastel macro images carefully positioned within the frame. Explaining her approach we learned that a black sack is essential for outdoor photography to get down to the level of even the smallest of flowers, and scissors to trim stray intruding grasses – indoor photography, using natural light only, involves beautiful coloured glass vases and bluetac, and the occasional use of a microfleur flower press (find them on the web). Textures were sometimes added to enhance the beauty of the image (but nothing imported), and Cherry showed us how this is easily done with Photoshop. Check her website at www.cherryannette.com to see for yourself. Another inspiring evening at APS.

 13338079753_511358f251_z Octagonal by Cherry Larcombe ARPS DPAGB BPE3* EFIAP

Next Friday, 16th January, Ray Bridges LRPS CPAGB ADPS BPE3* will be judging our 4th PDI competition, and entries must be handed in for our 3rd Print competition.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Club Report – John Wigmore Rural Landscape Trophy Competition (Friday 5th Jan)

Marjorie Burge writes:

We started 2015 at APS with the John Wigmore Rural Landscape Trophy Competition, judged by Kevin Ball LRPS of  Parkwood Camera Society whose passion is landscape photography. A good entry - in total 84 images consisting of 17 prints and 67 digitals. Prints, of course, take time to prepare but, as Kevin Bell pointed out, some images are improved by being shown as a print. The quality was high and the views varied, covering landscape, skyscape and seascape, colour and mono. Our photographers seem to roam the world with their cameras and there were some stunning images from their travels. Kevin, in his judging, was a keen ‘cropper’ not only to take out that sky at the top and that piece at the bottom but also to change the central point of the image by moving it to one side – all good comments – and he was generous in his praise of the quality of printing and mounting in the print section. Many excellent images had to be passed over to choose the winners in each section.

Prints:  1st Nicholas Hill with Sweeping Views, 2nd Chris Shore with No Safe Landing Place, 3rd Anthony Wright with Listen.

Digital Images: 1st Anthony Wright with Catalan Coast, 2nd Stuart Thompson with Toward Stac Pollaidh, 3rd Les Gordon with Guilin Logji Houses in Terraced Fields.

The overall winner of the John Wigmore Trophy was Nicholas Hill with his print of Sweeping Views.

TOWARDS STAC POLLAIDH by Stuart Thompson 2nd in pdi  section

Toward Stac Pollaidh by Stuart Thompson

Next Friday, 9th January, we have Cherry Larcombe ARPS DPAGB BPE3* EFIAP with an evening of photography under the title of Creative Flower Photography. A good evening for visitors to spend an evening away from the television.