Saturday, 27 February 2016

Club Report - "Snap Happiness" by Gavin Hoey

Philip Hinton writes:

It has been over two years since the last visit from Gavin Hoey  a member of Tonbridge Camera Club and a professional photographer and photography instructor.  His love of and enjoyment he gets from photography comes across in his presentation illustrated  with short instructional videos which included demonstrations on  how to produce a panoramic image  he then gave a practical demonstration on  how to edit it in Photoshop elements followed by how to construct a single image produced  in one location using multiple selfie shots.  In the second half using club member Spencer as a volunteer model , Gavin gave an entertaining workshop on  studio portrait photography using a basic flash unit and a soft box to produce portraits out of the ordinary with some simple props and creative Photoshop techniques.  The whole presentation was a perfect example of how to inform, educate and entertain  with everyone enjoying the evening.

Please take time to visit Gavin's website and social media outlets:

Website:  www.gavtrain.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/gavtrain/?fref=ts
Twitter:  twitter.com/Gavin_Hoey
Instagram:  www.instagram.com/thegavinhoey

These images were taken and processed by Gavin during the course of the evening:





On Friday, 4th March, there is the Digital Theme competition judged by Robin Harmsworth (www.robinharmsworthphotography.co.uk).

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Fri 26th Feb.2016

George Pearson writes:

Back from one of the best potential photographic weeks in Snowdonia ever. If you get a chance in brilliant conditions go there.

We have Gavin Hoey this week giving a talk and demonstration ‘Snap Happiness’.   Gavin is well known on the circuit for giving superb walk through demonstrations of Photoshop procedures which should inspire and inform.  You can get the idea at www.gavtrain.com

Many of you will be preparing your best work to enter for the KCPA Annual Exhibition; wonderfully easy with the new web upload system.  Getting anything selected there is a validation of the standard of your images and something many of us aspire too.

KCPA Annual Exhibition 2015
Everything you need to know to enter the KCPA 2016 Exhibition

"Entry fee’s For the KCPA Annual Print and PDI Exhibition 2016 the fee is £5 for the first three images in each section, Print and PDI’s, and then £1 per image thereafter.
* If the maximum entry is made in the Print section the cost is £17 and if the maximum entry is made in PDI’s section the cost is £17. If both sections are entered the maximum total will be £34."

Monday, 22 February 2016

PAGB GB Cup - Individual Results

PAGB GB Cup Large Clubs Open section (Every club has to enter 15 PDIs)

Results:
L01 - About to get wet - Richard Nutter CPAGB EFIAP - 14
L02 - At the checkpoint - Anthony Baines ARPS CPAGB - 13
L03 - Lovely jubbly - Anthony Baines ARPS CPAGB - 10
L04 - Reculver at sunset - Anthony Baines ARPS CPAGB - 9
L05 - Auger buzzard floating above Lake Nakuru - George Pearson DPAGB - 9
L06 - Catalan coast - Anthony Wright LRPS - 11
L07 - Sweet dreams - Anthony Wright LRPS - 11
L08 - Checking out the opposition at the start of the race - Stuart Thompson LRPS CPAGB - 9
L09 - The high five team - Stuart Thompson LRPS CPAGB - 11
L10 - Communication preferences - Mick Gilburt LRPS CPAGB - 10
L11 - Keeper spills chance - Mick Gilburt LRPS CPAGB - 13
L12 - Gentle geranium - John Wigmore FRPS MAGB APAGB - 11
L13 - So this is how it ends - Garry Shorter - 9
L14 - Running up - Sue Chapman ARPS CPAGB - 11
L15 - Your meet and greet - Martin Till LRPS - 9

See http://ashfordps.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/pagb-gb-cup-open-section-further.html for images.

PAGB GB Cup Nature section (In this section  clubs may enter a minimum of three and a maximum of 21 PDIs but only the top 10 marks count towards the Nature Cup)

Number of Images: 17

Results: 
N01 - Kingfisher with fish - Richard Nutter CPAGB EFIAP - 12
N02 - Littlle owl focussed on prey - Richard Nutter CPAGB EFIAP - 14
N03 - Nuthatch on stump calling - Richard Nutter CPAGB EFIAP - 11
N04 - Angry hippo - Chris Rogers CPAGB - 13
N05 - Cheetahs - Stephen Cheek - 12
N06 - Cheetah hunt - Stephen Cheek - 12
N07 - Lilac breasted roller at take-off - Stephen Cheek - 12
N08 - Banded demoiselle (calopteryx splendens) - Anthony Wright LRPS - 13
N09 - Damselflies - heartfelt - Anthony Wright LRPS - 10
N10 - Cheetah with 3 cubs - Bob Devine ARPS DPAGB - 12
N11 - Osprey with fish - Bob Devine ARPS DPAGB - 11
N12 - Serval jump - Bob Devine ARPS DPAGB - 12
N13 - Common blues mating - Neville Marsh LRPS DPAGB - 11
N14 - Meadow brown with red mites - Neville Marsh LRPS DPAGB - 9
N15 - Bearded tit - Martin Till - 12
N16 - Bellowing red deer stag - Martin Till - 12
N17 - Male bearded tit in early morning sunlight - Martin Till - 13

See http://ashfordps.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/pagb-gb-cup-nature-section.html for images.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Club Report - Chairmans Salver Competition - "Reflection" (Friday 19th Feb)

Philip Hinton writes:

THIS weeks competition was The Chairman's Salver and the subject this year was Reflections judged by Gary Carter CPAGB. from Shoreham  Photographic Club who commented on how much he enjoyed the quality and imagination of the members images with 75 dpi's and 14 prints he had a difficult task to narrow them down to the final six winners.

Prints
1st David Marsh with Liverpool Reflections
2nd Ian Macey with Green Amber
3rd Anthony Wright with The Bridge

PDIs
1st Kyle Tallett with Amber In Reflection
2nd Anthony Wright with Derwent Water
3rd Martin Till with Bexhill Boredom

Overall winner: Kyle Tallett with Amber In Reflection

PDI Images

1st Amber In Reflection by Kyle Tallett

2nd Derwent Water by Anthony Wright

3rd Bexhill Boredom by Martin Till

Print Images

1st Liverpool Reflections by David Marsh

2nd Green Amber by Ian Macey

3rd The Bridge by Anthony Wright

Monday, 15 February 2016

Club Report - Natural History Competition (Friday 12th Feb)

Marjorie Burge writes:

The competition for the Bill Waters Natural History Trophy never fails to bring in some fantastic images, and this year was no exception. No wonder we needed two judges! Marie-Laure Stone DPAGB EFIAP (Silver) BPRE3* and Ian Stone DPAGB from Folkestone Camera Club were both well qualified, well-travelled and excellent wildlife photographers. We felt safe in their hands, and, as the evening progressed, it became clear that they had personal knowledge of all the venues visited by our photographers, and appreciated the difficulties in taking all of the images. They had viewed the images separately and together, and obviously discussed what their final decisions would be. Every image was given a careful and sympathetic critique. Marie-Laure particularly understood the patience needed to wait for the right moment. Ian was a self-confessed ‘cropper’ and felt that some images would be improved with a little taken off here and here, Marie-Laure not always agreeing. As this is a trophy competition it is only possible to have a one two and three (no individual marks are given) and our judges were conscious that some excellent images had to be passed by when making their final choice.

Prints:  1st Chris Rogers with Speckled Throated Volcano Hummingbird, 2nd Bob Devine with Kingfisher Caught Fish, 3rd Anthony Wright with Damselflies – Heart Felt.

PDI:  1st Stephen Cheek with Crossing The Mara, 2nd Stephen Cheek with Hiding Behind Mum, 3rd Mick Gilburt with Swallowtail


Crossing The Mara by Stephen Cheek



Hiding Behind Mum by Stephen Cheek


Mick Gilburt with Swallowtail

Overall winner of the Bill Waters Natural History Trophy was Stephen Cheek with his PDI Crossing The Mara, and Stephen also took the Action Trophy with Having a Bad Day in The Masai Mara.


Having a Bad Day in The Masai Mara by Stephen Cheek

It was a really good evening enjoyed by everyone, winners and losers, and hopefully APS members will be thinking ahead to next year’s competition, especially now they know that it isn’t only the big wildlife pictures that take all the praise, it is possible to compete with local wildlife, if you can find it.

3rd round of the Small Print Competition: 1st Dominique Huxley with Wind Surfing at New Year, 2nd Fiona Beadle with Road to the Beach, 3rd Fiona Beadle with Retriever

Next Friday, 19th February, we have the Chairman’s Salver Trophy competition with a theme of Reflections (print and PDI) when Gary Carter CPAGB will be judging. Visitors welcome.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

PAGB GB Cup Open Section - Further Congratulations To Ashford

The results for the Open section of the PAGB GB Cup have now been released with Ashford coming equal 29th out of 99 clubs, scoring 160 points.  Once again Ashford were the top scoring KCPA club.  The full results can be viewed here http://www.pagbcup.co.uk/sites/default/files/results/PAGB%20GB%20Cup%20Open%20Results%202016.pdf

The Open section was judged by:

Gwen Charnock MFIAP, FRPS
Bob Moore HonPAGB, HonFRPS, MPAGB
Roger Parry HonPAGB, MPAGB, EFIAP, ARPS

Congratulations Ashford for another great result.


ABOUT TO GET WET by Richard Nutter


AT THE CHECKPOINT by Anthony Baines


AUGER BUZZARD FLOATS ABOVE LAKE NAKURU by George  Pearson


CATALAN COAST by Anthony Wright


CHECKING OUT THE OPPOSITION AT THE START OF THE RACE by  Stuart Thompson


COMMUNICATION PREFERENCES by Mick Gilburt


GENTLE GERANIUM by John Wigmore


KEEPER SPILLS CHANCE by Mick Gilburt


LOVELY JUBBLY  by Anthony Baines


RECULVER AT SUNSET by Martin Till


RUNNING UP by Sue Chapman


SO THIS IS HOW IT ENDS by Garry Shorter


SWEET DREAMS by Anthony Wright


THE HIGH FIVE TEAM by Stuart Thompson


YOUR MEET AND GREET by Martin Till

PAGB GB Cup Nature Section - Congratulations Ashford

Yesterday, 13.Feb.16, the Nature section of the PAGB GB Cup took place being judged by renowned photographers:

Mick Durham MPAGB FRPS
Bob Moore MPAGB FIPF FBIPP HonFRPS HonPAGB
Gordon Rae DPAGB

Ashford Photographic Society scored 125 points and came joint 17th out of 96 clubs from all over the country, with APS being the top scoring club from the KCPA.

Congratulations Ashford this is a fantastic result!

A full list of the results can be seen here http://www.pagbcup.co.uk/sites/default/files/results/PAGB%20GB%20Cup%20Nature%20Results%202016.pdf


ANGRY HIPPO by Chris Rogers


BANDED DEMOISELLE(Calopteryx splendens) by Anthony  Wright


BEARDED TIT by Martin Till


BELLOWING RED DEER STAG by Martin Till


CHEETAH HUNT by Stephen Cheek


CHEETAH WITH 3 CUBS by Bob Devine


CHEETAHS by Stephen Cheek


COMMON BLUES MATING by Neville Marsh


DAMSELFLIES- HEARTFELT by Anthony Wright


KINGFISHER WITH FISH FOR MATE NO1  by Richard Nutter


LILAC BREASTED ROLLER AT TAKEOFF by Stephen Cheek


LITTLE OWL FOCUSED ON PREY by Richard Nutter


MALE BEARDED TIT IN EARLY MORNING LIGHT by Martin  Till


MEADOW BROWN WITH RED MITES by Neville Marsh


NUTHATCH ON STUMP CALLING by Richard Nutter


OSPREY WITH FISH by Bob Devine


SERVAL JUMP by Bob Devine

Fri 19th Feb. 2016

George Pearson writes:

This weeks Chairman's Salver will be judged by Gary Carter CPAGB a very experienced judge on the KCPA circuit.  The subject is Reflections (of the physical not meta-physical type).

I just hope the judge is up to speed on the difference between refraction, reflection and total internal reflections because most of my students aren't.

PS still need one more volunteer to give 30 mins images next season  HELP I
NEED SOMEBODY!

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Club Report - "From iPhoneography to Fellowship – My Continuing Journey" by Viveca Koh FRPS

Marjorie Burge writes:

On Friday 5th February, Viveca Koh FRPS paid a second visit to APS and showed us the delights of iphone photography, not something you would normally bring to a dedicated photography club like APS, but her talk ‘from iphoneography to Fellowship – my continuing journey’ kept us all entertained and enthralled. Although Viveca does own and use a ‘proper’ camera, the advantages of the iphone were difficult to dispute. No heavy equipment to carry around, and, more to the point, to be seen to be carrying around, and therefore the possibility of quietly capturing images unnoticed.  Viveca is a self-taught Fine Art photographer ‘with a fascination for small details’ which was certainly true of all the images she showed us on Friday. She has turned iphone photography into an art form by using an amazing variety of apps to give different effects – allowing her to ‘use’ different cameras and different styles of photography as easily as point and click, achieving directly on her iphone, effects that would have taken many hours on her computer.  Viveca said she found photography endlessly entertaining, and in Venice we had not only all the usual well-known views but something of everything else as well, even dogs and legs. 

Viveca had also brought along her FRPS panel and explained in detail how it had been put together, and the advice received when it had to be re-presented. All the images were based on the poetry of her uncle, Fergus Chadwick, and it was very necessary to view the two together in order to understand the intricacies of the images. This was all her own camera work although with obvious Photoshop and Lightroom effects – only one snail taken on the iphone! Artistry obviously runs in the family and Viveca is simply taking advantage of available technology to develop what her parents do in the old fashioned way.  

George Pearson will be able to let members have a list of the apps used by Viveca for those at APS who might wish to experiment with their iphone photography, and you can find out more about Viveca and her journey through photography by viewing her many websites.

Website:  www.vivecakohphotography.photoshelter.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/VivecaKohPhotography?fref=ts
Twitter:  twitter.com/VivecaKohPhotog
Instagram:  www.instagram.com/vivecakohphotog/


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