Saturday, 24 September 2016

Club Report–1st PDI Competition (Friday 23rd Sept)

Marjorie Burge writes:

On Friday 23rd September our 1st PDI competition was judged by Paul Dunmall CPAGB, a  member of Steyning Camera Club, and previously Distinctions Officer with the KCPA. Paul is a good friend of APS and judged our Portrait Competition in 2015. Images in all divisions were carefully considered and commented upon.  Paul was impressed with the high quality of Division 1 entries and leaned towards what he termed ‘brave’ entries, where photographers had taken a step outside the basic rules. In all divisions he felt there were good images which could have been improved by post-processing. At the end of the evening Paul said it was always a pleasure to be asked to judge at APS because of the high standard of work, and he felt that he too was able to learn from looking at our images.

Division 1:  1st Garry Shorter with Both Sides of the Coin, 2nd Sue Chapman with Petunia Details, 3rd Neil Owen with Follow the Leader.

Petunia Details by Sue Chapman

Division 2:  1st Graham Salt with Avro Tutor at Old Warden,  2nd Sean Harding with Tim, 3rd Chris Yates with Elmley Swan.

Avro Tutor At Old Warden by Graham Salt

Division 3:  1st Peter Skynner with Room With a View – Martindale Valley, 2nd Avril Christensen with Impressions of China, 3rd Avril Christensen with Alien City.

Room With A View – Martindale Valley by Peter Skynner

Next Friday, 30th September, we have Andy Smith LRPS CPAGB with his talk ‘Building on the Basics’ and it will be time to enter for the Janet Morris Memorial Trophy Record Competition covering both digital and print. Visitors always welcome.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Club Report - Talks by Graeme Andrews, Sean Harding and Chris Yates

Philip Hinton writes:

Last Friday evening was our first Club Night with presentations from Chris Yates, Sean Harding and Graeme Andrews, all APS members.

Chris began the evening by showing images of his interest in Urbex photography. This is finding and photographing buildings and architectural installations that are in danger of demolition and vandalism or even just neglect. Some have already been lost and Chris feels this is his way of preserving the memory of these interesting and rapidly disappearing buildings. He also gave an insight into his love of landscape photography with images of some of his favourite place's.

Conningbrook Lake by Chris Yates

Fort Burgoyne Caponier Dover by Chris Yates

Next, Sean presented his take on cars and bikes, photographed on visits to many local tracks and meetings, capturing action and speed. He then went on to show some of the wedding photography he has taken and explained how he approached getting the shots the couple wanted. He ended by showing some of his portrait images taken at re-enactment days and local festivals.

by Sean Harding

by Sean Harding

Graeme rounded up the evening with an insight into some of his creative images and his thinking behind the creative process. The evening ended with Graeme showing a selection of his natural history images from rare birds to macro pictures of insects and spiders, with images of sunsets near his home and even a view of a lightning strike.

by Graeme Andrews

by Graeme Andrews

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Club Report - "Alternative Images from a Fine Art and Club Perspective"

George Pearson writes:

Fridays’ entertaining presentation was very different from the conventional digital flow. David Silk and David Shaw frequently eschew the use of anything produced in the second half of the last century and instead dig out original unused Ilford and Kodak quarter and half plates via eBay. They then expose them in beautiful 100-year-old mahogany and brass cameras, develop and contact-print the results. They employ vintage techniques, cyanotype, lithographic etc; in short they explore possibilities that few of us have heard about and still fewer try. Both also take pleasure in both finding old images from any source and enquiring about the histories of the people and sights they discover. So, so different and all the stronger for that; a really enjoyable evening.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Club Report - Opening Night Of The New Season

Marjorie Burge writes:


An exciting first evening of our new season with everyone meeting up again after the summer break. The evening opened with a special surprise for Neville Marsh and Mick Gilburt when Councillor George Koowaree the Mayor of Ashford, and Gloria Champion the Deputy Mayoress, presented them with a cricket bat signed by all the Kent players commemorating 50 years of membership at APS, and Sue produced a celebration cake (made by her daughter Emma).  Neville has been on the committee right from the start, taking on different roles over the years and is now our President, and Mick has always been there by his side to help especially at the end of the evening when everything has to be tidied up before we can go home. I can remember Mick fine-tuning the projector in the good old days when we had slides.  Both Neville and Mick regularly attend the Kent matches and are well known for their award winning cricket photography. Fifty years of Friday nights and they are still enjoying themselves.

Once we had all signed in and received our programmes for the coming season, Katrina Devenport LRPS DPAGB and George Pearson DPAGB gave us an insight into their photography. Katrina has a special love for Yorkshire and showed us patterns in the snow on the hills and fields. Closer to home she had been to Brogdale and Saltwood capturing blossom, cowslips, orchids, and perfecting her images in camera without resort to Photoshop. George had travelled the world and had some wonderful images, rising early and walking for miles to find them, visiting wonderful rock formations in the States, and lonely derelict buildings in out of the way places.   The majority were from his trip to the Arctic where he made friends (from a distance) with a particular polar bear and some gigantic walruses, all amid stunning blue ice. It is always good to see images that are taken for pleasure rather than always with a competition in mind and both Katrina and George kept us entertained until it was time to go home.

The following are photographs of the evening, taken by Martin Till.