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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 Bri…

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

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 HillWe would also like to congratulate Nicholas on recently…

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

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 ChapmanDivision 2: 1st Anthony Wright with Damselfly, 2nd Chris Yates with Ham Mill, 3rd Anthony Wright with Coco. Damselfly by Anthony WrightDivision 3: 1st Martin Tilling with It’s All About Control, 2nd Steven Baker wit…

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).For more details about Steve and his work please visit his website at

What’s on in November

Club Activities7thNo meeting – Givaudan fireworks display13thMono conversions (W)Anthony Baines ARPS & Ian Macey14thClub nightEntries for the 2nd Print Competition21st2nd Print Competition (P)Clive Tanner FRPS DPAGBSmall Print Competition – 2nd round (P)Entries for the Natural History and Record Competitions (DP)27thIntermediate Camera Skills (W)Martin Till LRPS28thThe wild side of Bob (D)Bob Devine ARPS DPAGB BPE3* EFIAPEntries 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 Activities2rd - 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. – 23rd – Origin Weekend
Celebrate ‘Origin Day’ at t…