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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 …

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 Graeme Andrewsby Anthony Bainesby Sean Hardingby Philip Hintonby Suie Tomasini

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 t…

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!

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 Didmonby George Pearsonby Linda Thackerayby Philip Hintonby Suie Tomasiniby Gordon Chapman

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 t…

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,…

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!MemberCategoryTitleAnthony Baines ARPS CPAGBNatureLittle Owl (Athene Noctua) And PreyOpen ColourHigh G TurnRising On A Pillar Of SmokeMichael Gilburt LRPS CPAGB BPE3*NatureSwallowtailMobile PhoneFrosted LeavesMullion Moth CaterpillarNeville Marsh LRPS DPAGB BPE3*NatureLarge Red DamselflyChristopher RogersMonochromeNumber 37 At Full PowerAnthony Wright LRPSScapesCatalan CoastHaystacksMonochromeSweet DreamsOpen ColourHannahNumber 37 At Full Power by Christopher Rogers

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…