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Showing posts from April, 2015

Kings Wood Outing

Throughout the year the club likes to organise additional activities, whether they be workshops or outings, and last Sunday, 26th April, over 12 members visited Kings Wood, Challock in the hope of photographing blankets of bluebells.  Although the bluebells had only just started to sprout and so were not as prevalent as hoped, the members managed to capture some images and creative Anthony Wrightby Avril Christensenby Avril Christensenby Sue Chapman ARPS CPAGBby Sue Chapman ARPS CPAGBby Ian Maceyby Ian Maceyby Sean Hardingby Sean Hardingby Philip Hinton ARPS

Portrait Workshop

Last Thursday, 23rd April, the club held the first of its 2 Portrait Workshops.  Six members had the opportunity to shot with a model  using  the clubs studio lights, with Philip and Martin giving assistance.  Everyone enjoyed the evening with some great images being produced.

KCPA Annual Print and PDI Exhibition2015

The KCPA (Kent County Photographic Association) Annual Print and PDI Exhibition is open to all members of affiliated clubs, and Ashford members have done very well this year.  In total APS members achieved:  47 Acceptances; 13 Merits; 2 Selector’s Awards and 3 PAGB Ribbons.
Digital NatureBob Devine ARPS EFIAP/B EPSABee Eater PairCape Buffalo PortraitMeritLion LoveMeritOsprey with FishMeritSparrow Hawk On KillRichard Nutter EFIAP BPE1* CPAGBDipper With Nesting MaterialKingfisher With Fish For MateLittle Owl WatchingOrangutan With BabyMerit
Merit: Cape Buffalo Portrait by Bob Devine ARPS EFIAP/B EPSA
Merit: Lion Love by Bob Devine ARPS EFIAP/B EPSA
Merit: Osprey with Fish by Bob Devine ARPS EFIAP/B EPSA
Merit: Orangutan With Baby by Richard Nutter EFIAP BPE1* CPAGB Digital PortraiturePhilip L. Hinton ARPSA RapscallionDavid Marsh LRPSContemplation

Club Report–Talk by Les Ayres MPAGB EFIAP EPSA APAGB

Marjorie Burge writes:On Friday 24th April our guest for the evening was Les Ayres MPAGB EFIAP EPSA APAGB showing his photography under the title of ‘For Personal Pleasure’. Les, a former member of Sittingbourne Photographic Society, a Premier Judge and now from West Cumbria Photo Group, chose from his vast collection of photography to show us images which have been accepted in international exhibitions, mainly by the Photographic Society of America. He seems to have covered all genres of photography, although did say he wasn’t a wildlife photographer and confessed that most of the images he showed were ‘things that didn’t move’. Lots of enhancement in his photography, particularly, of course, his creative images, and a definite eye for seeing shapes and patterns where others would pass by. The first half of the evening was taken up with prints, and after the interval he showed some of his AV’s, where he had combined his love of classical music with his love of photography, covering g…

Club Report–AGM (Friday 17th Apr)

Marjorie Burge writes:There was a good attendance on Friday when we held our Annual General Meeting. Sue Chapman, Chairman, Katrina Devenport, Secretary, and Neville Marsh, President, took the meeting. The only Motions on the Agenda were tidying up the wording of some of the rules relating to specific competitions so that these were more easily understood, and these were all accepted. When it came to re-election of officers, Sue, having served her term as Chairman, stood down and Philip Hinton was voted in to be our new Chairman for the next three years. Neville gave Sue a vote of thanks. The only other relevant change was George Pearson being elected as Programme Secretary, a position vacated by Phil on becoming Chairman. All other officers were re-elected. We have an excellent Committee, and also many club members outside the Committee who have taken on positions vital to the smooth and successful running of APS. Philip L. Hinton ARPSNext Friday, 24th April, we have Les Ayres MPAGB …

Club Report – 6th PDI Competition (Friday 10th Apr)

Marjorie Burge writes:Richard Walton FRPS MPAGB EFIAP BPE3*, a Premier KCPA judge, from Invicta Camera Club was at APS on Friday 10th April to judge the 6th Round of our PDI Competition. Richard is a member of the LRPS and ARPS Distinction panels, is a Permajet lecturer and a PAGB judge and lecturer. Richard is a good friend to APS and always welcome. Check out his website ( to find out more about him as there is not enough space here to list his many achievements in the world of photography. A visit to his gallery shows Richard’s own personal style of photography – although he did mention during the evening that he wished he had taken up nature photography. His comments on the 74 APS images in the competition were encouraging and relevant, and he pointed out that what he offered was mostly an observation not a criticism. He had a sharp eye for ‘fringing’, urged us to double-check the edges and the sharpness of images, and stressed that they should have…

Club Report–Talk by Alan Chapman

Our annual mystery speaker is always something special and this year was no exception. Alan Chapman has been photographing the rich and famous for over 30 years, both in Europe and the US. Whilst showing some of his many photographs he talked about his beginnings as a local event photographer in his hometown, them moving to London as a paparazzo and now as an assignment photographer for Getty Images. His talk was both informative and humorous, with anecdotes for every photograph shown. Unlike todays paparazzi, Alan’s style is not intrusive and through visually reading every situation he is able to capture photographs that tell a story. It is because of this he has become known by Robbie Williams as the “decent guy”. Sophia Loren by Alan ChapmanYou can see more of Alan’s fantastic work on his website of the break for Easter, there is no meeting next Friday, 3rd April, and we return on the 10th April with Richard Walton FRPS MPAGB EFIAP BPE3* judgi…