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Showing posts from November, 2015

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…

Club Report - Record Competition (Wed 4th Nov)

Marjorie Burge writes:Alan Bousfield ARPS CPAGB from Eastbourne Camera Club was the judge for The Janet Morris Memorial Record Competition on Wednesday 4th November. Alan confessed that he was just starting out on his judging career and this was his first competition. ARPS and CPAGB are not easy to acquire so obviously he had a good deal of experience in the field of photography. Perhaps choosing to start on a Record Competition was a bit in at the deep end but Alan gave all the images his close attention. Our club definition of Record is “to photograph any man-made object/structure, or part of, accurately, showing shape, detail and texture, so that it would help to recreate that said object in the event of it being damaged or stolen”, and occasionally Alan was looking for more to an image than would be strictly covered by this definition. I’m not sure if some of his suggested Photoshop improvements would be allowed, but the majority of his comments were appropriate – not missing out …