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Club Report – 2nd PDI Competition (Friday 30th Oct)

Marjorie Burge writes:Glyn Bareham LRPS CPAGB from Invicta Camera Club, Seaford Camera Club and Kent Digital Photo Group, judged our 2nd PDI competition on Friday 30th October. . Glyn, a Premier Judge and also an ex-President of the KCPA, is a very friendly judge, always appreciative of the difficulties facing photographers, and his comments on the images were encouraging and helpful. Good to find a judge who understood and appreciated titles. Division 3 impressed him with the creative and often unusual approach of the photographers, and he said that overall in all divisions, the standard was unbelievably high. So, a difficult task for our judge, especially in Division 1, when having to choose just three out of the excellent images. Commiserations to those who had put in amazing images only to find themselves taken out right at the end. Division 1: 1st Garry Shorter with So This Is How It Ends, 2nd Chris Rogers with Number 37 At Full Power, 3rd Martin Till with Male Bearded Tit in Ea…

Mike Routley ARPS

Mike is a long standing and well respected member of Ashford Photographic Society who also runs his own photographic business, Sugarloaf Studios, specialising in commercial photography, including food and product and pack shot photography with in-house styling.Recently he obtained his ARPS, Associateship of The Royal Photographic Society, which involved the submission of a panel of 15 photographs and a statement of intent.  Below are both Mike’s panel and statement of intent.  Congratulations Mike, well deserved!“In Silent Prayer”A Tribute To Winchester Cathedral, College and Hospital of St. CrossMy first visit to the city of Winchester was on a beautiful sunny day. Whilst taking in the sights of the Cathedral, the College and the Hospital of St. Cross I passed a number of artists, each busy depicting their vision of these wonderful buildings. Their art was very varied, but always beautiful, colourful and full of passion and warmth.So, I got to think how it might be to record Winchest…

Hothfield Common Outing

On our latest outing we stayed fairly local and visited Hothfield Common, it was a small group of six who enjoyed a pleasant and mild afternoons photography.  The autumn colours were muted but as the sun set the light was wonderful and it was well worth the visit.Photographs by Spencer StonePhotographs by Philip Hinton ARPSPhotographs by Mike Pepper

Club Report – Portrait Competition (Fri 23rd Oct)

Marjorie Burge writes:Paul Dunmall CPAGB, a member of Seven Sisters Camera Club, Chair of The Sussex Federation, and Awards Officer on the Executive Committee for the KPCA, was our judge for the Tony Culver Trophy Portrait Competition on Friday 23rd October. With 74 entries overall (digital and print) it was a full evening. Paul did more than just comment, he entered into a full discussion on each image. He appreciated that portraiture was a difficult subject and the need for some rapport between the model and the photographer giving some control over the final image. Position within the frame was important, negative space okay, not always necessary for the model to be looking directly at the camera, colour not always necessary some images gaining impact in black and white. He seemed worried that some of the female models didn’t smile (although happy with serious men), and some of the images fell outside his strict definition of ‘portrait’, more into environmental portraits he felt. P…

Club Report - Battle With Gateway Camera Club

On Thursday 22nd October we had a Battle against Gateway Camera Club (www.gatewaycameraclub.co.uk), for both PDI and Print, hosted by Gateway. The judge for the evening was Cherry Larcombe EFIAP ARPS DPAGB BPE4*, and with the prints shown first we went into the break with a tie at 177 points each. After the break the PDIs were judged and a lead of 5 points was gained, giving Ashford the overall win. Ashford Photographic Society: 357
Gateway Camera Club: 352 Below are our scores: PrintsDawn prayersGeorge Pearson17His and HersJim Moody-Smith20Balanced ReflectionMarcello Tomasini15Riding The Dark HedgeDavid Marsh19Great Grey Owl LandingBob Devine17Catalan CoastAnthony Wright20Quick ExitIan Macey18Beauty and The BeastLinda Thackeray17IsolatedGraeme Andrews17Evening Light At ReculverAnthony Baines17Total177PDIsA Balanced BreakfastSteven Baker19Blue LeaderStuart Thompson17Can’t You Go Any FasterGarry Shorter17DamselflyAnthony Wright18Into The DesertAnthony Baines16Lilac Breasted Roller Ta…

KCPA Ross Cup

On Saturday 17th October the club participated in the Kent Count Photographic Association Ross Cup (www.kcpa.co.uk/the-ross-cup).  Ashford came 14th out of 37 clubs, scoring a creditable 132 points, 13 points less than the winners Tunbridge Camera Club.  Special mentions must go to George Pearson who's “I'm Running out of Fingers” was commented on by the judge, and to Anthony Wright for winning The Lakeland Holidays Landscape Trophy, one of only two trophies awarded to individual photographers, for his photograph “Haystacks”. The individual scores for Ashford were:
TitlePhotographerScoreCatalan CoastAnthony Wright LRPS18Check MateGraeme Andrews16HaystacksAnthony Wright LRPS19I'm Running out of FingersGeorge Pearson DPAGB18Into the DesertAnthony Baines ARPS14MariaPhilip Hinton ARPS16Rising on a Pillar of SmokeAnthony Baines ARPS17Self Reflection at SunriseNicholas Hills ARPS14Haystacks by Anthony Wright LRPS

Club Report–Talk by Tuan Nguyen

Marjorie Burge writes:Tuan Nguyen gave us an insight into his photography on Friday 16th October under the title of ‘My photographic journey’. Tuan’s photographic passions were landscapes, architecture and street photography, most of which were in black and white. He stressed the importance of visualising the image before pressing the button, and found that for him, this was in black and white. Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Exposure set him on the path to photography, and although his work was greatly influenced by the photography of Irene Kung, his own personal style came through in his images. He is very fond of light and long exposure, often returning to retake the same image to better advantage. He urged us to learn from our photography, to use it for our own enjoyment first and foremost, to “enjoy what you do, do what you enjoy.” We were shown many beautiful images, and his careful honest narrative was a delight. A memorable photographic journey for us all. You can find Tuan’s p…

Club Report–1st Print Competition (Friday 9th Oct)

Marjorie Burge writes:Our judge on Friday 9th October for our 1st Print Competition was Zoe Garnham-Archer, an accredited KCPA judge and a member of Invicta Camera Club. Zoe, on her third visit, arrived just a little late having come off the motorway one junction too soon but went straight into judging over 80 prints. Members are always enthusiastic at the beginning of the season and the quality and variety in all divisions was amazing. A difficult job indeed for our judge who gave close attention to detail on each and every image. Zoe liked to find a story, was keen on position within the frame, dark areas were worry, and often felt that a different angle would have produced a better image; being in the right place at the right time was key to success. After a tight-packed evening with so many entries, and nine being held back in Division 1 (the high standard making it very difficult), Zoe chose the following: Division 1: 1st Anthony Wright with Calmed, 2nd Chris Shore with Faded Be…

Club Report – Talk by Robert Canis

Our second guest speaker of the season was the award winning professional nature photographer Robert Canis, who enthralled us with his talk “Best of the Year: A selection of Robert’s finest wildlife and landscape images of the last year”. Robert is both an inspirational photographer and speaker. Living in Kent he captivated us with his passion for photographing the South East of England and in particular the Elmley Nature Reserve. From there we moved on to the Peak District, Ireland, Lapland and the Bialowieza Forest situated in northeast Poland. For each photograph he talked about his thoughts and emotions in taking it, and provided us with the techniques used. Making use of both close-up shots and wide-open spaces, his photographs have an artistic quality about them not typical of the record type shots that so many people are used to taking and seeing. By the end of the evening everyone was talking about what had been a very special talk. To see more of Robert’s photographs visit h…