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3rd Print

Report by Marjorie Burge.

On Friday 1st February we were delighted to welcome Clive Tanner FRPS DPAGB of Maidstone Camera Club, a KCPA premier Judge, Chairman of the KCPA Judges Panel, an ex-President of the KCPA and ex-council member of the RPS, making him excellently qualified to judge our 3rd Print Competition. Clive is a good friend of APS and was well prepared for the 77 quality prints laid out for his inspection. Clive is very honest in his criticism, viewing the image as a whole before commenting, and even with images not to his liking, finding something to praise. Not a lot to be altered, but, as always, darkening down those bright spots, and very hot on halos and careless framing. He was often looking for some extra input from the photographer to bring an image alive – would like to see more mermaids - and was quick to praise original ideas. He held back a quantity of images before choosing his winners, giving hope, encouragement and suspense to his audience. We thanked our j…

4th PDI

Report by Marjorie Burge.

Friday 18th January was our 4th PDI, with Tony Bentley ARPS CPAGB of Invicta Camera Club, judging the 68 entries in the competition. Tony has judged for us before, covering the PDI Theme last year. He has his own judging style, very confident, plain speaking, straight in. Each image was carefully examined for sharpness and composition, and any overly bright patches quickly spotted - post processing was a must, and corners were a worry, Tony liked them shaded. There were some amazing images in all divisions and I felt sometimes the overall image was lost in the discussion of detail but with the high quality of APS photography we make  life difficult for the judges. Choosing the winning images was not easy and Tony held back eight in Division 1 before making his final choice. A good evening at APS, Tony’s judging is definitely not boring, he kept us entertained throughout.

Title of the Week - ‘Oh Look – A Daisy’.  

Division 1:
1st Chris Rogers with Early Morn…

Remote Rural Romania by George Pearson DPAGB, ARPS

Many of us photographers when faced with a difficult situation have to make moral decisions. These are not just personal to us but could impact on the lives of others. I had not expected when in a European country to be faced with quite so many ethical dilemmas as in Romania. (More later).
In October 2018, on a photo tour organized by Jacob James from Intrepid Exposures, I met with Richard and Martin and our Romanian photographer, chauffeur and guide Mihnea to examine and record cultural change in rural Romania. We spent 3 days in each of the locations, the Apuseni Mountains, Maramures and the South Carpathian Mountains staying in basic accommodation mostly guesthouses. The experience was stimulating, troubling and in parts hugely rewarding.
Our guide had for many years made personal visits to these areas observing the consequences of the 10% emigration in the last 4 years from Romania into Western Europe. He has built up a deep knowledge and sensitivity to the plight of those left b…