Saturday, 10 November 2018

Members Night

This coming Friday 16th November is a "Members Night" with club members giving the presentation for the evening. On this night the digital theme is "Photojournalism or Photo Travel - You Be The Judge" Photographers can often be confused by what comprises "Photojournalism" and what is "Photo Travel" so this members night will make that question clearer.

Friday is also the hand in for our latest monthly competition with the theme "Taken on the Wirral"

The club meets at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby with the doors opening at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. No members are welcome paying £2 on the door.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Man Made Competition Results

On Friday 2nd November our guest John Daugherty APAGB BPE1* judged our monthly competition with the subject of "Man Made". The competition comprised of a print section split into "Mono" and "Colour" sub sections and a "Digital Projected Images" section. All club members competed on an equal basis regardless of their skills and experience.

Print Competition

In the "Mono" print sub section Noel George swept the board taking the top three places with three contrasting subjects while in the "Colour" print sub section Stephen Lewis took first place with a beautiful macro image with Anthony Clarke coming second and Llyn Rostron third.

Mono Print 1st - Theseus Defeats the Centaur by Noel George
Mono Print 2nd - John Rennie's Bridge of Cree by Noel George
Mono Print 3rd - Glass Bottles by Noel George
Colour Print 2nd - The Librarian's Table by Anthony Clarke
Digital Projected Images

In the "Digital Projected Images" section Peter Lovatt did very well coming first with Ian Chantler second and Brian Magor third. Peter Lovatt was successful in gaining awards for all three of his images in this section.

I need to give a special mention to Lorraine Pinder whose photography has noticeably improved this season and the judges have also noticed. Lorraine would have been considered a novice in our competitions in previous years but she gained three awards on Friday evening competing against very experienced photographers. Well done.

Digital Images 1st - Head of Kelpie by Peter Lovatt
Digital Images 2nd - Lightly Grilled by Ian Chantler
Digital 3rd - Interior Utah State Capitol by Brian Magor
Well done to everyone who gained awards in this competition and commiserations to those who didn't catch the judges eye on this occasion. With the judging completed it was left to our guest John Daugherty to hand out the awards.

John Daugherty with Noel George
John Daugherty with Peter Lovatt
John Daugherty with Brian Magor
John Daugherty with Diana Magor
John Daugherty with Lorraine Pinder
John Daugherty with Llyn Rostron
President Anthony Clarke with John Daugherty
Next Friday 9th November we welcome Susan Clarke LRPS AWPF CPAGB to the club who will be giving her digital presentation entitled "171 Years of Photoshopping" The meeting at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby starts at 7.45pm with a 10pm finish. Non members are welcome paying £2 in the door.

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Man Made Competition

This coming Friday 2nd November is the judging of the latest monthly competition which is "Man Made" Our guest judge (to be announced) will be giving their verdict on our club members entries of colour and monochrome prints and digital projected images.

The judging takes place at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby with the doors opening at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. Non members are welcome to attend paying £2 on the door.

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Practical Portraits with Graham Currey

On Friday 19th October, the club had a Practical Portrait session hosted by our guest Graham Currey who is a character model, actor, photographer and photography judge. Graham set up the session and showed the members who attended how to light and shoot in the "Film Noir" style of photography which is in monochrome.

As Diana Magor reports,
"Last night’s portrait session was a superb evening which everyone enjoyed and learnt something.  Graham Currey stage managed the night with panache and firmness, ensuring everyone got to take photos with each change of the lighting and understood what effect he was intending to produce.  That meant that the first time visitor to the club as well as the advanced workers all benefited. He showed us how to take in mono, sorted out crises of not being able to work our cameras, and did it all with humour and  patience.  He brought everything we needed – stand and backdrop to provide a black background, two flashguns and associated snoods, three flash triggers to set off the lights for us to use as well as himself as the model.  He gave us the sinister character dressed in leather gear with a gun and changed his clothes to suit the mood.  Nobody was allowed to miss out on taking photos and he encouraged us to attend any of his locally based portrait shoots in the future.  All in all a really good evening"

President - Anthony Clarke
Our President Anthony Clarke volunteered to stand in to get our camera settings and exposure right while Graham Currey changed his clothes and got into character.


Members put the settings that Graham had recommended into their cameras before the portrait session got under way. Graham worked his way through three lighting techniques using two cheap flashguns during the evening ensuring that everyone got some time to shoot.





It was a very enjoyable and useful session shooting in a style of photography that was unfamiliar to most members. The results are demonstrated below in the portraits taken by George Evans.





Thanks must go to Graham Currey for his hard work and patience and I'm sure everyone went home with some new skills in their camera bags.

A reminder that there is no meeting on Friday 26th October as it's the Newton Village Hall Auction Night. The night is raising money to refurbish the kitchen which we benefit from as a club. Take along some money and potentially take home a bargain.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Open / Altered Reality Competition Results

On Friday 5th October our guest Linda Bell LRPS CPAGB AWPF BPE3* judged our first monthly competition of the season which was "Open / Altered Reality". The "Open" competition featured a sub competition "Altered Reality" which is designed to test our members imagination, creativity and skill.

The competition format is a "Print" section with separate colour and mono entries and a "Digital Projected Images" section. Club members compete in all competitions on an equal basis regardless of their skill and experience. The Novice / Intermediate member competition was dropped a couple of years ago, but looking at the quality of the prints and images in the competition the general standard of photography within the club has improved as a result.

Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond my control I don't have the list of award winners from the night so you'll have to bear with me. Margaret Sixsmith swept the board with 5 top places in the prints and digital competition. She also won the Print Altered Reality competition. Well done.

Brian Magor came 1st in the digital section with Margaret coming 2nd and Peter Larkin 3rd. Paul Anderson won the Digital Altered Reality competition with Mersey Mist.

The images below are in no particular order.

Print Competition

Ponies in Snow - Margaret Sixsmith

The White Horse - Margaret Sixsmith

Rose Water - Noel George
Trees and Bridge - Margaret Sixsmith
Shapes Abstract - Margaret Sixsmith
End of the News - Lyn Rostron

Digital Competition


Bears and Tree - Brian Magor

Mountain Hare - Margaret Sixsmith

Copper Rump - Peter Larkin

Kelpies - Peter Lovatt
Fish Tale - Sue Freeman

Comedy and Tragedy - Peter Lovatt

Frozen Lake Arnarstapi - Steve Lewis

Mersey Mist - Paul Anderson

If I've got any of the names associated with the images wrong then please let me know.

The evening was brought to a close with Linda Bell presenting the awards to Margaret Sixsmith and Lyn Rostron.

Linda Bell and Margaret Sixsmith

Linda Bell and Lyn Rostron
I think we can all agree that the standard of photography produced by our members in the competition was extremely high. My apologies for a disjointed report this month. Normal services may be resumed for the next monthly competition report.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

L&CPU Folio

This Friday 28th September Hoylake Photographic Society will be taking a look at the Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU) Folio. The club is affiliated to the union and the digital presentation will be showcasing the best photography taken in this North West area.

The doors of Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby will be opening at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish if you wish to attend. Non members are welcome paying £2 on the night.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Members Night

The new season is well under way and this Friday 21st September, Hoylake Photographic Society will be holding our first "Members Night"

During the first half of the evening Brian Magor will be talking about competitions. This will be followed by Ian Chantler and his Comicon photography. The evening is also the hand-in for our first monthly competition of the season which is "Open/Altered Reality" The entry form can be downloaded from the Hoylake Photographic Society website. 

On Friday 14th September, the club viewed a digital presentation, skillfully and beautifully put together by Brian Magor of our Hoylake International Exhibition 2018 which attracted an entry of over 7,000 images from 448 photographers from 55 countries. The quality of photography on display from the Wirral Peninsula to China was extremely high and inspirational.

Hoylake Photographic Society invited Ian Aldcroft, President of the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU) as our guest and to present the awards to HPS members and successful photographers from within the L&CPU.

Our club President Anthony Clarke opened the evening before Brian Magor introduced the presentation of photography. After viewing the accepted images we broke for tea and continued with a viewing of the award winners. Ian Aldcroft closed the evening by presenting the awards and closing the night.


Club President Anthony Clarke
Brian Magor
Presntation screenshot
Ian Aldcroft and Lynette Ryan
Ian Aldcroft and Anthony Clarke
Ian Aldcroft and Diana Magor
Ian Aldcroft and Stephen Lewis
Ian Aldcroft and Noel George


President L&CPU, Ian Aldcroft
Hoylake Photographic Society meet every Friday from September to May at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby with the doors opening at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. Non members are welcome paying only £2 on the door.