Saturday, 20 January 2018

Members Night

Following Andy Polakowski with Part 2 of "ABC" we have another popular Members Night on Friday 26th January. Members Nights are occasions when club members give a short presentation about their own photographic project or passion and it gives club members a chance to learn more about the photographic talent lurking on the back rows of our club meetings when our guest speakers are taking centre stage.

The Members Night 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 most welcome to attend and your first visit is free. There's no pressure to join the club with subsequent visits only £2 on the door. Our remaining program is on the Hoylake Photographic Society website or you can catch up on our Facebook page.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

People / Portrait Competition Results

Friday 12th January was the judging of the "People / Portrait" competition judged by our guest Janice Barton CPAGB BPE2* Janice was honest in her judging explaining as she dismissed image after image that the eyes were very important in choosing her award winners and that hands and feet should not be cut off. Giving the subject space and darken your backgrounds to make the subject stand out was her recurring advice.

As usual the competition was split into "Print" and "Digital Projected Images" sections with prints divided into "Mono" and "Colour" sub sections. All members competed on an equal basis regardless of experience and ability and on this occasion the more experienced members took the bulk of the awards although this isn't always the case.

Prints

In the "Mono" print sub section Ian Chantler took 1st place with Lyn Rostron taking 2nd and Brian Magor coming 3rd. In the "Colour" print sub section Lyn Rostron did well again coming 1st with Barry Quatermass having a good competition with 2nd and 3rd places.


Mono Print 1st "Tom" by Ian Chantler

Mono Print 2nd "Skittles" by Lyn Rostron

Mono Print 3rd "Micah" by Brian Magor

Colour Print 1st "Evening Stroll" by Lyn Rostron

Colour Print 2nd "The Printer" by Barry Quatermass

Colour Print 3rd "Glamourphones" by Barry Quatermass

The club took a half time break from the judging for teat, biscuits and the raffles while members took a closer look at the print entries.


Margaret Sixsmith, Brian Magor, Mike Waring, Ian Chantler and Noel George

After the break it was time to carry out the judging of the "Digital Projected Images" and in this competition absent member Paul Anderson did very well coming 1st and 3rd while Ian Chantler showed his forte is portraits by coming 2nd.


Digital Projected Images 1st "Teashop Taungoo" by Paul Anderson

Digital Projected Images 2nd "Beth" by Ian Chantler

Digital Projected Images 3rd "Myanmar Farmer" by Paul Anderson


With the judging completed it was left to club President Anthony Clarke and guest judge Janice Barton to had out the awards to those members in attendance on the night.


Janice Barton and President Anthony Clarke

Janice Barton and Ian Chantler

Janice Barton and Brian Magor

Janice Barton and Diana Magor

Janice Barton and Barry Quatermass

Janice Barton and Lyn Rostron

Janice Barton and Margaret Sixsmith

Janice Barton and Sue Wray

Well done to the award winners and commiserations to those (including myself) who didn't catch the judges eye on this occasion. There's a second chance of success in the annual competition in April.

Our next Friday meeting is on 19th January when the club will be welcoming Andy Polakowski AWPF BPE2* who will be giving his digital presentation "ABC Part 2" The doors of Newton Village Hall open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. Non members are welcome with your first visit free and subsequent visits only £2 on the door. View our remaining program of speakers and events on the Hoylake Photographic Society website or keep up with results on our Facebook page.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

People / Portrait Competition

This Friday 12th January is the club's first monthly competition of 2018. The "People / Portrait" competition will be judged by our guest Janice Barton CPAGB, BPE2*

To attend the judging, the doors of Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby will be open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. Non members are welcome to attend with your first visit to the club free and subsequent visits only £2 on the door. You'll be made welcome.

You can view the remaining club program of guest speakers and events on the Hoylake Photographic Society website or catch up on our Facebook page.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Members Night

A Happy New Year to all of our club members. 2018 is finally with us and our next Friday meeting is on 5th January which is a Members Night. On these evenings, club members talk about their own photography and I'm delighted to say that we have "An Evening With Steve Lewis Photography" on Friday. Steve is a timelapse specialist and his videos are an inspiration to all.

As usual 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. Any prospective new members or visitors are welcome to attend with their first visit to the club free and subsequent visits only £2 on the door. Our remaining 2018 program can be viewed on the Hoylake Photographic Society website or you can catch up on our Facebook page.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Audio / Visual Competition Result

Friday 15th December was the club's annual Audio / Visual Competition and Christmas party and it was nice to see so many of our members attending what was an entertaining and enjoyable evening. There were sixteen videos entered into the competition and club members each brought some food for a buffet at half time. Some of our members got into the festive spirit with Christmas jumpers while others went a little bit further.

Lorraine Pinder and Bernie Smith
After our Club President Anthony Clarke welcomed members to the club and handed out awards from previous monthly competitions, we sat back and enjoyed a very creative and varied mix of videos made up of images, video, music and commentary with individual members scoring each video from between 1-5. Once the videos had been viewed Diana and Brian Magor collated the scores while our members enjoyed the buffet.

Diana and Brian Magor
With the scores in, the socialising done and the food devoured it was time to take our seats again to find out the result of the competition and to re-run the winning video but there was just time for a group shot before things got underway.

HPS Group Photo
Brian Magor again did a splendid job of organising the competition and staffing the computer during the evening and he had the honour of announcing the winning video which was "When I'm 64" by our President Anthony Clarke. Anthony is becoming the Audio / Visual specialist in the club winning the competition for the third time in five years. He was a little embarrassed by winning again but he should be proud of the thoughtful way he perfectly matched his images to the lyrics of the Beatles song.

Audio / Visual Winner - "When I'm 64" by Anthony Clarke
Brian Magor (Left) awards the trophy to Anthony Clarke
After re-running the winning video it was left to Brian Magor to award deserving winner Anthony Clarke with the Audio / Visual trophy. It was an excellent end to 2017.

The club now enjoys a break for the festive season and is back on 5th January 2018 with a "Members Night" The doors of Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby will be opening as usual at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. Prospective new members are welcome with your first taster visit free and subsequent visits only £2 on the door. There is no pressure to join the club.

Our remaining 2017/18 program can be viewed during the break on the Hoylake Photographic Society website or you can catch up with results on our Facebook page.

May I on behalf of Hoylake Photographic Society wish our members, families and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Audio / Visual Competition and Christmas Party

The Christmas festivities are almost upon us and this Friday 15th December is our annual Audio / Visual competition and Christmas party. By now your competition entries should be in so all that is needed is to bring along a small amount of food for the half time buffet.

This competition is the chance for members to create something different and the competition always throws up varied and creative videos so it promises to be a good evening.

Friday is also the hand-in for January's People / Portrait competition and the entry form is on the club website.

As usual the doors of Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. If you're new to the club then you'll be made welcome and your first visit is free.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Street Photography Competition Results

Last Friday 1st December was the judging of the "Street Photography" competition with guest judge Graham Curry judging the printed entries live not having seen the prints before hand. Not used in competition before, street photography was chosen as the "President's Theme Competition" by Club President Anthony Clarke and it threw up an interesting mix of images comprising, people, buildings, graffiti, and street scenes. Graham Curry explained before the judging that his understanding of street photography was that the image should be taken of a street by a photographer on a street and with that in mind his awarded images are below.

As usual the monthly competition was split into  "Prints" and "Digital Projected Images" sections with prints judged in "Mono" and "Colour" sub sections. All members competed on an equal basis regardless of their ability.

Print Section

In the "Mono Print" sub section, new member Lyn Rostron did extremely well in her first print entry getting 1st and 2nd places with Lynette Ryan coming 3rd. In the "Colour Print" sub section Michael Severn was a popular winner with Sue Freeman doing well to take 2nd place with Diana Magor coming 3rd.

Mono Print 1st - "Caught in the Rain" by Lyn Rostron
Mono Print 3rd - "The Three Shadows" by Lynette Ryan
Colour Print 1st - "Root and Wall" by Michael Severn
Colour Print 2nd - "Egg Soldiers" by Sue Freeman
Colour Print 3rd - "Excluded From The Man Talk" by Diana Magor
Digital Projected Images

In the "Digital Projected Images" section, Phil Sadler did well coming 1st with Rob Devenish 2nd and George Evans 3rd. The awards were quite evenly spread from first place to commended amongst 10 different photographers.

Digital Projected Images 1st - "Dispensing Fuel" by Phil Sadler
Digital Projected Images 2nd - "Jack Lives Here" by Rob Devenish
Digital Projected Images 3rd - "Morris Minor" by George Evans

 Congratulations to all of the award winners in the first "Street Photography" competition held by the club and commiserations to those not mentioned. There is always a second chance in the "Annual" competition in April with a different judge. The evening concluded with Graham Curry handing out the trophies to the winning photographers.

Mono Print 1st - Lyn Rostron
Colour Print 1st - Michael Severn
Digital Projected Images 1st - Phil Sadler
Our next Friday meeting is on 8th December with "Moments in Mono" by Neil Hulme. The L&CPU Folio will be on display and the meeting is also the hand-in for the Christmas "Audio/Visual" competition.

The doors of Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. Visitors are welcome. You can view our remaining program on the Hoylake Photographic Society website of catch up on our Facebook page.

Monday, 27 November 2017

President's Theme Competition

This Friday evening, 1st December is our latest monthly competition and our President Anthony Clarke has chosen "Street Photograph" as the challenge to club members. This is not a subject that comes easily to many photographers and it's not a topic that's been used before so it will be interesting to see what is put before our guest judge Graham Curry.

To view the competition judging, arrive at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. Prospective new members are welcome with your first taster visit free and subsequent visits only £2 on the door.

You can view the remaining events and talks in our season's program on our Hoylake Photographic Society website or catch up on our Facebook page.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Inter Merseyside Competition

This Friday 24th November is the judging of the Inter Merseyside Competition. The annual print competition will be judged on the night by our guest John Dougherty APGB BPE1*

Non members and prospective new members are welcome to attend with your first visit free and subsequent visits only £2 on the door. The judging will take 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.

In other news, club member George Evans is one of three photographers taking part in the Oxton Art Fair at the Williamson Art Gallery, Oxton on 25/26th November where the theme of his display will focus on his infrared photography with his most recent prints on display.

Also on display will be a framed print of George's "National Trust Handbook Cover 2018" competition winning photograph which being sold for £50 with the proceeds going to the Wirral Ark Homeless Charity.

There are 22 other local artists taking part in the fair selling photography, paintings, jewellery, pottery, textiles, illustrations, mixed media. The gallery opens between 10am - 5pm Saturday, 10am - 4pm Sunday with free children's art activities taking place and a cafe.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

HDR Techniques

High Dynamic Range (HDR) is an invaluable technique for stretching the dynamic range of a camera. A camera can't see detail in blacks and whites at the same time unlike the human eye so we have to cheat by bracketing our exposures and blend the images into one ... HDR image. Done well it will look subtle and add punch to a photograph. Done badly it will look grungy and false.

On Friday 17th November, Justin Garner will be showing his HDR techniques and how to do it well. If you want to add a new photographic skill to your armoury then don't miss his talk on Friday at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby. The doors open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. Non members are welcome to attend paying £2 on the door and your first taster visit is free.

For members, Friday is also the hand-in for the Street Photography competition.

To see our program of future talks and events visit the Hoylake Photographic Society website or catch up on our Facebook page.