Thursday, 29 January 2015

Photographic Weekend Away

In November 2014, Hoylake Photographic Society members held a meeting to discuss the club, it's program of events and to discuss whether members wanted anything more from the club. At the meeting there was a strong demand for social events related to photography including a weekend away to help members to bond and to also further their photographic skills. Last Friday we asked members to express their interest in a weekend away in October this year and/or May 2016. There was strong support; reinforced by attendees at our Wednesday Night Group.

As a result, the club are planning a weekend away at the Blencathra Field Centre near Keswick in late October. Blencathra will offer photographers the opportunity to capture landscapes, wildlife and nature images as well as enjoy hill walking, with post processing and discussion of the images taken during the evening.

The trip is only open to club members but if you're interested in club photography and are looking to enhance your skills alongside like minded people then Hoylake Photographic Society is open to new members. We meet every Friday from September to May at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby with the doors opening at 7.30 pm for a 7.45 pm start and a 10 pm finish. You can attend as a visitor paying only £2 on the door for as many times as you wish before deciding whether to join the club. To check out our program of talks and events please visit the Hoylake Photographic Society website.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The London Salon

On Friday 30th January, Hoylake Photographic Society members will be taking a look at the accepted images from the London Salon. The London Salon chooses its images based on their artistic content and the results are always thought provoking and often controversial. If you're interested in photography as art then this evening will be of interest to you.

For club members, Friday is also the hand in for the Nature competition. The competition is accepting A4 sized unmounted prints and digital images.

If you're interested in photography then you're welcome to attend our club meetings as a visitor paying £2 on the door with no obligation to join the society. We meet every Friday at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby with the doors opening at 7.30 pm for a 7.45 pm start and a 10 pm finish.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

People Competition Results

Last night, Friday 16th January saw the judging of our monthly photographic competition. This month the subject was "People" and the judge casting his experienced and critical eye over the club entries was Fred G Snowden. Fred started off the evening by praising the quality of the images and stressed how difficult it was to come up with his award winners.

As usual the competition is split into two main sections, "Print" and "Digital Projected Images" with "Print" being split into "Monochrome" and "Colour" sub sections. Members compete in the print section as "Novice / Intermediate" and "Advanced" members with all members competing together in the "Digital Projected Images" section.

Print Competition

In the "Advanced Monochrome Print" category, Barry Quatermass did very well gaining 1st place and cup and 2nd place, with Anthony Clarke coming 3rd. There were no entries in the "Novice / Intermediate Monochrome" category.

In the "Advanced Colour Print" category, Ian Chantler came 1st with a beautiful portrait of Harry Hill, while Anthony Clarke gained 2nd and 3rd places.

There were only two entries in the "Novice / Intermediate Colour Print" category, one each from Phil and Cynthia Sadler and the honours in the household went to Cynthia.

Digital Projected Images Competition

In this section all members compete on an equal basis regardless of experience or skill and the top image taking the shield was produced by Paul Anderson who also gained a very highly commended on a second image. Paul is on an extended Far Eastern expedition and sends his entries in every month so he'll be delighted to see some of his work paying off. Diana Magor gained 2nd place while Robert Devenish was in 3rd place.
1st and Shield - Village Children - Paul Anderson - Digital Projected Images
2nd Place - Introspection - Diana Magor - Digital Projected Images
3rd  Place- Allan McNish - Robert Devenish - Digital Projected Images
Congratulations to all of the award winners and commiserations to those whose images didn't catch the judges eye on this occasion including myself. The full list of award winners and their image titles are below.
People Competition award winners and image titles
If you're interested in photography and want to meet with like minded people in a friendly atmosphere then why not take in our next meeting on Friday 23rd January when we'll be looking at the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union (LCPU) Folio C. This is a folio of the best images in the North West of England taken during 2014.

We meet at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby with the doors opening at 7.30 pm for a 7.45 pm start and a 10 pm finish. Visitors and prospective new members are welcome to attend with no pressure to join the club. Whether you're a novice or advanced photographer you will be made welcome.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Wednesday Night Group

At Hoylake Photographic Society we hold our main meetings on a Friday evening but we also have a Wednesday Night Group which meets every other Wednesday. This is more informal and gives members the chance to discuss photography instead is listening to our guest speakers.

The Wednesday night group had a really good evening this week. Members brought a selection of mono digital images and explained how, and sometimes why, they took them. It meant we had a huge variety of  places shown as well as different techniques highlighted. We were able to provide constructive comments on how to make improvements and it didn't matter whether this was for newcomers or advanced workers. It illustrated the need to adapt images for projection as they often do not appear as they do on ones own monitor. It was such a good evening that we didn't finish till after 10pm but no-one seemed to mind.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

People Competition

On Friday 16th January Hoylake Photographic Society holds its first monthly competition of 2015. This month the subject is "People" and the guest judge who will be perusing the competition entries and giving his expert opinions on the night is Fred G Snowden.

You don't have to be a club member to view the best photographs that club members can produce in this category as you're welcome to turn up on the night paying only £2 on the door. We meet every Friday from September to May at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby with the doors opening at 7.30 pm for a 7.45 pm start and a 10 pm finish.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Hoylake International Exhibition 2015

Hoylake Photographic Society have announced the official launch of their Hoylake International Exhibition 2015. The international photographic competition run under the auspices of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) is now in its fourth year and attracts a large number of quality images from hundreds of photographers from every continent in the world.

The closing date for entries is 20th April with judging taking place over the weekend of 2nd - 3rd May 2015. Competition entry, rules and fees can be found on the Hoylake International Exhibition 2015 page on this blog or on the Hoylake Photographic Society website.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year

Happy New Year !

Hopefully all our members, families and friends had a great Christmas, and the forthcoming year will be peaceful, pleasant and photographically fruitful.

Our first Friday night back is 9th January, and is a 'members night' where two/three people volunteer to give a presentation - NO we're not asking for volunteers, we already have those ( but the next members night needs you! So start preparing soon.... ).

We can promise you an exciting and truly 'international' flavour for the evening with something just a little bit different! It will not be technical photographically, but includes many fabulous images and associated 'stories', so feel free to bring friends or relatives. Les Pickstock (President)

As usual we meet at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby with the doors opening at 7.30 pm for a 7.45 pm start and a 10 pm finish. If you're interested in photography then you're most welcome to attend our meetings and your first visit is free with no pressure to join the club.