Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Wirral Festival of Firsts Photographic Competition

The Wirral Festival of Firsts are running their popular photographic competition again during 2015 and this year Hoylake Photographic Society are doing the judging. With a £100 first prize and two £25 runner up prizes and free entry this is not an opportunity that any photographer should miss. The closing date for entries is 1st June so you need to be quick to get your 2 permmisable entries in.

The top ten shortlisted photographs will be printed to A2 in size. For the full details and rules of entry please visit the Festival of Firsts Photography Competition web page where you will find an online entry form. 

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Extended Season - Macro

Last night (Friday 15th) saw the second in HPS 'practical nights', as part of our extended season. Margaret and John gave an informal but very practical overview of macro working, mainly outside nature, but also an introduction to 'stacking' images to gain depth of field. Everyone picked up a few tips and had the opportunity to ask questions and play with equipment afterwards. Margaret and John, together with Diana and Brian brought a lot of equipment to illustrate the subject. Whilst specialist macro lenses, flashes etc can be quite expensive, Margaret also showed that lots of 'simple things' such as pegs, garden wire and garden plant fleece were extremely useful, as well as cheap. John showed a 'close-up lens' which can be used with other lenses to get extremely close, without the cost of a dedicated macro lens. And an extension tube, used with a 'standard' zoom lens was also effective and 'cheap'.

Next Friday we will demonstrate simple post-processing, mainly with Photoshop. We'll have (at least) three workstations setup, so many people will have the opportunity to see, play and have any queries answered. Please let us know if you have any specific computer processing issues (eg how to 're-size' images for comps) - email in advance and we'll ensure we cover the subject.

The final Friday - on 29th May - will be 'photographs' - everyone bring their camera and enjoy! Les.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Hoylake International Exhibition 2015 Online Gallery

Hoylake Photographic Society have had another successful year with thousands of photo entries from hundreds of photographers from around the World to their Hoylake International Exhibition 2015. The judging took place over a recent weekend and the entries and results can now be viewed in the Hoylake International Online Gallery

Hoylake Photographic Society members aren't allowed to compete main competition but compete for their own club honours instead and the Best HPS member in the competition was Rob Devenish with eight acceptances including three awards.

The awards will be presented at the showing of the Hoylake International Exhibition on 18th September 2015 at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby starting at 7.45 pm. 

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Practical Session - Scanning

A Blog post by Les Pickstock.

Friday 8th at Newton Village Hall saw the first of Hoylake Photographic Society's extended season 'practical' sessions - "Scanning".

We had 3 tables setup to scan both film and prints. We had previously asked anyone interested to bring some images along to be used in the practical. Whilst only two members brought slides, it gave us the opportunity to demonstrate and learn. No-one 'knows it all' and we had some interesting moments operating the scanner software. One thing members found surprising was how long it can take to digitise an image in high quality. It can take more than 10 minutes each! And you have more than 10,000 images to scan, like me! But overall a fun and practical night. We did not lock up until nearly 11-o'clock so it was obviously an absorbing subject.

I've produced some notes if anyone wants a copy (email me at However there are a number of people in the society able and willing to help you scan on their scanners, so contact me if you have a few precious family heirloom images you wish to digitise. Clearly it is not practical to purchase a scanner (and go through the learning curve) if you only have half a dozen images to capture. On the other hand, if you wish to digitise your hundreds/thousands of film images... you need to look at getting your own!

Next week is 'macro night' - I trust members will find this at least as absorbing. Les.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Annual Print and Digital Competition Results

Hoylake Photographic Society's official season ended with the Annual Digital Projected Images Competition on Friday 17th April 2015 and the Annual Print Competition on Saturday 18th April 2015. The digital competition was judged by Phil Chadwick, AFIAP, DPAGB, BPE3* and after much deliberation Phil chose his top image from the winners of the six photographic categories in the competition. The top digital projected image of the year was this Winter landscape "Lairig Gru" by Margaret Sixsmith. Congratulations Margaret.
Best Digital Projected Image - Lairig Gru by Margaret Sixsmith
  The Annual Print Competition was judged by Mark Power, CPAGB, BPE3* and the results of both competitions are below. Congratulations to everyone who gained awards for their images and commiserations to those whose images didn't quite catch the judges eye.

As you can see the judges have done a remarkable job in looking at hundreds of images from our club members to arrive at their award winners and Hoylake Photographic Society would like to thank Phil Chadwick and Mark Power for their hard work.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Extended Club Season

HPS Members will know that we are staying open this year throughout May, and hosting some practicals on Friday nights. The coming event on 8th May is about scanning. If you wish to brush up a bit on print and film scanning please come along. If you have some images (negs, slides, prints) you wish to digitise - bring them along. Also bring a memory stick to take your images home again.

As these evenings are aimed at photographic 'practicalities' also take the opportunity to bring along your camera, if you have any issues, so you can chat to others. The 'sharing' of experience with mentors is all part of the 'fun'.

The following Friday 15th May will be about 'macro' when Margaret and John Sixsmith will be on hand to demonstrate their superb technique. Again these are 'informal' in house evenings so take the opportunity to talk with others who may be able to assist you with something.

The following Friday 22nd May is a post processing night with an focus on RAW over JPEG and the basics of Photoshop.

Finally on Friday 29th May we're taking advantage of the late evenings with some outdoor photography followed by a critique and discussion about exposure etc. Bring along your camera.

If anyone has a specific practical photographic issue, please email me and we'll try to organise someone or something to help. Les Pickstock. (