Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Audio / Visual Competition Result

Friday 16th December was the Hoylake Photographic Society social evening and "Audio / Visual Competition" where members put together images or video or both to music or commentary. This is an opportunity for members to flex their creative muscles on a different art form than static images and the evening didn't disappoint. With eleven A/V's on show the range of topics was very broad with titles such as 36 x 12, Doors, Graffiti, Iceland Aurora, Mud, Nature in Mono, Places, Retirement, Star Trekking, Super Freak and Tmoau 2016. The competition was judged by the members in attendance each scoring between 1-5 points for each video.

Club President Barry Quatermass
There was a strong attendance by club members and club President Barry Quatermass opened the social evening by detailing the scoring system to chose the winning A/V.

All eleven video's were viewed and duly scored by the members after each showing and the creativity, skill and humour on show was the best that I can remember in my time as a member of the club. The entertainment on show was superb.

Diana and Brian Magor
While Diana and Brian Magor collected in the score sheets and totted up the inividual scores the member tucked into the buffet. Each member brought along their own contribution to what was once again a very good spread.


With club members watered, fed and refreshed they took to their seats again to receive the results of the competition. Two superb time lapse videos, "Iceland Aurora" and "Tmoau 2016" by Steve Lewis took joint third place. "Mud" by Barry Quatermass took second place, and the hilariously funny "Star Trekking" by Anthony Clarke won the competition. All four videos were excellent in their own way but Anthony's skit at the Star Trek series set to music using prominent club members in the lead roles was a big hit with everyone on the night.

Below are some screenshots of the awarded Audio / Visual's to give you a flavour of the evening.

Joint 3rd "Iceland Aurora" by Steve Lewis
Joint 3rd "Tmoau 2016" by Steve Lewis
2nd "Mud" by Barry Quatermass
1st "Star Trekking" by Anthony Clarke
Anthony Clarke and Barry Quatermass (President)
Congratulations to Anthony on winning the competition. The evening was a fitting end to 2016 and the club will be back after the holidays on 6th January with "ABC" by Andy Polakowski AWPF, BPE2*

The club 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. You can keep up to date with our activities through our Hoylake Photographic Society website or our Facebook page.

On behalf of the club may I wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Monday, 12 December 2016

A/V Competition and Christmas Social

This Friday 16th December is competition time again, but this time not the static print and digital competition that we're used to. The evening hosts our annual Audio / Visual competition where members set images and video to music or commentary to create short videos to entertain and the range of work never disappoints.

The evening is also our Christmas social evening and there will be a hearty buffet during the break. This is our final club meeting before the holidays, so if you can't make it to the event I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and New Year on behalf of everyone at the club. We will be back with a great guest speaker on 6th January 2017.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Man Made Competition Results

Last Friday 2nd December saw the judging of our "Man Made Competition" by our guest judge Nick Berentzen CPAGB, BPE1. Nick was meticulous with his critique of the print and digital entries explaining what he liked in the images and how they could have been improved. The competition was split into print and digital projected images sections with the prints split into colour and mono images.

All members competed on an equal basis with the bulk of the awards going to our most experienced photographers on this occasion, with Lynette Ryan and new member Sue Lang bucking the trend. The 26 awards given by Nick were shared amongst 11 members out of a membership of some 50.

Print Section

In the "Colour Print" sub section Noel George did well in a strong field of entries coming 1st with Paul Anderson 2nd and Ian Chantler coming 3rd. Paul Anderson did better in the "Mono Print" sub section by coming 1st with Lynette Ryan taking 2nd place and Ian Chantler 3rd.

Colour Print 1st - "Glass Membrane Roof, Sony Centre, Berlin" by Noel George

Colour Print 2nd - "QM2" by Paul Anderson

Colour Print 3rd - "Liverpool Central Library Interior View" by Ian Chantler
Mono Print 1st - " Place de Espana" by Paul Anderson

Mono Print 2nd - "Cathedral View" by Lynette Ryan

Mono Print 3rd - Spiral Staircase by Ian Chantler
Digital Projected Images

In the "Digital Projected Images" section Pete Larkin took 1st place with Paul Anderson again coming 2nd and Barry Quatermass gaining 3rd. With Ian Chantler getting a VHC the remaining awards went to members who didn't figure in the print awards including Sue Lang, a new member with two commends. Well done Sue.

Digital Projected Images 1st - "Man Made Man" by Pete Larkin

Digital Projected Images 2nd - "Serenity" by Paul Anderson

Digital Projected Images 3rd - "Biplanes and Turbines" by Barry Quatermass


 Congratulations to those who gained awards and commiserations to everyone who failed to impress the judge on this occasion. There's always the annual competition in April 2017 for a second bite of the cherry with a different judge.

Our next meeting is on Friday 9th December which is a "Members Night" when members will be entertaining us with their own images. The LCPU folio will be on display and it is also the hand-in for the Christmas A/V competition. The meeting 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. Visitors are welcome paying £2 on the door.

If you can't make the meeting then catch up with our program of events and talks through the Hoylake Photographic Society website or our Facebook page. 

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

HPS "Night Out"

HPS 'Night Out' by Les Pickstock

On what turned out to be the coldest night of the year, Robert Devenish arranged an evening out to practise star photography. Six intrepid camera 'enthusiasts' (or as my wife says "nutters") managed to navigate their way into deepest Denbighshire alongside Aled Isaf reservoir. Four travelled early to try to take a sundown timelapse sequence, but it was a rather disappointing sunset as there were clear skies and little movement or drama.

Spot the member from this rogues gallery
Combating both freezing fingers (you try to manipulate your camera controls in pitch blackness and with cold fingers!) and misting lenses all established reasonable exposures with Robert's help, to both capture some foreground interest and the stars. Exposures seemed to hover around 30s at f5.6 when it was totally dark, so obviously everyone used a solid tripod.

However, with little foreground interest by the reservoir, Robert moved us uphill about 400 yards where a tree and sheep shelter could provide an anchor for taking star trail sequences. Whilst getting colder and colder (lenses mistier and mistier unless you had hand warmers to protect the lenses) this exercise was both practical and wondrous - being in such a dark sky area with a cloudless night provided views rarely seen from home. Though visible, the Milky Way was rather less dramatic than expected.

It will be interesting to see if any body's images/timelapse sequences show up in either competitions or on members' nights over the next few months: if so be sure to catch them. They should be both intriguing and fun. Why don't you give it a try?

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Man Made Competition

Friday 2nd December is the judging of our "Man Made" competition and our guest judge Nick Berentzen CPAGB, BPE1 will be running his critical eye over the prints and digital projected entries from our members in this monthly competition. 

The monthly competitions during the season are always eagerly awaited and awards keenly fought for, and you can view the judging 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. You don't have to be a club member to attend the evening as non members are welcome paying only £2 on the door. 

If you can't attend then you can read the results of the "Man Made" competition on this blog. Alternatively, keep up to date with our program and latest news through the Hoylake Photographic Society website or our Facebook page.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Inter Mersey Competition

This Friday 25th November is the latest round of the "Inter Mersey Competition" Hoylake Photographic Society are one of eight Merseyside clubs taking part in this round robin print competition with each round of judging hosted by one of the clubs and an independent judge and the top club announced to the end of the season. The judging on Friday is being carried out by Kevin Hurst LRPS CPAGB.

This will be a chance to compare the work of our members with that of the other clubs in the area and there's sure to be a broad selection of subjects and styles on show.

If you wish to see the judging then we meet at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane each Friday with the doors opening at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. You don't have to be a member to attend as non members are welcome paying only £2 on the door. You can keep up to date with our club events and activities by visiting the Hoylake Photographic Society website of our Facebook page.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Members Night

This Friday 18th November we have a change in the program. The evening is now a "Members Night" with our President Barry Quatermass filling the first half of the evening with a digital presentation and talk of his "Trip to New Zealand". During the second half Noel George will be showing us images of "West Kirby Past and Present" Both members are excellent photographers so the images on show will be worth the effort.

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Last Friday 11th November the club enjoyed a visit from Alan Towse LRPS who gave us a practical demonstration of portrait lighting techniques with members able to photograph the two models supplied themselves.

It was a well attended meeting and the level of tuition was excellent and the models were very patient with the members. I'll leave you with some images of the night supplied by Barry Quatermass,  Anthony Clarke, Clive Cresswell and Diana Magor.

Photo by Barry Quatermass
Photo by Diana Magor
Photo by Barry Quatermass
Photo by Diana Magor
Photo by Barry Quatermass
Photo by Diana Magor
Photo by Anthony Clarke
Photo by Diana Magor
Photo by Anthony Clarke
Photo by Anthony Clarke
Photo by Clive Cresswell
Photo by Clive Cresswell
Photo by Clive Cresswell
Photo by Clive Cresswell
 If you want to hear and see the presentations from Barry and Noel then we meet 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. You can keep up with our program and events through the Hoylake Photographic Society website or our Facebook page.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Timelapse Workshop

Following Stephen Lewis' great night at the club a month ago demonstrating his 'time lapse' techniques, he agreed to hold a workshop for any members to practice the techniques he demonstrated on the night.

Eight intrepid members braved the cold, wind and rain at Red Rocks to give it a go. Whilst desiring a lovely sunset to capture, the sky remained cloudy throughout. Nevertheless we had a great time, ably assisted by Steve and (hopefully) everyone managed at least one sequence capture.


Steve had arrived early, and done a trial timelapse on his iPhone; suggesting an interval of 3-5 secs was appropriate for the lighting, and cloud movements.

We dispersed to different parts of Red Rocks to 'give it a go'. After about one and a half hours, with everyone completing at least one set of captures, we packed up (with most going to the pub...).

At the end Steve also pointed out a 'quick and easy' way to turn the (hundreds of) images into a video sequence:

  • load into lightroom
  • adjust the first image until you a satisfied with it
  • select all the images of the sequence (ensuring the first adjusted image IS the first one in the selection)
  • 'synchronise' the image settings (right click on first selected image, choose Develop Settings from the ensuent menu, then Synchronise Settings)
  • in the large 'tick box' that appears tick the items you want synch'd to al the images from the first one
    eg 'White Balance', 'Tone', 'Clarity', 'Sharpening' etc - ie all the things you did to the first image.
    Don't forget to UNTICK any adjustments you do NOT want copied over.
  • after a few minutes all the images should have the same appearance
  • with all the images in the sequence still selected
    go to the SlideShow module (top right)
    then ENSURE towards the bottom left you only have SELECTED PHOTOS chosen for the 'slideshow' (or LR may use ALL the images in your LR library)
    then click 'Export Video', choose where to save it to, and the video preset you wish from the drop-down list.
  • VOILA... after a few minutes you will have a video 'sequence' of all your time-lapse images.


Many members may not be aware that Stephen is a club member. Another great talent for our society, and another member able and willing to share his skills and experience with us all. Many thanks to him.

Landscape Competition Results

On Friday 4th November 2016, Janice Barton CPAGB, BPE2* visited the club to judge our landscape competition. With a large entry of images in the "Print" and "Digital Projected Images" sections she praised the high quality of the entries. Stressing that the chosen award winners were to her personal taste in landscape photography and that another judge may have awarded differently, the awards were shared out as follows.

Prints

The "Print" section was split into "Mono" and "Colour" print with all member competing together regardless of their skill and experience.

In the "Mono" prints, Anthony Clarke did well with 1st place with Noel George coming both 2nd and 3rd. Landscapes proved to be a good topic for Anthony as he also came 1st in the "Colour" prints with Barry Quatermass coming 2nd and Diana Magor 3rd. Well done everyone.

Digital Projected Images

As with the print section all members competed on an equal basis. John Sixsmith managed to pip wife Margaret to 1st place with Margaret gaining 2nd and Phil Sadler coming 3rd.

Landscapes seemed to suit our more experienced members as they took the bulk of the awards in both the prints and digital projected images on this occasion. The full list of award winners are below. Well done to the award winners and commiserations to those who weren't successful this time. There's still the annual competition at the end of our season with a different judge.

"Mono Print" 2nd - Loughrigg Fell, Nr Ambleside by Noel George
"Mono Print" 3rd - Village Street Biot by Noel George
"Colour Print" 2nd- Reflections in Moke Lake by Barry Quatermass
"Digital Projected Images" 1st - Towards Torridon by John Sixsmith
"Digital Projected Images" 2nd - Rannoch Winter by Margaret Sixsmith
"Digital Projected Images" 3rd - High Force by Phil Sadler

Our next meeting is on Friday 11th November when Alan Towse LRPS will be giving a practical demonstration of portrait lighting techniques. This is a chance to bring along your camera and have a go yourself.

We meet 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 £2 on the door.

You can keep up to date with the club activities by visiting the Hoylake Photographic Society website or our Facebook page.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Syllabus Change

John sixsmith has announced a change to the syllabus on 18th November. Unfortunately Graham Curry has had to postpone his lecture “Hidden Snowdonia” but instead we will be treated to our President showing his images from his trip to New Zealand. Our President, Barry Quatermass is a very accomplished photographer and he's bound to have an interesting portfolio of images from New Zealand to entertain our members. Be prepared for a late finish.

Grahams visit has been rescheduled for the 3rd February 2017 and the London Salon images will now be shown on the 24th March 2017.


Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Chester Interclub Competition

Hoylake Photographic Society attended the "Chester Interclub Competition" last night and came 7th out of 16 clubs.  The winner of the competition was Warrington who were streets ahead of everyone else. 

We had to enter 4 colour and 2 mono prints with no more than 2 prints per member.  Three of our prints from Paul Anderson, Margaret Sixsmith and Rob Devenish went out in the second round.  John Sixsmith's print stayed till the 3th round. In the mono section, Barry Quatermass went in the 2nd round and Rob Devenish in the 4th round. Warrington survived till the 3rd round before losing one print and at the end they had 3 prints remaining in the 5th round.  Mid Cheshire and Frodsham took the best two images in the competition. As you can see below the club had a good set of images in the competition and we did our best but the overall quality in the competition was excellent.
"Arctic Poppy" by Margaret Sixsmith
"Male Red Growse" by John Sixsmith
"Drawing with Toothpick" by Paul Anderson
"Great Crested Grebe Reflection" by Rob Devenish
"Morning Tide at Bamburgh" by Barry Quatermass
"Polo Players" by Rob Devenish
The club weren't successful on this occasion, but individual success for our members could come this Friday 4th November with the judging of our "Landscape" competition. It's the second monthly competition of the season judged by Janice Barton CPAGB, BPE2*

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. You don't have to be a member to see the best landscape images that our members have produced as non members are welcome paying £2 on the door.

You can keep up to date with our activities by visiting the Hoylake Photographic Society website or our Facebook page.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Landscape Competition Judging

This coming Friday 28th October, Hoylake Photographic Society have no meeting at Newton Village Hall with club members instead having a social evening and meal at Peel Hey in Frankby.

Our next programmed meeting at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby is on the following Friday 4th November which will be the judging of our second monthly competition, the "Landscape" competition. Our guest judge on the night will be Janice Barton CPAGB, BPE2*

If you wish to see the best landscapes that our club members could produce then Newton Village Hall doors open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. You don't have to be a member to attend as non members are welcome paying £2 on the door.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Open / Altered Reality Competition Results

Friday 14th October 2016 saw the judging of our first monthly competition of our new season by our guest Chris Kay ARPS. The subject matter was "Open" with a sub competition for the best "Altered Reality" image. The monthly competition is split into prints and digital projected images with the prints in this competition being A4 unmounted small prints.

Following a rule change at our AGM last Spring members no longer compete as "Advanced" and "Novice / Intermediate" members in the print competition with all members competing on an equal basis in both the prints and digital projected images sections.

Prints

George Evans did very well coming 1st and 2nd in the "Open" competition with Paul Anderson gaining 3rd. Paul Anderson also took the 1st spot in "Altered Reality" subsection.
1st Small Print "Flaybrick Cemetery at Dusk" by George Evans
2nd Small Print "Barn Owl and Mouse" by George Evans
Small Print, 1st "Altered Reality" "Inle Fishermen at Dawn" by Paul Anderson
Digital Projected Images

In the "Digital Projected Images" section the honours were shared in this Open competition with Margaret Sixsmith gaining 1st, Paul Higgins coming 2nd and Ron Cooper coming 3rd. The "Altered Reality" sub competition was won by George Evans.
Digital Projected Images 1st "Stags in Snowstorm" by Margaret Sixsmith
Digital Projected Images 2nd "Tiger Portrait" by Paul Higgins
Digital Projected Images 3rd "Waiting for the Bus by Ron Cooper
1st Altered Reality "Heavenly Day Lily" by George Evans
The full list of award winners are listed below. Congratulations to those who were successful and commiserations to those who didn't catch the judges eye with their images. There's always the Annual Competition in April 2017 with a different judge.
Our next meeting is on Friday 21st October with "Enhancing & Creating Images in Photoshop by Darrell Oakden DPAGB, BPE3* This is a digital presentation and no matter your level of post processing skills you're bound to come away with new knowledge supplied by Darrell.

For club members Friday is also the hand in for our next monthly competition which is "Landscape"

You don't have to be a member to enjoy our photography as non members are welcome paying £2 on the night. We meet 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.

You can keep up to date with our activities through the Hoylake Photographic Society website or our Facebook page.