Saturday, 20 February 2016

Hoylake International Exhibition 2016

Hoylake Photographic Society are pleased to announce that their popular "Hoylake International Exhibition 2016" photographic competition is now open to entries. Now in its fifth year, this competition run under the auspices of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) attracts thousands of high quality photographic entries from hundreds of photographers spanning every continent of the World.

There Are Six Sections
  • Colour Open
  • Monochrome Open
  • Nature - Colour or Monochrome
  • Photojournalism - Colour of Monochrome
  • Photo Travel - Colour or Monochrome. 2 sections
      (a) The Western World. Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand.
      (b) The Rest of the World.

If you're in doubt about which section applies then please contact us.

The closing date for entries is the 24th April. Judging is on the 7/8th May. Notifications go out on 22nd May and the online catalogue and awards will be available by 24th July.

For full details, fees, entry criteria and entry form please visit the Hoylake Photographic Society website homepage. 

A - Z of Sports Photography

On Friday 26th February 2016, Hoylake Photographic Society welcomes Robert Millin DPAGB, EFIAP/b, BPE5*, LRPS to the club. Robert will be giving his re-arranged presentation "A-Z of Sports Photography" Robert will be spending 60% of the evening on sports photography with the remaining time spent talking about other genres and the competition world.

For club members the night is also the hand-in for our final monthly competition of the season which is "Illustrative"

You don't have to be a club member to enjoy Robert's wonderful sports 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 7.30 PM for a 7.45 pm start and a 10 pm finish.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Pictorial Competition Results

On Friday 12th February 2016, our guest judge Ian Stewart, ARPS, DPAGB judged our latest monthly competition which had a theme of "Pictorial". On the night Ian commented that many club members had struggled to understand the concept of what constituted a pictorial image and there were many excellent photographs entered into the competition which didn't fit the theme but which would have done extremely well in either landscape, nature, illustrative, or record competitions. It's for this reason that the club committee have probably decided that "Pictorial" would be dropped as a theme in future. Those photographs that did have a pictorial feel to them did very well in the competition.

Ian Stewart ARPS, DPAGB
As usual our monthly competition was split into "Print" and "Digital Projected Images" sections with the "Print" section split into "Novice / Intermediate" mono print and colour print, and "Advanced" mono print and colour print sub sections. In the "Digital Projected Images" section all members compete against each other regardless of their skills and experience.

Print Section

In the "Novice / Intermediate" mono print sub section Lynette Ryan got the concept of "Pictorial" correct taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Lynette also gained 1st and 3rd places in the colour print sub section with Barbara Singleton taking 2nd place. Well done Lynette.

In the "Advanced" mono print sub section Barry Quatermass came 1st and 3rd while Paul Anderson gained 2nd place. The top prize in the colour print sub section went to Margaret Sixsmith, Barry Quatermass did well again taking 2nd place with Paul Anderson coming 3rd. Well done everyone.

Novice / Intermediate Mono Print
1st "Solitary Iris" by Lynette Ryan
Novice / Intermediate Colour Print - 1st "River Harmony" by Lynette Ryan
Advanced Mono Print - 1st "Dunstanburg Tide" by Barry Quatermass
Advanced Colour Print - 1st "Away" by Margaret Sixsmith
Digital Projected Images

The "Digital Projected Images" section is competed for by all members regardless of their skills or experience and it's not unusual to find our novice / intermediate members doing well against our advanced members but not on this occasion.

With a total entry of 51 images George Evans gained 1st place with John Sixsmith coming 2nd and Peter Larkin 3rd. Well done George.

Digital Projected Images - 1st "Dee Estuary Sunset" by George Evans
Digital Projected Images - 2nd "Little Egret" by John Sixsmith
Digital Projected Images - 3rd "Crashing Surf" by Peter Larkin
Congratulations to all of the other members who gained awards on the night and commiserations to those who weren't successful on this occasion. You get a second chance in the end of season Annual Competition. The full list of award winners is below.
To finish the evening Ian Stewart was on hand to award the certificates and trophies to the winners of the print and digital competitions. A thank you must also go to Anthony Clarke for stepping in for club President Barry Quatermass for the night.

Lynette Ryan - 1st Novice / Intermediate Mono and Colour Print
Barry Quatermass - 1st Advanced Mono Print
Margaret Sixsmith - 1st Advanced Colour Print
George Evans - 1st Digital Projected Images
Our next meeting is on Friday 19th February 2016 when the club will be welcoming husband and wife team, Adrian Lines, MPAGB, FBPE, EFIAP, ARPS and Jane Lines. MPAGB, LRPS, BPE4* They will be giving us their digital presentation "Creative Differences" and there's always something to learn and take away whenever they visit the club.

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. You don't have to be a member to attend as non members are welcome paying only £2 on the door.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Pictorial Competition

This Friday 12th February 2016 is the judging of Hoylake Photographic Society's latest monthly competition with a theme of "Pictorial". The judging will be carried out on the night by our guest Ian Stewart ARPS, DPAGB. This is the last time that "Pictorial" will be used as a theme as it's being dropped by the club for the foreseeable future. If like myself you produce photographs which are pictorial in nature then you can always enter them into the "Open" competition when it comes around.

If you want to see the pictorial images that club members have  produced in prints and projected digitally then we meet at Newton Village Hall, Granger Cross Lane, West Kirby. The doors will be open at 7.30 pm for a 7.45 pm start and a 10 pm finish. You don't have to be a member to attend as non members are welcome paying only £2 on the door.

Last Friday evening club members enjoyed a practical demonstration of "High Speed Flash Photography" led by George Franks. George opened the evening with a short digital presentation explaining the setup and camera / flash settings used to capture some stunning "still life" shots if you could call playing with coloured water, dropping vegetables into tanks of water or photographing smoke from a joss stick still life.

George then explained his four different simple setups using his own equipment which were placed around the hall, allowing the members to have a go themselves with George on hand to offer guidance. It was amazing just how simple the technique was and what could be achieved with a camera, tripod, black backing board, water and one off camera flash. It's certainly a perfect way to photograph at home during the dark Winter months and the action frozen in time by the flash gave us some stunning results.

Below are some photographs from the evening which are self explanatory and I'm confident that the charity shops will soon have a rush on unwanted glass fish tanks.