Saturday, 19 March 2016

Hoylake Cottage Hospital

This Friday 1st April we have something a little different in the program. The club are donating prints to Hoylake Cottage Hospital which will be framed and hung around the hospital to brighten it up. Diana has been collecting digital images from members throughout the season and on Friday evening club members will be voting to decide which photographs will be printed. This will be done in the same style as selection for the Wirral Trophy.

Friday is also the hand-in for the Annual Competition so download the entry form from the club website and make sure that your prints and digital images are ready. For our new members the Annual Competition is a re-run of the monthly competitions with the judging carried out by different judges and the outcome is often different.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Illustrative Competition Results

On Friday 11th March our guest Darrell Oakden DPAGB, BPE3* judged the last of our monthly competitions for this season which was "Illustrative" This competition has the widest subject matter for club members to draw from and Darrell explained what his interpretation of "Illustrative" was and what he was looking for in a good photograph before he got down to the business of judging the members entries.

Anthony Clarke and Judge Darrel Oakden
President Barry Quatermass
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" section Lynette Ryan did well again taking 1st and Cup and 2nd places in the Monochrome Print and 1st place in the Colour Print competition with John Gardner coming 2nd in the Colour Print.

In the "Advanced" section Noel George came 1st and Cup while Anthony Clarke came 2nd with Paul Anderson gaining 3rd place in the Monochrome Print section. In the Colour Print competition the places were reversed with Paul Anderson gaining 1st place, Anthony Clarke coming 2nd with Noel George 3rd.


The judging of the print section is the signal for the half time tea and biscuits break and an opportunity for members to see the competition entries displayed.

1st and Cup Novice / Intermediate Monochrome Print - Dereliction by Lynette Ryan
1st Novice / Intermediate Colour Print - The Winner No1 by Lynette Ryan
1st Advanced Monochrome Print - Memories by Noel George
1st Advanced Colour Print - Village Children by Paul Anderson
Digital Projected Images

In the "Digital Projected Images" section all members compete together regardless of their skill and experience and on this occasion Paul Anderson did well again taking 1st place with husband and wife team Brian and Diana Magor coming 2nd and 3rd.

1st Digital Projected Images - Drying the Rice by Paul Anderson

Darrell Oakden ended the evening with the handing out of trophies and awards aided by club President Barry Quatermass. Well done everyone.

Lynette Ryan
John Gardner
Paul Anderson and President Barry Quatermass
Noel George
Brian Magor
Anthony Clarke
Marie Dempsey
Paul Higgins
Ron Cooper
As usual the personal view of the judge on the day saw disappointment for many and triumph for a few but our next competition is the Annual Competition which gives our members the chance to have their seasons photographs judged by a new set of eyes and it often brings up a few surprises. The hand in for the Annual Competition is on 1st April so don't be foolish and miss it. Groan.

Next up in our program is something that I can relate to "Why Don't People Like My Pictures" by Tony Potter, ARPS, EFIAPp, GMPSA, APAGB on Friday 18th March. Surely we all have something to learn from Tony don't don't miss out.

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.

New HPS Facebook Page

Social media is a powerful tool for any individual, business or group and I started this blog several years ago to help to promote Hoylake Photographic Society, what we do and to draw prospective new members to the club.

That job is being taken further by the creation of our new Hoylake Photographic Society Facebook page which is being created and administered by Marie Dempsey.

Rather than duplicating what is on the blog the Facebook page offers a different outlet for the club. Whereas the blog will bring you news of what's coming up in the program and will concentrate on competition results and the winning images, the Facebook page is more informal and gives club members the opportunity to share their own news and images with the club and to interact with comments and I see both working side by side benefiting the club and it's members.

Not everyone is on Facebook or likes it but if you are then please take the time to visit and like our new page, give the work that Marie is putting in some support and spread the word. Next stop a HPS Twitter account?

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Illustrative Competition

This Friday 11th March is the judging of Hoylake Photographic Society's last monthly competition of the season. The judging will be done on the night by our guest Darrell Oakden DPAGB, BPE3*. The subject of "Illustrative" covers any factual photograph which isn't pictorial in treatment. Examples include photojournalism, street scenes, industrial scenes, shop windows, sports action, garden flowers, domestic animals, theatre and performance.

If you wish to see the best photography that our club members have produced for this competition then we meet at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby. The doors 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.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

18 Months in Asia - Paul Anderson

This Friday 4th March our club member Paul Anderson will be giving us a digital presentation entitled " 18 Months in Asia" Paul and his wife spent 18 months travelling the Far East capturing the colour, the character and the people of the region. He returned with many thousands of photographs and he will be sharing his experiences with the club on Friday. As this is an "Open Evening" members of the public are welcome to take in Paul's presentation free of charge.

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. All are welcome.