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.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Open / Altered Reality Competition

This Friday 14th October is the first of our monthly photo competitions for club members and the subject is "Open / Altered Reality" The judge on the night is our guest Chris Kay ARPS.

"Altered Reality" is a difficult subject for most of our members because opposed to capturing what you see, it usually requires a vivid imagination, composite and Photoshop skill and the ability to deliver on an idea. But don't despair as the get out clause for the night is that the topic is being judged within an "Open" competition where anything goes. The photography can be as wacky or conventional as you like.

To see whether our members will stretch their imaginations or settle for open images then come down to Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby this Friday. The 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 visitors are welcome paying £2 on the door.

If you can't make the night and wish to take in another evening in our program then bookmark our blog, or visit our website and Facebook page for news.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Presidents Night

Next Friday 7th October is our "Presidents Night" and traditionally the President chooses the speaker to entertain club members. This year our President Barry Quatermass has arranged for the very talented photographer Steven Lewis to give a presentation of the latest in his "Timelapse" series of Audio / Visuals and he'll also be giving a practical demonstration of his time lapse photography setup and techniques.

If you missed Steven Lewis last visit to the club then you missed a magical evening so Friday is a date to put in your diary. If like me you unfortunately can't make the evening then you can view Steven's work by visiting his website "Steven Lewis Photography" You won't be disappointed.

The club meets 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 enjoy Steven's work as non members are welcome paying £2 on the door. What a bargain.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Meet and Greet Review

On Friday 30th September, Hoylake Photographic Society held it's second annual "Meet and Greet" with the aim of showing family, friends and visitors what the club does, the fun that being a member can be, how being a member can improve your photography and hopefully to gain some new members from the evening.
Rob Devenish and Judith Dundass
Members and visitors fill the hall
While Rob Devenish and Judith Dundass prepared the presentation for the evening, members, friends and visitors signed in, bought raffle tickets and filled the hall. On display at the rear of the hall were a selection of images which had been entered into our monthly competition with visitors challenged to guess which one had come 1st in our monthly competition.
Club President Barry Quatermass
Once settled, club President Barry Quatermass welcomed our visitors and explained the workings of the club, its history, our aims, our club competitions, our days out, the Wednesday Night group, and the general enjoyment that a group of friendly people with a shared interest in photography can have in a photographic society. Barry gave a digital presentation of the range of our club members images and an Audio / Visual to view.

Judith Dundass then gave a digital presentation of images from our club long weekends to Blencathra and Malham Tarn and the day trips out this year. Anthony Clarke then explained how being a member of three years standing had seen him grow from a boy to a man in photographic terms with a digital presentation of his own photography showing his progression as a member of the club.

With the first half of the evening over we took a short break with Lynette Ryan providing much more than the tea and biscuits. It was a buffet fit for royalty which went down very well.

The second half the the evening saw the hall split into work stations with demonstrations of Lightroom and Photoshop, Pictures to EXE, scanning images and a photography help desk.
Brian Magor and Anthony Clarke 
A presentation of images
A Barry Quatermass 1 on 1 Lightroom workshop
At the front of the hall was a display of club members prints of the Wirral Peninsula from a 1953 exhibition which demonstrated the club's history history and the skills of past members of the club. The display demonstrated very well how important photojournalism is. Photography is a snapshot in time and what may seem like an ordinary image when it's taken grows in importance over time.
A display of club members prints from 1953
Brian Magor gave a workshop on the standard software used in producing Audio / Visual presentations "Pictures to EXE". An Audio / Visual is either video, images or a mixture put together and set to music or commentary or both and the club has there Audio / Visual competition for members on the final meeting before Christmas. Anthony Clarke was stationed alongside giving advice on scanning images.
Anthony Clarke's scanning workshop
The Barry Quatermass Lightroom workshop is popular
Members and visitors fixated with Brian Magor's "Pictures to EXE"
Experienced club members are always on hand to offer advice and Ian Chantler offered his experience to a visitor to the club.
Ian Chantler (right) offering his advice to a club visitor
Rob Devenish and George Evans staffed a help desk for anyone needing advice on cameras, lenses, software and techniques.

The Meet and Greet was so successful that it easily over ran the 10pm finish and a group of new faces must have gone home with a better understanding of who we are, what we do, how friendly club photography can be and with some photographic knowledge from a short trip to Hoylake Photographic Society. Hopefully some of them will be inspired to return and play an active part in the club for many years to come.

Our next meeting is on 7th October and is our Presidents Night with an expert guest speaker chosen by our President, Barry Quatermass.

If you feel inspired by this article and intrigued by what you'll experience next Friday on the Presidents Night then we meet at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby. The 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 visitors are welcome paying only £2 on the door. You'll be most welcome.

For our September to May 2017 program of events and talks visit our Hoylake Photographic Society website or our Facebook page for the latest club news. The blog images were provided by George Evans.