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.