Monday, 16 October 2017

Fine Tuning Your Photographs

Hot on the heals of the terrific Terry Donnelly we have "Fine Tune Your Photographs" with Brian Law CPAGB ARPS this Friday 20th October. You never stop learning photography and I've picked up valuable tips from a number of our guest speakers over the years which has helped me to improve my photography. Whether we're a novice or an advanced photographer, Brian promises to pass on something to help us all to produce better images.

This Friday is also the hand-in for the Pictorial competition.

In the pursuit of knowledge, Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby will be opening it's doors from 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. Our future program of talks and events is on our Hoylake Photographic Society website or catch up on our Facebook page.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Open / Altered Reality Competition Results

Last Friday 6th October, our guest Doug Bennison LRPS, CPAGB judged our first monthly competition of the season with the theme "Open / Altered Reality"

The format for this competition was for A4 Unmounted Prints and Digital Projected Images. This format has proved very popular in the past with approximately 60-70 A4 prints entered by our members but with six unmounted A4 prints allowed from each member the number of entries were surprisingly low this year. Nevertheless, the image quality seen in the awarded prints were as high as in previous years. This year we had digital copies of the prints projected to the audience during the judging which proved a success.

A4 Unmounted Prints

This print format was included in the season's program to encourage our less experienced and newer members to take part in the monthly competitions and it proved successful with Bernie Smith taking 1st and 3rd places in the Open section and 1st in the Altered Reality competition. Barry Quatermass took 2nd place in the Open section. Congratulations Bernie.

1st Open "Richmond Capital Sunset" - Bernie Smith
1st Altered Reality ""Within You, Without You" - Bernie Smith

Digital Projected Images

In a complete turnaround from the A4 Unmounted Prints competition, the awards in the Digital Projected Images cometition was dominated by the clubs experienced photographers with Barry Quatermass taking 1st place, Margaret Sixsmith taking 2nd place and husband John Sixsmith coming 3rd. The top place in the Altered Reality competition went to Paul Anderson.

1st Open "Walking on Water" - Barry Quatermass
1st Altered Reality "Serene" - Paul Anderson

Overall the most successful photographers in our first competition of the season were undoubtedly Bernie Smith and Barry Quatermass. Well done both of you and commiserations to those members whose images didn't catch the judges eye on this occasion. The full list of award winners is below.


The evening closed with our guest judge Doug Bennison giving out the awards to the successful photographers who were in attendance.

Ian Chantler
President - Anthony Clarke
Ron Cooper
Judith Dundass
Paul Higgins
Barry Quatermass
Lynn Rostron
Michael Severn
Bernie Smith
Our next meeting is on Friday 13th October with "An Evening With Terry Donnelly" Terry is a very experienced and successful local photographer producing exceptional work so this is an evening not to be missed.

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. None members are welcome to attend paying £2 on the door. We're always open to new membership so why not take the opportunity to view the club with no pressure to join.

You can view our season's program of talks and events on the Hoylake Photographic Society website or catch up on our Facebook page.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Open / Altered Reality Competition

This Friday 6th October is the judging of the Open / Altered Reality competition. This is our first of our monthly competition and it will be judged by Doug Bennison LRPS CPAGB.

The print format for this competition is of A4 unmounted prints with accompanying digital images to display to the club members. There is still a separate digital projected image competition. Altered Reality is always a challenge for photographers wishing to put their creativity and imagination into practise so it will be interesting to see what club members can produce this year.

To view our competition judging 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.

To view our program of events and speakers visit the Hoylake Photographic Society website or catch up on our Facebook page.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

L&CPU Folio Night

This Friday 29th September is the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU) Folio Night where we will be looking at the best images produced by club photographers in the north west area.

The event 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 attend as visitors are welcome paying only £2 on the door.

You can view our program of events on our Hoylake Photographic Society website or keep up to date with our Facebook page.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Hoylake International Exhibition 2017

This Friday 22nd September the club will be taking a look at a selection of accepted and awarded images from this year's successful Hoylake International Exhibition. For a viewing of the very best of international photography we'll be opening the doors at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. None members are welcome paying £2 on the door.

For club members this is also the hand-in for the first monthly competition of the season with the theme of "Open / Altered Reality" Three digital images can be entered plus a maximum of six A4 unmounted prints. The entry form can be downloaded from the Hoylake Photographic Society website. Also keep up to date through our Facebook page.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Reflections of Blencathra FSC Club Weekend

This Friday 15th September is a retrospective of last May's club weekend at the Blencathra FSC in Cumbria. Those who attended have been asked to provide 10 images taken on the trip so there will be a very broad view of what our club members got up to. The weekend through 16 pairs of eyes.

If you weren't able to make it to Blencathra then you can catch up on Friday at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby. The doors open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish.

Our new program of events and speakers for the 2017/18 season just started can be viewed on the Hoylake Photographic Society website or catch up on our Facebook page.

We're open to new members regardless of your photographic skills or experience, novice or professional so why not try our taster evenings paying only £2 on the door.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

The New 2017/18 Season Begins

It seems like an eternity since the club's annual competitions in April signalled the end of the club's 2016/17 season. We've since enjoyed the club trip to Blencathra in the Lake District and experienced a decent Summer break where our members have been mostly shooting their own photographic projects but I'm happy to announce that Hoylake Photographic Society is back with a new season of speakers, education, events and competitions on Friday 8th September 2017 with the "Presidents Night".

Under the stewardship of new Club President Anthony Clarke, this friendly club is open to new members whether you're a novice or an advanced photographer. Prospective new members can attend our taster evenings paying only £2 on the door with no pressure to pay a joining fee. If you love photography then club photography may be for you so why not give us a try at your leisure.

We meet every Friday evening from September through to May 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.

Our varied 2017/18 program can be viewed on the Hoylake Photographic Society website or visit our Facebook page for news.

Monday, 22 May 2017

PSA Success for Ian Chantler

Hoylake Photographic Society may be closed for the Summer recess but our members are still photographing and entering their work into international competitions. The club is affiliated to the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and takes part in a number of competitions against clubs from across the World. 

Some of our club members are also individual members of the PSA. Ian Chantler has entered Round 3 of the PSA Individual Portrait Competition, Group B and his image "Alicia" has been awarded an Honourable Mention. Ian has only entered four rounds previously and this is his fourth award. That's quite a success rate and well done Ian.

Alicia by Ian Chantler

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Last Night of the Season

Friday 19th May saw the effective 'last night' of our 2017 season. Next Friday 26th May, half the club is in the Lake District for this year's long photographic weekend away, so there is no meeting at the hall.

As in the previous two years, the evening was given over to a photographic challenge. Members had to take just 5 JPG images, in the local Ashton Park, West Kirby, between 7 and 8pm; then rush back to Newton Village Hall where - without any post processing - they were loaded onto the PC and projected in order to be judged.

Eleven members participated in the shoot, providing a wide variety of imagery. Without the benefit of Photoshop or similar, members had to ensure their composition, exposure, focusing and subject dominance were established 'in camera' - quite unusual these days.

Despite the challenges this provided, and with some lovely images - including some "aargh" ones and even one with a staged plastic duck! - choosing the winner was difficult, with 5 top scoring images ultimately competing in a second round of judging. For the second time in 3 years, John Gardner's image was the winner; with Barry Quatermass (our outgoing President) presenting him with a medal.

Flag Iris - John Gardner
A fun-filled evening, ending our season photographically, all attendees enjoyed the challenge and we hope to repeat it next year..... see you there.... Les Pickstock.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Judging 6th Hoylake International Exhibition 2017

Hoylake Photographic Society's "Hoylake International Exhibition 2017" is an international photographic competition attracting several thousand entries from hundreds of photographers from across the World and the judging took place over the weekend of 6th / 7th May at Newton Village Hall.

The Competition Judges
With so many entries into the competition nine guest judges used three projectors and laptops in three rooms of Newton Village Hall over the weekend to sift through the wildly different photographs in the Open Colour, Open Mono, Landscape, Nature, Photojournalism and Photo Travel categories to arrive at their award winners.


An event of this size takes an awful lot of organisation and Exhibition Chairman Brian Magor had the help of his wife Diana and many of the club members over the weekend and special thanks must go to Alison Quatermass for feeding the army of volunteers. The food provided was superb and Lyn Rostron's speciality desert apple and blackcurrent crumble also received special praise.

Alison Quatermass with President Anthony Clarke



The standard of acceptance into the exhibition was pretty high on the day with the judges being tough on the marking so any club member who found their images accepted and in the awards can feel proud of their achievements. Below is the list of our club members accepted images and their awards. When people are given any awards, the software upgrades the marks automatically to 15 so this may not be the mark the judges originally gave. Well done everyone.

To round off a good weekend for the club our President Anthony Clarke awarded the judges with a plaque in thanks for their efforts but the biggest thanks goes to Brian Magor for his tireless work in organising and co-ordinating the Hoylake International Exhibition who's funds helps to secure the future of the club.










Although our official program is now over, we have an in house meeting at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, next Friday 12th May at the normal time for any members who wish to turn up to this informal evening.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

AGM and Prize Giving

Friday 28th April was the evening of the Hoylake Photographic Society AGM and annual competition prize giving. The evening started off with the awarding of the trophies and awards to club members with the serious business of the AGM taking place after the tea break.


Unfortunately some of our members who had done well in the annual competition were away notably Paul Anderson and John and Margaret Sixsmith so they weren't able to receive their trophies but Diane Magor (two trophies), John Bowen (two trophies), Anthony Clarke, Peter Larkin and Carol Tipping were able to pick up their silverware. Well done.

Diana Magor picks up one of her two trophies from President Barry Quatermass
John Bowen picks up one of his two trophies from President Barry Quatermass
Anthony Clarke with President Barry Quatermass
Pete Larkin with President Barry Quatermass
Carol Tipping with President Barry Quatermass
Following the awarding of trophies, club President Barry Quatermass awarded certificates to the club members in attendance who have gained awards and following the tea break we got down to the serious business of the club AGM.

Diana Magor (Comp Sec), Brian Magor Sec), Barry Quatermass (President) and Marie Higgins (Treasurer)
During the AGM, Barry Quatermass gave his Presidential address on the past 12 months and thanked the members who work tirelessly towards the running of the club, Diana Magor gave members her report on the season's competition entries and statistics, Marie Higgins gave us a breakdown of the club finances and finally Brian Magor reported on the 6th Hoylake International Exhibition which he organises and runs on behalf of the club. During the proceedings outgoing President Barry Quatermass passed the baton to our new President Anthony Clarke who will be in office for the next two years. Thank you club officials and our members for your work and participation in making the club a success during the last year.

Next up for club members is the judging of the 6th Hoylake International Exhibition over the weekend of 6th - 7th May at Newton Village Hall. Brian Magor and the committee would appreciate some help with the running of the judging days if only for a few hours during the weekend. The standard of photography on view from across the World is worth the visit. Judging takes place all day during the weekend.

Monday, 24 April 2017

HPS AGM

As the 2016/17 season draws to a close, an important evening in the official program of events is the club's AGM and the awarding of trophies for the Annual Competition on Friday 28th April. An AGM agenda and last year's AGM minutes should have been received by members via e-mail and a statement on the club accounts will be given on the night.

Following the important and formal business of the AGM, the evening will conclude with the informal business of the awarding of trophies to our successful members who entered the Annual Digital Projected Images and Print competitions.

We meet as usual at Newton Village Hall at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. If you're unable to make the AGM then you can catch up with news through this blog, the Hoylake Photographic Society website of our Facebook page.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Annual Competitions

The Hoylake Photographic Society 2016/17 season finishes next weekend 21st /22nd April with the Digital Projected Images and Print finale. During the weekend the six monthly competition titles will be judged again by new judges and, as art is subjective, you can be assured of a different set of results from before.

On Friday 21st April our guest judge Colin Douglas ARPS, AFIAP, DPAGB, BPE4* will be judging the six digital projected images subjects which are, Open / Altered Reality, Landscape, Man-made, People / Portrait, Nature and Illustrative.

On Saturday 22nd April our guest judge Terry Donnelly PAGB, ARPS, FBPE, EFIAP will be judging the prints in those same subjects on the fly without previously seeing the members entries. With all of the prints in each competition subject on display the prints will be discarded one by one until Terry gets down to his award winners. It's brutal and exciting at the same time.

Both competitions take place at Newton Village Hall and members should attend on Friday evening at the normal time of 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. On Saturday morning members should attend the hall at 9am and the judging may go on until midday. Help would be appreciated as it takes a lot of organising on the day.

Good luck to everyone who has images in both competitions.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Wirral Festival of Firsts Photo Competition

The Wirral Festival of Firsts 2017 is an annual arts festival based in Hoylake, West Kirby and the surrounding areas and one of its events is their photo competition the "Stirling Dutton Photography Prize". With a theme of "As seen by a walker" and a first prize of £100 and two runner up prizes of £25 the competition is open to non-professional photographers.

Hoylake Photographic Society are co-ordinating and judging the competition with local professional photographer Marianthus Lainas. Unfortunately, HPS members aren't allowed to enter the competition but as the entry is free, members should encourage family and friends to enter into the spirit of the festival and make it a success.

For the competition terms and conditions and to view their program of live performance, music, arts and poetry taking place during the festival visit the Wirral Festival of Firsts website.



A Program Change

This Friday 7th April we were due to welcome Brian Law ARPS CPAGB to give us his talk entitled "Landscape Photography - Theory and Practice" but unfortunately Brian can't make the evening due to a family bereavement and we wish him well. Instead our own Brian Magor will be entertaining us with a talk on the night.

A reminder that there is no club meeting on the following Friday 14th April as it's Good Friday.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

London Salon / Members Night

This Friday 24th March Hoylake Photographic Society have their next meeting which will be split into to halves. In the first half members will be taking a look at the accepted images to the London Salon. Acceptances to the London Salon are through their artistic rather than purely photographic merits which results in a collection of very different and interesting images. The second half of the evening is a "Members Night" where one member of the club will be giving members a digital presentation of their work. For club members, Friday is also the hand-in for the "Annual Competition"

The evening will take 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. If you can't make the evening you can keep up to date of our activities and events through our Hoylake Photographic Society website or our Facebook page.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

L&CPU Annual Competition

Hoylake Photographic Society is a member of the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU) and we recently took part in their annual competition. With competitions in print and digital images the club put in an entry into the digital section and came a creditable 14th out of 44 North-West clubs.

Much thanks goes to Robert Devenish who collected, selected and managed the images for our entry and to the club members who took part. The list of club images and the competition scores are below. Well done all.


Illustrative Competition Results

Friday 10th March was the judging of our last monthly competition of the season which was "Illustrative". Our guest judge Steve Carr must be the most entertaining judge on the circuit as his constant banter and critique of the images on display were both informative and very amusing helping to make it an enjoyable night.

As usual the competition was split into "Print" and "Digital Projected Images" sections with the "Prints" divided into "Mono" and Colour" sub sections. All members competed on an equal basis regardless of their skills and experience and again many members who would have been classified as "Novice / Intermediate" last season gained very creditable awards competing against our most experienced members.

Print

In the Mono print sub section, Noel George did extremely well taking 1st and 2nd places with "Manoeuvres" and "Old Soldiers Never Die" with Paul Anderson gaining 3rd place with "A Child of Immeasurable Poverty"

In the Colour Print sub section, Ian Chantler took 1st place with "Sunset Samba", Paul Anderson was 2nd with "Dawn Fisherman" and Lynette Ryan came 3rd with "Indian Bean Leaf".

Mono Print 1st "Manoeuvres" by Noel George
Mono Print 2nd "Old Soldiers Never Die" by Noel George
Mono Print 3rd "A Child of Immeasurable Poverty" by Paul Anderson
Colour Print 1st "Sunset Samba" by Ian Chantler
Colour Print 2nd "Dawn Fisherman" by Paul Anderson
Colour Print 3rd "Indian Bean Leaf" by Lynette Ryan
Digital Projected Images

In the Digital Projected Images, Cynthia Sadler took 1st place with "That's My Boy" with John Sixsmith coming 2nd with "In Pursuit" and John Gardner 3rd with "Purple"

Digital Projected Images 1st "That's My Boy" by Cynthia Sadler
Digital Projected Images 2nd "In Pursuit" by John Sixsmith
Digital Projected Images 3rd "Purple" by John Gardner
Commiserations to all of our members who didn't catch the eye of Steve Carr on this occasion. The next competition is the annual print and digital projected images competition where all of the six monthly competitions are judged again with different judges. This always throws up some surprises. The annual competition entry form is available on the Hoylake Photographic Society website. You can also keep up to date with the club by visiting our Facebook page.

Our next Friday meeting is on 17th March with Bob Dennis visiting us to present the accepted images from the Bebington Salon. Bob always puts on a good display of photography so it's well worth attending. To view the Salon, 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.