Sunday, 17 December 2017

Audio / Visual Competition Result

Friday 15th December was the club's annual Audio / Visual Competition and Christmas party and it was nice to see so many of our members attending what was an entertaining and enjoyable evening. There were sixteen videos entered into the competition and club members each brought some food for a buffet at half time. Some of our members got into the festive spirit with Christmas jumpers while others went a little bit further.

Lorraine Pinder and Bernie Smith
After our Club President Anthony Clarke welcomed members to the club and handed out awards from previous monthly competitions, we sat back and enjoyed a very creative and varied mix of videos made up of images, video, music and commentary with individual members scoring each video from between 1-5. Once the videos had been viewed Diana and Brian Magor collated the scores while our members enjoyed the buffet.

Diana and Brian Magor
With the scores in, the socialising done and the food devoured it was time to take our seats again to find out the result of the competition and to re-run the winning video but there was just time for a group shot before things got underway.

HPS Group Photo
Brian Magor again did a splendid job of organising the competition and staffing the computer during the evening and he had the honour of announcing the winning video which was "When I'm 64" by our President Anthony Clarke. Anthony is becoming the Audio / Visual specialist in the club winning the competition for the third time in five years. He was a little embarrassed by winning again but he should be proud of the thoughtful way he perfectly matched his images to the lyrics of the Beatles song.

Audio / Visual Winner - "When I'm 64" by Anthony Clarke
Brian Magor (Left) awards the trophy to Anthony Clarke
After re-running the winning video it was left to Brian Magor to award deserving winner Anthony Clarke with the Audio / Visual trophy. It was an excellent end to 2017.

The club now enjoys a break for the festive season and is back on 5th January 2018 with a "Members Night" The doors of Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby will be opening as usual at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. Prospective new members are welcome with your first taster visit free and subsequent visits only £2 on the door. There is no pressure to join the club.

Our remaining 2017/18 program can be viewed during the break on the Hoylake Photographic Society website or you can catch up with results on our Facebook page.

May I on behalf of Hoylake Photographic Society wish our members, families and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Audio / Visual Competition and Christmas Party

The Christmas festivities are almost upon us and this Friday 15th December is our annual Audio / Visual competition and Christmas party. By now your competition entries should be in so all that is needed is to bring along a small amount of food for the half time buffet.

This competition is the chance for members to create something different and the competition always throws up varied and creative videos so it promises to be a good evening.

Friday is also the hand-in for January's People / Portrait competition and the entry form is on the club website.

As usual the doors of Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. If you're new to the club then you'll be made welcome and your first visit is free.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Street Photography Competition Results

Last Friday 1st December was the judging of the "Street Photography" competition with guest judge Graham Curry judging the printed entries live not having seen the prints before hand. Not used in competition before, street photography was chosen as the "President's Theme Competition" by Club President Anthony Clarke and it threw up an interesting mix of images comprising, people, buildings, graffiti, and street scenes. Graham Curry explained before the judging that his understanding of street photography was that the image should be taken of a street by a photographer on a street and with that in mind his awarded images are below.

As usual the monthly competition was split into  "Prints" and "Digital Projected Images" sections with prints judged in "Mono" and "Colour" sub sections. All members competed on an equal basis regardless of their ability.

Print Section

In the "Mono Print" sub section, new member Lyn Rostron did extremely well in her first print entry getting 1st and 2nd places with Lynette Ryan coming 3rd. In the "Colour Print" sub section Michael Severn was a popular winner with Sue Freeman doing well to take 2nd place with Diana Magor coming 3rd.

Mono Print 1st - "Caught in the Rain" by Lyn Rostron
Mono Print 3rd - "The Three Shadows" by Lynette Ryan
Colour Print 1st - "Root and Wall" by Michael Severn
Colour Print 2nd - "Egg Soldiers" by Sue Freeman
Colour Print 3rd - "Excluded From The Man Talk" by Diana Magor
Digital Projected Images

In the "Digital Projected Images" section, Phil Sadler did well coming 1st with Rob Devenish 2nd and George Evans 3rd. The awards were quite evenly spread from first place to commended amongst 10 different photographers.

Digital Projected Images 1st - "Dispensing Fuel" by Phil Sadler
Digital Projected Images 2nd - "Jack Lives Here" by Rob Devenish
Digital Projected Images 3rd - "Morris Minor" by George Evans

 Congratulations to all of the award winners in the first "Street Photography" competition held by the club and commiserations to those not mentioned. There is always a second chance in the "Annual" competition in April with a different judge. The evening concluded with Graham Curry handing out the trophies to the winning photographers.

Mono Print 1st - Lyn Rostron
Colour Print 1st - Michael Severn
Digital Projected Images 1st - Phil Sadler
Our next Friday meeting is on 8th December with "Moments in Mono" by Neil Hulme. The L&CPU Folio will be on display and the meeting is also the hand-in for the Christmas "Audio/Visual" competition.

The doors of Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. Visitors are welcome. You can view our remaining program on the Hoylake Photographic Society website of catch up on our Facebook page.

Monday, 27 November 2017

President's Theme Competition

This Friday evening, 1st December is our latest monthly competition and our President Anthony Clarke has chosen "Street Photograph" as the challenge to club members. This is not a subject that comes easily to many photographers and it's not a topic that's been used before so it will be interesting to see what is put before our guest judge Graham Curry.

To view the competition judging, arrive at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. Prospective new members are welcome with your first taster visit free and subsequent visits only £2 on the door.

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

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Inter Merseyside Competition

This Friday 24th November is the judging of the Inter Merseyside Competition. The annual print competition will be judged on the night by our guest John Dougherty APGB BPE1*

Non members and prospective new members are welcome to attend with your first visit free and subsequent visits only £2 on the door. The judging 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.

In other news, club member George Evans is one of three photographers taking part in the Oxton Art Fair at the Williamson Art Gallery, Oxton on 25/26th November where the theme of his display will focus on his infrared photography with his most recent prints on display.

Also on display will be a framed print of George's "National Trust Handbook Cover 2018" competition winning photograph which being sold for £50 with the proceeds going to the Wirral Ark Homeless Charity.

There are 22 other local artists taking part in the fair selling photography, paintings, jewellery, pottery, textiles, illustrations, mixed media. The gallery opens between 10am - 5pm Saturday, 10am - 4pm Sunday with free children's art activities taking place and a cafe.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

HDR Techniques

High Dynamic Range (HDR) is an invaluable technique for stretching the dynamic range of a camera. A camera can't see detail in blacks and whites at the same time unlike the human eye so we have to cheat by bracketing our exposures and blend the images into one ... HDR image. Done well it will look subtle and add punch to a photograph. Done badly it will look grungy and false.

On Friday 17th November, Justin Garner will be showing his HDR techniques and how to do it well. If you want to add a new photographic skill to your armoury then don't miss his talk 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. Non members are welcome to attend paying £2 on the door and your first taster visit is free.

For members, Friday is also the hand-in for the Street Photography competition.

To see our program of future talks and events visit the Hoylake Photographic Society website or catch up on our Facebook page.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Pictorial Competition Results

Friday 3rd November saw the judging of the "Pictorial" competition by our guest Rich Hainsworth of Mold CC. Pictorial as a title has often confused our members in the past and it was dropped from competition for a while but it was re-introduced into our program again this year. For this competition our members took more care to ensure that their entries had a pictorial element in their photographs resulting in a good quality competition as the top awarded images will show.

As usual for our monthly competition, the competition comprises print and digital competitions with the prints divided into mono and colour sub sections. All members compete on an equal basis regardless of skill and experience.

Mono Print

In the Mono Print section there were only four awards with Ian Chantler coming 1st with John Sixsmith gaining 2nd and 3rd places and Diana Magor gaining a commend. Well done all. Each image had a pictorial element for the judge.

Mono Print 1st - Spiral Staircase by Ian Chantler
Mono Print 2nd - Windsurfer by John Sixsmith
Mono Print 3rd - Glasses by John Sixsmith
Colour Print

In the Colour Print section Brian Magor did well gaining 1st place, with Robert Devenish coming second and Barry Quatermass coming 3rd.

Colour Print 2nd - The Cloud House North Wales by Robert Devenish
Colour Print 3rd - Red Deer at the Buchaille by Barry Quatermass
Digital Projected Images

It's the digital section that gives our less experienced members the best chance of competing with our advanced photographers but this section was dominated by our more experienced members in this competition.

Regardless, Lynette Ryan lead the way by coming 1st with Margaret Sixsmith coming 2nd with Barry Quatermass gaining 3rd place again.

Digital 1st - Mouse Play by Lynette Ryan
Digital 2nd - Eyes by Margaret Sixsmith
Digital 3rd - Two Early Balloons by Barry Quatermass

Rich Hainsworth with Lynette Ryan
Well done to all of the award winners of whom there are too many to mention and commiserations to those who didn't catch the judges eye on this occasion.

Our next meeting is on Friday 10th November when the talented Christine Widdall MPAGB EFIAP FBPE will be going through her portfolio of beautiful images. It's an evening not to be missed.

The meeting takes place a 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 paying £2 on the door with your first taster evening free.

To see our program of future events and talks visit the Hoylake Photographic Society website or catch up on our Facebook page.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

PSA Nature Competition - Round 1

As most club members will know, Hoylake Photographic Society is affiliated to the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and take part in inter club competitions against clubs across the globe. One such competition is Nature and the results have arrived from Round 1 of the competition.




The club has a small number of members who are strong in nature photography but the larger the pool of images to chose from the better the chances of the club doing well in this competition. If you have any Nature and Wildlife images for selection then please send them to John Sixsmith.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Winner - National Trust Handbook Cover 2018

During the Summer recess, while most members were busy working on their own photo projects, George Evans was busy entering the National Trust Handbook Cover 2018 photo competition.

The competition theme was "As I walked out one Summer morning" with submitted images taken on NT property. The composition had to be suitable for a book cover with the main detail on the right hand side of the image. The competition was open to amateurs and professionals with phone captured images acceptable. As soon as George read the competition criteria he knew he had the perfect entry.

With the number of entries topping 7,000 images, George entered three different images of his lone tree on the edge of Llyn Dinas near Beddgelert in different post processing styles. All three reached the shortlist of 100 and his third choice image, which hasn't previously been entered into club competition and was not even on his website went forward to the judging panel and has won this year's prestigious competition.

National Trust Handbook Cover 2018 - "Dawn on Llyn Dinas"
The photograph is a single shot taken on the edge of Llyn Dinas at Beddgelert in Snowdonia in May 2012. George visited his favourite campsite "Cae Du" one mile from the lake near Beddgelert and pitched his tent with the intention of photographing the lake during the morning golden hour. Having never visited Beddgelert before he wasn't familiar with Llyn Dinas.

After visiting the Beddgelert end of Llyn Dinas in the evening, George noted that the sunrise would take place at the far end so he set his alarm for 4am the following morning. At the dawn alarm he forced himself out of his sleeping bag, grabbed some energy bars and walked the mile to the lake with a camera backpack and a head torch along the rough path past the Sygun Copper Mine.

After taking some very early shots he didn't like the composition as there was no focal point so he decided to move around the lake in the murky light in search of a better shot. After walking for ten minutes he left the path and walked down a slope to the lakeside through rough boggy ground and purely by accident found the small lone tree and rock which would make the photograph a winning image. His luck held as the golden hour also produced a moody atmosphere with mist rising from the water and colour forming in the sky.

George spent the golden hour taking several photographs of the tree and the lakeside from different aspects and the images have served him well in local and club competitions. He certainly believes that his luck was in on that camping trip. Lucky that he didn't roll over and go back to sleep. Lucky that he stumbled on the lone tree in the murky light and lucky to have had some atmosphere in that golden hour.

The winning photograph will be printed on the National Trust hand book cover and go out to 5 million members in the New Year. The photograph and an interview with George will also be in the NT Magazine going to its members in January. As a bonus he receives the new flagship Panasonic GH5 and kit lens from Panasonic Cameras who are the competition sponsors.

George is taking part in the Oxton Art Fair at the Williamson Art Gallery from 24-26th November and a framed print of the winning photograph will be on display before NT members get to see it. The photograph can also be seen on his George W Evans Photography website.

Information about the competition and the winning handbook and membership card images can by viewed on the National Trust website.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Pictorial Competition Judging

For those members who haven't looked at the club program, a gentle reminder that there is no meeting on Friday 27th October as it's the Newton Village Hall auction night.

Our next Friday meeting is on 3rd November when our guest Rich Hainsworth will be doing the judging and entrants to the competition will be hanging on his every word.

The doors of Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane will be opening its doors at the usual time of 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. Visitors are always welcome paying £2 on the door with your first visit free.

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.