Saturday, 20 October 2018

Practical Portraits with Graham Curry

On Friday 19th October, the club had a Practical Portrait session hosted by our guest Graham Curry who is a character model, actor, photographer and photography judge. Graham set up the session and showed the members who attended how to light and shoot in the "Film Noir" style of photography which is in monochrome.

As Diana Magor reports,
"Last night’s portrait session was a superb evening which everyone enjoyed and learnt something.  Graham Curry stage managed the night with panache and firmness, ensuring everyone got to take photos with each change of the lighting and understood what effect he was intending to produce.  That meant that the first time visitor to the club as well as the advanced workers all benefited. He showed us how to take in mono, sorted out crises of not being able to work our cameras, and did it all with humour and  patience.  He brought everything we needed – stand and backdrop to provide a black background, two flashguns and associated snoods, three flash triggers to set off the lights for us to use as well as himself as the model.  He gave us the sinister character dressed in leather gear with a gun and changed his clothes to suit the mood.  Nobody was allowed to miss out on taking photos and he encouraged us to attend any of his locally based portrait shoots in the future.  All in all a really good evening"

President - Anthony Clarke
Our President Anthony Clarke volunteered to stand in to get our camera settings and exposure right while Graham Curry changed his clothes and got into character.


Members put the settings that Graham had recommended into their cameras before the portrait session got under way. Graham worked his way through three lighting techniques using two cheap flashguns during the evening ensuring that everyone got some time to shoot.





It was a very enjoyable and useful session shooting in a style of photography that was unfamiliar to most members. The results are demonstrated below in the portraits taken by George Evans.





Thanks must go to Graham Curry for his hard work and patience and I'm sure everyone went home with some new skills in their camera bags.

A reminder that there is no meeting on Friday 26th October as it's the Newton Village Hall Auction Night. The night is raising money to refurbish the kitchen which we benefit from as a club. Take along some money and potentially take home a bargain.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Open / Altered Reality Competition Results

On Friday 5th October our guest Linda Bell LRPS CPAGB AWPF BPE3* judged our first monthly competition of the season which was "Open / Altered Reality". The "Open" competition featured a sub competition "Altered Reality" which is designed to test our members imagination, creativity and skill.

The competition format is a "Print" section with separate colour and mono entries and a "Digital Projected Images" section. Club members compete in all competitions on an equal basis regardless of their skill and experience. The Novice / Intermediate member competition was dropped a couple of years ago, but looking at the quality of the prints and images in the competition the general standard of photography within the club has improved as a result.

Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond my control I don't have the list of award winners from the night so you'll have to bear with me. Margaret Sixsmith swept the board with 5 top places in the prints and digital competition. She also won the Print Altered Reality competition. Well done.

Brian Magor came 1st in the digital section with Margaret coming 2nd and Peter Larkin 3rd. Paul Anderson won the Digital Altered Reality competition with Mersey Mist.

The images below are in no particular order.

Print Competition

Ponies in Snow - Margaret Sixsmith

The White Horse - Margaret Sixsmith

Rose Water - Noel George
Trees and Bridge - Margaret Sixsmith
Shapes Abstract - Margaret Sixsmith
End of the News - Lyn Rostron

Digital Competition


Bears and Tree - Brian Magor

Mountain Hare - Margaret Sixsmith

Copper Rump - Peter Larkin

Kelpies - Peter Lovatt
Fish Tale - Sue Freeman

Comedy and Tragedy - Peter Lovatt

Frozen Lake Arnarstapi - Steve Lewis

Mersey Mist - Paul Anderson

If I've got any of the names associated with the images wrong then please let me know.

The evening was brought to a close with Linda Bell presenting the awards to Margaret Sixsmith and Lyn Rostron.

Linda Bell and Margaret Sixsmith

Linda Bell and Lyn Rostron
I think we can all agree that the standard of photography produced by our members in the competition was extremely high. My apologies for a disjointed report this month. Normal services may be resumed for the next monthly competition report.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

An Evening with Paula and Guy Davies

On Friday 5th October we had the judging of the Open / Altered Reality competition by our guest Linda Bell, LRPS CPAGB AWPF BPE3*  Congratulations to Margaret Sixsmith who swept the board in the competition. A full report on the competition will be posted at a later date once I've received the results and and awarded digital images.

This Friday 12th October is a print presentation by Paula and Guy Davies who are sponsored by Permajet. They'll be running through the complexities of home printing and will also be selling Permajet printing paper with a 10% discount so bring some money along if you do your own printing.

The following Friday 19th October is a Practical Portrait Night with Graham Curry. Portraiture is an art form in its own right and lighting is critical. There's a lot to gain from this session so don't miss it. I'm not sure whether members need to bring along a camera and flashgun so please enquire from the club.

The evening is also the hand-in for the Man Made competition. The entry form can be downloaded from the club website.

Both meetings are 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.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Open / Altered Reality Competition

The first month of our new season has passed very quickly and the excitement of our first monthly photo competition is approaching. This Friday 5th October is the judging of the "Open / Altered Reality" competition by our guest Linda Bell, LRPS CPAGB AWPF BPE3* The "Open" competition has an "Altered Reality" sub section to test our members imagination and creativity. What can they possibly come up with this year?

New for this season is a 1st prize of £20 in the tea break raffle draw at each of our monthly competition judging nights.

The judging takes place at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby with tyhe doors opening at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. Non members are welcome to attend paying £2 on the door.