National Dance Company Wales have an upcoming show in Mold, called AWAKENING, which will be at Theatr Clwyd on 15th and 16th March. Before the evening show, they have a ‘Watch Dance Class’, which is an opportunity for amateur photographers to come and take pictures of dancers in class. It is ‘free’ if you purchase a ticket for an evening show but you must reserve a place in advance as there are a limited number of spaces available.
A fine day saw seven of us turn out at New Brighton and although it was perhaps not the best conditions for long exposures being a tad too bright and with insufficient cloud movement, we spend an enjoyable couple of hours mastering the techniques involved in the use of ND10 and ND16 filters.
The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain recently held its annual competition ‘The GB Cup for Small Clubs’. Clive Smith submitted our entries which were chosen from last season’s CPS highest scoring club competition images.
In the Open Category, Chester improved from joint 35th out of 57 clubs countrywide last year, to be a very respectable joint 19th out of 56 clubs this year with a total of 104 points. It’s a reflection on the subjective nature of judging that Terry’s excellent “Sad Ollie” , which did so well at the L&CPU Interclub, was at the lower end of the results this time. Each image is scored out of 5 by three judges, giving a possible maximum of 15 points.
Chloe Malcolm Peacock 9
Sad Ollie Terry Daltry 9
Breaststroker Malcolm Peacock 10
Canoeist Malcolm Peacock 10
Me And My Teddy Sue Champion 10
Summer Blooms Sue Champion 10
Spicy Janice Wilding 11
The Mandolin Rocks Keith Fitzpatrick 11
Summer Blues Keith Fitzpatrick 12
Vestrahorn With Reflections Ray Groome 12
The digital images entered for the ‘GB Cup for Nature’ did not fare as well , with Chester scoring 96 points to finish joint 76th out of 86 clubs. This is however a very tough category ,with some formidable opponents from across the country.
Reddish Egret Ray Groome 12
Spider And The Fly Malcolm Peacock 10
French Bee On Lavender John Hoyle 9
Elephant Enjoying Dust Bath Patricia Keegan 10
Primula Vulgaris Malcolm Peacock 9
Yellow Eyed Penguins Grooming Keith Fitzpatrick 10
Mute Swan Rob Tarrant 9
Southern Ground Hornbills Sue Champion 9
The Gibbon Gaze Ken Waldie 9
Broad-bodied Chaser Cyril Langman 9
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We’ve all got images that we think are truly wonderful, – but which judges pass over with barely a mention.
Well don’t trash them in a fit of frustration. Next season we are having an interactive session with an experienced judge who has only recently moved into the LCPU patch. First he is going to discuss his experience of judging giving you plenty of opportunity to air some of your gripes and grievances. Then he wants to reassess around 20 images that in competition have failed to live up to their creator’s expectations. And again, he wants you to discuss why you think it should have done better.
So don’t tear up or dismantle your disappointments. Put them carefully to one side and they may get picked out for reassessment in what should be a really interesting evening.
Congratulations to CPS member Malcolm Peacock for recently achieving the British Photographic Exhibitions One Crown Award – BPE1 *
Malcolm has shared a few thoughts about his experience:
” This Year I decided to give external competitions a try, and selected the British Photographic Exhibitions (BPE) as my first venture into the world of non-club competitions. I have found the whole experience challenging & very enjoyable. Delighted too, in my first year, to have been awarded the BPE1 star after gaining twenty five acceptances. One acceptance in a BPE Salon equals one point, twenty five points equals BPE1* “
If you are interested in finding out more about the process, and the approved exhibitions then visit the BPE website at:
Chester PS took part in this year’s L&CPU Interclub Digital Image Knockout competition on Saturday evening at Poynton Civic Centre.
Thirty nine clubs from across Lancashire and Cheshire took part, with judging carried out by John Cartlidge EFIAP/p APAGB BPE5*.
Due to the number of entries, only 4 out of the 8 images submitted by each club were used. The standard was really high, but the experienced judge lost no time in eliminating 30 of them in the first round. Chester lost an image in each round resulting in a total of 10 points to finish half way in the rankings. The overall winners , after a tie break, were Poulton le Fylde with 17 points.
Chester’s entry included images by Keith Fitzpatrick, Ray Groome, Malcolm Peacock and Terry Daltry . Terry is to be congratulated for Sad Ollie surviving until the 4th round. The evening gave a good overview of the standard of work being produced, and was a real insight in to the speed of the judging process and importance of impact.
On Thursday 15 November, St Mary’s Creative Space was the venue for our visiting speaker Damien Demolder to talk about successful street photography. He told us how thoughtful composition and the use of light were key components to his images and encouraged us to embrace the smaller discreet mirrorless cameras that now make street photography so much easier.
Ordinary life photographed in an extraordinary way
Damien’s definition of what makes good street photography
Damien was supported by Panasonic so naturally a full range of Lumix cameras and lenses were on display for the audience to try out and impressive they are too.
Many thanks to everyone who helped out with the evening.
On Tuesday 30th October Chester PS hosted the Annual Inter-club Print battle between thirteen clubs from across Cheshire, Wirral and North Wales at a packed Grosvenor Museum.
Birkenhead, Chester, Deeside, Ellesmere Port, Frodsham, Halton, Hawarden, Heswall, Hoylake, Mold, Nantwich, Northwich, and Warrington took part in the knock out, which was judged by Tillman Kleinhans.
Warrington PS were overall winners with a score of 26 points and Nantwich came second with 22 points. Hoylake were 3rd with 20 points, and Chester came 4th with 18 points. The Best Mono Print was Me and my Dog by Andy Polakowski from Mold. The Best Colour Print , Ptarmigan, was awarded to Margaret Sixsmith from Hoylake.Thanks go to all those who contributed to the organisation of the evening , and to the many helpers on the night.