Visitor’s Choice Awards at the Annual Exhibition.

Visitors to our recent Exhibition in St Mary’s Centre were asked to vote for their favourite prints, and as expected the choices were very varied. Forty nine of the prints on display received votes , with only a point separating the top three. The overall winner was Winter’s Glow by Ray Groome. Second place was awarded to Orangutan by Keith Fitzpatrick, with Asad Syed’s If Eyes Could Talk in third place.

Thanks go to Rob Adams for collating and labelling the prints, those who came along to set up and to the Stewards . The prints really showcased the wide variety of photographic interests amongst the membership. Visitors commented on how difficult it was for them to choose a favourite because of the wide range of subject matter on display.

Annual Photographic Exhibition

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Members of Chester Photographic Society will be showcasing prints from their 2018-19 season at

St Mary’s Creative Space
St Mary’s Hill, off Castle Street, Chester, CH1 2DW

The former Church of St Mary-on-the-Hill is a Grade 1 listed building which will be open as part of Heritage Open Days.

Fri 13th & Sat 14th September 2019 10am – 4pm Free Admission

Permajet Colour Management & Printing Workshop 17-08-19

Colin Hulley from Permajet came along to deliver a Colour Management and Printing workshop at Vicar’s Cross on Saturday. Thirteen club members attended , making it pretty much a full house.

The morning was dedicated to Colour Management , Monitor Calibration and the importance of ICC Profiling for different papers. In the afternoon images were printed on to two different papers, so that comparisons could be made, using a Canon Pro 10s.

Permajet WebColin brought along the full range of Permajet papers which proved very tempting to most of us! Details of their range plus lots of useful information can be found on their website at  http://www.permajet.com

Many thanks to Jan Wilding for organising another very informative, sociable and great value workshop.

 

PAGB Exhibition at Leigh Spinners Mill

There are just a couple of weeks left if you want to see the PAGB Inter Federation touring Print exhibition which is being hosted by the L&CPU. This is a chance to see a selection of photography from across the various federations which make up the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain. The mono section was particularly strong.

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Leigh Spinners Mill is located in Mill Park Lane, Leigh, Lancashire, WN7 2LB. The prints are on display on the Second floor which does have a lift. The exhibition is open daily from 9am to 6pm and it finishes on the 3rd September.  If you visit on a Saturday morning between 10am-12 noon the volunteers will show you around the engine house on the ground floor which is being restored. There is no admission charge but donations are most welcome. There is a café there as well.

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If visiting on Saturdays, it’s worth making a day out of your visit, not only to photograph the steam engines at the mill, but also to visit Astley Green Colliery, a few miles away on the East Lancs road. This museum boasts the only surviving pit head gear but two very large  compound steam engines as well as lots of interesting stuff in the yard.

 

 

Mike Reed

We are sorry to report that Mike Reed died on Tuesday 16 July at the age of 87.

Mike had been a member of Chester Photographic Society since 1973 and had held many posts on the committee. He was a Hon. Vice President of the Society in recognition of his contribution over many years. He was an A.R.P.S. and a well-recognised Lecturer and Judge in the L&CPU. He represented C.P.S. on the L&CPU Committee for a few years and his contribution resulted in him being granted a life membership of the L&CPU.

Graham Latter, president, spoke on behalf of all members: “A great loss to the club and I have many memories of chats and advice from him over the years. My condolences to Eileen and their family.”

There will be a memorial service at Rowton Methodist Chapel at 11.30am on Tuesday 30th July followed by refreshments at Rowton Poplars Hotel.

Portrait Workshop

Eleven members went along to the National Waterways Museum in Ellemsere Port on Saturday 8 June for a Portrait Workshop led by Manchester photographer Sam Chaloner.

We spent some time examining some of “The Greats” of portrait photography over the years, and learning about what motivated them, before getting into the practical tutorial on how to achieve good quality portraits.

Sam had brought along two professional models who very kindly and patiently allowed us to practice our new skills, in the mini-studio he had set up as well as using natural light in the museum. Since it was raining, we were limited to working indoors which nevertheless allowed plenty of scope for interpretation.

Word has it that the models were convincingly upstaged by one of our very own. We will let you judge for yourself.

Deva Triathlon 2019

Chester Triathlon 2019 collage

On Sunday 2nd June 2019 six CPS members got up early again to catch the action in this years’ Deva Triathlon. With the Swim starting in the Groves and the Bike Transition in Grosvenor Park, the competitors then headed out on the Bike Route over the Old Dee Bridge via Eccleston, Rossett and Borras;  before returning via Aldford and back into the city along Boughton to end up back in the Park. The Run Route then went out of the Park, over the Suspension Bridge onto the Meadows, looping back along the riverside paths past Salmon Leap and onto the Old Dee Bridge and along the Groves.

Dan Craigen, the event organiser from Chester Triathlon Club, gave us the brief of recording not only the event in the City setting but more importantly the work of the volunteers and marshals along the routes. Despite poor lighting conditions on the day we managed to get a good coverage of the whole event, and were able to give Dan a CD of 315 images of the Triathlon.

Report by Jan Wilding

L&CPU Annual Individuals Competition

A few CPS members took part in this year’s Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Union Individuals Competition which was judged by Howard Tate, Richard Speirs and Simon Allen. A full roundup of all the results can be found on the L&CPU website:  L&CPU Individual Results

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Well done to Richard Barrett who had ” The Persistent Pedaller” retained for use by the L&CPU in inter-federation competitions. The judges commented on the high standard of entries, so with some of the best workers in the region taking part, it is well worth taking a look at the slideshows of high scoring images for each category – which can be found on the Information Portal or via this link: Slideshows. You may just spot one or two familiar ones.

 

Jan Wilding and Sue Champion had prints retained for the touring Portfolios, and Sue also had a print retained for the forthcoming exhibition.

Why not give it a try next year.