Annual Exhibition at St Mary’s Creative Space ends this Saturday 14th September at 4pm .

The Exhibition is on until 4pm this Saturday so please bring family and friends. 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 showcase 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 range of subject matter on display.

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.

 

 

Deva Triathlon 2019

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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.

G. Brodie Photo Shoot Day

Sunday 19th May 2019 saw a group of CPS photographers trying something new.

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Kill Bill                                         The group with Davy Crockett                        A Victorian gentleman

On locations from Delamere Forest to a Victorian Cemetery in Chester, Graham Currey, model and photographer, lead us on a journey through time in the company of his many characters. The lovely old Delamere station and the tracks gave us a starter for what turned out to be a very creative and enjoyable day. We were ‘shot’ by the railway tracks by ‘Gangster’ Graham, before heading into the forest with ‘cowboy’ Graham and Davy Crockett.

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Getting the right angle            Gangster by the tracks                     Lining up for that shot.

We ended the day in the Victorian Cemetery in Chester amongst the old gravestones in the company of Wyatt Earp and a Victorian Gentleman.

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Wyatt Earp                                                   Its your turn                     & Bill’s new friend by Jan Wilding

Throughout the photoshoot, Graham offered some shooting advice, came up with ideas for poses within the various locations, and responded to any requests from us for alternative angles. With each character and pose he ensured he made eye contact with every photographer in turn, and also ensured we all had ample opportunity to capture as many images as we wanted. You may even see some of these in future competitions!

Graham and his business partner Emma Finch also run Photography Session Days at various locations in the northwest www.sessiondays.co.uk

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CPS Annual Trophy Awards

Malcolm Peacock has been awarded Chester Photographic Society Photographer of the Year for the second year running, and scooped seven trophies after scoring 502 points. The 2nd Place Photographer of the Year was Keith Fitzpatrick with 477 points, and Jan Wilding was 3rd with 467 points. Terry Daltry was awarded Beginner of the Year for his Digital Images.

Malcolm won both Print and Digital Photographer of the Year, the Annual Open Print and Open Digital three part competitions ; along with the trophies for the People and Monochrome Prints.

Members enjoyed their Annual Dinner at Eaton Golf Club when the awards were presented by retiring President Keith Fitzpatrick.

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The President’s Annual Set Theme of Low Light was won by John Hoyle for his Digital Image and the Print section topped by Jan Wilding.

The Annual Nature Digital award went to Rob Tarrant, with Ray Groome collecting the Nature Print Trophy.

Richard Barrett received the Digital People trophy with Vicky Naudi winning the Digital Monochrome award.

Members are planning a print exhibition later in the year when many of the competition images will be on display.

 

Stacking & Mounting Workshop 14th April

The workshop on Sunday was well attended, with participants dividing in to two groups .

Phil Wilding demonstrated the process of Focus Stacking with set-ups suitable for Nikon, Canon and Fuji Cameras. Image processing with Photoshop and Zerene Stacker was shown, before everyone took shots with their own equipment. Keith Fitzpatrick was also kept busy helping people with their images.

Bill Marks demonstrated print mounting procedures, and Jan Wilding helped those wanting to practice.

Thanks go to Phil, Jan and Bill for bringing in all the equipment; and making several computers available for practice.

If you have any suggestions for future workshops then please get in touch with Jan Wilding or a member of the committee.

CPS moves up the ranks in the GB Cup for Small Clubs 2019

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.

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. 

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