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.
Visitors to our exhibition said they found it very difficult to choose their favourite images, and all seemed impressed at the variety of subjects on display. Every author received votes which was encouraging.
Congratulations to Richard Barrett whose image “The Bench” was voted the visitors favourite by a clear majority. Three images tied for second place – “Pelican in Flight” and “Vestrahorn with Reflections” both by Ray Groome, and “The Railway Station” by Owen Watkins. Ron Sutton’s “Flying Low” was in third place. Many thanks to all exhibitors and helpers.
Congratulations to Richard who recently gained his Licentiateship of the Royal Photographic Society. The successful panel of ten photographs is featured below, along with Richard’s summary of the whole experience:
I joined the RPS back in November as it seems to be much more receptive to the type of photography I want to do than the typical camera club judge. As soon as I joined I decided to have a bash at their entry-level, licentiate distinction and quickly assembled a panel of ten prints from existing images for an advisory day I attended in Manchester in February while still hobbling around on crutches after fracturing my hip.
At that, a panel of RPS judges give you advice about your work in front of an audience of other members, telling you the good, the bad and the ugly. They also pick through the best of your spare images to make a panel that they feel would improve your chance of success. For an LRPS you need to demonstrate competence across a range of different techniques, show good control of the camera and produce finished prints. And although the panel does not need to have a theme running through it, it should be balanced and pleasing to the eye. One of the best bits of advice from that day was not to print any larger than A4 unless you want to show up your flaws.
I reworked my panel in line with their advice and entered myself for assessment at the RPS offices down in Bath in early April as soon as I could safely drive again. These are pretty stressful events as again the assessment is done by a panel of five RPS judges in front of a public audience. However although everyone can hear their commentary, the judges sit with their backs to the audience and their voting is done by discretely flashing green or red cards that only the coordinating judge can see.
Also only the names of those who the judges recommend for the distinction are announced to the audience with the majority of applicants appearing to wait for a suitable time before quietly slipping out of the auditorium to collect their rejected portfolios. I was one of the lucky ones but I suspect I scraped by on a majority rather a unanimous verdict, I’m busy writing another book at the moment but am already exploring some ideas for compiling a portfolio for the Associate distinction which requires 15 images around a theme. So I guess I’ll take a bash at that sometime in the next couple of years.
It’s not cheap – £130 annual membership, plus £20 for an advisory day and £65 for an assessment, but you do get the monthly RPS magazine which I think is exceptional, and discounted fees to courses and workshops. I also pay extra to participate in the North West Region Landscape Group and Contemporary group, where the only rule is your image has to be about something, not just of something.
In a closely contested season , Malcolm Peacock was awarded Chester Photographic Society Photographer of the Year with 480 points. The 2nd Place Photographer of the Year was Sue Champion with 479 points, and Patricia Keegan was 3rd with 467 points. Ray Groome won Print Photographer of the Year topping the sections for Nature, the President’s Transport Theme and also Monochrome. The Annual Open competition for Prints was awarded to Malcolm Peacock along with the President’s Transport Themed Digital section. Patricia Keegan was awarded Digital Photographer of the Year , topping the Annual Open and Nature Digital sections. The People Trophy for Digital images was won by Sue Champion with Keith Fitzpatrick winning the People Prints. Ron Sutton won the Digital Monochrome category and John Hoyle was awarded Beginner of the Year for his Digital Images.
Members enjoyed their Annual Dinner at Eaton Golf Club on 17th April, when the awards were presented by President Keith Fitzpatrick.
Trophy winners pictured below:
Patricia Keegan, Ray Groome, Ron Sutton, Sue Champion, Keith Fitzpatrick and John Hoyle.
George Franks demonstrated how to capture images with high speed flash ,using four different set-ups, before letting members have a go using their own equipment.
Red peppers and lemons were photographed falling in to water, and liquid droplets captured as they hit a glass rim. This enjoyable practical evening was all too soon “over in a flash”, but hopefully everyone has been inspired to have a go at home.
Clone It Out Workshop 11th February 2018
What better way to spend your Sunday afternoon than getting to grips with the Cloning, Healing and Patch tools in Photoshop ! Some of the attendees are pictured below working on their images.
On Tuesday 31 October Chester Photographic Society scooped both the Print Battle Trophy and the Best Colour Print against stiff competition from clubs across Cheshire and North Wales at the annual competition held at a packed Grosvenor Museum,
Clubs from Birkenhead, Chester, Deeside, Ellesmere Port, Frodsham, Halton, Hawarden, Heswall, Hoylake, Mid-Cheshire, Mold, Nantwich, Wallasey and Warrington took part in the competition which was judged by the perennially popular Adrian Lines, MPAGB, FBPE, EFIAP, ARPS. Continue reading →