Sunday 19th May 2019 saw a group of CPS photographers trying something new.
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.
We ended the day in the Victorian Cemetery in Chester amongst the old gravestones in the company of Wyatt Earp and a Victorian Gentleman.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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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.