Panasonic Day at Chester Falconry Centre with LCE

Here’s your chance to get that close up raptor shot you’ve been looking for – and try out some of the latest gear from Panasonic.  

On Friday 15th June local retailer London Camera Exchange have arranged exclusive access to Chester Cathedral’s Falconry Centre where you will be able to capture the birds of prey both in flight and in close -up while getting your hands on some of the latest Panasonic camera equipment and putting it to the test in real world conditions with the help of Joshua Cunningham from Panasonic UK and Paul Hackett who is a Panasonic Pro Photographer Ambassador who will be able to answer your questions and assist you.

The Falconry day including lunch and 3 hours exclusive access to the birds of prey is £25 and you can book either by dropping into the store in Chester or calling them on 01244 326531.

 Itinerary

lce logo9.15am – Meet at LCE Chester store,9 Bridge Street Row, Chester, CH1 1NW
Briefing of the day’s event, handing out of camera & lenses and Q&A

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9.45am – Leave store and walk to Falconry Centre

10.00-11.00am – Shooting Portraits/Static images of the birds and reptiles.

11.00-1.00pm – Varying displays where we will have control to change the direction of the birds flight to get a variety of images. You may also have the opportunity to handle and fly the birds.

1.00pm – Make our way to the Cathedral Cafe for lunch and an image Review to select your favourite picture for 12×18 print.

For those who wish to stay after lunch we will be returning to the Falconry Centre for a public showing at 14.30 followed by a short street walk as well before ending back in LCE Chester store.

Annual Dinner and presentation of Trophies

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.

Trophy Winners 2018

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Funan closed

Of very limited interest. Those photographers who pass through Singapore will know of the Funan Mall, a five story shopping mall devoted almost exclusively to photography. Sadly, one of our members called in there in March, only to find it had been demolished for redevelopment. He concluded that there was little point in purchasing in Singapore, when better prices can be found in the UK high street. Nowadays, only the USA seems to offer significantly better priced kit?

Cambrian Photography Photo Show

Cambrian Photography in Old Colwyn are one of the remaining independent camera shops in our area, and they seem to thrive. They are staffed more by enthusiasts than by salespersons. They hold occasional shows, where the main manufacturers set up stalls, and you can try out their latest kit, and get special deals on the day. They also run programmes of guest speakers during the day, for which you need to book seats.

Their next event is on Saturday 26th May. Speakers are Thomas Heaton (Landscape, and youtube video producer), Alyn Wallace (Astro, Timelapse and landscape), and Jonathan Edwards (Landscape, Commercial and product).

If nothing else, you can sample their lemon drizzle cake and coffee. All free.

Winning images: 2017-18 Season

President’s Theme 2017/2018

Keith Fitzpatrick, President for the 2017 -2018 season set members the theme of ‘Transport’ for the final competition.

Judge: Brian Law ARPS, CPAGB

Two exhibitions to visit

If you venture across the Mersey this month you can can visit two excellent photographic exhibitions and possibly make a day of it with a pleasant lunch in between.

Southport Photographic Society’s 71st National Open Exhibition

Southport Photographic Society’s is holding its 71st National Open Exhibition which is a nationally recognized exhibition run under the BPE (British Photographic Exhibitions). It is one of the dwindling number of exhibitions that includes prints. Alongside the national exhibition the Society is hosting a children’s and the members exhibition and you can see it in the main concourse of Wayfarer’s arcade, Lord Street, Southport with the members and children’s in a nearby shop.

The exhibition runs from 24th March 2018 to 8th April and entry is free. Click here for details.

RPS International Photography Exhibition 160

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Claudia Legge, For as long as you can hold your breath you are free

Also this month at the Chapel Gallery in nearby Ormskirk you can visit the Royal Photographic Society’s International Photography Exhibition 160. That’s right this touring exhibition has been held almost every year since 1854 making it the longest running exhibition of its kind in the world.

The exhibition reflects the breadth of photography today and brings together work from student, amateur and professional photographers. It encompasses both single images and series across all genres, including Documentary, Landscape, Editorial, Photojournalism, Fashion, Contemporary, Conceptual, Portraiture, Abstract and many more.

The exhibitions runs from 17 March to 14 April (Tuesdays to Saturdays only) and entry is free. Click here for details.