Monday, 27 November 2017

President's Theme Competition

This Friday evening, 1st December is our latest monthly competition and our President Anthony Clarke has chosen "Street Photograph" as the challenge to club members. This is not a subject that comes easily to many photographers and it's not a topic that's been used before so it will be interesting to see what is put before our guest judge Graham Curry.

To view the competition judging, arrive at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. Prospective new members are welcome with your first taster visit free and subsequent visits only £2 on the door.

You can view the remaining events and talks in our season's program on our Hoylake Photographic Society website or catch up on our Facebook page.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Inter Merseyside Competition

This Friday 24th November is the judging of the Inter Merseyside Competition. The annual print competition will be judged on the night by our guest John Dougherty APGB BPE1*

Non members and prospective new members are welcome to attend with your first visit free and subsequent visits only £2 on the door. The judging will take place at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby with the doors opening at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish.

In other news, club member George Evans is one of three photographers taking part in the Oxton Art Fair at the Williamson Art Gallery, Oxton on 25/26th November where the theme of his display will focus on his infrared photography with his most recent prints on display.

Also on display will be a framed print of George's "National Trust Handbook Cover 2018" competition winning photograph which being sold for £50 with the proceeds going to the Wirral Ark Homeless Charity.

There are 22 other local artists taking part in the fair selling photography, paintings, jewellery, pottery, textiles, illustrations, mixed media. The gallery opens between 10am - 5pm Saturday, 10am - 4pm Sunday with free children's art activities taking place and a cafe.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

HDR Techniques

High Dynamic Range (HDR) is an invaluable technique for stretching the dynamic range of a camera. A camera can't see detail in blacks and whites at the same time unlike the human eye so we have to cheat by bracketing our exposures and blend the images into one ... HDR image. Done well it will look subtle and add punch to a photograph. Done badly it will look grungy and false.

On Friday 17th November, Justin Garner will be showing his HDR techniques and how to do it well. If you want to add a new photographic skill to your armoury then don't miss his talk on Friday at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby. The doors open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. Non members are welcome to attend paying £2 on the door and your first taster visit is free.

For members, Friday is also the hand-in for the Street Photography competition.

To see our program of future talks and events visit the Hoylake Photographic Society website or catch up on our Facebook page.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Pictorial Competition Results

Friday 3rd November saw the judging of the "Pictorial" competition by our guest Rich Hainsworth of Mold CC. Pictorial as a title has often confused our members in the past and it was dropped from competition for a while but it was re-introduced into our program again this year. For this competition our members took more care to ensure that their entries had a pictorial element in their photographs resulting in a good quality competition as the top awarded images will show.

As usual for our monthly competition, the competition comprises print and digital competitions with the prints divided into mono and colour sub sections. All members compete on an equal basis regardless of skill and experience.

Mono Print

In the Mono Print section there were only four awards with Ian Chantler coming 1st with John Sixsmith gaining 2nd and 3rd places and Diana Magor gaining a commend. Well done all. Each image had a pictorial element for the judge.

Mono Print 1st - Spiral Staircase by Ian Chantler
Mono Print 2nd - Windsurfer by John Sixsmith
Mono Print 3rd - Glasses by John Sixsmith
Colour Print

In the Colour Print section Brian Magor did well gaining 1st place, with Robert Devenish coming second and Barry Quatermass coming 3rd.

Colour Print 2nd - The Cloud House North Wales by Robert Devenish
Colour Print 3rd - Red Deer at the Buchaille by Barry Quatermass
Digital Projected Images

It's the digital section that gives our less experienced members the best chance of competing with our advanced photographers but this section was dominated by our more experienced members in this competition.

Regardless, Lynette Ryan lead the way by coming 1st with Margaret Sixsmith coming 2nd with Barry Quatermass gaining 3rd place again.

Digital 1st - Mouse Play by Lynette Ryan
Digital 2nd - Eyes by Margaret Sixsmith
Digital 3rd - Two Early Balloons by Barry Quatermass

Rich Hainsworth with Lynette Ryan
Well done to all of the award winners of whom there are too many to mention and commiserations to those who didn't catch the judges eye on this occasion.

Our next meeting is on Friday 10th November when the talented Christine Widdall MPAGB EFIAP FBPE will be going through her portfolio of beautiful images. It's an evening not to be missed.

The meeting takes place a Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby with the doors opening at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. None members are welcome paying £2 on the door with your first taster evening free.

To see our program of future events and talks visit the Hoylake Photographic Society website or catch up on our Facebook page.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

PSA Nature Competition - Round 1

As most club members will know, Hoylake Photographic Society is affiliated to the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and take part in inter club competitions against clubs across the globe. One such competition is Nature and the results have arrived from Round 1 of the competition.




The club has a small number of members who are strong in nature photography but the larger the pool of images to chose from the better the chances of the club doing well in this competition. If you have any Nature and Wildlife images for selection then please send them to John Sixsmith.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Winner - National Trust Handbook Cover 2018

During the Summer recess, while most members were busy working on their own photo projects, George Evans was busy entering the National Trust Handbook Cover 2018 photo competition.

The competition theme was "As I walked out one Summer morning" with submitted images taken on NT property. The composition had to be suitable for a book cover with the main detail on the right hand side of the image. The competition was open to amateurs and professionals with phone captured images acceptable. As soon as George read the competition criteria he knew he had the perfect entry.

With the number of entries topping 7,000 images, George entered three different images of his lone tree on the edge of Llyn Dinas near Beddgelert in different post processing styles. All three reached the shortlist of 100 and his third choice image, which hasn't previously been entered into club competition and was not even on his website went forward to the judging panel and has won this year's prestigious competition.

National Trust Handbook Cover 2018 - "Dawn on Llyn Dinas"
The photograph is a single shot taken on the edge of Llyn Dinas at Beddgelert in Snowdonia in May 2012. George visited his favourite campsite "Cae Du" one mile from the lake near Beddgelert and pitched his tent with the intention of photographing the lake during the morning golden hour. Having never visited Beddgelert before he wasn't familiar with Llyn Dinas.

After visiting the Beddgelert end of Llyn Dinas in the evening, George noted that the sunrise would take place at the far end so he set his alarm for 4am the following morning. At the dawn alarm he forced himself out of his sleeping bag, grabbed some energy bars and walked the mile to the lake with a camera backpack and a head torch along the rough path past the Sygun Copper Mine.

After taking some very early shots he didn't like the composition as there was no focal point so he decided to move around the lake in the murky light in search of a better shot. After walking for ten minutes he left the path and walked down a slope to the lakeside through rough boggy ground and purely by accident found the small lone tree and rock which would make the photograph a winning image. His luck held as the golden hour also produced a moody atmosphere with mist rising from the water and colour forming in the sky.

George spent the golden hour taking several photographs of the tree and the lakeside from different aspects and the images have served him well in local and club competitions. He certainly believes that his luck was in on that camping trip. Lucky that he didn't roll over and go back to sleep. Lucky that he stumbled on the lone tree in the murky light and lucky to have had some atmosphere in that golden hour.

The winning photograph will be printed on the National Trust hand book cover and go out to 5 million members in the New Year. The photograph and an interview with George will also be in the NT Magazine going to its members in January. As a bonus he receives the new flagship Panasonic GH5 and kit lens from Panasonic Cameras who are the competition sponsors.

George is taking part in the Oxton Art Fair at the Williamson Art Gallery from 24-26th November and a framed print of the winning photograph will be on display before NT members get to see it. The photograph can also be seen on his George W Evans Photography website.

Information about the competition and the winning handbook and membership card images can by viewed on the National Trust website.