Saturday, 14 April 2018

London Salon

This Friday 20th April is a digital presentation of the prestigious London Salon. Images for the salon are chosen for their artistic merit. The salon is full of beautiful, thought provoking images, expertly commented on by Leigh Preston and Judith Parry. John and Margaret Sixsmith have seen the video presentation and report that the images are inspirational. Many members should take inspiration from what's on display.

On Friday 13th April, Barry Quatermass gave a digital presentation and critique of the Sony World Photography Awards. Barry wants to thank everyone who joined in the debate on the night on the Category Winners in the Sony World Photography Awards.

After much debate and some ruthless judging he can announce our prediction for the overall winner (if the Sony judges follow our marking on the night) will be Mikkel Better of Denmark for his image in the 'Travel' category. We placed Veselina Tanasov of Bulgaria second for her 'Landscape and Nature' entry whilst Andreas Pohl and Klaus Lanzen with their 'Architecture' and 'Enhanced' entries were equal in third place. The actual winners will be announced on the 19th April.

All the winners and commended images can be found at 2018 Open Shortlist Highlights / World Photography Organisation

The doors of Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby will be open this Friday at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. Non members are welcome to attend paying £2 on the door.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Members Night

Due to unforeseen circumstances there's a change to the remaining program of events. This Friday 13th April Barry Quatermass is to present a talk on the Sony Photographic Awards. Brian Major is to advise on how to fill in the Hoylake International entry form. A reminder that the competition entry is free for club members. This will be followed by Mike Waring giving a talk about the Wirral Festival of Firsts. A number of club members are volunteer photographers for the annual arts festival.

As usual the doors of Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Printing With Confidence

There is no club meeting this Friday 30th March due to the Easter Holiday but the club is back at Newton village Hall on 6th April with "Printing With Confidence" presented by Permajet. If you do your printing at home and struggle to get your papers and colours correct then this is a presentation that you shouldn't miss.

Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby opens its doors at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. Non members are welcome paying £2 on the door.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Accepted Images From The Bebington Salon

This Friday 23rd March the club welcomes Bob Dennis with his digital presentation of the accepted images from the Bebington Salon. The salon is a national competition and receives thousands of excellent images from across the UK. You will see a very high standard of photography during the presentation on the night.

For club members Friday is also the hand-in for the Annual Competition. The entry form is on our website.

A reminder that the Hoylake International Exhibition 2018 is open to entries and it's free for club members. Check out the Hoylake Photographic Society website.

Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby will open its doors at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Impressions Competition Results

Hoylake Photographic Society holds several monthly photo competitions during its Winter season and it was decided to throw a curve ball at members in March with the theme of "Impressions". The competition was judged on 9th March by Nick Hilton EFIAP DPAGB BPE5* so the results were very much down to the entrants personal interpretation of the theme matching the judges interpretation. Not an easy task.

As usual the competition took the form of print and digital projected image sections with the prints split into colour and mono sub sections. All members competed on an equal basis regardless of skill and experience. I wasn't able to attend the judging on the night but it's clear from the awards that several members were able to match their interpretation of the theme to that of the judge as the same names keep occur in the awards.

Prints

In the colour print sub section Barry Quatermass did extremely well taking 1st and 2nd places and he'll be sore at having missed his successful night. Sue Freeman was also successful taking 3rd place. In the mono print sub section Ian Chantler was again successful in taking 1st place with Steve Lewis gaining 2nd and 3rd place. Well done all.

Colour Print 1st - About to Make An Impression by Barry Quatermass

Colour Print 2nd - Water and Light Through The Fairy Glen by Barry Quatermass

Colour Print 3rd - Impressions of Sunset Walk by Sue Freeman

Mono Print 1st - Going Down by Ian Chantler

Mono Print 2nd - Infrared Impressions of North Uist by Steve Lewis

Mono Print 3rd - Icelandic Impressions by Steve Lewis

Digital Projected Images

In the digital projected images section our travelling member Paul Anderson did extremely well taking 1st and 2nd places with Barbara Singleton gaining 3rd place. Well done both of you.

Digital 1st - Dawn Offering by Paul Anderson

Digital 2nd - Cuenca Espana by Paul Anderson

Digital 3rd - Impressions of Times Square NY by Barbara Singleton
The theme for the competition was very difficult for members to get their head around so it must have been difficult for Nick Hilton to judge. I was one of several members away in Iceland during the judging and I'd have liked to have heard Nick's comments on the entries and his interpretation of the theme but it seems to have been a challenge well met and congratulations to the award winners.

Our next meeting on Friday 16th March is another "Members Night" and if it's as good as the last one then it shouldn't be missed.

The doors of Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. You can view our remaining program of events and speakers on the Hoylake Photographic Society website or catch up with results on our Facebook page.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

An Evening with Paula and Guy Davies

We've had some good "Members Nights" in the past and Peter Lovatt and Pete Larkin thoroughly entertained us with a glimpse of their own photography on Friday evening. The club has about 50 members and we often attend the club nights, chat at half time and go home again with no hint of the talent of our members or the diversity of the photography that they practice. The members nights allow us to get to know our members better and the photography on show last night was terrific.

This Friday 2nd March the club invites us to attend "An Evening with Paula and Guy Davies" I don't know what to expect from the print and digital presentation but John Sixsmith has managed to book some excellent guest speakers for the season so expect to be entertained.

The following Friday 9th March is the "Impressions" competition judging carried by Nick Hilton EFIAP DPAGB BPE*5. "Impressions" was thrown out as a challenge and it will be interesting to see what our members have managed to capture.

As usual the doors to Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. You can view our remaining program on the Hoylake Photographic Society website or catch up with results on our Facebook page.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Nature Competition Results

Friday 16th February saw the judging of the "Nature" competition with guest judge Sheila Giles DPAGB running a critical eye over the members entries into the print and digital projected images. Sheila is a nature specialist and with a large entry of 50 prints and 40 digital images to sift through to get to her awarded images she warned that she would be critical as the standard of images was so high.

I'm sure that some members in the biggest turnout of this season may have been disappointed with her critique of their images but everyone will have gone away with a better understanding of how to present a nature image. Opinion is subjective and two judges would have awarded different images but Sheila's recurring critique was of many images lacking feather detail, the subject being too big in the frame, not seeing the nature subject in it's surroundings and not seeing the whole subject. For the many whose images didn't make the awards there is a second chance of success in the "Annual" competition with a different judge and Sheila's critique will give members something to consider before entering the annual competition. Regardless, Sheila's awarded images in the print and digital sections were excellent as you will see below.

For this competition there was a "Print" section (combining colour and monochrome prints) and a "Digital Projected Images" section with all members competing on an equal basis regardless of skill and experience. "Nature" is a difficult subject to master for our less experienced members and the results in both sections were dominated by a handful of our "Nature" specialists.



Print Section

In the Print section Steve Lewis, who is our timelapse specialist excelled by taking 1st place with Margaret Sixsmith coming 2nd and Lyn Rostron 3rd.

Print 1st - Triumvirate Yellowstone Wolves by Steve Lewis

Print 2nd- "Mountain Hare Stretching" by Margaret Sixsmith

Print 3rd - "European Brown Bear Pirttivaara Finland" by Lyn Rostron

Digital Projected Images Section

In the Digital Projected Images section, nature specialist Margaret Sixsmith followed up on her success in the Print section by taking 1st and 2nd places with Peter Lovatt coming 3rd.

Digital Projected Images 1st - "Red Squirrel" by Margaret Sixsmith

Digital Projected Images 2nd - "Young Grey Seal" by Margaret Sixsmith

Digital Projected Images 3rd - "Cap Cloud over Tryfan Just After Sunrise" by Peter Lovatt

With the judging completed it was left for our club President Anthony Clarke to sum up the evening and thank Sheila Giles for her efforts before handing out the awards to those in attendance.


Club President - Anthony Clarke

Sheila Giles with Print Winner Steve Lewis

Sheila Giles with Digital Winner Margaret Sixsmith

Sheila Giles with Rob Devenish

Sheila Giles with Peter Lovatt

Sheila Giles with Brian Magor

Sheila Giles with Diana Magor

Sheila Giles with Les Pickstock

Sheila Giles with Lyn Rostron

Sheila Giles with Lynette Ryan

Sheila Giles with Cynthia Sadler

Sheila Giles with Phil Sadler

Sheila Giles with John Sixsmith

Our next meeting on Friday 23rd February is a "Members Night" and Peter Lovatt will be talking during the first part of the evening about how he has become a winner in magazine competitions and how to make money from your photography.

The doors of Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane West Kirby will open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. You can view our remaining program of talks and events on the Hoylake Photographic Society website or catch up on the Facebook page.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Nature Competition

Following quickly on from the inspiring landscape photography of Wayne Brittle we have the judging of the Nature competition on Friday 16th February. Our guest judge Sheila Giles DPAGB will be running her eye over the club entries and giving her awards to her top print and digital images.

To see the Nature judging, the doors of Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. You can see the remaining program of events on the Hoylake Photographic Society website or catch up with results on our Facebook page.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Ken Lewis Exhibition

Ken Lewis is a long standing member of Hoylake Photographic Society and is a keen nature and wildlife photographer.

Ken has a photographic mixed media exhibition "Nature and Local Landscapes" comprising 25 prints in the Gallery 14 Cafe at the Williamson Art Gallery, Oxton Road, Wirral. The exhibition is on from this Friday 9th February for a month. Take the opportunity to see Ken's work on display at the gallery and give him some support. 

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

7th Hoylake International Exhibition 2018

Hoylake Photographic Society on the Wirral Peninsula are proud of their very own international photographic competition. Now in its seventh year, the "7th Hoylake International Exhibition 2018" is now open to entries from the Wirral to Wellington in New Zealand and beyond.

Past exhibitions have attracted thousands of top class images from hundreds of photographers across five continents. Run under the auspices of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and backed by the FIAP and GPU the competition accepts entries in six categories.

  • Colour Open - recognised by the Projected Image Division of the PSA for the Colour Star Path 
  • Monochrome Open - recognised by the Projected Image Division of the PSA for the Monochrome Star Path
  • Landscape - Colour or Mono - recognised by the Projected Image Division of the PSA for the Colour Star Path
  • Nature - Colour or Greyscale Monochrome -recognised by the Nature Division of the PSA
  • Photojournalism - Colour or Greyscale Monochrome – recognised by the PJ division of the PSA
  • Photo Travel - Theme - Architecture and Structures - Colour or Greyscale Monochrome – recognised by the PT division of the PSA.
Calendar
Closing date: 9th May 2018
Judging: 19/20th May 2018
Notification: 1st June via e-mail only

Fees
£7.00 for one section, £11 for two sections, £15 for three, four, five or six sections.

To view the entry criteria and to enter please visit the competition page on the Hoylake Photographic Society website

Another Time, Another Place

I'm fascinated by the title of Wayne Brittle's digital presentation "Another Time, Another Place" this Friday 9th February. I don't know what the subject of Wayne's talk is about but if you're just as fascinated as I am then the doors of Newton village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby open at 7.45pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish.

A reminder that our own international photo competition, the "7th Hoylake International Exhibition 2018" is now open to entries and entry is free to club members with a closing date is 9th May. What have you got to lose?

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Nature Far and Near

This Friday 2nd February the club welcomes Trevor Davenpoort ARPS DPAGB BPE4* to give his digital presentation "Nature Far and Near" Trevor is an excellent nature photographer so the evening will be a feast of top class images.

And through good planning by John Sixsmith the evening is also the hand-in for the "Nature" competition.

To see Trevor's presentation the doors of Newton Village Hall will be opening at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. Non members are welcome paying £2 on the door. You can view our remaining program of talks and events on the Hoylake Photographic Society website or catch up with results on our Facebook page.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Members Night

Following Andy Polakowski with Part 2 of "ABC" we have another popular Members Night on Friday 26th January. Members Nights are occasions when club members give a short presentation about their own photographic project or passion and it gives club members a chance to learn more about the photographic talent lurking on the back rows of our club meetings when our guest speakers are taking centre stage.

The Members Night takes 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. Non members are most welcome to attend and your first visit is free. There's no pressure to join the club with subsequent visits only £2 on the door. Our remaining program is on the Hoylake Photographic Society website or you can catch up on our Facebook page.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

People / Portrait Competition Results

Friday 12th January was the judging of the "People / Portrait" competition judged by our guest Janice Barton CPAGB BPE2* Janice was honest in her judging explaining as she dismissed image after image that the eyes were very important in choosing her award winners and that hands and feet should not be cut off. Giving the subject space and darken your backgrounds to make the subject stand out was her recurring advice.

As usual the competition was split into "Print" and "Digital Projected Images" sections with prints divided into "Mono" and "Colour" sub sections. All members competed on an equal basis regardless of experience and ability and on this occasion the more experienced members took the bulk of the awards although this isn't always the case.

Prints

In the "Mono" print sub section Ian Chantler took 1st place with Lyn Rostron taking 2nd and Brian Magor coming 3rd. In the "Colour" print sub section Lyn Rostron did well again coming 1st with Barry Quatermass having a good competition with 2nd and 3rd places.


Mono Print 1st "Tom" by Ian Chantler

Mono Print 2nd "Skittles" by Lyn Rostron

Mono Print 3rd "Micah" by Brian Magor

Colour Print 1st "Evening Stroll" by Lyn Rostron

Colour Print 2nd "The Printer" by Barry Quatermass

Colour Print 3rd "Glamourphones" by Barry Quatermass

The club took a half time break from the judging for teat, biscuits and the raffles while members took a closer look at the print entries.


Margaret Sixsmith, Brian Magor, Mike Waring, Ian Chantler and Noel George

After the break it was time to carry out the judging of the "Digital Projected Images" and in this competition absent member Paul Anderson did very well coming 1st and 3rd while Ian Chantler showed his forte is portraits by coming 2nd.


Digital Projected Images 1st "Teashop Taungoo" by Paul Anderson

Digital Projected Images 2nd "Beth" by Ian Chantler

Digital Projected Images 3rd "Myanmar Farmer" by Paul Anderson


With the judging completed it was left to club President Anthony Clarke and guest judge Janice Barton to had out the awards to those members in attendance on the night.


Janice Barton and President Anthony Clarke

Janice Barton and Ian Chantler

Janice Barton and Brian Magor

Janice Barton and Diana Magor

Janice Barton and Barry Quatermass

Janice Barton and Lyn Rostron

Janice Barton and Margaret Sixsmith

Janice Barton and Sue Wray

Well done to the award winners and commiserations to those (including myself) who didn't catch the judges eye on this occasion. There's a second chance of success in the annual competition in April.

Our next Friday meeting is on 19th January when the club will be welcoming Andy Polakowski AWPF BPE2* who will be giving his digital presentation "ABC Part 2" The doors of Newton Village Hall open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. Non members are welcome with your first visit free and subsequent visits only £2 on the door. View our remaining program of speakers and events on the Hoylake Photographic Society website or keep up with results on our Facebook page.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

People / Portrait Competition

This Friday 12th January is the club's first monthly competition of 2018. The "People / Portrait" competition will be judged by our guest Janice Barton CPAGB, BPE2*

To attend the judging, the doors of Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby will be open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. Non members are welcome to attend with your first visit to the club free and subsequent visits only £2 on the door. You'll be made welcome.

You can view the remaining club program of guest speakers and events on the Hoylake Photographic Society website or catch up on our Facebook page.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Members Night

A Happy New Year to all of our club members. 2018 is finally with us and our next Friday meeting is on 5th January which is a Members Night. On these evenings, club members talk about their own photography and I'm delighted to say that we have "An Evening With Steve Lewis Photography" on Friday. Steve is a timelapse specialist and his videos are an inspiration to all.

As usual the doors of Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby will be opening at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. Any prospective new members or visitors are welcome to attend with their first visit to the club free and subsequent visits only £2 on the door. Our remaining 2018 program can be viewed on the Hoylake Photographic Society website or you can catch up on our Facebook page.