Canterbury Photographic Society


2016-2017 Meetings:  Jan/Feb

11th January 2017

Local Photojournalist Ady Kerry from Wingham was our speaker this week.


Members were treated to a detailed commentary and viewing of his lengthy project specifically based on the General Election in Thanet when Nigel Farage stood as a candidate for UKIP and included all the associated goings on, such as visits from high profile members of other political parties as well as interesting shots of protesters rallies, hustings meetings and canvassers door knocking to get or confirm votes.


After the break Ady showed some more general examples of his work some of which have been published in the national press.He also discussed his love for black and white images and shared some of his camera techniques.


The evening concluded with a question and answer session and members expressed their thanks to Ady for a thoroughly enjoyable event.


4th January 2017

Our first meeting of the New Year was a members evening where attendees had the opportunity to learn and share particular aspects of photography.


Various groups were organised and set up allowing members to participate and help each other.  There were groups learning about techniques of mounting prints ready for competition,  demonstrations and help with popular digital programmes, such as Photoshop and Lightroom,  together with a group of enthusiastic members having a try at improving or learning portrait photography skills.


During the holiday break Chairman John Newell arranged with some members to photograph two seperate visits by main line steam trains passing through Canterbury from vantage points at Thanington and Broad Oak Rd.


Members agreed it was a worthwhile and enjoyable experience and a chance to put new camera skills to work.


The resulting images certainly showed that those attending had grasped this opportunity.

Tornado by John Newell

BRAUGHTON by Dave Roberts        TORNADO by John Newell

Braunton by Dave Roberts

25th January 2017

The latest meeting was a projected digital images competition with the set subject 'creative' which allowed members to produce a wide range of unusual images with some great results. The judge Glyn Bareham had difficulty in arriving at a winner from the selection of fascinating images put before him resulting in several members getting equal points awarded to them.


The second half of the evening was the 'open' section which again provided a varied selection of subject material to be commented on and judged.


The results were as follows.

Set subject,

1st Taking a dip by Lyn Blackbourn,

2nd The lady with the lamp by John Kemp,

3rd Red Burst by John Newell


Open subject

1st Solitary by John Howard,

2nd Pockets of light by Wendy Kennett,

3rd Sunset over Grain by Lyn Blackbourn


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1st February 2017

James Willmott was our guest speaker with a superbly detailed lecture covering his many visits to Japan.


James showed some stunning images recording sites of special interest together with detailed maps of transport systems and the transport itself in various forms, also shown were wonderful scenes of Cherry Blossom parks and other aspects of the Country showing customs, food, scenery and a general overview of these colourful oriental islands.


Alongside the images James provided a detailed commentary.

After the interval we were treated to a short slide show of gardens and parks and people enjoying day to day life.


James' other passion, sailing, was then presented in a further short slide sequence showing craft competing all over the World.

8th February 2017

This week's competition with the set subject of 'Portrait ' was judged by Helen Taylor ARPS, DPAGB, BPE3*.   Helen gave some useful comments on each image put in front of her and had a hard task to eventually select the winners from both set and open subjects which as usual bought forward a wide range of pictures.


Members were given many useful ideas on how their pictures could be improved or simply enhanced with slight alterations.  

Overall Helen complimented the Club on the quality of entries provided for her to judge.


Results as follows.  

Set Subject:

Winner:   Philip by John Howard

Highly Commended:

Man and Machine by Steve Presnell

Zack by Linda Gothard

Time Lies in Her Hands by Di Long LRPS


Open Subject:

Winner:   Embrace the Flow by Wendy Kennett

Highly Commended:

Fog on North Hill by Steve Presnell

Little Egret by Wendy Kennett

Burano Waterfront by Peter Covill


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22nd February 2017

At our meeting on Wednesday members took part in a 'show and tell' evening hosted by club member Brian Baker EFIAP.


Members were invited to present both prints and digital images to present and explain to the audience in an allotted time, most welcoming comments on their work. As is often the case on these occasions there was work put forward that might not otherwise have been seen and enjoyed by the members present.