Canterbury Photographic Society


Seagulls being impromptu models on Margate seafront

2016 Summer Field Trips

1st June 2016


Good group turnout for our first Summer shoot. All members had their checklist handy to start ticking off categories for entering the Summer Shoot competition.  Faversham Market place, church yard, historic buildings of Abbey street and plenty of textures at the creekside and boatyard were ticking quite a few of the boxes . Shame about the dismal lighting and lack of sunset but still worth doing and we stayed dry. Great debrief in the Anchor pub and members decided upon Oare creek in 2 weeks time with further potential of water, boats and wildlife.


Members enjoying the evening shoot

15th June 2016


CPS held another successful Summer Shoot on Wednesday evening at Oare near Faversham. Members were busy checking out the potential images to qualify for the Summer Shoot Trophy in addition to adding to their portfolio of work for League  competitions.

The boat yard sea wall area provided some well lit images in warm sunshine before heading to the mouth of the estuary and Nature Reserve to catch the sunset. Here some of the group were treated to a display of a pair of Barn Owls quartering the marshes at dusk and many wading birds settling for the night.

The incoming tide and moody skies created some great atmospheric seascape images.

The evening ended with its usual debrief and exchange of friendly banter in the local pub.

The next gathering in two weeks time is provisionally arranged for Canterbury city centre to provide potential 'Street' and 'Architecture' opportunities   unless weather conditions or a location with better potential on the night dictate otherwise!

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A gaggle of photographers at Oare Creek

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27th July 2016


Members of Canterbury photographic Society were not deterred by a rainy day as they headed to Margate for an evening summer photography shoot. Warm light bathed the bay and many of the 'summer shoot challenges' were ticked off at this location :- silhouettes, reflections, water, street, architecture and slow shutter were all subjects to be captured in preparation for the 'summer shoot' award to be presented at the beginning of the new term on 7th September.

A dramatic Turner style sunset developed and after many clicks of the shutter, dusk fell and the group gathered to enjoy fish and chips on the sea front.

Some members headed for home as the light faded but a few remained to further their skills of night photography capturing the twinkling sea front illuminations, shop fronts and light trails.

This week also marks a first for the Club. Members were thrilled with the response from locals and tourists alike to their first week long exhibition at the Eastbridge Pilgrims Hospital. Over 100 images were exhibited at the event which has generated lots of interest from local people expressing an interest in becoming part of our friendly group next season.

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13th July 2016


On Wednesday evening Canterbury Photographic Society members gathered for another Summer Shoot challenge. The subjects for the evening were Street Photography and Architecture. The threatening skies added to the drama of the images. A short period of light drizzle brought the cobbled pavements to life with some great reflections.

Members began capturing images around the Marlowe Theatre and restaurant area of town. It soon became clear that the city was celebrating the Graduation of many Kent University students. This was an added bonus giving some excellent opportunities to capture families and friends in all their finery. Many were happy to pose for the group and excitement grew as the Cathedral was bathed in the last rays of sunshine as more Graduates exited from the main entrance and spilled into the grounds. With light fading fast the members headed for the local pub to compare images and discuss the next location. Thinking caps on for another challenge in two weeks time.

Over 100 images of the members work can be seen in a week long exhibition ending Saturday 23rd July at the Eastbridge Pilgrims Hospital in Canterbury. £2 entry fee includes admission to this historic building.



Canterbury Photographic Society

10th August 2016


Last Wednesday evening turned out to be a warm sunny trip to Sandwich. The 'brief' was to capture architecture, street photography, patterns, plants and reflections.

Some members arrived in the afternoon to take advantage of the Salutation's Secret Garden in full bloom. A small group befriended the owner of a Dutch Sailing Barge moored at the quayside. He was more than happy to allow his portrait to be taken as while chatting about his boat and stories of his journeys.

There was time to enjoy a picnic watching the incoming tide and boat activity the before the remainder of the group arrived. Members then scattered in all directions frantically ticking off the list of subjects still needed for the competition which is to be held on our first meeting back on 7th September. As always, there was time to meet in a local pub for a debrief and discuss ideas for our last summer location shoot before our return next term. The new season of programmes promises to be full and varied with some exciting new speakers to our area.




An extra assignment was planned for the following night. Thursday was predicted to be the height of the Perseid Meteor Shower. Half a dozen intrepid members met in the Tyler's Kiln Pub garden at 9-30pm to get our camera settings sorted and hot coffee inside us. We headed to the Memorial field for some dark skies and set up camp lying flat on our backs with blankets to enjoy the show. After a brief period of cloud we were two men down but the skies cleared and four of us were rewarded with a great number of meteors flashing across the sky and could make out the Milky Way and other constellations clearly. Some were lucky enough to capture the action. Work commitments meant that we could only stay till 1-30am but all agreed it was worth the effort to see such and event.

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Members enjoying a warm sunny evening of photography

"... you take me, and I'll take you ..."

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24th August 2016

Canterbury Photographic Society members enjoyed tropical conditions for their last summer shoot of the season.  Herne Bay sea front provided a vibrant busy backdrop for a huge variety of images and was bustling with family activity enjoying the heatwave and high tide.

Some members met earlier to take advantage of more daylight ahead of the 8pm sunset.

Silhouettes, water sports, street scenes and sunsets all presented the group with a range of  challenges and an opportunity to experiment with various camera settings.

A drink at a local pub was a fitting way to end a very successful programme of summer activities. Some were treated to a distant lightening display beyond the wind farm as they enjoyed a bag of chips on the promenade.

The participants are looking forward to sharing their images at the first meeting of the new term Wednesday 7th September. A glass trophy will be presented to the overall winning image.