Canterbury Photographic Society
14th November 2018
Members had looked forward to a variety of digitally projected images on the theme of Song Titles at their last meeting. Judge Tony Bentley was given the unenviable task of choosing just one winner form this section of the competition. Sarah Vinall produced a touching portrait of a child based on the Barry Manilow song 'I can't smile without you' which won the heart of the judge. Philip Wells dreamt up an image of a clock literary wrapped in rock and called it 'Rock Around the Clock' and Lyn Gregory's image of two elephants snuggling with each other and titled 'Hopelessly Devoted to You' was also awarded Highly commended. After the break members submitted images into the Open section where anything goes. Wendy Kennett LRPS was the judge's favourite for this section with her creative dance image 'Satin Ribbons'. Steve Presnell and Bill Grinney were both awarded Highly Commended for their images 'Skeleton Tree' by Steve and 'Peacock' by Bill.
SET SUBJECT: SONG TITLE
WINNER: I CAN'T SMILE WITHOUT YOU by Sarah Vinall
BOTTOM ROW: (left to right)
HIGHLY COMMENDED: ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK by Philip Wells
HIGHLY COMMENDED: HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU by Lyn Gregory
WINNER: SATIN RIBBONS by Wendy Kennett
BOTTOM (left to right):
HIGHLY COMMENDED: PEACOCK by Bill Grinney
HIGHLY COMMENDED: SKELETON TREE by Steve Presnell
28th November 2018
At the most recent meeting the group enjoyed a very productive Members Evening. On these occasion it’s entirely the choice of the members who either request something they would like included or volunteer to present something. There were many offers of help on the night.
Print Secretary Pete Smith made the recent Ross Cup Panel available for all to see along with several of the images that represented Kent at the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain Print Championships which was held in October.
During the first half of the evening Wendy Kennett displayed her Royal Photographic Society Licentiate Panel and gave a talk on gaining Photographic Distinctions and taking part in external competitions. Brian Baker expanded in the subject outlining the various options and process of entering both national and international Salons.
After a short break members could circulate around the hall at various work stations. Barry Amos demonstrated mount cutting, Derek Marsh showed his macro photography setup, Philip Wells clarified resizing digital images, Brian Baker offered to critique member’s prints and Wendy Kennett demonstrated the use of Layers and Masks in Photoshop. Other members helped to answer camera issues and computer problems. Sadly rain stopped play for those wanting to venture outside for some light painting but a busy interactive evening for all those who took part.
The next meeting will be a Print competition with ‘Abstract’ as the set subject.
5th December 2018
Renowned Street Photographer Dave Mason, entertained member at the last meeting with the stories behind his images. Some images portrayed humour while others were more poignant. Dave has a real knack of pressing the shutter at exactly the right time to create a link between his subject and backgrounds and often includes graffiti and advertising illustrations or shop signs. Colour, shapes and angles also figure strongly in his work and interaction between people.
He described how he often sees a potential image and is prepared to wait patiently to capture the moment that the unsuspecting member of public completes his image or he will wait for the light to change and create shadows or highlights in the scene.
On other occasions an image unfolds immediately before him and he is quick to react to the situation.
Dave gave lots of tips on becoming an inconspicuous Street photographer by using smaller more discrete cameras or iPhones and mingling in amongst crowds of folk rather than standing in empty spaces drawing the public’s attention to a photographer on a mission.
He rarely captures people looking straight at his camera as he feels that as soon as the public engaged with the photographer they no longer behave in a natural spontaneous way and the resulting image becomes more of a staged portrait.
12th December 2018
Members of CPS entered almost 60 images into last Print competition before the Christmas break. ‘Abstract’ was the set subject and the second half of the competition was an open section. Camera club judge Kevin Harvey is well known for his amazing 3D images that play tricks on the eye. He found the variety of Abstract images quite a challenge. Some were an array of brightly coloured patterns while others were more subtle. A good guess was made at how some of the images had started life or had been edited to create an abstract look. The overall winner was Sarah Vinall’s Abstract leaf image titled ‘Funky Foliage'. Kevin also awarded a number of Highly commended certificates. Phil Grosvenor achieved two certificates for ‘Dinner Time’ and ‘Echoes of Mondrian,’John Davies for ‘Flambuoyant,’ Wendy Kennett for ‘Pep Ventosa Slant on Faversham Market Place’ and Lyn Gregory for ‘Jelly-Vision’.
Festive refreshments of sausage rolls and Christmas cake were enjoyed during the break and then Kevin was given the task of judging the Open section which proved a little more relaxing on the eye.
Steve Presnell was the winner with his winter woodland Monochrome image titled ‘Leaving.’ Highly commended certificates were awarded to George Aldridge for ‘Chapter House York Cathedral’ Lyn Gregory for ‘Awakening Winter’ and Bill Grinney for ‘On the Prowl’.
Members return to a new season on 9th January. Chairman Dave Cornelius circulated an image for members to edit it in the most creative way possible. He will critique the images and select a winner for the ‘Creative Challenge Trophy’
TOP ROW (left to right)
WINNER: FUNKY FOLIAGE by Sarah Vinall
H/C: JELLY-VISION by Lyn Gregory
H/C: FLAMBUOYANT by John Davies
H/C: DINNER TIME by Phil Grosvenor
BOTTOM ROW (left to right)
H/C: ECHOES OF MONDRIAN by Phil Grosvenor
H/C: PEP VENTOSA SLANT ON FAVERSHAM MARKET PLACE by Wendy Kennett
TOP ROW (left to right)
WINNER: LEAVING by Steve Presnell
H/C: ON THE PROWL by Bill Grinney
BOTTOM ROW (left to right)
H/C: CHAPTER HOUSE, YORK CATHEDRAL by George Aldridge
H/C: AWAKENING WINTER by Lyn Gregory