Canterbury Photographic Society


6th January 2016:  Members' Evening

Members' met for a variety of practical activities with their cameras and other equipment.   A small group made their own light boxes - in true Blue Peter style with lots of sticky back plastic!  Other members shot still life with other light box facilities.

2015-2016 Meeting Reports:  January and February


DIY Lightbox Workshop in progress

13th January 2016: 5th League Competition (DPI)

Seasalter based Malcolm Hardie was the judge for this week's digital competition.   The set subject was 'Against the light' which was followed by the Open Section.


The results were as follows:

Set Subject:  Against the Light    

1st:  TEASELS  by   Steve Presnell

2nd:  I STAND ALONE  by   Lyn Blackbourn

3rd:  TAKEN BY SURPRISE  by   Wendy Kennett

Highly Commended:  POPPY HAZE  by   Di Long

Highly Commended:  WHITBY ABBEY SUNSET by Pete Covill


Open Section:



3rd:  RIDERS by Steve Presnell


click here to see winning images

27th January 2016: Show and Tell

At our last meeting members enjoyed an informal meeting with a 'show and tell' session hosted by Club member Brian Baker.


Members were given slots of five minutes and invited to show the audience examples of their work and in most cases were happy to answer questions on techniques and given constructive criticism where applicable which is always helpful.  A wide range of exhibits were forthcoming from members including how to keep a small object in sharp focus from back to front and work that had been produced in days before the introduction of digital by using traditional black and white darkroom techniques.


John Kemp our resident Astro photographer gave a quick lesson on some of his  projects and Bill Grinney produced a fascinating Audio Visual sequence to finish a rewarding and entertaining evening.


Our next meeting will be on 10th February when we will have our annual competition amongst members entitled 'Battle of the sexes'.

3rd  February 2016:  6th League Competition (Print)

Sue Flood from Sittingbourne was the Judge this week and as Sue works in forensic science it was a good test for members who took part in the set subject of 'Close up and Macro' followed as usual by the 'open section'.


The set subject provided a wide variety of images and Sue gave some useful advice and comments and encouragement where appropriate as she did following the break in the 'open' section.


Results were as follows


Set Subject:  Close Up and Macro

1st:                             Railway Pin Badge by John Newell

Highly Commended   Frozen in Time by Wendy Kennett

Highly Commended   Humming Bird Hawk Moth Collecting Nectar

                                   by Philip Wells    


Open Section:

lst:                              One Lump or Two? by Di Long

Highly Commended   Old Timer by Di Long

Highly Commended   Heavy Goods Train at Ribblehead Viaduct by

                                   George Aldridge    


click here to see winning images

10th  February 2016:   Battle of the Sexes

Darren Woolway ARPS was the judge for our recent in house competition 'Battle of the sexes'.  Two teams of five members presented him with two prints and two digital projected images each.


Darren, an accomplished photographer, had a wide range of subjects to choose from and gave his comments in depth which provided an interesting and rewarding evening, with members being given tips and ideas on improving the images that had been put forward.


Once again the ladies deservedly ran out winners with a score of 370 to 310 to the gentlemen.  Well done ladies.

24th  February 2016:   Lecture Evening - Back to the Future

At our last meeting members were treated to an evening of over one hundred prints produced by Richard Walton FRPS, MPAGB, BPE3* EFIAP, a local photographer and well respected Judge.


Richard explained his views on photography interjected with his normal humorous remarks and provided an in depth explanation of various types of paper and gave examples of how they interact with an identical original image and produce different results through printing on different grades of paper.


A wide range of images were on view, all of excellent quality and a considerable number in black and white, where once again Richard produced, in some cases, a comparison between the same image in monochrome and in colour. He was able to demonstrate  how some images work better in one medium than the other.