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December’s Monthly Theme is ‘Favourite Photos’

December 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

As a festive treat for all of our members I’m asking you all to enjoy sharing your favourite photos with fellow members and say why you like them. There’s no time limit so feel free to go through your archives and dig out those special memories. Hopefully it’ll start off an interesting discussion.

November’s Monthly Theme is ‘Leading Lines’

October 31, 2017 in Uncategorized

As we enter a brand new month we have a brand new theme to challenge our members. The theme for November is ‘Leading Lines’ which nicely follows on from October’s compositional theme of balance. So show our members how you can use different techniques to lead the viewer a long an invigorating path to you main subject. Don’t have too many obstacles on the route and make it flow naturally. Show us what you can do and we can discuss your image.

October’s Monthly Theme is Balance

October 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

This month’s theme gives you the opportunity to test your balance.  The balance of your photograph can transform an average photograph into a winner so take up this challenge to show members how well balanced you are. Not only can you balance your subjects size and position, but also it’s tone, colour and sharpness. Play around with the composition and find one that pleases you then share it on our friendly forum for some constructive discussion.

September’s Monthly Theme is ‘Water’

August 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

As I’m way during the turn of the month I’m giving members advanced notification of September’s theme. So you can get your photographs ready early. You may even take some for the upcoming competitions.

water is a fascinating subject to photograph and can be captured in many different ways. Do you like your water to freeze or flow? It can make a good reflector or even a lens. Back lighting brings it to like and coloured filters can be very creative.  With the new season rapidly approaching here a good opportunity for you take and show some exciting photographs.

Please don’t enter your water photographs until 1 Sept, but you can still show us your garden photos in our August theme.

CPS Members photograph an Alan Turing play

August 21, 2017 in Uncategorized


Members of Crewe Photographic Society who had registered as volunteers with Cheshire East were invited to photograph the preparation and the play about the trial of Alan Turing and Arnold Murray. The play is being held as part of Knutsford’s Heritage Open Days.

Alan Turing was a mathematician, code breaker and pioneer in computer science. He decoded German messages at Bletchley Park and it’s thought his dedication shortened World War 2 by two years and saved 14 million lives. After the war Turing was prosecuted in 1952 for homosexual acts with Arnold Murrey. “Gross indecency” was a criminal offence in the UK and he accepted chemical castration as an alternative to prison. He died in 1954 from cyanide poisoning thought to be suicide, but it has been noted that the known evidence is also consistent with accidental poisoning.

The play takes place in the actual courtroom in Knutsford where Turing was sentenced and explores the external pressures and the internal thoughts of the people in the courtroom.

Ian McNab and I were invited to take documentary photographs of the first rehearsal last Saturday in the courtroom recording the preparation and rehearsal. The photographs are to be used on social media to advertise the play and CPS will be given credit and a link to our website.  Some of the photographs have already been posted on the ‘Re-Dock’ Flickr site at Re-Dock Flickr Site

Their Twitter site is: Re-docks Twitter site

August’s Theme is Gardens

July 31, 2017 in Uncategorized

The monthly theme for August is Gardens. You might want to get in close and photograph an individual flower or photograph the whole garden. Perhaps you’d prefer to concentrate on the garden’s wildlife or how people enjoy it. Don’t forget the lighting is as important as the subject. What technique you choose we’d love to see and discuss your work. Join the club!

July’s Theme is Summer Time

June 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

Summer is a great time to get out with your camera and take some wonderful photographs. You can just capture the beauty of summer plants or a summer event or sport. How does summer make you feel? Can you express that in a photograph? Have a go and show us what summer means to you. Please read the post heading the monthly theme for details on posting images.

Thanks, Peter.

June’s Theme is ‘Photobook Selection’

June 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

I apologise for my last message being mistakenly short so I’m expanding a bit on that now.

As you know Crewe Photographic Society celebrates it’s 70th anniversary this year and Sharon is to create a photobook of members work. So we wouldn’t leave it to the last minute I’ve decided to dedicate this months theme to your photobook selection. So please feel free to submit your choice or ones you decided not to enter for discussion in this month’s theme. Please resize them to 650px long side @72ppi before submitting them to the website.

I’m looking forward to seeing them and having some healthy discussions.

Thanks, Peter.

 

June’s Monthly Theme is ‘Photobook Selection’

May 31, 2017 in Uncategorized

Members can show us their chose of photographs for our anniversary photobook.

May’s Monthly Theme is ‘Working Colours’

April 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

This monthly I’m inviting you to show us some of your photographs that demonstrate how colour can be used compositionally in photography. Will you want to explore the power of red or go for the cooler blue hues. Colours can create a mood and atmosphere and lead the eye around the frame. It would be useful if you could explain why the colours work for you so we can all learn from images.

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