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The Viking Roars, Again!

June 5, 2016 in Uncategorized



The Viking Roars Again!

When member Robert Brown entered a portrait of one of his son’s team mates in the Tough Mudder event last year we were impressed both by the photography and the subject. Lasse, the “Roaring Viking” has now become a bit of an internet rage, and such is the fervour that he has been brought back over from Norway to appear on British television. Read about it all here and watch out for more appearances soon.


Update on Ron Smith

June 2, 2016 in Uncategorized

I’d just like to give members and friends of Ron an update of his current condition. Ron has given us many enjoyable and educational evenings with his fascinating talks in his unique style. I phoned Ron recently and spoke to him for about half an hour. As you may know he’s totally blind and can only get around by using his wheelchair. Considering he has painful ulcerated legs he sounds good spirits and can still tell a good joke. One joke he told me was when he played blind mans buff and won three times and then got disqualified for not wearing a blind fold. His mind is still very active especially considering he’s 96 in a couple of weeks. He was asking me about what’s going on at the club and who won the Ron Smith Trophy and I told him about the Lifestyle Centre. He asked me how his many friends at the club were getting on and he would like them to contact him as he said he doesn’t hear from many people now.
If you want to phone him for a chat please contact me or John for his phone number.

June’s Monthly Theme – 50 Metres from your front door

May 31, 2016 in Monthly Theme, Uncategorized

You don’t have to go far to take a picture for June’s theme. Less than 50 metres in fact. I phoned Ron Smith and he recommended this theme as he had successfully used it when he used to set us his assignments. You don’t have to go far and there’s no restriction on when the photograph was taken, so it might be as close as you computer.


May’s Monthly Theme is Warm

April 30, 2016 in Monthly Theme, Uncategorized

We’ve decided to remove the restriction on when your ‘Warm’ themed photographs were taken so browse your archives and for your warm photos and share them with other members. Upload as many as you wish to May’s Monthly theme in your Forum.

If anyone wants to see Ian’s document on uploading images to a post, please follow this link:-Ian’s document on uploading images

Paul Hill’s Landscape Photography Workshop

April 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

When Paul kindly offered members of CPS a landscape workshop on the Roaches several of of immediately jumped at the chance. We were rewarded with and enjoyable and education evening during the golden hour. At ‘base camp’ Paul explained what to look out for compositionally when finding a suitable landscape. He also taught us about the quality of light explaining why landscapes can look better in monochrome. He then prepared  us technically by giving us a sun direction/rising and setting times. He told us why he prefers to use manual exposure settings and he explained how graduated and neutral density filers can be used to handle contrast and take long exposure photographs for dramatic effects.  We all got some quality images as the evening progressed and the light quality improved. The only disappointment was the sunset fizzled out into a whimper.

Paul illustrated why he’s so successful in his landscape photography as he knows his subject well and carefully plans his shots. If he ever wants to change his career he’d make a naturally landscape photography tutor. Some sample photos are to follow soon.

April’s monthly theme is ‘Opposites’

March 31, 2016 in Monthly Theme, Uncategorized

April’s theme is chosen to make us think a bit harder of how to photograph the concept of opposites. The scope is wide and once you start thinking the ideas will flow. Show us what you can come up with.

John Holt ARPS DPAGB BPE4 – Digital AVs

March 4, 2016 in Uncategorized

Though we would claim to be far from competition driven at Crewe we certainly seem to be in the thick of them at the moment, with the L&CPU Annuals and our own Annuals, not to mention the competition with Sandbach and the North Cheshire Challenges. So, it was such a pleasure to sit back and enjoy John’s excellent collection of AVs. It quickly had be thinking “Why have I got out of the habit of making little sequences to music as I used to”?

John showed us his shots of the Black Country Museum, Iron Man, and then two excellent scripted works; Gettysburg and Elvis Presley. These two were especially well done and have won major awards. We also, during the evening, toured America and then returned back to Hidcote Manor Gardens and Shropshire as the two final sequences. It just so happened that the final sequence ended with some especially beautiful scenes in evening light which rounded off the evening perfectly.

A wonderful tonic for us. You’re very welcome back anytime John!

March’s monthly theme is ‘When Colour Matters’

February 29, 2016 in Monthly Theme, Uncategorized

The monthly theme for March gives you plenty of scope to use your imagination to experiment with colours. While to many colours can cause confusion, the use of few can be easier to control and be more effective. The subject matter is open, it’s just the clever use of colour that we’re looking for.

February’s Monthly Theme is ‘Focus for Effect’

January 31, 2016 in Monthly Theme, Uncategorized

Inspired by Ian’s recent Forum post entitled ‘The fetish of sharpness isn’t new’ I’ve decided use this topic as February’s theme. So don’t worry what a judge might say,  just use your focusing techniques to create a pleasing effect for yourself and share it with our members. Here’s a chance do try something a bit different. Good Shooting. Please see Ian’s post here

January’s Monthly theme is ‘January’

January 1, 2016 in Monthly Theme, Uncategorized

Happy New Year! A new year. A fresh start. New Year resolutions and all that stuff. What does thoughts does January bring to your mind? Sales, bad weather, early spring flowers, exercise? Demonstrate your ideas in this post.

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