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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.

December’s Monthly theme is ‘Christmas’

December 4, 2015 in Monthly Theme, Uncategorized

The theme for December 2015 is ‘Christmas’.

Firstly, let me apologise for kicking off this months’ theme a few days late, but it’s been worth the wait. I’ve chosen the seasonal theme of Christmas to get everyone in the festive mood. It’s a simple enough theme that everyone can find all around them so it will be interesting to see how differently we can interpret the atmosphere. Show us what Christmas means to you.

Merry Christmas, Peter

19 November 2015 Talk by Paul Hill BPE

November 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

At this week’s meeting we viewed all the prints in the latest L&CPU Folio. Since PDIs of the prints had been asked for the presentation of the accompanying AV was very good and improved our enjoyment of the prints.

After the break we had member Paul Hill talk to us. He had not publicised what he would talk about but Paul is such a versatile photographer and lively speaker that we were all in eager anticipation. It turned out to be an account of a weekend he spent in Norfolk, attempting to get some nature shots and landscapes.There were tips galore and we got a real insight into how he works; crawling in the sand on Titchwell beach to get close to Sanderling, using local knowledge to search for Stonechat and Adders. Paul uses neutral density filters in his landscape work and he explained exactly how they were fitted and employed to even up the exposure by darkening the sky (graduated filter) or turn the waves and clouds to a gentle blur (“Big Stopper” high density filter). All this was fully illustrated with photos and maps. The lively presentation became particularly animated at one point when Paul explained that he took a camp bed instead of his usual inflatable one and found, too late, that it was too big for the tent!

Front Page October 19 2015

October 26, 2015 in Uncategorized


This week we featured the work of our student member, Morgan Griffiths on the front page. Although this shot didn’t figure in the leaderboard in our first PDI of the season it is a very note-worthy shot; brave, bold, sharp and depicting our busy urban life. It is the kind of work we are growing more to admire at Crewe.

Robertshaw Trophy meeting at Holmes Chapel

October 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

Last nights meeting at Holmes Chapel saw us compete for the Robertshaw PDI Trophy against Leek, Holmes Chapel, Bylthe Bridge and Macclesfield. A good turnout of Crewe members saw a high standard of work keenly judged by Robert Millin who gave us a talk on Sports photography a couple of weeks ago.
After spending over one and half hours scrutinising the 50 PDIs Robert delivered the eagerly awaited results. Top of the pile came Macclesfield with 180 points, we came a very creditable second with 171 points and Blythe Bridge and Holmes Chapel tied in fourth place with 159 points.
Congratulations to Ian Whiston who scored 20 for ‘Warthog Escaping’  and also to Ian McNab and Martin McGing for scoring 19 for  ‘Corps de Ballet’ and ‘Fredau.
Crewe’s members scores were:
20 – Ian Whiston for ‘Warthog Escaping’
19 –  Ian McNab  ‘Corps de Ballet’, Martin McGing for  ‘Fredau.
18 – Ian Whiston for ‘Cheeta watching over cubs’
17 – Peter Hrebien for The Kings Man’, Wallace Baxter for ‘Out’
16 – Dolores Williams for ‘Coming down the hill’, Paul Hill for Cot Valley sunset
15 – Peter Robinson for ‘Cattle market’, Kath Hill for ‘In the thick of it’

Thursday’s Robert Shaw Trophy meeting at Holmes Chapel

October 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

Just a reminder that there is no meeting in Crewe this Thursday. Instead we’ll be competing in the Robertshaw PDI Inter-Club Competition at Holmes Chapel. – The venue is:- The Victoria Club, Victoria Avenue, Holmes Chapel, CW4 7BE and it starts at 7.45pm.

To find Victoria Avenue enter Holmes Chapel on London Road (A50) from the direction of Crewe and it’s on the left just before the traffic lights. It’s opposite the Jubilee Garage, by the 30 mph speed limit sign. Limited parking is available at the hall, behind the tennis courts, so car sharing would be advantageous. Alternatively there is plenty of space in the centre of Holmes Chapel, which is about 10 minutes walk.

We hope to see you there.

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