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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.

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.

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