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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

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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.

Thursday Night’s talk by Robert Millin

October 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

On Thursday night’s meeting we were treated to an excellent talk by Wigan 10 photographer Robert Millin. We quickly discovered that he is an accompliced sport, nature, street and travel photographer. He gave us a fascinating précis of his short photographic career from his first photgraphs to his current work. Robert wasn’t afraid to show samples of the shots that went wrong, then explained how he learned from the experience. Although Robert’s only been taking photographs for a few years he’s acquired thousands of acceptances in exhibitions and competitions all over the world.
To see more of his work please follow this link to his website:
http://wigan10.com/member-gallery/robert-millin/

October’s Monthly theme is ‘Neighbours’

September 30, 2015 in Monthly Theme, Uncategorized

The theme for October 2015 is Neighbours
The theme of neighbours is open to your own interpretation . Not just the obvious neighbours in your street or the soap opra you may watch!

Use your imagination to seek out how neighbouring objects interact with each other and show us how you understand their connection.

Good shooting.

5 Towns Monochrome Print Competition 2015

September 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

Here’s quick summary of the ‘5 Towns Monochrome Print Competition’ which was held Whitchurch.
We were treated to a feast of some excellent photography from all clubs. Our submission was a strong and varied one from a cross section of members who enjoy producing fine monochrome images.
Only 5 points separated the first 3 positions with Nantwich taking the cup. So congratulations to them.
The overall results were:
1st. Nantwich with 215 points,
2nd. Alsager with 213 points,
3rd Crewe with 210 points,
4th. Whitchurch with 181 points and
5th. came Sandbach with 180 points

Our top scorers were Bob Brown, our Photographer of the Year, scored 20 points for ‘Let’s Dance and ‘Time Travelling Tourists’,
John Royle scored 19 for ‘Carre d’ Art’,
Meg Cumming scored 19 for ‘A Nice cup of Rosie Lee’,
Dolores Williams scored 18 for ‘Kin’ and ‘Portrait Artist’,
Wallace Baxter scored 18 for ‘Mature Rider’

Well done to them all.

Great British Trophy – for PRINTS

September 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

The PAGB have just sent through this advertisement for the new small prints trophy.

I’ve added a note about the entry date we require. It will need a different label set to the ones we normally use and also the prints need delivering and so we are asking £1 towards the cost of this from each entrant (barely a token!).

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August’s Monthly Theme is ‘Shadows’

August 1, 2015 in Monthly Theme, Uncategorized

The theme for August 2015 is ‘Shadows’

August”s monthly theme is a bit more challenging. However, it gives you the opportunity to think of the different ways shadows can be used in your photographs. You can use them to lead in to the main subject or take them on their own or show how they relate to the rest of the image. Can you think of a different kind of shadow other than the obvious one?

Remember – only post photos taken this month, between 1 August and 31st. August 2015

Crewe PS and Local History

July 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

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For several years now Crewe PS has been present at the committee meetings of Crewe & District Local History Society, an umbrella organisation which co-ordinates the activities of the local family history, Crewe history and railway history societies. We have helped them with a number of projects, some featured in the composite above. On Sunday 12 July week we had a small display in the Heritage tent at Crewe Fest. As we talked to visitors we were struck by the concern that people were expressing about the loss of some of the town’s finer buildings to development and by the young lady who came along who, quite independently, has set herself the task of making documentary photographs of Crewe. We may or may not have gained some new members but we finished the day a little bit taller!

All photographic societies should realise that they are often recording history and local history societies and local authorities too would be delighted to use their pictures.

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