ARK

August 4, 2017 in Information

ARK is a collection of sculptures installed in Chester Cathedral until 15 October. There are some 90 works from 50 different artists including some of the leading figures; Barbara Hepworth, Elisabeth Frink, Eduardo Paolozzi, Antony Gormley,

Did you know David Bailey was a sculptor?

This is a very enjoyable collection, dotted around the entire cathedral, which itself, of course, is also a work of art.

It is free to see, though you need a guide list (£2) and it is only fitting to respond to the request for a donation and a modest further £2 is all that is suggested.

Featured is my shot of the very striking Stubbs (Absorbed) by Michael Joo; a life size Zebra based on a Stubb’s painting.

 

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!

Gold Medal at the PAGB Inter-Club PDI Championships 15 July 2017

July 16, 2017 in Crewe PS news

Ian Whiston’s Cheetah with family was the Gold Medal winner in the PDI Nature section of the 2017 Inter-Federation Competition and his award was presented at the PAGB event yesterday. In the picture he is photographed by Terry Donnelly (himself an award winner (in fact THE award winner with “best in Show”) while PAGB President, Gordon Jenkins, in his over-exposed white shirt, finds his place in the script.

It was another great event and marked by being the tenth anniversary of switching to PDIs from slides. Smethwick were the winners (Wigan 10 second) and the “second division” Plate Trophy was won by Dumfries CC.Marking was high (pushed up by the judges being told not to award anything less than 3) which actually made things more exciting!

Explanations: 1) The Inter-Federation competition is an annual competition, organised by the PAGB, between all 15 Federations – the number of entries based on the size of the Federation. How the selection is made is up to each Federation but the L&CPU entry is selected from the Annual Individual Competition images. The prints are exhibited at various venues during the coming year and the PDIs are available on CD.

2) The Inter-Club PDI is also for all Federations, this time two clubs are selected (in the L&CPU case from the Club Annual successes) and they take part as a team. There are two opening rounds, using 8 images each from each club. The top 8 scorers then compete for the CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY in a further larger round and the rest of the clubs compete for the PLATE TROPHY in a further single round. The top 8 that year are automatically invited to take part the following year so this year the L&CPU had 4 clubs; Wigan 10 and Chorley PS because they were finalist last year and North Cheshire and The Evolve Group as the two selected clubs.

 

 

L&CPU Exhibition 2017

July 9, 2017 in Crewe PS news

Ian Whiston receives his gold medal from President Garth Tighe while Comp Sec Bob Robinson prepares the remaining medals.

 

July 8 2017 brought the opening of the 2017 L&CPU Exhibition and the presentation of awards for successes in the Club Annuals in March and the more recent Annual Individuals’ Competition.

The exhibition includes prints by Wallace Baxter and Kath Hill. My “Connoisseur” is also there, having been used in the 2016 PAGB competition.

It is at Urmston Library and parking is easily available in the adjoining Sainsbury’s car park, which is free for 3 hours. You will get an excellent impression of what does well in regional club competitions these days – and there were many genres represented.

After inspecting the prints we were assembled to see the awards presented and the highlights for us were the Commendation to Stephen Coyne for “That Cigar Moment” and the first place and gold medal to Ian Whiston for best performance in the nature digital section.

Urmston Library, 34 Golden Way, Urmston, Manchester M41 0NA until 29 July. Open Mon – Sat 10am to 5pm Except Tuesday and Friday when it closes at 7pm and Saturday 4pm.

The panel which includes Kath’s eventing picture (bottom, right).

Panel including Wallace’s print (top, right).

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.

L&CPU Individuals Annual Competition

May 21, 2017 in Crewe PS news

Crewe member Ian Whiston has won the PDI Nature section in the L&CPU Annual Competitions which took place last weekend. He has achieved this three times in the last 5 years, tying for first on another occasion. The image of Ian’s seen above gained a silver medal too.He was not our only success in this NW region event; Stephen Coyne gained a Commendation and Wallace Baxter had work selected for the exhibition and the folios which are circulated round all the clubs next season. The results for all our work can be seen here.

The rather clumsy title for the competition stems from the fact that it is intended for the members of the clubs of the L&CPU and they are NOT members, their clubs are (there are about 100 member clubs and those clubs have about 4000 members altogether). This year the entry for prints was down considerably but my own impression (having helped to sort them) was the general standard was higher.

At Crewe we still maintain a high level of participation in our print competitions, which is pleasing because it represents, historically, a paradigm of club photography.

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.

April’s Monthly Theme is One Subject – Three Different Photographs

March 31, 2017 in Uncategorized

The Monthly Theme for April is ‘One Subject – Three Different Photographs’. The idea is for you to experiment photographing something from different angles and using different techniques to see how different your photographs look. You could try using different lenses and different camera settings and discuss the results with fellow members. This is an ideal topic for still life fans who can experiments with different lighting and angles. Very often the first photograph you take isn’t the best so try a few different angles and setting until your happy with the result. Then share your thinking behind it with other members.

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