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Members Evening 24 November 2017

November 25, 2016 in Crewe PS news

Martin’s presentation, about how Photoshop Elements can be used effectively in manipulating your shoots was a delight. His enthusiasm for changing the content of his pictures knew no bounds, but he kept a realistic feel (no unicorns ascending rainbows, though we did have an OTT rainbow which was not serious). Martin made it all such fun and still included a number of serious bits; the Lytham Lifeboat and Cornish mining disasters. He has promised a Part Two, and to be hones, I cant wait!

Wallace then presented 15 minutes about his recent nature photography trip to Norfolk. Here we were engaged in a different way; this time by the sheer spectacle of thousands of knot driven off shore by the rising tide, barn owls silently floating by in cold evening light and delightful Reedlings, Bramblings and even translucent fungi photographed at Sculthorpe nature reserve. Again, I hope we soon get another episode – the third or fourth in Wallace’s case.

John told us about a fascinating project by Levon Biss who has created some truly astonishing, detailed pictures of insects. This is focus stacking gone mad because his depth of field in working on such tiny things is only 10 microns, so he needs to stack dozens of shots. He then only works on little details at a time and composites the images to make 3m wide prints. Yes, that was three metres. Sometimes he has used 9,000 shots to make one print. He worked with Oxford Museum of Natural History, which has the second largest collection of insects in the country. The most striking, iridescent, strange (and perfect) specimens were used. If you want to explore this yourself look at the website

We got down the brass tacks with comments about our website by webmaster, Peter Robinson. Peter has just effected a brilliant improvement to the uploading of images on to the Forum, so we now expect far more contributions; especially to our monthly topic and the critique ones.

Finally a five minute look at how we could include discussion of individual work into these sessions. What a success! Within that five minutes we got deeply into the details of mounting prints and I learned a number of new things.


Levon Biss examines one of his 3metre photomicrographs

These sessions show just how much we can learn from each other and just what our fellow members particular interest and skills are – a super evening.


CPS Member Spotlight: Ian Whiston DPAGB BPE4* AFIAP

June 14, 2015 in Information


In 1982 Ian joined Mid Cheshire Camera Club. He honed all the usual club photography skills to a high standard and was successful in their competitions. He became their competition secretary and was a judge with the L&CPU, but it was not until about 2007 (about the time he also became a Crewe PS) that he started to enter photos he had taken on African safaris into national and international competitions. A newspaper reporter would call it “bursting on the scene”, such was his success. He started with the BPE competitions (national) and in 2012 the FIAP competitions (international), picking up CPAGB and DPAGB along the way. He now has 124 awards and is only a few points away from BPE 5 and EFIAP. It often takes a whole career to achieve a tally like this in competitions.  All this has, of course, not escaped attention, and he is now being invited to judge national and international competitions himself. He embarks later this year on his 14th safari.

Like many club members Ian is always pleased to share his knowledge and help others and to have his experience on tap is a great asset to both of his clubs. Above Ian holds his 2015 Crewe PS awards and is surrounded by some of the shots which he used in Crewe to earn them.

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