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Silver Medal for Martin McGing (Feb 2018)

February 15, 2018 in Crewe PS news

Martin’s capture of a moment of poise has won a silver medal in the Great British Cup 2018


We were very proud indeed to learn that Martin’s image Balance & Co-ordination had won a judge’s silver medal in the PAGB 2018 Great British Cup. Some 57 clubs took part in this national competition and Martin’s was one of just three such medal’s awarded.

Gaining awards in the competition is not new to Crewe PS, Ian Whiston has been very highly placed several times and won the Nature Photographer of the Year in one event, but this is the first time the club has such success with open section images.

Martin is one of our most successful members bringing his consummate skills to sports photography now in addition to his portraiture work.

Well done indeed! Here is to next year!

Martin McGing (L) receives his PAGB silver medal from our Chairman, John Royle

8 Feb 2018 – Stephen Lewis

February 9, 2018 in Crewe PS news

Stephen Lewis ( presented us with one of the most interesting evenings we have experienced at CPS.

He simply talked about his photographs of Iceland but he conveyed brilliantly well the deeply considered way he approached photography. His pictures were pre- planned, pre-visualised to some degree but often he had come across things which he used to make his pictures. His pictures were arrangements of shapes, textures. tones. He started in close, rather than looking at a whole scene (looking for vistas, in the writer’s opinion, is one of the big mistakes in landscape photography). He studied his subject for a long time before setting up his camera.

Edward Weston said something to the effect that compositional rules come from good photographs and not the reverse. Stephen bore this out. It is the arrangement of shapes, texture, tones in your pictures – in a comprehensible or pleasing way.

The evening was such a breath of fresh air, a blessed relief from the doctrine that we all go for the approach that begs favour from those who take a surface view of works.

The travel company that Stephen mentioned is only just down the road, in Woore.

Member’s Evening 1 Feb 2018

February 2, 2018 in Crewe PS news

Martin Smith’s talk told us a lot about astro-photography but came with a warning – for photographing individual planets and other celestial objects even the most sophisticated gear will not get you anywhere near the quality likely to impress club judges! We always enjoy Martin’s engaging and relaxed style of presentation and this talk, beautifully illustrated with photos taken by the Hubble telescope, was no exception.

Then we had an AV by Peter Robinson, our secretary and webmaster. Peter has recently taken his second trip to Morocco and he had stitched together very nicely a host of shots which just burst with colour and life – how boring is a walk down our typical high street compared to the soucks in Marrakech! Peter had done a great job and I found the sound especially well done, where he had mixed Morrocan style music with natural sounds and commentary. Well done Peter.

Finally John Royle brought us back to Earth with a few technical points about changes to the competition rules, and rendition of detail in nature shots. He told me that he would also like to have included an item on cropping and enlargement, but time did not permit.

Good to see Steven Pepper visiting and one poptential new member, Carl. Carl told me that he will be trying hard to get to the next meeting because he is planning a trip round the entire coast of Iceland by motorcycle.


70th Anniversary Exhibition

January 27, 2018 in Crewe PS news

Today (Saturday 27 January) we set up our small exhibition in Crewe Library. It is small scale but we cannot find a venue in the Crewe area to hang 100 framed prints. Small, but beautifully marked, it shows work from everyone currently entering our competitions and more. Do take a look, we hope you enjoy it and if you want to get more involved with photography why not come along to one of our meetings?


Print 3 2018 – Our last print league competition of the season 25 January

January 25, 2018 in Crewe PS news

Garden Display by John Royle. colour section winner

Les Hitchcock ARPS was our judge for the evening and he made a first rate job of it. His approach was lively and supportive – which was particularly brave of him in the circumstances – he had had a fall in the car park and yet had the professional spirit to continue, not just unheeding but with a warm enthusiam..

His assessments were fair and he showed appreciation of s wide range of types of photography. It was particularly refreshing to hear a judge display some knowledge of natural history too.

It all made for s very enjoyable evening and I am sure Les will be paying us a return visit soon.

Good to have a chance to show one of my own images for a change; Garden Display was the winner in the colour (General) section.  The picture had been carefully crafted with a lot of attention to colour and the symmetry and the regularity of the brickwork. I remember toning down the white marks on pot on the left of the bottom row which was attracting the attention at bit too much. Can you spot the “mistake” I had to leave in?

It was a great selection of pictures, displaying the members wide range of interests and high level of skill. The results are here.


Great Success for Crewe PS in Great British Cup

January 22, 2018 in Crewe PS news

Martin’s capture of a moment of poise has won a silver medal in the Great British Cup 2018

Crewe PS has entered the Great British Cup every year since its inception and we have often been rewarded with some good successes, especially in the Nature category. We have just heard that our results in the open section (Small Clubs) this year is our best ever, with not just third place overall but a silver medal for one of our members. The marks are out of 15 and 8 of our images scored 12 or more with Martin’s getting a 14, one of the highest scores in the competition. What is more, one of the judges (Richard Spurdens) selected Martin’s picture for his Judges Silver Medal.

Well done to all those whose work was selected and especially Martin and Wallace Baxter (who gained a 13). For all scores, see our results page.


Crewe PS v Alsager CC 18 January 2018

January 18, 2018 in Crewe PS news


Judge Conor Molloy ARPS CPAGB presents the trophy to our treasurer Sharon Barton.

Both clubs had submitted a  superb set of images and our victory was a narrow one of 10 marks (507 to 517). At half-time after the prints had been judged, we had a lead of just 3 marks. Could we hold that lead with 30 projections to go? When we had more photos held back for the higher awards than Alsager there was always a chance that things would turn out in our favour – and they did.

But a victory is not all that it is about; it is such a delight to have our friends from Alsager over to see what sort of work they are doing at present. We also had the pleasure of seeing one of our members, Ralph Browes, get the best image in both the projections and prints. One of those photos is our Image of the Week.

All credit to the Crewe team for putting on a great show. Sharon operated the computer and projector absolutely faultlessly (she stepped into the job at the last minute). Dave Lucas helped with print presentation with his usual consummate skill.

Thanks also to my fellow selectors;Dave Barton, Dolores Williams and Ian Whiston and, of course all those members whose superlative work gave us the edge over our talented friends.

It seemed fitting to ask Sharon to accept the trophy on our behalf.

But what of next year?

L&CPU Folios 7 December 2017

December 8, 2017 in Crewe PS news

We had a very rewarding discussion based around  the L&CPU Folio C last night. These included tips from Paul Hill on photographing landscapes including the Milky Way and from Ian Whiston about checking your commercial monochrome printing and effectively darkening areas in a photo which are too bright and lacking in detail.

John talked about what to do with nature images which may not satisfy the new FIAP rules and how the L&CPU and PAGB are checking entries in their competitions for duplicates.

We went on the review the highest scoring images in this season’s competition with a view to use in the Great British Cup.

John demonstrated the cropping guide in Lightroom and then finally showed a selection of images from Flickr which he thought illustrated some powerful features of street photography; arrangement of figures, echo, perspective tricks, colour harmony and wit.

Alan Challinor Trophy 2017

December 1, 2017 in Crewe PS news

This year Crewe PS hosted the competition, which pays homage to the quality monochrome prints which have always been the mainstay of photographic. Monochrome was regarded by all as the only medium for serious photography until probably the 70s when improved chemistry and the work of photographers like William Eggleston gave colour prints more credence. Although colour was difficult to process some club workers feared it taking the place of their beloved monochrome. One such person was Alan Challinor, who created this competition to help to keep mono alive.

Although we are grateful to Alan (who died in 1991) for giving us the chance to show off our printing skills he need not have feared the demise of mono, which is alive and well, thriving even, in every sphere of photography.

Five local clubs compete (Alsager CC, Crewe PS, Mid-Cheshire CC, Nantwich CC and Sandbach PS) and the competition is referred to as the Five Towns Monochrome Print Competition.

On Thursday night (30 Nov 2017) the highly respected judge Jane Lines MPAGB LRPS BPE5 presided over the competition and kept to the spirit of it in paying particular attention to print quality. A quality print is, of course, of little interest if what it shows us is doesn’t capture the heart and mind and Jane seemed to find the right balance as she commented on the pictures.

In the end Alsager CC and Nantwich PS tied for first place and that had me scurrying for the rule book to check that Nantwich could be declared the winners because they had also won the Best Print Award.

Above you can see Jane making the presentation of the Best Print trophy to David Luker and the print itself; Underneath the Arches.

The full results can be seen HERE 

PDI 2 2018- Rob Millin MFIAP FBPE EFIAP/p MPSA

November 10, 2017 in Crewe PS news

If you wanted to know how your pictures would perform in a national or international club competition who better to ask than our judge tonight Rob Millin? He has more top distinctions than anyone I know; MFIAP, FBPE, MPSA – the number of acceptances needed to achieve these awards is just staggering.

His choice of winners in each category appears above; authors Ian Whiston, Ralph Browes and John Royle, for Nature, General and Mono respectively. Unusually, the mono section was not so well supported.

With a relatively small field of 60+ images we never felt under pressure over timing, and so we could sit back and enjoy the photographs.

The results can be found here.

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