29 responses to Galleries

  1. Just to endorse your remarks about Laura’s photography – lovely work! I look forward to seeing more. She’ll be giving folk a run for their money in PDI competitions, I bet!

  2. Warmest congratulations, Ian! Justly deserved for this stunning photograph!

  3. HCB may have had a lot of natural talent for composition, but as he said himself, “It has to be cultivated”. So there’s hope for all of us! It’s a matter of practise, practise, practise. (He also said, “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst”!)

    Just being mindful of what’s falling along the diagonals of an image can start to make a difference; and placing important elements where a diagonal and its reciprocal cross may a useful thing to experiment with.

  4. Very, very sad news. Howard was a gentleman and an excellent photographer. He will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

  5. I remeber Howard as being a true gentleman. He was always willing to give and pass on any tips and techniques that would help. I just loved his professionalism. As a photographer who was a professional through and through I learnt so much from him. The club has lost a true giant and I feel really sorry for his family.So could you please pass on my sympathies to his family.

  6. Yes, Howard was a perfect gentleman and a great source of information and tips. he certainly helped me when I first joined CPS.
    Later we formed a two man outfit to produce portraits B&W (head and shoulders) of budding young dancers who attended a local dancing school for their CVs. He took the portraits – the current image on the website reminds me strongly of his set up – I assisted and then developed the films and printed the results. I printed virtually hundreds of prints of all sizes to order. Parents of the dancers were always very keen to have several copies. We charged modest fees to cover our costs plus a (very) little extra. While I didn’t become any good at portraiture I sure became quite good in the darkroom!

  7. So good to see Howards work again and of “Gentleman Jim”,both portraits are lovely and the mark of a great photographer.

  8. I was interested by Tillman’s engaging talk as much for its underlying assumptions as for its content (though that, too, was often very engaging). Clearly, Tillman seemed more interested in making pictures than in taking photographs; and his advice to club members – both explicit and implied – suggested that this is, or should be, the direction for everyone’s development. This ideal is a kind of neo-Pictorialism: creativity and successful picture-making lies in the digital manipulation of images via software to recombine images or create dramatic or pictorial effects.

    This is now so widely an accepted view of ‘good’ club photography that to raise the question whether there might be a difference between making pictures and taking photographs is commonly met with puzzled incomprehension, casual (often instant) dismissal or irritated hostility. I suppose that’s just the way of it, as Tillman described: since the invention of compositing software (Photoshop), if you can do it, you should do it (and, perhaps now even must do it).

    Thank goodness this is just a hobby, and we don’t have to take it seriously, eh?

    I did think Tillman’s video about Oradour-sur-Glane was moving and powerful. And his other videos were very entertaining. Altogether, a very worthwhile evening.

  9. You may be interested in the news that the Northern Counties Photographic Federation has just been relegated from first in the Inter-Federation PDI Competition (Nature) because one of their submitted images was a montage. Why should such rules apply only to natural history? (See PAGB e-news 107).

  10. Good to hear the indexicality of Nature shots is being policed so actively. Now all we need, as you say, is a categority for indexical general photography, for those who want to pursue that art.

  11. Agreed. We are amateurs, doing photography for the love of it and some people love “fiddling and diddling”, so that’s fine by me but, like you, I don’t want to see us branded as PS mad. Remember the Secession?

  12. The Secession? Yes, indeed! Time for a bit of New Modernism? 😉

  13. Yes -sorry I could only stay for the first half—lovely gentleman -very interesting –very good photography to enjoy. Some of the prints were small and there were problems seeing past the heads. If the display board could somehow be raised about six inches it would suffice for us at the back. I would happily pay a reasonable amount of any cost incurred to increase its height.

  14. That photograph is so reminicent of the wonderful photographer Fan Ho’s work, isn’t it?

  15. Yes, I recollect a similar photo, maybe by Fan Ho. I suspect it has been aided by a bit of skillful dodging and burning but would equally have down as a genuine shot. It is a delight to view some of this earlier work from the archive and to say that it makes you want to get out there and create stuff yourself is praise enough.

    It was shots like this which inspired me to take up photography in the first place.

  16. I don’t think anybody who was there last night would have left feeling disappointed. A talk which really catered for a good percentage of the clubs taste. Whilst I enjoyed his superb sports shots it was the more creative side of his work I really liked. perhaps it may be worth a mention to try and book him as a judge for next season, as I get from his talk he’d be a very fair judge all round. But a great night.

  17. Congratulations to Ron, its much deserved. Well done indeed.

  18. Think it was the other way round Pete. Nantwich won the prints by 2 points and we won the PDI by 2 points ensuring a tie. Though both Crewe’s 20 pointers were the out right winners of a really tight battle.

  19. Please see the results John recorded on the night on the results page which agree with the notes I made. The link is:

  20. A well fought out battle and an enjoyable evening showing a good range of subjects. Robert Millin was a good judge sharing his knowledge, was talkative and informative when needed . I am surprised Ians Cheetahs didn’t fare better, but there were some good nature shots. I think any club competition secretaries have a difficult time picking out images that will hold up well in battles and they should get our support for their hard work. So well done all round as I feel we didn’t embarrass ourselves in any way.

  21. Thats really excellent and a very worth while excersise to photograph the historic baths. I t would be apprpoiate to add a photo of JOHN BELL . John was for a long time the main swimming instructor there. Most people in Crewe who learnt to swim there know and respect John. A lovely gentleman-he lives with his daughter Sue in Ashley Meadows – Haslington. John and Crewe Baths were simply entwined for many years and now retired in recent years.

  22. Useful notes, John. At what point does he actually convert to Mono (clearly after colour temp or tint adjustment, wherever they happen in his workflow). And what method does he use for Mono conversion?

  23. He surprised me a bit by telling us he adjusted the colours, viewing in colour, before he converted to mono, no mention of using the colour sliders afterwards. It may make sense for him since he is always doing landscapes with pretty much the same colours to adjust. He doesn’t use Silver FX. He is virtually imitating what you would have done in the darkroom with dodging and burning but you can, of course do much more in PS and LR with your selected areas. All a bit unsophisticated really and to my mind all the better for it.

  24. Yes, it’s perhaps not surprising that his workflow is geared to landscape work. I’d certainly agree that ‘less is more’ when it comes to post-processing – I certainly find myself sticking to darkroom-style procedures, and doing less and less!

  25. So pleased that you have asked Ron about this, it would be good to do that regularly if possible. He is still very much in our minds and this is a way if involving him directly.

  26. The really lovely photographs just in the little clip posted makes a mockery of the name Novice Cup. Surely they can do better. My faith is not restored in judges though. No disrespect to the authors at all–very much the judges though. The beautiful window picture there–and the judge awards a bird on a stick I thought had gone with the Ark.

  27. They look fantastic- Martin”s—what a cracker!

  28. Jane Lines one judge I have deepest respect for. The mono by David Luker how could that superb photo ever be beaten. Judge and mono print of the highest order.

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