Meeting & Competition Reports (2019-20 Season)
5 November 2019: Members’ Critique Evening (Abstract / Open) – Prints
Report to come soon.
29 October 2019: Members’ Practical Evening (Still Life)
Report to come soon.
22 October 2019: Talk by Paul Adams ARPS DPAGB FDPS
Paul Adams is a member of Bexleyheath Photographic Society and is also General Secretary to the Disabled Photographers’ Society. He lectures to and judges competitions at clubs all over the South East.
Paul gave us an illuminating talk entitled “Taking better photographs”. In the first half of the evening he showed us an abundance of digital images (from those taken early in his career to more recent ones) and in each case explained to us what he was trying to achieve, what worked, what didn’t and what to think about when taking photographs.
In the second half of the evening we saw more DPIs and then Paul distributed a selection of mounted prints so that we could see how the same image can be more successful as a print, and to allow us in some cases to compare mono and colour versions of the same shot.
It was an interesting and edifying evening. You can see Paul’s work on his website at: www.padamsphotography.co.uk
15 October 2019: Critique evening (Abandoned/ Open) – Prints
This week’s meeting was a critique evening for prints with a subject of “Abandoned”. There was also an “Open” section. Our judge for the evening was Glyn Bareham LRPS CPAGB of the Invicta Photographic Club. Glyn gave us a thoroughly entertaining evening with insightful and helpful critique of all the images on display.
From the wide range of imaginative interpretations of the “Abandoned” theme Glyn awarded first place to “Unloved” by Volker Jottkandt. The second and third places went to Aliy Fowler for “The Remains of the Sea Mack” and “Faversham Creek” respectively.
The “Open” section of the evening took place after the break and featured a highly diverse and strong array of images. Glyn gave first place to “That’s why Turner loved it here” by Clare Edmonds. Second place was given to “Ten Green Bottles” by Eileen Wilkinson and third place to “1st Bend Bunching” by Sean Knight.
8 October 2019: Members’ evening
Report to come soon.
1 October 2019: Critique evening (Humour / Open) – DPIs
We enjoyed our first Critique evening of digitally projected images the new season, and it was a riotous evening. Paul Parkinson LRPS CPAGB was our judge for the evening, commenting on the subject of “Humour”. Paul’s discussion of the images was wonderful; his sense of humour and delivery to members had everyone laughing.
Paul gave first place to “I Hope that’s a Magic Trick Fred” by Sean Knight. In second place was “MG Midget” by Teresa Russell; and Aliy Fowler was third with “Goosey, Goosey Gander has his Freedom of Movement Revoked”.
After the break Paul offered his critique of an Open section. He gave first place to Peter Riley with “Morris Dancer at the Faversham Hop Festival”. In second place was “Padley Gorge” by Steve Roberts LRPS, and third was “Quiet Contemplation” by Denise Smith.
24 September 2017: Talk by Ady Kerry QEP, ABIPP, ARPS
Ady Kerry is a professional photographer, and with the help of some interesting images, spoke to members about his journey through to the present day. Ady was already a keen photographer when joined the RAF at 18. After completing a Photo(G) course he was posted to a lithographic printing section.
Ady spoke about the need to get in amongst the action, explaining how the viewpoint of a photograph controls what the audience is told and how that can change their perception of what they are seeing.
In 1993, Ady left the military to go it alone, working for Kent newspapers. He got his break with Reuters with a photo of a Penny Farthing rider, which he showed members. He then showed some of the sports images he’d taken. He explained how sometimes images need to cropped tightly for drama, but sometimes they needed ‘space to breathe’.
This was an excellent and informative talk. If you want to have a look at some more of Ady’s work, go to his website: adykerry.photoshelter.com/index.
17 September 2019: Summer Trophy (Nursery Rhymes / Open) – Print and DPI
We enjoyed our first competition of the new season – The Summer Trophy. The subject this year was “Nursey Rhyme” and all images had to be taken during the summer break. Our judge for the evening was Cherry Larcombe ARPS BPAGB BPE5*.
During the first part of the evening, Cherry was presented with a range of prints that she was very quick to say were all of a very high standard. The Trophy went to Steve Roberts LRPS with “Oranges and Lemons”. In second place was “Fred, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” by Sean Knight; and third was
“Ten Green Bottles” by Eileen Wilkinson ARPS, CPAGB, AFIAP.
After the break Cherry offered her critique to a range of digitally projected images. The Trophy for digital images once again went to Steve Roberts LRPS with “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”. In second
place was “Needles and Pins” by Aliy Fowler; and third was “Humpty Dumpty sat on a Wall” by Peter Riley.
In addition to the Summer Trophy, we had a Critique section for DPIs; this time Cherry offered her evaluation of each image, rather than scoring, and then chose her favourites at the end. She gave first place to “The Moon over the Bay” by Clare Edmonds. “Alien World” by Eileen Wilkinson ARPS,
CPAGB, AFIAP was second, and in third place was “Paddleboarding Explorers” by Colin Winch.
10 September 2019: EGM and Members’ Evening
We had a great turn out of members for the first meeting of our new season. Our new Chair, Peter Riley, began the evening by welcoming members, new members and visitors. He then leading the short EGM, which passed last season’s accounts, made a minor amendment to the Constitution, and
agreed the new door fee for visitors.
With the formal business out of the way, the rest of the evening was spent looking at images members had taken over the summer, chatting, and generally getting back in touch with one another.