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Do you want to find out if SLPS is for you? Come along to one of our Thursday evening meetings at CADWA L16 1JP, 8pm to 10 pm (see MEETINGS page for details/map).
Just turn up at 7.45 or, better still, contact Angelica to let her know you are coming. (No need to bring anything with you.)
Boys and their Toys
Christmas is almost upon us, but before we get there there are a few more club events coming up. Firstly, this week is the judging night for the annual Alec Balmer Monochrome Competition. This is a hotly fought contest as the trophy is a beautiful one. The judge is Colin Douglas ARPS AFIAP DPAGB BPE4 of the St Helens Camera Club. Be there early for a front(ish) row seat. Secondly, next week we have Colin Balls, with his talk ’80 degrees North in search of Polar bears’. The following week is our Christmas Bash at the CADWA Social Club next door to the clubhouse. It is ticket only and we have sold out. Sorry!
We are then closed for Christmas until the 9th of January when we will have Maxwell Law popping in to give us some new year cheer.
Happy to report another successful Development Group. This months ‘Developers Group’ today… saw our resident Wildlife Photography expert… Mike Lawson, give a superb lecture on all things ‘bird’ related to the group. His images, along with the tips on ‘How to’ were invaluable to all those who attended. This was followed by a members critique, on their own bird images, which saw all those attending giving their own personal views on other members work which was very light hearted… but by far the funniest comment was…. “well if you took the birds out…. it would be a cracking water shot” !!! A BIG thank you goes to Mike for giving up his time to further the photography knowledge base of the group and we hope to see more members entering the Nature/Natural History sections of the competitions.
Also a big thank you to Anne Cresswell who brought along a big box of home made cakes for us. She spoils us.
Next session January with Sean O’Brien.
Another good showing, but I’ll be greedy and say can we have even more entries next month. The judge was Gordon Bartley.
Colour Print and Overall Winner went to Angelica Smith with ‘The Liverpool Library’
Monochrome Print Winner was Ed Foy with ‘Victoria Tower’
PDI Winner was Catherine Rouse with ‘Bronze Door Detail, St Georges Hall, Liverpool’
A massive thank you to Stuart Kerr for his excellent lecture on Landscapes at this months Development Group. He is unstinting in his help and advice on both technique and… unlike a lot of photographers he shares locations too. A thoroughly enjoyable session.
Last night our precooked guest speaker could unfortunately not attend. So in the ensuing madness that goes with trying to find a replacement of note, a call was made to Austin Thomas, yes The Austin Thomas. With less than five hours notice Austin came along and gave one of the best nights this club has had in recent years. He showed us his journey along his photographic path, year by year, showing how he had made advances in technique, composition, field craft, et al. Pictures ranged from small British garden birds, Galápagos iguanas to African elephants, by way of leopards, tigers, seals, eagles and ospreys to name a few. Oh, and the odd landscape as well to show his versatility.
Austin was so open, and very willingly answered questions from members on anything that they wanted to know, and to their satisfaction as well.
So for all you who didn’t come along, for various reasons, you missed out on a wonderful evening!!
Paul has decide this year to award the President’s Trophy for 2013 to Irene Drummond. I have awarded this to Irene for a number of reasons. Namely her unstinting work in the publicising the SLPS Club all over the internet, at very numerous exhibitions and events all over the UK and Europe. She has a knack for finding events and being our representative when there. Irene is also a great photographer, an excellent organiser, she also keeps th ewebsite up to date with events and results of competitions, and has kept me in check for some time now. Thank you Irene.
This years Martin Avery Creative Print Competition will be held on Saturday the 2nd November 2013 at 8pm at Euxton Parish Community Centre, Wigan Road, Euxton, Chorley. PR6 6JH. The judge is Rikki O’Neil. The cost will £3.00 including refreshments.
If you have any entries that you wish to be considered email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org in the usual 1400 X 1050 pixel max jpg format. Please ensure that they can be printed at a size to suit a 50×40 only mount. we will select over the weekend and get back to you as soon as possible to ask you to print up if you have not already got one in stock. There is a maximum of two prints per worker, and we need twelve. We will take the prints up on the night of the competition.
Who better than our own SLPS member, Stuart Kerr LRPS AFIAP BPE*1 to pass on his hints and tips on taking Landscapes. View some of Stuart’s superb work on Flickr here.
*Please note that the venue for Sunday Development Group sessions is Dunbabin Road.*
Further details of forthcoming sessions and venue on the website here.