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It’s that time of year again when we return to the beautiful Liverpool Anglican Cathedral to display our members’ work. A record 281 prints and around 120 digital images have been submitted this year, representing the whole range of our members’ work from beginners to the most experienced.
Our exhibition runs from Saturday 25th July until Wed 5th August from 9 to 5 daily. Visitors to Liverpool may wish to combine their exhibition visit with a climb up the cathedral tower which opens late on Thursdays. On Thursday 30th July sunset is at 21.11 and the last ticket to the tower will be issued at 22.00 …. a great opportunity to take images of the Liverpool City skyline!
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).
We also have a ‘Development Group’ meeting once a month.
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.)
Thursdays’ competition night saw a lot of new members trying, and succeeding in their first attempts at making a four image panel. We had colour and mono PDI entries in one section and colour and mono Prints in another section. The overall winner of each section winning a splendid trophy for their trophy cupboard. These trophies will be given out at our Annual Exhibition Open Evening on 27th July at the Anglican Cathedral here in Liverpool. Our Judge for the evening was the renowned Robert Millin from the equally renowned Wigan 10 Photo Club. Robert said that the standard was high and there were many pleasing images. In the end the winners were panels that told a story as well as being a nice set of coherent images. It was also William McDonough’s last night on the computer, William has been doing all the monthly competitions and some others for the last three years and was rewarded with a well deserved round of applause at the end of the evening.
The winners were:
Colour PDI Ed Foy
Mono PDI Simon Rahilly
Colour Print Simon Rahilly
Mono Print Tony Morrissey
Last night, Monday the 15th June was a good night to remember. Graham Currey, the SMCC President invited us a while back to participate in this competition, as he thought that both of our clubs were of a similar standard. So last night we tootled down to Prestbury with our six pdi and six print images to see if this was true, and to see whether we were good enough to come in the top two or three. The judge for the evening was Robert Millin, from the world famous Wigan 10.
The first half which was the pdi section. There were some really great images and at the end of the section we were 3 points off the lead in second place, behind Atherton and District. We scored 107 against their 110. So we were quite happy at that moment.
Going into the print section next. There were some great prints to beat, but we were only 3 points behind. Wow, was the competition stiff? Nip and tuck all around and we came second in this section as well. The leader board in this section had changed, South Manchester were in the lead 108 to 105, so we are looking good at the moment. We just had to wait for the totals. The projection programme is Dicentra so it added it all up by itself. The individual clubs had their own score sheets to keep track of proceedings as well.
With all the points now in, we had 107 in the dpi round for second place and 105 for the print round for second place for a total of 212. This put the difference between first and second place at just 3 points. It’s a good job that we were in first place!!!
The last meeting in May saw the judging of the annual competition for digital images featuring Merseyside it’s places and events. This years competition produced a record number of entries from a record number of authors. This despite some our regular entrants giving the rest of us a chance by not entering. Our judge on the night was Bill Preston. Bill was very complementary about the standard of the images and gave good feedback and advice to all the entrants. The friendly banter and humour of the South Liverpool Members Always ensures an enjoyable evening.
The competition and evening was run by Bert Whittlestone who did rather well! The result were as follows;
First Place was Bert Whittlestone with “Lambanana Walkies”
Second Place was Bert Whittlestone with ”Pier Head and Canal”
Third Place was Mike McWade with “Liverpool Batala Band”
A great time was had at the South Liverpool clubhouse for the final round of the competition. Most clubs were able to attend. Our judge for the evening was Ian Whiston. Ian gave a very good critique on each of the six clubs ten images. Although all the pictures were of a very good standard there were some real cracking pictures among them. Unfortunately for most of the clubs, Southport seemed to have most of them! This resulted in a club win for Southport PS by 60 + points, and also the individual print winner, which went to Les Auld with ‘Steampunk’. We had a lovely break at half time and it was a time to catch up with friends from other clubs and make new ones as well. Roll on next year, and we will see if they can be toppled.
Many thanks go to SLPS’s own Denis Foy for organising the competition for the last few years. Denis will be seeking a new apprentice to take over from him next year.
….A hard-working, rock ‘n’ roll man to his bones, when it comes to taking photographs of rock and pop stars,
Steve has been at the top of his profession for the better part of 20 years. A guitarist with a proper rock ‘n’ roll history behind him, he’s one of the go-to guys for live photography, which is why major record labels, bands and publications queue at his door to work with him.
He has an utterly staggering CV of people that he’s photographed. Check these out – and this is just a few of them!
ZZ Top, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy and Motley Crue, The Who, Joe Satriani, Peter Frampton, Bruce Springsteen, Kiss, Iron Maiden, U2, The Police, Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi, Oasis, BB King, Rihanna, The Foo Fighters, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Katy Perry, Queen, Usher, Slash and the Eagles.
Basically, if they’ve played live in the last 20 years, Steve will almost certainly have photographed them and what’s more, after so long in the business, because he’s super professional, super good and a stand-up bloke, he can call of lot of these rock stars friends.
Steve will show us some of his best work talk about lighting, composition,how to get the best shots,share a lot of his ideas, what gear he uses,and rock ‘n’ roll stories to die for,plus Steve is an ex member of the south and his name is on most of the trophy’s including the Alex Balmer a night not to be missed.
As many will know there is a FREE photo walk on Sunday 26th April, yes, this Sunday at and around the Pier Head and Albert Dock areas.
What you don’t know is that there is a stunning prize for the best picture taken on the walk. Are you interested?
Damian McGillicuddy, yes the one and only Olympus guy who came to SLPS and amazed us all, has offered a place on his Big Shoot Experience in Liverpool Saturday on the 2nd May!! How cool is that? If you were to get a place on one of his courses that would cost you £299 for the day.
The photo walk is free and the prize with Damian is really as the Americans say “Awesome!”
Details for the free walk can be found over at Terry Donnelly’s FaceBook page. I can really see one of our members getting this prize as well as having a fantastic photo shoot. So come on, book your free place now!!
David Robbins, former tutor at The Nikon School uses his expert knowledge and experience to guide you through this hands-on workshop, where he will take you through the basics of using a speedlight to controlling and modifying light from multiple off camera speedlights.
He provides all you need to know to be confident in using flash illumination in any situation. Whether you take close-ups of nature or location portraits, learn how flash light can lift your images from the ordinary to the amazing. The course will teach how to take control of flash for better results. It will provide the foundation for all creative photography with flash lighting and show you how to get the most from your Nikon DSLR and Speedlight.