Syllabus

Below is what we have planned for the upcoming weeks and months. We hope you find it interesting, diverse, and inspiring.


There is a mixture of lectures by individuals who lead their fields, competitions and fun open nights.


All images remain the copyright of the members concerned and must not be used without prior consent.

Concept Competition Round 2

7:30pm Thursday 13th June 2024




The judge will be Terry Hewitt.


This competition is for both PDI and Prints, and the topic is "Decisive Moment."


Deadline for entries: Midnight Sunday 2nd June 2024.


Up to two PDI entries, sized at a maximum of 1600 pixels horizontally, 1200 pixels vertically, jpg format, and sRGB colour space.

Please name the entries in the format <your name - image title.jpg>.



Up to two Print entries. Prints must be mounted in frames, complete with a backing board, measuring 500mm x 400mm. Your name and the title must be clearly written on the back top right corner.



Mist, Light and Ice at Bridge 74

David Hawkins


Lecture

Little Egret Preening

Richard Towell



7:30pm Thursday 20th June 2024


We welcome wildlife photographer Craig Jones


To enjoy Craig's images please visit his website at

https://www.craigjoneswildlifephotography.co.uk/


Craig’s love of wildlife started from a young age, learning to respect and care for wildlife in nearby woods as a small child. He was taught always to respect wildlife and listen to nature and it willgive up her secrets.


Craig is a self-taught wildlife photographer. He uses the medium of photography as a method to capture the beautiful, and the not so beautiful, things he witnesses in nature. Placing a frame around something he has seen, letting the image convey the true beauty or story of that moment in time is something that words could never describe.


Craig’s images represent an event that occurred in the wild, something that he witnessed and recorded with his camera.


His skill lies in interpreting and presenting this in a way that invokes beauty, mood and emotion with each moment captured.



Inter Club Competition at Swinton

7:30pm Monday 24th June 2024


Swinton and District PS are hosting this years inter club competition between our two Clubs


They meet on Mondays at:

Worsley Road United Reform Church, 310-312 Worsley Road, Swinton, M27 0EF


Both clubs will show 10 PDI and 10 Prints, and will be judged by an independent judge.



Smoking Drum

John Hall


Demonstration Night

Riding Through the Wash

Mark Porter



7:30pm Thursday 27th June 2024


At these evenings we use the skills of our more experienced members to help and assist other members, whilst all enjoying the fun.


We will be looking at  Studio Lighting Basics, with a breakdown of essential gear, camera settings etc and illustrating 2 or 3 standard lighting patterns and demonstrating how to achieve them.


This evening will be part tuition and part practical, and will be conducted by Dave McNabb. 





Open Night

7:30pm Thursday 4th July 2024


At these evenings we use the skills of our more experienced members to help and assist other members, whilst all enjoying the fun.



Pip

Alan Bromiley

Lecture

Young Roe Deer

Kevin Pigney


7:30pm Thursday 11th July 2024


We welcome Kevin Pigney with his lecture " My Wildlife Journey"


Kevin has been interested in photography for several years now and his main focus has been on photographing UK wildlife.

For him, the key to getting good quality images is good fieldcraft and a lot of patience.


Where possible he likes to have good eye contact with my subject, as he thinks the eyes bare the very soul of the creatures he photographs.

Kevin likes to achieve clean, out of focus backgrounds which show an essence of the environment without distracting from my subject.


Subject-wise his first love in nature is the brown hare, and he has spent countless hours in the company of these magical creatures.


He finds the most effective technique is to lay in wait as trying to stalk them is, in his experience, rarely productive.


People have often said to him, “you are lucky” to get these photographs, which of course he is, but he does find the more time he spends out in the field, the “luckier” he becomes!




Open PDI Competition Round 3

7:30pm Thursday 18th July 2024


The judge will be confirmed soon






Deadline for entries: Midnight Sunday 7th July 2024.


Up to two entries, sized at a maximum of 1600 pixels horizontally, 1200 pixels vertically, jpg format, and sRGB colour space. Please name the entries in the format <your name - image title.jpg>.


The title must be clearly written on the back top right corner.



Testing the Water

John Durham

Lecture

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

Robert Harvey

7:30pm Thursday 25th July 2024


we welcome Robert Harvey with his illustrated lecture "By the Sea"


Professional photographer Robert Harvey created Natural World Photography to share his passion for landscapes, nature and the night sky. 


An Associate of the Royal Photographic Society and a Chartered Natural Scientist, Robert worked in environmental management for 20 years


Robert has nearly 400 images accepted in international exhibitions and holds the Excellence award of the Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique (EPIAP). He is inspired by remote locations such as coasts, mountains and deserts, where untamed land is sculpted by natural elements.


Our coast is the spectacular wild edge of Britain. Fulfilling the tremendous photographic potential of beaches, cliffs, sea stacks, natural arches, lighthouses and castles requires effective use of seasonal light and tides.


Photographic techniques discussed include different shutter speeds, high dynamic range, stitching panoramas and capturing storms.



Open Night

7:30pm Thursday 1st August 2024


At these evenings we use the skills of our more experienced members to help and assist other members, whilst all enjoying the fun.




Vortex

Pete Corser


Auction

Pexels Stock Image

Sora Shimazaki



7:30pm Thursday 8th August 2024


This is our annual auction where we sell photography items, general items etc in aid of our nominated Charity, which is Bolton Hospice.


Members are encouraged to bring items in on the night, but must take home any item that is unsold at the end of the night.

Open Print Competition Round 3

7:30pm Thursday 15th August 2024


The judge will be confirmed soon






Deadline for entries: Midnight Sunday 4th August 2024.



Up to two Print entries. Prints can be of any size, but must be mounted in frames, complete with a backing board, measuring 500mm x 400mm.

Your name and the title must be clearly written on the back top right corner.






Dambuster Tower

Angi Stocker


Lecture

Sunset over Lavender Field

Colin Abel

7:30pm Thursday 22nd August 2024


Details of this lecture are being finalised and will be published here soon




Inter Club Competition

7:30pm Thursday 29th August 2024


We are hosts to Bolton and District PS for this inter club competition.


Each club will show 10 PDI and 10 Prints, and these will be judged by an independent judge.



Sanderling on the Shore

Richard Towell

Open Night

Polo Charge

John Durham

7:30pm Thursday 5th September 2024


At these evenings we use the skills of our more experienced members to help and assist other members, whilst all enjoying the fun.



Lecture

7:30pm Thursday 12th September 2024


We welcome Don Tonge


To enjoy Don's work, visit his website at: https://4040bbcdtp98761.wixsite.com/dtp-new-2014-site/photos


Based in Bolton, Don is a freelance photographer in the North West of England


Don Tonge’s photographs of Bolton in the 1970's capture the industrial landscape of the town in the days when life seemed a lot simpler for many.

Don’s rich archive features the daily life of Boltonians, some of them his friends. Like many photographers, Don focused on what he knew and what he could relate to, which shines through in his images





Chapter House Ceiling at York Minster

Alan Bromiley


Monochrome PDI and Print Competition 

Straightening the Bow Tie

Alan Bromiley

7:30pm Thursday 19th September 2024


The judge is Andrew Rothery form the Yorkshire Monochrome group



Deadline for entries: Midnight Sunday 8th September 2024.


PDI:

Up to two entries, sized at a maximum of 1600 pixels horizontally, 1200 pixels vertically, jpg format, and sRGB colour space. Please name the entries in the format <your name - image title.jpg>.


Print:

Up to two Print entries. Prints can be of any size, but must be mounted in frames, complete with a backing board, measuring 500mm x 400mm.

Your name and the title must be clearly written on the back top right corner.


Development Night

7:30pm Thursday 26th September 2024


At these evenings we use the skills of our more experienced members to help and assist other members, whilst all enjoying the fun.


This meeting will be  follow up to the smartphone imaging lecture we enjoyed at the end of May.

 

We will show and discuss members smartphone images




Mam Torr Sunset

Colin Abel

Open Night

Great Crested Grebe

Richard Towelll

7:30pm Thursday 3rd October 2024


At these evenings we use the skills of our more experienced members to help and assist other members, whilst all enjoying the fun.


This evening we will be entertained by club members Phil Durkin and Richard Towell as they show us their stunning images that have been selected for national exhibitions.


They will also show us some of their images that were not accepted, to give us an idea of the challenges faced when entering an exhibition 



Lecture

7:30pm Thursday 10th October 2024


Details of this lecture are being finalised and will be published here soon




Venetian Cafe

Keith Atkinson

Open PDI Competition Round 4

Cormorant Striking a Pose

Mike Chorlton



7:30pm Thursday 17th October 2024


The judge will be confirmed soon



 



Deadline for entries: Midnight Sunday 6th October 2024.


Up to two entries, sized at a maximum of 1600 pixels horizontally, 1200 pixels vertically, jpg format, and sRGB colour space. Please name the entries in the format <your name - image title.jpg>.



Lecture

7:30pm Thursday 24th October 2024


Details of this lecture are being finalised and will be published here soon




Night Club Singer

Alan Bromiley


Venice Model Posing in the Early Morning Sunshine

John Durham

Inter Club Competition against Bury PS  Round 2

7:30pm Thursday 31 October 2024


The judge will be Graham Currey


We host the second of two rounds of our annual battle with our friends from Bury Photographic Society.


Both clubs will show 10 PDI and 10 Prints.



Open Night

7:30pm Thursday 7th November 2024


At these evenings we use the skills of our more experienced members to help and assist other members, whilst all enjoying the fun.



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Meadow Brown on Thistle

Adrian Drummond-Hill

Lecture

Winter over Arran

Ian McNab

7:30pm Thursday 14th November 2024


Details of this lecture are being finalised and will be published here soon




Open Print Competition Round 4

7:30pm Thursday 21st November 2024


The judge is to be confirmed.




Deadline for entries: Midnight Sunday 10th November 2024.


Up to two Print entries. Prints can be of any size, but must be mounted in frames, complete with a backing board, measuring 500mm x 400mm.

Your name and the title must be clearly written on the back top right corner.

Zebras crossing the Etosha Salt Pans at Sundown

Brian White

Lecture

Jacobin Hummingbird feeding on the flower sap

Brian White

7:30pm Thursday 28th November 2024


We welcome our very our Brian White with one of his very interesting and entertaining lectures on his latest wildlife journey


https://brianwhitephotography.co.uk/index.htm


Brian has been a member of this club for many years. He has been a professional wedding photographer, and he also used to spend a couple of months abroad taking wildlife photos.


He has travelled to many remote places including the length of the Nile, the source of the Amazon, Sri Lanka, Somerset and Scotland.


On his return he gives superbly illustrated lectures, delivered with humorous narrative, to groups and organisations on his travels, and we have enjoyed his talks over the past few years.




Days Out PDI and Print Competitions

7:30pm Thursday 5th December 2024


The judge is to be confirmed.


This competition is for images taken on a club day out during 2024


Deadline for entries: Midnight Sunday 24th November 2024.


PDI:

Up to two entries, sized at a maximum of 1600 pixels horizontally, 1200 pixels vertically, jpg format, and sRGB colour space. Please name the entries in the format <your name - image title.jpg>.


Prints:

Up to two Print entries. Prints can be of any size, but must be mounted in frames, complete with a backing board, measuring 500mm x 400mm.

Your name and the title must be clearly written on the back top right corner.

On Reflection

John Durham

Quiz Night


Reaching for the Light

Peter Corser

7:30pm Thursday 12th December 2024


This is our last meeting of the year, and we will enjoy a fun quiz night. The questions are not about photography, but general knowledge.


Members are encouraged to bring wife / husband/ partner etc to enjoy this fun evening


Christmas Break

There are no more meetings in 2024 as we take time off to enjoy a seasonal break.

We wish our members and readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Kingfisher with Fish

Richard Towell

Our Syllabus for 2025 will be published here when the details are finalised.

Our first meeting will be on Thursday  9th January

Past Events

Open Night

Common Green Bottle Fly

Phil Durkin

7:30pm Thursday 6th June 2024


At these evenings we use the skills of our more experienced members to help and assist other members, whilst all enjoying the fun.


This Open Night will be a macro photography night, We will demonstrate some equipment for macro (ring light and led panel etc), how to focus stack, and other editing effects.


Members are encouraged to bring in their camera and  take photos on the night, along with any other relevant kit they own, including a macro lens and extension tubes etc.


Following advise given on this evening, Members can process their images  after the meeting, and show the images at the July Open Night for further discussion.


Lecture

7:30pm Thursday 30th May 2024


We welcome Jeanette Lendon with her illustrated lecture "Smartphone Imaging"


Jeanette, or Jet as she is known, is the founder and Creative Director of Jet Black Squares. 


Combining her former teaching career in the East End of London with a more recent corporate photography business of 13 years, she has created a hub for everything creative surrounding the smartphone.  


Her passion is showing people how to get the best photos from their phone - she believes that photography should be available to everyone and not just those who have a ‘fancy camera’. 


If you own a smartphone, then you own a camera, and if you own a camera, you have the tools to create stunning images and video content


We all have an amazing camera in our pockets - we just need to learn how to use them properly! Whether you want to take better holiday photos or macro images of flowers or bugs, this lecture will improve smartphone photography for you.



To obtain the most from this lecture, you are advised to bring your smartphone with you.




Image by Jeanette Lendon

Taken on her smartphone

Lecture

...9, 10, You're Out!

Roger Hance

7:30pm Thursday 23rd May 2024


We welcome multi-award winning photographer Roger Hance with his illustrated lecture “Capturing the Decisive Moment - Sport & Action”


To enjoy Rogers images please visit his website at

https://rogerhancefrps.com/


Roger has been involved in photography for over 30 years and joined the Royal Photographic Society in 1985.During the last 20 years he has served on various RPS Assessment panels.


He has received numerous awards in both National and International Exhibitions. He also has the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain's DPAGB award, as well as the BPE5* award for over 300 acceptances in exhibitions throughout the UK.


In 1990 he won the ‘Amateur Photographer of the Year’ award in AP magazine, which was judged by the late Lord Patrick Litchfield


Roger has always enjoyed giving talks to Photographic clubs, and has been doing so for over 25 years.  He likes the interaction that he can get from showing his images, and he particularly likes to help and inspire other photographers as well.  


Most photographers think you can only get good sport pictures if you have a fast telephoto lens and a press pass. This talk covers numerous sports where you can get great images without the need for expensive equipment or the need for a press pass.


It also explains how to apply for sports that you do need some form of accreditation in order to take photographs. 

It explains the type of equipment he uses, and how finding the right viewpoint is essential.


Sports covered are Boxing, Cyclocross, Jet ski, Superbikes at Brands Hatch, Ice Hockey, Grass Track, Judo, Table Tennis and much more.



 

As a reminder to our members, on 13th June we have a competition on the topic of “The Decisive Moment” 


Open Print Competition Round 2

7:30pm Thursday 16th May 2024


The judge will be Keith Barber.


Deadline for entries: Midnight Sunday 5th May 2024.


Up to two Print entries. Prints can be of any size, but must be mounted in frames, complete with a backing board, measuring 500mm x 400mm.

Your name and the title must be clearly written on the back top right corner.

Tranquillity at Lytham Jetty

Phil Durkin

Lecture

St Abbs Head

Peter Thomasson

7:30pm Thursday 9th May 2024



We welcome landscape photographer Paul Mitchell


To enjoy Paul's images please visit his website at

https://www.paulmitchellphotography.co.uk/


Born in East Yorkshire, Paul's interest for photography began at school. He then studied graphic design at art college and soon after began his design career in London working for many well-known companies and brands.


He now lives in East Dorset as a professional landscape photographer and specialist book designer.

Paul has had numerous exhibitions in London and the South East and has had articles and images published in many photographic magazines.


He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, and he is a well-respected photographic judge and lecturer.

Paul has also been successful in the prestigious Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, winning the Sunday Times Choice Award in 2013, the Urban Category winner in 2015 and commended in 2017 and 2018.


He has also had successes in the Outdoor Photographer of the Year and the International Garden Photographer of the Year. In March 2022 Paul won the RHS Gold Medal and Best in Show at their Botanical Art and Photography Show held at the Saatchi Gallery.

Open Night

7:30pm Thursday 2nd May 2024


At these evenings we use the skills of our more experienced members to help and assist other members, whilst all enjoying the fun.


As a result of requests from several members, we shall be showing and discussing the use of Filters.


We will look at the different types and makes of filters available, and show the varying effects they have on your photography.


Questions, thoughts, and comments from members on the night will be most welcome.


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Follow the Leader

Ken Bradley

Inter Club Competition against Bury PS

(away)

7:30pm Thursday 25th April 2024


The first of two rounds of our annual battle with our friends at Bury. Please join us and show your support.


The venue is in the function room at the Fishpool Liberal Club, 79 Nelson Street, Bury, BL9 9HX.


Both clubs will show 10 PDI and 10 Prints, and will be judged by an independent judge.


There will be no meeting at our club tonight.

Open PDI Competition Round 2

7:30pm Thursday 18th April 2024


The judge will be Jane Lines



Deadline for entries: Midnight Sunday 7th April 2024.


Up to two entries, sized at a maximum of 1600 pixels horizontally, 1200 pixels vertically, jpg format, and sRGB colour space. Please name the entries in the format <your name - image title.jpg>.

Diadem Spider

Jeff Griffiths


Lecture

The Quays

Mick Stone

7:30pm Thursday 11th April 2024


We welcome award winning photographer Les Forrester


Currently based in the stunning Yorkshire Dales, Les combines his interests of creating minimal long exposures with his first passion of capturing contemporary architecture with a style that is often reported as soft in both look and colour, but it's more than that, buildings choose the style, some require a little more vibrance then there's those that speak monochrome.


To enjoy some of Les' superb images please visit his website at

https://www.lesforrester.com/




Open Night

7:30pm Thursday 4th April 2024


At these evenings we use the skills of our more experienced members to help and assist other members, whilst all enjoying the fun.



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Abstract Twirl

Mark Porter

Demonstration Night

Tiger Tiger

Paul Gray

7:30pm Thursday 28th March 2024


At these evenings we use the skills of our more experienced members to help and assist other members, whilst all enjoying the fun.


At this evening we will be continuing the points discussed at the last Open Night.

For those who were not present then, we discussed jpeg vs RAW images, and the relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO, the exposure triangle.


Members are encouraged to bring in some images they have taken in both RAW and jpeg, for comparison. Please bring them on a memory card or usb stick.

 

We will be taking photos at the club and showing them on the screen to show how changing one setting within the exposure triangle affects the other two elements, and the resulting final image.

 

You are welcome to bring your own camera to obtain the full benefit of this practical activity.


Concept Competition Round 1

7:30pm Thursday 21st March 2024


The judge will be Will Stead


This competition is for both PDI and Prints, and the topic is Negative Space.


Deadline for entries: Midnight Sunday 10th March 2024.


Up to two PDI entries, sized at a maximum of 1600 pixels horizontally, 1200 pixels vertically, jpg format, and sRGB colour space.

Please name the entries in the format <your name - image title.jpg>.



Up to two Print entries. Prints must be mounted in frames, complete with a backing board, measuring 500mm x 400mm. Your name and the title must be clearly written on the back top right corner.




Showing the Way

Dave McNabb

Lecture

Liverpool by Night

Margaret Edwards


7:30pm Thursday 14th March 2024


We welcome fine art photographer Geoff Drake


To enjoy Geoff's images please visit his website at

https://www.drakephotography.co.uk/


Liverpool is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and features brilliant examples of historic and modern architecture throughout.


Its famous waterfront, unrivalled music scene, unbeatable sporting reputation, restaurants, bars and pubs that buzz with life, and of course, its people, have all helped Liverpool become the destination of choice for many visitors from around the world.



Over the last few years Geoff has captured some of the most original and unique images of the city of Liverpool. Each print is produced using the latest printing technology on fine photographic papers.



Geoff’s collection of unique prints captures a truly wonderful city.




Open Night

7:30pm Thursday 7th March 2024


At these evenings we use the skills of our more experienced members to help and assist other members, whilst all enjoying the fun.


As a result of the recent feedback forms we have arranged the following :

We will be looking at the benefits of using RAW rather than Jpeg, and discussing the exposure triangle of ISO / Aperture priority / Shutter speed, and what effect each element has on an image.

There will be time for a general discussion and questions and answers on these topics.




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Small Heath Butterfly

Jeff Griffiths

Lecture

Tranquil Morning

Colin Abel

7:30pm Thursday 29th February 2024


We welcome award winning photographer Ashley Franklin


To enjoy Ashley's images please visit his website at

https://www.ashleyfranklin.co.uk/


When asked ‘Where are you from?’ Ashley’s answer used to be a simple ‘Derbyshire.’ However, he now proudly declares that he resides in the picturesque Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site (DVMWHS).


In 1977 he was offered a job at BBC Radio Derby, and worked there until 2000 when his post as Arts & Entertainments Producer was axed, 18 months after winning Silver in the Sony Awards, the radio equivalent of a BAFTA nomination.


In 2003 he commissioned himself to take photos in Tuscany, and these images were instrumental in securing a greetings card deal.  Ashley was also taken on by Derbyshire Life magazine as a chief writer/photographer. 


By 2008, he had taken on weddings, events, portraits and portfolios, published his first Belper and Duffield calendars, and his images have appeared on the covers of novels by Joanna Trollope and Jodi Picault.


As well as a love of radio and cinema, Ashley is passionate about contemporary music (well, largely music that was contemporary in the years 1965 to 1975, the greatest decade for popular music). 


Since 2018, he has been running an annual May workshop in Tuscany.







Lecture

7:30pm Thursday 22nd February 2024


We were due to welcome Craig Jones, but due due to ill health he was sadly unable to attend.

At short notice we were entertained by Kieran Metcalfe with his thought provoking lecture " Taming the Chaos"

We are very grateful to Kieran.




We welcome wildlife photographer Craig Jones

 

To enjoy Craig's images please visit his website at

https://www.craigjoneswildlifephotography.co.uk/


Craig’s love of wildlife started from a young age, learning to respect and care for wildlife in nearby woods as a small child. He was taught always to respect wildlife and listen to nature and it willgive up her secrets.


Craig is a self-taught wildlife photographer. He uses the medium of photography as a method to capture the beautiful, and the not so beautiful, things he witnesses in nature. Placing a frame around something he has seen, letting the image convey the true beauty or story of that moment in time is something that words could never describe.


Craig’s images represent an event that occurred in the wild, something that he witnessed and recorded with his camera.


His skill lies in interpreting and presenting this in a way that invokes beauty, mood and emotion with each moment captured.



Eyes on the Prize

John Durham


Open Print Competition Round 1

En Pointe

Alan Bromiley



7:30pm Thursday 15th February 2024


The judge will be James Hardy



Deadline for entries: Midnight Sunday 4th February 2024.



Up to two Print entries. Prints can be of any size, but must be mounted in frames, complete with a backing board, measuring 500mm x 400mm.


Your name and the title must be clearly written on the back top right corner.


Lecture

7:30pm Thursday 8th February 2024


We welcome landscape photographer Colin Jarvis who will present his lecture "Mono Moods"


This digital mono presentation shows a large selection of Colin's mono photography. It runs through his techniques, and covers long exposure, Infrared architecture and landscape. Colin will also demonstrate some Photoshop techniques to show a ‘before’ and ‘after’ of one of the images from the raw file to the finished image.


To enjoy Colins images please visit his website at

https://colinjarvis.co.uk/


Colin is a professional landscape photographer based in the North West of England. He has worked as a photographer and educator for many years and his experience as a teacher brings together his passion, skills and love of photography with the ability to easily communicate and teach photography at every level.


Colin’s work has been featured in books and magazines as well as exhibited in London, Liverpool and Manchester

He holds a Master of Arts in Photography and he is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. He has appeared in the Landscape Photographer of the Year book and subsequent exhibition as well as in a number of photography journals.




Ghost

Colin Jarvis


Orbs of light

Alan Bromiley

Open Night

7:30pm Thursday 1st February 2024


At these evenings we use the skills of our more experienced members to help and assist other members, whilst all enjoying the fun.


At this evening we will demonstating the effects of light painting. They say a camera never lies, but it can see light in a very different way to the human eye.


To benefit from this meeting, please bring your camera, a tripod, and don't forget to charge your batteries beforehand.


It will be helpful if you could master your camera controls in the dark, as you will not be able to use torches etc at this event.




Trophy Evening

7:30pm Thursday 25th January 2024


We celebrate the success of our members who excelled in club competitions during 2023, with the trophies being presented by Keith Richardson, current Vice President of the L&CPU.


After the presentations we will show audio visual sequences of the images that scored 18, 19 and 20 points during our monthly competitions in 2023.


Pexel Stock Image

Anna Tarazevich


Lovers Knot

Mike Hodgson

Open PDI Competition Round 1

7:30pm Thursday 18 January 2024


The judge is Harry Emmett.




Deadline for entries: Midnight Sunday 7th January 2024.


Up to two entries, sized at a maximum of 1600 pixels horizontally, 1200 pixels vertically, jpg format, and sRGB colour space. Please name the entries in the format <your name - image title.jpg>.


Annual General Meeting

7:30pm Thursday 11th January 2024


All council positions are up for re-election, including the position of President as Keith has completed his current term of office. This is a position that can be held for one year, two years, or up to three years.

A full list of the council positions can be seen on the attached list.

The club is run for the enjoyment of our members. We hope you can all come and join in at the AGM, and that some of you might wish to join the Club Council to help run the club in 2024. There are 6 Council meetings a year, held on alternate months, and they are conducted by Zoom.

We hope we will enjoy your support in 2024. This is your chance to vote for the new Council and to help the continued running of the club.


Three Stages of Decay


Days Out 2023 Competition

Mist, Light and Ice at Bridge 74

David Hawkins

7:30pm Thursday 4th January 2024


This is a competititon for images taken during a club Day Out in 2023


The judge will be Terry Hewitt.


After the judging, Terry will entertain us with his illustrated lecture on Wildlife in Africa




Deadline for entries was Midnight Sunday 17th December 2023



Quiz Night

The Glass Blower

Judy Bell

7:30pm Thursday 14th December 2023


This is our end of year annual fun quiz. The questions are not about photogtraphy, but general knowledge.


We welcome not just our members, but thier spouse or close relative as well.


Open Night

7:30pm Thursday 7th December 2023


At these evenings we use the skills of our more experienced members to help and assist other members, whilst all enjoying the fun.


This week we will be looking past Open ights and looking ahead to 2024 meetings



Showing the Way

Dave McNabb

Lecture

Leaping Wild Fox Steals the Egg

Brian White

7:30pm Thursday 30th November 2023


We welcome Brian White and his presentation My Latest Adventures


https://brianwhitephotography.co.uk/index.htm


As many of you may know, Brian has been a member of this club for many years. What you might not know is that he has been a professional wedding photographer, and he also used to spend a couple of months abroad taking wildlife photos.


He has travelled to many remote places including the length of the Nile, the source of the Amazon, Sri Lanka, Somerset and Scotland.


On his return he gives superbly illustrated lectures, delivered with humorous narrative, to groups and organisations on his travels, and we have enjoyed his talks over the past few years.


Theme Competition Round 5

7:30pm Thursday 23rd November 2023


Theme: Symmetry


The judge will be Colin Douglas.


Colin is a well-respected judge and highly acclaimed photographer, having had images accepted at national and international levels.

 

His work covers a wide range of subjects but he admits to being a passionate sports photographer. He has been the official photographer for Liverpool St Helens Rugby Union FC for many years.


Deadline for entries: Midnight Sunday 12th November 2023


Please name the entries in the format <your name - image title.jpg>.


Up to two PDI entries, sized at a maximum of 1600 pixels horizontally, 1200 pixels vertically, jpg format, and sRGB colour space.


Up to two Print entries.Prints must be mounted in frames, complete with a backing board, measuring 500mm x 400mm. Your name and the title must be clearly written on the back top right corner.

Tranquillity at Lytham Jetty

Phil Durkin

Lecture

Out of the Dark

Ken Tebay

7:30pm Thursday 16th November 2023


We welcome Ross McKelvey with his illustrated lecture "An Eclectic Mix"


https://www.rossmckelvey.co.uk/


Ross has been awarded over 500 Medals (and too many lesser awards to count!) in National & International Exhibitions since 2010.


In September 2012 he founded Catchlight Camera Club in Belfast, serving as Chairman for the first two years. In 2019 he was voted in as its President. The club has won several major competitions, culminating in 2017 when the Club won the FIAP World Cup for Camera Clubs


In April 2013 he became only the second photographer from Northern Ireland to obtain the Master Award from the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (MPAGB) - an award which is judged to "the Highest Standards of UK Amateur Photography."

Exhibition Photography has been Ross’s passion for several years, and he regularly competes in National and International Photographic Salons - mostly in Print sections.

His most successful genre is probably portraiture, but he enjoys everything from landscape to sport, nature, still life and digital composites.


Lecture

7:30pm Thursday 9th November 2023


Graham Currey presents: A practical portrait evening


Graham is a character model and actor and, with Emma Finch, he runs Photography Session Days which is specifically aimed at putting models and photographers together on organised workshop events.


He also runs a practical workshop for camera clubs in which he instructs and also models in a variety of different costumes, ranging from, but not limited to, Victorian to Steam Punk, Military to Civilian 1940s, and Cowboy.


This evening he will be demonstrating how to take portrait photographs, and our members will have to opportunity to take photos.


Please bring your camera and tripod.




Meera

Alan Bromiley


Open Night

A Matter of Perspective

Dave McNabb

7:30pm Thursday 2nd November 2023


At these evenings we use the skills of our more experienced members to help and assist other members, whilst all enjoying the fun.


This week we will be discussing infra red photoraphy, how to use it and how to process images.


We will also be covering other photography skills following on from previous Open Nights 


Inter Club Competition against Bury PS

at home

7:30pm Thursday 26th October 2023


We host the second of two rounds of our annual battle with our friends at Bury. Please join us and show your support.


Both clubs will show 10 PDI and 10 Prints, and will be judged by Graham Currey


Graham is an active amateur photographer, specialising in landscapes, sport and portraiture. He is also a Rock Bands Photographer.

Together with Emma Finch, Graham runs the successful Session Days which is specifically aimed at putting models and photographers together on organised workshop events.


This is a fun evening and a great chance to enjoy superb images from both clubs

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St Abbs Head

Peter Thomasson


Open Print Competition Round 5

Teasel

Jeff Layer


7:30pm Thursday 19th October 2023


The judge will be Jane Lines


When Jane is not working, she likes to be out and about with her camera where she enjoys photographing a wide range of subjects, including people, places and nature.

 

As well as being an active member of Chorley Photographic Society, Jane is a judge and Lecturer for the L&CPU, and has been appointed a judge for the PAGB.

 



Deadline for entries: Midnight Sunday 8th October 2023.



Up to two Print entries. Prints can be of any size, but must be mounted in frames, complete with a backing board, measuring 500mm x 400mm.

Your name and the title must be clearly written on the back top right corner.


Monochrome Competition

7:30pm Thursday 12th October 2023


The judge will be Kenneth Andrew Rothery


Kenneth is the current chairman of the Yorkshire Monochrome Group, which celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year.


Yorkshire Monochrome Group is a group of enthusiastic photographers who like to work in monochrome.


The Group's aim is to encourage monochrome photography, both film and digital, by producing, showing and discussing prints or projected images with colleagues; mounting exhibitions of the Group's work; and enjoying the stimulation offered by the Group's programme of invited speakers.



Deadline for entries: Midnight Sunday 1st October 2023.



Up to two PDI entries, sized at a maximum of 1600 pixels horizontally, 1200 pixels vertically, jpg format, and sRGB colour space.

Please name the entries in the format <your name - image title.jpg>.


Up to two Print entries.Prints must be mounted in frames, complete with a backing board, measuring 500mm x 400mm. Your name and the title must be clearly written on the back top right corner.


Three stages of Decay

Eric Grindle

Open Night

Zebra, Zambia

Susan Bedingham

7:30pm Thursday 5th October 2023


At these evenings we use the skills of our more experienced members to help and assist other members, whilst all enjoying the fun.


Q & A session


This week we will be addressing members specific needs and looking towards next year meetings


Theme Competition Round 4

7:30pm Thursday 28th September 2023


Theme: Emotion


The judge will be Les Hitchcock.


Leslie is a retired teacher from Warrington who has enjoyed photography all his life.

 

He was brought up through dark room printing, but specialised in colour slide and Audio Visual from the 90's. It was in AV that he gained his ARPS award.

 

His subject matter is broad and varied, but he has enjoyed documenting adventurous travel, especially in South Africa, Poland, and Bolivia.

 

He has judged at, and lectured to, most of the clubs in L&CPU, and beyond.



Deadline for entries: Midnight Sunday 17th September 2023


Please name the entries in the format <your name - image title.jpg>.


Up to two PDI entries, sized at a maximum of 1600 pixels horizontally, 1200 pixels vertically, jpg format, and sRGB colour space.


Up to two Print entries.Prints must be mounted in frames, complete with a backing board, measuring 500mm x 400mm. Your name and the title must be clearly written on the back top right corner.

Carla Monaco

Alan Bromiley

Open PDI Competition Round 5

Lovers Knot

Mike Hodgson

7:30pm Thursday 21st September 2023


The judge will be Diana Magor.


Diana comes from a photographic family – her grandfather took pictures and so did both her parents.

 

She spent many hours in the blacked-out kitchen and then the garden shed, printing her holiday photos.

 

Her Dad insisted if she took them, she had to print them – monochrome of course. It took a long time before she moved on to colour slides and then colour prints.

 

Over the last sixteen years Diana have moved on to digital work and the darkroom is no more. She has belonged to a Photographic Society most of that time - first In Canterbury, then Cambridge University, and finally Hoylake Photographic Society in the Wirral. She joined PSA in January 2009 and has become an MPSA. 

 

For the past 12 years Diana has been an international judge in many categories for both Print and PDI. Diana enjoys judging, whether it's locally or abroad as it gives her the opportunity to see many different styles of pictures.

She hopes that she is able to pass on some of what she has learnt over the years.


Deadline for entries: Midnight Sunday 10th September 2023.


Up to two entries, sized at a maximum of 1600 pixels horizontally, 1200 pixels vertically, jpg format, and sRGB colour space. Please name the entries in the format <your name - image title.jpg>.


Lecture

7:30pm Thursday 14th September 2023


We welcome Adrian McGarry and his presentation on Smartphone Photohgrapy


https://adrianmcgarry.com/iphone-photography

 

Adrian was born in Manchester and is now enjoying life in North Wales

 

Photography has been a steadfast and enduring pursuit throughout his entire life. Adrian has been actively involved in creating digital art, a journey that has led to a fulfilling and creative career that has now spanned over five decades.

 

Over ten years ago, he embarked on a significant shift in his photography approach, transitioning from a Canon DSLR and multiple lenses to an iPhone. Smartphone photography quickly became his passion, and the iPhone became his preferred camera.

 

Embracing smartphone photography did not mean that Adrian discarded everything he had learned about photography. On the contrary, he firmly believes that his iPhone photography has made him a better photographer, offering greater opportunities, convenience, and creativity in his work.

 

Through the practice of intentional camera movement and multiple exposures he expresses a personal interpretation of light and form. His re-imagined coastal scenes created in an abstract style with impressionistic, free-flowing camera movements are the result of emotion and spontaneity.

 

A Break in the Clouds

Mike Williamson

Open Night

Great Crested Grebe turning fish

Richard Towell

7:30pm Thursday 7th September 2023


At these evenings we use the skills of our more experienced members to help and assist other members, whilst all enjoying the fun.


This week we will be looking at two techniques of photography, Long Exposure and Focus stacking, and we will be discussing how to take images and looking at examples. 


Both of these have been much mentioned in recent lectures.


Lecture

7:30pm Thursday  31st August 2023


We welcome Peter Benson and his presentation London Nights


https://www.peterfbenson.co.uk/londonnights


Peter describes himself as a very keen urban nightscape photographer, which he has been doing since late 2013.

 

Since 2015 he has tutored his style of urban nightscape photography to clients from all over the UK. 

Peter is a member of the Royal Photographic Society and the Guild of Photographers and he has been awarded their respective highest accolades (a Fellowship, FRPS & Master Craftsman, MCrGP) for his urban nightscapes. 

 

Peter also has a CPAGB and BPE3*, having enjoyed success in exhibitions and salons.

We welcome Peter with his ever-evolving talk about his photography passion.


The hints and tips Peter will tell us can be used in any City.


The Lowry


Lecture

Reaching for the Light

Pete Corser

7:30pm Thursday 24th August 2023


We welcome Tony North and his presentation Flora and Fungi


https://www.artofmacro.com/


Tony North is a highly acclaimed photographer based in Manchester. His main passions are macro and landscape photography.

 

He has always loved nature, but there's something about spending a few hours in a wildflower meadow capturing images of butterflies and dragonflies that really excites him. 

 

He loves revealing the amazing beauty of the world of miniature beasts, and sharing that with others.

 

Equally he loves walking through and photographing beautiful scenery - whether rural, coastal, or urban.

 

A special interest of Tony’s is astrophotography - especially capturing the Milky Way over some dramatic scene.

Tony enjoys competing, whether in BPE Salons or in major competitions such as the International Garden Photographer of the Year, which he won outright in 2023, or Amateur Photographer of the Year, in which he came 2nd overall in 2020 


Open Print Competition Round 4

7:30pm Thursday 17th August 2023


The judge will be Martin Pickles.


In 2021 Martin moved to Macclesfield from Wokingham and East Berks CC, where he had been a judge for over 10 years, judging over 15 competitions a season.


Whilst he does not specialise in any particular genre, his favourites are documentary, street, landscape, and nature.


Martin is also a volunteer print handler at a major international competition.


Martin has been successful in various international competitions.


Deadline for entries: Midnight Sunday 6th August 2023.


Up to two entries, sized at a maximum of 1600 pixels horizontally, 1200 pixels vertically, jpg format, and sRGB colour space. Please name the entries in the format <your name - image title.jpg>.


Wild Fox Drinking at the water's edge

Brian White

Charity Auction Evening

Pexels Stock Image

Sora Shimazaki


7:30pm Thursday 10th August 2023


This is where we raise funds to donate to our nominated charity, this year; the Bolton Hospice.


Please bring any item for us to sell to our members – it does not have to be photography or camera related.


If you want to have a reserve price on your item, please let us know at the start of the evening.

Open Night

7:30pm Thursday 3rd August 2023


At these evenings we use the skills of our more experienced members to help and assist other members, whilst all enjoying the fun.


This evening we will be attempting to do trick photography such as floating bodies, bubble photography, and silhouette photography. 


These are to be group teach yourself sessions, all done with items you can find at home.


To benefit fully from this meeting, members will need to bring a camera, tripod, and a piece of card. A macro lens could also be useful.

 

After the tea break we will have a session of photoshop adjustments to some of the images taken on the night to help members in the right direction for editing those images.

 

It is not a night of perfection, but a night of fun and experimentation to try things at home afterwards.

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Small Heath Butterfly

Jeff Griffiths

Theme Competition Round 3

Seaside Fun

Steven Gallyer


7:30pm Thursday 27th July 2023


Theme: A Day in My Life


The judge will be Harry Emmett.


Harry hardly needs an introduction as he has been a very good friend to this club over the years.

 

Harry has been happily married to Jean for a long time and he is fascinated by the developments in photography that there have been in the last 100 years.

 

He is a Life Member of Accrington Camera Club, where he has been a member since the 1960’s, and has served many roles on the Committee.

 

Harry enjoyed producing monochrome prints until the advent of digital photography. He now produces both mono and colour prints digitally, and has dabbled in Audio-Visual sequences.


Harry has achieved the CPAGB merit award.


He has been judging for several years, and enjoys the stimulation from seeing a wide variety of images.



Deadline for entries: Midnight Sunday 16th July 2023


Please name the entries in the format <your name - image title.jpg>.


Up to two PDI entries, sized at a maximum of 1600 pixels horizontally, 1200 pixels vertically, jpg format, and sRGB colour space. 


Up to two Print entries. Prints must be mounted in frames, complete with a backing board, measuring 500mm x 400mm. Your name and the title must be clearly written on the back top right corner.

Open PDI Competition Round 4

7:30pm Thursday 20th July 2023


Judge: Simon Ray


Simon has been a keen photographer since childhood.

He joined Lytham St Anne’s PS several years ago after a visit to their Photoshow, and was inspired to improve his photography.


He gained an LRPS in 2011 and holds his own exhibitions in local galleries.


He has been a keen L&CPU judge for several years. He is an enthusiastic supporter of all aspects and genres of photography, and always willing to share his knowledge to help others progress.


He thoroughly enjoys judging and seeing other people’s images.




Deadline for entries: Midnight Sunday 9th July 2023.


Up to two entries, sized at a maximum of 1600 pixels horizontally, 1200 pixels vertically, jpg format, and sRGB colour space. Please name the entries in the format <your name - image title.jpg>.


Nightclub Singer

Alan Bromiley

Lecture

James Budge Ironman UK 2022

Phil Durkin

7:30pm Thursday 13th July 2023


We welcome George Franks and his presentation Sports Photography.


https://www.instagram.com/idge391/?hl=en


George has a passion for photography, having picked up his first camera at the age of six! He learned his craft in the darkroom of his school in the age of 35mm film, and converted his bedroom into a make shift darkroom. He now has an in-house studio where he shoots everything from still life and product photography all the way to group shoots.


He has moved from being a part time local sports photographer to now being a semi pro photographer, and has been published in the national and international press.


His first love is sport ranging from local club sports all the way up to the national side in cricket, going with them on overseas tours to India and the Caribbean.


He is also a lecturer and instructor, specialising in sports photography.


As a member of a couple of camera clubs George also lectures all over the North West of England bringing his relaxed and easy to understand style to beginners and advanced photographers alike.

Open Night

7:30pm Thursday 6th July 2023


At this meeting we will be having an open discussion about the way our competitions will be run in 2024.


We welcome ideas and suggestions from our members so our  competitions can be enjoyed by all our members.


Shanghi at Night

Sheila Wicks

Battle with Swinton

Bee Feast on Echinacea

Jeff Layer

7:30pm Thursday 29th June 2023


The judge will be Nick Hilton.


We host our annual battle with our friends at Swinton & District Photgraphic Society. Please join us and show your support.


Both clubs will show 10 PDI and 10 Prints, and will be judged by anindependentjudge.


The judge Nick lives in Leyland, and is an active member of Southport Photographic Society. His style of images often contains a red umbrella to add to the story of the image.


At competitions where he was a judge, he has shown himself to be very inciteful, knowledgeable, and constructive with his comments

Lecture

7:30pm Thursday 22th June 2023


We welcome Mark Gilligan with his superbly illustrated lecture


https://wastwaterphotography.co.uk/


Mark Gilligan is cited as one of the country’s foremost full-time professional landscape photographers and teacher.


He has been a professional now for over 40 years and, as well as taking photographs for a living, he has also taught imaging for much of that time. 


Mark is proud to be an official Ambassador for Lee Filters. Indeed, he is one of only a distinct few across the world to be awarded the status of ‘Lee Master.’


An accredited,award-winning member of the British Institute of Professional Photography, Mark was made a Fellow by them because of his specialist and original Landscape Photography in the Lake District and Snowdonia.


A features writer for many magazines, Mark’s work regularly appears in the national and regional walking and photography publications.


Mark also delivers commercial shoots for all different types of photographic requests. He has undertaken commissions for Commercial Airlines, International Holiday Companies, Hotel Chains, Jewellers, high-end watch manufacturers, Restaurants, the Motor Industry and Sport organizations.


Mark is a photographer who processes images with the bare minimum of Lightroom to ensure that they are as faithful as can be to the scene he photographed. As a result, his time in front of a computer is minimal.

Mist Light & Ice at Bridge 74

David Hawkins

Open Print Competition Round 3

Straight Down the Barrel

Susan Bedingham

7:30pm Thursday 15th June 2023


The judge will be George Steele. George is a past President of Bury PS, who enjoys landscape and travel photography


Deadline for entries: Midnight Sunday 4th June 2023.


Please name the entries in the format <your name - image title.jpg>.


Up to two Print entries. Prints must be mounted in frames, complete with a backing board, measuring 500mm x 400mm. Your name and the title must be clearly written on the back top right corner.


Lecture

7:30pm Thursday 8th May 2023


We welcome Erica Oram and her presentation "The View from Here"


https://www.flickr.com/photos/silverbellsandcockleshells/


Erica has been keenly interested in photography since the late 1990’s, and she enjoys landscape, pictorial and street photography.


She likes the challenge of finding the less obvious subject matter and compositions and uses her photography to make a personal interpretation of ‘whatever is in front of her’


She is often either making simple images which make the most of shapes, lines, colour and light or she is making images which provoke a question, tell a story or create a mood. 


Erica is a member of Sheffield PS, and enjoys judging and giving talks to camera clubs.


Through the Fountain

Erica Oram

Midland Hotel Stairs

David Hawkins

Open Night

7:30pm Thursday 1st June 2023


At these evenings we use the skills of our more experienced members to help and assist other members, whilst all enjoying the fun.


This week we will be looking at curves and layers. What are curves and layers and when to use them. 

Theme Competition Round 2

7:30pm Thursday 25th May 2023


Theme: Book Titles


The judge will be Keith Barber.


Keith has been interested in photography since his early twenties, when he was employed in a technical capacity at university and required to photograph the research work he was undertaking.


His main photographic areas of interest are Landscape and Natural History, both of which combine nicely with his other interests of travel and the great outdoors. 


He has been a member of Swinton and District Amateur Photographic Society since 1991, and has served all of the Council positions since then.


Being one of the first judges to be accredited by the L&CPU, Keith has worked hard to be as good a judge as he can, and endeavours at all times to give as much constructive critique and feedback as possible within the time constraints. 


He enjoys judging very much indeed and especially, as is often the case, he is invited to return to clubs and judge for them again.


Deadline for entries: Midnight Sunday 14th May 2023


Please name the entries in the format <your name - image title.jpg>.


Up to two PDI entries, sized at a maximum of 1600 pixels horizontally, 1200 pixels vertically, jpg format, and sRGB colour space.


Up to two Print entries.Prints must be mounted in frames, complete with a backing board, measuring 500mm x 400mm. Your name and the title must be clearly written on the back top right corner.

Pexels Stock Image

Element5 Digital

https://twitter.com/element5digital


Boy With Stick

Dave McNabb

Open PDI Competition Round 3

7:30pm Thursday 18th May 2023


The judge will be James Hardy.


James has been interested in photography since his teens, and has enjoyed a lot of more involvement in the last 20 years.
His main interests are equine photography, landscape, water and anything that takes his fancy.


He is the current president of the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union, and now enjoys many roles within the L&CPU.


He is also a member of the multi award winning Chorley Photographic Society.
In his spare time, he is an active horse rider at one day events.


He is also a ‘fence judge’ at horse events.


Deadline for entries: Midnight Sunday 7th May 2023.


Up to two entries, sized at a maximum of 1600 pixels horizontally, 1200 pixels vertically, jpg format, and sRGB colour space. Please name the entries in the format <your name - image title.jpg>.


Lecture

7:30pm Thursday 11th May 2023


We welcome Steve Proctor and his presentation Continuing my Photographic Journey.


https://stproc.net


Steve has been a photographer for over 30 years but have only started to take it more seriously in the last 8-9 years. He used to wander off into the countryside and take thoroughly average landscapes until a pivotal piece of critique headed his way.


Since then, he has enveloped himself in wildlife photography and in photographing people both in studio environments and also at large. He also enjoyed Sport and Dance photography.


He has a background in engineering and management so feels pretty comfortable delivering multi-content presentations.
He gained his DPAGB in November 2017 and achieved the level of BPE5 in the national exhibition circuit.


He is currently an active member of both Ribblesdale Camera Club and the multi award winning Chorley Photographic Society.


He is a competent user of Adobe Photoshop to enhance or even create images but he strongly believes that Photoshop should be used to make a great photograph better and not to just salvage a poor image – We should get it right in camera!

A Break in the Clouds

Mike Williamson

Planet of the Liquid Fairy

Alan Bromiley

Open Night

7:30pm Thursday 4th May 2023


At these evenings we use the skills of our more experienced members to help and assist other members, whilst all enjoying the fun.


Critique night


This week we will be breaking down into small groups to discuss and critique each other images / prints. 


Lecture

7:30pm Thursday 27th April 2023


We welcome Keith Snell and his presentation My Restless Lens.


https://www.keithsnellphotos.com/index.html


Keith has been a keen photographer for over 50 years, actively capturing the wonderful detail and landscapes of the Lake District, as well as travelling further afield. 


He holds photographic distinctions of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS), the Fedération Internationale de l'Art Photographique (EFIAP) and the Photographic Society of America (EPSA). His images have gained over 30 medals and 150 commendation ribbons from international salon competitions.

Waiting for The Dawn Swell

Mike Hodgson

Bastille

Steven Gallyer

Open Print Competition Round 2

7:30pm Thursday 20th April 2023


The judge will be Keith Barber.


Deadline for entries: Midnight Sunday 9th April 2023.


Please name the entries in the format <your name - image title.jpg>.


Up to two Print entries.Prints must be mounted in frames, complete with a backing board, measuring 500mm x 400mm. Your name and the title must be clearly written on the back top right corner.


Open Night

7:30pm Thursday 13th April 2023


At these evenings we use the skills of our more experienced members to help and assist other members, whilst all enjoying the fun.


  • Joss sticks, Macro photography
  • Focus stacking


Practical session in small groups with an opportunity to take a look at the images we have taken on the night.

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The Wasp

Mike Chorlton 


Inter Club Competition against Bury PS

(away)

7:30pm Thursday 6th April 2023


The first of two rounds of our annual battle with our friends at Bury. Please join us and show your support.


The venue is in the function room at the Fishpool Liberal Club, 79 Nelson Street, Bury, BL9 9HX.


Both clubs will show 10 PDI and 10 Prints, and will be judged by an independent judge.


There will be no meeting at our club tonight.

Theme Competition Round 1

7:30pm Thursday 30th March 2023


Theme: Footwear


The judge will be Bill Preston.


https://billpreston.jalbum.net


Bill Preston is a keen amateur photographer from near Chester. 

He is a member of Ellesmere Port Photographic Society and is currently their deputy webmaster. He is involved with club photography and enters into local photo competitions.


He enjoys Street Photography and Studio and Fashion Photography.


Deadline for entries: Midnight Sunday 19th March 2023


Please name the entries in the format <your name - image title.jpg>.


Up to two PDI entries, sized at a maximum of 1600 pixels horizontally, 1200 pixels vertically, jpg format, and sRGB colour space. 


Up to two Print entries. Prints must be mounted in frames, complete with a backing board, measuring 500mm x 400mm. Your name and the title must be clearly written on the back top right corner.

Pexels Stock Image

Shane Kell

https://twitter.com/shanekelll


An Evening With Geoff Reader

Geoff Reader

Lecture

7:30pm Thursday 23rd March 2023


Geoff Reader presents his lecture An evening with Geoff Reader


https://www.flickr.com/photos/tombuidhe/albums


Geoff is a member of Alsager Camera Club, and his images cover Sport, Nature, Landscapes, and some dramatic people shots.


He has enjoyed success at exhibitions, having been awarded a BPE3*


His lecture covers a wide variety of images accompanied with some amusing stories.

Open PDI Competition Round 2

7:30pm Thursday 16th March 2023


The judge will be Rebecca Entwistle.

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She presented her lecture "What Judges are looking for" 9th Feb so hopefully everyone rememembers what she is looking for.


Deadline for entries: Midnight Sunday 12th March 2023.


Up to two entries, sized at a maximum of 1600 pixels horizontally, 1200 pixels vertically, jpg format, and sRGB colour space. Please name the entries in the format <your name - image title.jpg>.

Early Morning Walk Smithills

Mike Williamson

Rectangles

Peter Thomasson

Lecture

7:30pm Thursday 9th March 2023


Sharon and Robert Prenton Jones give their lecture "The Art of Composite Photography"


https://www.prentonjonesphotography.co.uk


Robert and Sharon are a married couple based in North Wales with their own home studio, surrounded by one of the most photogenic landscapes in the UK. Best known for their creative and post-processing skills, combining studio work with the waterfalls, lakes, castles, mountains and beaches that are a short drive from their home.


They are both multi award-winning national and international photographers who have had their images exhibited all over the world.


They have delivered many workshops on Photoshop and Composite photography. In keeping with the rules of the exhibitions and salons, they do not use stock images (including textures and overlays) in any of their photographs.


This lecture will be presented via Zoom

Open Night

7:30pm Thursday 2nd March 2023


At these evenings we use the skills of our more experienced members to help and assist other members, whilst all enjoying the fun.


Following from the last successful and enjoyable open night, we are holding part 2 of our light painting practical session.


Bring your camera and tripod, and don't forget to charge your battery. 

Light Painting Session

Steven Gallyer

The Threatened Jeweller

Richard Towell

Lecture

7:30pm Thursday 23rd February 2023


Alf Myers presents "Return from the Streets".


https://www.alfmyersphotography.co.uk


Photography has always been Alf's life. Urban, street and candid genres of photography are where he started and grew up. However, it is the world of Street Photography that inspires him.


He loves to capture the feelings people have and translate them into the images.

Open Print Competition Round 1

7:30pm Thursday 16th February 2023


The judge will be Will Stead.


https://www.stead.photography


Will Stead has many years of photographic experience throughout the different genres of photography, covering music, architecture, property, portraiture, landscapes and sport.


Will is proud to have had a number of his images accepted into both National and International exhibitions and his images have won several National and International Awards

  • Excellence Federation Internationale de L’Art Photographique (EFIAP) from FIAP
  • The worldwide photography federation,
  • Credit from the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (CPAGB)
  • Distinction from the Photographic Society of America for his colour images (3*)
  • Distinction from Nature Photography (2*).


The Photographic Society of America has Will listed in their "Who's Who in Photography"

Tawny Owl in Flight

Richard Towell

Tranquillity At Lytham Jetty

Phil Durkin

Lecture

7:30pm Thursday 9th February 2023


Rebecca Entwistle presents her lecture "What Judges are looking for".


Rebecca is an L&CPU judge, so in a good place to be able to enlighten us, and further improve our images for a competition.

Open Night

7:30pm Thursday 2nd February 2023


At these evenings we use the skills of our more experienced members to help and assist other members, whilst all enjoying the fun.


This week we will be having a practical light painting session. Bring your camera and tripod, and don't forget to charge your battery.

Light Painting Session Orb

Steven Gallyer

Pexel Stock Image

Anna Tarazevich

Trophy Evening

7:30pm Thursday 26th January 2023


We celebrate the success of our members who excelled in club competitions during 2022, with the trophies being presented by James Hardy, President of the L&CPU.

Open Night Events

Date

Event

Notes

02-Feb-23

Light Painting

Practical interactive session for all members

02-Mar-23

Light Painting 2

Practical interactive session for all members

13-Apr-23

Joss sticks, Macro photography

Focus stacking

Demos in small groups using images just taken

04-May-23

Critiquie night

In small groups discuss and critique members images / prints

01-Jun-23

Curves

Layers

What are curves and layers, and how does it benefit an image

06-Jul-23

Dodging and Burning

Recap and review of past Open Nights

What is it, how to, and why

Discussion and other topics for Open Nights

03-Aug-23

After dark photography

Time lapse

How to, kit, and settings needed

07-Sep-23

Natural History

Long Exposure

How to, and examples shown

05-Oct-23

Answering individual specific requests

Answering members questions and meeting their needs

02-Nov-23

Infra Red

Chance to repeat a previous session

Camera conversion, how and when to take IR images

Follows on from 6th July meeting

07-Dec-23

Club Business, Members Input

Round-up of the year. Ideas for 2024.