1st Place images 2015-16

31 Aug 2017
Painting it Black and a paler shade of white

The response from club members to the setting up of this exhibition, in support of the Chester Civic Trust, has been very strong. 

More than 20 members have submitted a total of 73 prints, whilst additional people have added to more than 160 digital images. Furthermore, 20 individuals have turned up to construct and paint the frames that will be used to show our work. 

A team of six are already booked in the set up the display, at the Weslyan Centre at 9.30 onn Monday 11th September. Anyone else interested in helping could contact Mike Coe on 07932 143 181.

27 Jun 2017

Tech Tip

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I often get an issue when shooting events where the file names roll over from 9999 to 0001. You might get this on holiday or during a long shoot.

All the files are unique, but they get out of sequential order.

Here's a little bit of software that can solve this issue that Phil Wilding brought to my attention.

Bulk Rename Utility 
It's free to download here and use and has lots of uses based around mass renaming of files.

So say you have _319999.CR2 and _310001.CR2 for instance. The latter was taken after, but will come before the former in any file listing or Bridge. (Canon RAW file names used, but the principle is the same for all manufacturers)

Using BRU there's a replace option. So highlight/select the files _310001 through to your last shot, say _310350 and replace the _31 to _32.
(_310001 becomes _320001 etc.)

Then the images shot later will come in the correct chronological sequence in your file structure or Bridge and things are a lot easier to understand.


7 Jun 2017

Neath Photographic Salon

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Neath was the latest BPE salon to declare its results last night and Sue Champion was rewarded with three acceptances.

Two in the open colour section with 'Fourties Housewife' and 'Magnolia Still Life' and one in the creative section with 'Yellow Dasies'.

Well done Sue!

If you're interested in seeing the standard of what got in, then you can view the acceptances here.


6 Jun 2017

Visions of Sport 2017

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If you happen to be in London over the next month or so with a little time to spare then why not visit the Getty Image Gallery (near Oxford Circus) to see their Visions of Sport 2017 exhibition.

There are some stunning shots showing the very best of sport.

My particular favorite is the shot of French tennis player Gael Monfils at last years Australian Open - to die for!

If you can't make it in person you can see the images on line here.


18 May 2017

Hong Kong architecture

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If you're up in Manchester between now and 18th June why not pop in to see the exhibition of Michael Wolf's work 'A Private Public' at the Centre for Chinese Contempory Art in the Northern Quarter of the city.

For over twenty years German photographer Michael Wolf has captured the hyper-density of the city of Hong Kong through his large-scale photographs. A Private Public presents Hong Kong’s seemingly endless industrial facades contrasted with an intimate perspective from within its hidden network of back alleys.

Since his arrival in the city in 1994, Wolf has been absorbed in an alternative urban culture, condensed and preserved within Hong Kong’s ‘laneways’. Somewhere between public and private spaces, these alleys are utilized by the population in a myriad of ways; forming shortcuts between the main thoroughfares, they also provide quiet resting places or much-needed storage space for residents.

Full details can be found here.
24 Apr 2017

Many members enjoyed the landscape lecture given to the club by Colin Prior back in 2016.

For those interested in his work, you might like to see a programme currently available on the BBC iplayer

The Adventure Show special following landscape photographer Colin Prior as he sets out to capture a definitive record of three iconic mountains of the north west Highlands.

Colin Prior is one of the world's most acclaimed landscape photographers, someone who made his name with a set of panoramic images that defined wild Scotland for a generation. But, using the latest digital technology, he is attempting to capture a definitive record of three iconic mountains in the northwest Highlands. These include what many regard as our finest summit, An Teallach.
We've been following his progress, between the winter and spring equinoxes, and discover that the result of six months of work is just a handful of images.

It's available until mid May by clicking here.


30 Mar 2017

If you're looking for inspiration or just enjoy superb images then look no further than the Sony World Photography awards 2017.

This is the biggest photography competition and attracts some of the top pro and amateur togs from around the world.

There are some great and not so great images depending upon your taste, but the variety and quality is stunning.

If you look carefully at Andreas Hemb, Winner of the Sweden National Award you should recognise where it was taken. Cast your mind back to the wildlife talk given by the Toon's and you may recall the high end facility that they visited with an infinity pool lit by flashlights with all the mod cons for the tog who want's wildlife but doesn't want to slum it. There's a shot of African bison that has obviously been shot there.

Also, there's a breaching whale very similar to Mike Coe's image that won our Nature competition.

Full details can be found here.

16 Mar 2017

Hullywood Icons

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You may or may not be aware that Hull is the city of culture this year and they have lots going on to promote this.

I love the idea they came up with called Hullywood Icons where they get locals to recreate still images from famous films. The results are really quite spectacular.

Details from a Telegraph article on the subject here.


14 Mar 2017

Part two of this superb three part series aired last night.

It highlighted the great and the good of British photography from pre first to post second world war with work from Beaton to Brandt.

Tradgedies from Belson to Heysel showed the power of photography and images from Picture Post also showed the mundane and the funny side of the British through the lens.

If you missed it, watch it on catch up here.

Episode synopsis

Eamonn McCabe explores how British photographers responded to the most important events of the first half of the the 20th century and traces the emergence of a new genre of photography - photojournalism. His journey begins at the Daily Mirror's press plant in Watford, which broke new ground with its dynamic coverage of the siege of Sidney Street in 1911, before tracing the footsteps of pioneering female photojournalist Christina Broom and discovering how cheaper cameras enabled British soldiers to become citizen journalists during the First World War.
Eamonn is joined by Mahtab Hussain to discuss the work of Bill Brandt, who in 1937 travelled to the North of England to record landscapes and portraits of working class communities during the Great Depression. Brandt would go on to work for Picture Post, Britain's most popular news magazine, which was launched in 1938. Armed with a period roll film Leica, Eamonn goes on assignment to the fairground to recreate a famous shoot by the magazine that documented almost every aspect of mid-century life in Britain. He also sees how photographers captured the Second World War - from the Blitz to shocking images of concentration camps - celebrates photographers who pursued the medium as an art form in its own right, learns about the printing techniques of celebrity portrait photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn and reflects on Cecil Beaton's glamorous work for Vogue magazine.

8 Mar 2017

The results of the Basingstoke National were announced yesterday and two CPS members were rewarded with acceptances.

Sue Champion received 4 acceptances and Roger Evans 6.

The image shown is one of Sue's acceptances 'Fourties Housewife'. It also won the AD People competition this week!



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