We held our first monthly competition of the 2021/22 season last week. Congratulations to Pat Sawas for winning the Open Colour DPI section with ‘Not your run of the mill mannequin’, and to John O’Brien for his winning entry in the Double Exposure DPI section with ‘Cracked Actor’.
This year we are simplifying things by not publishing all the entries on the website; members will have received emails from the Photoentry system with all the results and images.
Three members of the Wilmslow Guild Photographic Society, had their prints accepted in the Members Exhibition of the 72nd Southport National Open Exhibition of Photography and displayed in the beautiful setting of Wayfarers Arcade in Southport. Southport has long been a leading National Photographic Exhibition and the overall quality of entry was very high, with 504 entrants submitting over 4000 entries in total this year.
The Photographic Society was especially pleased that Barbara Cook’s print ‘Together’ came first in the Open Colour print section, winning the Golden Jubilee Trophy. Her print ‘Snow Urchin’ did very well in the exhibition and won a Ribbon award. Barbara also had her print ‘Marta’ accepted.
The two other successful members with print acceptances were Les Stringer, with his print ‘Young Monks’ and Margaret Green with ‘Mont Blanc’. The Society thanked Margaret for co-ordinating our entries and also organising a Society visit to Southport to view the exhibition.
left to right: Margaret Green, Les Stringer and Barbara Cook
Results from this and previous competitions are available here
Another enjoyable evening viewing another set of top notch images.
Hold your breath for the results of the Photographer of the Year Competition to be announced at our next meeting – the final scores are VERY tight – reflecting the high quality of entries in all this years comps.
We have Peter R to thank for suggesting the next two themes, as usual you can enter images for either or both themes. Resizing the images to 1600 x 1200 pixels is not critical for the Project Group but necessary if you want to use them for club competition purposes.
The interpretation is up to you, both subjects lend themselves to using either observed or contrived (sorry created) pictures.
Illustrate a favourite photographic tip or technique. As much as an exercise for yourself in before/after or with/without or ?? The idea of this is to show others something which they may not normally consider doing. It might consist of several frames outlining a photographic process or include some screen grabs if post processing forms part of it.
Looking Up. (or a View from Below, in the same spirit, and the opposite of, the theme from last November). This should get us all out and about!
Next meeting, Friday 15th February 2019 at 7.30pm.
The themes are:
’Smoke’ or something similar commonly referred to as smoke be it water vapour, a smoker vaping, a car exhaust or whatever. It doesn’t need to be the main subject as long as ‘smoke’ is clearly visible within the picture.
2. We had to resort to the cards for this, ‘Photograph a watch or other gadget the style of a glossy magazine advert’.
This is a good one for a wet day, lighting, impact and sharpness being key requirements to consider.
Following the shoot and show night, for the next meeting we will go back to the conventional format. The date has yet to be fixed but hopefully it will be mid-late January.
For anyone who has shot images on the Edward Weston pepper theme and was unable to get to the meeting, or for those who did attend and have reprocessed any images, if you bring them along, we should be able to find time to show them.
In the meantime, we have two new themes for the next meeting.
Congratulations to David Royle on winning the Photographer of the Year award for 2017-18. David has had a number of very close near misses in the competition over the last few years, so it was good to see him win it this year. The trophy was dedicated to the memory of Dave Griffiths, our former chairman and excellent photographer. We were very pleased to have Geraldine presenting the trophy in Dave’s memory.
Rather than set a Summer theme, and bearing in mind that we have several ‘Genres’ to concentrate on for the next seasons club competitions (i.e. Industrial heritage, Portrait, long exposure, Conceptual/fine art(??), A day in the life, Food/product) I thought that we have enough to concentrate on already.
However, taking the Genres, holidays, day trips, personal projects etc all into consideration we could open the new seasons first meeting with the theme,
May to September, my dozen favourite images.
The mix and match, or not, as the case may be, as usual is up to you.
Last Friday’s meeting saw a wide variety of images from those present and others who were unable to attend. The Multiple Exposure theme was most interesting with in camera double and multiple exposures (depends on the camera model), post processing overlays, panorama stitches and photo stacking all appearing. The long term unusual and humorous themes also had us laughing. Amusing images are welcome at any time.
The next themes are,
Gritty Monochrome. Interpret this as gritty/grainy/noisy images made in camera or PP. They will lack fine detail therefore rely on shape and form, they could easily be, as in film days a tiny portion of an image which has been greatly enlarged. Monochrome does not necessarily mean Black and white, it can be any colour (and white?)
‘Take a self portrait in the style of a well-known photographer’. (Drawn from the theme card pack) Time now to study the books or the internet to find something suitable to recreate. You don’t have to stop at one attempt but please include a copy of the original to add to the interest.