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Meteor Photography

At last Wednesday’s meeting I showed a meteor shower time lapse film I’d made on an iPhone.  If you’re interested the app required to make similar videos, and for just about any astronomy-related iPhone purpose, is NightCap Camera.  I was using version 9.0 which has the improved ‘meteor mode’.

Note this app was previously called NightCap Pro and, for a very short time, Night Camera (I think).

It’s currently £1.99 but there is no free ‘lite’ version any more.

And remember there are more meteor showers coming up this year, almost all on nights when the moon won’t interfere too much!  The Orionids, Leonids and Gemenids; in October, November and December respectively.

-Michael Hilton

Exhibition at Wilmslow Library Sat 26 Aug to Thurs 14 Sep

We will be holding a Photography Exhibition in Wilmslow Library Gallery from Saturday 26 August until Thursday 14 September. Do come along – entry is free and we will have a variety of exciting photographs on display with some of them for sale. For further information phone Mary Dolan on 07867428759.

WGPS Project Group Summer Theme

To be shown early next term (September) .  

You can contribute to either or both themes.

A Story in Black and White. Any subject, any theme (e.g. people making something or even a holiday or day trip) Up to a maximum of 15 images, any method of presentation, even an AV if you wish.  

Same place, different times.   Again it’s up to you, it could even be your garden or the local pub or church etc. Up to 15 images about the one subject taken at different times, you can use different viewpoints, different lenses, filters etc, whatever it takes to fulfil your interpretation of the theme.

My thanks to those who have contributed in any way to the success of the Project Group this season.

Bill Salkeld 

Chairman’s Challenge results 24 May


I was very pleased with the number entries in the Chairman’s Challenge last Wednesday with 49 entries in all. The ‘arty’ theme was very popular and the authors demonstrated great creativity in their entries. Members there on the night chose their top images and I have put the top 6 images in the blog.  Thanks to all the authors and the members on the night.

Regards, Chris

Michael Hilton – 1st place with ‘A Street Scene – Manchester’

Barbara Cook – 2nd place with ‘Post’

Barbara Cook – 3rd equal place with ‘Summer’

Michael Hilton – 3rd equal place with ‘Symphony Number 1”

Barbara Cook – 3rd equal place with ‘Purple Rain’

Margaret Green – 6th place with ‘Reflections Salford Quays’



Upcoming exhibitions

South Manchester Camera Club

They are holding an exhibition at Didsbury

Their exhibition then it moves to Victoria Baths on 9-10 September on their Heritage Day

Manchester Art Gallery

An exhibition “Women, Children and Loitering Men” is on from 19 May – 28 August.   Shirley Baker was a pioneering street photographer who compassionately documented the everyday lives of people. This exhibition focuses on her images of Manchester and Salford’s urban clearance programme from 1961-81.


Final Monthly Competition & POTY Results

Despite a slightly disappointing quantity of entries our final monthly (print) competition continued the excellent quality we have seen throughout the season. Ably demonstrated by the winners who also head the final rankings in our Photographer of the Year competition.

Congratulations to Michael Hilton (3rd) and Les Stringer (2nd) but especially to Barbara Cook who wins the coveted POTY trophy for the second year in succession. 

  Comp#6 results here

  POTY final table here

Project Group – Next meeting Friday 26th May at 7.30pm

These suggestions came from the members and are the new subjects. All club members are welcome.

  1. Objects of desire. As ever, put your own interpretation on this one.
  2. Image Processing.’ I did it my way.’ At the last meeting it was apparent that members use a variety of different software programs to process their images. To give us all an insight on how these, perhaps unfamiliar programs work the exercise here is to produce a picture story of the main stages of how you process an image from the initial importing from the camera to the final result.

A series of screen grabs or photos of the screen as seen in some magazine tutorials is what we are aiming for. There is no right or wrong way to process an image, it’s the end result that matters.  We should all learn something with this one. Use any image you wish to illustrate your process.

Bill Salkeld

Project Group – next meeting Fri 21 April

At 7:30 pm – this meeting is open to all club members. The subjects to be shown are:

  1. Your chosen final selection of the long term themes of Ghost Signs and Street/Markets.
  2. New subject Trees

An optional twist in this is for at least one of your ‘slides’ to include three images, comprised of an original image and two selected crops taken from that image. Each of the crops should ideally make an image that will stand up in its own right. This is basically an exercise in initial observation and post processing presentation skills. 

As ever, no judgements, no prizes. It’s all about trying to do something different to improve your photographic and computer skills.

Bill Salkeld

15 March Print Competition Results

The results of our recent Print competition are now available here

and the latest Photographer of the Year table is here

Our new format of having a Theme or Genre section every month alongside a standard ‘Open’ competition appears to be finding favour with members. This month the Genre was ‘Digital Device’ – images taken on a phone or tablet. Congratulations to the winners – pleas upload DPIs of your winning images!

Time Shift – An introduction to Time-Lapse Photography by Stephen Lewis


The crowded room immediately fell silent as Stephen grabbed everyone’s attention with a taster of his quite spellbinding time lapse productions. His productions were not just brilliant photography but were enhanced by a great variety of complementary music!
Having specialised in landscape photography for over 25 years Stephen explained how several years ago he was looking for something new, something different, to challenge him and he ‘found’ time lapse photography.
After a brief history of time lapse photography he went on to explain the hardware and software needed for the job. To achieve his exceptional level of accomplishment some specialist kit and software is needed but he explained how basic time lapse photography was within the reach of most keen amateur photographers.
The very professional and most enjoyable presentation was illustrated with several films that he had created. We saw sunrises and sunsets, the Northern Lights, the Milky Way, shooting stars, and clouds scuttering across the skies. We visited Scotland, the Lake District and Iceland, and as a finale, we flew around North Wales on Stephen’s TIME SHIFT magic carpet.
Find out more about Stephen at


Les Stringer













Project Group – next meeting Fri 10 Feb



WGPS Project Group  – Next Meeting Friday 10th February 2017 at 7.30pm.

Up for showing at the next meeting are:

  1. Any glassware images from 27th Jan evening of any home produced work from those who couldn’t get there.
  2. Any entries for the next competition that you wish to show or discuss, the subjects having been taken on a digital device. It is a print competition but DPIs will be fine for this night.
  3. An open session, bring along any images that you care to show or discuss.  In addition feel free to bring your camera along if there are settings on it that you do not understand or would like to know more about. 

We will also choose subjects for the next meeting which will be back to the normal format.

Bill Salkeld

Some images from the last meeting showing the group taking their images:













Project Group – next Meeting Fri 27 Jan

WGPS practical evening – photographing glass objects.

This will take place on Friday 27 January at 7.30 pm in the Small Hall

Glass objects are notoriously difficult to photograph because of the issues with reflections. This sets a challenge for the Project Group, so by way of a change we are going to have a practical evening at the Guild so that we can share and draw upon each others ideas and experience. A certain amount of equipment and setting up will be required, some of the items that could be used are listed below. Not everyone will have access to all items and indeed some may have different ideas altogether.   Please bring along anything that you think may be useful. 

  • Camera/lenses/spare batteries etc
  • Tripod/remote release.
  • A glass subject to be photographed. Clear, simple (no designs), unmarked wine glasses , make a good start.
  • More ornate items, such as jugs, vases or paperweights can be tried later in the evening.
  • Black, white (for reflectors), red and green card (or other colours) for background (£1 shops)?
  • A piece of black mount board with a hole in the centre which is just smaller than the wine glass. You will need some method of raising this up to get a light source underneath (books from the club library may be a possibility). Your subject will need to rest on this black card.
  • A light source, either a flashgun with off camera cable, LED torch or light box. We have table lamps, studio flash and tungsten lights in the darkroom for the more ambitious.
  • A method of holding up background card/paper. This might be the main challenge. Improvisation is part of the fun. Bluetac, pins and plastic spring type clips (£1 shop) may help.  
  • Some sort of background & lighting diffuser such as a white perspex  sheet or  an improvised version using tracing/greaseproof paper, bulldog clips and a simple wooden picture frame (pound shop or charity shop). The glass from the frame may also be useful for some set-ups.

Whilst this subject may not inspire everyone, why not dust off your camera, come along and take some pictures anyway.

Some examples from Stuart Martin and myself from an earlier session are attached as examples. We are open to any alternative ideas.

Bill Salkeld

Photo exhibition – Manchester 25 – 29 Jan

We had notification of an exhibition:

WHERE: St James House, 7 Charlotte Street, Manchester M1 4DZ

WHEN: Wednesday 25th to Sunday 29th January 2017, open daily from 10am to 3pm

WHAT: Photography is a great means of storytelling and it is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. However, anyone can take a photograph, but telling a rich story through photography is another matter.

By using a camera to tell a visual story, you not only capture a moment in time, you also suggest an underlying narrative that hints at something much bigger.

Our Stories is an exhibition devoted to documentary photography, which is often used to chronicle significant events or environments, historical events and everyday life.

COST: Entry is free – No tickets required

WHO: Anyone who you think may enjoy a photographic exhibition!


(Please note that dates may be subject to change. We advise you to check our website for the latest information prior to attendance. Only a selection of photographs from this exhibition will be shown in each gallery. As such, not every photograph will be guaranteed to feature in each location along the tour. Please contact us for more information. Disabled visitors are advised to check with us, before visiting an exhibition, that suitable access can be provided).


Member’s evening November

Bill Salkeld put together a very interesting topic for our member’s evening in November. Given the challenge of taking 4 images and handing them in to be amalgamated into a group slide show of all the contributors – all by 9:00!  The 4 image subjects were; a close-up shot, a portrait, plus two images outside the Guild – a street-light scene and a night-time ‘road’ image.  Members could use their own or the club’s laptops or could use other processing means e.g. camera phone or ipad apps.  A very busy evening’s photography and processing took place and we then all enjoyed reviewing and commenting on the images taken.

A selection of images on the night:



Sean Conboy

So who is tonight’s speaker? Someone named Sean Conboy who is described on his website as “An internationally renowned photographer, who provides architects, construction companies, designers and the world of advertising and marketing with a standard of work that only leaves you questioning the standards of others.” Also his website mentions that he is an Ambassador for top range photographic equipment like Hasselblad, Linhof and Broncolor. His Hasselblad camera costs as much as a family car!! So, the question comes to mind … how relevant is this person to members of a local camera club in Wilmslow?
Sean began his presentation by telling us about what had led him into a lifetime of photography and his international reputation. The gift of a movie camera from his grandfather was the beginning. He used it to make short films whilst at school in Blackpool and the new found love of photography took him to study the subject at a highly reputable college in his home town. By now he had decided that he wanted to be a stills photographer. During his year out from college, on work experience, he was allowed to use a Hasselblad camera and all the film he could use!
Having finished college he went to London where he gained invaluable commercial photography experience and also spent 18 months working on a cruise ship. Significantly, whilst in London he had the opportunity to attend a lecture where ‘the best architectural photographer of his day showed pictures and did demonstrations.” He then knew what he wanted to do.


Blackpool Winter Gardens by Sean Conboy.

Today, he is an Ambassador for Hasselblad and Linhof, the top technical photographic equipment available. Wonderful images from various places around the world including Dubai, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Australia, Gibraltar, Blackpool and Manchester (!!) demonstrated the range and quality of his work. He talked through some of the technical challenges and solutions of architectural photography and the use of lighting to illuminate and / or creatively enhance his images.


Petronas Towers Kuala Lumpur by Sean Conboy.

 By the end of his talk he had bridged the gap between the highly technically competent professional commercial photographer and the enthusiastic amateur by setting out certain principles and attitudes that can be applied to both disciplines and in doing so demonstrated his basic love of photography.

Les Stringer

Frogfish at WGPS



On Wednesday last we enjoyed a most entertaining and informative evening with Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown ( who gave a presentation on Underwater Wildlife Photography. Using a series of wonderful images taken in various locations throughout the world, they talked through not only the technical challenges of their work but also about the artistic aspects of underwater photography. The ‘techies’ in the group had the opportunity to examine and discuss the photographic equipment that Nick and Caroline use.

We also heard about their busy lives as award winning photographers and authors of books and regular contributors to diving, wildlife and international press. We heard about their passion about marine conservation and their role as UK Ambassadors for Sharks4Kids.


It was a most fascinating and enjoyable presentation that gave us an insight into this specialist genre of photography.


Les Stringer



WGPS Photowalk around Liverpool

On a damp Tuesday morning in November seven intrepid souls ventured forth for the inaugural WGPS photowalk around Liverpool. We met at the Central Library – itself an very photogenic building; and over a coffee and cake went over the route for the day.  




Photo by Gary Schultz



The day was a mixture of street photography around the city centre, picking out some great details in the period buildings and back streets and finishing with exploring the waterfront area from the Albert Dock along to the area in front of the Liver Building.





Photo by Bill Salkeld








Photo by Mary Dolan




We had a very enjoyable day and were blessed with some excellent light during the afternoon and some incredible sky over the waterfront area at dusk as the image above shows.


Adrian Hazeldine



Monthly Comp #1 Results

A good number of excellent entries for both sections of our first monthly competition of the new season. And the first month using our new competition format where each month will have a colour or mono section in Part 1 and the second section will be on a theme or genre.

The Genre this month was Tryptych and our members  took up the challenge with enthusiasm. Congratulations to Adrian who came first in both sections, congratulations to the other winners and well done everyone for the high standard of entries.

Results are here

WGPS Photo Project Group – The next missions!

Last Friday saw a successful evening with a wide variety of Hats shown as the main subject. The following two themes were chosen for the next meeting for a date to be fixed in early January. (December has proved difficult in the past because of members numerous seasonal commitments.)

  1.  Transport – as a warm up and review for possible entries into the Club monthly competition for February (25th January hand in date) .
  2.  Shoes. Yes you read it correctly, Shoes! That should stretch your imagination.

A longer term theme, to be completed by the April meeting has a heritage and historical record touch about it,

3.   Ghost signs – meaning the type of often faded and partial advertising or premises signs painted on walls and gable ends of usually brick buildings.  Let’s see what can be found.

Bill Salkeld=

Annual Print Competition Winners

Once again, the Wilmslow Guild Photographic Society (WGPS) annual competition drew hundreds of print & digital entries from keen members, with subjects as varied as portraits, landscapes, sport and natural history. They were assessed by a panel of 3 external judges.

The Society always holds a follow-up evening session with one of the judges returning to provide feedback on the entries and this is always proves a very rewarding and informative evening for members.

In the print category, the winners were (in the photo left to right) Michael Hilton, Les Stringer and John Dennis.

Michael won two categories: Portrait & People with his image titled “Time to Remember” taken at an RPS portrait day with an actor playing the part of a weary mill worker and shot in natural light from a window, and the Monochrome category with his image titled “Flying High” taken in London, the buildings themselves provided an excellent image, but capturing the bird turned it into a winning image.

Les entered many high scoring images but in the colour category his print “In the Early Morning Light” was the winner.  It was taken at dawn at the Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway in late February.  John Dennis had the distinction of winning the top 4 places in the Natural History category – his winning image “Female Leopard” was taken while on safari in Kafue National Park, Zambia – the guide cut the engine on the boat and let it drift past the leopard.


Competition Secretary’s Photo Challenge

The ‘Challenge’ is to take one frame using 35mm film on an old fashioned camera. 

If you wish to have a go please sign up with me. The idea is that you will have the camera for one week to choose and capture your subject. The camera will then be passed on to the next person on the list.

When all the frames on the film have been exposed, I will have it developed, and we will present the results at a members’ evening, when the members will be able to choose their winner, who will receive a suitable reward.

The camera is loaded with Fujifilm Superia X-tra, a 400 asa print film, and has a 50mm lens.

The camera settings that are adjustable are ;-

Shutter speed. 1/30th, 1/60th, 1/125th, 1/250th and 1/500th. There is also a bulb setting for timed exposure, and a clockwork delayed shutter release. There is also a cable release if you want to use a tripod.

Aperture. f2, f2.8, f4, f5.6, f8, f11 and f16. The lens iris has a manual diaphragm. This means that you can focus at f2, but then need to STOP THE LENS DOWN MANUALLY to the f stop setting required for exposure. If you forget you will, obviously, overexpose your photograph.

If you need an exposure meter, and don’t have an old one lying around, you could use your digital camera to decide on the exposure, or there are apps available for your smart phone that will do the job. Failing that there is always the f16 rule!

Please take one, and only one exposure. When you have taken your photograph DO NOT ADVANCE THE FILM.

Pass the camera on to the next photographer on the list. He or she can then wind the film on just before they take their picture.

Any questions, let me know….. You can get in touch on 01625 820768

Happy snapping

David Hardy


External Photo Competition

Fancy entering an external Photographic Competition?

We received an email from SITTP (Society of International Travel & Tourism Photographers) with information about their monthly competitions. You don’t have to be a member and it’s free to enter.  Note: I believe you will have to zip your jpeg images when you upload them.

Follow the links to enter:

This month’s Photographic Competitions are:

My Voyage of Discovery Images from anything on your travels, whether it’s street photography through to stunning places (whatever you discover).

Best of Nature

This month’s competition solely emphasises on all things of ‘Nature’, whether it be the force of Mother Nature or animals living their daily lives.

Equestrian Events This month’s competition is Equestrian Events photography, anything from dressage, in-hand showing, cross country and show jumping to name a few.

The Human Form

This month’s competition focuses on the study and appreciation of the beauty of the human body.

Last months winners can be found at:

Amazing Insects

All Sports

World we live in

Lovable pets