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From Autumn into Winter

10 Jan 2018

Well, the New Year started, as always, with the President’s Competition. This year’s theme was “From Autumn into Winter”, and a massive 65 entries from 13 members were received in Dropbox. The members reviewed the 65 images several times and selected their ten best images. Terry & Terry collated the votes to create a second round of 10 entries. A second round of voting produced:

3rd Place:
Llyn Gwent, Snowdonia by Trever Lowes

2nd place:
Autumn into Winter at Lyme Hall by Vivian Bath

And 1st place and a bottle of wine went to Dave Hastings for:
Mellor Cross Winter Sunset.

Terry Hewitt didn’t do so well with his first attempt at DiCentra. The order the images were projected didn’t match the order on the voting sheets, but after a few minutes a solution was found. One of my entries came 7th. That’s good for me.

A good night! See you all next week

Terry Hewitt

Success for SPS Member

14 Dec 2017

A print by one our members, Graham Hilton LRPS, has been accepted for the annual exhibition of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB).

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It is currently on show at the Haworth Art Gallery in Accrington until 28th January 2018. The exhibition comprises 150 prints and digitally projected images, selected by the PAGB, from the inter-federation competition, held in June 2017.

The print, showing a pair of Kingfishers, had been selected as part of the entry of the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union. With 75 clubs in the LCPU, and 15 federations in the PAGB, the Kingfishers have been chosen from a considerable number of entries.

Graham says “You can tell which is the female – because the lower mandible of the female’s bill is brown, whereas that of the male is black!”

Size matters?

19 Nov 2015

The judge at a recent SPS competition kept referring to some prints as "full size". I wondered what he was on about, and the penny has just dropped.

He criticised one of my projected photos as being "not wide enough". It was a vertical/portrait format photo down an Italian alley. The original file is only a tiny bit wider, so I couldn't have obliged, although I suspect, he'd have been happier if I'd cropped it closer at the top and bottom, to make it shorter.


Reading between the lines, I think the judge isn't happy with the limitations of projectors. They usually present images in a 4:3 or 16:9 horizontal format. Landscape format images will always appear larger than their portrait format equivalents.

So, his advice to make vertical format images as wide as possible seems to me to mean: make your images as *big* as possible on the projector screen.

I'm sure we've all thought about this when selecting portrait format images for competitions. At Bradford PS, we had a 'friendly' print competition, where the biggest prints often won. It seems obvious to me that size really matters.

Maybe, if we don't want to consciously or unsubcansciously favour one format over the other, digital images should be submitted within a square black background.

Photography in Public Places

12 Oct 2011

There has been much discussion in the media and privately about taking photographs in public places. Photographers have been stopped by the police and questioned leading to many misunderstandings about what is and what is not legal.

The Metropolitan Police have now issued some guide lines for their officers on this subject.

You can download a copy of these guide lines from here and keep them handy with you when taking photographs in public places. It could save you a lot of hassle!

Our thanks to Preston Photographic Society for bringing this to our attention.

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