Our next talk (Tuesday, 2nd December) is by Tom Way. He will be enlightening us on all the fantastic wildlife there is to see and photograph on our doorsteps, from Deer to Hedgehogs and from Owls to Foxes. Tom will not only be showing us his wildlife images from our local areas but also describing all the stories behind how he took the images. Tom will then venture further afield and take us to some wildlife hotspots around the world. Tom is an excellent wildlife photographer, as you can see by visiting his website. This is one talk not to be missed!
This year’s Chiltern Schools Photo Competition featured entries from three schools: Chesham Grammar, Chiltern Hills Academy and Misbourne School. The set subject chosen by judges Brian Wright and Chris Sargeant was “Abstract”, and the students came up with some very creative interpretations.
Photography is increasingly included in the Art & Design syllabus. Besides demonstrating their skills as photographers, some of the students showed an amazing mastery of Photoshop – one entry consisted of over 50 layers and took over 10 hours to complete!
To see a full report, and the winning photos, go to this year’s Schools’ Trophy page.
On Tuesday, 23 September, we welcome Alan Copeland to our club. Alan, who is currently Chairman of Whitchurch Hill Camera Club (Reading) will talk about some photographic “Curiosities in the Chilterns”. Besides being a very keen photographer, Alan is also an independent judge for photo club competitions, so hopefully some of his expertise will rub off on us!
Alan has his own website and some of his photos relevant to this particular talk can be found by following this link.
The first formal meeting of the new season, on Tuesday 9 September, will be a talk by David Sherwill on “The Golden Age of Portrait Photography”. David has been actively involved in photography from a very early age and in 1975 it became his profession, specialising mainly in portrait photography. He retired in 2006 and then went to live in Cyprus, but returned to the UK a few years later. He now lives in Woodley near Reading. David has some lovely portraits on his website (click here) to inspire us, so we should be in for a great evening.
We hope all of you who attended our first meeting of the new season last night (2 September 2014) enjoyed yourselves, and it was lovely to see some new faces. Welcome to you all.
Part of the meeting was devoted to our annual “Chiltern Trophy” and this year’s winning entry is shown here (you can click on the image to see a bigger version). Well done John Harding, Graham Parsons and Gary Yates for your “Chiltern Open Air Museum” panel. You created some really stunning images which work well together.
This season the subject of our Chairman’s Trophy is “Cliches and Sayings”. The competition will take place on 11 November 2014 and like last year is a “prints only” competition. You are asked to produce a photo that illustrates a well known saying. For example, “Many hands make light work” should be fairly easy, as would “Still waters run deep”. However, “A stitch in time, saves nine” might be a bit more of a challenge! Choose your own saying and then take a photo to suit (or vice versa). You can enter up to two prints. As the saying goes, “there’s no time like the present”, so start thinking about your entries now!
Les Slatter’s son at exhibition
Saturday 26th October 2013 saw Chesham Photographic Club hold its 49th Annual Exhibition at the Town Hall. Visitor numbers were high and the club members running the refreshment stall did a brisk trade in home made cakes and tea.
There was also a collection of original photographs taken by one of the club’s founder members Les Slatter dating back to the 60’s, kindly donated for the event by his son.
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