Hexham & District Photographic Society
Newsletter January 2014 Issue 71
Images from Mavis’s assignment should be with her by no later than 18/2/2014 along with some notes about the images.
Images from Bob's assignment should be with him by no later than 25/2/2014 along with some notes about the images.
PRINT OF THE YEAR
It is a timely reminder as we are nearing the Print of the Year (POY) competition that you are reminded of the rules of this competition which are different from the Advanced and Open competitions.
Images submitted for POY have to have been taken in the period 1st January 2013 up to 11th March 2014. If you are unsure when you took your images then check the metadata for each image.
Images taken prior to this date cannot be considered even if you have never entered it previously or even done any processing on the image until recently.
MEMBER PROFILE - CHRISTINE GILES
Thanks to Christine Giles who volunteered to do the first of a new set of photographic profiles and here it is in her own words:
Christine Boy in Souk
“I have always enjoyed a passion for photography as my friends and family well know, but in the last 5 years since joining Hexham Photographic Society, when I did not even possess an SLR camera and did not know the difference between an F stop and aperture, I have begun to take it very seriously and have become totally addicted to this wonderful creative art. My inspiration has principally come from Leo Palmer, whose series of excellent photographic workshops I have been attending, has taught me so much about photography and the desire to constantly challenge and push myself out of my comfort zone in order to further develop my skills. It was Leo himself who believed in and encouraged me to apply for a Licentiateship to the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS) three years ago, where I was delighted to achieve this standard within such a short time. I was even more thrilled when the RPS chose to use my Panel as an example of how to be successful in achieving an LRPS. I am now working towards my Associateship to the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS), where I intend to submit a Travel Panel. I see myself as an opportunist photographer, who seizes the moment! I adore candidly photographing people and animals, love travel photography and am now passionate about sports photography, notably rugby, supervised by my sports mentor, Danny Brannigan, who supervises and gives me excellent tips down on the touchline at Tyndale! I find photographing the rugby incredibly exciting and rewarding getting a real buzz out of capturing some great moments on the pitch! My life has been totally enriched since I joined Hexham Camera Club, in that I have made so many wonderful new friends and enjoyed visiting some gorgeous places on assignments with like-minded people. Kevin - my lovely husband - might not entirely agree, as he feels he has severe competition, being now married to both me and my camera!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Now that you have seen the format of the profile maybe you will also volunteer with a personal profile. It should be about 250 words, accompanied by an image of yourself and 2 of your own images. Image size should be 600 pixels on the longest side, resolution 150ppi and saved as jpeg quality 8.
3 PRINTS ON A THEME
We would like volunteers again for next season to submit 3 prints on a theme. The prints should be mounted in the usual way and the theme can be whatever you want. You will need to give a few sentences on the why, what & where of the images.
The prints will be needed by early September and the commentator will be Mavis.
AUDIO VISUAL EVENING
Returning again next season by popular demand and needing volunteers to produce AVs that should not last any longer than 5 minutes. They will be needed by early October.
It will be a case of first come….. for both “3 prints” and “AVs” and if you could let me know as soon as possible as we are restricted to showing only 25 panels of 3 and 12 AVs.
Do you want to put some of your images onto the Gallery? Then contact Bob who will give you the dimensions required.
Yes I know it is quite some time until the annual exhibition but planning has already started and it is important that you know what is happening. This year’s exhibition takes place from Monday, 21st July to Saturday, 3rd August 2014. Good news from the Moot Hall is that there are some improvements being made which include the renewal of the print display boards and lighting. Last year we had a bumper number of prints submitted for the exhibition but are restricted to the amount of display surface so could only hang 113 prints. With an increasing membership it is likely there will be even more prints this year and to hang as many as possible we have to ask everyone to submit only horizontal mounted prints. This allows us to hang more images. If any of the images you want to submit are vertical then why not print them smaller and mount them horizontally. You will know that during the exhibitions of the last two years we have had to ask the Moot Hall administrators to install dehumidifiers to help reduce the dampness in the hall. This caused some prints to bow and last year John Cullen had to visit the exhibition on a daily basis to rehang these prints. What he noticed was the prints which bowed did not have any backing card on the reverse of the print; those that did were not a problem. To prevent this happening please do put some type of card on the reverse of your prints.
PHOTOGRAPHIC SPONSORSHIP OF QUEEN ELIZABETH HIGH SCHOOL HEXHAM
As you know we award a yearly prize of £50 to Queen Elizabeth High Photography. The prize this year was awarded to Thomas Allison and this was for his innovative use of the medium to explore and develop his own creative practice. He uses digital photography to explore colour, texture and abstraction inked to his studies on geology.
Thomas has sent me the following three images which complement the above statement:
Coral Structure - Thomas Allison
Rock Sea - Thomas Allison
Rough Crystaline - Thomas Allison
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