New Members Night will take place on Tuesday 11th September. It is a chance for new members to come and find out more about what Preston Photographic Society can do for you.
You will find out about the monthly competitions and how you can enter and also the extra events and support we provide throughout the season. We also organise portrait nights, critique nights, photoshop workshops and photo walks.
If you are interested in joining then come along if you can on Tuesday. If not then the first lecture will take place on Thursday 13th September from Sue Berry 'Feelings Beneath the Surface'.
The new season kicked off with Opening Night on Thursday. Great turnout and good to see lots of new members!
Well done to all the winners Martin Jump, Tim Gilbert (x2) Iain Jack, Trevor Southward and Louise Ollerton.
Remember, we have New Members Night on Tuesday 11th September to find out more about the club and meet other people who have similar interests.
2018-2019 Syllabus Update
Just to let everyone know that with the season rapidly approaching, the updated syallabus is now availible on the website along with a calendar download available which is also availible from the following link. PPS Download Calendar. Just click the link and it should download for you, however, if you have any issues downloading this calendar please let us know.
THIS EVENT REPLACES FAIRY GLEN
REVISED LOCATION. This weeks photowalk will take place in Southport. This time to look at a little Street style photography. Meet at the Club at 6.40pm or by the Carousel at 7.15-7.30pm. Both Lee and myself can't make this week so its being run by Louise who has kindly stepped into the breach for us. Arcades/Lord Street/ Princes Park all areas that could well see some classic PPS photowalk shots. If Alf or Ryzard are there, they point people in the right direction. If this doesn't appeal then sunset is at 20.54 and high tide is near 22.30 for those hoping for a sunset shot or two. Refreshments will usually be partaken after the event. PLEASE NOTE if you are going to the club first can you please message Louise on 07891 426830. Many thanks
URGENT: This weeks photowalk has a change of venue due to Fairy Glenn not having any water in it, it defeats the object of going. New venue will be posted tonight - hopefully not during the football.
Our summer photo walks have commenced! Our first location was Skippool Creek in Thornton last Thursday. Glorious weather, great company and an interesting location if not a bit rickety!
The headline was that our current photo walk co-ordinator, Iain had a ‘photography accident’ – the first I’ve known at PPS. Was he on one of his solo photo quests to Iceland and slipped into a volcano? Or was he abseiling down Nelsons Column whilst trying to photograph the Royal Wedding? Or was the weight of his 5200mm lens too much that he collapsed beneath it? No… he slipped off a plinth at Preston Flag Market. As Paul eloquently stated “You’ll find my sympathy between s**t and syphilis in the dictionary”! But like a trooper Iain joined the walk. Get well soon!
The location was diverse with beautiful scenery, ample boats both old and new.. and very old. Lots of opportunities for close up shots, landscape and seascape and we even spotted a few Herons on the estuary.
As we walked further around the creek it was getting slightly more moist and muddy – fine if you had the essential walking boots. Not so fine if you are Neil and decide to wear flip flops. As Louise and I in perfect synchronisation said “There’s always one…and it’s usually Neil!”
The evening wasn’t without incidents.. Zach developed a large case of lens envy, which resulted in him not being able to let go of said lens...
Meanwhile Ian was causing a raucous further down the creek clapping the birds away when Ann was trying to set up a 'bird sitting on rickety boat' shot!
After all the excitement of the evening everyone was in fine fettle. Most members retired to the pub for a lemonade– we hope everyone attends next time and we even attracted a new member.
If you would like to join us on a future photo walk keep an eye out on the facebook page. Our next walk will be a woodland walk and will take place at Fairy Glen on 21st June. We hope to see you there!
The First of our Summer Photowalks will be taking place on Thursday 7th June to Skippool Creek. Keep an eye out for the events showing the PPS Open site for more details and as always the walks are open to both Mmebers and Non Members.
Previously asigned to Local Elections the Club is now meeting on the 3rd May and we are having a lecture by our own Alf Myers. Please come and support and I am sure you will find his Street Photography Lecture very interesting. I know it has evolved and Alf has been presenting this Lecture most of the year at other photographic clubs in the area.
Thank you to all those that entered the 7th and final monthly competition. For those you who haven't seen the results here is a list of the podium position from the night.
1st Jurassic Bridge – Phil Wolcock
2nd Jo – Derek Clarkson
1st Monique – Derek Clarkson
2nd BBC Salford Quays – Iain Jack
3rd The Boxer – Robert Turley
1st On the ropes – Michael Porter
2nd Mad March Hares Boxing – Martin Jump
3rd Langdale Pikes from Blea Tarn – Tim Gilbert
1st Defying Gravity – James Sadoo
2nd Sophisticated Gentleman – Ann Edwards
3rd Cathederal – Ryszard Kosik
1st Reflections of a Marbled Reed Frog – Iain Jack
2nd Take the right fork – James Sadoo
3rd Red 6 – Paul Yates
Flora and Fauna
1st Black-tailed Godwit take-off – Martin Jump
2nd Hovering Kestrel – Ian Bamber
3rd Common Blue Damselfly – Trevor Southward
1st Starling touchdown – Martin Jump
2nd A dangerous game – Robert Turley
3rd The Baths Of Maria De Padilla – Helen Hatch
On March 18th 2018 most of the UK was on lock down still reeling from the effects of the Beast from the East. Weather reports were suggesting the Beast of the East 2 was on its way. People couldn’t get into work, people were stranded on motorways, families were having to resort to sledges as their main form of transport to get that all important loaf of bread only to discover when they reached the corner shop it was closed due to a power cut…because of all the white stuff.
Spring was cancelled, and conditions were likely to worsen. But there was a crew of PPS photographers that weren’t going to let a bit of snow stop their photo walk!
With Iain ‘Arctic veteran, distant relative to Ernest Shackleton, best of the West’ Jack at the helm failure was not an option. As he left home for his latest adventure Iain ‘Arctic veteran, distant relative to Ernest Shackleton, best of the West’ said “I’m just going out.. I may be some time”.
While most of us were sat in the comfort of our warm homes the Motley Crew were preparing for their day out in the Lake District. All was going well until they hit the ‘Hill’.
As you can see from the picture the snow must have been at least 2 metres deep...in these conditions you couldn’t blame the crew for thinking another option would be the appropriate solution. But Iain ‘Arctic veteran, distant relative to Ernest Shackleton, best of the West’ Jack was determined to tackle the ‘hill’ in his snow mobile.
As he set off with determination it soon became clear he might need some help. Luckily the crew were not too far behind. They started pushing (Louise and Maria doing the hard work as usual) but to no avail as the snow deemed itself the superior warrior.
If all options fail resort to plan B. As it turns out plan B offered some magnificent views, some superb photography and new photographic experiences, which is what the walks are all about.
Has Zach ever laid on a bed of freezing cold foliage to get ‘that shot’? Has Neil ever been so intrigued by the amount of ice on a twig?
A well deserved lunch was provided by the Britannnia Inn. As it turns out Neil was just happy that he managed to not break a camera, protecting it so much that it even joined him for lunch.
Hats off to all! It just shows that no matter the weather it’s the company that counts. We are looking forward to seeing the results in future competitions- and it looks like a fun day was had by all!