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SPS Christmas Meal 2016 - CAR 18/12/16


I have just uploaded some images by Anne Broadbent from the 2016 Christmas meal

Merit Competition Standings - CAR 17/12/16


I have just uploaded the final Merits standings from Andy which are on the Competition page.

Autumn week away - Joyce Hollows 19/11/16


I have just uploaded a report of the SPS trip to Whitchurch from Joyce and this can also be found as normal on the Documents page.

Alex Hyde 17th November - John Earnshaw 27/10/16


Sale Photographic Society have the renowned Landscape and Natural History photographer Alex Hyde coming to us on Thursday the 17th November, with his enthralling talk entitled 'The Peak District: Its Scenery and Natural History' and would like to extend an invitation to you if you fancy coming along.

Venue : St Mary's Church Centre, Moss Lane, Sale Cheshire M33 6GD. Doors open at 7.30pm for 8.00pm start.

Alex is one the foremost Landscape and Natural History Photographers in the country, and won the 'Hidden Britain' category in the 2015 British Wildlife Photography Awards. As well as being a talented photographer, Alex also spends much of his time teaching others how to hone their photographic skills and to that end runs a series of excellent photographic tours, workshops and one day courses to transfer his knowledge to others.

His uniquely creative approach to capturing Peak District Landscape and Wildlife and images leaves a lasting impression, and the range and extent of Alex's coverage remains unsurpassed.

It will be a very reasonable £ 4 (for non-members) on the door to cover the costs, which includes coffee/tea and biscuits if you wish. If you decide to come, then ideally it would be good if they could let me know, as then we can organise the correct number of chairs and refreshments. For further information kindly contact John Earnshaw

For further information see - Alex Hyde Poster, or hit his website

Mark Sisson 13th October - John Earnshaw 04/10/16


Sale Photographic Society have the renowned Natural History photographer Mark Sisson from Natures Images visiting us on Thursday the 13th October, with his captivating talk entitled 'White and Wild - Nature in Colder Climes' and we would like to extend an invitation to you if they fancy coming along - Venue : St Mary's Church Centre, Moss Lane, Sale Cheshire. M33 6GD

One the foremost Natural History Photographers in the country, Mark Sisson's career has blossomed since winning the Outdoor Photographer of the Year Competition in 2011.

Running the Natures Images Photographic Holidays Company with his partner Danny Green, has allowed Mark to travel the world capturing breathtaking images of all manner of wildlife. His winning images feature frequently in the BBC WILDLIFE, and NATURES HOME Magazines for which he writes regularly.

He is the true master of photographing genuinely wild creatures and their natural environments in a spectacular way and his presentation includes personal anecdotes from his experiences and a series of stunning images from the colder parts of the planet. This is a lecture not to be missed!

It will be a very reasonable £ 4 (for non-members) on the door to cover the costs, which includes coffee/tea and biscuits if you wish.

For further information see - Mark Sisson Poster, or hit his website

Merit Competition Standings - CAR 04/08/16


I have just uploaded the latest Merits standings from Andy which are on the Competition page.

2017 Competitions - CAR 09/07/16


I have just added a copy of the 2017 competitions and titles from the competitions secs. to the Competition Page.

Mike Shore images - CAR 06/07/16


I have just uploaded some more images into the Gallery page for Mike Shore.

Simon Watkinson 26th May - John Earnshaw 13/05/16


Further to last weeks post below - we have internationally renowned photographer Simon Watkinson visiting us on the 26th May, who has over 25 years of experience in professional Photography, and from his base in The Peak District, Simon now specialises in Travel and Landscape Photography and attracts clients internationally both to his courses at home in the Peak District and from around the World. In this exceptional talk Simon explains how to get the best from a Monochrome image, from the initial visualisation, through to the final image, with many outstanding example of his work as illustrations.

He is without doubt one of the most talented Monochrome workers in the country. talk entitled 'The Creative Power of Monochrome'. Tickets will be £ 4 for non-SPS members.

For further information see - Simon Watkinson Poster, or hit his website

Update - CAR 07/05/16


A few things. Firstly the Syllabus has been just updates as on the 26th May 2016 we will have a lecture by Simon Watkinson entitled, 'The Creative Power Of The Monochrome Image'. For more information on Steve's background kindly see his website

Also the final day for the Sale Festival Photographic Compitition entry is now Tuesday 31st May - see details below.

John Gardner 7th April - John Earnshaw 29/03/16


We have the renowned Commercial, Portrait and Natural History photographer John Gardner visiting us on the 7th April, with his captivating talk entitled 'Another Day At The Office'. Tickets will be £ 4 for non-SPS members.

John impressed us all immensely when he visited us last year, with his stunning show of local and European wildlife. So bowled over were we with his work that we have asked him back again this year to present his new work.

'Another Day At The Office' is a look at the different photographic genres he covers as a professional photographer. The talk should have something for everyone with digital images covering wildlife, commercial, wedding, portrait and studio and maybe even a few steam trains! John will discuss the techniques behind the images and what equipment was used to capture the shot.

For further information see - John Gardner Poster, or hit one of his three website Wildlife - Commercial - Studio

For further information contact :- John Earnshaw email: jrearnshaw@lineone.net

2016 Competitions - Andy Carpenter 13/03/16


A copy of the 2016 SPS competitions rules are now available on the Documents Page.

Sale Festival Photo. Comp. - John Earnshaw 05/03/16


Sale Festival 2016 will be holding another Photographic Competition similar to those held in previous years, organised by Sale Photographic Society. The competition is for keen Amateur Photographers and the theme of this year's competition is "In Britain's Parks and Gardens"

We would love you to enter the competition, and with a theme like this, the opportunities are vast.

Britain has some wonderful Public Parks and Public Gardens, ranging from the local parks in Sale and Trafford, to the National Parks such as The Lake District and Snowdonia and apart from the magnificent views and landscapes that lie within them you will also find all manner of people and activities going on.

It could be a picture of a game of cricket or football, a group of ramblers, a beautiful view, a farm or country house or anything else you care to think of that depicts the theme in the way you want to interpret it so the list really is endless. Wherever you go, you will find examples of "Britain's Parks and Gardens" and you won't have to travel far to encounter great shots.

Every entrant will have at least one of their prints displayed in the exhibition at Sale Waterside which will run for 4 weeks from the competition prize giving (10th June). You can enter up to 4 pictures with a maximum size of 15" x 10" (26 x 36cm), and don't forget there is also a junior competition for the under 16's. You have until Monday 30th May 2016 to put your entry in

A full set of rules can be downloaded from here and we look forward to seeing your entry and wish you the best of luck.

2016 Competitions - Andy Carpenter 27/02/16


The details of all the 2016 SPS competitions are now available on the Competition Page.

Annual Exhibition - CAR 30/01/16


I have just uploaded some images from last Thursday's Annual Exhibition which can be viewed from the following link - 2015 Annual Exhibition. Thanks go to John for taking the images and I am sorry to have missed the event as it looks like it was another great evening.

Many of the prints from the exhibition will be available at Sale Library for the next few weeks.

Tony and Carol Dilger Lecture - John Earnshaw 15/01/16


Another reminder that next weeks meeting will not be at our usual venue of St Mary's, as the Main Hall where we usually hold such meetings will be in use. So, we will be de-camping for the evening to St Anne's Church Hall on Trinity Road in Sale Moor. The actual address is - Church Hall, Trinity Rd, Sale, Cheshire M33 3GD.

We have the renowned Natural History and Landscape photographers Carol & Tony Dilger visiting us on the 21st January, with their captivating talk entitled 'Just Two Clicks'.

You can preview their work on their website - Tony & Carol's website

Enterance is free for SPS members and £ 4 for non-members.

For further information see - Dilger_Photography.pdf.

Annual results update - CAR 15/01/16


Further to the post on 13th December the following categories were voted on by SPS members last night and the results are as follows:
Member of the year award was posthumously awarded to Ken Matthews
Beginner - Interview by Raymond Bates
Landscape of the year - After the storm by Clive Robinson
Image of the year - After the storm by Clive Robinson

Annual Exhibition 28 January - CAR 11/01/16


This years Annual Exhibition takes place on Thursday 28 January from 7.30pm to 10.00pm at the St. Mary Magdalene Church Centre, Moss Lane, Sale M33 6GD.

During the evening we have a display in the foyer area of the church where the exhibition takes place, of most of the prints entered into our Annual Competition. This is available for both society members and the general public.

Tony and Carol Dilger Lecture - CAR 11/01/16


The meeting on 21st January will not be at our usual venue of St Mary's, as the Main Hall where we usually hold such meetings will be in use.

So, we will be de-camping for the evening to St Anne's Church Hall on Trinity Road in Sale Moor.

The actual address is - Church Hall, Trinity Rd, Sale, Cheshire M33 3GD.

2016 Competition forms - CAR 02/01/16


I have just uploaded the 2016 Quarterly and Merit forms for the Competition Secretaries. As normal these can be found on the Documents page.

SPS Christmas Meal 2015 - CAR 23/12/15


I have just uploaded some images by Bert Broadbent from the 2015 Christmas meal

2016 Syllabus - John McNally 19/12/15


The working 2016 syllabus is now available and can be downloaded from the link on the right.

Annual results - Andy Carpenter 13/12/15


The results of the 2015 Annual PDI and Princt competitions are:

PDI- Landscape Winner
On the rocks by Lesley Heptinstall

PDI- Beginner Open
Winner Interview by Raymond Bates
Certificate Of Merit Underground by Roy Grindrod
Very Highly Commended Black rhino by Jane Hawnaur
Very Highly Commended Petrified forest by Jane Hawnaur
Very Highly Commended South Stack Sunset by Andy Jefferson
Highly Commended Plas Newydd House by Nicola Brown
Highly Commended Wild elephant family by Jane Hawnaur
Highly Commended Hoi An Merchant Town by Roy Grindrod

PDI- Colour Open
Winner Under the Bridge by Lesley Heptinstall
Certificate Of Merit My Demons! by Justin Garner
Very Highly Commended On the rocks by Lesley Heptinstall
Very Highly Commended Lake, mist, trees by Andy Jefferson
Highly Commended The Golden Hour by Chris Boyes
Highly Commended John Hopkins Knee Down at Druids by Andy Jefferson

PDI- Monochrome Open
Winner Exercising on Pilling Sands by Andy Carpenter
Certificate Of Merit Path to Mam Tor by Paul Bates
Very Highly Commended Eilean Donan Castle by Clive Robinson
Very Highly Commended The Falls of Desolation by John Earnshaw

PDI- Record
Winner Drawer front, Blackwell House, Windermere by Joyce Hollows
Certificate Of Merit Kenworthy Memorial Window - St Paul's - Sale by Chris Boyes
Very Highly Commended Stamford Military Hospital Memorial by John Nugent
Highly Commended Dome (Montefiascone) by Richard Parish

PDI- Portrait Winner Lock your doors! by Justin Garner
Certificate Of Merit Future Cut by Justin Garner
Very Highly Commended French Resistance Fighter by John Earnshaw
Highly Commended I Am Screaming Inside by Clive Robinson

PDI- Natural History
Winner Gannet Landing by John Earnshaw
Certificate Of Merit Meadow pipit with worm by John McNally
Very Highly Commended Barn Owl Peeping Out of Barn by John Earnshaw
Highly Commended The Flock by Justin Garner

Print- Landscape Winner
After the storm by Clive Robinson

Print- Beginner Open
Winner Dubrovnik Harbour by Malcolm Halsall

Print- Colour Open Winner After the storm by Clive Robinson
Certificate Of Merit Grace by Justin Garner
Very Highly Commended Leading - but only just by Chris Boyes
Very Highly Commended Banded Demoiselle Dragonfly by John Nugent
Highly Commended Autumn Padley Gorge by Andy Jefferson

Print- Monochrome Open
Winner Tin Bath approaching Copy Pit by Andy Carpenter
Certificate Of Merit Benijo Beach by Isabel Hewitt
Very Highly Commended Sulawesi Black crested macaque by Lesley Heptinstall
Very Highly Commended Following the Racing Line by Chris Boyes
Highly Commended Looking Up, Orvieto Cathedral, Italy by Chris Boyes
Highly Commended A Dream Kitchen by John Nugent

Print- Record
Winner Vatican Museum by Clive Robinson
Certificate Of Merit St George Window - St Mary's - Woodbridge by Chris Boyes
Very Highly Commended Sect. stained glass, St. Stephens, Ludlow by Dave Hollows
Very Highly Commended San Brizio Chapel Ceiling, Orvieto Cathedral, Italy by Chris Boyes
Highly Commended Door Panel, Church of Santa Caterina, Rome by Joyce Hollows
Highly Commended Restored Brighton Bandstand by Mike Henfield
Highly Commended Trompe l'oeil by Richard Parish
Highly Commended Wall detail, Palan de la Musica, Barcelona by Isabel Hewitt

Print- Portrait
Winner Wistful Washerwoman by John Earnshaw
Certificate Of Merit The man with a ginger brid by Justin Garner
Very Highly Commended Haz by John Nugent
Highly Commended The Wedding Singer by Dave Hollows
Highly Commended Kamila by Joyce Hollows

Print- Natural History
Winner An Inquisitive Fox by John Nugent
Certificate Of Merit Sandwich Tern by Andy Jefferson
Very Highly Commended Dragon Fly by John Nugent
Very Highly Commended Black-browed Albatross on Nest Mound by John Earnshaw
Highly Commended Cuckoo With Caterpillar by John Earnshaw
Highly Commended Imperial Cormorant in Flight by John Earnshaw
Highly Commended Grey Hooded Sierra-Finch by Justin Garner

2016 Draft Syllabus - John McNally 29/11/15


The Draft 2016 Syllabus is now available and can be viewed from - 2016 Draft Syllabus. Let me know if you have any requested for the outstanding days before they are filled.

Autumn week away - Joyce Hollows 27/11/15


I have just uploaded a report of the SPS trip to Anglesey from Joyce and this can also be found as normal on the Documents page.

Hand-in dates - Andy Carpenter 31/10/15


The Syllabus gives the hand-in dates for this year's Annual competitions as 12th November (PDIs) and 19th November (Prints). On review, it has been decided that only two weeks are required to collate and judge the images. Thus, the new hand-in dates are 19th November (PDIs) and 26th November (Prints). If you want to hand-in on the original dates, that will be fine.

Bert Broadbent new images - CAR 18/10/15


I have just uploaded some new images onto the Gallery page from Bert Broadbent based upon a visit to Sale of the Maasai Warriors performers who were raising funds for their homeland charities.

Ken Matthews RIP - John Earnshaw 08/10/15


Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but Ken Matthews who was a long standing member of Sale Photographic Society died last week on the 29th September 2015. His funeral will be held at the New Chapel at the Manchester Crematorium, which is part of Southern Cemetery, on Barlow Moor Road, at 2.55pm on Monday 12th October. Ken was a very active member of the society who used to specialise in natural history images and will be known by many photographers in the L&CPU area.

The service will be led by Rev Tim Nicholls who is the minister at Cath's local Methodist Church. A collection box for Christies Hospital will be available for donations at the chapel entrance and family flowers only are requested.

When Ken was in the Army in Singapore, he formed a pop group with some local lads called Ken Vincent and the Emeralds. They made a record which will be played in the chapel after the service.

SPS 2015 Quarterley Competition - CAR 01/08/15


The prints from the last Quarterley Competition will still be on display at the Sale Library until next Saturday. It is well worth visiting if you are in the area and we have already had some really positive reviews and feedback.

This weeks Merit competition - Richard Parish 12/07/15


The entry forms for this weeks Merit competition can be downloaded from here - Word version, PDF version

This weeks meeting - Ken Matthews 06/07/15


Thursday meeeting is not at the church as normal but is an Outdoor Photography event at Lyme Park, Disley.

Those who wish to can meet up inside the park next to car park at 7pm but there is no problem if you arrive earlier. Unfortunately, the House and Gardens close at 5pm but you can still see the House and Lake from the rear. If you are going make sure you have a National Trust card or travel with someone who does otherwise you may have to pay to enter and park.

I set up for us to eat at the White Horse in Disley which normally stops serving food at 9.30pm with the menu as my email.

Ron Thomas lecture 20 August - John McNally 28/06/15


The 2015 syllabus has just been updated for the 20th August to include 'An evening with Ron Thomas FRPS' and will be on a natural history theme.

Graham Dunn 2 July - Mike Bannister 27/06/15


The internationally acclaimed landscape photographer Graham Dunn will be visiting us next week to share with us his presentation on 'North Norfolk Landscapes'. Tickets will be £ 4 for non-SPS members and free for members and doors open at 7:30pm for an 8:00pm start.

Having originally trained at Medical School, Graham changed direction from a career in surgery to one behind the camera some time ago, and now has a great passion for landscape photography. He enjoys photographing throughout the UK but especially in Norfolk, and 'North Norfolk Landscapes' is an illustration of the power of light in landscape photography. His talk illustrates the way in which light, in all its forms, can inject mood and drama into a landscape.

His images have been widely published in magazines, books, textbooks, calendars and newspapers and his fine-art landscape prints are enjoyed by businesses and private collectors throughout the UK and beyond and if you are coming along, it would be useful to know numbers so that we can organise the refreshments. Please contact Ken Matthews (ken@kenspics.co.uk)

For further information see - Graham Dunn Poster, or hit his website Graham Dunn Photography

Spring week away - Joyce Hollows 11/06/15


I have just uploaded a report of the SPS trip to Craster from Joyce and this can also be found as normal on the Documents page.

2015 Syllabus - Ken Matthews 23/04/15


The current 2015 Syllabus has just been uploaded to include the lecture by Boyd Harris on the 14th May. Boyd has given three great lectures to us before and this time his presentation will be on treks in Nepal.

Ken Matthews images - CAR 06/04/15


I have just uploaded some new images onto the Gallery page from Ken Matthews.

Chris Boyes images - CAR 02/04/15


I have just uploaded some new images onto the Gallery page from Chris Boyes.

Sale Festival Photo. Comp. - John Earnshaw 02/04/15


Sale Festival 2015 will be holding another Photographic Competition similar to those held in previous years, organised by Sale Photographic Society. The competition is for keen Amateur Photographers and the theme of this year's competition is "At Work or Play"

We would love you to enter the competition, and with a theme like this, the opportunities are vast.

But "At Work or Play", what does it mean? Well basically, it's anything that you perceive of as being related to Work of any kind, or Play of any kind, or indeed, a combination of the two.

It could be a picture of workers on a building site, people having fun on the beach, a game of cricket or football, or anything else you care to think of that depicts the theme in the way you interpret it. The list is endless and we're not trying to define where Work and Play starts and finishes - we'll leave that for you to decide. In fact, professional rugby players and footballers fit the bill on both counts. Wherever you go, you will find examples of "Work or Play" and you won't have to travel far to encounter great shots - and we would love to see them

Every entrant will have at least one of their prints displayed in the exhibition at Sale Waterside which will run for 4 weeks from the competition prize giving (12th June).

You can enter up to 4 pictures with a maximum size of 15" x 10" (26 x 36cm), and don't forget there is also a junior competition for the under 16's. So if you have any junior friends or relatives, lend them a camera so they can get snapping, and maybe win the Junior Prize.

A full set of rules can be downloaded from here.

Merit competition in April - Richard Parish 25/03/15


Our second new-style Merits competition is approaching (hand-in on 9th April) and the new entry form has just been uploaded to the documents page. Please note that this is a one-off entry form, usable ONLY for this competition. The sections are Open, Travel and Creative (definitions of these subjects may be found below) and all sections may contain Colour and Mono images as there are no Mono-only sections.

Competition Update - Andy Carpenter 21/02/15


As mentioned by Richard on Thursday, the new quarterley competition forms have now been uploaded to the documents page.

Also the competition secretaries have been asked for a clarification for the Creative Section in the Merit competitions. So the actual definition is 'A creative image shows the application of a creative process (a viewer will think that the image is novel, imaginative, ingenious or inspired). This process may use imaginative camera techniques (e.g. slow shutter speeds and panning), subject matter, lighting or viewpoints, image manipulation or the artistic combination of two or more images. Some definitions of creativity require that a creative image should show an altered reality, this is not necessary for SPS creative sections. The use of a single image manipulation technique, e.g. High Dynamic Range (HDR), is unlikely to produce an image that would be perceived as creative.'

Fran Halsall 26 February - John Earnshaw 15/02/15


Fran Halsall is an international acclaimed landscape photographer who was trained in Fine Art. She is passionate about the material world, its history, its conservation, and her photography reflects these interests. Fran has a detailed knowledge of geology and habitats, especially those in the Peak District where she lives. She approaches her practice with an artistic sensibility, creating bold and memorable images, of British natural habitats and geological formations.

In the last few years she has written and illustrated three books on Landscape Photography, featuring images of locations throughout the British Isles including classic views, important habitats, iconic rock formations, ancient monuments and man-made landscapes.

'British Landscapes' is a feast for the landscape photographer's eyes and a lecture not to be missed. Tickets will be £ 4 for non-SPS members.

For further information see - Fran Halsall Poster, or hit her website Fran Halsall Photography

For further information contact :- John Earnshaw email: jrearnshaw@lineone.net and would be useful to know if you intent coming so we can organise the refreshments.

SPS 2015 Annual Exhibition - CAR 07/02/15


The prints from the Annual Exhibition will be on display at the Sale Library for the next three weeks. It is well worth visiting if you are in the area and we have already had some really positive reviews and feedback.

SPS 2015 Annual - CAR 31/01/15


I have just uploaded some images from the 2015 Annual meeting held last Thursday. Congratulations to the award winners - John Nugent x7, Andy Carpenter, Chris Boyes, Justin Garner x2 and Joyce Hollows.

Merit Comp update - Richard Parish 24/01/15


The judges and competition titles for 2015 will be as follows:

5th Feb - Judge Liam O'Keeffe - Subject 'Pairs'

23rd April - Justin Garner - 'no set subject No 1'

30th July - John Hilton - Subject 'Wood'

29th Oct - Judge Mike Henfield - 'no set subject No 2'

When there is no set subject No 1 - the categories will be Open (Prints and PDIs), Creative (Prints and PDIs) and Travel (Prints and PDIs).

When there is no set subject No 2 - the categories will be Open (Prints and PDIs), Creative (Prints and PDIs) and Action (Prints and PDIs).

John Gardner 22 January - John Earnshaw 9/01/15


John Gardner impressed us immensely when he visited us last year, with his stunning show of local and European wildlife. So bowled over were we with his work that we have asked him back again this year to present his new work :- 'Wild Scenes'. Tickets will be £ 4 for non-SPS members.

John is based in Wakefield, and is one of the UK's leading Natural History and Landscape Photographers. He is immensely experienced, and is an amiable and thought-provoking speaker, and his winning images feature regularly in photographic journals and magazines.

'Wild Scenes' is a talk covering a wide range of Natural History subjects, and reflects John's passion for the natural world. His immense dedication and talent are evident in all his images and he is the true master of photographing genuinely wild creatures in their natural environments in a spectacular way. This is a lecture not to be missed!

For further information see - John Gardner Poster, or hit his website John Gardner Photography

For further information contact :- John Earnshaw email: jrearnshaw@lineone.net

2015 Syllabus - Ken Matthews 04/01/15


The current 2015 Syllabus has just been uploaded and will be completed when final information is available.

SPS Christmas Meal 2014 - CAR 22/12/14


I have just uploaded some images by Bert Broadbent from the 2014 Christmas meal

Merit results for 2014 - Andy Carpenter 29/11/14


The final results for this years Merits competition can be found on the Competitions page or directly from - here

Autumn week away - Joyce Hollows 24/11/14


I have just uploaded a report of the SPS trip to the Lake District from Joyce and this can also be found as normal on the Documents page.

Remembrance Sunday - John Earnshaw 18/11/14


I was asked to be the official photographer at the Sale Cenotaph and a copy of the images can be viewed from - Remembrance Sunday 2014.

Autumn week away - Ken Matthews 26/10/14


As a quick update for those people attending the SPS autumn week away on the 31st October - We have arranged a lecture whilst there from an L and CPU listed lecturer Don Austin of Windermere which will take place on the 4th November at Ghyll Bank House where we are staying.

Update - CAR 25/10/14


I have just updated the list of committee members after the AGM which can be found on the contacts page and also uploaded some new images into the Gallery page for John Nugent 2.

New competition timing 2015 - Richard Parish 16/09/14


It has been decided to modify the programme of competitions in so that a whole year's competitions will all occur in the same calendar year. The year will begin with the first Merits (Jan/Feb) and and finish with the Annuals (Dec). Next year (2015) will have accommodate the changes, and will mean that

a) holders of current Annual Trophies will keep them a few months longer and

b) holders of Merits/Quarterly Trophies will have to hand them back at the beginning of December

c) this year's (2014) Merits and Quarterly Competitions will finish as usual, at the end of the year, and the winners' trophies will be presented at the next Annual Exhibition (Jan, 2015) which will be a smaller occasion than usual. Further details and the schedule can be downloaded from - here.

Claire Carter 28th August - John Earnshaw 16/08/14


We have organised a lecture by the inspirational Claire Carter of cARTerArt. Claire is an Internationally Acclaimed Wildlife and Landscape photographer from Shropshire, and her talk promises to be a enthralling address by one of the most well-known regional photographers.

Admission is £ 4 payable on the door (free for SPS members) and 7:45 for an 8pm start. For further information see - Claire Carter Poster, or hit her website Claire Carter of cARTerArt

For further information contact :- John Earnshaw email: jrearnshaw@lineone.net

Alan Saunders 7th August - John Earnshaw 25/07/14


We have organised a lecture by Alan Saunders, a local wildlife photographer on Thursday 7th August entitled 'All Creatures Great & Small'.

Admission is £ 3 payable on the door (free for SPS members) and 7:30 for an 8pm start. For further information see - Alan Saunders Poster, or hit his website Alan Saunders Wildlife Photography

For further information contact :- John Earnshaw email: jrearnshaw@lineone.net

Sale Festival Photo. comp. 2014 - Joyce Hollows 30/06/14


Once again two of our members, Mike Bannister and John Earnshaw, played their part in the organisation of Sale Festival Photographic Competition. There were 92 entries overall, from 27 authors. The set title was 'The Old and the New' and there were many varied and interesting interpretations of this subject. The images were judged by Manchester Radio's Jimmy Wragg, who gave an entertaining account of his reasons for choosing the award winners, and, although his overall feeling was that the entries were of a very high standard, the one which 'jumped out' at him was the winner of the Junior Section. This was a very striking image, entitled 'My new bellys' by 12 year old Ria Raina. Well done Ria!

The winning image in the Senior Section was Peter Redford's 'Push me, pull me' Jane Hawnaur came second with 'Reflections of Trinity Church' and the third place was taken by Andy Carpenter, with 'word'c' 1600'. Commended were: 'Aspirations' by Tim Holt 'Generations' by Tim Holt 'Life of a Flower' by Andy Carpenter 'Old Chapel, New Cathedral' by Liam O'Keeffe

The presentations were made by the Mayor of Trafford , Ejaz Malik, on Friday 13th June. Several members of Sale Photographic Society were among the winners, so congratulations to all who entered, but especially our club members. A big thank you is due to Mike and John for their organization and enthusiasm.

After the presentation of the awards, we were privileged to be able to watch a presentation byJohn Gardner, entitled:'Wild Scenes,Wild Life,Wild Places'. John showed us a wide selection of his amazing Natural History pictures, taken during his travels around the world. We were all stunned by the quality of his work, and many people felt that the final section of images of wild horses in the Camargue region of France were amongst the best images they had ever seen. Thanks again to John Earnshaw and Mike Bannister for their part in the organisation of the evening.

Our next meeting - Mike Bannister 20/06/14


Just a quick reminder to all that there is not a formal meeting at the church next week (26 June), as many of us will be meeting to take some images for the 4-way battle as arranged by Ken.

President's Evening - Joyce Hollows 12/06/14


This year our venue for the annual president's evening outing was at Manchester City Airport, Barton. About 22 members managed to attend, having braved the rush-hour traffic, and were very lucky to have a wide range of photo opportunities, in bright, breezy conditions.

After a look around the museum, guided by Eric Isaacs, there was a talk on the history of the airport, possibly the oldest in operation in the world. It certainly has the oldest operational control tower in the world. Some of the buildings are listed, including one hangar which was built as a passenger terminal for KLM airlines. Unfortunately, this venture never went ahead, as the runway was too short.

On our guided tour there were many photo opportunities, as helicopters came and went, and various maintenance work was going on around the airfield. There were numerous parked planes, both outside and in the hangars.

Some of the more active members climbed up the control tower, giving superb views of the surrounding area; there should be some stunning photographs from that viewpoint.

We finished the evening, as the sun went down, in the very pleasant clubhouse, where we were all ready for the meal prepared for us, and a drink or two.

Thank you to our President, Chris Boyes, for his excellent organization, and possibly a word in the right direction to give us a sunny evening. Now we can look forward to seeing some interesting images..

President's Evening - CAR 08/06/14


I have just uploaded some images that Bert Broadbent took at last weeks Presidents Evening at Barton Airfield.

Sale Festival Photo. Comp. - John Earnshaw 24/05/14


Just a reminder that the Sale Festival Photographic Competition entries have to be in by Tuesday 3rd June but as from tomorrow the Waterside Arts Centre will be closed until 5rd June, so entries can now be handed in next door at the Sale Library.

As part of its celebrations for Festival Week, Sale Festival 2014 is running a Photographic Competition for keen Amateur Photographers on the theme of 'The Old and The New'. We would love you to enter the competition, and with a theme like this, the opportunities are vast.

But "The Old and The New", what does it mean. Well basically, it's anything that you perceive of as Old or New, or a combination of the two. It could be a person, an animal, a new or old building, old or new trains or cars, or anything else you care to think of that depicts the theme in the way you interpret it. The list is endless. And we're not trying to define where New finishes and Old starts - we'll leave that for you to decide.

You could even mix the two up and go for a juxtaposition of the two. All around you in everyday life you will see instances of "The Old and The New " and the possibilities are limitless - a bud bursting into life, a portrait of your granddad, and many, many more. Wherever you go, you'll find examples of "The Old and The New" and you won't have to travel far to encounter great shots - and we would love to see them

So come on, get snapping away, and get your entries in to this competition, and you could win one of the great prizes on offer, as well as having your pictures displayed at the Waterside Gallery in Sale. Every entrant will have at least one of their prints displayed in the exhibition at Sale Waterside which will run for 4 weeks from the competition prize giving (13th June).

You can enter up to 4 pictures with a maximum size of 26 x 38cm, and don't forget there is also a junior competition for the under 16's.

A full set of rules can be downloaded from here.

New competition forms - CAR 25/04/14


I have just uploaded the new rules and entry forms as supplied by John after the EGM and they can be found on the Documents page.

John Nugent images - CAR 11/04/14


I have just uploaded some images into the Gallery page for John Nugent.

Spring week away - Ken Matthews 05/04/14


I have just uploaded an additional report of the SPS trip to Llanberis from Ken and this can also be found on the Documents page.

Spring week away - Elizabeth Parish 04/04/14


The details of the SPS trip to Llanberis can be found on the Documents page.

Chris Boyes images - CAR 15/03/14


I have just uploaded some images into the Gallery page for Chris Boyes.

Annual Exhibition - CAR 14/03/14


Last nights Annual Exhibition was another great success and enjoyed by all. Some quick snaps can now be accessed from - 2014 Annual Exhibition. Just a quick reminder that part of the exhibition has now moved to Sale Library where the images will be on show for the next few weeks.

Sale Festival Photo. Comp. - John Earnshaw 11/03/14


As part of its celebrations for Festival Week, Sale Festival 2014 is running a Photographic Competition for keen Amateur Photographers on the theme of 'The Old and The New'. We would love you to enter the competition, and with a theme like this, the opportunities are vast.

But "The Old and The New", what does it mean. Well basically, it's anything that you perceive of as Old or New, or a combination of the two. It could be a person, an animal, a new or old building, old or new trains or cars, or anything else you care to think of that depicts the theme in the way you interpret it. The list is endless. And we're not trying to define where New finishes and Old starts - we'll leave that for you to decide.

You could even mix the two up and go for a juxtaposition of the two. All around you in everyday life you will see instances of "The Old and The New " and the possibilities are limitless - a bud bursting into life, a portrait of your granddad, and many, many more. Wherever you go, you'll find examples of "The Old and The New" and you won't have to travel far to encounter great shots - and we would love to see them

So come on, get snapping away, and get your entries in to this competition, and you could win one of the great prizes on offer, as well as having your pictures displayed at the Waterside Gallery in Sale. Every entrant will have at least one of their prints displayed in the exhibition at Sale Waterside which will run for 4 weeks from the competition prize giving (13th June).

You can enter up to 4 pictures with a maximum size of 26 x 38cm, and don't forget there is also a junior competition for the under 16's.

You have until Tuesday 3rd June to put your entry in, and a full set of rules can be also obtained from the Box Office at Sale Waterside, or downloaded from here.

We look forward to seeing your entry and wish you the best of luck.

Annual Exhibition 13 March - CAR 19/02/14


This years Annual Exhibition takes place on Thursday 13 March from 7.30pm to 10.00pm at the St. Mary Magdalene Church Centre, Moss Lane, Sale M33 6GD.

During the evening we have a display in the foyer area of the church where the exhibition takes place, of most of the prints entered into our Annual Competition. This is available for both society members and the general public. This exhibition will then transferred to Sale Library the following day.

2014 Syllabus - John Earnshaw and Ken Matthews 18/02/14


As promised the amended 2014 Syllabus is now available.

Annual PDI Competition - CAR 15/02/14


I have just uploaded a slide show of the images from last weeks Annual PDI Competition. These can be accessed from the Gallery page or directly from 2014 Annual PDI.

2014 Syllabus - John Earnshaw and Ken Matthews 04/01/14


The 2014 Syllabus is now available. The details of a few evenings are still to be finally resolved. However, these will be completed in the near future.

The Bridgewater Canal 250 Years On - CAR 02/01/14


I have just uploaded the material for the project that SPS got involved with in 2011. For images and further infomation see - The Bridgewater Canal 250 Years On.

Ken Matthews - 31/12/13


The first scheduled meeting of 2014 will be on the 9th Jan and will be a 'Bring and Talk', where members bring in a few prints to talk about. Those who wish may meet in the Eskdale for a drink and a chat, and the 2014 Syllabus, will be available soon.

SPS Xmas Party - CAR 27/12/13


I have just uploaded a slideshow of some images that Anne and Bert Broadbent took at the Christmas Party. Thanks once again to Dave who organised the event. Bert wanted the following to be included - For those interested, they were taken with Annes Canon G15 compact, available light, all f1.8, ISO 1600 @1/60- 1/80th exposure. The slideshow can be viewed from SPS Christmas Party 2013.

Richard Parish - CAR 22/12/13


I have just uploaded some new images into the Gallery page for Richard Parish.

Merit results for 2013 - Richard Parish 07/12/13


The final results for this years Merits competition can be found on the Competitions page or directly from - here

Competition titles for 2014 - Ken Matthews 05/12/13


The Subjects for 2014 are as follows:

Merits:- 1st 'Solidude' , 2nd 'The English Village', 3rd As per the 4 Way Battle, 4th 'Growing Wild'

Panels:- 'New & Old' and 'A Day at the *****'. Where '*****' can be anything that fits, for example Park, Zoo, Races, Office, High Court, Everest Base Camp, whatever it is it should be all in a day.

Mentoring Scheme update - CAR 24/11/13


Just to remind everyone that the SPS mentoring scheme is still running. Eight experienced club members have volunteered to be available for help, advice and support. A new member can choose a mentor who'll be able to provide assistance on a wide variety of photographic topics - from technical details, equipment choice, tips on getting the best shots, and entering competitions to using Photoshop and other software.

The current mentors are: Cy Newton, Bert Broadbent, Dave Hollows, Ken Matthews, John Earnshaw, Richard Parish and Clive Robinson. Graham Shaw will be available to help anyone wanting advice on shooting and projecting transparencies. Any of the mentors can be contacted through the club and the scheme is only open to SPS members.

This weeks lecture - CAR 24/11/13


Our lecturer this week was Robert Falconer where he gave an amazing slide presentation entitled 'The Great Outdoors'. In his own words - 'This is my main area of work with a variety of subjects from landscapes, steam trains, battle re-enactments, historic aircraft and a bit of wildlife. The lecture travels from the Peak District to the East Coast, Yorkshire Dales and Scotland, finishing in the USA National Parks in Utah, Arches National Park and Canyonlands'.

Further information of Robert's work can be found on his website - www.robfalconerphotography.com

Autumn week away - Joyce Hollows 17/11/13


The details of the SPS trip to Dumfries and Galloway can be found on the Documents page.

2013 Four-Way Battle - CAR 15/11/13


Last night SPS held the four-way battle between Altrincham & Hale Photographic Society; Manchester Amateur Photographic Society (MAPS); Sale Photographic Society and Stockport Photographic Society which was expertly judged by Jane Lines LRPS, CPAGB and BPE3*. The subject was that all images had to be taken in a set area around Dunham Park and at the interval Sale and Stockport were drawing level on 172 points. However, at the end of the night MAPS were victorious and the scores for the record were - MAPS: 168 (prints) + 177 (DPI's) = 345; Sale: 172 (prints) + 168 (DPI's) = 340; Stockport: 172 (prints) + 160 (DPI's) = 332 and Altrincham: 157 (prints) + 164 (DPI's) = 321

Well done MAPS. Next year's event will be hosted by Stockport and they will be defining the subject soon. MAPS are also trying to organise an exhibition of the prints in the Dunham area.

2013 Q2 Quarterly images - CAR 13/10/13


I have just uploaded the 2013 Quarterly images to the Gallery page.

Comp Schedule 2013 - Richard Parish 28/09/13


The competition schedule has been updated on the Document page.

Sale Millennium eScrapbook - CAR 13/08/13


The Sale Photographic Society Millennium eScrapbook has just gone live. At the start of the Millennium, members of Sale Photographic Society took a set of images to record the social history of Sale. For full details images and slideshows please hit the above link. Kindly note the slideshows can take a few seconds to load. Also if the slideshows don't open on your computer then it will down to your Internet Explorer settings. It could be better if you use Firefox, Safari etc. as these applications always seem to work with these slideshows.

Mike Shore images - CAR 10/08/13


I have just uploaded some stunning images into the Gallery page for Mike Shore.

Syllabus 2013 - Ken Matthews 20/06/13


The updated 2013 Syllabus is now available for download and The Panel Competition subjects are: Through The Window, and Cityscapes.

Syllabus 2013 - Ken Matthews 17/06/13


Just for information the completed 2013 Syllabus is now available for download.

Syllabus Update - Ken Matthews 12/06/13


The Presidents Night on 27 June will be a tour of Manchester Town Hall with a Chinese Buffet afterwards.

Also June 20th will be seperate presentations by John Hilton and Clive Robinson.

Merits subject on July 4th is "Patterns &/or Textures" and the Fourth Merits subject (Dec 5th) is "Glass & /or Ceramics" whilst Merits 3 ( due on Sept 26th.), is of course based on pictures taken in the Dunham Area as per the Four Way Battle Subject.

There are three TBA's dates on the Syllabus being July 11th, July 25th and August

One of these will be a presentation of pictures from an International Competition or Salon courtesy of Dave Hollows.

The other two will be:

1st Bring & Talk (Around 5 Prints to talk about, describe techniique or ask for advice).

2nd In house Table Top Photography night, an opportunity to take Glass & Ceramics Pictures or to learn some of the techniques needed.

Dave Hollows CPAGB images - CAR 27/05/13


I have just uploaded some new images into the Gallery page for Dave Hollows CPAGB.

Laurie Campbell 19 June - John Earnshaw 20/05/13


As part of the Sale Festival, we have the renowned Natural History and Landscape photographer Laurie Campbell visiting us on Wednesday the 19th June, with his captivating talk entitled 'Taking Stock'.

Laurie Campbell is one of Scotland's leading Natural History and Landscape Photographers, and his award winning images feature regularly in the BBC WILDLIFE Magazine, and OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine for which Laurie writes regularly. He is the true master of photographing genuinely wild creatures and their natural environments in a spectacular way.

'Taking Stock' is an stunning encounter with the Natural History and Landscape of his native Scotland. His uniquely creative approach to capturing Scottish Wildlife and Landscape images leaves a lasting impression, and the range and extent of Laurie’s coverage remains unsurpassed with his style being endlessly emulated the world over. For further information see - Laurie Campbell Poster, or hit his website Laurie Campbell Photography

As the event is part of Sale Festival, we will be holding it at the Waterside theatre in Sale. The cost will be £ 8 each, and tickets will be available from me or from the box office at the Waterside Theatre, and also via the Waterside website, or by phone. If you order them by phone or on-line, you can also pick them up on the night if you wish. Booking Office: 0161 912 5616 (http://watersideartscentre.co.uk/)

For further information contact :- John Earnshaw email: jrearnshaw@lineone.net

Syllabus 2013 - Ken Matthews 20/05/13


Just for information the latest is now available for download.

Ken Matthews images - CAR 18/05/13


I have just uploaded some new images into the Gallery page for Ken Matthews.

Update - Joyce Hollows 12/05/13


Sale Photographic Society was certainly the place to be last Thursday, when a large audience of club members and visitors was shown another superb lecture.

Alex Hyde's remarkable lecture, entitled 'Close Encounters', took us on a journey which showed us wildlife and its habitatin Borneo, Madagascar and the U.K.

Alex's photographic skills were apparent in his technically excellent record photographs of insects and small mammals, and he was very happy to share information on how he produced his photographs, and also how the audience coulduse similar techniques in macro and micro photography.

His expertise extended to some breathtakingly beautiful artistic shots of small creatures, using extremely detailedphotos to produce stunning pattern pictures.

Throughout the evening the overall picture was of a man deeply dedicated to the natural world and some of its smallest inhabitants. Everyone in the audience enjoyed the presentation, and he was received with enthusiastic applause. We hope that he will visit us again with another of his lectures, and look forward to his inclusion in the syllabus for next year.

Club members and visitors were also treated to a brilliant, but different, lecture earlier in the year, when Duncan McEwen visited, to present his lecture entitled 'Scotland, Land of Light.' We were shown stunning images which Duncan had taken during his journeys in his native Scotland.

Whilst many of his images were taken in bright sunlight, Duncan also showed us some which made the best of poorer light, demonstrating how even rainy days can be used to produce atmospheric and very pleasing photographs.

Duncan's enthusiasm is boundless, and although he made his work seem easy, we were all aware of the hours of cold, wet, sometimes snowy, days he must have spent to produce the excellent quality of his images.

It was refreshing to see a lecture illustrated by colour slides, which are a real credit to his photographic skills, and many of our members felt great nostalgia for the non-digital days, although we all appreciate the new techniques available with digital photography.

So, our photographic year is off to a good start, and we all appreciate the efforts of our syllabus secretaries for their organisation, and also the people who worked hard to promote and publicise these events.

Joyce Hollows Chairman

Joyce Hollows images - CAR 20/04/13


I have just uploaded some new images into the Gallery page for Joyce Hollows.

Alex Hyde 9 May - John Earnshaw 18/04/13


Sale Photographic Society is proud to invite you to a presentation entitled Close Encounters, by the internationally acclaimed natural history and landscape photographer Alex Hyde on 9 May at St Mary's Church Centre, Moss Lane, Sale Cheshire M33 6GD.

With many years' experience as a professional Natural History and Landscape photographer based in the Peak District National Park, Alex Hyde, is, also a specialist in Macro photography, and is perfectly placed to give us all the benefit of his experience in this talk, based on his knowledge as leader/organiser/tutor of photographic expeditions and workshops.

Close Encounters is an graphic encounter with the world of Macro Photography showing us the details of the natural world around us that is beyond the reach of the human eye. Alex's stunning images illustrate the incredible detail that is in the unseen dimension surrounding us, and his shots are quite amazing.

£ 3 on door, which open at 7.30pm for 8.00pm start. To organise refreshments, if you are coming, please contact Ken Matthews (ken@kenspics.co.uk or John Earnshaw (jrearnshaw@lineone.net).

For further information see - Alex Hyde Poster, or hit his website Alex Hyde Photography

Comp Schedule 2013 - Richard Parish 10/04/13


The competition schedule has been updated and is now located on the Document page.

Sale Festival Photo. Comp. - John Earnshaw 09/04/13


As part of its celebrations for Festival Week, Sale Festival 2013 is running a Photographic Competition for keen Amateur Photographers on the theme of 'Bodies in Motion'. We would love you to enter the competition, and with a theme like this, the opportunities are vast.

But "Bodies In Motion", what does it mean?? Well basically, it's anything that moves. It could be a person, an animal, an aircraft, a car, flowing water, or anything else you care to think of that moves. Even your mate in the pub drinking a pint of Boddies!! They are all Bodies In Motion!

Sport epitomizes Bodies in Motion, and the possibilities are limitless - such as a football or player in football, or a boat rowing in a race or a horse in racing. All great examples of Bodies In Motion.

Wherever you go in Britain, you'll find examples of Bodies In Motion and you won't have to travel far to encounter great shots - and we would love to see them.

So come on, get snapping away, and get your entries in to this competition, and you could win one of the great prizes on offer, as well as having your pictures displayed at the Waterside Gallery in Sale. Every entrant will have at least one of their prints displayed in the exhibition at Sale Waterside which will run for 4 weeks from the competition prize giving (7th June).

You can enter up to 4 pictures with a maximum size of 26 x 38cm, and don't forget there is also a junior competition for the under 16's.

You have until Tuesday May 28th to put your entry in, and a full set of rules can be also obtained from the Box Office at Sale Waterside, or downloaded from here.

We look forward to seeing your entry and wish you the best of luck.

Annual Exhibition 4 April - CAR 28/03/13


This years Annual Exhibition takes place on Thursday 4 April from 7.30pm to 10.00pm at the St. Mary Magdalene Church Centre, Moss Lane, Sale M33 6GD

During the evening we have a display in the foyer area of the church where the exhibition takes place, of most of the prints entered into our Annual Competition. This is available for both society members and the general public.

The formal proceedings for SPS members and guests commences at 8.00pm and this year the prizes will be presented by Eamonn O'Neal. Eamonn is a regular presenter on BBC Radio Manchester, (95.1 FM), especially his show at 11.00am on Sunday mornings. Eamonn is also the managing editor of MEN Media, which publishes the Manchester Evening News, and previously he was executive producer, head of regional programmes and acting director of broadcasting at ITV Granada. He was also executive producer of ITV's flagship daytime programme, This Morning and one of the launch executives for Manchester United Television. He originally joined ITV Granada as a presenter and won the Royal Television Society for best regional presenter. Eamonn has also been a freelance journalist and presenter with the BBC for 30 years.

New Metrits Entry Form - Richard Parish 17/03/13


The new Merits entry form that must be used for the 2013 competitions can now be downloaded from the Documents page.

Duncan McEwan 28 March - John Earnshaw 05/03/13


Sale Photographic Society is proud to invite you to a presentation entitled Scotland: Land of Light, by the internationally acclaimed landscape and natural history photographer Duncan McEwan on 28 March at St Mary's Church Centre, Moss Lane, Sale Cheshire M33 6GD.

With over twenty years' experience as leader/organiser/tutor of photographic holidays and workshops, including ones for Light and Land, Photo Adventures and the RPS, Duncan is perfectly placed to give us all the benefit of his experience in this talk. SCOTLAND: LAND OF LIGHT is an illustration of the power of light in landscape photography. Scotland can claim some of the finest quality light to be found anywhere in the world and this talk illustrates the way in which light, in all its forms, can inject mood and drama into a landscape.

£ 3 on door, which open at 7.30pm for 8.00pm start. To organise refreshments, if you are coming, please contact Ken Matthews (ken@kenspics.co.uk or John Earnshaw (jrearnshaw@lineone.net).

For further information see - Duncan McEwan Poster, or hit his website Duncan McEwan Website

Comp Schedule 2013 - Richard Parish 17/02/13


Please find below the latest details for this years competition entries.

Competition Hand in date Comp. Date Judge
Annual PDI January 10 January 31 Gordon Jenkins
An. Mono Print January 17 February 7 Alan Towse
An. Col Print January 24 February 14 Norman Thompson
Annual Slide January 31 February 21 Jack Byatt
Q1A May 02 May 16 Terry Hewitt
Q1B May 09 May 23
Q2A August 1 August 15 Sheenah Alcock
Q2B August 8 August 22
Q3A October 10 October 24
Q3B October 17 October 31
Subject
M1 March 28 April 11 Regeneration

Ken Matthews

M2 June 20 July 4 Patterns &/or Textures

Clive Robinson

M3 September 12 September 26 The Dunham Area

Chris Mercer

M4 November 21 December 5 Glass &/or Ceramics

Mike Henfield

Quarterlies: A = Prints (Colour and Mono); B = PDI
Merits: Prints and PDIs all on the same evening

Competition entry forms - John Earnshaw 19/01/13


The latest copies of all the 2013 entry forms can now be found on the Documents page.

Comp Schedule 2013 - Richard Parish 18/01/13


In addition to the Judges shown below Sheenah Alcock will be judging the Q1B competition on May 23.

Competition entry forms - John Earnshaw 06/01/13


The syllabus has just been updated and the 2013 competition rules can now be found on the Documents page.

Competition entry forms - John Earnshaw 05/01/13


All the 2013 entry forms can now be found on the Documents page.

Merits scores round 4 - Richard Parish 16/12/12


The running Merit scores are as below.

2013 Competition Dates - Richard Parish 02/12/12


The details of the 2013 competition can be found on the Documents page or directly from 2013 Competition Dates.

Long weekend away - Joyce Hollows 29/11/12


The details of the SPS trip to Llanberis can be found on the Documents page.

Three-Way Battle - Richard Parish 18/11/12


The Three-Way Battle with MAPS and Altrincham/Hale took place on Tuesday, 14th November at MAPS. It was preceded by some desperate phone calls. Firstly, Altrincham contacted me on the Monday evening, just as I was leaving for our Committee meeting - none of their members would be able to attend the Battle, and they needed to get their prints to MAPS, they were delivered to my house while I was at the meeting. During the meeting, John Earnshaw got a call which he later said was from the MAPS Battle organiser, and could someone contact him urgently. When I did, around 10 p.m., he said the judge who had been booked had got flu and couldn't come; he had tried 'all the local judges on the list' and no-one was available - should the Battle be postponed? I said I'd have a go, and rang Dave Hollows who reminded me that he had images in the competition and would not qualify as a judge. He suggested Graham Shaw who, fortunately was available and willing, and hadn't even seen our Merits competition. Phew!

So the Battle went ahead, and Graham gave an excellent performance. The PDIs were shown first and, after several recounts, we were ahead of MAPS by one point, with Altrincham trailing by a further 6 points. 'Best Image' went to Andy Carpenter's 'Twentieth of a Second' congratulations, Andy!

The Prints' round again required several recounts before the scores were agreed but Altrincham came out 4 points ahead of us and we were 7 points ahead of MAPS. Luckily, this was enough to make Sale the Winners overall. Many thanks and congratulations to all who offered images.

Next year, we shall be hosting the competition, which will become a Four-Way Battle as Stockport have agreed, very enthusiastically, to join in.

Lecture 8 November - Ken Matthews 28/10/12


Due to one of our lecturers having to pull out due to a family bereavement, I have at short notice managed to book a "Slide" lecture by Martin Malies based on Manchester.

Merits scores round 3 - Richard Parish 29/09/12


The running Merit scores are as below.

Meeting 13 September - Ken Matthews 11/09/12


Unfortunately Chris Speak is unable to give his lecture on Thursday so I have arranged for Paul Williamson to come instead. Paul was originally due on Nov 8th so he will be giving his lecture entitled Working Prints & Holiday Snaps.

The Advertiser - CAR 10/09/12


This weeks copy of The Advertiser newspaper contains the first images of the SPS PDI Quartely winners. The second batch will be in next weeks edition.

Update - CAR 21/07/12


This week we had another fantastic travel lecture by Boyd Harris entitled - People & Mountains of the Bolivian Andes. As promised I have just added a link to his website on the links page which can also be viewed from Boyd Harris.

Update - CAR 16/07/12


I have just uploaded some images from Mike Henfield which can also be found on the Gallery page.

Meeting 12 June - Ken Matthews 11/07/12


Please note there will be no Meeting at The Church Centre tomorrow as it is an outdoor photography evening. The plan is to meet up near the Lowry Centre entrance at Salford Quays at 7pm.

2012 Syllabus - John Earnshaw 01/07/12


The final 2012 Syllabus can now be downloaded.

21th June - Ken Matthews 16/06/12


Just a quick note to say that next weeks members lecture will be a given by Graham Shaw and is entitled Hidden Brittan.

Mentoring Scheme - Mike Henfield 01/06/12


The Society has launched an innovative mentoring scheme to help new members. Eight of the more experienced club members will be available for help, advice and support. A new member can choose a mentor who'll be able to provide assistance on a wide variety of photographic topics - from technical details, equipment choice, tips on getting the best shots, and entering competitions to using Photoshop and other software.

The scheme will operate in addition to the beginners' training course which was established some years ago.

The mentors are: Cy Newton, Bert Broadbent, Dave Hollows, Ken Matthews, John Earnshaw, Chris Mercer and Clive Robinson. Graham Shaw will be available to help anyone wanting advice on shooting and projecting transparencies. Any of the mentors can be contacted through the club. The scheme is open to members only.

7th June - Ken Matthews 31/05/12


Just a quick note to say that next weeks lecture will be a Travelogue / Lecture and given by Dave & Joyce Hollows including Croatia, Stained glass etc.

L&CPU and Trafford Update - John Earnshaw 17/05/12


First of all the L&CPU Annual Print and DPI Competition results are now available and can be viewed from here. Also the details of the Sale Festival photographic competitiona am all of the local information can be viewed from the Trafford Four Months of Culture document.

Update Comp Schedule 2012 - Richard Parish 10/05/12


Please find below an update for this years competition entries. The Merit titles and judges are as follows - Textures and Patterns by Richard Parish; In the Garden by Cy Newton; A Moment in Time (Battle) by John Earnshaw and Street Life by Dave Hollows

Competition Hand in date Comp. Date Judge
Q1A May 10 May 24 Paul Williamson
Q1B May 17 May 31 Sheenah Allcock
Q2A August 2 August 16 Les Hitchcok
Q2B August 9 August 23 Daryl Giles
Q3A October 11 October 25 Diana Magor
Q3B October 18 November 1 David Butler
Subject
M1 March 22 April 5 Textures & Patterns
M2 June 21 July 5 In the Garden
M3 September 13 September 27 A Moment in Time
M4 November 15 November 29 Street Life
Quarterlies: A = Prints (Colour and Mono); B = PDI
Merits: Prints and PDIs all on the same evening
A Moment in Time will be the subject for the Battle

2012 President's Night - Richard Parish 21/04/12


Kindly Note - there will be no meeting on the 3rd May, as this is President's Night. For club members and partners this years President's Night will consist of a visit to Ordsall Hall (Salford), followed by a meal at Frankie and Benny's (in the Quays, next to Chiquitos).

The Ordsall visit is from 18.00 to 19.00, will cost about £ 5 and will include the services of a guide who, I hope, will just give us brief details and then let us get on with taking photos.

I shall book the restaurant for 19.15. There is a Special Menu which will also be on display at Club meetings.

John McNally website - CAR 14/04/12


John McNally has just created a website where he has uploaded some fantastic landscape and natural history images. The website address is www.jmcnallyphotography.co.uk and this can also be accessed from our links page.

Sale Festival Photo. Comp. - John Earnshaw 08/04/12


As part of its celebrations for Festival Week, Sale Festival 2012 is running a Photographic Competition for keen Amateur Photographers on the theme of 'Our Great British Heritage' and with a theme like this, the opportunities are vast.

The remarkable and surprising thing about this small country of ours is its amazing variety of people, culture, countryside and history. It's true that wherever you go in Britain, you'll find castles, stately homes, statues, churches, pubs, villages, and cities, to name but a few, and all surrounded by the beautiful British countryside that frames them. And also of course, let's not forget about the people who connect to these emblems of Britishness, the activities that take place in them and the animals that live in them - and the British weather we suffer to enjoy them!

Our unique traditions and the history that embraces them are wide ranging indeed, and apart from the obvious aspects of them, there are many other less obvious aspects which we sometimes take for granted. We have magnificent beaches, a wonderful canal and river system; iconic structures ranging from Blackpool Tower to Stonehenge, all of which are studded with history.

Wherever you go in Britain, you'll find examples of our remarkable British Heritage and you never have to travel far to enjoy some aspect of British lifestyle, British people or even the varied types of British wildlife, all of which form part of what makes Britain the place it is..

So, whether it's a picture of your favourite castle, a city skyline, a vintage car or simply a picture of you and your friends having a drink in the pub, they are all pictures that depict 'Our Great British Heritage', and we would love to see them. So come on, get snapping away, and get your entries in to this competition, and you could win one of the great prizes on offer, as well as having your pictures displayed at the Waterside Gallery in Sale.

You have until Monday May 28th to put your entry in, and a full set of rules can be obtained from the Box Office at Sale Waterside or downloaded from here.

Week away in Coniston - CAR 03/04/12


I have just added Joyce's account of the Conistion trip to the documents page .

Update - CAR 01/04/12


Just a quick reminder that the annual exhibition is still on display at the Sale Library. Also I just uploaded some new images from Dave Hollows which can also be found on the Gallery page.

The Antartic lecture - Mike Bannister 31/03/12


Richard Hesbrook's talk on the 19th April, will show some of his beautiful landscape slides (probably in a digitised form), with commentary for the first half of the evening taking any questions put to him at the time. In the second half, there will be images to music showing the wonderful range of colours seen between sunrise and sunset.

Richard was on the British Antartic Survey from 1967 to1969 and for a further year from 1970 to 1971. With his first serious camera, which he bought on the way out to Antartica, he took many colour slides capturing this beautiful landscape in sometimes amazing lighting conditions.

Annual Exhibition - CAR 16/03/12


Last nights Annual Exhibition seems to have been a great success and enjoyed by all. Some quick snaps can be accessed from - 2012 Annual Exhibition. Just a quick reminder that the exhibition has now moved to Sale Library where the images will be on show for the next month.

Annual Exhibition & Syllabus - CAR 15/03/12


Just a reminder that the Annual Exhibition takes place tonight and I have just uploaded the new 2012 Syllabus.

Annual Exhibition - CAR 10/03/12


This years Annual Exhibition takes place on Thursday 15 March from 7.30pm to 10.00pm at the St. Mary Magdalene Church Centre, Moss Lane, Sale M33 6GD

During the evening we have a display in the foyer area of the church where the exhibition takes place, of most of the prints entered into our Annual Competition. This is available for both society members and the general public. This exhibition will then transferred to Sale Library the following day.

The formal proceedings for SPS members and guests commences at 8.00pm and this year the prizes will be presented by a long time support of SPS - The Mayor of Trafford, Councillor Mrs Jane Baugh.

Update - CAR 22/02/12


Two things. Firstly a message from Richard - the judges for the next Quarterly are now known: Paul Williamson and Sheenah Allcok (Q1A and Q1B resp). I have also uploaded Mike Bannister's images from the Sale Town Hall Open Day. See you all tomorrow night when Gordon Jenkins will be judging the Annual Mono Prints.

Pat Holmes - Ken Matthews 18/02/12


It is with great regret that I have to inform you that our Chairman Pat Holmes, sadly passed away on Thursday. Her funeral will take place at St Wilfrid's Church, Ford Lane, Northenden M22 4WE on Saturday 25th Feb at 10:00am.

The family have asked for Family Flowers only, but if you want to make a donation to charity, they have chosen the Help the Children Fund as Pat helped to run a local branch when her children were young.

2011 Annual PDI - CAR 12/02/12


I have just uploaded a slideshow with all of the 2011 annual PDI images that can either be accessed from the Gallery page or from here.

2012 Annual PDI - CAR 11/02/12


I have just uploaded a slideshow with all of the 2012 annual PDI images that can either be accessed from the Gallery page or from here.

2012 Syllabus - John Earnshaw 27/01/12


This years syllabus is now ready for downloading.

Competition Schedule 2012 - Richard Parish 21/01/12


Please find below an update for this years competition entries. The Merit titles and judges are as follows - Textures and Patterns by Richard Parish; In the Garden by Cy Newton; A Moment in Time (Battle) by John Earnshaw and Street Life by Dave Hollows

Competition Hand in date Comp. Date Judge
Annual PDI January 12 February 2 Christine Widdall
Ann. Col Print January 19 February 9 Jack Byatt
Ann. Mono Print February 2 February 23 Gordon Jenkins
Annual Slide February 9 March 1 Tony Pioli
Q1A May 10 May 24
Q1B May 17 May 31
Q2A August 2 August 16
Q2B August 9 August 23
Q3A October 11 October 25
Q3B October 18 November 1
Subject
M1 March 22 April 5 Textures & Patterns
M2 June 21 July 5 In the Garden
M3 September 13 September 27 A Moment in Time
M4 November 15 November 29 Street Life
Quarterlies: A = Prints (Colour and Mono); B = PDI
Merits: Prints and PDIs all on the same evening
A Moment in Time will be the subject for the Battle

Update - CAR 14/01/12


Firstly I have just uploaded some images from Bert Broadbent which can be found on the Gallery page. Also please remember the Gordon Yates wildlife lecture as below.

Lecture by Gordon Yates - Dave Hollows 08/01/12


We are pleased to announce a lecture by the well known Wildlife Photographer Gordon Yates entitled Wildlife in the Pennines, to be held at St Mary Magdalene Church Hall, Harboro Road, Sale at 8pm on Thursday 26th January.

Gordon was made an Honorary Life member of three local wildlife groups in acknowledgement of his contribution to Wildlife Conservation through his films. He has several awards in still photography competitions with BBC television, RSPB, Scottish Wildlife and the Scottish Ornithologist Club using old Pentax equipment. One of his proudest moments was when Granada Television used ten minutes of one of his films.

An admission charge of £3.00 including refreshments, will be made for non members, who are most welcome. Contact Ken Matthews tel. 0161-998-3077 or Karen Penny tel 0161-945-0430 for further information.

Competition Entry forms - John Earnshaw 05/01/12


All the latest 2012 competition entry forms and rules can now be downloaded from the Document page.

Competition Schedule 2012 - Richard Parish 03/01/12


Competition Hand in date Comp. Date Judge
Annual PDI January 12 February 2 Christine Widdall
Ann. Col Print January 19 February 9 Jack Byatt
Ann. Mono Print February 2 February 23 Gordon Jenkins
Annual Slide February 9 March 1 Tony Pioli
Q1A May 10 May 24
Q1B May 17 May 31
Q2A August 2 August 16
Q2B August 9 August 23
Q3A October 11 October 25
Q3B October 18 November 1
Subject
M1 March 22 April 5
M2 June 21 July 5
M3 September 13 September 27 A Moment in Time
M4 November 15 November 29
Quarterlies: A = Prints (Colour and Mono); B = PDI
Merits: Prints and PDIs all on the same evening
A Moment in Time will be the subject for the Battle

Update - CAR 02/01/12


Firstly I have just uploaded some images from Anne Broadbent which can be found on the Gallery page. Also a message from Ken that the 2012 Syllabus is still to be conpleted. However, on the 5th Jan there will be a lecture by Boyd Harris on the subject of - People & Mountains of Ladakh, Northern India and on the 12th Jan there will be an internal event by Mary Williams and Clive Robinson with prints & digital presentations.

Merits - Dave Hollows 23/12/11


The final points from this years Merits compitition can be found on the Competition page.

Three way battle - Richard Parish 12/11/11


An update from yesterday's three way battle where Daryl Giles was the referee, and definitely a game of two halves.

The first half was the PDI competition, with all three contestants participating. From quite early, it was evident that we were not scoring particularly well. We did have three images held back for the higher scores (see below). Although totals were not announced at this point, they were later revealed as: Alt/Hale 201, MAPS 193, SPS 191.

The second half was for prints, but MAPS did not participate - they no longer do prints at all. Our performance picked up, and four images were held back, including the eventual first and second. Scores for this half were Alt/Hale 186, SPS 201.

So we lost the PDIs, won the prints, and won overall.

PDI highlights Pat Holmes, "Select Your Own" 17/20 Dave Hollows, "Lentil Stall" 18/20 Mike Henfield, "Wool Stall, Stockport" 18/20

Prints Chris Mercer, "Something for the Weekend, Sir?" 18/20 Mike Bannister, "Time to Cough Up" 18/20 Chris Mercer "The Butchers" 19/20 Richard Parish, "Upset at the Floating Market" 20/20

MAPS were on the ball in announcing the date for the next Battle: Tuesday 13th November (2012), to be in the same format even though they will again not do prints.

New Images - CAR 30/10/11


I have just uploaded some stunning images from John Earnshaw, which can also be found in the members Gallery.

Civic Reception - Mike Bannister 26/10/11


The images of the Major of Trafford's Civic Reception as taken by myself and John Earnshaw can be found here

Merits - Dave Hollows 30/09/11


The latest standings from this years Merits compitition can be found on the Competition page.

Panel Competition - John Earnshaw 26/08/11


The subject for the Panel Competition on the 8 September is - Springtime and Decay and/or Destruction. Up to 5 images are to be mounted on a 40x50cm mount-board and there is no limit on the number of entries.

Southport Flower Show - Joyce Hollows 18/08/11


Congratulations are due to club secretary John Earnshaw on his recent success in the Photographic Competition at Southport Flower Show. His results were as follows:

Class 1 - Plant Portaits Highly Commended (effectively 3rd) 55+age group Subject 'Digitalis'

Class 2 - Garden Views Winner 55+age group Subject 'Sandringham House'

Class 3 - Garden Wildlife Winner 55+ age Subject 'Greater Spotted Woodpecker'

John collects his cash prizes on Thursday 18th August . Rumour has it that Sue has already spent the money!!!!

Well done, John! Congratulations from all those of us who intended to enter, but didn't get around to it. You would probably have won anyway! Perhaps next year we will all feel inspired by John's success and put some entries in.

Gallery Update - CAR 17/08/11


This week the image galleries for Dave Hollows CPAGB and Pat Holmes LRPS have been updated. They can be viewed either from the previous links or from the Gallery page.

Week in Whitby - Joyce Hollows 30/07/11


A report from the SPS Spring trip to Whitby can be found on the Document page.

Merits - Dave Hollows 23/07/11


The latest standings from this years Merits compitition can be found on the Competition page.

Dave Butcher - CAR 23/07/11


As a follow up on his great presentation last week, more images from Dave Butcher can be found on his website.

Treasure Hunt - Joyce Hollows 20/06/11


A date for your diaries. There will be a Treasure Hunt on Sunday 17th July, starting between 1.30 and 2.00 pm. It covers the area around Grappenhall and Thelwall and ends at Appleton Thorn and should take about 2 and a half hours.

There are several places to eat and drink on the way, but the pub in Appleton Thorn serves meals all day, at a reasonable price. Further details to come.

Sale Festival Photo Comp update - John Earnshaw 13/05/11


The Sale Festival Photographic Competition is running again, with big cash prizes for the winners . The theme is "A Picture of The North West", which offers a host of opportunity for you to enter some great pictures. The images can be on any subject you feel best depicts the North West of England. The competionion rules can be downloadd from - here

Ian Ross - Dave Hollows 29/04/11


As some of you are already aware Ian Ross sadly passed away last Tuesday the 19th April. His funeral will be held at Southern Cemetery Crem on Tuesday 3rd May at 10.15 a.m.

Sale Festival Photo Comp - John Earnshaw 9/04/11


The Sale Festival Photographic Competition is running again, with big cash prizes for the winners . The theme is "A Picture of The North West", which offers a host of opportunity for you to enter some great pictures. The images can be on any subject you feel best depicts the North West of England.

Anybody can enter, with the winner receiving a prize of £100, and the second and third places reveiving £50 and £25 respectively. There is also a Junior competition for the under 16 year olds, with a prize of £50.

Full details can be found on the Sale Festival Website (www.salefestival.org.uk) send in or drop off your entries at the Sale Waterside Box Office until Monday 30 May.

Annual Exhibition - CAR 18/03/11


Some quick images from last nights event can be found - here

Annual Exhibition - CAR 01/03/11


The event takes place on Thursday 17 March from 7.30pm to 10.00pm at the St. Mary Magdalene Church Centre, Moss Lane, Sale M33 6GD

During the evening we have a display in the foyer area of the church where the exhibition takes place, of most of the prints entered into our Annual Competition. This is available for both society members and the general public.

The formal proceedings for SPS members and guests commences at 8.00pm.

New document - Pat Holmes 04/2/11


The SPS Child Protection and Vulnerable Adults Policy document, can now be viwed from here or downloaded from the Document page.

Anna Bowron - CAR 28/1/11


Some images from Anna Bowron one of our new members.

2011 Annual Entry forms and Rules - CAR 7/1/11


Thanks to John all the 2011 entry forms and latest rules are now available on the document page.

2011 Syllabus - CAR 1/1/11


Happy New Year. Thanks to Ken for arranging all the events and for John to getting the document together the 2011 Syllabus is now available.

Merits and document updates - Alan Bottomley 21/11/10


The final merit points can be found here and the 2011 entry forms can also be found on the documents page.

Weekend away - Joyce Hollows 16/11/10


The details of our weekend away at Orton have just been added to the documents page.

Update - CAR 06/11/10


I have just updated the contact page information after the AGM.

My new images - Pat Holmes 03/10/10


A series of images from My Silk Road Tour with Wenly Wu (May to June 2010), can be found on the members images page or from here.

Merits - Alan Bottomley 01/10/10


The points for the Merit Competition after round three can be found on the competition page or from here.

Exhibition - CAR 05/09/10


Just a quick reminder that the exhibition in the Sale Library, which is organised by Cy, has just under two weeks to go.

Update - CAR 20/08/10


Two things. I have just uploaded the revised quarterly entry forms to the document page. Can these be used in future as it will make the competition secretaries collation easier. Also the subjects for the PANEL competition on 9 September are 1. My other Interest or Hobby and 2. Our Industrial Heritage

Monthly Competition Update - Dave Hollows 18/08/10


Joyce won the last competition and the September subject is Trees. The August subject is Growing Friut.

Week away - Joyce Hollows 20/07/10


The details of the week away can be found on the Documents page.

Merits Competition - Alan Bottomley 13/07/10


The second round of the Merit competition took place last week and the present positions can be found here

Nature Photo Competition - Dave Hollows 22/06/10


Last Tuesday, 22nd June, Joyce and Dave Hollows, John Earnshaw, Ken Matthews, John McNally and Karen Penney went to a presentation at Eaton Hall (the home of the Duke of Westminster and quite spectacular) near Chester where the entries to a nature Photo Competition were being shown and the winners announced. The comp had been organised by a group called "Record" which is charity funded and based at Chester Zoo. It records details of all types of natural subjects in the Cheshire areas.

Ken Matthews & John McNally both received one of ten Commendations awarded and John McNally came overall 3rd. Congratulations to them both.

Monthly Flikr Competition - Ian Ross 13/05/10


Thanks to all who voted for me and the title for the June competition is square and round.

Spring Break in the Lake District - Joyce Hollows 27/04/10


An update from the spring weekend away can be found on the documents page or here

Sale Festival Photographic Comp - John Earnshaw 09/04/10


I am again organising another photographic competition this year for Sale Festival with a theme of "Water in all its forms". Full competion details, prizes, rules etc can be found here

Annual Exhibition - CAR14/03/10


Last Thursday we held the SPS 65th Annual Exhibition which was a great success. The guest speaker for the night was Norman Thompson DPAGB LBIPP who is the Immediate Past President:of the L&CPU. He also awarded the cups and trophies and all details can be found on the competitions page.

3 Way Battle - Pat Holmes 06/03/10


The topic for this years three way battle is curves and it will take place on 14 October.

Annual Exhibition - CAR 20/02/10


With only the Mono Prints section left in the Annual competition it is worth mentioning that the Annual Exhibition will be held at St. Mary Magdalene Church Hall on Thursday 11 March. This is open to all. However, the meeting and award presentation is only for members and their guests.

Cy has also arranged for the exhibition of prints to be at the Sale Library between 13 March and 16 April.

Tuesday group - Pat Holmes 30/01/10


Change of plan the next Meeting will still be at my house but on Tuesday 9 February. Start time is 7:30pm.

Change in Syllabus - Richard Parish 24/01/10


Due to the number of entries the Slide Competition remains on 4th February, but the PDI Competition will now be held on 18th February, displacing the LCPU Mono Folio.

Tuesday group - Ken Matthews 22/01/10


Next Meeting will be at Pat Holmes house on the first Tuesday in February. First come first served so let Pat know as there will be a limit on numbers. If you don't know the form just ask me or Pat. Start time is 7:30pm for 7:45

Competition Rules - John Earnshaw 10/01/10


The 2010 competition rules can be found on the documents page or downloaded from here.
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Annual Forms - Richard Parish 09/01/10


The 2010 Annual Slide and PDI entry form can be found on the documents page or downloaded from here.
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Update - CAR 31/12/09


Happy New Year and I have just uploaded the 2010 Syllabus. As always thanks to Alan for preparing this.

Exhibition update - CAR 05/12/09


This is just a reminder that the exhibition that Cy has organised still has a week to run at the Sale Library.

Gallery update - CAR 04/12/09


I have just added some images that Edward has provided from his LRPS panel - link. More images can be found on his website and the URL is on the Links page.

Three-way battle - CAR 11/11/09


Last night, twelve of our members attended the three-way battle between ourselves (SPS), Altrincham and Hale Photographic Society (APS), and Manchester Amateur Photographic Society (MAPS) and the set subject was Dawn to Dusk. The event was hosted by MAPS and only 23 people attended the event, including the judge, which must have been disappointing for the organisers, but it was a good night.

In the end we won both the prints and PDI sections and the final scores were SPS 394 point APS 354 and MAPS 353. Congratulations to Dave Hollows who had the best print for his Sea and Sand and to David Kramrish who was awarded best PDI image with The Bean, with Graham Shaw coming a close second with the same points.

A good night and I won the final prize in the raffle, a passport cover. Now that is going to come in handy......... Next year we will host the event.

2010 Committee - CAR 07/11/09


I have just uploaded the 2010 committee contact details to the contacts page.

John Earnshaw - CAR 25/09/09


This years AGM is on 22 October and the proposal forms can be downloaded from here and must be submitted by 1 October.

Peter Jackson and Daniel Berens - CAR 18/09/09


I have just upladed some new images from Peter onto the gallery page and they can also be found from here and some images from Daniel which can be found here

17 September 2009 - Pat Holmes 12/09/09


Due to reasons outside our control we will not be receiving the L&CPU foolio for next weeks meeting. So we have arranged for Alan Angel to entertain us with his print lecture entitled Asia (from Japan to the Med). It should be a good evening.

Merit 2009 - CAR 12/09/09


The final Merit positions can be found on the document page and congratulations to Joyce Hollows, Dave Hollows and Graham Shaw. Thanks also to Alan for organising the event and to all of this years judges.

Peter Jackson - CAR 22/08/09


I have just upladed some images from Peter onto the gallery page and they can also be found from here

Update for 13 August - Ken Matthews 01/08/09


Unfortunately, we have had to find a substitute for Kathryn Scorah, who is going into hospital.

So for the night we have booked David Bishop who has been studying the Mersey Valley Plants for many years, His lecture is " Plants of the Mersey Valley" which as well as botanical content should have a degree of historical interest and consists of Projected Digital Images.

Dave Bishop is chairman of the Friends of Chorlton Meadows and they have a blog at www.friendsofchorltonmeadows.blogspot.com

Information from George Steele - CAR 01/08/09


George Steele LRPS CPAGB, has kindly provided a summary sheet from his presentation last Thursday. This can be downloaded from here

President's Evening - Joyce Hollows 20/07/09


This year, our president, Bob Heaton, organised an evening trip to Manchester Museum of Science and Industry. We were allowed into the museum after hours, courtesy of the museum security staff. It was an excellent opportunity to get some shots of the machines and engines without having parties of school children getting in the way. Most of our members took the opportunity to get plenty of photos. We look forward to seeing some of them in future competitions or digital presentations.

We were also allowed into the Air and Space Hall, and it was easier than usual to get some decent pictures in here, as we were allowed to cross the barriers on some exhibits, to get close ups, or to isolate sections which are usually difficult to get without other items intruding.

After this interesting visit, which lasted about an hour and a half, Bob had also booked a meal for us at the Ox pub nearby. It was very busy in there, probably due to a nearby open air concert, but the staff coped very well, and cheerfully served our meal. The food seemed to be very good, certainly my fish and chips were excellent, and good value for money, too. Everyone enjoyed the meal, and even those of us who had taken few photographs thought the evening a great success on a social level.

It was obvious that Bob had put a great deal of time and effort into researching and organising this event for us, and it was meticulously planned, even down to slips of paper with our pre-selected food choice, so that we would know what we had ordered.

I am sure I speak for everyone who was there when I say thank you, Bob, for a great evening, which would not have worked so well without your careful attention to detail. Another successful and enjoyable president's evening, which gave us the opportunity not only to take photographs, and learn about the exhibits, but also to enjoy a social event.

Well done, Bob!

Treasure Hunt - Dave Hollows 20/07/09


The treasure hunt will start from the Discovery Centre car park in Garstang at 1pm on Sunday 9th August. We will remain at the car park for 30 minutes to hand out instructions. Please try and make it.

The car park is at the top of the main street opposite the Art Centre and Joyce and I look forward to seeing lots of you there.

Sale Water Park Exhibition - Dave Hollows 07/07/09


Two things. Firstly - The exhibition is now on at the water park visitors centre and will remain up until 17th August.

Also - the wardens at the water park say that 2 families of mink have been spotted somewhere between Stretford and Chorlton., One of the adult males is an Albino. These mink are decimating other wildlife in the area so the wardens want to trap them and move them on. If any member spots where they are actually living on walkabouts the wardens would be very grateful for the information.

Northumbria week away - Joyce Hollows 05/07/09


Full details of the week away can be found here

Images from Rob Howe - CAR 27/06/09


The first set of new gallery mages for a while can be accessed from here

Sale Water Park Exhibition - Dave Hollows 27/06/09


I am after any mounted images of anything remotely connected with Nature that could have been taken anywhere in the Mersey Valley area. These images must be given to me for putting up on the 6th July..

2009 Merit Update - Alan Bottomley 27/06/09


The current Merit Competition points after the second round can now be downloaded from the Competition page.

Online Competition - Dave Hollows 12/06/09


The subject for the June Flickr competition is Castles.

Congratulations to Richard - Dave Hollows 06/06/09


For winning the first prize at this years Sale Festival Photography Competition.

Treasure Hunt - Dave Hollows 30/05/09


Third Annual Treasure - This year will take place on Sunday, 9th August 2009. It will start at Garstang at 1 p.m. Details of the exact meeting place will follow later. Hope you can all make. Several of the clues are at pubs.

Congratulations to Ed - Dave Leeming 21/05/09


Or should I say Edward O'Keefe LRPS for the passing of his Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society. I am sure we all want to say well done :-)

2009 Competition update - Alan Bottomley 03/05/09


Lancashire and Chesire Photographic Union - Club Print Results can be downloaded from here. These are the only results available today. The website will be updated as other results become available this week. They will be on the Competitions page.

2009 Merit Update - Alan Bottomley 25/04/09


The current Merit Competition points can now be downloaded from the Competition page.

The remaining titles and judges are as follows:

Food Glorious Food - Colour Prints and Slides - Liam O'Keeffe, Mono and Digital Projected Images - Bert Broadbent

Dusk 'till Dawn - Colour Prints and Slides - John Earnshaw, Mono and Digital Projected Images - Ian Ross

2009 Quarterly Entry Forms - Alan Bottomley 06/04/09


I have updated the Quaterly entry form on the document download page now that the Natural History section has been renamed and called Nature by the L&CPU.

Sale Festival Photographic Comp - John Earnshaw 25/03/09


I am organising another photographic competition this year for Sale Festival with a theme of "Town and City Life". Full competion details, prizes, rules etc can be found here

Tatton Park - CAR 18/03/09


On Saturday 28 March Tatton Park, is holding a free Open Day to acknowledge 120 years of Cheshire County Council. The usual admission and parking charges will be waived and the public is invited to enjoy a family fun day out in a very special place. For more information about Tatton Park visit the website at http://www.tattonpark.org.uk

Award images update - CAR 15/03/09


I have added all the previous winners of the annual awards, back in some cases to 1947, onto the images. They can be accessed from the Competition page or from here

Annual Prints at Sale Library - CAR 14/03/09


The prints from the Annual Exhibition plus other submitted work can now be viewed at Sale Library for the next three weeks.

Annual Exhibition - CAR 14/03/09


I have placed the results from last Thursdays event on the Competition page.

Annual Exhibition on 12th March - CAR 08/03/09


I have just uploaded some images of the prizes that can be won at the Annual Exhibition on Thursday. A link can be found on the Competition page or from here

Monthly Flickr Competition - Dave Hollows 07/03/09


After last nights lecture I think this months topic should be "Panorama" and thanks to those who voted for my snowdrops.

Annual Exhibition on 12th March - CAR 21/02/09


Just a reminder that the event of the year - the Annual Exhibition will take place on the 12 March. All the hard earned prizes will also be presented on the night and the meeting will be opened by Ray Kearney, a well known local professional photographer and former member of SPS.

Meeting on 12th February - Mike Bannister 31/01/09


I've got agreement for the times of our meeting on the 12th February for the annual Colour Prints competition to be extended to 19:30 to 22:30 from the churchs secretary to accomodate the large entry to be judged (130 prints) on that evening.

PDI Comp. at Rochdale C.C. - Richard Parish 31/01/09


Time 19.30 next Tuesday, Place: Rochdale Camera Club, Rochdale Transport Club, Baron St, OL6 1SJ, We are invited to send a support team but Rochdale would like an indication of likely numbers.

North Cheshire Print Competition - Richard Parish 17/01/09


We need to submit five prints from five authors and the absolute latest deadline is next Thursday

Update - CAR 09/01/09


The 2009 Competition Rules and the Annual Entry Forms can now be found on the Documents page.

Update - CAR 04/01/09


Dave Hollows has just set the monthly online competition topic which is 'Winter Patterns'. This is open to all SPS members on the Flickr site and a link to it can be found here - New On-line Monthly Members Competition

Update - CAR 31/12/08


Wishing you all a Happy New Year and the website has just had its new year tidy-time. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you want any items adding to the website in 2009.

Upcoming External Competitions - Richard Parish 30/12/08


There are currently THREE external competitions which we have entered:

Rochdale Camera Club, Tues, 3rd Feb - Projected Digital Images. Seven images to be entered, 1024x768 px. All images scored, club with highest overall total wins.

North Cheshire Photographic Society - as part of their Annual Exhibition at Poynton Civic Hall. Wed, 11th February, Inter-Club Digital Print Competition - six mounted prints (mono or colour, max mount size 20' x 16') by six different authors. NB this is the day before our Annual Colour Print Comp, so we shall have to use 'old' prints.

Thurs, 12th February, Inter-Club Digital Image Competition (NB overlaps with our Annual Colour Print Comp) - six images (1400 x 1050 px) by six different authors. [All 12 images must be different.]

Further details see http://www.ncps.org.uk/pages/exhibition/exhibition.html We need our very best images for this one!

Details are also available for the Three-Way Battle against MAPS and Hale & Altrincham. Tues, 10th Nov (prints and digital - NO slides), subject Dusk to Dawn. This is also the subject of our September Merits Comp.

Syllabus Update - Cy Newton 26/12/08


Hi and Happy New Year to all SPS Club Members.

On the 15 January, Simon Galley of Harman Technology will be giving a lecture. He wants to include within the evening a Mono Open, Print competition with (prizes!!!!!!!! for winners and runner up's)

This comp' is totally separate from club comp's so is open to all to enter with any prints even ones that have been club winners.

The only rules are as follows:-
1. Two prints max per member
2. Must have been taken in the last 12 months

Don't forget this is a fun comp' on the night and there will be prizes so please join in and support the evening.

Also, don't forget that Jan 15th is also handing in night for Annual slides. Also that Jan 22nd is handing in night for annual colour prints and Feb 5th is handing in night for Mono annual prints.

2008 Merit Competitions - Alan Bottomley 14/12/08


Congratulations to Clive Robinson, Liam O'Keeffe & Ken Matthews for taking first place in the Colour, Mono & Slide Sections respectively.

Thanks to everyone who entered work in this year's competition. Please bear in mind that irrespective of 'where you are' in the results table, a total of 18 members are listed as having their work 'placed' therefore each of them has gained more points than the other 27 members who are not listed - Final Merits

Additional thanks to all the members who judged these competitions and/or have come forward to judge next year's competition.

Clouds Descending - CAR - 04/12/08


I would recommend, if you have a spare hour, to go to the Jem Southam's Cloud descending exhibition at the Lowry. The images trace Lowry's footsteps along the Cumbrian coastline and is really worth a visit. Also from my posting of the 18/10/08 the Long Exposure exhibition is also still running.

More holiday images - CAR - 04/12/08


I have had so many additional images that I have regenerated the page. A full account of the week away can be found on the Documents page together with images.

Exhibition - Dave Leeming - 01/12/08


Sale Photographic Society have an exhibition of more than 40 images in the foyer of Sale Library, Waterside Sale M33 7ZF

Cheque from the Mayor of Trafford - Dave Leeming - 01/12/08


For the past three summers, Sale Photographic Society have organised a photographic competition for the local community with the judging and presentation of prizes taking place around the beginning of the Sale Festival week of events. The winning prints and runners up are framed and displayed in Sale's Waterside Arts Centre along with many prints displayed which cannot be individually framed.

The competition is judged by someone of standing who lives in the locality, this year's judge being TV North West weather girl Dianne Oxberry. This year, the Society were rewarded with a cheque for £ 200 in recognition of the Society's contribution to the success of Sale Festival out of the proceeds of the festival.

The society also provides photos to St Mary Magdalene in Sale (where the society meets) for their church magazine cover as well as staging exhibitions of the prints submitted into competitions, four times a year in the local library. These exhibitions are well appreciated by the local people judging by the visitor's book in which people can put their comments and also provide some new members for the society.

So the underlying message is that everybody benefits when camera clubs get involved in helping their local communities.

Gallery Update - CAR - 29/11/08


I have just uploaded Richard Parish's revised images to the Gallery page. They can also be accessed via this link - Richard Parish

Draft 2009 Syllabus and entry forms - Alan Bottomley 29/11/08


The 2009 Draft Syllabus and the entry forms for next year can now be downloaded from the Documents page.

New Google / LIFE photo archeive - Dave Hollows 29/11/08


Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google. Link

Six days in North Cumbria - Joyce Hollows 23/11/08


A full account of the week away can be found on the Documents page together with images.

Three-Way Battle 2009 - Ken Matthews 23/11/08


I have been contacted by Dennis from MAPS and the subject for the 2009 Three Way Battle will be 'Dusk 'till Dawn' so that gives us plenty of time to work on it.

Also it has been suggested we might drop Slides in favour of Digital Projected Images. Maps would like input from us as to, if we think it is a good idea.

Quarterly Print Results - Richard Parish 22/11/08


Category 1st 2nd 3rd
Mono Record Liam O'Keefe Bob Heaton Ken Matthews
Mono Portrait Clive Robinson John Earnshaw Cy Newton
Mono Nat Hist Ken Matthews Cy Newton John Earnshaw
Mono Open Dave Hollows Dave Hollows John Earnshaw
Colour Record John Earnshaw Bob Heaton Clive Robinson
Colour Portrait Richard Parish John Earnshaw John Earnshaw
Colour Nat Hist Bert Broadbent John Earnshaw Ken Matthews
Colour Open Cy Newton Ken Matthews Liam O'Keefe

Three-Way Battle - Richard Parish 15/11/08


Last night the 2008 Three-Way Battle was held between SPS, MAPS and Altrincham and Hale in Timperley. The subject was Rust and the judge was the impressive Christine Widdall.

The final results were SPS 381 MAPS 366 AHPS 339 which was a closer contest than in recent years, but still a respectable margin. Many thanks to all those who submitted images and to the several members who turned out in support on the night. For the points please see - link..

Next year's contest will be hosted by MAPS who are actively considering the subject.

Monthly Competition - Ian Ross 08/11/08


This is just a reminder that the monthly comp is for everybody and good practice for the new projected images competitions for next year. Anybody requiring guidence and help to contact an existing user. The link can be ound on the Competition page or by using this link - New On-line Monthly Members Competition

Quarterly Slide Results - Richard Parish 07/11/08


Category 1st 2nd 3rd
Record Ken Matthews Graham Shaw Graham Shaw
Portrait John Earnshaw John Earnshaw Ken Matthews
Nat Hist Ken Matthews Ken Matthews Graham Shaw
Open Ken Matthews John Earnshaw John Earnshaw

Resizing Images - Dave Hollows 25/10/08


I have downloaded from the Pictures 2 Exe forum a document setting out how to resize images. At the AGM a discussion took place by some members who were not clear as to how to do this. I have asked permission from the author, Mark Allen, and he has no objections to this also being available on website and it can be downloaded either on the document page or from here..

Exhibition at The Lowry Update - Dave Hollows 25/10/08


Joyce & I went on Sunday and it was brilliant. it was also very well attended. Bob Smithies, who died in 2006 opened our Annual a few years ago and in the past Dennis Thorpe has spoken and judged at the club. Well worth a visit.

Exhibition at The Lowry - CAR 18/10/08


Just to let you know there is a good free photographic exhibition on at The Lowry. It runs until the 1 March 2009 and is entitled, A Long Exposure, 100 years of Guardian Photography. It Celebrates the work of the Guardian newspaper's most famous photographers from 1908 to the present day including images by Walter Doughty; Tom Stuttard, Bob Smithies; Graham Finlayson; Don McPhee; Denis Thorpe and Christopher Thomond.

Competition - CAR 16/10/08


Ian Ross is through to the last 20 in Co-Operative Travel's Big Picture competition. If you would like to vote for him his image is number 18

Votes can be registered and images viewed through Co Op link

Gallery Update - CAR - 14/10/08


I have just uploaded Graham Shaw's images to the Gallery page. They can also be accessed via this link - Graham Shaw

Gallery Update - CAR - 11/10/08


I have just uploaded John McNally's images to the Gallery page. They can also be accessed via this link - John McNally

More useful information - Dave Hollows - 08/10/08


For some longer more in depth tutorials and an online magazine see ephotozine

Some information - CAR - 07/10/08


I was looking through YouTube and there are some good training aids there. Maybe basic and slow for some but good basic information. The follow are from DSLR Webcams:
Night Photography
How to take perfect sunsets
How to blur water
How to blur action shots for the feeling of speed
How to blur backgrounds on portraits

Gallery Update - CAR - 26/09/08


I have just uploaded Liam O'Keeffe's images to the Gallery page. They can also be accessed via this link - Liam O'Keeffe

Gallery Update - CAR - 23/09/08


I have just uploaded Richard Parish's images to the Gallery page. They can also be accessed via this link - Richard Parish

Annual Christmas Dinner - Dave Hollows - 22/09/08


Friday 19 December 2008, Hough End Centre 7.30pm for 8pm

This year's dinner will once again be at the Hough End Centre. The venue has been very well received in the past. This year the meal will cost Approx. 19 pounds per head including the staff gratuity, the final figure will be available soon. Once again the number is limited to 34 so prompt booking is essential on a first come first booked basis. First choice will be given to club members and partners, if any places available after that I will throw the guest list open.

A deposit of 5 pounds per head is required on booking with the remainder payable by 23 November. Please contact Joyce or Dave Hollows.

Gallery Update - CAR - 19/09/08


I have just uploaded Alan, Ian and Liz's images to the Gallery page. They can also be accessed via these links - Alan Bottomley, Ian Ross, Liz Wilding

Three-Way Battle - Richard Parish - 19/09/08


The Three-Way Battle will be held on 14 November in Altrincham, between MAPS, Altrincham and SPS and the subject is RUST

We have to submit 12 prints (maximum 2 per author) and 12 slides (maximum 3 per author). Please submit, by Thursday 16 October, up to THREE slides and/or prints.

Each should bear its TITLE, but no other marking and a small committee will select those to be entered.

Please note, since these images are unlikely to be of further use, there is no need to mount them before selection. However, please be prepared to mount any that are selected by the 23 October. Maximum mount size 16"x20", minimum 12"x16" and an entry form can be downloaded from here

Gallery Update - CAR - 13/09/08


I have just uploaded Bob Heaton's images to the Gallery page. They can also be accessed via this link - Bob Heaton

Merit Update - CAR - 12/09/08


The results of this week's competition has just been uploaded to the competition page

Link Update - CAR - 07/09/08


Edward O'Keeffe's Flickr site details have just been added to the Links page.

Gallery Update - CAR - 06/09/08


I have just uploaded Mike Bannister's images to the Gallery page. They can also be accessed via this link - Mike Bannister I have also extended the list of links to include some more of my favourite photography related sites.

Treasure Hunt - Dave Hollows - 31/08/08


I would like to thank all the people who turned up for the treasure hunt. The weather was mainly OK and most members seemed to enjoy it. Some even found the number of "PUB" clues very enjoyable.

Anyway the results were as follows: 3rd. Ken and Pat, 2nd. Dave and Al. and the winners were John and Sue Earnshaw. Well done. It was very close and very little bickering at the result. I did say very little Ken.

New website - CAR - 24/08/08


As the most eagled-eyed members may have noticed we have a new website and URL, which I hope you will use and enjoy. First some people to thank - Dave L and Craig for their good work in the past; Ian for badgering me to construct this website; Alan for all the documents he prepares plus having the patience to get all the existing information off the old blog site and to all the committee members for their support.

I have started to put the members gallery together. However, I will need your images if you want anything including.

Treasure hunt - from Dave Hollows - 27/07/08


On Sunday 17th August 2008, SPS will be having a treasure hunt in the Derbyshire area. In theory the route starts in Bakewell and finishes at Chapel-en-le-Frith via 35 miles of country lanes.

On a Sunday, Bakewell is a terrible place for traffic and as none of the clues are actually in Bakewell I thought it better to start at the place of the first clue, Ashford in the Water, where the parking is a little easier. Ashford in the Water is directly off the A6 just before you reach Bakewell coming from the direction of Buxton.As you turn off the A6 Joyce and myself will be around the corner between 12.30 p.m. and 1.30 p.m.to hand out the clues and any information we can. Please try and turn up as it can be a very nice drive with a bit of interest thrown in and even if it rains, as last time, a laugh can still be had.

Syllabus Change - from Bob Heaton - 26/07/08


First let me apologise for a further change in the Syllabus regarding Thursday 31st July 2008.

Mike Bannister has been able to to arrange for the normal meeting room to be made available for us to hold our meeting next Thursday the 31st July. Thanks Mike.

I am pleased to tell you that we have arranged to fill the evening as follows:-

For the first half of the evening Cy Newton has agreed to tell us of some of the facilities offered by PHOTOSHOP.

As you know Cy has been offering guidance to both established and new members into the working of PHTOSHOP.

We appreciate that he has undertaken this project at such short notice.

The second half of the evening will be covered by Ken Matthews who will be illustrating his work with colour slides. As we know Ken has many excellent Natural History slides which he will be showing and advising on the techniques and lenses he has used along with other slides which he feels will be of interest to us.

Again we appreciate that ken has undertaken to show his work at such short notice.

Thank you for your forebearance for the short notice.

Three-Way Battle - from Alan Bottomley - 25/07/08


Altrincham & Hale have set the topic RUST for the battle to be held at Timperley Library on Friday the 14th November at 19:30.

Syllabus Change - from Alan Bottomley - 25/07/08


You'll NEVER Guess What!!!!!! - There's a change to the Syllabus...

To start the meeting on the 28th August there will be an E.G.M. so would all members do their best to attend.

Merit Competition - from Alan Bottomley - 25/07/08


Merit Competition 'In The Garden'

Please remember that the night for handing in entries has been moved forwards by one week to Thursday 24th July, 'Chicago & the Best of 2007' (perhaps), as the following week is another outdoor photography evening.

There is a limit of THREE (3) prints per section BUT with an overall limit on the total number of prints entered of SIX (6).

Slides are restricted to only FOUR (4) per section, eight in total.

These numbers are limits per person and there is also a rule limiting the number of times an image can be submitted, this is detailed elsewhere on this web site!

From Joyce Hollows - 21/06/08


A Watery Week for Sale Photographic Society

Well done, Dave, for organising a group from the club to join this interesting Sunday afternoon walk along the towpath, under the streets of Manchester.

Our guide was interesting, and full of information about the building of the first canals in this area, and about the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution in Manchester. He was proud of the important part played by Manchester, and Lancashire, in the development of the canal system. As he described the process, we were made aware of the forward thinking, engineering knowledge and ingenuity of Brindley and his colleagues. (Where are they now!)

The walk along the tow path took in various aspects of the many buildings along the canal, some dating back to the late eighteenth century, through to the more modern structures, including many bars, and clubs. It seems a pity that, having done such a good job in making the area more accessible, with the landscaping, renovated towpath and interesting venues along the canal banks, no general maintenance is going on. The whole area needs a good clean up. If people will insist on leaving litter around, then the least Manchester city council can do is to have some sort of regular clean up service. What a shame that all the original good work is allowed to go to waste.

The walk along Canal Street gave us an entertaining view of a group of gay men practising their line dancing routines. The music was worth a listen, but the grim determination on the faces of the dancers did not make line dancing seem a relaxing pastime, although some of their outfits were interesting. I wonder whether anyone was bold enough to take photos in the face of this curiously scary group. I certainly wasn’t.

We were lucky to have a warm, sunny afternoon for our trip, with good light on the many potential photographic subjects. We should be seeing some interesting entries in our future competitions.

I understand that our guide also does lectures on many aspects of the history of the North West, and Lancashire in particular. He might be a good addition to the syllabus for the future.

Thanks for organising the trip, Dave. Keep up the good work.

Another watery treat was organised on Thursday evening by Cy for President’s Evening. This time it was actually on the water. Our trip on the Judith Mary, a narrow boat (certainly not a barge!) started from Whaley Bridge, and took us along very attractive sections of the Peak Forest canal. Once again, the weather was on our side, as the evening turned out sunny, giving us lovely light on the surrounding countryside, and a rainbow, too!.

There were plenty of photo opportunities. We saw many interesting wild flowers and plants along the tow path, and the ‘aahh!’ factor was provided by two families of Canada Geese with their goslings, as they settled down on the bank for the night.

The tiny galley managed to turn out a very tasty supper, which I am sure we all enjoyed. Will someone please make a desert that Liz likes sometime soon! Never mind, Dave and John were happy to consume Liz’s apple pie for her. The staff did an excellent job of preparing and serving the meal.

We were little alarmed on our return, to see the fire brigade putting out a fire, luckily it wasn't anybody's car.

Thanks to Cy, our President, for organising the trip. I am sure everyone enjoyed the social side, as well as the food, although it was a little difficult to circulate, as the gangway was usually full of the caterers with armfuls of food, a small price to pay for a very pleasant evening. It was great to see such a good turnout of members and their guests, obviously a popular choice for an evening out. Your efforts are much appreciated, Cy. Thanks again.

Websites are all about contain and I would therefore like to thank Alan for editing the following blog site content so I could tag it up. Also can I thank Dave L and Craig for all their time and efforts is supporting the Blog site. After this year all the following material will be place on a separate page. Anon.

30/05/08 - 2008 Merits
As at 29th May, after 2 rounds, the results are:
Colour
Clive Robinson 58
Ian Ross 54
Cy Newton 38
Richard Parish 36
Tom Walton 18
Keith Brownlow 16
Ken Matthews 16
Edward OKeeffe 16
Mono
Cy Newton 58
Liam OKeeffe 51
Clive Robinson 34
Dave Hollows 18
Mark Diggle 17
Joyce Hollows 16
Edward OKeeffe 15
Slides
Graham Shaw 90
Ken Matthews 55
Joyce Hollows 33

posted by Alan B @ 12:07 AM

26/05/08 - Digital projector displays
For anyone interested the PAGB have published a document on attempting to standardise digital displays foe clubs and competitions. This is available to view by following the L&CPU link on this site and then going to the section marked DOWNLOADS.

posted by Dahol @ 1:08 PM

10/05/08 - Canal under the city streets
The guided walk as above has now been booked for Sunday 15th June 2008 commencing 2.30 p.m. I shall collect the monies in a couple of weeks.

posted by Dahol @ 8:58 PM

Merit Competition The Environment - Going Green 29th May 2008
This seems a long way off but the night for handing in entries is this coming Thursday, 15th May, as the following week is an outdoor photography evening.

I must remind you of the limit of three prints per section BUT WITH AN OVERALL LIMIT ON THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PRINTS ENTERED OF 6 (SIX).

Slides are restricted to only 4 (four) per section (eight in total)

There is also a limit on the number of times an image can be submitted but I would suggest that you check with (almost) any of the competition secretaries for clarification if you are in any doubt!

posted by Alan B @ 6:38 PM

02/05/08 - May Challenge SUNSETS
This is open to all members of the club. Just upload an image into flikr. then the club site.

posted by ssori @ 9:40 PM

26/04/08 - Romiley Battle Result

On Friday 2th April 2008 SPS entered an invitation battle at Romiley. 9 clubs took part each entering 5 digital images for projection. A minimum of 4 members work had to be submitted.

Gordon Jenkins was the judge and was as thorough and entertaining as usual. ( He got it a bit wrong because we didnt win!!).

Oldham were the clear winners with Hyde coming second. Sale PS were joint third with4 other clubs so it was not a flop.

The images entered were:

1.       Lavender field by Richard Parrish score 15.

2.       Jetty sheds by John McNally score 18

3.       Sawfly caterpillars by Ken Matthews score 16

4.       Peewit by John Earnshaw score 19

5.       Esthwaite morning by Graham Shaw score 16

Thanks to all who entered work for selection and to the 6 members who turned up to support the club. Well done.

posted by Dahol @ 4:51 PM

17/04/08 - Pictures to EXE
For those that are interested Barry Beckham has an excellent tutorial at the following; http://www.ephotozine.tv/video/Creating-slideshows-with-Barry-Beckham-628

Well worth a look and a possibility of a follow up.

posted by Dahol @ 3:45 PM

10/04/08 - Sale Festival 2008 Photographic Competition

As part of its celebrations for Festival Week, Sale Festival 2008 is running a Photographic Competition for keen amateur photographers on the theme of

Leisure in the Locality

As we all know, the locality is well known for its enthusiastic approach to leisure activities, be it Sports like Football, Rugby, Snooker, Fishing and the like or just pottering about in boats at The Water Park or on the Canal, even just having a drink or a meal with friends. Leisure can take on an endless number of guises, and Photographers of all ages are invited to capture the essence of the theme by taking part in this Photographic Competition aimed at picturing the very best of Leisure in Sale and its surrounding area.

The photographs should reflect your favourite ideas of leisure, be it people, events, or even leisure related environmental issues which are now high on everybodys agenda.

Amateur Photographers who would like to enter the competition should submit up to 4 prints to Sale Waterside Arts Centre to arrive no later than Monday 2nd June.

An esteemed Judge will judge the competition during the week prior to Festival Week, and the winning prints will form part of an exhibition to be held at Sale Waterside Arts Centre during Festival Week, starting 13 June.

The winning prints and runners-up will take pride of place in the Gallery Bar.

In addition to the Senior Competition, there is also a Junior Section for Photographers up to 16, the winner of which will receive a prize of £50. The winner of the Senior competition will receive a fabulous prize of £100, which will be officially presented to them during Festival Week, with runners up prizes of £50 for second place and £25 for third place.

Competition Rules

1.       The Competition Theme will be titled Leisure in the Locality and the focus should be on any aspect of Leisure, be it Sport, recreation activities or whatever you think represents the competition title the best.

2.       There are no age restrictions on who can enter. The Junior Section is for entrants aged 16 or under on June 1st 2008
Family and work colleagues of the Judge and the competition organisers will be ineligible to enter.
Entrants must not be professional photographers

3.       All entries must be in print form and can be in monochrome or colour with a maximum print size of 15 x 10 and a minimum print size of 8 x 6 A maximum of 4 prints per author may be entered

4.       The Authors name, address, email address, phone numbers and age if 16 or under ,and entering the Junior Competition must be clearly printed on the back of the print, together with the print title and when and where it was taken

5.       The closing date for entries in the competition is Monday 2nd June 2008.

6.       Prints should be posted to arrive no later than 2nd June and addressed to Sale Festival Photographic Competition, C/O Rosie Scott, Sale Waterside Arts Centre, Sale Waterside, Sale, Cheshire, M33 7ZF

Entries for the competition can also be dropped off at the Box Office at the Sale Waterside Arts Centre between 10.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Saturday, from Monday 31st March onwards

7.       An eminent judge will judge the Competition, and Winners will be notified as soon as possible after the judging.

8.       There will be three Prizes for the Senior Competition:- First Prize £100 Second Prize £50 Third Prize £25
The Winner of the Junior Competition will receive a prize of £50

9.       The judges decision is final and no correspondence on that decision will be entered into

10.   The winning prints, runners up, and a selection of other prints will be exhibited in an Exhibition of Visual Arts during Sale Festival Week and for the following 6 weeks, at Sale Waterside Arts Centre

11.   The organisers will not be held liable for any prints lost damaged or delayed in the post

12.   All entries must be the original work of the author and must not have been previously published. The entrants must be the sole owner of the copyright in all photos and must have the permission of any people featured in the entries

13.   By entering the competition, entrants grant the right for Sale Waterside Arts Centre and Trafford Council to publish and exhibit the photographs in print, on their respective websites or in any other media as they think fit

14.   If Authors would like their prints returned after the competition, they should enclose a STAMPED self – addressed envelope (of the correct size and postage) with the entry, together with a sheet of paper indicating the titles of the prints to be returned.

15.   The organisers cannot be held responsible for any damage suffered by prints during their exhibition, and if they are to be returned, during their removal from their mounting boards, to which they are fixed with adhesive.

posted by ssori @ 5:30 PM

04/04/08 - Monthly Challenge
The topic for April is Close Up.
Good luck to all entrants with your images
http://www.flickr.com/groups/13512662@N00/

posted by Alan B @ 3:16 PM

12/03/08 - Monthly challenge
Februarys winning entry Silver Water Spheres
The choice of topic for March is BLUE.
Good luck to all entrants with your images.
posted by ssori @ 10:16 PM

22/02/08 - PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION
If you would like to view a lot more of our photographs, then go along to our exhibition at
Sale Library
Tatton Road
15th March to the 4th April
Where you can feast your eyes on stunning images produced by our members.
Banded Agrion Damselfly (Calopteryx Spendens)
Gold Ringed Dragonfly ( Cordulegaster Boltonii )
Images with kind permission of Ken Mathews.

posted by ssori @ 10:32 PM

19/02/08 - ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2008
SALE PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2008
At
St Mary Magdalene Church Hall
Junction of
Moss Lane /Harboro Road
Sale
On
Thursday 13th March
Members and Guests
The Evening Events start at 8.00PM
Guest speaker
Awards presentation
Audio Visual Show
Prize raffle
Buffet
posted by ssori @ 9:51 PM

06/02/08 - Februarys Monthly Challenge.
The choice of subject for February by Januarys winner is, SILVER
Good luck to all participants.

posted by ssori @ 6:18 PM

January challenge
Congratulations to the winning entry for the month of January. Concord Overhead.

posted by ssori @ 5:37 PM

03/01/08 - Monthly Challenge
Decembers monthly challenge has come to a close the winning image was Quays Santa Dash

posted by ssori @ 11:36 AM

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