The Sheffield Knockout Competition March 25th 2017

Overall C&HVPS  did remarkably well for such a relatively small club, as we punched well above our weight. Les Nixon’s superb image got through to the semi-final round, before being knocked out when a handful of images were selected to go ‘head to head’ in the final round.

Our final club score was further elevated, as Steve Elliott’s ‘Alien’ light painting image got through to one to one of the later middle rounds, when by then 2/3rds of the DPI images had been eliminated. When Sheffield PS send us the club scores I’ll update the website.

Reaching Out by Les Nixon

Alien by Steve Elliott

Missed it by Ian Ord

Street advertising by Ian Stanyon

Phantom Trees by Kate Brown

Roger Moore’s infra-red DPI: The Great Ridge from Hollowford

was selected in the event of a tiebreak between two clubs – but we didn’t get to the tiebreak stage.

Wed 15 March, evening light-painting workshop

Ann, our bubbly and enthusiastic Chairman, through the medium of our website, would like to thank Steve Elliot for organising a hugely enjoyable and highly successful ‘hands-on’ workshop light-painting evening. Steve is a long-term member of our club, and is justifiably famous both throughout the Hope Valley and afar, for his spectacular landscape images. However, Steve has another string to his many photographic bows, and is now building up a reputation for his light-painting images.

Steve had been asked to give a workshop to members, so he could pass on light-painting tips and experience he’s gained. A goodly percentage of C&HVPS members assembled, with cameras and tripods, under clear skies, at Hope Sports Club on a chilly March evening. Steve had clearly devoted considerable time and effort in preparing for his workshop, bringing a range of equipment he uses when he creates light-painting images. Including various shapes of Perspex light-wands, LED lights, whisks to encompass wire wool (which is ignited and spun around – outdoors only!), LED torches capable of producing different coloured light beams, etc.

Those who were new to light-painting were fascinated to watch and learn from Steve, as he patiently and methodically illustrated how members should set up their cameras, as he demonstrated the equipment he’d either made or bought. The first part of the workshop evening was held indoors, then members trooped outside to the sports field, set up their cameras and tripods and stood fascinated as Steve whirled lights and burning wire-wool around, allowing members to capture the earlier indoor and then outdoor images illustrated at the bottom of this webpage.

Upon returning indoors, Alan Hinchcliffe, who also has expertise in light-painting set up a ‘light-wand’ he’d made. Which when photographed using a long exposure or ‘live composite mode’ displayed the name of our photographic society in coloured lights. Many thanks to Jessica, who stood stock still both indoors and outdoor, as Steve whirled lights around, allowing members to practice the art of light-painting. A selection of these images are shown below:

Synopsis of March 9th meeting

This meeting was really all about our popular and highly respected Past President – the late Peter Harrison. Here’s a selection of Peter’s images – transcribed from transparencies into digital format by Ray Fowler. Details covering the evening are shown after the selection of Peter’s images shown below:

Ann opened the meeting by welcoming members and the significant numbers of guests from Castleton and around. Ann announced that next month’s meeting (Thursday April 13th) would be split into two groups. The first group would meet at Treak Cavern at 1900. However, as the approach to Treak Cavern is steep some members may wish to join the second group at our normal venue at 1930. There Ian & Christine will show DPI’s of the images they took during their recent visit to Myanmar.

Ian S then announced that there were three events, which should be of interest to members. 1 An opportunity to photograph contestants in the exiting knockout competition: the Howard Street Duel. 2 A photography day with Parkour Athletes, to meet these athletes for part or the whole day at Parkhill flats, Sheffield. 3 An opportunity to photograph indoor and outdoor dance workshops in Leeds. Please contact Ian S for further information.

The main event of the evening was a tribute to Peter, with a celebration of Peter’s life and photography. Peter & Ray were founder members of our photographic society.

Ray had made arrangements to access 6,000+ of Peter’s photographs (in transparency format) to gradually digitise and file the images for posterity. And to give Peter’s family and Castleton Historical Society access to scanned in versions of Peter’s images – taken over 50 years. Hence the significant number of visitors to our meeting.

The evening was broken into three parts: 1 Ray’s presentation of a number of scanned in images Peter had taken over many years. 2 A short presentation by one of Peter’s daughter, Vicky, using some of the images Ray had scanned into a digital format. This led to many of the family and other locals from Castleton discussing the images, and reminiscing, as the DPI’s were projected on the screen. 3 Ray had carefully selected some of Peter’s images, turning them into a representation of one of Peter’s famous quizzes. For many years Peter’s quizzes had been one of the highlights of our annual Christmas parties.

Light Painting hands on session (Members only!)

Just a quick reminder not to miss a hands on session of light painting
At the last meeting, we announced a Light Painting evening on 15 March 2017, which Stephen Elliott has kindly agreed to arrange. Here are some more details:
When: Wed 15 March 2017 at 7pm
Where: Hope Sports Club  (venue used for the 2015 Whatever the Weather)
Cost: There will be a nominal charge of around £2 per person for use of the Pavilion and Field
Please bring the following:
  • Warm clothing (preferably dark coloured clothes)
  • Torch/head torch
  • Tripod – if anyone has a spare, please bring it along for those who don’t have a tripod
  • Cable release (but you can use your camera’s built in timer)
The camera you use needs to have a manual function (e.g. DSLR) as some compact/point and shoot types wouldn’t be suitable.
If you have any questions, please let me know or contact Keith or Stephen respectively.