Sale Photographic Society Website

Previous News and Information

Before 2008.

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

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

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 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 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:
Clive Robinson 58
Ian Ross 54
Cy Newton 38
Richard Parish 36
Tom Walton 18
Keith Brownlow 16
Ken Matthews 16
Edward OKeeffe 16
Cy Newton 58
Liam OKeeffe 51
Clive Robinson 34
Dave Hollows 18
Mark Diggle 17
Joyce Hollows 16
Edward OKeeffe 15
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;

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

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

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
St Mary Magdalene Church Hall
Junction of
Moss Lane /Harboro Road
Thursday 13th March
Members and Guests
The Evening Events start at 8.00PM
Guest speaker
Awards presentation
Audio Visual Show
Prize raffle
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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