Birds, History and Photoshop!

For many years Syd Cumbus has provided a brief review of the week’s meeting to the Lancaster Guardian for their Social Scene column. We’re now very happy to be able to also present these round ups on the website.

Earth, Wind and Flight with Maxwell Law

An exciting programme of natural history images was presented by guest speaker Maxwell Law at the latest meeting of the Society. Maxwell’s lecture entitled ‘Earth, Wind and Flight’ described his passion for bird photography illustrated with superb images of birds photographed in the Orkney Islands, throughout Britain and on journeys by campervan to the Algarve in Southern Portugal. His passion for the natural world was illustrated in part one by a series of mounted prints of landscapes and birds.

Many of his close up pictures were taken using a 600mm lens with extension tubes which enabled him to isolate a subject in perfect focus.

A Photograph of Photographers - Lancaster Photographic Society © Maxwell Law

A Photograph of Photographers – Lancaster Photographic Society © Maxwell Law

Maxwell’s criteria for natural history photography was to use ‘Light – Context – Subject’ and this method was well presented in a series of digital projected images in part two of the presentation. He was an enthusiast of ‘365’ when a photograph is taken every day of the year no matter what the weather. During travels on the Iberian Peninsula visits were made to Donana National Park in Spain and much of the southern coast of Portugal.

The vote of thanks was given by Stephen Greenall.

Natural History and Landscape Portfolio Critique and Manipulated Images ‘Show and Tell’

The President, Sally Anderson, presented the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union Natural History and Landscape portfolio at the latest meeting of the Society. The folio of 54 prints was compiled from many of the Photographic Societies within the two counties. This year the folio was dominated by superb images of British birds including Goldfinch, Redshank, Bittern and Long Tailed Tit. The outstanding photograph of the collection was of a fox in natural surroundings and submitted by a member of Chorley Photographic Society, which achieved the maximum 15 points.

Part of the evening was devoted to members manipulated digital images with both projected photographs and prints. Allan Hartley used Lightroom, Alan Phillips used Photoshop, Sheenagh Crumley adjusted a smoke scene, Mike Atkinson designed a book cover using multiple layers in Photoshop and Syd Cumbus showed two prints manipulated with Photoshop Elements. Anna Rose and Richard West also contributed. Members described how they achieved the finished result with questions from the audience.