We were expecting something special from Melvin and he did not disappoint. The landscape images, supporting narratives, practical advice and humorous anecdotes grabbed attention and did not falter as he took us on an extensive geographic tour that climaxed in Iceland with a string of striking images. Melvin clearly has a deep, loving relationship with rugged and wild places and his seascapes and landscapes demonstrated that the best images come from a commitment to perfection, a willingness to return again and again to the same location, and an unending determination to shoot early and late, in difficult weather conditions.
Our second trip to the butterfly house this year included chameleons, blue-tongued lizards, snakes and cockroaches as well as butterflies. This is a great opportunity to use different lighting techniques in a natural setting. We are considering a further visit in March 2018.
On Monday evening the Butterfly House and its inhabitants presented a huge challenge and promised rich rewards for those determined to overcome the lighting issues, the high humidity and the shy and at times, uncooperative creatures. All those present had an enjoyable, learning experience, and are intent on returning to capture competition winning images. A return visit is planned for early spring and we will keep members posted on dates and times when these are agreed. Our thanks to Brad for organising the event.
On Tuesday evening we gathered at the White Cross for our Christmas Dinner. Many thanks to Colin for arranging a splendid evening, in a great venue that will become our close neighbour and social gathering place in the new year. The large turnout, excited, noisy conversation, empty wine bottles, colourful complexions, and wide smiles signalled the success of the evening.
The experienced and confident judge, Paul Williamson, provided us with a useful introduction to his journey with the camera and his specialisms in architectural and mono photography. Paul then guided us through the 59 colour and 46 mono images selected for inclusion in our third competition of the year, ‘Fauna and Flora’. Paul supported his judgements with thoughtful analyses of the images, direction on how images could be improved, humorous interjections and at times strongly held personal preferences. (poor seal pup!!!) Paul did not pull his punches and was particularly critical of the images included in the mono section. This is an area where he has a particular interest and there was much said that was helpful and could be taken away and applied both in the field and in the digital darkroom.
A huge ‘thank you’ to Ruth, Colin and Ian, for their advance preparations and enthusiastic contributions to the fourth Club Night of the season. Members clearly enjoyed shooting light trails together in what was a fun and surprise-filled event. The evening produced some striking abstract images which will, undoubtedly, excite the imagination and demand attention in the digital darkroom. In the new year, we will seek to provide members with an informal opportunity to share with each other their favourite images of the night. We will keep you posted.
Richard knows how to attract and hold the attention of photographic club members. His presentation overflowed with thoughtfully constructed advice, helpfully illustrated techniques and approaches to image making, and numerous interventions of well practiced humour. His presentation began with an invitation to admire light, to embrace it, to get to know it, to love it and to recognise that it is never bad, just sometimes difficult. He then shared his rich knowledge about the science of light waves and colour, and the light which is visible both to the human eye and the camera. His presentation brimmed with practical examples and knowledge that members can take into the field and the digital darkroom to capture and conjure more striking images.
Justin Garner’s thoughtfully constructed and entertaining presentation on ‘ The Light Behind the Image‘ was given with missionary passion and enthusiasm. His message that we should put our inhibitions to one side, construct potential images in our heads, look at how we can control and paint with artificial light to create emotion and atmosphere, and grow our knowledge about lighting and lighting equipment, through experimentation, hit home. The digital camera provides for instant replay of the image captured, and incremental adjustments to that first image as part of the shooting process. All at no extra cost! What an opportunity it provides to respond to Justin’s practical, self-learning approach to photography.
Member Shoot at Lancaster Cathedral and the Priory Church.
We had a good turn out for a club night that challenged members to capture images of the interiors and exteriors of these important Lancaster landmarks. For many members, it was their first encounter with the interiors of the buildings.
The lighting presented many difficulties and we thank the established members who put their cameras to one side and tutored those new to the techniques of long exposure and flash photography. We will look at the images captured on Monday evening during the club night programmed for November 27. On that night we would be happy to see images captured in the interim by members who want to build on the knowledge gained on Monday night and return to the Cathedral and Priory.
An informal open print competition, judged (with appropriate heckling) by Colin Yates and Mike Atkinson.
A series of short workshops 7-7.30 pm on club nights, commencing 13th November 2017, presented by our very experienced photographer Jo McIntyre MPAGB.
Sessions will take place at the back of the hall, and are planned to meet the needs of those club members attending, and may, for example, include:
- Camera settings and their interaction with each other
- Simple basic photoshop editing (max 5mins editing per image)
- Editing an image to pdi or print and the differences
- Camera equipment, tripods, beanbags
- Review of main points from first sessions
This is an opportunity to get up to speed very quickly with some important concepts.
If you are interested in attending, please use the contact form to advise the organisers of your interest.