External judge, Harry Emmett. commented and commended colour and monochrome prints our 7th and final competition of the season. This open theme print competition will provide images for our annual summer exhibition. Harry gave us some thoughts on composition, cropping and colour toning, and his upbeat critique was valuable. Kirsty Railton and Steve Wetherley nabbed the best of show rosettes.
On Monday evening members were treated to a stimulating and thoughtfully crafted presentation by the Lake District based, professional photographer, Carmen Norman. This was a fitting culmination to a successful season of guest speakers. Carmen shared with members her rich portfolio of atmospheric and often breathtaking images of the special places on her doorstep. She entertained and educated with her journey, studying the great masters of painting and photography and applying the lessons learned and observations made about the classic rules of composition and lighting to her own work. Our members will undoubtedly set up their cameras, look through their viewfinders and compose their images with new perspectives and heightened expectations.
The crop tool can add composition overlays to your image. Click the overlay icon to view, and/or press the letter "o" to cycle through the overlays. You may find that you have to adjust the crop slightly for the overlay to be visible.
The crop tool is great for straightening horizons, too. Click the straighten icon then click and drag along your horizon to level it.
By UNchecking "delete cropped pixels", your crop is non-destructive.
On Monday evening Alan Hartley and Graham Harvey led members on an evening/night time shoot along the canal corridor, into the City centre and around the castle precinct. The wet weather and falling light added atmosphere and pavement reflections to the photographic opportunities presented by these special places. There was much to talk about and images to examine and compare when members gathered back at the venue for refreshments. We thank Alan and Graham for their shepherding role, advice and instruction and members.