On Monday evening members were introduced by Colin and Ruth to a variety of lighting props and invited out into the night to fill their cameras with unexpected images. This fun filled evening promised to produce a new photographic experience for many members and a myriad of interesting images and did not disappoint. We thank Colin for the refreshments, his collection of lighting props, clearly expanded for the benefit of members, his selfless input to what was a successful evening and a highlight of his final year in the role of President.
On Monday evening members were introduced to the challenges facing external, photographic judges and the search for factors that distinguish the very best images from the rest. Members applied a scoring system, used by external judges, to select the the colour and mono images that will be shared with the Peterhead and Morecambe Movie clubs, and will go forward for final selection of the 2018/19 Members’ Choice awards.
The evening also featured a presentation by Brad Cheek on helpful additions to our web site and his recent, filmed installation, ‘Cardboard City’. The evening concluded with an absorbing, filmed interview, featuring Steve McCurry, in which he describes; his visit to an Afghan school; the interactions that followed with the pupils; the image of the girl with the piercing green eyes, ‘Afghan Girl’ captured on that day; and the exchanges that followed with the photo editor of National Geographic magazine prior to its worldwide publication.
The return visit from the husband and wife team of Alan and Julie Walker was associated with high expectations and the outstanding images and thoughtful commentary did not disappoint. Alan is a passionate, driven and highly competent photographer. He is also a club member. His presentation brimmed with practical advice and hints on camera craft, and the wisdom that comes from his rich and diverse photographic experience, capturing the world’s amazing landscapes, and unique and sometimes endangered wildlife.
The joy of this evening was the shared, personal introductions of Alan and his wife Julie, to the landscapes and inhabitants of locations, such as the Galapagos islands and Masai Mara, that many members may never experience first hand.
On Monday evening members went out into Lancaster centre in small groups to capture a series of images that would reflect positively on the historic, night time character of our City. The predetermined subjects were; St John’s Church; Dalton Square and Town Hall; The Priory Church and Castle Precinct; Lancaster canal and Water Witch; and 3 pubs of their choice.
Our camera and tripod clad members set forth in a competitive spirit, attracted curious glances from the City’s more regular night time visitors and had many fine images to compare and much to discuss at the conclusion of the evening. On our February 11, club night members will come together to study the best images produced by each group and select the winning group. A fitting prize will be awarded and we will add the best images to our infant, photographic archive of the city