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.
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Members looked at the 104 commended and highly commended images from last season's competitions and scored each image out of 20. The scores will be added together and the top 40 images will feature in the upcoming Morecambe battle.
Members were also informed that we will introduce a 'Members' Choice' cup this year. Members will select their favourite colour and mono image from each competition and towards the end of the season will select from this short list the single image that will win the 'Members' Choice' trophy.
Members should note that printed images for the informal print competition are still being accepted by the competition secretary and can be handed in at next week's meeting.
Our first speaker of the new season was the highly respected judge and a member of the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union’s Executive Committee, Bob Dennis.
Bob’s presentation was primarily aimed at achieving better results in photographic competitions, but his advice was equally applicable to those simply wishing to improve their photographic skills.
- Some of the gems that we gleaned were:
- Bob Dennis has no images on the internet at all
- There is such a thing as "competition heroin"
- Turning images upside down sometimes helps (to see glitches, not permanently!)
- Only use white, black or ivory mounts
- Journalistic shots are all about the face
He then proceeded to show us a series of stunning images do demonstrate his points. An enjoyable and stimulating evening.