Results from this and previous competitions are available here
Another enjoyable evening viewing another set of top notch images.
Hold your breath for the results of the Photographer of the Year Competition to be announced at our next meeting – the final scores are VERY tight – reflecting the high quality of entries in all this years comps.
We have Peter R to thank for suggesting the next two themes, as usual you can enter images for either or both themes. Resizing the images to 1600 x 1200 pixels is not critical for the Project Group but necessary if you want to use them for club competition purposes.
The interpretation is up to you, both subjects lend themselves to using either observed or contrived (sorry created) pictures.
Illustrate a favourite photographic tip or technique. As much as an exercise for yourself in before/after or with/without or ?? The idea of this is to show others something which they may not normally consider doing. It might consist of several frames outlining a photographic process or include some screen grabs if post processing forms part of it.
Looking Up. (or a View from Below, in the same spirit, and the opposite of, the theme from last November). This should get us all out and about!
Next meeting, Friday 15th February 2019 at 7.30pm.
The themes are:
’Smoke’ or something similar commonly referred to as smoke be it water vapour, a smoker vaping, a car exhaust or whatever. It doesn’t need to be the main subject as long as ‘smoke’ is clearly visible within the picture.
2. We had to resort to the cards for this, ‘Photograph a watch or other gadget the style of a glossy magazine advert’.
This is a good one for a wet day, lighting, impact and sharpness being key requirements to consider.
Following the shoot and show night, for the next meeting we will go back to the conventional format. The date has yet to be fixed but hopefully it will be mid-late January.
For anyone who has shot images on the Edward Weston pepper theme and was unable to get to the meeting, or for those who did attend and have reprocessed any images, if you bring them along, we should be able to find time to show them.
In the meantime, we have two new themes for the next meeting.
Congratulations to David Royle on winning the Photographer of the Year award for 2017-18. David has had a number of very close near misses in the competition over the last few years, so it was good to see him win it this year. The trophy was dedicated to the memory of Dave Griffiths, our former chairman and excellent photographer. We were very pleased to have Geraldine presenting the trophy in Dave’s memory.
Rather than set a Summer theme, and bearing in mind that we have several ‘Genres’ to concentrate on for the next seasons club competitions (i.e. Industrial heritage, Portrait, long exposure, Conceptual/fine art(??), A day in the life, Food/product) I thought that we have enough to concentrate on already.
However, taking the Genres, holidays, day trips, personal projects etc all into consideration we could open the new seasons first meeting with the theme,
May to September, my dozen favourite images.
The mix and match, or not, as the case may be, as usual is up to you.
Last Friday’s meeting saw a wide variety of images from those present and others who were unable to attend. The Multiple Exposure theme was most interesting with in camera double and multiple exposures (depends on the camera model), post processing overlays, panorama stitches and photo stacking all appearing. The long term unusual and humorous themes also had us laughing. Amusing images are welcome at any time.
The next themes are,
Gritty Monochrome. Interpret this as gritty/grainy/noisy images made in camera or PP. They will lack fine detail therefore rely on shape and form, they could easily be, as in film days a tiny portion of an image which has been greatly enlarged. Monochrome does not necessarily mean Black and white, it can be any colour (and white?)
‘Take a self portrait in the style of a well-known photographer’. (Drawn from the theme card pack) Time now to study the books or the internet to find something suitable to recreate. You don’t have to stop at one attempt but please include a copy of the original to add to the interest.
We had 15 members at last Fridays meeting, the themes appearing to be popular.
On the theme of Control Dial /Menu explorations we saw examples of amazing high ISO results from a modern DSLR, video clips, and various Art/Creative/ scene modes from different brands of camera. David Higton will be reviewing a selection of these at the next members evening.
We hope to use a variation of the theme in the next few months. The Backlit Close up theme was also very popular with flowers being a strong subject. What came over to me once again is that we have some gifted club members who are not all interested in entering competitions. There were a variety of very good entries.
The next meeting will be on Friday 9th March at 7.30pm
The subjects are-
White on White.
We had to resort to the theme cards for this one –
Pick your favourite Bond theme tune and illustrate it.Slight variations are acceptable as long as there is a recognisable connection to a James Bond film title/tune.
As usual you can enter either or both themes , aiming to make a presentation of around 5-8 minutes.
Running for a longer term is the theme Amusing and unusual signs, which we will look at in April
Friday last saw a good turnout of members. The Christmas theme drew aside variety of images including food, family groups, retail mania, post Xmas walks and even a few with religious connections. Recreating an image from a magazine produced some star images, from Pam with portraits of a friend reproduced from a ten year old magazine article. From Stuart, a reproduced Nikon advert and from Mary, (who was at home poorly) an iPhone advert using new skills she has recently acquired, see attached images . My thanks to all who attended and contributed, it made for an interesting evening.
The next meeting is on Friday 9th February at 7.30 pm in a room yet to be allocated.
There are two subjects, you can enter images for either or both. The first one may go against the grain for some, but its only for once and besides that’s what we do!
Control Dial/Menu Explorations. The subject is completely open, the idea is for you to get to know and use the least utilised or unused modes/programs on your camera. These will vary depending on the model and can be marked as Art, Scene, panorama etc and can produce some novel effects. These effects not be to your liking straight out of the camera but they may provide a basis for further post processing. It will be interesting to see what camera manufacturers have built into their models. The special effects are usually produced as a jpg but if you shoot RAW and JPG together you should get a ‘proper’ file as well as a modified image. From what I saw at the introduction on Friday night most of you will not need to use Auto or PASM modes for this theme.
Back lit close up. Inspired by some of the prints from last week’s competition. No fixed subject but words coming out on Friday included flowers, foliage, leaves, sliced fruit, glass, lightbox, window light, tracing paper etc. It’s up to you!