September 2017

Focus on Club Nights – September 2017

Club Night 21st September 2017. Presentation by David Lingham FRPS
Tonight we welcomed David Lingham back to the club. David exclusively takes mono pictures using a Nikon f2 camera and film, which he then develops and prints himself.
Rather unusually David’s mono images are mostly taken of landscapes; many of which are taken in Wales. However David does not regard himself as a ‘landscape’ photographer but rather as someone who is attracted to images in the landscape in which pattern, form texture and shape lend themselves them to being produced in mono, and on film, including a high proportion of plant life.
David took us on a fascinating journey beginning with some photographs taken decades ago including some taken using infra red techniques.  He ended with some more recent images taken to illustrate a particular visual theme or technique. This led to a very interesting discussion about how ‘fashions’ in photography change overtime and how different regions and different competitions seem to favour a particular genres at a given point in time.  We were also introduced to the ICM images – images which showing intentional camera movement now favoured by many club photographers.
Throughout the evening David emphasised the importance of taking images to please oneself rather than to please a particular audience (or judge) – even if this sometimes meant ‘breaking’ compositional rules.
To illustrate the point David demonstrated how he would create an image from film and then reconstruct different compositional or tonal variations of the image using a variety of printing techniques in the darkroom. A consistent feature of all his photography however was his fascination with texture, tone, shape and form, and the impact changing light has on features in the landscape.
David’s fascinating talk was more than a retrospective study. It was delivered with great deal of introspection, humour and a refreshing willingness to challenge the perceived view that to be creative you need a modern camera and computer software to get the best results. As you will see from some examples of David’s work including several images discussed during the evening on the RPS website here this is simply not the case. 

Club Night 14th September 2017. Presentation by Fred Davies AFIAP, AWPF
Photography takes many forms and tonight we were treated to something a little different. Fred Davies a former President of the club shared with us some audio visuals he had compiled in recent years. Each video consisted of a series of still images set to music. Fred told us a little about the process involved and the importance of gaining the required music licence if the video was be shown in public. Fred explained that he now uses ‘Pictures to Exe’ software which is available for those using windows. (Mac users can get the same results using i’movie). It is also possible create a slideshow of still images set to music in Lightroom.

Castlerigg Stone Circle taken by Michael Barnes AWPF

Fred started with a delightful film about Castlerigg, a neolithic stone circle near Keswick offering stunning panorama witht the mountains of Helvellyn and High Seat set as a backdrop. It was evident from the start that setting music to a series of snapshots opened up the images considerably. 
This was followed by two very colourful films taken at a RHS Flower Show in Cardiff, and also of the bluebells at Wenallt Woods.  Fred explained that many of the films he takes have been taken with a compact camera sometimes using a tripod but sometimes not. Mostly he used a zoom lens typically 28-300mm.

We then moved overseas with a film taken of Abbey of Sant’Antimo In Tuscany , which at that time was Benedictine monastery, and one also taken of the Grand Canyon which he had digitalised from some old slides. There were also films taken closer to home in Bath on a wet and miserable day, at Appleby Horse Fair, Northumberland, and in London during a 24 hour photographic challenge.  The undoubted favourite amongst many of those present was a film of industrial heritage taken at Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum (also in the Lake District) which Fred used to  showcase the different textures that rust produces.
In proposing a vote of thanks Trevor Waller spoke for all of us when he highlighted Fred’s mastery of lighting, (not easy when you are trying to blend similar images which may have been taken at under very different lighting conditions), his willingness to take images in often challenging circumstances, and to turn even mundane scenes into entertaining videos. 
We are grateful to Fred for taken us on this journey and introducing members, many for the first time, to the pleasures of creating and audio visual sequence set to music. 

Click here for more information about playing music in public places (inc community clubs) and the Limited Manufacture Licence (a low cost way of licensing music onto cd/dvds for playing in public settings.

Club Night 7th September 2017. Presentation by Margaret Collis ARPS, Hon.EFIAP, DPAGB, APAGB, AFIAP.
Our new season got off to a good start with an entertaining presentation by Margaret Collis ARPS, Hon.EFIAP, DPAGB, APAGB, AFIAP. Margaret is a former president of the Western Counties Photographic Federation and a very experienced photographer, specialising in travel photography. Her talk was entitled ‘Indonesia and Post Pourri’ which proved to be an eclectic mix of images and different genre taken across the globe. 
Margaret is rightly regarded as a travel photographer, first and foremost. She has that instinctive ability not only to capture the essence of different cultures and their history but also their unique landscapes, architecture and traditions without being twee or touristy.
The importance of preparation and using local knowledge (and resources) to good effect, and also of making sure to print images on the right printing paper was emphasised throughout.  Margaret discussed what makes a good image and shared some of the techniques she uses to give her pictures the edge – especially when putting a panel together. 
In the second half Margaret entertained us with an array of digital images many of which were minimalistic in content often enhanced by rich textures and strong colour tones. 
Despite traveling the world to pursue her hobby Margaret recognised that you can still take good photographs closer to home especially if you look for the unusual such as images of ‘headless’ people where the emphasis was, for example, on their feet and/or hands rather than on their face.  
In summing up Margaret said the essence of photography for her was the need to enjoy it, have fun along the way and produce images and which mean something to the photographer.
We are very grateful that Margaret was able to be with us and give such an entertaining talk especially as she is soon to retire from the club circuit after many, many years dedication to her art.
We wish her well in all that she does.