Due to the current Covid Crisis the club has exceptionally extended its year and is continuing to organise Club Nights, via Zoom on a Tuesday at 19:30. Members’ enthusiasm for these extra sessions is being reviewed on a monthly basis.
Information is being sent via a weekly email – if you haven’t received this, please get in contact.
Delighted to welcome Andy Small who specialises in macro flower photography and photographs of nature and landscapes, particularly of the British Isles. Andy has found success by being one of the UK’s most original, artistic and influential flower photographers who exhibits regularly at events in the UK and regularly runs flower photography workshops at RHS Wisley.
During this evenings presentation, Mike will talk about his approach to creative portrait photography including examples from his recent Welsh Associate Panel. He will share tips and tricks to help you get the most from your pictures as well as demonstrating with before and after photos the impact you can make with Photoshop. After coffee, Mike will talk about his lockdown images which appeared in this month’s edition of The PAGB news.
Mike is a photography enthusiast who particularly enjoys creative portraiture and messing about in Photoshop. He enjoys the challenges of entering competitions across multiple genres (with some success) and has written for or been featured in several photography magazines over the years. More recently he has gained his Welsh Associateship and AFIAP qualifications but as a print maker (sponsored by Fotospeed) he regards selection for the PAGB Masters of Print exhibition last year as one of his highlights, matched by medal successes in International Salons.
Mike is keen to encourage / develop others and has been giving lectures to camera clubs for about three years, runs studio sessions for his current and former camera club, volunteers for the Photographers with Disabilities Group locally, runs the portrait and editing modules in the BPS annual photography course and is the lead judge for the NPS monthly competitions.
Phil will present an introduction to book design and production including a live demonstration using Blurb software.
Linda Wride – Facing up to it – overcoming my fear of photographing strangers
As someone who is more comfortable taking pictures of buildings, photographing people (other than my family) was way outside my comfort zone. I’d been put off by being verbally assaulted whilst trying to capture people having fun at St Giles Fair. For a long time afterwards, I’d only take people pictures from a distance or while they were distracted and wouldn’t notice, or if I could compose a shot without including a recognisable face…just in case I found myself confronted by someone who didn’t want to be photographed.
That changed In 2016 when I visited Cuba, a country where almost everyone WANTS to have their photo taken! Since then I’ve very gradually grown in confidence and (I hope) ability to take a portrait of someone I don’t know, that both the subject and I feel comfortable with. I’ll take you on this photographic journey so you can decide for yourself whether I’ve managed to overcome my fear of photographing strangers.
Due to the success of the Member in Focus evenings, we plan to schedule more into our calendar. If you have pictures you would like to share, please drop me an email. Any length from 5 minutes to an hour would be welcome.
My journey from an 8 year old with a 35mm Pentax BC1 to being a professional photographer for the last 15 years.
Cars have played a big part, and the story will run through the business template over the years including my commercial work and university lecturing.
Adrian Cubitt – The Video Button
Some of these go back a very long way, but they have really come back to life through my use of a high res scanner and software to clean up the images (which is fun and taking up a lot of my time). These might include, for example, a series of images about village life that I took in the Indian Himalaya in the mid ’70s. I could also include a variety of my more recent digital images that I particularly like, based around a few loose themes – people, landscapes, seascapes etc.
“Seeing the Light – 25 years of landscape and nature photography technique”
The presentation includes atmospheric and dramatic images of landscapes and wildlife from around the world with a continuous commentary explaining the techniques and thought processes involved in taking the images.
Linda will open judging here portrait challenge.
Followed by the Panel Competition being judged by Phil Joyce.
Daniel Meadows (born 1952) is a pioneer of contemporary British documentary practice.
His photographs and audio recordings, made over half a century, capture the life of England’s ‘great ordinary.
Challenging the status quo by working collaboratively, he has fashioned from his many encounters a nation’s story both magical and familiar. His archive is now in the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
Philip Joyce takes us through his latest street-style documentary pictures from a variety of
book projects including Dog Shows, Pride Parades, Country Fairs, The Elvis Festival and
other things…. wherever people can be found.
JOHN HAILSTONE – Willows of Wallingford – a creative story
My creative process and an example of its use
in the creation of the exhibition “Willows of Wallingford” held in April 2018.
I am based in Oxfordshire and specialise in fine art, commissioned and event photography with a particular focus on nature and live music.
When I was ten, I was given a Kodak Instamatic and my chosen subjects were aircraft, particularly the larger ones, which I think is the origin of my fondness for wide angles. It wasn’t until ten years later when, equipped with a better camera, I began to photograph nature and the natural environment, primarily in black and white. I really enjoyed the whole process: from choice of film; noticing subjects (especially dead trees and debris according to my friends); having an image in mind; then exposing and developing the negative through to the lengthy process of making a fine print in the darkroom. This became the basis for my creative approach, which follows that of Ansel Adams in terms of observation, visualisation and realisation. Yet, as Ansel observed, first you need to have the desire to photograph.
The annual Take Five competition.
All members are invited to enter 5 digital images which will be judged by all members present during the Zoom meeting on the evening.
Images must be to the usual competition format and entered via the club competition software.
Full details on formatting are on the club website.
Colour management for consistent colour, and a live Q&A session to find answers to your burning questions
By Brian Worley
Digital Image Competition
(Two images to be submitted before Saturday 19th September 24:00 Hrs)
Photographic diary of an aid worker
Progress to BPES Award
Photographic diary of an aid worker
“Armed with a note book, laptop and a ‘set to automatic‘ six megapixel Nikon D100 camera I went to India’s poorest state of Bihar which was effectively a massive inland lake.
The result was a seven day diary on the BBC website and a series of photographs and stories of the people I met and how they were coping and the effort to help them during the worse flood in living memory.”