Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Tuesday 11th February – Post Processing , including B&W by Tony Bramley, FRPS

A good attendance this evening to hear Tony Bramley's presentation. Tony is well known to many members who have attended his workshops. He took the title in its widest form and his presentation covered how to set-up your camera to how to print the edited image.  A lot to cover in one evening, but without the need to take notes as the pdf will be distributed to members later, we were able to concentrate on the slides shown.
He included a demonstration of how to use Silver Efex Pro 2 which many members found helpful, particularly on how to use Control Points to obtain pinpoint accuracy for various effects.
Tony is a Permajet Ambassador and brought along some paper packs for us to buy together with his recently released handbooks, which are also available from Amazon.


Thursday, 6 February 2020

Tuesday 4th February – Studio Night

Chris Kot kindly set up the hall with his own equipment giving members the opportunity to take some portrait shots with studio lighting. In addition we had a professional model who came along. There were lots of positive comments and members appreciated the chance to put the last two weeks theory into practise, with varying types of lighting being possible. In addition to the professional model we also had Margaret Scrivener who came along for the evening, together with one of two club members who were happy to pose. Apart from the "posed" portrait shots there were a few images taken of members working hard to get their pictures.
Some of the images taken are shown below.

Thanks to Chris for setting everything up and also thank you to the models Grace, Margaret and Roy not to mention some willing volunteer members on the night.




Roy by Liz Blake

Grace by Diana Graham

Jack by Dave Angood


Grace by Steve Gregory


Grace by Steve Gregory

Roy by Diana Graham


Grace by Christine Frost

Grace by David Wilkin


Roy by Dave Angood


Grace by Graham Frost

Roy by Graham Frost


Grace by Andy Lowe

David by Graham Frost

Di by Andy Lowe


Grace by Vanessa Robertson

Grace by Andy Lowe

Margaret by Graham Frost


Roy by Vanessa Robertson


Margaret by Steve Gregory




Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Tuesday 28th January Focus On – Table Top Followed by a talk on Studio Flash

Having had a workshop on table top images it was time to have a Focus On – Table Top images. There were fewer than usual images  for the audience to judge them None the less there was lots of creativity and the top ten scoring images are shown below.

The second half of the evening was a talk about Studio Flash, given by club member Chris Kot. Lots of positive comments on Chris' talk which was aimed at trying to keep Studio Flash straightforward, only needing a single light to achieve a wide variety of lighting types.  Keep It Simple Stupid was Chris' repeated mantra and he did just that. In addition to a single light Chris explained how it was possible to modify a single light at very low expense. 
His talk was punctuated by images, many of Chris' own, which helped illustrate the point about different lighting set-ups.

1st Place Pink & Blue by Christine Alcock 

2nd Place Forking Egg by Andy Lowe

3rd Place A Whole New World by Di Jackson

4th Place Smoked Duck by Andy Caws

5th Place Bottle Abstract by Christine Alcock

6th Place Dickens by Candlelight by Graham Jackson

7th Place Four Gerberas by Andy Caws

8th Place Pages to Love by Francesca Shearcroft

9th Place Droplet on Gerbera Petal by Di Jackson

10th Place Faffing with Roses by Francesca Shearcroft

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Tuesday 14th January - The Basics of Flash

Flash photography is an area many of us shy away from but tonight, Robin encouraged us to experiment and have a go.  First he described some of the typical options such as ETTL, Balanced Fill Flash, High Speed Sync and Second Curtain Sync.  We soon learned that there were many other variables and gadgets to consider when trying to achieve that perfectly exposed image.  After an hour and a half of theory, Robin demonstrated a couple of techniques for us to see the different effects.

With his many years of experience, subtle use of flash is second nature to Robin and his images should inspire us all to have a go.  We have a lot of catching up to do and will need to get out there and practise.

Thank you, Robin, for sharing your knowledge.



TIGGER FROZEN IN MID-AIR!

Monday, 13 January 2020

Point-to-Point Racing at Ampton - Sunday 12th January 2020

The first club event of 2020 saw us once again at Ampton Racecourse for the point-to-point meeting.  Conditions were bright and breezy and the going was good to soft. 

We all went off in different directions to try to get that 'special' shot from the six races taking place.  It proved to be quite tricky getting into the best position to capture the shots you wanted as there were often cars, people, dogs and portable loos in the way. With rapidly changing light conditions exposure was also something to keep an eye on.  


A few of our images can be seen below:



by Sue Baldwin


by Marnie Ball


by Geoff Lingwood


by Andy Caws


by Nick Akers


by Roy Scrivener


by Graham Frost

by Christine Frost


by Di Jackson

by Sue Baldwin

by Marnie Ball

by Geoff Lingwood

by Andy Caws

by Nick Akers

by Roy Scrivener

by Di Jackson



Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Tuesday 7th January – Fun Competition: Theme Book or Film.

The Chairman welcomed everybody back after the seasonal break and there was much chatter as members caught up with each other.
Finally the 37 images entered for the Fun Competition were shown. These were judged by the members present along the lines of a Focus On evening. There were some great images, lots of imagination and lots of photoshop skills demonstrated.
Congratulations to Graham Frost whose image of Gone with the Wind was the runaway winner. Heather Ryder with Hamlet came second and Steve Gregory with Alien was third. The top 10 images are shown below.
For the second half of the meeting members watched the EAF Dvd showing the images which were selected to represent the EAF at the inter federation competition.


1st Gone with the Wind by Graham Frost

2nd Hamlet by Heather Ryder
3rd Alien by Steve Gregory

4th Grapes of Wrath by Andy Caws

5th War of the Wells by Jack Mitchell

6th= The Alchemist by Andy Caws

6th= Call of the Wild by Di Jackson

8th Black Coffee by Heather Ryder

9th Apocalypse Now by Di Jackson

10th Khumba by Robin Orrow