Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Tuesday 2nd March 2021 – "Macro and Close-up Nature Photography"–a talk by Daniel Bridge

 It was good to welcome back Daniel Bridge to WDPC and we enjoyed his relaxed but very informative style of presentation. He explained the effect of using different lenses, the value of the relative different camera positions, the need to understand the behaviour of your subject and the basics of composition. 

We have a wide range of abilities in the club and I am sure most members were able to take something away from his presentation which was illustrated with many of his images.

Daniel was only too willing to answer members questions and I am sure there will be some folks who will be keen to attend one of Daniel's workshops when they resume. For details please check out his web site: https://www.danielbridge.co.uk


Wednesday, 24 February 2021

23rd February 2021 - Competition: Theme - Nature

We welcomed Sue Wilson DPAGB from Clay Cross Photographic Society to our competition.  Sue had a total of 82 Nature images to view, comment on and finally to award points to in her capacity as judge for the evening. There were over 40 club members keenly watching and enjoying some fabulous nature images.  

Many thanks Sue.

Some of the high scoring images can be seen below:


Members:


AFRICAN VULTURE by Les Thwaites 20/20

AVOCET by Daphne Lingwood 20/20

BRIMSTONE BUTTERFLY by Maureen Campbell 19/20

SAFE IN MUMS ARMS by Les Thwaites 18/20

SILVER WASHED FRITILLARY by Maureen Campbell 18/20


Members Advanced:


FEMALE KEELED SKIMMER by Christine Frost 20/20

PIED KINGFISHER LANDING by Roy Scrivener 20/20

TURNSTONE FEEDING ON THE BEACH by Christine Frost 20/20

BEARDED TIT IN FLIGHT by Nick Akers 19/20

BLACK WINGED STILTS by Di Jackson 19/20

IMMATURE GANNET by Nick Akers 19/20

STARLING FEED by Graham Frost 19/20

AFRICAN FISH EAGLE by Roy Scrivener 18/20

CHALKHILL BLUES PAIRED by Dawn Osborn 18/20

FOLLOW ME by Donna Smith 18/20

POPLAR HAWK MOTH by Diana Graham 18/20


Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Monday 8th February 2021 – "Nature and Wildlife" by Victoria Hillman

Despite the change of night there was extremely good support for Victoria's presentation. Clearly split into two halves where she initially showed some of her images  and what considerations she made when taking then. Many were of an artistic style as opposed to straight wildlife images. Some were black and white silhouettes. They ranged from small insects, grasshoppers, to large mammals, elephants, and all manor of subjects in-between.  Many were taken within a short distance of her home in Somerset.

After the break Victoria considered how to take multiple exposures, the value of a mini project, the post processing she uses and consideration of how or when to review your images. All illustrated with some of her images. Additionally because of the cold weather and more to come we were treated to some of her frozen bubble images.

A lot covered in a very enjoyable presentation style. Only a shame that lockdown and the snow prohibited a workshop on the day before or after her talk!!

Victoria's web site details some of the workshops, cards and books that she has available. https://www.vikspics.com



Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Tuesday 2nd February 2020 "Landscape Made Simple" by Slawek

 Again we were able to invite along a speaker to our Norfolk based club who would not normally travel up to us for an evening as he is based near Brighton, Sussex. Slawek showed us some lovely landscape images, many from the South Downs, and he spent most of the first half talking about light. After all Photography is sometimes defined as "painting with light", so this seemed sensible. 

He explained about shadows and where the light needs to be  and at what time of day, mainly early morning at sunrise!! In the second half he shared some pictures taken at the other end of the day, "the blue hour". He shared his philosophy for taking a photo and how he composed it and the thought processes he used. 

Many members found it really helpful and were appreciative of his insights.

His work may be viewed on his web site here.

Thanks Slawek for coming along to WDPC, via Zoom.

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

26th January 2021 Competition: Theme - Movement Judge: Guy Davies ARPS, EFIAP, EPSA

Many thanks to Guy for judging our Zoom digital competition tonight - 77 images in all to scrutinise so quite a task!

There are many different interpretations on the theme of 'Movement' and we certainly saw many of those tonight.

Some of our top scoring images can be seen below: 

In Members class:

FLOWING GRASSES by Pam Rutty 20/20

A MOMENT IN TIME by Les Thwaites 20/20


BRIGHTON WHEEL by Les Thwaites 20/20

ENERGY FIELD by Mary Laing 19/20


GOING FOR IT by Daphne Lingwood 19/20


In Members Advanced class:

KNOT TAKE OFF by Robin Orrow 20/20


HANDSTAND 132 by Roy Scrivener 20/20


FLAMES OF LIGHT by Liz Blake 20/20


MILKY WATERS by Kim Scrivener 20/20


OBLIVIOUS by David Turner 20/20


TRIPTYCH OF SPLASHING WATER by Jan Murphy 20/20

BISON FAMILY ON THE MOVE by Di Jackson 19/20


CHAIN GANG by Nick Akers 19/20


FULL PELT by Geoff Lingwood 19/20


SPIN DRYING by Tony Smith 19/20


TANGERINE SPLASH by Francesca Shearcroft 19/20


THE SPEED MERCHANT by Di Jackson 19/20


THE TRAIN ARRIVING AT PLATFORM 5 by Jan Murphy 19/20


Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Tuesday 12th January 2021 – "The Art of Composite Photography"

The first meeting of 2021 and we were delighted to welcome Sharon and Robert Prenton-Jones, all the way from N Wales. Thank goodness for Zoom.

As usual the meeting was in two halves, firstly Robert talked about how he created his stunning images. Not just showing the finished result but he included many behind the scenes images. When out and about with the camera he focussed on capturing many apparently random images, knowing he could possibly use them in future composites. He stressed the importance of ensuring the light/shadows in the different images were the same. He concluded by talking us through how he created a modern version of Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper. 

After the break Sharon talked us through how she created some of her Magical Legends images. Her talk included hints and tips on how to blend images together, how to create mist and again the various layers she used to compose the final images. The inclusion of a practical demo of using Photoshop was much appreciated. Both Sharon and Robert included a slide show in their talks.

The evening was well supported by members who were not disappointed by a very informative and entertaining evening. Thanks to Robert and Sharon.