Monday 29 April 2024

Tuesday 23rd April – Competition : Theme – Movement

We welcomed Andy Swain to be our judge for the last digital competition of our year. The theme was Movement.  A wide variety of images were entered from all three classes and we appreciated Andy's tips along with his comments about the various images.

The highest scoring images are shown below:

Taking of into the Mist by Sandie Jardine 20

Water Splash by Jan Murphy 20

Doing Wheelie on the Southbank by Jan Murphy 20

Kicking up the Dirt by Carol Martin 20

Fast Moving Zebra by Dawn Osborn 20

Painting with Light by Liz Blake 19

Dreamy Aspens by Dawn Osborne 19

No 527 by Carol Martin 19

The Way of Water by Roy Scrivener 18

Grass Track by Andrew Stringer 20

Carousel Ride by Emma Moore 19

Last Furlong by Andrew Stringer 19

The Acrobat by Sue Baldwin 19

Cormorant Taking Off by Geoff Lingwood

On the Track by Tom Thurston 18

Holding On by Ann Barber 17

Thursday 18 April 2024

A visit to WWT site at Welney

 Twelve us met at Welney WWT site to explore the birdlife. However despite the glorious sunny day the birds were somewhat sparse and considerably too far away to get many decent shots. May be they were put off by the wind.

None the less some members managed a few bird images whilst others were more focussed on the smaller wildlife creatures to be seen, mainly amongst the stinging nettles.

A few images are shown below.

Pied Wagtail by Rachael Trivett

Mute swan by Jan Murphy

Red Shank by Mary Laing

Tree Sparrows by Maureen Cambell

Mute vs Whooper by Jack Mitchell

Kestrel by Robin Orrow

Whooper Swan by Rachael Trivett

Tree Sparrow by Rachael Trivett

Shoveller by Robin Orrow
Tree Sparrow by Maureen Cambell

Grey Herron by Mary Laing

Warbler by Jack Mitchell

Whooper Swan by John Laing

Bug by Lyn Ibbitson-Elks

Hoverfly by Francesca Shearcroft

Spider by Lyn Ibbitson-Elks

Spider by Lyn Ibbitson-Elks

Bibio Marci Fly by Jan Murphy

Hover fly by Jan Murphy

Snail by Pam Rutty

Spider by Francesca Shearcroft

Wednesday 10 April 2024

Tuesday 9th April – "Omdenken", a talk by Ady Kerry

We were unsure what sort of evening we were in for but we all very much enjoyed Ady Kerry's presentation, Omdenken. Ady used a wide variety of images to make us think about why we took an image and what it actually said. The talk was very interactive and members really enjoyed  the opportunity to  share their opinions.

Ady, a former RAF photographer, showed images from his past experience on why and how they were set up and all the thought processes that had gone into making them, emphasising that the photographer had to bear in mind the wishes of the client even if this meant staging an image that perhaps was not the ideal from a photographic viewpoint. 

To see some of Ady's images please check out his website: but bear in mind that this is only part of the story as you can not discuss the images in the way we were able to during his presentation.

A great evening enjoyed by all.

Thursday 4 April 2024

Tuesday 2nd April – Macro Photography: a talk by Justin Garner

A benefit of Zoom meetings is that we can access speakers from much further afield, so we were delighted to welcome Justin Garner, from Manchester, to give us an insight into how he takes macro images. The first half he shared many of his images and after the break delved into the techniques of Focus Stacking.

His presentation was most inspirational due to his passion and enthusiasm for the subject. No techno babble but techniques explained in such a way that all could understand them. I am sure many members have revived their passion for such a genre.