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March’s Monthly Theme is ‘Light and Shade’

February 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

The theme for March gives you the opportunity to spring clean your photography by getting creative and producing something a bit different that might end up being competition winners. At this time of year the days are getting longer, but the sun’s still low giving long and photogenic shadows. These can transform a normal photograph into something a bit special so now’s your chance to spring into the new season.

February’s Theme is Portraiture

January 31, 2017 in Uncategorized

Dave and Sharon Barton’s well received talk on portraiture inspired me to choose it as February’s theme. All photographers enjoy taking portraits and have healthy collection of them in their files. Why not share them with fellow members and see what they think of them. It’s a great way to learn and improve your portrait skills.

January’s Monthly Theme is ‘ Pictures of the Season’

December 31, 2016 in Uncategorized

Happy New Year everyone and best wishes. We’ve all just had a Christmas break and are looking forward to a positive new year so here’s a opportunity for you to share your Christmas and seasonal photographs with members.. It’s not just about Christmas and New Year celebrations, perhaps you’ve taken some seasonal landscapes or sporting events or even the crowds in the season’s sales. Just show us what you can come up with. I have a New Year’s resolution to improve my photography and will use our website to help me achieve that goal

Gary Waidson DPAGB HND – Waylandscapes

November 11, 2016 in Uncategorized

sunset_way_350We were really looking forward to a return visit by Gary after his excellent talk last year about using layers in Photoshop. This time it was about his landscape photography and to say that it did not disappoint would be something of an understatement! His AV presentation was one of the most impressive I have ever seen and the mastery of technology which was behind its production was also a feature of his photography where HDR, Multiple-exposure night shots and so on were heavily featured.

Gary has been a regular winner of awards in the Landscape Photographer of the Year competition and it is no surprise.  It is not just the technology which characterises his work; he has the patience, determination and vision required of a  landscape photographer but is also fascinated by the time element which can be put to work in photography, something which is explored by people like Michael Kenna. Gary turns it up to 11.

A great evening. Gary is working on a new presentation which he gave us a taste of – we look forward to seeing it in 2018!

You can enjoy his work by visiting his website

October’s Monthly Theme is People

September 29, 2016 in Monthly Theme, Uncategorized

I know I’m a bit early which makes a change from being late, but I’ll be away on 1st. October so I’m doing this now.

We all take photos of people and have them in our collection. Perhaps you have some that didn’t quite come off and would like some advice from our experienced members. Now’s your chance. It could be a photo of just one person or a group interacting with each other. Let’s see your work.

Kath Hill

August 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

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What happens when you wear too many hats? Looks like the guy in Kath Hill’s neat street shot will soon be finding out.

The selfie stick and hand gesture fit together and keep attention in on that slightly worried face, and although we get the main message straight away there is still
detail there to keep us looking. I like the way Kath has subdued the background very gently, though the features we can see help the illusion of great height in
the pile of hats.

Kath amused us with this one as a print last season and we are not too far off seeing what she and the other members have to show us next season; it starts on 8 September.

The Viking Roars, Again!

June 5, 2016 in Uncategorized

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The Viking Roars Again!

When member Robert Brown entered a portrait of one of his son’s team mates in the Tough Mudder event last year we were impressed both by the photography and the subject. Lasse, the “Roaring Viking” has now become a bit of an internet rage, and such is the fervour that he has been brought back over from Norway to appear on British television. Read about it all here and watch out for more appearances soon.

 

Update on Ron Smith

June 2, 2016 in Uncategorized

I’d just like to give members and friends of Ron an update of his current condition. Ron has given us many enjoyable and educational evenings with his fascinating talks in his unique style. I phoned Ron recently and spoke to him for about half an hour. As you may know he’s totally blind and can only get around by using his wheelchair. Considering he has painful ulcerated legs he sounds good spirits and can still tell a good joke. One joke he told me was when he played blind mans buff and won three times and then got disqualified for not wearing a blind fold. His mind is still very active especially considering he’s 96 in a couple of weeks. He was asking me about what’s going on at the club and who won the Ron Smith Trophy and I told him about the Lifestyle Centre. He asked me how his many friends at the club were getting on and he would like them to contact him as he said he doesn’t hear from many people now.
If you want to phone him for a chat please contact me or John for his phone number.

June’s Monthly Theme – 50 Metres from your front door

May 31, 2016 in Monthly Theme, Uncategorized

You don’t have to go far to take a picture for June’s theme. Less than 50 metres in fact. I phoned Ron Smith and he recommended this theme as he had successfully used it when he used to set us his assignments. You don’t have to go far and there’s no restriction on when the photograph was taken, so it might be as close as you computer.

 

May’s Monthly Theme is Warm

April 30, 2016 in Monthly Theme, Uncategorized

We’ve decided to remove the restriction on when your ‘Warm’ themed photographs were taken so browse your archives and for your warm photos and share them with other members. Upload as many as you wish to May’s Monthly theme in your Forum.

If anyone wants to see Ian’s document on uploading images to a post, please follow this link:-Ian’s document on uploading images

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