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  • #11568
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    Did you get to this Pete?

    #11567
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    Well folks … I have taken the plunge at the Photography Show and now have a Pixapro lumi 400 twin soft box studio lighting kit to play with. Very impressive spec and a 2 year warranty. Two 400w fan cooled heads, stands, 2 x 60 x 90 softboxes, 1 reflector and a 16 channel wireless trigger kit. It comes in a wheeled case that takes everything…. all for £350 a show offer. Out of the case, plugged everything in and it works perfectly. Hardly any delay between shots. Now I have the summer to experiment! Omigosh! I weighed up all the options and while this is heavier than the elinchrom d-lite 4 … it is also considerably cheaper by a good £250+. Having had the opportunity to try the d-lite 2 thanks to Peter H. I can say that this is much, much faster at recharging. Can’t fault the quality and as the suppliers are in Birmingham I can knock on the door if I need anything. Happy birthday to me indeed! 🙂

    All advice now appreciated! 🙂

     

    #10581
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    Here here Wallace!

    Re: the prints. I think that Brian is an objective and fair judge and your prints would be judged without bias. It is impossible to compare a small online Flickr image to a fully mounted print. How it prints plays a huge part in its  success and Brian hasn’t seen the prints. Also Brian has not been asked on Flickr to compare your work against any other images and I am sure that there will be many fine ones to give them a run for their money in Print 1. Personally I say enter them. If anyone objects then they can let a committee member know. I am sure that judges recognise work all the time and are more than used to remaining impartial.

    #9716
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    Thank you Ken but I am perfectly clear as to what John is asking. He said:

    ” I had already started; to celebrate the work of individual members. This week we broke from that and Peter did a feature about your Rat Pack shoot. Have you any ideas as to how we can keep this approach going? How about items about other shoots, individual or groups.”

    The norm is to feature one picture by one member. The Rat Pack Cover shows the work of 4 members at the same occasion with a write up.

    John is asking for suggestions for  similar cover pages as a promo for what members get up to together – to encourage membership. It shows the more social side of the club. These group efforts will be interspersed with the usual articles on individuals work.

    We have to fill the page every week throughout the summer and for that reason, up and coming weeks will need to feature events that have already happened until new work is available.  Hence Tutbury, The Battle of Nantwich, the Canal walk and some of the other events where CPS members have met up at provide an opportunity for similar features showing the work and experiences of more than one member at a time.

    I am sure that Pete, Wallace and Ian have met up at occasions and can come up with suggestions.  Martin is going to an event that Meg and I will be attending but that is in September. If members can be aware that if they do bump into a couple of people from the club anywhere whilst out with their cameras then they should let John or Pete know asap so they can put a feature together.

     

     

    #9713
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    Agreed, it was quite an experience. The lighting was extremely difficult to master as it was constantly changing.  The centre spot burnt out its target and those surrounding were covered in pink or green lighting half the time.  I think we all learnt a lot and  am pleased that we all came away with something from the night.  Quite interesting to see all 4 of us using different approaches, kit and levels of experience.

     

    More of these sort of  experiences please!

    John, there should be enough images from some of the Tutbury excursions to make a feature and montage. Also your canal walk.  What about this years battle of Nantwich ?  There were several members there although I was working.

    #9702
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    The title of the last one has to be ‘Comings and Goings’ Ian.  I like it!

    Why is it that for the first time in ages I get to get out and do some countryside …. and the subject is Interiors???  🙁

    #9577
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    Thanks Meg and Pete.  I usually find that getting the highest shutter speed I can in low lighting is the only antidote to the softness, noise and grain from a high ISO. Of course it doesn’t always work.  I learnt a lot and it was a fun night that I think we all enjoyed …. which is the main thing.

    #9570
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    Here are a few of mine. I mainly used ISO 3200, f5.6 or less and a shutter speed of 200 -250. The lens was the Canon 55-250mm IS.

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    #9566
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    Excellent Pete.  I like the way that you have included the audience in the first two.  The centre spotlight was incredibly harsh and caused a load of problems including blowing out the whites and faces.  I can’t say that I rated the lighting at all, but despite it managed to get a few shots thank goodness. I am still sorting mine out but will try to post some tomorrow after work.

    I can’t see Martins yet.

    #9367
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    Brilliant image from <span class=”descText”><span dir=”ltr”> <span dir=”ltr”>Portmeirion</span></span></span> Meg.  Nice to see you on the front page. I did think that this was one of the best images from  the excellent selection on Thursday. 🙂

    #9156
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    Which is exactly why I spoke to so many members, yourself included before deciding to enter images depicting re-enactors in German costume.  What a waste of time that was!

    The image is removed from the front page and Pete’s winning image will not be shown.  I think that both of us will cope! No further lecture needed.

    Let’s just agree that I will continue taking re enactment images (as will more than 50% of our members) and you will continue to hate them for some uniform, prop or haircut related reason that is beyond our control.

    Lovely!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    #9151
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    I totally agree gentleman.  Take it down. The public has to be considered in the front page image selection.

    Bizarrely it was only due to Kens encouragement on the forum, when I questioned the ethics of using German re enactment images in competition that made me decide to ‘not’ exclude this subject. The examples I used on the forum included German officers at a British railway station and a romantic image of 2 young lovers in SS uniform. If one of our oldest members was ok with it then I had my answer.

    Both Meg and I actually felt quite strongly about romanticising the German side of the war and were very concerned about offending older members.  I asked many opinions. No one gave a hoot to be honest and just appreciated them as images.   I still found it slightly shocking. But we of course are all photographers.  The public can be rather more sensitive.

    I will still enter this type of image and hope that others do to.  If they do well I do not have an issue with them being excluded from the front page.

    We had the very odd situation this month where both (Bizarre! What a Judge!)  winners of Colour and Mono were of German radio operators …. so sadly Pete’s excellent shot will also have to be held back. We of course have the LCPU Ann ind successes to fill the gap once the nature winner has timed out.

    I have to say that this is not the first time we have had a German re-enactor on the front page. Not my images …. but I suppose my work is doomed to be controversial in some way or another. Any reaction is always more interesting than indifference!

    At least it gets you thinking! 🙂

    Dolores

     

    #8732
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    Sadly I am working so will have to  this years battle.

    #8416
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    A couple of really interesting shots Mervin.  I like the inclusion of the ribbon.  It makes you wonder who put it there and if it is in rememberence of a child or an event.

    #7927
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    Nice angle Ralph.  I think you caught it at just the right moment. You can’t go far in Crewe without trains coming into the conversation.  It is a wonder that we don’t get more rail images in our competitions.

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