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  • #15411
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    Peter Robinson
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    These two photos are amongst my favourite photos because they capture moments which makes me smile and I hope other share that feeling.

    I can’t wait to see what other members have has their favourites…..

    #15406
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    Peter Robinson
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    This issue came about when we viewed a portrait in the L&CPU portfolio where the light had caught the persons hand causing a distracting highlight. Ian Whiston pointed out that it was very easy to eradicate distracting highlights like these. He recommended that anyone who wasn’t sure how to do to view some tutorial videos on the Catchlight Camera Clubs website at:

    Catchlight Camera Clubs PhotoShop Videos

    Like you say Ken a skilled photographer can control his exposure to reduce highlights but it’s not always possible to record all the tones in high contrast situations.

    #15388
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    Peter Robinson
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    I’m finding deciding on my favourite photographs quite difficult as I like several for different reasons. Some have a sentimental attraction, some I like the moment caught and some are technically good. So I’m just going to post a few I like and will explain why. Any comments will be welcome.

    This photo of a Vulcan Bomber taken at the Cosford Air Show a few years ago. I like it because it steering up memories of seeing the magnificent jet fly so majestically through the cloudy sky. It’s such a beautiful aircraft and so powerful.

    This photograph was taken around 1980 on slide film and has been scanned so the quality is poor. But again it generates happy memories for me when I stopped off in Nairobi, Kenya and visited a Masai tribe. To see these wonderful people happily living in their mud huts with their families and animals was a fascinating experience that I won’t forget. They dressed up in their ‘Sunday best’ and sung and danced for the tourist. I did go back about 10 years later and commercialism had kicked in. They all spoke English well and were selling all sorts of souvenirs.

    #15384
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    Peter Robinson
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    Thanks for letting us know Ken. They are an attractive bird to look out and I’ll keep my eyes open for them.

    #15381
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    Peter Robinson
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    Thanks for starting this month’s theme so promptly Ken. Photographs make lasting memories. I can understand why this photograph means so much to you. It is indeed a special moment and the warm back lighting creates a relaxing atmosphere.

    #15336
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    Peter Robinson
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    I think that the photo is a great documentary photograph that’s recording a historic event. It is a very powerful and dramatic photograph that aptly captures the atmosphere of the event. It doesn’t need to conform to any ‘rules’ to make it a good photograph. It’s job isn’t to entertain.

    #15329
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    Peter Robinson
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    Thanks Ken. I’ve been asking members for suggestions for a Monthly theme and I’ll add that on to my list. Good idea.

    #15313
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    Peter Robinson
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    Personally I don’t like the idea of working in the cloud as it’s dependent on your internet link. If it’s poor or drops out you can’t use Lightroom and them there’s the security issue as well. Uploading many large files could also take a long time. It’s also a bit of of a worry that Ian says that Lightroom Classic won’t be updated and will eventually stop working. I might look around for an alternative.

    #15309
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    Peter Robinson
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    I had a look at these when Ian kindly provided the link to the Guardian. I think they’re a very natural and simple set of portraits. The power of the winning photograph of the migrant, for me, is his strong eyes looking directly at the viewer. I wonder how well it would perform in a club competition as we’re not encouraged to take portraits in this way which is a shame as many good natural portraits don’t get seen.

    #15306
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    Peter Robinson
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    Great set of images from the last three members. All use the lines in different ways to achieve the same objective.

    I love the graduated colours in Stephens photo and find that I look at the largest pylon first then am lead into the background. I normally read a photo left to right so this one is the other way around for me but still ‘works’ well.

    I like Ken’s radiating spikes which nicely frames the chimneys and has a considered vignette to hold it all together.

    I’m sure Ian’s classic photo of Sandbach’s church has been taken many times. I know I’ve taken this photo before. It’s a great angle with the row of houses leading to the church. The small classic OM1 was up there with the big boys and favoured by street photographers if I remember correctly. Like John says it was the Fuji of the ’70s.

    #15291
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    Peter Robinson
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    Many thanks for your constructive criticism on my last two photographs.  I agree with all your comments. In the seascape I do now realize how above the horizon distracts and spoils the image and it would have been better if the couple had been below a leading line of a wave into the picture.

    The picture of the gun was just an experiment with a very wide angle lens, but it does teach you how not to do it and what to look out for.

    Regarding the blueness in Ralph’s photo. I did wonder when I first saw it whether it needed warming a bit, but would that spoil the cool atmosphere it has?

    #15290
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    Peter Robinson
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    Thanks for sharing the link with us Ian. I agree with Ken. These are what I call real life photos where the scene is recorded as it’s seen. We don’t live in a perfect world.

    #15282
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    Peter Robinson
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    Just a couple more to try and tempt some comments.

    In this photo the lines the waves make take you to the horizon, but is the main subject the people on the beech. So are the lines leading you away from the subject? So do see this?

    I was playing around with my wacky wide angle lens at the Heritage Centre a few weeks ago and took this weird photo. The gun barrel is a strong lead in but what do you think of the rest of the picture? Is it too confusing?

    #15272
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    Peter Robinson
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    Thanks very much Ken. I love autumn colours and must get out soon to capture some. In the picture of the bandstand the position from where I took it decided itself to a degree as I needed to avoid shooting right into the sun so found a bit of shade to stand in.

    #15258
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    Peter Robinson
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    Here’s a couple more to open a debate of compositional lines in photographs. when I saw this scene the curved jetta leading to the lighthouse caught my eye. Then I noticed how the roofs of the houses in the foreground point into the picture as well. But do you think the houses are too dominate and become the subject?

    In the picture below I used the shadows as a lead in to the band stand. I like the way the trees help to fill in the blank sky. Do you think this works as it is or should have I got a bit closer to the band stand?

     

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