This week we had one of the L&CPU Folios to view. These are made up from some of the best work submitted to the main L&CPU competition of the year. This takes place in May and attracts thousands of entries from perhaps 60 of the 96 member clubs. We were fortunate this year in having a number of prints and projections selected. A mark of our members skills but also a problem in that those prints will have to be recreated if we want to use them this year.

About half the meeting was then used for a bit of introductory work for the new members. If they haven’t found it yet the guide to resizing a picture which was mentioned it  is on the DOWNLOADS page here (PDF – see page 2).

A few months back I bought an eBook by Michael Frye to see what he had to say about using Lightroom in processing landscape pictures. I enjoyed the book and found a lot of useful ideas in it. I also signed up for his emails and he posts these regularly, showcasing his recent work. I just had the latest one and it features pictures of the Milky Way. The high sensitivity settings on digital cameras allow the dim light from the stars to be captured in an impressive way and he has the advantage of being well away from light pollution too. He used 20 seconds at f2.8 6400ISO for the stars and then various exposure for the landscape, which was lit by moonlight and then various flashes. The whole needs blending of course.
His photographs are impressive but I sometimes wonder about landscape. The jokes about finding tripod holes when you arrive at a well-known scene say it all really. If all you are doing is picturing the scene, as others have, you are not really creating.
I often think of subscribing to Joe Cornish and David Ward’s website On Landscape (it costs money!). Sometimes free sample videos are issued and it is fascinating to hear them talk about how and why they picture certain things. I was pleased to get an opportunity to buy David Ward’s book Landscape Beyond recently. David says that he doesn’t make pictures of a landscape but with a landscape and they frequently concentrate on details rather than vistas. Such pictures get beyond mere admiration I think. It is clear when a photographer has looked and thought beyond the obvious, the surface, and the viewer is drawn more deeply into the picture and what it communicates.
Great photography can get deep inside you as any great work of Art does.