This crisp and detailed monochrome print of Martin Simpson is typical of Peter's top quality work

This crisp and detailed monochrome print of Martin Simpson is typical of Peter’s top quality work

Peter and Vicky Hrebien have joined us this year, having moved up from East Anglia. They both have a lot of club experience, most recently with Bury St Edmunds PS. They both impressed us enormously with their first entries in one of our competitions and it was clear that Peter enjoys music photography, often rendered in superb monochrome prints.

Peter started his talk with mention of photographers who had influenced him and they were a breath of fresh air! Sally Mann’s work first got Peter started in photography, then he became interested in a whole raft of twentieth century workers including Lewis Balz, Bernd and Hilla Becher and August Sander.

Peter took us through his processing work flow and this enabled him to demonstrate Lightroom, Nik Silver FX Pro, Tonality and Photoshop. It was clear how he directed the eye with vignetting and burning (using the control points in FX), it was good to see a reluctance to clone, the bane of many a club photographer! Starting with a quality image he was really managing it in much the same way as we always have in controlling the dodging and burning.

After the break we looked at samples of other members work and discussed how they had been printed. Though some of us are still printing the majority of print workers have their work printed commercially and usually by DS Colourlabs.

A very interesting evening and another success in our sharing of expertise, thank you very much Peter.


Above is an example of the comparative architecture work of Bernd and Hilla Becher. Hilla died very recently, Bernd in 2007.