Thanks to the very enthusiastic participation of our members the idea of presenting our pictures based on a Photo-Walk was a great success. We only had time for 5 or 6 contributions but the variety of work, the discussions they sparked, the good humour from members, not to mention the sheer quality of the presentations made it one of the most enjoyable meetings of the season and one which we can look forward to repeating.

Canals-walkThe walk took place in Audlem and centred on the canal there, where about a dozen locks move the water level through some 200 feet, so there is plenty of scope for photography. Some members who were unable to be there managed to visit the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and so still contribute some canal-centred work (what spirit!).

Ian kicked off with an explanation of how the compositional geometry he has talked to us about worked in the pictures he took. One of his shots was particularly dramatic and is featured top left. Wallace followed, firstly with an endorsement of the whole idea of Photo Walks which he said were promoted by our legendary honorary member Ron Smith, he said how much he had benefitted from discussing his new Fujifilm XT-1 with the other members on the walk (image bottom left is his, actually a Canon shot). Then, a great AV sequence from Ralph, who packed an astonishing amount of material into a show-stopping 6 minutes; partly centred on boat names that he “collected” on the day. He had found such a range of things, including a touching canal-side floral tribute. The we had our two Pontcysyllte contributors, Pete and Meg. They had concentrated on just a few well-crafted photographs. One of Pete’s can be seen on the right. Peter had captured the sheer spectacle of this astonishing masterpiece, which carries an iron trough of water 200 feet over the river. Surely one the structural wonders of all time, a tribute to the courage and genius of Thomas Telford, it is in fact hard to capture the aqueduct in a single shot, but Pete had done very well, with crisp clean shots looking both up from the river and down from the canal. We saw the almost unerring eye at work for sure! Meg had concentrated on reflections of the narrow boats in the canal basin and it was while we were viewing and commenting on her images that I had the thought that our members are so knowledgeable that the value of the comments were at least as useful as those we might get if we put any of these shots into a competition. I’m sure Meg has found some entries for next season!

Thanks to everyone who contributed and entered into the spirit of this so very well. Apologies to those who we didn’t get around to, and volunteering to give way to those we did – your turn first next time!