The meeting on September 16th was well attended and we all enjoyed a very informative talk, given by Robin Stewart, lecturer, caterer and photographer. Robin showed slides of how methods of depicting Food has evolved over the ages, in Paintings and Photography.
His photos,with his own preparations to be used in promotions and magazines, were accompanied by descriptions of the use of backgrounds, lighting, lenses etc. There was very little use of post production enhancement, preferring to use histograms and computer screens to adjust settings.
Robin ended by giving us a demo of how he would set up and photograph a composition, using some delicious cupcakes made by a member of the Club.
I expect that everyone has taken away some ideas for a much more informed way of looking at and setting up compositions. So – Food will be the theme for the next meeting’s Photo Display on November 18th.
At the last meeting before the summer break, we had a display of the current Theme photos – A Good Day Out. Andrew James gave advice and comments on these, which included the Brancaster Outing pictures.
The next get together will be an Exhibition to coincide with the Open Garden at Acre End on July 13th, in the School Hall. This will be a display of our favourite photos on all subjects.
At the next meeting on Sept 16th, the speaker will be Robin Stewart who will give a talk on Food Photography. Further details will be posted nearer the time.
A group from the club enjoyed a wonderful “day of weather” Travelling from Luffenham at 7am and returning early evening, we went through down pouring rain, gusts of wind, and sand blows and even intervals of sunshine.
Andrew James led the group to different locations and projects throughout the day, including a local pub lunch. The thought of sitting in cars eating our sandwiches didn’t have a great appeal!
We began at the Staithe beach with all manner of boats, fishing boats, rowing boats which looked as if they had been there for a few generations, elegant yachts and all manner of outworn machinery, ropes and chains. Stacks of lobster pots and piles of junk brought a different dimension to our pictures – certainly out of our comfort zone.
Moving along the beach to the breakwater, there were spectacular storm clouds, windsurfers and blowing sand.
The dunes along the coast at Brancaster contained many half buried beach huts and with the marram grass sparkling in the sunshine resulted in great pictures.
Andrew gave lots of help individually, as well as group teach-ins, we all found the day so rewarding. Grateful thanks go to him from all – it was a splendid balance of learning and fun.
Although it sounds as though the weather was against us, we have all done the “beach in sunshine” photos. This Sunday brought lots of dramatic scenes and extended our knowledge of how to set up for them.
Some of the photos will be displayed at the next Camera Club meeting on Tuesday, May 20th at 8pm in the Community Centre, North Luffenham School, the theme being A Good Day Out. Everyone is very welcome to come along.
We had a very varied Display of the current Theme Candid shots” and these will be displayed in the Community Centre Case.
Our calendar for next year e progress is being made on the selection of these photos. January and February were chosen and show Village activities – Horse Riding and Ploughìng.
Use of Light
The usual meeting format was changed this time; in order to learn more about the settings of our cameras and the use of light, there were practical exercises.
This involved six indoor sessions using reflectors and torches , lightbox and flash on coloured water, card, flowers and oil. We got some good sparkler pictures outside too. Please see gallery of results below.
On May 11th, there is an Outing to the Norfolk coast with Andrew James. Andrew has been a photojournalist for many years and will be helping with landscape and Seascape photography. There are a couple of places at a cost of £50 – please contact Pam if you would like further details. This is open to anyone in the village and local area.
The next meeting is on May 20th at 8pm at the Community Centre. Everyone is welcome to come along. The March, April and May photos for the 2015 calendar will be sorted out. Next Theme is “A Good Day Out” which will include the Norfolk Outing. Do join us and bring along a couple of Theme photos if you wish.
Sue Churchill showed us some fantastic photos of the Pyrenees Orientale throughout the seasons- what a beautiful place and so unspoilt. Autumn is particularly lovely with the tree colours in the mountains and so sunny!
Members have made inroads into the choice of photos for the next calendar of Village Life with – the Produce Show, Harvest Festival, Bonfire night and Christmas decorations. The next three months photos will be chosen at the March meeting.
NEXT MEETING will be March 18th at 8pm at the Community Centre. Members will bring cameras and laptops to do some practical experiments and then discuss issues arising from these.
The Theme for photos to take during the next few weeks and to show at this meeting is CANDID SHOTS- that will be a challenge!
The November meeting saw the return of speaker Andrew James.
Andrew has many years experience as a photojournalist and is now branching out into his own business.
He showed a tremendous variety of his photographs which were discussed with the theme of Composition.
He gave us a photographers eye view, breaking down each one into the elements which had “worked”.
There were many questions from the floor and we extended our usual two hours!
All interests and individual queries were covered and we finished the evening with Andrew looking over our own pictures of “Natural Patterns” and giving us pointers on what had worked and what we could do to add impact.
Natural Patterns Gallery
Berries for Natural Patterns by Pam Plant
Dandelion for Natural Patterns by Pam Plant
Autumn Leaves for Natural Patterns by Pam Plant
Leaf from Blocks for Natural Patterns by W Lodge
Green Violet Flower for Natural Patterns by W Lodge
Lives lost, but never forgotten at the North Luffenham military cemetery [photo by Pam Plant]