Macro / Close-up night – a chance for members to get their cameras out of the bag and use them, even try a genre that they may not like or have never tried before.
Members demonstrated the art of setting up a tabletop for photography (for those days when the weather may be a little miserable) and we had a variety of props including various macro lenses and attachments including focus stacking rings, minature toys, flowers etc etc.
Tom Lewington demonstrated a light box, gels and a grip for small flowers, including an excellent handmade stand to hold the lightbox.
Lisa Potter showed a flower press that you put in a microwave! this reduces the amount of time taken to dry the flowers from about 6 weeks to 10 seconds. Great for creating texture layers to use on fine art style images.
Dave Greenwood set up a product photography area with black perspex and Joby lighting.
John Buckley is on a quest to buy “back” all of “his” cameras that he has owned and sold over the years. He found on eBay his first ever camera the Olympus OM10 launched in 1979. Here is Dave G’s re-imagination of how the advert may have looked at the time.
Olympus OM10 by David Greenwood
Sunset at Heybridge Basin by Adrian Lowe Wheeler
Sunset Basin by David Greenwood
Heybridge! It was the landscape photographers’ turn this week for a balmy summer’s evening at the popular Heybridge Basin, where the Chelmer Blackwater Canal meets the River Blackwater.
There had been warnings about the allergy-causing hairs of the brown-tail moth caterpillars, which were infesting the area. But our intrepid members persevered regardless in the name of their art. No ill effects were reported even though a couple of macro shots of the offending beasts were taken.
The Old Ship was also on hand for fish and chip suppers for those of us that visited straight from work. Conversation topics included what are the best photo locations at the different cities that members are visiting this Summer; Air BnB; tax penalties (!); and of course Brexit.
This month’s digital projector image competition night consisted of the usual “Open” category and the theme was “Colour”.
Image of the night was “Regret” by Lisa Potter LRPS, which scored 10 within the Open category.
Regret by Lisa Potter LRPS
‘A’ Panel judge Harold Mousley commented that “the photographer has had to spend some time in creating and setting up this scene. Arranging the elements in a way that is both compositionally pleasing and as a result the viewer spends some time in building up the story. The subject matter is not one that we usually like to acknowledge”.
Congratulations on the night also went to Wendy Rogers for her double-10 in the Division 2 “Open” and “Colour Theme” categories (and these were also her first 10’s). Therefore double congratulations.
Santa Maria Assunta by Wendy Rogers (Open Category)
Burano by Wendy Rogers (Colour Theme)
Other top marks (10 out of 10) that were awarded on the night went to:
The Ancient Church of St Nicholas by Maureen Turner (Division 1 – Open Category)
Stepping Out by Kieron Adams (Division 1 – Open Category)
Inside the Machine Arrival by David Greenwood (Division 1 – Open Category)
Changing colour already by Trudie Stirland (Division 1 – Colour Theme)
Golden buttercup testing! Yes he loves butter by Mary Claydon (Division 1 – Colour Theme)
An Artists Impression by Dot Riches (Division 1 – Colour Theme)
Where are the Daisies Leading Me by Colin Coleman (Division 2 – Colour Theme)