Processing Challenge Images
Members had been sent during the Summer, a number of base images reflecting landscapes, people and other as shown above. The challenge set was to use at least one of those images and combine with others to make a composite.
If only….. by Adrian Lowe Wheeler
Topsy Turvy World by Lisa Potter
Ruby’s Secret Garden by Colin Coleman
The main aim was to give members an opportunity to practice their processing skills and perhaps try something new. All images were viewed and a selection discussed in detail at the club night on Thursday 22 September. A few of the members volunteered to go through their photoshop techniques and discuss the layers in their image. It included what techniques they adopted and why.
Questions were answered and instant processing help given to less experienced members.The overall objective was well achieved: to advance everyone’s knowledge of Photoshop and the many different ways of approaching the same task. All came away having learned at least one new thing.
Night at the Races by Adrian Lowe Wheeler
Night at the races: The club returned for the second year to the Chelmsford City racecourse. Last year the bulk of us came away with a good understanding of how not to do it, so were determined to have a better go this time around.
It is quite difficult to negotiate the speed of the horses, the quickly fading light at this time of year and the course railings. The general public also need to be taken into account; those taking 25:1 bets excitedly waving their arms and banging the fence on which you have carefully propped and prepared yourself for the golden moment of shutter click.
Unfortunately the bulk of us came away with a vastly improved understanding of how not to do it again, together with an improved esteem for the talents of those who specialise in sports photography. But this gave lots to talk about in the bar and there is always third time lucky next year….
Our third digital projection competition night and the first after summer recess saw the excellent judging by Upminster’s Dave Wilcox of “All things Essex” in the themed category together with an “Open” category.
Image of the night was awarded to “Braintree Gants” by Natasha Spalding. Judge Wilcox described it as a “tense, dramatic image full of dynamism”.
Braintree Gant by Natasha Spalding
Kieron Adams received a double 10 for her “Hyde Hall car show” image and for “Geoff” in her 100 strangers series. We had “Hatfield Peverel Devils” from Dot Riches, a heraldry character from Trudie Stirland and the “Sizewell B nuclear power station” from Shaun Spalding also with 10’s.