November 18th Meeting

It was decided that the November meeting would be set aside for improving Processing skills, and sharing skills with each other. Sue Chapman will be there to assist and show us some things in detail but it was thought that a ‘Hands On’ session would be the most useful.  So please bring your laptops with you. Sue has devised a challenge ahead of time, to bring with you and let us all know what you did, the Challenge and Rules below!

This is Sue’s Challenge

In the Dynamic Range shared dropbox folder you will find a selection of photos for your challenge this month. (If you are not sharing this let me know and I will add you)  Or if you prefer here is a Wetransfer Link to the images.

The rules are simply as follows:

You must produce a composite by:

  1. Selecting one of the three “scape” images as your base image
  2. Selecting at least two of the other images and use them in conjunction with your base “scape” image
  3. You may in addition use any other photos of your own to enhance your composite
  4. You may use the same base image or select another if you wish to produce more than one composite
  5. Have fun and experiment
  6. Upload to a data stick and bring with you on the next meet day in November or upload to the dropbox folder with your name and challenge title

John will be setting up some items for us to make brushes, he will briefly show us how!

Simon will be bringing a new idea which he will explain to us and this will be for completion in 2019


A Reminder for the December 9th  Meeting please produce an ATMOSPHERIC IMAGE to be critiqued by our Guest Speaker Steve Hedges

See some of you next Sunday?

Pep Ventosa Style

Another interesting DR meeting thanks to those who attended.  Following on from Eileen’s interesting explanation of her first experience of the Pep Ventosa technique, image below, I am going to link to some other interesting images and websites detailing using this method.

The ‘She Clicks’ FB page has been featuring several photographers who are practising taking all these exposures to produce a creative image. One Glenys Garnett, posted a very successful one and also an example of the original tree and her stating point as well as the finished image, which she kindly agreed I could show you.

Here is her FB page which you might like to view  Glenys Garnett

Some links of interest, lets see your results if you have a try:

Pep Venosa’s Website Galleries

Pep On Lens Culture

Stephen d’Agostino Photographer

Gilly Walker How To

The Frenchman Simon mentioned, who takes thousands of pictures per single image and then constructs the final image in photoshop. Go to his page and click on the first image to make it full screen and then zoom and zoom and zoom right in!

And a link to a PDF of Robert Mapplethorpe’s flowers


Date for your Diary, Feb 17th 2019 a Social Lunch rather than the normal meeting but with a Photographic Presentation included.  Same Venue but the Main Hall  from 11am to 2.30 pm

 

 

November

The November meeting will be missing some of the stalwarts, off gallivanting in Madeira, so would it be an opportunity to share some processing skills with each other? Any requests and I will see if I can arrange it?

Here is a little information about  the December meeting  too, Steve Hedges, is coming to talk to the Dynamic Range with his talk, “Creating Impact and Mood” and has agreed to run an Afternoon Workshop in Canterbury taking in the Christmas lights and shops.

So it’s Sunday 9th Dec. 3-6pm   with just  10 places available at £20 per person. Please email ASAP if you are interested, I do need to sell all the places to cover the cost.

Steve has also set the ‘Brief’ for the morning meeting of ‘Atmospheric Images’, so maybe with the possibility of Autumn mists you might be interested to create some images for Steve to critique?

Hope to see some of you on Sunday.

October 21st Meeting

For those of you at the last meeting I mentioned a Lunch Meeting, however on checking the Hall hire calendar, the big Hall and adjoining kitchen are booked for both October and November.  So I will put it on hold and think of an alternative plan, should have checked, before getting you all excited!!!!

So the format will remain the same for the October Meeting and I have invited Ady Kerry who will bring us “Slow Photography”

The whole meeting will  concentrate on Black and White, please bring along Prints or PDI for group Discussion and helpful Critique.

Hope to see you there.

Look out for another Post next week with news on the November and December Meetings.

 

Meeting on September 23rd

 Eastbourne Pier by Jack Taylor
I am guilty of writing too much in a post and some of you may not have seen details, at the bottom of the last one, about our next meeting, so here I am being repetitive.  There is a brief for images needed, which will form part of the meeting, so we do need some participation.  Please bring them on a pendrive as I think that will be easier, as you need to bring your starting image and the finished result, you can even have two attempts!  I look forward to catching up with lots of you on the 23rd.
September 23rd Meeting

Jack Taylor will be visiting us for our September meeting. Jack enjoys making images and his speciality is ‘Abstracts’ he is coming to talk to us about this genre of photography.

I asked Jack to give us a brief for us to create some images to show him, here it is and hope that it gives you a project to complete over the next few weeks.

Brief for Dynamic Range Group

The Creativity of Nature – The Nature of Creativity

Introduction

Nature itself can produce some wonderful images. We can as photographers record these wonderful scenes as they exist but we can also add extra value by putting our own spin on things. An individual interpretation which extends our vision and hopefully encourage the viewers of our resultant images to see the world differently.

 

The Brief

Look for and photograph a variety of scenes from nature – close-ups, medium or long shots – whatever takes your fancy. Produce a ‘straight’ image of your scene(s) and then use your processing skills to reinterpret the result – do not play safe but push the image to its boundaries.

 

The Presentation

Project both the original ‘straight’ image and also your chosen best processed

re-interpretation of the scene. If time permits it would be good to see two images from each photographer.

Jack

Pictorialism

My attention was caught by a post on the FB Lensbaby Unplugged, showing an image that had been singled out by, a National Geographic Editor, as their favourite image entered in ‘My Shots’.  Their comment  suggested investigating the period in Photography known as the Pictorial Period. I am pleased I looked and learnt a lot, also endorsing that thought that ‘nothing is new in photography’

Here is the gist, but obviously you can google it to discover more.

Pictorialism is the name given to an international style and aesthetic movement that dominated photography during the later 19th and early 20th centuries. There is no standard definition of the term, but in general it refers to a style in which the photographer has somehow manipulated what would otherwise be a straightforward photograph as a means of “creating” an image rather than simply recording it. Typically, a pictorial photograph appears to lack a sharp focus and is perhaps a way of projecting an emotional intent into the viewer’s realm of imagination. They used ‘Art Lenses, manipulation, varied printing processes to achieve their experimental results.

 

It also follows a group conversation when we were discussing the reception that Lensbaby images receive from the viewer. Polina was saying how people talk of the ‘treatment’ that the image is given, whereas Lensbaby images are predominantly all ‘done in Camera’.

Commenting personally, I love my blurry images with just the tiniest point of focus, as Kathleen Clemons says, ‘Take images that make your heart sing’ I am singing as I lineup the shots with my ‘babies, perhaps I can make a nod towards Neo Pictorialism,  utilising the digital technology and ‘art’ lenses we now have at our disposal today.

However we must continue to find a way to further educate those who critique our images!

September 23rd Meeting

Jack Taylor will be visiting us for our September meeting. Jack enjoys making images and his speciality is ‘Abstracts’ he is coming to talk to us about this genre of photography.

I asked Jack to give us a brief for us to create some images to show him, here it is and hope that it gives you a project to complete over the next few weeks.

Brief for Dynamic Range Group

The Creativity of Nature – The Nature of Creativity

Introduction

Nature itself can produce some wonderful images. We can as photographers record these wonderful scenes as they exist but we can also add extra value by putting our own spin on things. An individual interpretation which extends our vision and hopefully encourage the viewers of our resultant images to see the world differently.

 

The Brief

Look for and photograph a variety of scenes from nature – close-ups, medium or long shots – whatever takes your fancy. Produce a ‘straight’ image of your scene(s) and then use your processing skills to reinterpret the result – do not play safe but push the image to its boundaries.

 

The Presentation

Project both the original ‘straight’ image and also your chosen best processed

re-interpretation of the scene. If time permits it would be good to see two images from each photographer.

Jack

NOTES FROM JOHN HERLINGER PERMAJET PRESENTATION

 

1 2 3 Go or 3 2 1 Go

Laughter, fun , splashing water and some successful shots summed up the morning at Smeeth.  But also lots of misses and blank screens but we all learnt lots about the process. Everyone helped each other, throwing water and dropping strawberries and ice from great heights, with differing results but all great fun.

Our thanks must go to Paul, for emptying his attic for us, bringing lights and creating set ups and also Ian Montague ably assisted by Tony who also brought loads of stuff. Paul and Ian were very free with their help and advice  and assisted everyone to get their shots. Thanks also to Katrina for securing the hall. A very successful day playing with water!

Water Splash

Sunday 3rd June at Smeeth Scout Hut 10 am to whenever we have had enough!  Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch, and biscuits and coffee and tea will be on tap. Paul Davison is directing the day with Ian Montague’e assistance.

The Address is, map here

Brabourne & Smeeth Scout & Guide Hut
Church Road
Smeeth
ASHFORD
TN25 6SA

If you are coming from the A20 the entrance to the car park is on the left, you need to park in the gravel area near the play area & walk down the playing field to the hut at he far end. Only disabled or those with a car full of stuff can drive down to the Hut. The five bar gate will be unlocked but shut, please close it after you if you need to drive down. (So that is just Paul and Ian to drive to the hut)

Paul’s list of what you need to bring: He will bring some old glasses, ice cubes, food colouring and some fruit but if you have anything specific in mind please bring your own, the brighter the better, keeping in mind things might get damaged, so nothing precious!

  • Camera, Batteries, Memory Cards, Tripod and Cable / Remote Release.
  • Lens – Focal length typically around 100mm. Does not have to be specifically in this range – but if significantly shorter then kit may be in the ‘splash zone’. Significantly longer and there may not be space (thinking of numbers in the room). Another problem with the longer lens is that if you are working solo will any cable release reach?
  • Oh – patience, lots of patience as the final image is more about luck than skillset. I don’t use (and neither does Ian) trigger traps, motion detectors etc to trigger the camera / flash. I simply rely on hand-eye-hand coordination.
    I’ve put one of these set-ups together for another group of friends there – can be much amusement (and banter) watching people attempt to get the timing right.
  • If anyone wants to bring laptops and tethering leads we maybe able to sort something.
As Paul says,”It’ll be more about people gaining the knowledge as opposed to achieving salon images, with the knowledge they can go home and practice”  So come and have some fun, bring out the inner child.
See you there bring the wellies!