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!

May 20th Meeting

Upload your object images HERE

Lets see how imaginative you have been!

Janine will be showing us her  DPAGB Panel and possibly Eileen her ARPS one.

Sue (Chapman) has offered to show us this, Digital Frame pro in Topaz Studio,  it produces some interesting ways to display your images as if they were mounted and framed.

Plus more that I am still working on!

See lots of you there hopefully.

All Brushed Up!

A really good meeting  on Sunday, thanks Janine for a great presentation, I know we all learnt lots.  As we were leaving the hall, Janine heard she had gained her DPAGB, very many congratulations. She will show us her panel of images at the May meeting, I am sure she will tell us how she made her choices, and the marks she received,  I think her scores were good!

I also heard, that quite recently Eileen had been successful in gaining her ARPS at Bath.  However, she travels extensively and can’t make the next few meetings so we will have to wait to see her Panel, but many congratulations Eileen.

A couple of links from Tom, one for Gurushots and the other advertising his Madeira trip in November, so do take a look.

Guru shots

Madeira Trip Mad 3

And to the Square Magazine

More news on the May Lineup to follow in a week or two.

Have fun with making your images using your chosen ‘Object’  Please remember the items are precious, take care of them and bring them back to the May Meeting.

Haze

Went searching for DeHaze and couldn’t find it! I knew where it should be, but it had disappeared!  A Lightroom update has now placed it in the Basic Panel, much easier, thank you Adobe.


I am looking forward to Janine’s presentation on Brushes, there are many uses for them in your workflow especially when ‘making’ images.  They are some lovely quality ones available in LR and Janine will show us where to find them, how to load others and lots more, as well as how to make your own.  If you have an image where you have already used brushes to create a picture either upload it or bring in your print for us to see.  Please also bring images in for others to critique, it can be a useful process to get other opinions.


Looking ahead, I have booked Steve Hedges for an early December meeting.  Polina gave me Steve’s name, she had just returned from a photographic Venice trip with him, and found his teaching methods and ability to pass on his knowledge excellent. Look at his website and what he offers.  I have booked him for a combined trip to Folkestone C C so he will be with us for the whole day. I will be asking you for ideas of the format for the day.

See you Sunday.

Future Plans and Dates for the Diary

On Sunday, what could have turned out to be a disaster, turned into a surprisingly well attended and entertaining meeting.  Thank you, for uploading your images, which we enjoyed viewing, with some comments forthcoming. We were then treated to a humorous chat from Simon, relating to the planning of a  photoshoot, his love affair with fishing line, and his burgeoning wardrobe of ladies dresses. Much laughter but admiration for his seeing eye and his thinking ‘outside the box’ Here is a selection of his Underwater series to fill you with envy, all in Camera, apart from some photoshopping with the Portholes, entitled The Submariners View.

On a sad note, we had to say farewell to Paul and Sonia, who are moving past Watford, hoping to improve their photography by going up North!!! Joking apart, Paul has a promotion in his job and they are going to relocate to the Lake District.  They have promised to find a house with guest bedrooms and will be happy to provide a bed and a base for anyone interested in going up for some photography.  They have both proved to be a great support, providing the catering, looking after the monies and generally assisting at meetings. We will miss them.  I think Paul will be in a position to do some remote Club judging, once he gets settled.


I am making plans for the next two meetings, more on that in a week or two, but have booked the Scout Hut at Smeeth, for the 3rd June, for the High Speed Splash Photography directed by Paul Davison.  This will be the last meeting before I take a break for July and August, resuming in September. We could, perhaps, arrange a meal at the local pub, for those interested, to round the day off?


We have another dilemma regarding projection.  I have a desktop Mac and Ipad so do without a laptop, so the technology we have, with regard to both the computer and projector, are now very dated. Slow and old!  Any thoughts? Paul had showed willingness to use his but is now moving away.


Just a reminder about the RPS event Capture to Print at Maidstone on Sunday 8th April, advisable to book tickets I think.

March 18th

A picture to remind you of last week, felt somewhat cheated down here in Sandgate as we really didn’t see or were affected by the white stuff.  We got a covering on Friday which soon melted.  But the cold is a pertinent reminder, to remember to post your “Iced” images for us to discuss and critique next Sunday.  Here is the link to upload three images.  I have revived the old method of uploading under ‘Exercise’ on the website, then I can prepare them for showing.

The rain reminds me of the somewhat damp outing a few of us took to the Tate Modern in January.  Those who went, please post a few images for us to see, link here.

My final request is for ‘Polina Inspired’ images, so far have only received 2 from Paul.  Please upload up to 6 images

These images will form the basis of the morning’s discussion, so please get involved.

Simon Newlyn will entertain us with his illustrated story of working with Alya, the ballerina, the planning, the capture and the processing of these very successful images.

Photoshop Hints and Tips will follow, time permitting.

Hope to see lots of you on the 18th