Photographic Society: January 2018 Report

Click here to see the complete photograph.  Frosty Morning by Maureen

On 3rd January our first meeting of the year was very well attended. Over thirty members were present at The Cartwright Arms Hotel Aynho, and three additional guests also joined us for the evening.
The theme of the meeting was our “Best Three of 2017”. Members were asked to select and display their best three images (or their three favourite images) taken during the last year, and comment upon them saying where ,when and how they were taken, or explain what made the image one of their favourites. Martyn Pearse presented each submission of three images, and then invited the author to speak about them. Members then also contributed helpful constructive critique from the floor on each image, which often included plenty of friendly humorous banter. After a refreshment break half way through, the meeting continued. Most of the thirty plus members present had contributed some images. There was a very full evening program of excellent enjoyable and instructive photographs on a wide variety of subjects, which varied from portraits through to architecture, landscapes, macro and abstracts, with no shortage of imagination and creativity from the authors.
Our next club meeting is on the seventh of February at 7:30pm in The Cartwright Hotel, when Jim Muller will present a portfolio of images from a recent USA visit. All are welcome to attend.
Next months topic is “Anything Indoors” (open to your own interpretation).

Paul Brewerton, www.addphoto.co.uk

Photographic Society: December Report

Click here to see the complete photograph Winter by Jim Muller

A welcome return to the club was made by John Credland ARPS for our December meeting. John has his own very distinct style of presentation with the accent definitely upon humour. His entertaining presentation was titled “Intensity in Ten Cities”, and he laughingly acknowledged taking his title from an early record album. His theme was preparing a panel of photographs for submission to the Royal Photographic Society for a distinction award. John started by talking about the present trend for the popularity of square format prints, which often seem to be used regardless of subject matter. He then displayed his mounted panel of twenty prints submitted for ARPS distinction. (All square). His theme for the panel was the present nature of city centre activity and buildings. A few centuries ago the main central building in a city would be the cathedral, and the central image within the cathedral is that of Jesus Christ. Today, he argued, the importance of the cathedrals in city centres is being replaced by the massive shopping malls. Attractive stained glass windows are replaced by large advertising posters or even LCD screens exhorting us to buy. His photographs showed various activities of people in shopping centres. Some hurrying and dashing about holding brightly coloured plastic carrier bags and cartons of coffee. Others lounged in doorways sitting on blankets, and street corner preachers appealing to the shoppers passing by, while buskers with instruments entertained the moving mass of people, many of them eating on the move. The predominant style of his pictures was created mainly using the HDR technique, and multiple exposure camera settings to create impact and the sense of movement. John went on to discuss the trend for using multiple exposures in camera and deliberately blurred images, particularly of people on the move. Our meeting continued with photographs for the monthly challenge. This month’s topic was…”I love…..”, interpreted however the author wished. The challenge produced a wide range of images, from children to landscapes. Our next meeting on the 3rd January,  will be held in the Cartwright Hotel Aynho. Our activity will be members displaying their best three images taken during the last year, and a statement of where we took them, why we like them. Our monthly challenge will therefore be held over until February, the theme will be…“I Hate…..”, interpret as you wish! As usual our meetings are open to all, and all are welcome.

Paul Brewerton.  Adderbury,  Deddington and District Photographic Society.

Photographic Society: November 2017 Report

At our meeting on 1st November the club was  pleased to welcome back Robert Harvey who gave us an excellent presentation titled “Winter Photography”.  He started by explaining why he considered winter to be the best season for serious landscape photography. The quality of light in winter is friendlier than the glare of high summer. In midwinter the angle of the sun is only 14o  above the horizon and the direction of the sun creates side lighting effects most  photographers hope and wish for.  As the sunlight passes through  winters atmospheric conditions the “golden hours” of early morning and late evening will last longer than in summer, giving us more photo opportunities than any other time of year. ( And no small consideration is that we don’t have to be out of bed at 4 am  as we have to in summer !).

Robert then continued with more superb illustrations of  how the low angle of the winter sun emphasised the contours of mountains and hillsides with the subtle modelling effect of the light direction, using pictures of The Lake District and North Wales. The low angle of light direction  also enhanced the photographs of wildlife, particularly birds in flight,  removing the dark shadows beneath their wings which the high summer lighting produces. Some beautifully crisp shots of Dartmoor showed the pictorial opportunities of winter frost on rock outcrops and foliage. Photographs taken in fresh snow then illustrated the sharp sparkling effects low angle winter light produces. These brilliant snow pictures ranged from Yellowstone in the deep grip of winter, to the Norwegian fjords and North Cape.  The obvious benefit of long clear dark nights was demonstrated with beautiful star shots and star trails. Particularly effective were the starlight pictures using Stonehenge as foreground. Robert rounded off his presentation answering questions from the audience. This hugely enjoyable presentation ended with loud applause.

Our next meeting on the 6th December will be titled “Intensity in Ten Cities” by John Credland,  and will be in the  Christopher Rawlings  School, Aynho Road  Adderbury. All are welcome to attend.

Paul Brewerton.

Adderbury Deddington and District Photographic Society.

Photographic Society: October 2017 Report

In October, we were treated to an inspiring presentation by Viveca Koh FRPS on ‘Phoneography to Fellowship: My Continuing Journey’.

The first half of the evening was devoted solely to ‘phoneography’. Viveca explained how the iPhone, or smartphone, has become her camera of choice for certain situations – perhaps where stealth is required or if a candid shot were not possible with a long lens. She described several iPhone apps that enhance the images and accompanied her talk with an excellent slide show.

In the second half of the evening, Viveca showed how she illustrated Star Blossom, a book of poems by her uncle, Fergus Chadwick, and which led to her FRPS distinction in 2014. Each poem evoked a different sense in her where she created wonderfully intricate and artistic images.

Viveca is a self-taught Fine Art photographer; her work is varied, covering many areas and genres, including the use of background textures and overlaying several images to great effect. She became interested in smartphone photography mainly because of its portability and unobtrusiveness. Its versatility in the special effects of apps such as Hipstamatic has taken this medium to a very high level, to specialise, for instance, in Urban Exploration (UrbEx) photography, collecting her material from abandoned and disused buildings, such as asylums, care homes, and schools.

Travelling from her home in Surrey, Viveca has visited our Society on two occasions to share her knowledge and passion. Her presentations are delivered with professionalism, humour, skill and modesty – it is always a pleasure to see Viveca and we look forward to seeing her here again very soon. You can see more on her website https://vivecakohphotography.photoshelter.com.

The second Society Annual Photographic Exhibition will be on Saturday 28th October, 9.00am-1.00pm in the Living Room, Deddington Parish Church, same day as the Farmers’ Market – All welcome – Refreshments – Free Admission

On Wednesday 1 November, Robert Harvey will return to give a talk on ‘Winter Photography‘ at 7.30pm at the Christopher Rawlings School, 1 Aynho Road, Adderbury (by the traffic lights). Workshop and photoshoot details on www.addphoto.co.uk.

Wendy Meagher

Photographic Society: September 2017 Report

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David Boag made a welcome return on the 6th September to give a talk titled Photographing Nature More Creatively.  David has been a wildlife photographer for over 30 years, and been published in many photographic journals, also over 20 book titles on this subject.

His unique ebullient and enthusiastic style of presentation captivated the audience’s attention from the start. He demonstrated that the use and understanding of light and shade was important. David emphasised that creativity was the key to a successful picture, one that could stand out from the thousands of other photographs. Using superb photographs of animals and birds his repeated encouragement was to think creatively and use the photographer’s intuition to produce a picture with impact. David stressed that  use of telephoto lenses is not the only way to create impact. The judicious use of space around the subject can also enhance visual effect, and framing the animal in the picture imaginatively could also  produce impact. Understanding the subject you are photographing is important. Examples were shown of being able to predict what the animal or bird will do next. This is often the difference between a brilliant and a mediocre picture.

The subject then moved from wildlife onto to the creativity required to present successful landscape photography. The potential possibilities of both wide-angle and telephoto lenses was then demonstrated by examples of imaginative landscape photographs. The importance of foreground detail, middle distance detail and the far distance was demonstrated in his landscapes.  This was stressed by pictures with, and without the foreground interest to emphasise the point. The photographer’s skill in capturing the variations in weather, producing atmospheric mood was beautifully illustrated. Emphasis was put on not being discouraged by poor weather conditions. “Make use of these conditions to your advantage and emphasise the impact of the landscape before you”. Environment creates atmosphere was the message.

David then went into the use of autofocus and the importance of knowing when and how to use the tripod. Although modern high ISO settings may discourage many from using tripods, the use of one is still beneficial. Commenting on so called “rules of photography”, stress was placed not necessarily ignoring them, but to use that inner feeling, which many of us have, of what is good or bad in the picture. The instinctive ability to pick the right moment, regardless of what rules theorists may lay down is often key to producing  pleasing pictures.

As the chairman thanked him for the presentation, and expressed the hope that it would not be long before David returned, a hearty applause from the group showed their appreciation.

Paul Brewerton.     www.addphoto.co.uk

Photographic Society: June 2017 Report

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The monthly meeting in June was treated to a presentation of photographs by Yin Wong. All his pictures were taken on a visit to the Yunnan Province of China. Yunnan is a province rarely visited by western tourists. Yin showed a map which explained the location of Yunnan in Southern China.  Yin started in Kunming with street scenes showing people in attractive ethnic  costume which are normal wear, and not  for the benefit of tourists. Different cultures can be identified by exquisitely embroidered colourful regional costumes. A walk through deep caves provided interesting pictures of floodlit rock formations and vast caverns. Followed by pictures showing the “Stone Forest”. Yunnan claims to be the first place ever to drink tea, and is known throughout China for  fine quality expensive  tea.

The photo tour moved on to Shangrila (known as Zang Din).  Here there were monastic buildings on the mountainsides in a regional architectural style, at an altitude of 11,000 feet. Sweeping curved shapes roofs are believed to ward off bad luck. Some interesting photos’ of small Mongolian ponies with riders dressed in regional costume,  The area is very fertile, photos of the plentiful supply of fruits and vegetables mean travellers need never go hungry!

The next place to be visited was Li Jian in the Dali region of Tibet, well known to Chinese for its production of jade ornaments and jewellery.

This rarely visited province of China obviously has great potential for keen photographers with its stunning mountain gorges, hillside villages, quaint architecture, street scenes, and photogenic colourfully dressed residents who are willing to be photographed.

Next Meetings.

21st June. Outdoor photoshoot. Otmoor RSPB Reserve. Meet Aynho 6pm.

5th July.  Clubnight Cartwright Hotel Aynho.  Beyond auto, take control of your camera.  Presented by Bob Brind Surch.   All are welcome

Paul Brewerton.

Adderbury Deddington and District Photographic Society.

Photographic Society: May 2017 Report

Click here to see the complete photograph: Shadows & Light, Mexico by Wendy Meagher

At our May meeting, we welcomed Mary McIntyre from Tackley.  Her objective was to share her passion for astrophotography, (photographing the skies).

Her topic for the evening focused on capturing Star Trails. This is achieved by taking long exposures (up to 30 seconds) of the sky repeated many times (up to 600) and then “stitched” together using software to produce a generally circular picture of the stars’ progress through the sky. Most of her images are captured in this way using a standard digital SLR camera with a remote shutter lead to automatically take repeat images. This needs a good level of dedication as some of her shoots last for 3 or 4 hours. She explained the need for a low level of light pollution but found Tackley to be acceptable, the main irritations – bearing in mind the long exposure time – being car headlights, commercial aircraft and pets setting off neighbours’ security lights. She explained how to include last based objects in the foreground to enhance the star trails. She also showed some useful accessories she had devised to keep herself and the camera free from condensation. Many of those present indicated they would be spending more time outside on cold clear nights trying to replicate the images shown by Mary.

Mary’s website is www.tackleyvillage.co.uk/astronomy.html

On Wednesday, 7th June, Yin Wong will be giving a presentation entitled, ‘Yunnan, China: A travel presentation’, at 7.30pm in the Apricot Room of the Cartwright Hotel, Aynho OX17 3BE,and on Wednesday 21st June, there will be an outdoor photo-shoot led by member Simon Lutter. More details nearer the date on www.addphoto.co.uk.

John Prentice

Photographic Society: April 2017 Report

Click here to see the featured photograph by Paul Brewerton.

This month’s club night on the 5th April started with the all important A.G.M. at the Cartwright Hotel, Aynho. The Chairman, Richard Broadbent, opened the meeting, the minutes of the last meeting were accepted and passed. The chairman stated that the club has had a successful year, with the total membership at a steady 51 members, with five new members replacing the five who had left the district. Our annual exhibitions held in 2016 were very well received and  this has helped to establish the society as a recognised part of the local community. The treasurer, Martin Pearse, presented the audited annual accounts to March 2017, declaring the club was in a sound financial position and the annual subscription would remain at £30. A vote of thanks to The Cartwright Hotel was passed for allowing the club regular use of the Apricot Room. Retiring committee members this year are Wendy Meagher, secretary; Richard Broadbent, chairman; Brenda Difford, social events; Gail Girvan, workshops. Gail will continue as Facebook administrator.  The meeting elected John Prentice as new chairman, the position of secretary being vacant.  The club monthly programme has been further extended during the past year by establishing a special interest group. The new critique circle is proving to be successful and rewarding. The critique circle meets on the third Tuesday of the month at The Hollybush Clubhouse in Deddington.  Members bring along a print for their colleagues to criticise, comment or advise upon, thereby improving our photographic knowledge and skills. There being no further business the Chairman then declared the AGM closed.

Normal club night then continued with a friendly “What is it” competition composed from the members own submitted ingenious  photographs, often taken from strange angles.  The usual monthly challenge followed. This month’s topic was “Cemeteries and Monuments”. This topic produced many well composed pictures, and amusing interpretations of the subject.  Next month’s meeting on 3rd May will host the presentation titled “Astrophotography” by Mary Spicer and promises to be an interesting evening.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Paul Brewerton        www.addphoto.co.uk