Slavek's interests centre on recording landscapes, seascapes and streetscapes which are around us all, by meansa of stunning photography. He prefers to shoot generally at dawn or dusk in order to get dramatic lighting effects. Subjects ranged from European locations to scenes from the South Downs and locations along the south coast, naturally several around the Brighton area, including the much photographed and very photogenic old West Pier, which has now almost completely fallen into the sea.
He explained his special technique using neutral density filters to control the amount of light falling on to different areas of the picture, and showed us some of the equipment he uses.This gave more mature members a sense of deja vu as it was reminiscent of the era of Cokin filters. Slavek generally uses time exposures, and even photographed the old Pier by moonlight! He only carries out minimal manipulation, a refreshing change, and his pictures are notable for their absence of people, thus removeing this source of distraction and allowing the viewer to concentrate on the scene being shown. Possibly any stray people had been removed courtesy of Photoshop, but if this was the case, Slavek was not telling!
A most enjoyable and relaxing evening,whilst giving members some possible new ideas to try out.
Report from Dorothy Wood