We are lucky enough to live in a picturesque and interesting area, in particular with the area of the Chiltern Hills just north of Reading.Our speaker on Friday was Jon Scourse, a keen walker and cyclist, who presented a talk based on his recently-published book based on the area. As an enthusiastic photographer he was approached by publishers Halsgrove to produce an illustrated book, using his own photographs. Initially given a year to produce the book, the project in fact took eighteen months to complete. The book ( and therefore his talk ) was divided into four sections, covering the geology of the area, the Ridgeway, Central and Southern Chilterns. Jon showed us many different aspects of the area - described in many parts as " Chalk and Trees " because of the makeup of landscape and geology - with features such as the Chilterns AONB, the Ashridge Estate, and part of the Grand Union Canal ( the first canal to be built in Britain ) among many other features. His superb photography also featured early morning and all-season shots of the many beech woodlands that are a feature of the area. A truly inspiring evening - with a chance to purchase his book ( which is available from his publishers if you were unable to join us ).
Audiovisual is perhaps one of photography's more popular but challenging areas, and every year our club sets aside an evening to encourage members to " have a go ". Several members contributed sequences, on subjects varying from Malta, South Africa, and a local bakery! Most, but not all, were produced using Proshow Gold or Pictures to Exe software. There were no winners or losers as this is not a competition,each sequence being entertaining in its own right, but perhaps the most ambitious was Rowland Povey's " A night in the
Bakery " ( taken with the support of Warings Bakery, Tilehurst ). Well done to all those who entered - hopefully other members will be inspired by what they saw and will have a go next year!