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Ian, a member of Whitchurch Hill Camera Club, gave us an entertaining talk covering his approach to photography. Beginniing the evening by running through his camera kit ( Nikon ),he quickly explained that a fair amount of his equipment was obtained used, particularly an expensive-sounding zoom! He also revealed his enthusiasm for certain manipulation software ( see further down ). We were perhaps not surprised to hear Photoshop and Lightroom mentioned, but of the many effect " plugins " available for those programmes, his favourite was the Topaz suite. This enables photographers to make many extra adjustments to their images ( lens ffects, b&w, impressinistic etc ) all within Photoshop and / or Lightroom.He illustrated its effects using a wide variety of largely landscape and outdoor shots, varying from Whitchurch Bridge, through Brighton deckchairs, via the London skyline, to Dungeness, not forgetting Wales! As a result of his skills he has achieved many picture sales. An inspiring and interesting evening.
Reading Camera Club hosted the first round of 6 competitions, within our allocated division. This comprised 8 images from each of 6 clubs from the south of England. The same images are judged by a different judge for each round, each of the 6 participating clubs hosting a round during the course of the season, the marks are then totaled to find the overall winning club for that division. The chosen images represent the best of each club's work,and individual authors are allowed a maximum of 2 images in a total entry of 8 from the club.
For Reading's round, Peter Walmsley LRPS, visited us again to tackle the task. Peter was clearly expecting a high standard of work for this level of competition,and he was not disappointed. He was also looking for a storyline or message in each image, with the technical expertise taken for granted. It became obvious that Peter had some preference for those images featuring people, as he felt that these were most likely to have a story to tell. Marking reflected the standard of this competition, only 2 images achieving the maximum of 10 points. These were from Andover Split Image PS and Focus, Ryde. Reading's highest scoring image came from Janet Marshall, just missing the magic 10 by half a mark, with " A Lick of Blue ".
Reading finished in 4th position for this round, hopefully we will move up the table in subsequent rounds.
Returning speaker Chris, using projected copies of slides, gave us his story of how he became involved in mountaineering around the British Isles. As with so many things in life the path to that hobby was varied
( and included photography ).As a keen follower in his earlier years of steam railways, he would travel ( almost ) the length and breadth of the country, some of the journeys taking him to Wales, where he first took an interest in the mountains. With his family in tow, he explored many of Britain's heights, in the second half of the evening showing us many of the fantastic views obtainable from various mountains.Although now, by his own admission, not quite fit enough to continue climbing, his enthusiasm for the pastime was still evident.