This week was another in-house evening for the club, giving members a chance to show off their own photographic skills. For the first half of the evening members enjoyed watching the latest audiovisual sequences produced by one of the clubs' longest standing members, Rowland Povey. As an avid bird photographer, Rowland showed us in detail the feathered wildlife in a nature reserve near Newbury. There were beautiful shots of every imaginable kind of duck, flying and swimming, with deer and foxes thrown in for good measure, forming a very stylish presentation using ProShow Gold . He then continued with " A Baker's Dream ", i.e. life in a baker's shop after dark, when the buns and rolls come to life and dance the conga and hokey cokey! In the same vein, we then saw Rowland's cats plus a few of their feline friends, performing in the circus, and very acrobatic they were too! Ah, the wonder of software packages like ProShow.
The second half began in a different mood, as Drew Malloch took us for a peaceful and relaxing riverside walk along the Thames at Caversham, accompanied by " Cavatina ". After this our chairman, Dr. Ramesh Naik, showed us some of the fascinating sights in Dubrovnik, with a spoken commentary. These included the old city wall, and interesting pattern pictures of the expanses of very red roofs everywhere, taken from high points around the city. Obviously one of those " not to miss " places.
The evening concluded with a short presentation from ex-professional photographer and member Jonathan Farmer ARPS. Having previously taught photography, he explained some of the mysteries of getting exposures right, based on the 18% greyscale principle, and explained the reasons for those mysterious histograms which most of us tend to ignore. He then gave a second short presentation to explain the whys and wherefores of depth of field and how to make use of this principle. A most useful talk, many comments afterwards expressing the view that this sort of technique session was very useful and did not happen often enough.
It seems the bugs are at last going away as attendance was up for this meeting and we welcomed two potential new members. We were also very pleased and surprised by a visit from our previous chairman, Mick Pound, on a trip to Reading from his new home in Norfolk.
Submitted by Dorothy Wood