Competition No. 4 – 21st March

This week Eddy Lane returned to Warminster to deliver his assessment of our Competition No. 4 images.
ARPS, DPAGB, former chairman of Calne Camera Club and former President of the WCPF, Eddy is superbly qualified to give his opinion on our work. Eddy achieves the right balance of being honest about the good and less good attributes of an image but still be encouraging to the author. The suggestions on how an image might be improved were very welcome and members appreciated that they were being helped towards a better mark.
We should all know by now that Eddy dislikes big areas of white in an image if it’s just part of the background (have to agree with you there Eddy) and bilious greens can easily be improved by using software to adjust the green channel.
Being a long-time friend of Warminster Camera Club the atmosphere was relaxed with cheerful banter between Eddy and the club members.
Either our photography has improved wholesale or Eddy was in generous mood (I like to think it’s the former) as the 19s and 20s were in abundance.
Peter’s clean sweep of 20s with his three nature images was well deserved, but there were plenty of other members who featured in the top scorers.
Unusually there were more prints than DPIs in this competition and it was good to be able to browse all the prints during the interval.
Kathryn ran the raffle in her usual efficient manner but my waistline wishes I hadn’t come home with chocolates!
In summary, it was a really good evening with plenty banter but we also got an interesting and educational assessment of our images.


Images: Geoff Sims
Report: Mil Chimley LRPS

Quiz Night – 14th March 2017

Firstly apologies that there was no report for the club night last week when members viewed the David Noton Tutorial DVD.  Unfortunately none of the usual reporters were able to attend club that night.
Before the Quiz Night got underway we offered congratulations to Carole Zimmerman for getting an image accepted in the Bristol Salon and the Southampton International Exhibition.  Not easy to achieve so very well done Carole.
So, on to Quiz Night.
Paul had put a great deal of work into devising a quiz for club members and on Tuesday we gathered to pool our knowledge in teams of 4 or 5. In pursuit of our hobby we pick up no end of bits and pieces of information, but retrieving it when it’s needed is another matter entirely, and the younger members of the club may be at an advantage here albeit they’ve had less time to gather seemingly useless facts.
The quiz was broken into four topics such as General, Technical and a couple of others that my feeble brain can’t quite recall. Although Paul gave us adequate time to answer each question (shouldn’t be too hard as they were all multiple choice) he was often begged for more time while some of us struggled to understand the question, thus delaying our “best guess” at the answer.
After the interval each team swapped answer sheet with a neighbouring team before the answers were revealed and we had to either begrudgingly mark with a tick and award a point or, and much more fun, was to put a big cross next to a wrong answer. Competitive? What us?
Paul had put as much work into giving full and explanatory answers as he’d put into the questions themselves and made the evening all the more enjoyable.
In the end the scores were all fairly close but, as it seems Pietro is like a sponge for information that he researches on the internet, his team came out clear winners.
While I’m sure we all learnt a little (or even a lot) during the course of the evening the overriding feeling was that we’d had fun, and give a big thanks to Paul for all his hard work, and carrying on determinedly despite the barracking and backchat.


Images: Geoff Sims
Report: Mil Chimley LRPS

 

Michael Curtis – 28th February

On Tuesday Michael Curtis made a return visit to Warminster to follow up on Competition No. 2 he’d judged for us in December. The objective was to implement the changes he’d suggested on a selection of images to see if the “after” image was indeed better than the “before”. I suspect quite often we don’t go through this exercise for ourselves and it was quite an eye opener for more than one of the audience on Tuesday. Michael had put a lot of preparation into what he was showing us but didn’t only show us the before and after images, but took us through exactly how to get there. Michael used Photoshop CC but said he used only those tools that we could also find in Photoshop Elements and other branded editing software. This was so helpful as it left us believing we could achieve the same sort of results and was very encouraging. Michael had picked out s selection of images to demonstrate different techniques but “how to properly replace a sky” was probably the most popular. However, there was no doubt that all the “after” images Michael had prepared were significantly better than the “before”. Finally Michael had put together a short PowerPoint presentation of some of the key considerations of exposure and how we should be using the histogram to help us make sure that the data was there if we needed to pull detail out of shadow areas. Key to this is remembering there is no way of rescuing blown out highlights so if the dynamic range of you camera can’t cope with the extremes of light and dark in a picture at the very least you should expose so not to blow out the highlight areas, although bracketed exposure and HDR will also help. Michael is a fairly frequent visitor to Warminster as a judge or presenter and his light-hearted manner and sense of fun made the evening fun as well as being educational, so thanks Michael and hope we see you back next season.


Images: Geoff Sims
Report: Mil Chimley LRPS

Members’ Presentation Evening – 21st February 2017

On Tuesday we had a depleted audience partly due to members taking holidays abroad (you know who you are) and others suffering from “The Queen’s Cold” (i.e. the one HM The Queen had at Christmas and, just in case you’re keeping a keen eye on the web site of Warminster Camera Club, may we say we hope Your Majesty is fit and well again now). Never the less, those that made it were treated to a fine Members’ Presentation Evening featuring Ray White and Bernard Clifford, as both had put together thoughtful and well organised presentations.
Ray took us to Russia and who knew you could travel from St Petersburg to Moscow by boat? Helpfully Ray showed us a map of how the trip was made by way of rivers, canals, lakes and reservoirs. In adventurous mood he and Pauline (Mrs White) had travelled independently by air to St Petersburg then joined organised tours of the city and its sights, and finally the last ship of the season to be heading for Moscow. Between October and April the waterways are frozen and, even at the end of September, everybody was wrapped up in coats and scarves as it was far from warm.
Ray’s images showed the outward opulence of what the world considers to be a relatively poor nation, and the gold leaf on many public buildings made for amazing photographs. We saw both outside and inside the Kremlin and I’m sure I detected a note of pleasure when ray told us how many times he had to be frisked by security guards (no, not really, sorry Ray).
Bernard took us to Sri Lanka where he and Carol had been volunteers in a zoo for a month. A decidedly poor nation Bernard said the accommodation was basic but comfortable. Feeding the giraffe was fun but one camel was friendly with Bernard but wouldn’t talk to Carol at all. Personally I was very envious when one image showed Bernard getting down and dirty in the pool with the elephants scrubbing their skins with coconut shells. To keep the record straight it was the elephants I’d have like to have been in the pool with.
Bernard and Carol got some time off and had travelled to a place where there was an elephant sanctuary. Many elephants had been orphaned, and some injured, during the civil war in the country and who wasn’t saddened by the sight of an elephant with one foot missing, it having been blown off by a land mine? None the less “stumpy” joining in all the activities with the other elephants including the trip to the river for the daily scrub down.
All in all we had a very entertaining evening and our thanks go to Ray and Bernard for putting together such an interesting programme.


Images: Geoff Sims
Report: Mil Chimley LRPS