7th February – Jason Brown

Jason Brown came to give a talk on underwater photography with his own particular twist, this was about diving and photographing in caves. “Journey Into Darkness” started off with the strong emphasis on the safety aspects which need to be in place and the challenges involved in cave diving. He then went on to explain the issues with taking photographs and considerations that need to be taken. Equipment was covered quite comprehensively, and I think some members were surprised at the cost of the housings, strobes and ports. All of this was acompanied with stunning photos taken in the caves and on route to them. Jason’s presentation was well balanced giving enough detail to inform and generate a great deal of interest without overburdening the, largely non-diving, audience with minute detail. The amazing cave structures, equipment and the locations were showcased with great images. It showed how well received the talk was by the number of questions that followed, and also the number of members that stayed to talk to Jason and look at the kit that he had brought along. All in all, it was a very interesting and well received presentation and made for a very enjoyable evening.

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Images: Geoff Sims
Report: Paul Duckworth

Competition No: 3 – 31st January

On Tuesday Ian Drake, from Frome, visited us to give his assessment of our Competition No. 3 images. The competition was on the set subject of “Shapes and Textures” and was well supported by club members. As with any subject it was open to interpretation which resulted in some diverse images and varying amounts of imagination.
Ian had received DPIs and prints well in advance of the competition which allowed him to give a thoughtful and incisive commentary on our work. His remarks were helpful and encouraging but he didn’t flinch from pointing out where he thought images didn’t work or could be improved.
The marks awarded ranged from 12 to 20 but I think we could all see why some images attracted the highest scores.
As with all competitions, the judging is subjective and Ian tempered some of his remarks by reminding us that he was giving his opinion, and that another judge may see an image differently.
All the advanced work Ian had put in showed as he’d had time to examine each image thoroughly, and he gave his assessment concisely and instructively, without having to resort to “waffle”.
I hope we will see Ian judging for us on another occasion.
Image Thumbnails, Scores, Pool Positions and Judges Comments are all in the Members’ Only Area.

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Images: Geoff Sims
Report: Mil Chimley LRPS

Gig Photography – 24th January

Billed as an update on last year’s ‘Gig Photography’ presentation by Paul and Marny, members got more than expected, with additional presentations by Anjalika and Denise.
Paul was called away by work commitments in Scotland, but delivered his update by memory stick. Both Paul and Marny decided to update by learning and using ‘Pictures to Exe’ – an audio-visual (AV) program; input your images, add music, create an executable and can be easily presented. It makes the presentation look professional, it’s fun to create – hours of fun and design ahead – once we’ve learnt how to do it!
It also takes quite a lot of images, just to make a presentation 3-4 minutes. Denise and Anjalika volunteered to help fill the evening – they both go to festivals and other venues – so the audience got a wide selection of images and musical taste, which seemed to go down well.
Paul created two AVs – both local bands, tribute bands and from performances at the Prestbury and the Mason’s Arms. The black&white, with music ‘Sound of Silence’ by Disturbed – worked really well. The colour one was interesting but not as good.
Marny created two – Pete Gage Band (now a local Frome band, previously he was with Geno Washington, Vinegar Joe and Dr Feelgood) from a recent gig at the Cornerhouse; the second one a flamenco street band (Tablao Sur) in Barcelona.
Denise told us about her history with creating concerts for disabled people and ‘blackmailing’ artists to play for free. She met lots of musicians in this way, including ‘Show of Hands’; her son also plays with a band. We were treated to her ‘festival’ clothes, including some which make her family disown her (you had to be there to appreciate it).
Anjalika displayed a lot of knowledge about unusual instruments, their names and origins (fortunately I’m not expecting to be tested on the names). She showed lots of images of a band she knows well, ‘Batch Gueye’ – with images from various concerts and festivals, including some background about Senegal. She also took us to Ghana and a Trinidadian street festival – all very interesting, including the added video of a dance lesson!

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Images: Geoff Sims
Report: Marny Thompson

17th January 2017

While I was selfishly keeping my germs to myself I’m told that Question Time was interesting and fun.  Unfortunately, for the present at least, I have no other details of the evening but have kindly been sent the images taken at the evening.

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Images: Geoff Sims
Lack of Report: Mil Chimley

PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR MULTI-CLUB PRINT COMPETITION IS ON SATURDAY 11TH FEBRUARY, and not the 12th as shown in early copies of the programme.