Rosemary confessed that she took several pictures of the bottle at various angles and camera settings but did not know what settings were used for the best picture. John Hawke showed her how to change the ‘View’ in File Explorer from ‘Thumbnail’ to ‘Details’ – this gave all the camera settings for any picture (EXIF data).
Part of Rosemary’s portfolio was a fireworks display. The difficulties in taking such pictures were discussed and was complemented by Theresa showing an excellent photograph of a display taken at a very short shutter speed – this froze the action and generated a perfectly black background.
Theme for next meeting is ‘Christmas’.
On 26th November, the sky was grey, and a cold wind was blowing but ten of us left Andover promptly at 9.30am for Selborne, Nr Alton. Sadly, fourteen was expected however, four had to drop out due to illness. We re-grouped on arrival for coffee and to pre-book our lunch, prior to our guided tour. The new brewery, which was only opened recently, had its doors open where a group of helpers were checking on its progress. A couple of enthusiastic members took the opportunity to take a sneaky peep inside, but sadly never got the opportunity to taste any.
Due to the time of year, wet under foot etc. the garden was not explored, but we understand it is very interesting for its flowers and vegetables. In addition, there were some very interesting pathways around the woodland and up the hill. These locations were instrumental in giving Gilbert White inspiration for his books.
Altogether, a very enjoyable and informative day’s visit.
Rosemary/John get their prints developed in an Andover shop – up for sale, so the future looks doubtful.
We also discussed allowing post-processing editing – limited to cropping until now. It was agreed that some editing could be used to get prints close to that on the camera/PC screen (exposure, brightness/contrast, sharpen). John Hawke emphasised the danger of over-editing and getting the best shot in the camera.
John Hawke gave some tips to Mike to get the optimal settings for his new Panasonic Bridge Camera (auto ISO limit determination, single-point focus for birding, etc.)
Theme for next meeting is ‘Lowlight photography (dawn, dusk and night scenes)’.
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Eight members self-drove to Salisbury and met at the Museum café for coffee. We assembled in front of the museum for 11am when Roger our Guide joined us, and we commenced with the history of the building from the 13th century until its occupation by the museum in 1981.
The Group broke for lunch at the café, which was excellent and very good value.
Earlier our guide also discussed a lot about the history of Salisbury and why the Cathedral was moved from Old Sarum to establish Salisbury as we now know it. It is believed to be the first living space within the UK that created a drainage system (where to this day many items are still being discovered when repairs are in progress). The museum has created a new area dedicated to Salisbury History and some of us took advantage of this and found it most interesting. Over the years they have held various street parades exhibiting numerous things including the Giant Man, which represented the Taylors Guild as this played a big part in the local industry.
Also, the museum was holding a temporary exhibition “Cutting It Fine” – which is The Art of the British Wood Engraver. This artwork is created by using tools traditionally made for metal engraving, resulting in unbelievable levels of precision and fine detail in the production of prints from wood engravings. This exhibition goes on until January and is well worth a visit. Unable to show an example of the final product as print is copyright.
We would like to extend our thanks and good wishes to Roger for a very informative and enthusiastic guide, which was much enjoyed by all.
Our visit ended around 4pm, with our heads buzzing with new knowledge.
John Hawke led a discussion on Landscape Photography with an emphasis on composing the picture by analysing what was the focus of one's attention that made one want to take a picture in the first place. He also pointed out that one had time to compose the shot and encouraged those present to take a minute to determine the focal point one wanted to highlight. He then suggested that, by moving around, (from side to side as well as forwards and backwards) capture the 'best shot' by including objects that led the eye to that focal point. During a lively discussion, various techniques were described including optimal aperture/speed settings, focus stacking and multiple exposure blending. (to 'remove' moving people from the scene)
Theme for next meeting is ‘Autumn’ - the above discussion is relevant for this topic! Future themes are on the Group’s web site.