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.
This prompted a lot of discussion about settings for cameras for different scenarios.(After the meeting the Group Leader e-mailed links to a helpful review of the camera features as well as a link to download a full manual).
It transpired that there was no time for the discussion on Landscape Photography – this was deferred to the next meeting.
Theme for next meeting is ‘Documentary’. Future themes are on the Group’s web site.
Best portfolio was by John Hawke and best individual photograph was of a Grey Wagtail by Pam Liberson. See all the pictures on the Group's webpage
John Hawke gave a short presentation of a nature-themed tour of Costa Rica concentrating on the more colourful birds and other reptiles and animals.
The theme for August is 'Garden/Park Birds' with, hopefully, a round table meeting on Monday August 9th at 10 a.m.
The third Zoom meeting of the Group was held on Monday 10th May. There were 5 participants in all. The theme was ‘Water’.
All the portfolios showed imagination and flair with an emphasis on river scenes. Covid restrictions precluded much other outside activity – along with recent bad weather.
The second Zoom meeting of the Group was held on Monday 12th April. Apart from the inevitable hitch, it seemed to go smoothly with 5 participants in all.
The theme was ‘Yellow’. All the portfolios showed imagination and flair with several interesting photographs – and no daffodils (because everyone thought someone else would have taken them!)
The portfolio with most votes was by Pam Liberson. John Hawke obtained the most votes for best picture with Pam’s ‘Pussy Willow’ a close second – taken using a mobile phone.
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