Members Gallery – Macro and Close Up

Following on from the January and February sessions, led by Mick, for March’s club night members were asked to go and put their macro and close up skills into practice.

And what fantastic results! From a tiny drop of water to a rather large horse, age-old crystals to living creatures, household objects to vegetation – the range of subject matter was superb and each and every image thought through brilliantly with positive and encouraging feedback.

So enjoy your images again here!

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Project 111: Seeing in Black and White

triptychTo start off the tenth year of the club, Mick and Dave hosted a practical evening in which members were encouraged to think about taking images in black and white.

This session was part of a short series of evenings where we explore aspects such as what works in B&W, visualisation, camera settings, post-processing and software to enhance B&W images etc, and also served as a lead-in to Kevin’s B&W discussion in October.

So, members were sent out into the wilds of Ockbrook to get some black-and-white images for themselves, having in many cases adjusted their cameras to display b&w on their rear screens. Time was a little tight on this occasion as the light was fading – so they had around half an hour to see what they could come up with.

Then, it was time for a review of one image from each member – done anonymously and straight out of camera – and there was plenty of encouraging and positive feedback to help members with their ‘homework’ for October’s meeting.

As always, the range of subjects and treatments was broad and there were some fabulous images to enjoy.

You can enjoy them again here – still anonymous. Of course, copyright remains with the photographer.

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Members gallery: Project 111, May 2016

For our May 2016 practical, we did another Project 111.

Again, we promised an evening of challenges and we asked each member to push themselves, try something different or new and get creative! They were invited to give themselves permission to play.

This time, though, members were asked to take their cameras outdoors and, instead of having one object to focus on all evening, they were asked to choose one topic from a list.

Some topics were tangible, eg leaves, lampposts, litter and latches, while others were more conceptual or technical, for example depth of field, intentional camera movement, subject movement etc.

They each had one topic to shoot, one hour to shoot it in – and at the end of that hour they needed to supply one image, straight out of camera, for us to look at as a group.

Once more into the breach… and what a tremendous effort!

Every image was a success in one way or another, every image had a story and each member learned something from the exercise.

We have another Project 111 planned for next season, and this time the subject will be….. well, you’ll have to wait and see!

Meanwhile, enjoy our May Bank Holiday collection.

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Members Gallery: Project 111

Hello all. As we are about to start our autumn season, here’s a look at how we ended things before our summer break.

We promised a challenging evening of photography and kept it all tightly under wraps until the very last minute. This was an exercise to challenge photographic skills, creativity and the ability to work under a little bit of pressure!

It was a great turn-out, and members arrived armed with their camera gear to find a number of areas laid out with various lighting set-ups – and a mysterious, cloth-covered table containing – well, no-one knew what!

© Dave King

© Dave King

This was Project 111: 1 object, 1 hour, 1 image.

Beneath the cloth was a range of objects – everything from light bulbs to cameras, shells to pine cones, flowers to fruit and veg. The challenge was simple enough – each member would choose just one object and then be given just one hour to photograph it in as creative a way as possible. It was a chance to try a new technique, a new way of lighting or a new angle – or maybe even go completely abstract.

But there was no escaping the eyes of the ‘critics’ on this occasion because, at the end of the hour, each member that had to select just one of their images from the session for everyone to look at on the big screen. The pressure was on!

Dave had already done a trial run of the exercise to make sure it was achievable – so now it was over to you.

As always, the challenge was met head on… and what a great selection of images came out of the session. Enjoy!

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