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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January and February – A macro fest!

Well to kick start the New Year we decided to have a close look at macro and close up photography. In January, Mick Govan gave a presentation and demonstration looking at the differences between Close-up and Macro, the techniques and equipment that can be used for both and some of the subjects that work best with this type of photography.

The session started with a clear example of the difference between an actual macro lens capability and lenses that claim to be macro, but are actually just close up. With the Queen playing a star role during this particular part of the evening!

Several demonstrations highlighted the techniques, equipment and lighting that can be used for this kind of photography along with some of the problems that can be encountered, particularly managing depth of field.

A demonstration of how to overcome depth of field problems by using focus stacking and combining the photographs in software generated quite a bit of interest and discussion.

We followed this up with a workshop for the February meeting where we all had chance to have a go at this genre of photography with a variety of subjects and lighting setups. Although the rather bouncy floor of the room proved to be something of a challenge when trying to hold a steady focus, everyone had a go and some interesting compositions and lighting techniques started to emerge.

Although this kind of photography was new to many of the members and was clearly out of their comfort zone, support from Valerie, Dave, Kevin, Martin, Caroline and Mick was helping everyone to have a go and enjoy the session. We ended the evening looking forward to March when we could start to review some of the results.

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Festive Greetings from Ockbrook

Members entered into the Christmas spirit this month, enjoying an evening of celebration, feasting and the annual festive quiz, along with some fabulous images for our black and white themed Contrast.
Congratulations to Lesley Wright for winning this year’s Members vote for ‘Christmas Best In Show’ with her wonderful festive image.

© Lesley Wright

Ockbrook Members would like to take the opportunity of thanking you all for your support and to wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year.

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An Evening of Photographic History – W.W.Winter Ltd

This month we were delighted to welcome our first guest of the 2017/18 membership year.

Jane Middleton-Smith archivist at W.W.Winter Ltd took us back in time through her fascinating presentation, from the birth of Walter William Winter in 1842 to his death in 1925, his acquisition and relocation of the business in 1867, where Winters continues as a photographic studio to this day.

While this year has marked the 150th anniversary of the opening of the studio with a superb exhibition at Derby Museums in conjunction with Format International Photography Festival,  it is 165 years since French photographer Emmanuel Charles first established a photographic business on Midland Road in Derby, which Walter Winter then took over on Charles’ death moving the business across the road, giving them claim to being the longest running photographic studio in the world.

Ockbrook enjoyed looking at some very old photographs many restored from glass plates, a fantastic archive of memories, through the continuing preservation of Winter’s collection of photographs and negatives, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

More information on the work both past and present of this Derby photographic studio can be found on their website link

Beyond Limits – Chatsworth

To round off our evening there was a short presentation of images from nine members of Ockbrook, who recently enjoyed a pleasant day out at Chatsworth with their cameras.

With favourable light and weather conditions which improved as the day went on, the group wandered by the river before heading to the gardens for the sculptures, all set within a beautiful landscape full of photo opportunities.

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