8th September: Summer Projects – Show and Tell

We started our 20/21 season with the first of our ‘Show and Tell’ sessions by members who rose to the challenge of using the Summer break to undertake a short-term photography project.  Last night we had presentations from Mark and Judy Buckley-Sharp, Alan Colegrave, George Demetriou, Peter Keeble and Peter Polkinghorne.

It was great to see how the lock-down programme has inspired members to try something new to them, show their thought processes/plans, successes and failures.

From Mark we heard about his summer workload for the CACC,  PGAB and latterly HCC  – not strictly to brief, but we forgive him!  Judy took us through a day in the life of Stratford post-Olympics and her love of street photography.

Alan demonstrated his search for the perfect poster for an up-coming film he is making and he included some video clips along the way.

Back on brief, George presented his focus and exposure merging projects, taking us through each step with visuals including his learning curve of failure and his very satisfying successes.

Peter Keeble chose to explore ‘interiors’ presenting his planning process, pitfalls and tips interspersed with his images.  He also  demonstrated  two important lessons: tidiness helps and avoid over-exposed windows – his study has benefited from this project!

Peter Polkinghorne’s project(s) were “Triptychs with colour harmony” using for example architectural details, and an attempt at “Astrophotography”.    Again we were led through his planning and image processing, for each of his  three examples……. ‘aircraft roundels’, ‘doors’ and ‘windows’.  In each subject,  colour harmony played an important part and his ‘Triptych Lessons’ completed his presentation – but the project will continue.  Finally Peter’s brief foray into ‘astrophotography’ has led him to want to take it further – more research which we hope will lead to future success.

Very many thanks to all our contributors who made our first meeting so interesting, entertaining and informative.  We look forward to the second ‘Show and Tell’ in October.

Next week we have a talk on street photography by Ian Boulton.

In the meantime, stay safe and well and hope to see you next week.