Keswick Photography Society gave members the task to present “A Panel of Three Prints”, thus providing an opportunity to extend their photography into areas not normally used in competitions in addition to experimenting with new methods.
To start the evening off, Keith Snell presented two panels of three. Firstly, “A Whiter Shade of Pale” with overexposed pictures to give the appearance of the white end of the colour spectrum. These were images of Antarctica, the first containing a solitary penguin, the second with three penguins finding their way home, the third of snow and ice revealing the inner blue of the glacier ice. This presentation was inspired by professional photographer Vincent Munier and London Salon member Hugh Milsom. His second panel entitled “Preening” contained three images of a Mallard, Wigeon and a Swan all in a pose of preening balanced by a blue background.
From the Antarctic to the Artic, the next presentation by Brad Cheek showed a polar bear with ice blocks as a background, an Arctic Fox and a Fulmar flying close to a very calm blue sea using a shutter speed of 1/30th second to give a sense of movement by blurring of the image.
The first of two panels by Richard Jakobsen were samples of his new light painting; autumn leaves back lit by fairy lights, a pot of Dhalias painted with a pen torch and a Christmas bowl with a double exposure to give a blurred outer rim of the bowl and a pin sharp centre. In contrast, his second panel was an impressive monochrome of buildings in London, New Lloyd House, Willis Tower and Leadenhall.
Carol Minks also presented two panels; the first taken in Bulgaria shown butterflies amongst a variety of different flowers and colours, something that would be regarded as “judges bait” in a competition but the settings showed a large copper, a silver studded blue and a marbled white in their natural habitat rather than as a macro image. The second panel entitled “Feeding Frenzy” consisted of fieldfare, starlings and waxwings feeding intensely on rowan berries in Bell Close car park. A marvellous example of what can be photographed close at hand if you look and listen.
Images taken in the Pyrenees, Northern Spain by Ronnie Gilbert were of the endangered species Griffin Vultures in various feeding poses whilst Tony Marsh presented images of a grouse, a ptarmigan showing its change from winter to spring plumage and a black grouse. Tony’s second panel displayed hoar frost in Manesty Woods and Derwentwater with an eye-catching image of the frost lit up by a beam of sunlight near Chinese Bridge.
Monochrome images by Roy Knowles taken on film of a water skier, a motor cycle racer and hound trailing used the effects of blurring and panning to give an emphasis of speed and movement.
Ken Rennie’s panels also comprised monochrome images of churches and views of Ullswater from Gowbarrow at dawn, the Raven being noteworthy. Remaining in the Cumbrian theme, Autumn images of Tarn Howe presented in square mounts and sunlit trees in Ennerdale and Buttermere were produced by John Reed. In addition, Roland Harries presented images of the Northern fells and St. Bega’s Church taken from a gyrocopter.
The wide range of material that was presented included a ballerina by Carmen Norman with a striking inverted image of a black/white tutu, David Rayment’s glider revealing the use of an art filter, whilst David Stephenson’s panel of street artists included an exceptional shot in Edinburgh.
Finally, Tom Stenhouse presented images of abandoned vehicles on the Isle of Harris and a panel of prints of St Marks Square, Venice taken at sunrise, sunset and at night when flood water produced reflections of the buildings. The enjoyable evening demonstrated the large variety of subject matter that can be attempted with a little thought.
The next meeting is our Christmas Dinner at the Borrowdale Hotel and then there is a break until the New Year when on Wednesday 4th January, Carmen Norman LRPS will be presenting “Lake District Moods”. Guests are welcome, the meeting takes place at the Methodist Church Hall on Southey Street, Keswick, CA12 4HH starting at 7.30pm.