Pleasure in Printing
Anne Swearman, ARPS, DPAGB, EFIAP, PPSA, a member of the Whitley Bay Camera Club for thirty years, presented a diverse series of prints at our last meeting. A seasoned presenter, she described herself as an early adopter of technology, and has created a completely new show for this season. Anne carefully described the techniques that she used for each image, and also the critiques of the judges - some were more complimentary than others! - with humour and humility.
Starting with a series of coastal images, Anne talked about how she enhanced light and shadows in sunsets, seascapes and landscapes. She went on to show some River Thames waterscapes, and some architectural shots. She explored the challenge of low light photography in churches and museums, and included an image of the stairs in Tate Britain, which was one of her personal favourites. She went on to further explore composition in landscape photography, recounting that she often takes her picture standing in the middle of a beck.
After a break for tea, Anne showed a series of monochrome prints, and talked about the use of post-processing filters. Her favourite is the Google Nik software suite, which is now freely downloadable and provides a good starting point for creating a memorable image. She showed how photo-manipulation can improve a composition with a view looking up a spiral staircase - with extra spirals added at the top! Pictures of the Beamish open air museum and then Northumberland landscapes followed, capturing the rurality and a feeling of space, the mood change of sun through clouds onto the rolling hills and valleys.
She then moved on to Scotland, patches of light creating patterns on the surface of lochs, and stunning cloud formations. She concluded with some macro shots and some surreal photo montages. Anne demonstrated a diversity of styles with enthusiasm and candour. She finished with a useful quote for any photographer: "do it for yourself and enjoy what you do”.
On the 19th October, the club held a workshop on long exposure flash photography, led by Carmen Norman. By the end of the session, club members were lying on the floor in the dark, photographing a radio controlled car with headlights moving across the hall. Several visitors came to this workshop, and commented on how much fun we were having!
Next week, Jack Bamford judges the Society’s second competition of the season. Our meetings take place at Southey Street Methodist Church Hall, Keswick, CA12 4HH on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 p.m. You will be most welcome to join us.