This picture has been fiddled. I call it “Ghost Train”.
Once again Richard and Malcolm have been successful with their entries for the Midlands Counties Audio Visual Championships or Midphot AV which took place in Burton on Trent on 27th January. Malcolm won M.C.P.F Ribbons for “Whispers Linger” and “Love Will Remain”. Richard won the Tom Prince Memorial Trophy and M.C.P.F Medal for “In Search of Christina”. He also won the Martin Fry Trophy for the audience vote for the same AV.
Well done to both as putting together an AV takes hours of work.
Richard has been on the holiday he won in Italy and has begun to show some of the pictures he took whilst he was there. Lake Garda is very photogenic place so maybe if you can win prizes like that we all ought to have a go at producing an AV and entering it for competitions.
On Friday January 26th we welcomed back one of our regular visitors; Patrick Hickey with his talk “For the Want of a Title”. Patrick is a member of both Aston and Erdington PS and Smethwick PS and a well known exhibitor in national and international exhibitions. He showed a wide variety of projected images, broken down into themed groups and explained in detail how each picture came to be taken. Although we saw subjects ranging from landscapes, urban environments and even a few nature shots, the predominant theme was portraiture. Patrick is very much at home in the studio and likes to create most of his pictures in the camera, though he does do a few montage type images in Photoshop when the mood takes him. He emphasised that to get good pictures of models planning is essential. Thinking about props, lighting and backgrounds in advance contributes very much to the final success of the pictures. Particularly intriguing were the long exposure shots where the model was sometimes moving and sometimes still, which gave a dream-like quality. All in all, a most interesting talk which contained much inspiration for anyone aspiring to get involved in studio photography.
Written by Richard Brown
If you didn’t come to the quiz you missed the opportunity to win some excellent prizes donated by Calumet. The winners chose from a camera bag, a tripod, remote camera flash controls, photo paper and other things. Well done to the chairman for devising an interesting set of questions that were educational as well as varied.
For example did you know that there is a blue plaque to Emma Barton in Hartopp Road? As part of their new house on the Four Oaks Park Estate, George and Emma Barton ensured that it should include a dark room. Emma had already begun taking pictures when they lived in Wishaw, and by the time they moved in to their new house with their four young children in 1900, she was already making a name for herself as a photographer. In 1903 Emma Barton was awarded the Royal Photographic Society Medal, the most prestigious award in the world for photography! Wow
Her work was published in Sunlight and Shadow: The Photographs of Emma Barton 1872-1938.
This blue plaque was the first one to be put up in Sutton Coldfield.
Information and photographs relating to Emma Barton are held in the reference section of Sutton Library.
Does anyone else know any other interesting facts about Sutton that relate to photography?
Many people have asked why we haven’t run our annual “Judges and Speakers dinner” this year. It has been missed as we were the only club to do such a thing to say thank you to all our highly valued visitors. If you want us to run it again next year we need your support in setting it up, providing the food and attending. It is a good occasion to get to know the people who come to speak to us or judge our competitions and it provides them with the opportunity to chat to each other on a social basis.
We need to publicise the club to let people know that we exist, when we meet and what we do. We can do this by putting up posters in local community centres, shops, libraries, people’s work canteens or any other suitable place you can think of.
If you live near somewhere that has a community noticeboard could you take responsibility for putting up posters or distributing leaflets on a regular basis. Some shops change the posters on their notice boards every few weeks so if you go there on a regular basis you can ensure that our poster is regularly replaced.
Three of a Kind Competition
Entering panels of pictures is hard work, especially if you enter all six of the possible entries. Finding three images that form a balanced unit is a great skill but boy is it worth it. Something happens when you get it right. The three images together enhance each other and the final result can be so much better than one picture by itself.
The competition was also helped by the positive and humorous judging style of John Hartshorne. As well as being well known to many members of the club his enthusiasm for encouraging people to improve their skills and knowledge in photography shines through in the way he judges. He seemed to be very impressed with the quality of the panels produced this year.
1st Old Moseley Baths John Cresswell
2nd Chapterhouse Vaulting John Cresswell
3rd The Race Alan McCormick
HC Steam Giants Dave Cooke
Birmingham Painted Bricks Dave Cooke
C Graffitti Alan McCormick
Ballboys John Cresswell
Rock On Dave Ballantyne
Be My Valentine Catherine Nicholls
Aldbourne Cottages Richard Brown
1st Stained Glass Detail Dave Cooke
2nd Holy Light Richard Brown
3rd Into Battle Dave Cooke
HC Slipway 2 Catherine Nicholls
Sunset on the Rocks Catherine Nicholls
C Big Steam Catherine Nicholls
Irish Arches Richard Brown
Cutty Sark Rigging John Cresswell
1st John Cresswell
2nd Paul Stokes
3rd Alan McCormick
4th Dave Ballantyne
1st Dave Cooke /Catherine Nicholls
3rd Ian Dean
4th John Cresswell
Photo tips and how to use them.
Whilst on one of my regular visits to Penzance I saw a photo very similar to the one I took of a wreck on the beach in Mount’s Bay. Apart from the fact that the picture was taken on a sunny day I was wondering why St Michael’s Mount looked so much bigger in the image. I also noticed the same effect when people were taking similar pictures of the Super Moon that occurred recently so I’ve had to do a bit of research to extend my knowledge of the way lenses work.
More experienced photographers probably know this already but for us relative newcomers this is what I found out.
Objects shot close to a wide angled lens look larger relative to more distant objects. Distant objects look small and further away. Telephoto distortion can be seen in images shot from a distance using a long lens focus. These lenses have a narrower field of view than a normal lens and therefore closer objects are abnormally small and more distant objects are abnormally large. Distances are compressed.
Taking pictures with a wide angled lens can allow you to get nearer to your subject, but this lens can foreshorten or distort an object. Taking a picture of a long nosed dog will produce a picture with a very large nose relative to its face. Do the same thing with a lens with a narrower angle of view and the nose appears to be smaller relative to the face.
This effect explains why shots taken with a telephoto lens of the Super Moon show an enormous moon relative to the horizon.
Some experts say that you can obtain a similar effect by cropping a wide angle picture to contain the same content as a picture taken with a telephoto lens whilst standing in the same position thus proving that the effect is an optical illusion.
Now I have a problem because I now have to take some pictures of my friend’s dog to prove my theory. The additional problem will be to get the depth of field right so that the whole face is in focus. If I succeed the pictures will appear below.
Well Pearl wouldn’t stay still so this isn’t a brilliant picture. It was taken very close to with a wide angled lens, (an SP 10-24mm 1:3.5-45).
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Photos (by Steve West) from our open day held on the 1st of October 2016