Very few things in life are black and white, but one thing is certain, and that's the theme of monochrome that's become a regular fixture in our club's calendar.
Some of the greatest photographs have been taken without colour. Monochrome can transform an image into something dramatic; it will accentuate features and focus attention far more that a colour photo can.
The date of the meeting is 16th April and once again we'll be holding it via Skype. An email with a link to the meeting will be sent to all members on 16th April. Here are Instructions on how to set up Skype and join the meeting.
Please submit your monochrome and Image of the Month photos by noon on 16th April.
This month's meeting was an experiment - not able to meet in person, members attended from their own homes using Skype and viewed images on the theme of 'Atmosphere' shared by the Chairman from his desktop. Everyone joining in felt it worked very well - possibly due to having drinks close to hand...
The positive outcome is encouraging as it gives us confidence to hold future meetings this way whilst the current restrictions are in place, and keep the impetus of the club going. One member told us that another photo club of which he's a member has simply stopped all its activities, a great shame.
Many interpretations of the theme were explored in this month's submitted images: the spooky (Gothic gateway and a churchyard), the brooding (New Zealand and Welsh mountains), the smelly (sulphurous springs in Iceland), the relaxing (Barbados!) and literally the atmosphere (aurora). As we looked at the photos of landscapes and gatherings of people there were many wistful sighs.
However, in a month of firsts for the club, this was the first time we had a three-way tie for the favourite image: Cold War Warrior by David Kallmeier, Fog in Venesia by Tony Teague and Star Trails Over Tignes by Paul Lewis - all shown below in that order.
All but one of the photos entered into the Image of the Month category were taken outside members' homes and gardens. This was a last hurrah as there's a good chance that proportion will be reversed next month.
So, we enjoyed pictures as diverse as Harrods at night, an historic warship in Chatham, a herd of deer moving majestically across the lawn at Chatsworth and a pile of railway carriage seats.
The members' favourite photo was of a Great Tit taken by Adrian Chandler from the hide by the lake at Coombe Abbey.
West Haddon Photo Club Invitation
West Haddon Photo Club wants to do its bit to keep up the spirits of the people of West Haddon, and those further afield, who have access to the West Haddon Live (WHL) Facebook group, by setting a challenge for everyone with any kind of camera.
Post a photo to WHL, taken between the 3rd and 10th April, of a bird seen from your home, or during any outing from your home allowed by the current restrictions.
The photos will not only be enjoyed by members of WHL - the most popular ones will be uploaded to this website, where they can be viewed together. We're encouraging members of WHL to like the photos which appeal most to them. The photo with the greatest number of likes will be deemed the favourite image.
If we get a good response we'll set some more challenges!
Good luck and happy snapping!
Sadly we had to postpone last month's Technical Meeting - a talk by John Kilby on Monochrome. Instead, after the success of running March's meeting via Skype, we believe it is still possible to give members some help in producing monochrome images.
So we will be holding a session via Skype on "Monochrome Using Lightroom". The intention is to offer help and guidance on importing RAW files into Lightroom and then, showing workflows by screen-sharing desktops, how to convert images to monochrome and get the best out of them using the powerful controls available in Lightroom.
This virtual session will take place on Thursday 9 April 2020. We suggest you log in to Skype at around 7.00 pm with a view to starting at 7.30 pm or as soon as everyone is logged on. If you require some assistance please refer to these instructions.