Fwd: What’s On – Monday 9th October

Subject: What’s On – Monday 9th October

I’m sure some of you will have taken some photographs of the Harvest Moon, a couple of evenings ago. It was a clear night and a shame not to have a go. If anyone took any good ones, which they’re not keeping secret for a competition, please bring them in on a memory stick so we can all have a look and discuss them. A simple subject, so what could go wrong? – Lots. Exposure, focus, movement, light pollution, clouds, etc. If you didn’t, while the moon is still quite large, have a go tonight and see what you get.

For Monday evening, we will be looking at things that can go wrong and a few ways to put them right. One trap we all fall into, time and time again, is the dreaded ‘holiday snap’ – where we try to capture everything about a destination or venue, in one image. While we’re there, we feel the atmosphere and we’re familiar with everything about the place. Unfortunately, the camera doesn’t capture all that – just the ‘views’, which can mean little to other people.

Part of what we’ll be discussing on Monday evening is how we can try to find an interesting image within some of these photographs, so please have a look through yours and put a few on a memory stick and bring them in. Together, we’ll try to find the picture within the image recorded by your camera. With modern digital cameras, the file size is usually large enough to allow this and a competition-worthy image can be produced using only a sample area of the whole file. So much so that it is quite a good idea to zoom out (or step back) and crop later. We may even have some moon shots.

WHAT NOT TO FORGET – entries for the Brian Pulman Black & White Competition. That’s the usual (up to) 2 prints and (up to) 3 digital images. For new members, if you’re not sure about this jargon, please ask.

ALSO – bring a few of your images which we can project onto the screen and try to help you find an image in there somewhere which may be competition worthy.


Brian Crossland