Former member Ian Hansen talking about camera technique and its application. The second half of the evening will be a showing of the Summer Assignment

Article and photos by Mal Holmes

 

Thursday 01/08/19

Part 1…

Tonight’s Society meeting was definitely a meeting in two halves… first up, the Society welcomed former-member Ian Hanson, who gave the membership and guests, a talk on ‘camera craft’ from the perspective, of using his full-frame Canon D5, and the importance of choosing ‘Auto ISO’ when using manual settings of aperture and shutter speeds.

Although the members would have liked to see some actual imagery of Ian’s, sadly through to time restraints this was not to be, as showing the membership the images through his cameras LVF, from the front of the hall, was not an ideal vantage point to understand and appreciate the subtleties of the settings being explained…

Part 2…

The long awaited judging, of the SLPS 2019 ‘Summer Assignment’ took place….

On a previous week… the membership were given the opportunity, to pick 4 random letters out of Trevor’s Top Hat… these four letters, would have to correspond with the subject matter of four taken images… but would have to have a chosen theme, running through the series… they would then have to be entered into the ‘assignment’ as a panel, for judging… as easy as that (not).

Much to the Society and the organisers surprise, the final entry count was a fantastic, 28 panels… these were judged by one of our Senior Members… Ted B. who had the unenviable task of whittling the 28 entries down to a final 3, which would then be voted on by the membership in attendance on the night…

You had to be there to appreciate the humour in the room… When Ted would whittle the 28 entries, with a short constructive comment, followed by “Keep” or “Go”…. then at the end, Ted would ask “how many are left?”…. only to find he’d only let go, 2-3… much to the amusement of the membership… with remarks like GAWD… we’ll be here all night… and when he rejected certain members panels… us all hearing “well, you’ll not be getting a pint off me!!!” so much was the light-hearted banter in the room, which made it such an enjoyable evening…

So… onto the final 3…. when the hands-up ballot took place, the scores really didn’t matter… MH took the first place, with letters B/K/Q/V, and his ‘Hands’ theme… close second, was virtual new comer Ann R. with letters E/D/P/W, and whose theme was ‘Flowers’… and following on by -1 point was Irene D. whose letters were B/C/E/K, with the theme of ‘Tesco’s… any of the final 3 could have taken the prize, of a specialised chocolate box from Thornton’s… (see photos)…

A MOST enjoyable and amusing evening was had by all… Nice one Trevor and Paddy (the organisers).

NOTE… it should be said… for all newcomers to the SLPS… ALL photos on the winning panel… were taken using a small sensor ‘compact’ camera, and this should hopefully encourage all levels or beginner members to ‘join-in’ the competitions held by the Society…

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MH’s, 4 panel image (and winner)…. ‘Hands around the City’…. using the letters B/K/Q/V…. From left to right…. Bessy Braddock… Queen Mary… King George V… Queen Victoria… ALL images on this panel… were taken with a small ‘compact’ camera… so no matter what level you are… give our SLPS Competitions a “go”…

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Second place… Ann R’s theme of ‘Flowers’ using the letters E/D/P/W…. from top left going clockwise… Poppy… Euphorbia… Daisy… Wild flower meadow.

 

Third place... Irene D's theme, titled Tesco's... using the letters B/C/E/K... as shown....

Third place… Irene D’s theme, titled Tesco’s… using the letters B/C/E/K… as shown….

 

Trevor who organised this Summer Assignment and provided the magnificent prize!

Trevor who organised this Summer Assignment and gererously provided the magnificent prize!

A magnificent Thornton's chocolate prize, which will no doubt find its way into next weeks half-time cuppa-break...

A magnificent Thornton’s chocolate prize, which will no doubt find its way into next weeks half-time cuppa-break…