My best of the month selection for June
May saw a few club outings, Hazlehead Park in the evening and Glentanar on a saturday. Puffins, bluebells, macro, steamtrains, a wide variety of subjects.
Spring is here, food photography, wildlife and street photography this month. And of course on the 27th we had Grampian Eye 2019 organised by Visions this year. Separate page for that here.
Macro, Still life, Portraits, street seem to have been the themes in March, alternating with travel photos from around the globe.
February saw an outing to photograph squirrels and birds, indoor fun with light bulbs going up in smoke, splashing strawberries and portraits. Earlier we had a cold outdoor shoot doing light trails on the AWPR followed by warming coffee courtesy of Steve at Kippie Lodge.
A hugely varied collection despite being one of the darker and colder months. Some nice collections from Derek Gray, interestingly lit portraits by Kevin Dawson and Martin Harrower, travel photos from Japan from Annette Murty, Spain from Graeme Youngson, club nights from Pamela, etc etc. Click on any of the images to see a slideshow with the photographer’s name underneath.
December was the month when we had a fire spinning outing to the beach, reported earlier. Below a selection of some of the many images posted on Facebook.
A chilly starlit thursday night at the beach saw another fire event with Kevin as the main firebrand, ably assisted by Alan, Michele and Anna.
Burning wire wool, torches for letter writing and sparklers were used. Interesting to see the different versions of the same event, even the colours are sometimes dramatically different.
Thursday 22 November we had a workshop on `Photography using Cross Polarisation organised by Michele Emslie. As you can see this involves using an LCD screen as the light source. This emits polarised light, in other words the light generated by the screen comes out in a narrow angle. We all had polarising filters on our cameras and by rotating these we can block most of the light from the screen so it appears black or a dark magenta (Apple Retina screens).
If we then put a transparent object in front of the screen that has some degree of polarising capability (because of internal stress or molecular structure) the polarised light gets rotated and not blocked anymore by the polarising filter on the camera. Clear plastic things like cups, cutlery, CD case, safety specs all do this to varying degrees, as you can see from the images captured on the night. The different colours are related to the thickness and the stress in the plastic, the light gets rotated more when the plastic is thicker, as it has to travel a longer path.
A few images of club members in action, we had to turn the lights off in the room to avoid reflections and spoiling the colours, hence it was a bit dark apart from the laptops lighting up the room.
We all enjoyed this evening and since this is easy to do once you know how, I’m hoping to see more of these images from our Visionaires. Many thanks to Michele Emslie for organising the evening.