Below a small selection of images posted by Visions’ photographers:
Last month a few of us wandered around Footdee, the old fishing village of Aberdeen. To make things more challenging we were handed a brief to take foto’s fitting the following categories: Action, history, colour, texture, different perspective. Here are a few of the shots that members posted on Facebook:
Alan Meek reached 12th place in the AP competition this week (june 26 2018) with his shot of an Osprey catching a trout. Here is a slightly bigger version:
On the 7th of June Visions organised a wee trip to RSPB Fowlheugh Reserve at Crawton, just south of Stonehaven. Thousands of seabirds nest here on the steep cliffs, mainly razorbills, kittiwakes, guillemots, fulmars and still a few puffins. As puffins are cute and colourful they are a popular bird to photograph.
Puffins only come ashore to breed and make their nests in burrows on cliff tops. This protects the young from airborne predators, but makes them vulnerable to predators like rats, cats etc. They spend the rest of their lives out at sea. Puffins mainly feed on sand eels, which seem to be less abundant in this area possibly due to the warming of the seawater or overfishing in the North Sea. This has led to a decrease in puffin numbers, but we still found a few who were eager to pose for a few environmental portraits.
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Kevin organised a brilliant evening on the beach to demonstrate his fire spinning skills. An unprecedented number of Visionares turned up near the Beach Ballroom armed with with cameras and tripods. Basically Kevin stuffs some fine wirewool in a whisk attached to a piece of string. He lights the wirewool with a small battery and swings the whisk around. It is advisable to stay well clear as the sparks fly a considerable distance. Not that impressive to see in real time, but when it is dark enough and you take a long enough exposure (10 secs or so) the resulting image is quite spectacular. Below a small selection culled from Facebook. Fascinating to see the different shots that were posted up.
It took a while to get dark enough, so there was a bit of talk amongst yourselves before the fireworks started.
Someone suggested we used the Beach Ballroom as a backdrop, very effective.
Later the action moved to the tunnel under the road which produces a nice rectangular frame.
On Thursday 19th July we had an indoor practical session with the new lights and backdrop.
The first group were photographing still life/flowers.
The second group were trying their hand at portraits. Needless to say this group was the most fun and soon everyone had gravitated over to that side of the room.
The models (aka club members) were many and varied:
We had Adorable Anna…..
Talented Tony. . . .
Crazy Kevin – (he’s not really, but it was better than Kinky which was the only K adjective I could think of!)
Mysterious Michele.. . . .
and no doubt the star of the show…….
Cool Clive. . . .
We had a lot of fun – and after a lot of practice even managed some levitation!!
Suspended Stella. . . .
On Thursday 30th March, we had a real treat – well lots of treats really. Diane from Jotolio Photography came along to teach us about food photography. We were all invited to bring along some food to photograph and we excelled ourselves. There was everything from a wonderful cake with glazed fruit on top, to chocolates, eggs with fluffy chickens, tropical fruit, etc.
Diane started with a presentation showing us just what is possible when photographing food. The photos she showed us were stunning and very inspiring.
You can see some of them here: http://jotolio.com/food-photograph/
Diane reminded us that this type of photography is totally under our control. The food is not going to move and the lighting isn’t going to change. We can take our time and be as creative as possible.
She invited us to think about Why, What and How.
Why are we photographing the food: is it the colour, the form, the story or to make a statement?
What should we put in the photograph and what should be left out? In particular careful consideration needs to be given to the background.
How should we take the photograph? We were encouraged to be creative and to have fun, to play with bouncing light, using card and foil.
Black backgrounds work really well with bright food, but be careful the food doesn’t leave a smudgy mark!
Colour is important with food and photographs should not be oversaturated. The food needs to look appetising. Coloured plates can add to the photograph, but if the same colour is used it must be exact or it will clash.
The general rules of photography work just as well for these food photos:
Where is the eye drawn to and is it to what you hoped would be the main focus of the picture?
Decide how to present the food – would it look better cleaned up, cut up or broken up?
Use a small depth of field to separate the elements of the picture.
Decide how much of the image to show, use reflections and shadows.
Consider if you want to present a story or create a drama and use background props to show this.
Try different camera angles, crop your photos.
Look for or create patterns.
Consider composite images e.g. add smoke
Consider using a simplified colour palate e.g. use green and pink, purple and green etc
Consider the lighting – use back lighting or a perspex sheet and light transparent objects from underneath.
After the talk we had a great time working our way around the hall photographing the lovely food that had been brought in.
The eggs and little fluffy chicks proved a popular subject.
Needless to say some of the arrangements changed somewhat over the course of the evening
and there was definitely less food went home than was bought in. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
The Stones of Blood
‘It was wonderful to go to the Church and see its magnificent stone circle lit up as I was approaching. Such superb use of lighting reflecting on the 4,000 year old stones’.
Elspeth McKay Minister of Mid Mar and Echt Parish Churches.
On a mild winter’s night we made the trip out to an ancient place of worship, The Stones and Kirk of Midmar, where there was also a graveyard to get creative with. Continue reading “Visions’ Visit to Midmar Stones and Kirk”
This collection of points on critiquing photos is courtesy of various experts on Google. Because of copyright issues, I have had to replace the photos used in my original club presentation with those from our own members. The ones used to illustrate poor technique I take full responsibility for!
What is a critique?
- A critique is not a criticism – it is a detailed analysis and assessment of something.
- A critique is not an opinion.