Ooohs, ahhhs and gasps with a little gentle critique and comment; that was last night’s Summer Gems evening. A good turnout of the membership and thirteen contributors made for an excellent evening. The first half began with a proxy presentation from Libby and Chris Middleton with some eye popping nature shots and dreamy landscapes; then Chris Goody took us further north with some of his signature nature shots and an impressive landscape shot of Gibbs Fjord which led to an interesting insight into the use of portrait formatting for landscapes. Geraldine followed up with an image of a Drinker Moth that just happened to drop into her house, some humour with a captive penguin and a great close up of a Walrus taken in the wild.
John Davies brought us back to England with haunting Yorkshire landscapes while John Edge took us to Wales for some early morning and late evening drama. John’s image of Porth Penrhyn Mawr taken after sunset in the afterglow reminded us all that even though the sun has tipped below the horizon there are still dramatic photographs to be had if you’re patient. The first half finished back home with Keith’s photographs taken at harvest time and some notable shots from the Cruckton ploughing match showing that you don’t always have to cross lines of latitude to get some great images.
After much discussion over coffee and custard creams during the break it fell to Lucy to get part two off to a great start. From the Giant’s Causeway to a stunning picture of the canons firing out to sea in Malta the members were treated to some visually interesting and entertaining images which have become her trade mark. Patrick’s photographs were a reflection of his usual high standard but it has to be said that we were all taken by his Per Ardua ad Astra which showed off his talent for capturing the key elements of architecture.
Paul Bolton continued the travel theme taking us first to the north and a lighthouse on the edge of a bumpy airfield and then east to Budapest and some great townscapes. When it came to the Chairman’s turn Paul showed a range of this year’s work from butterflies on buddleia to walking on water in Anglesey. Val stole the show with stunning images of sea birds skimming the waves, a compulsory picture of polar bears this time in captivity and a brilliant action shot from this year’s test match at Old Trafford which I suspect will win a competition or two this year.
It fell to Alan Heath to close the evening which he did in his usual style with three brilliant shots of Australian Native birds and then a side to Alan’s photography we don’t often see: three shots of performers from this year’s folk festival. We had a brief but interesting insight into high ISO photography in difficult conditions which I’m sure will lead to something for a member’s evening in the not too distant future.
Next week is the Dr Deyus Lecture: Carl Wright on “The 10 Stage Digital Workflow” and it’s also the hand in date for the Open Club Competition on the 14th which will be judged by John Hoogerwerf, entertaining evenings in prospect.