The latest news from our recent club evenings and events or any other items of interest.

This evening was a challenge for members in more ways than one!

We met in the town centre on a showery evening with 18 members braving the weather,

which had clear skies one minute and very heavy rain showers the next.

Members were given an envelope containing instructions and a colour card. The

challenge was to take an image which contained all or part of the given colour, to stay

within the inner ring round and all images to be taken on the night.

After members had identified and taken their two images or more, a quick retreat to one

of the local pubs found members enjoying a pint or two and company which we have

missed for so long.

It will be interesting to see all the images taken on the second part of this event in a few

weeks’ time.

On a fine, warm evening 24 members assembled to walk the canal through Slaithwaite and to take pictures. The turnout was no doubt boosted by the prospect of actual meeting friends for the first time in quite a while. A bonus was that three new members arrived to introduce themselves. The strong evening sunlight and deep shadows made for some tricky exposures and there was much muttering about HDR and the like. Later in the summer we’ll see some of the results. Two captures are attached – the first including some recognisable HPIC members and the second portraying a quiet evening stroll along a wooded section of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.

HPIC members on the outing

Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Shrimps that pack a punch with such force as to crack the glass of lenses, creatures with the most potent venom known to man, the sleek outlines of a giant Manta Ray gliding overhead, the vivid colours of life in a coral reef: These were some of the extraordinary images and tales regaled to members last night by Phil Medcalf, BSoUP in his talk “From Dome Ports to Deco Stops”.

Members could marvel at Phil’s images of the magical colours of wildlife caught underwater with the aid of encased cameras, macro and or wide-angle lenses aided by spotlights, in exotic locations such as the Philippines and the Red Sea. Phil gave us an inspiring insight into a new (for some) and exciting world under the sea, describing the physical constraints faced by underwater photographers, the equipment required to overcome the limited and filtered light in a watery world. The photographic equipment and accessories required cannot come cheap. However, Phil’s company (Alphamarine Photography Ltd.) exists to help both the novice and experienced choose the kit best suited to their needs and to provide training in its use.

Are you up to the challenge?