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

Club members were given the challenge of submitting an image which portray red with the additional entreaty that it should be interesting.

27 club members rose to the challenge and there was a wide variety of subject matter to view and vote on. Experienced members, Richard Fulcher and George Fewster, gave an appreciation and searching critique of the images displayed.

In the time remaining many of the authors were able to explain what and how they had taken the images which added to an enjoyable evening spent on our favourite virtual conferencing application.

Well done to all members who took part and congratulations to the three winners of the popular vote. Their images are shown here. There was no doubt which was the most striking image. The story telling and meticulous care taken in composing ‘Unrepentant’ shone through. Richard Fulcher’s record of an unusual display item was certainly eye-catching and Barbara Sheldrake’s use of negative space was thought provoking.

1st – Unrepentant by Harry Wentworth LRPS EFIAP BPE5*

2nd – Squashed Red Beetle by Richard Fulcher BPE3*

3rd – Something Red by Barbara Sheldrake

Graham Dean is a Lancashire based photography club member who regularly gives talks on his own patch. This presentation was in two distinct but connected parts. In the first section he took us through the history of photo manipulation since the dawn of our hobby. It would have been revealing to many that so many ‘tricks of the trade’ were applied to images to alter them over the last two centuries. A case in point was the work produced by Henry Peach Robinson in 1858 entitled ‘Fading Away’. Besides the finished image standing up to comparison with modern composites using old-style filters, it was interesting to learn that it was itself a composite of several images.

The second half of the talk illustrated the author’s own efforts to manipulate images to create the effect which he desired often using simple digital techniques available to most amateur photographers. His introductory slide of a sunset taken from his own attic presented with a quotation by neuroscientist, Beau Lotto, particularly struck a chord with those of us using basic manipulation of exposures to create what we saw in our mind’s eye when we took the picture. The camera sensor could not cope with the range of light values in one capture but the use of HDR or merging of similar frames at different settings can create what we intended in the first place.

In all it was a gentle tour through the subject delivered in an agreeable manner by a fellow club photographer.

Tonight, it was the turn of the SIG leaders to tell of the activity of their

Special Interest Groups. These are a new venture for the club, having

only been started in July 2020 at the instigation of Chris Rogers.

SIGs are open to any member and free to join. Their purposes are: - To

provide a forum for members within which they can pursue their

individual interest, improve their photographic skills and compare

experiences with other members with similar interests. They all augment

the members’ club experience within HPIC.

Groups so far established are: Travel, Nature, ‘Scapes, and Portraits and

their activities to night were presented, respectively by Alan Stopher,

Mark Turner, Chris Rogers and Graham Sykes.

The topics discussed, on a monthly basis, by each group, turn out to be

broadly the same: Definition of the genre, the genre’s scope and

limitations, camera craft, composition, post processing techniques and

what makes a great image. To reinforce the theory, assignments are

undertaken to put into practice the lessons learnt in the SIG group


During the meeting each Leader called upon their group membership to

comment on their experiences. All were universally supportive of the SIG

concept and stated that they enjoyed their monthly informal sessions.

They enjoyed the opportunity to discuss, the technical issues they

encountered whilst executing the assignments, with the more experienced

members be it via Zoom, Whatsapp and/or Facebook.

Members felt they were learning a lot and all were looking forward to

implementing their post Covid plans of getting out and about!

The skill levels within the SIG groups range from novice to experienced as

the images below show.

Are the SIGs here to stay? Well, that depends on members continuing

to show an interest and the quality of their contributions – so it really is

down to the members!

Curious? Like to know more? Then go to the members area of the Club’s

website and follow the links to the SIG groups in which you are interested

and join up!

Brian Eastwood - Katmandu Funeral Pyre

Clayton Manhertz - The Trinacle

Barbara Sheldrake - Butterfly Mind

Andrew Greenbank - Long Tailed Tit

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