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

Award-winning photographer Roger Hance joined us on Zoom to give us an engaging and beautifully presented talk on how to take pictures of wildlife on our doorsteps.

Besides seeing some wonderful images taken within the bounds of his suburban garden, we learnt about the techniques he used to create his pictures and then capture them using the latest technology. From simple hides to sawn off rotten fork handles, hand-made moth trap to a table top ‘pond’, Roger demonstrated his ingenuity in setting the scenes to be captured. The lens, focal lengths and camera settings were indicated as image overlays so that we could all take something away from his presentation. Roger had recently made the change from Canon full frame to Olympus micro fourth-thirds in order to significantly reduce the weight of his equipment. He demonstrated the benefits of some of the characteristics of the new technology such as in-camera focus-stacking and the amazing Pro Capture setting which enables a rolling series of 14 images to taken from the moment the shutter is half depressed. All of the 45 members present would have learnt something from this professional and well-paced presentation.

Patterns in Nature was this month's monthly challenge subject. In all 27 authors entered and presented a range of interpretations on the set subject for the evening.

James and Sue provided a double act critique with some insightful comments and suggestions for the authors. It was great to see a diverse range of work presenting the nature at it's best when so many of us likely walk by these naturally occuring phenomena every day taking for granted the world around us. It also shows just how much is available to keen photographers within the vicinity of their gardens or the local area.

The votes were counted and the winners of the February Challenge were as follows:

1st Place: Richard Fulcher - Barrel Cactus

2nd Place: Barbara Sheldrake - Blooming Patterns

3rd Place: George Fewster - Dandelion Seeds

Richard Fulcher - Barrel Cactus
Barbara Sheldrake - Blooming Patterns

George Fewster - Dandelion Seeds

What a night! Bob Given truly entertained club members last night as he

presented his talk on Sports Photography. He showed us some dramatic

images from a wide variety of sports from rugby to table tennis all of

which reflected his passion for this genre of photography.

What made Bob’s talk extra special were his anecdotes relating to either

details about, the sports person featured or the situation on the ground

on the day or both.

Additionally, he gave tips on post processing: how to deal with noise

associated with high isos, useful features of Nik software, the camera

settings, composition, personal positioning, timing and angle of view and

much more.

We learnt “it is not as easy as it looks”, “If you can see it in your

viewfinder you’ve missed it”, the importance of capturing facial

expressions and the importance of being nice to the people you meet.

Images: Lineout Mayhem, Third Change, All Hands, Aussie Rules


Bob Given - Line Out Mayhem

Bob Given - Aussie Rules Cruciform

Bob Given - Third Change

Bob Given - All Hands