Club Meeting Report, Results of Glyns Autumn Challenge - Tuesday 26th November 2013.

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On Tuesday 26th November, Glyn Trueman, Vice Chairman of the club, presented the results of his Autumn Challenge
"Creative Close-ups of Flowers from Buds to Berries", which could include seeds, fruits and nuts.
The aim was to capture images from unusual angles or to select part of the subject; selectively, focusing and limiting
depth of field or, conversely maximizing depth of field and possibly by using focus stacking. To try different forms of
lighting, e.g. experimenting with off-camera flash, torches and reflectors and if available macro lenses or other close
focusing aids (e.g. close-up lenses, extension tubes or reversing rings).
This provided opportunities for those interested in still life, garden & natural history photography to take new images
for this challenge, to practice and to possibly extend their skills by trying something different.
Participants were also requested to write a short description of their images to include what they were trying to achieve,
what techniques were used in capturing/processing the image, what they had learned from the exercise & what, if any,
improvements they would make.
Glyn has planned three challenges for this year, Autumn, Winter and Spring and the aim of these exercises is to have
some fun, encourage members to develop and diversify their photographic skills, to provide a challenge for those who
want to push themselves, to receive informal feedback on their photography and to help members to improve their
technique.
Twelve members submitted a total of fifty images and the audience were invited to comment on each photograph.
A lot of thought and imagination was given to the challenge; the use of dyes and chemicals on petals, elongation to
create abstract forms, chestnuts and montbretia in stages of development, rowan berries, acorns, teasel heads,
blackberries, poppy buds, a still life of fruit and ‘nuts’ of the metal variety, were all included to great effect.
Authors were encouraged to explain their methods which included the use of a reversing rings, a magnifying glass,
desaturation, high key effects and chemicals.
Glyn awarded the Most Imaginative Images to Davy Bolam, Most Amusing Images to John Barnes and Most Artistic
Images to John Thompson.
He selected his top four images as 1st - Conkers by Dave Bisset, 2nd - Flower Power by Davy Bolam, 3rd - Clematis
Tangutica Seedhead by Sue Dawson, and 4th - Cross Dresser Blue on Yellow by Myra Jackson.
Highly Commended awards went to Dahlia by Jeremy Cooper, Sycamore Seed by Steve McDonald, The last Seed
by Steve McDonald, Flowerscape by Davy Bolam and Black Hamburg by John Thompson.

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Steve McDonald, Club Chairman, thanked Glyn for his excellent presentation and for planning the challenge.
The raffle and coffee followed another great evening at the club.