Excellent talks acclaimed by members
A new season gets underway
Sidmouth Photographic Club began a new season of socially distanced events this year online and in small groups to keep safe. The first annual internal competition was judged by Brian Northmore a professional Plymouth based landscape and nature photographer, and some of the winning images can be seen In the 2020/21 Competition Winners section
The members have also been treated to a number of fascinating and varied talks in the weekly online meetings. Most recently, Adrian Harris and Richard Sercombe from Exeter CC gave an inspiring “double bubble” joint presentation on multiple topics such as creative manipulation and pole photography and you can see two images above.
Adrian is a published author and retired occasional professional photographer who enjoys nothing more than inventing new and ingenious techniques and gadgets to attempt a wide range of different photographic genres to great effect. His instructive debrief on a project he undertook to photograph an old tractor at night was full of useful tips and gear for multiple off camera lighting sources. He also showed the fantastic different perspective he achieves with the use of a home made pole camera to take high level views of familiar subjects and land marks.
Richard is a professional graphic designer who has a passionate interest in all things photographic and uses his artistic training as a point of difference in the very creative and artistic photographs he makes. His talk, "How to waste many hours of time in pursuit of something different" gave a fascinating insight into the imaginative and
artistic world unlocked by the medium of digital image files, Photoshop, meticulous attention to detail and immense patience.
Another great speaker we heard from in past weeks was American Jay Myrdal, who talked about the innovative techniques he used in a truly extraordinary career as a professional commercial photographer creating many special effects readers would recognise from films and advertising of the time, before modern digital technology was available. It was so interesting to hear Jay speak with such passion about his career and achievements and to see how things have changed unrecognisably in some ways but equally how familiar many of the challenges still appear today.
Secretary, Mike Hawkridge said, “The online meetings give access to such excellent speakers and members can enjoy the presentations from the comfort of their own homes. Some members like to get involved with questions and comments and for others it is enough to sit back and enjoy. That is one of the advantages, everyone can do what they feel most comfortable with. ”