28th February 2018 - Chasing the weather with Richard Fox and Feb. comp results

A recent meeting was a talk from Richard Fox - from Bovey Tracey. It's probably fair to say that from the first half of Richard's talk on landscape photography that every single one of his images most peo-ple would have been happy both to have taken and to have hanging on their walls. There was much here to admire and to learn from Richard's presentation. This was a photographer who delivered what he preached. 'An expensive camera doesn't equate with good photographs'. Basically you've got to know what you are doing, be dedicated and to take good landscapes you've just got to know about the weather! For although this was a presentation about landscape photography it was also a lesson in understanding the natural elements - something that was even more important in the second half where Richard explained the science of the rising energy in a supercell of clouds building in middle America - followed by some exciting time-lapse images of tornados. Members might also like to check out Lightroom's panorama facility which Richard explained had been used in many of his landscapes. This was a technology savvy photographer who could control his laptop from his phone but who could also create wonderful and beautiful images - a true photographic artist.
February Competition results
The judge was Peter Hyett from Exmouth.
'At Night' (from 29 images)
1st Diane Rowe for 'Hemyock festival of lights - crayfish procession - a great night time 'carnival-type' image featuring a big but beautiful illuminated crayfish - an image which the judge said sur-passed the one he had seen on Devon live.
2nd Paul Carter for 'Grand Canal and also 3rd for 'Under African skies'
Highly commended went to Debbie Ludgate for 'Banquet of Fire' and Frank Colebrooke for 'Laser Show'.
Also held back were images from Polly Knowles 'Raindrops on my window', Jon Peters 'The Ring of Bells' and 'The steps',Paul Carter 'Bastille Day fireworks' and Andy Howson for 'Durham Lumiere'
'Open' (from 19 images)
1st Rachel Carter for 'Arctic Tern' - the bird brilliantly caught in mid-flight with beautiful detail and interesting angles.
2nd Paul Carter 'Three Cheetahs at dawn
3rd Rachel Carter 'Safely over the last'
Highly commended went to Rachel Carter for 'Elephant sea wearers learning to joust' and Peter El-liston for 'George playing the spoons'.
Also held back were images form Peter Elliston 'Mother love',Rachel Carter 'On the rocks', Polly Knowles 'The Sky Garden London', Nick Farnham 'Coast' and Debbie Ludgate 'Winter