Two meetings - members show their images and printing tips

The most recent two meetings of the camera club were given to members presenting their new images or providing technical photographic advice.
Polly Knowles and Diane Rowe presented images from when hey had both visited Exeter's Pride event in the summer and returned with some rainbow-coloured images of this celebratory event.
The images included many extrovert characters and even official vehicles such as police cars dressed in gay pride colours. This was followed by images of this year's goddess festival in Glastonbury where Polly followed the procession of brightly coloured delegates to the top of the tor for a celebration.
This was followed by an unusual presentation from Peter Elliston of a project that absorbed him during the summer. He showed how a shadow on a blind in Killerton inspired a range of dark and sinister images which could be viewed as film posters.
Sanity was restored by Paul Carter - well of a kind. He showed how he had renovated his garden over a period of time to create a pond which would invite wildlife which he could then photograph. Obsession comes in many forms and this was a tale of multiple JCBs and long nights and broken sleep waiting for dragonflies to hatch. But it came with rewards as his video images of a dragonfly emerging from its casing and then flying off were tremendous. He followed this with shots from a recent wildlife excursion to Hungary where he presented some excellent shots of owls, kestrels, and European rollers as well as several other species.
Ted Strawson later showed us a fine set of mounted prints mainly from a photographic holiday in France but also some studio work.
This was a pretty packed evening demonstrating the range of interests and talent in the club.

The next meeting was a review of some of the steps photographers can take to create good prints and then mount them - either for personal use or for photo competitions. This was led by Paul Carter and Peter Elliston
The evening was could pitched so that it was suitable for those with very little knowledge of printing or those who wanted to expand their knowledge and at the same time try not to be too technical. If members could leave feeling that they had heard about something new in relation to how they printed or could go away and investigate their own printing systems, then the evening would be successful.
Paul had prepared a series of screen shots to illustrate how to calibrate a computer monitor so that colours are displayed correctly. This was followed by input on printer settings which was followed up by a section on why choosing different papers are suitable for different images.
After the break Frank Colebrooke provided some visual entertainment by showing us something completely different - inkjet printed scarves modelled by Diane Rowe and Rachel Carter
Then followed a demonstration on how to mount a print using the Longridge system.