Last night saw our 2016-2017 season get underway with several potential new members making an appearance. A very warm welcome to you all and hopefully you will become full members in due course. The evening began with Dick Waylen introducing the new committee to the members and followed this up with a detailed explanation of the forthcoming programme. After the break members were shown the new projector and laptop that the club had acquired and comparisons were mde with old set-up. I think the new equipment was a wise buy. This was followed by a showing of some of the images of the 2015 Beyond Group National Exhibition.
PHOTO INSIGHTS eMAGAZINE
For those of you intending to enter PDI competitions the new update for MLSlide is now available for download, this can be found under COMPETITIONS button. Using MLSlide to send your entries to Dick makes his job so much easier. Don't forget the image size is no longer 1024x768px. THE NEW SIZE IS 1400x1050px.
Next meeting Dick will be explaining how to enter club competitions so if you are unsure about anything you will have the chance to ask questions. Below is a short video on how to resize your images using Photoshop.
Many of the members Galleries have remained unchanged for some time now so please could you make an effort to send Colin some new images so that he can update your Gallery. Please resize them as for competitions.
What a result! Last night saw the club involved in the Annual Sudbury Shield competition. 10 clubs were involved with each club submitting 3 Prints and 3 DPI's. The judge for the evening was Mr Harold Mousley who did an excellent job. The Prints were judged first and after totting up the scores Mersea were in 5th Place. After the break the DPI's were judged and we made an improvement on our position. In fact we ended up in SECOND PLACE! We scored a total of 52.5 points out of a possible 60. The winners were Colchester PS with a total of 57 points. Images from Dick Waylen,Barry Weaver,Dave Yardley and Vic Prior represented the club. This was our best result for many years and shows that the club members are now producing some great images. Oh and I nearly forgot....We came top in the DPI's!!
WAITING FOR GOD. - Barry Weaver 8.5
REFLECTIONS ON DECK - Vic Prior 8.5
CANARY WHARF - Dave Yardley 8
DOVERCOURT LIGHTHOUSE - Dave Yardley 8.5
HERON - Dick Waylen 9
FLY WITH WATER DROPLET - Barry Weaver 10
Have you ever been in a situation where you're embarrassed to whip out a selfie stick for an image? Yes? Well, a young man from Japan has invented just what you need.
He's invented 'selfie arms', devices which Mr. Tickle would definitely be proud of. By attaching the phone to a fake hand and using modified selfie sticks to create arm extensions, Mansun from Japan has created an "inconspicuous" alternative for anyone embarrassed by the world seeing them wielding a selfie stick.
He's even made his own shirt with sleeve extensions, to make the 'selfie arms' blend in as much as possible. So, instead of seeing a man with a selfie stick, you just see a man with unnaturally long arms taking images instead.
Photo critiques are a good way of learning more about photography. Unfortunately, with the Internet turning everyone who owns a camera into an “expert” it’s hard to get a really valuable critique. I’ve created this set of guidelines for people who are sincerely interested in learning how to be critiqued or how to critique others. This is not a mandatory list. It’s not all-inclusive. If I didn’t put something on the list, it doesn’t mean I forgot it or that I don’t think it’s important. I have made editorial decisions here based on what I think will be most helpful to my audience. This is just a starting point. It’s a series of guidelines to help me/you critique photographs. It’s subjective, but it can be easily modified to your own tastes.
I look for a solid exposure. I don’t want to see any significant blown highlights or blocked-up shadows.
I look for balance, and visual acuity. I also look for a strong subject, and prefer photos that have a beginning, a middle and end. i.e. images that have depth. There needs to be a place for the eye to enter and exit the image. There should be no merges or intrusions into the frame. I want the horizon level and the vertical lines straight.
I look for backgrounds that are not distracting and that do not take away from the subject. I want images that avoid unfortunate juxtapositions like a tree growing out of the subject’s head.
The main subject, or the important part thereof, should be in sharp focus. For example on portraits of people or animals, the eyes should be in focus. I prefer shallow depth of field.
I look for a story in the image. I want to know (just by looking) what the photograph is about. I ask – does it speak to me? Is there too much or too little information.
6. General technical quality
Does the image suffer from camera shake, color fringing, too much noise or chromatic aberration? Is the white balance correct. Is the image over-processed? Is the color, amount and quality of light right for the image? Are there any distracting dust spots or contrast shifts?
I look for strong, vivid, arresting images. But I also look for them to be meaningful. I value truly beautiful images rather than merely pretty or interesting images.
In the end, how a photograph makes you “feel” is as important as any technical aspect. There’s no right or wrong in photography. There are some reasonably standard best practices, and serious photographers should know these and be able to articulate with specificity why they are ignoring them if that is the case.
Evaluate your own images using this list and see if there’s any room for improvement. That is after all, the reason for doing critiques.
Photos Arranged Side-by-Side to Create Clever Scenes
Upon first glance, the images in art director Stephen McMennamy’s #combophoto project may look like surreal photo-manipulations created using Photoshop. They’re actually the result of a much simpler process.
For each one, McMennamy carefully shoots two photographs and creatively arranges them side-by-side to create imaginative new scenes. Click on image to go to website.
Unfortunately the afternoon visit to Lavenham was called off due to inclement weather which didn't affect many members as only 3 showed any interest in going. Our next planned outing is Landguard Fort, Felixstowe on Sunday 16th August. Meet 2pm at the carpark opposite.
This is your final reminder that the new season's Online competition kicks off in August. The theme is Highways & Byways which covers anything from footpaths to motorways. The competition is being judged by local photographer Chrissie Westgate. We have some rather nice trophies to be won this year.
There is now an MLSlide update available for down load. Click on the following link to download.
As well as the competitions listed you will find initials to whom the file should be sent to. I.E. PP = Peter Pangbourne. CW = Chris Weaver and BW = Barry Weaver.
Please note all Online competition files should be sent to Barry using this email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A dismal turnout for our first meet of the summer break with just 6 members making the effort. Admittedly at 9.30 the skies over Suffolk were quite black but by 11am it was brilliant sunshine. The four members who made it before 11,30 were lucky enough to see two flying displays before lunch with a total of 8 different birds being put through their paces. No doubt we shall see some bird pictures in the competitions next season.
LAVENHAM 26th July
Our next summer meet scheduled for Sunday 26th July with a visit to Historic Lavenham.
Perhaps the most famous of the wool towns, Lavenham once enjoyed such a high standing that in the reign of Henry VIII it was ranked as the fourteenth wealthiest town in England.
The appearance of the town has changed little over the years: half-timbered crooked houses lean impossibly over the narrow streets, while the magnificent Swan Hotel makes a striking feature on our beautiful High Street. The picturesque Market Place is home to the famous National Trust Lavenham Guildhall, Little Hall, as well as a host of shops, restaurants and our excellent Tourist Information Centre.
Lavenham has been described as the "finest medieval town in England" and has more than 300 buildings listed as being of architectural and historical interest. Despite being steeped in history, the town is bang up to date with what it has to offer the modern day visitor.
Meet 2pm at Car Park opposite the church.This meet should yield several opportunities for images for the online competitions such as 'A Dickens of a Tale' - Brown - Highways & Byways - Elements of Architecture. Let's hope more of you can make it this time.
Do’s and Don’ts of using Live View
Here is a usefu article for those of you who have this facility.
9 Composition Techniques to Use to Improve Your Photography
Here is a three minute video that shows some really useful tips on improving your photography.
21st JUNE. SUFFOLK OWL SANCTUARY. STONHAM BARNS IP14 6AT
I would suggest meeting at the Owl Sanctuary about 12 o'clock which would give us time to get aquainted with the place and be in time for the 1pm Flying Display. You can of course arrive earlier in the day and watch the first display and get something to eat at lunch-time. Perhaps bring a picnic if the weather is good.
Admission & Displays
The Sanctuary is also open to the public all year round as a delightful place to visit to watch, study or simply enjoy the company of Owls and other birds of prey.
There are over 80 raptors at the Centre, all housed in spacious aviaries and flying free in narrated flying displays or demonstrations.
You will also find Red Squirrels, the Raptor Hospital, The Barclays Sensory Garden, an information centre about Owls, a woodland walk with bird hide, picnic areas and plenty of activities for children including a mini-maze, adventure frame, chipmunks, the new MeerKat Kastle, plus the famous Owl Barn Gift Shop at Stonham. With the exception of the Woodland Walk during winter, the centre is wheelchair friendly.
The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary is supported by voluntary donations and admission charges from members of the visiting public. Please note that we are WHOLLY RELIANT on these donations and admission charges for the upkeep of the Centre, the welfare of the birds and the funding of our many education, conservation and rehabilitation projects. All monies collected are used only for this purpose.
SUMMER: All-Day Summer "Come-&-Go" Pass (Easter - late September)
Adults £7.50, Seniors £6.00, Juniors aged 4-16 £5.00, Family Group (5) £25
Disabled Visitors as above, carers free.
Children under 4 go free ~ open daily 10 - 5
Summer Event Times
11.00 am Meet The Meerkats
11.30 am Flying Display 1
1.00 pm Flying Display 2
3.00 pm Meet The Meerkats
3.30 pm Flying Display 3
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Pictured below is a close-up photograph of a common household object. Can you guess what it is? Why not leave your answer in the comments below.
Last night, Thursday 28th we were again involved with the Sudbury shield competition which was held at The Village Hall, Long Melford.
11 clubs were involved and the results were as follows.
Alresford 57.5 points
Colchester 57 points
Clacton CC 54.5 points
Glemsford CC 54 points
Lakenheath 53 points
Stowmarket 53 points
Halstead 53 points
Witham 51 points
Meresa 50.5 points
Sudbury 50 .5 points
Braintree 50.5 points
Mersea entries and scores were,
Misty Morning Loch Fyne - Dick Waylen 8
View Of The Shard - Alison Pangbourne 8
End Of The Line - Barry Weaver 8.5
Trio - Barry Weaver 9
Angry Eagle - Chris Weaver 8
Peaceful Homecoming - Colin Tucker 9
I think we put up a fair performance picking up mostly middle of the road marks. Those that scored 9.5/10 were quite outstanding. Sudbury done quite well considering their membership stands at only 10.
HIGHWAYS & BYWAYS
Congratulations to Alison for winning the final round of the Online competition for this season with her stunning image of "Running For The Bus". Alison also picked up a 10 for her second image. Vic Prior also scored a 10 another fine achievement.
Our next meeting on 14th May is a presentation by Liz Cutting ARPS DPAGB and it features Natural History images all taken in East Anglia. I can assure you this will be a good evening!
Congratulations to Chris Weaver for winning the PDI Of The Year and to Dave Yardley for winning Print Of The Year.
Here is a great little video by Jimmy McIntyre showing how easy it is to make colour adjustments to selected areas of your picture.
Welcome to MIPS Blog Page. I shall endeavour to update the blog at least once a week with club news, Tutorials and Great websites which I hope will be of interest to you. You are welcome to leave comments and any tips you think would be of interest to club members.