Photography: last month

June meeting

We were 13 at to-day’s meeting. Thank you for your support.

The June competition theme was “Floral” and we had 20 entries. Ken took top honours with “Blue Perfection” (25 pts.), Carol’s “Apple Blossom Time” (17 pts.) was second and Judith’s “In the Pink” (15 pts) was third. Well done to all who entered. Glynne gave his Highly Commended award to Ken’s ”Paradise beauty” while Dennis awarded his to John Franklin’s ”Field of Remembrance”.

Next month our theme is Blur/Bokeh/Motion and I will send you a YouTube link in a couple of days to clarify what we mean by those terms, but we are looking for a creative use of blur. Please don’t let the idea put you off entering, it will be a good exercise for all. Additionally, 6 of you “volunteered” to bring 10 images of your choice on a memory stick for us all to appreciate. You are not expected to say more about them than you wish but, hopefully, they will promote some discussion in the group.

Glynne gave us a very comprehensive run down of what shooting in RAW can do for your images. Detail impossible to recover from faulty jpeg shots was easily rescued in a RAW format editor, and detail enhancement by use of the sharpening tool has to be seen to be believed. His handout is a very good summary of the advantages that working in RAW can provide. Give it a try if you have the possibility. It's the best way to maximize the quality available from your camera.

Don’t forget John Franklin’s comments about the James Maude Camera Club’s annual exhibition at the Mansfield Museum (on till July 7). The wider your exposure to other people’s work the better the photographer you will be.