An Evening of Flowers and Sundry Delights

The evening of Monday 30th October saw the judging of this year’s entrants for the Maurice Biglin Trophy. This is an annual print only competition held in memory of Maurice Biglin who was a long standing member of the club. One of his particular passions was the photography of flowers, particularly wild flowers hence the subject of flora. Tonight’s judge was Christine Hartley and she had scrutinised all the entries for some time. As it was a print only competition there were less entries than for (say) the Clubman Competition where there are digital images as well as prints. Christine Hartley was not there in person so Peter Wells performed the duties of being her mouthpiece and relayed her comments. These gave an appraisal of each print and provide plenty of positive guidance on how it could be improved or alternative approaches. The subjects for the prints included a wide range of plants from the ordinary to the exotic. After all the appraisals Peter read out her winners and in third place was David Kershaw with “Ragged Robin” and in second place was Sally Sallett with “Clover”. Taking the top spot was ….. Sally Sallett again with “Deadly Nightshade”. Sally’s flower pictures are quite deadly in competitions now! (As a matter of interest this might be the first time all top three spots have been taken by Olympus cameras and micro four thirds sensors). Congratulations to all of them, not just for winning but reminding us all what a wonderful subject flora is. You can see their images below. Why not give it a go in the next year and enter yourselves.

After a break some members of the club gave a rerun of the talks they had presented to York Camera Club just a couple of weeks ago. Nearly every week we have outside speakers showing their work and sharing their thoughts, but we don’t often get chance to see the skills of the club members themselves so this was a wonderful opportunity.

First up was Nigel Hazel with his passion for motorsport photography. He led us the the locations he uses and how good they were for photography and which type of motorsport. Then onto his kit and his reasons for picking it. The meat of the talk, though, was how he goes about getting the image on the day though, amply illustrated with some top notch shots. He showed the value of a bit of simple research to find the best place to locate yourself, the settings and techniques he uses and the (limited) processing he does. It certainly impressed everyone and gave us all some really practical information.

Next was Steve A Wood with a talk on the place of drones in photography. He has been using a drone for some time now and we’ve had chance to see some of the great shots he gets. Steve went through the place of drones in photography and some of the basics of what a drone is, what it can do and the Drone Code of Practice. Just to show that it wasn’t always wonderful Steve went through some of the advantages and disadvantages (including mysteriously ejecting memory cards!). There were plenty of questions which Steve answered whilst his drone was passed round for inspection. A fascinating introduction to a resource which can almost revolutionise the images which can be captured.

The evening was finished off with a talk by David Kershaw looking at part of his photographic journey, going from straight images to the, by now familiar, highly creative and manipulated work. As usual it was all accompanied by David’s amusing and self deprecating commentary. There really was a developmental thread through it all but, whilst the subjects of the images changed, the quality was always there.

In all a fascinating and varied evening where I am sure there was something of interest for each individual. It certainly provided many talking points as people left.

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