Last Monday’s Top Ten Session produced not only some very good images but also some interesting thinking from the four presenters about their approach to photography generally and what they aimed to achieve with their chosen images. An interesting and thoughtful session as shown by these examples:
Suzanne showed her image of her grandchildren against the strong colours of urban graffiti “When my grandchildren visit from their farming life in rural Northumberland for sleepovers at Nana’s they love the A1 underpass experience!
This is a walk which takes in a housing estate, open fields and an underpass which has the most amazing ‘Banksy’ type wall art – they love it and so do I!!!”
In contrast, Bob’s presentation reminded us how much we can learn by studying the images of other photographers. He says “we often respond to photographs in an inarticulate way. They are capable of capturing the essence of something which is almost impossible to put into words. So it is with this photograph by Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen.
The space-hopper places it in a particular time frame but the energy of the unknown child allows us to consider the optimism and hope of all children dreaming of the possibilities and adventures in their future lives. The child may be looking across at the soon to be demolished houses but she already knows that they are not to do with her. She will have a very different life .”
Writing about her work which documents the last months of old Byker, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen said “I roamed around the streets by day and hung about by night: chasing my heartbeats,stumbling in and out of other people’s lives; striving to share my excitement through photographs where words would fail me”
Steve showed us a number of images from his bird watching trips. He says “I took this photo on a holiday in May last year on the Greek island of Lesvos. We enjoy bird watching but I am frustrated by the inability of my 250mm lens on my Canon 450D to take photos of birds which appear bigger than pinpricks on the image.
This middle spotted woodpecker chick in a tree beside a road enabled me to get reasonably close but my lens didn’t look much compared with those of the ‘twitchers’ camped beside the tree. Again the bird was a tiny spot but the bark of the tree was such a nice texture that it enhanced the small birds image when I cropped it down and sharpened it a bit. I received some good advice from Ian after the meeting, about using a 1.5 multiplier to enhance my existing lens at a much cheaper price than buying a bigger lens.
Thanks to Suzanne, Bob and Steve for these examples from their presentations.
Perhaps a key message from last Monday’s session is that the real value of sharing our work within the Club is not just learning about the “how” but also to understand the “why”. So how about scribbling a few lines about one of your own images and we can publish it in the Journal?. Gary