Photography my way – A talk by Margaret Elliot 

This week at Keswick Photography Society we were treated to a wonderful talk by Margaret Elliott entitled “Photography My Way.”

Margaret is from Dumfries Camera club and has been a photographer for over a decade with DPAGB, EFIAP qualifications. 

Her stunning set of images included Panel of Flower details, which demonstrated her skill with the camera. It showed the amazing colours of a variety of flowers including Orchids. Using a very shallow depth of field to capture the details gave a beautifully artistic and visually stunning panel.

A second panel included B&W portraits.

Margaret spoke about how you can crop an image to improve composition, tips on processing to improve the image and how important it is to look at the detail.

She spoke about how her photography has progressed over the years from darkroom development, digital,  composite pics, textures, to the creation of digital art. She demonstrated the importance of different types of paper and how they can give a different feel to the final image, reminding us to always check the edges of images to make sure you have not cropped too tight.

Showing the same image in both B&W and colour, she asked us to choose which image we preferred  but we found that it was rarely a unanimous answer. It’s very subjective.

In the second half of the evening Margaret showed some wildlife images and again discussed how her photography style had progressed over the years. She gave us some information on how wildlife subjects were captured – eg. using peanuts to attract birds and other small animals.

Margaret reminded us that it is important to enjoy your photography and take your images, your way, for you.  Even if a picture has been done before. she said “But I don’t care They are mine!”

Our first meeting of the season

Alan Walker

Our first meeting of the season was on Wednesday 6th September and was very well attended in our new home in the Quaker Meeting House in Keswick. Members enjoyed a presentation by the Chairman on African wildlife and a number of members showed their winning images from last season’s competitions and explained how they took the shots. A report will appear in the Keswick Reminder on Thursday 14th September.

Carmen Norman

We were extremely pleased to hear the outcomes of the Photographic Society of America international interclub competitions which came out during our summer break. The Society came top of their league in the Nature section and second in the open projected image section. But much more notable was that Carmen Norman’s photo titled The Curtsy was judged as the best image overall from all 130 clubs participating in the open projected image section and Alan Walker’s Kingfisher image was judged the best image overall from the 40 clubs that participated in the Nature section. Congratulations to both of them for their outstanding achievement.

KPS Visit to Drumburgh Moss

On a sunny but windy day a number of KPS members, 12 to be precise, gathered at a nature reserve, Drumburgh Moss.

Drumburgh Moss National Nature Reserve is a site of international importance, dominated by an expanse of lowland raised mire, one of Western Europe’s most threatened habitats. Sphagnum moss, sundew and other bog-loving plants thrive in the wetlands that make up much of the terrain. Curlew and red grouse breed and adders and roe deer are seen.

However, we were there to photograph insects a mixture of Damsel and Dragonflies, Butterflies, Beetles, Grasshoppers, Spiders and Bees.

After days of quite heavy rain, the Reserve lived up to its reputation of being boggy.

Our organiser, Tony Marsh, led us onto the site and then we split up into small groups to find some suitable specimens. Finding such flighty insects and then photographing them in the wind and intermittent bright sunshine was quite difficult and involved quite a lot of fiddling with camera settings and positioning to get an ideal background that complimented the insect. A mixture of camera equipment, telephoto lenses, macro lenses and flash were used. Tripods on the whole were abandoned.

Attire involved a variation of footwear from sandals to wellies, over trousers and waterproofs.

Lunch for some involved a glass of wine and salmon sandwiches, others were happy with a thermos flask filled with coffee or tea and some fairly ordinary sandwiches followed by some fruit.

A good day was had by all and I am sure we will see some of the images on one of our members evenings in the forthcoming season.

It’s a good way of socialising whilst still having photography at the heart of the occasion.

PAGB Inter-Club PDI Championship

The KPS contingent (Keith Snell, Tony Marsh, Alan & Julie Walker) at the PAGB Inter-Club PDI Championship held at Warwick University on Saturday 15th July.

Sad to say we didn’t make the final eight after the first two rounds (missed out by 3 marks out of 200+) – Smethwick PS were eventual winners. In the Plate competition between the remaining 30 clubs, we were placed 4th with 107 (Dumfries CC were the winners with 112). For this, our first outing in the competition (representing the Northern Counties Federation), we were proud of our showing.