This Friday 12th February 2016 is the judging of Hoylake Photographic Society's latest monthly competition with a theme of "Pictorial". The judging will be carried out on the night by our guest Ian Stewart ARPS, DPAGB. This is the last time that "Pictorial" will be used as a theme as it's being dropped by the club for the foreseeable future. If like myself you produce photographs which are pictorial in nature then you can always enter them into the "Open" competition when it comes around.
If you want to see the pictorial images that club members have produced in prints and projected digitally then we meet at Newton Village Hall, Granger Cross Lane, West Kirby. The doors will be open at 7.30 pm for a 7.45 pm start and a 10 pm finish. You don't have to be a member to attend as non members are welcome paying only £2 on the door.
Last Friday evening club members enjoyed a practical demonstration of "High Speed Flash Photography" led by George Franks. George opened the evening with a short digital presentation explaining the setup and camera / flash settings used to capture some stunning "still life" shots if you could call playing with coloured water, dropping vegetables into tanks of water or photographing smoke from a joss stick still life.
George then explained his four different simple setups using his own equipment which were placed around the hall, allowing the members to have a go themselves with George on hand to offer guidance. It was amazing just how simple the technique was and what could be achieved with a camera, tripod, black backing board, water and one off camera flash. It's certainly a perfect way to photograph at home during the dark Winter months and the action frozen in time by the flash gave us some stunning results.
Below are some photographs from the evening which are self explanatory and I'm confident that the charity shops will soon have a rush on unwanted glass fish tanks.