Members Evening – Around The Table

On Wednesday 13th November 2019, Dunchurch Photographic Society hosted a practical evening of technique demonstration with several club members sharing their skills and expertise during a fascinating and engaging evening. It was an opportunity to look, see and practice in what seemed to be a very well received event. 

After an overall introduction to the evening, each presenter summarised the topic of their demonstration. 

Table 1 – Tony Timmins

Tony was demonstrating various bits and pieces with Lightroom and Photoshop Elements, including the topical subject of re-sizing images appropriately for submission as Projected Images for exhibition or competition. 

Table 2 – Ken Monk

Ken’s demonstration involved water coloured with food dye and dripping liquid from a homemade drop tank (with tap) into a Pyrex baking dish. The premise of this demonstration was how to photograph the dripping water drops and the ripples made. Ken’s equipment included flash lighting and snoods. 

Table 3 – Tony McMaster

Tony’s demonstration also involved water; this time in a glass tank. The object here was to capture images of various objects as they landed in the water, displacing it as it reached a certain depth. This sounds more complicated when reading about it than actually it needs to be in practice! 

Objects that were photographed during the evening included ‘fake’ ice cubes, strawberries, a satsuma and a lemon. All of the different shapes and textures made for very different types of image patterns. 

Tony was shooting ‘tethered’ and wireless during his demonstration, which included the use of a laser beam trigger to enable capturing the moment of ‘splash’ without having to ‘machine gun’ multiple exposures per second. This latter would have been my technique before seeing Tony’s demonstration!

It was fair to say that Tony’s set up included some quite expensive equipment, but there are options for photographers working on a more modest budget. It would be worth speaking to Tony about ‘how to’ on a budget if you are interested in this kind of photography. The results were very effective indeed. 

Table 4 – Liz Peat

Liz’s table was more modest in size, but no less effective. Again involving water in a pyrex dish, Liz had added a few drops of olive oil to create patterns on the surface. 

So how do you make a photograph of this? Well, Liz had coloured card on the floor and a reclaimed coffee table frame on which she had placed a layer of glass from a picture frame to form a clear top. Two domestic desk lamps illuminated the paper from below. The pyrex dish with the olive oil sat on the glass and the camera was mounted on a tripod looking down into the patterns.

Liz’s demonstration really did prove that, even on a modest budget, one can still deliver excellent abstract results.

I took the accompanying photographs using an iPhone 6 to capture the essence of the evening and hope that any members who took their own photographs during the event will be prepared to share them here on the website or in their own galleries. 

A big thank you to all of our demonstration leaders and also to the venerable Rosemary and Jack who operated the tea service during the evening.

A fascinating and worthwhile event which we hope to do more of in the future. 

Well done folks!

Report compiled by David J. Bray (Chairman).