The 2019 edition of the Dunchurch Photographic Society Exhibition of photographic prints was held between Saturday 26th October and Thursday 7th November in the Floor One Gallery at Rugby Library. The event featured over 80 photographic prints produced by members of the Society.
The exhibition coincided with the local school half-term holiday and was an ideal opportunity for the Society members to showcase their talent to a broad spectrum of visitors from the very young to those with a little more life experience! As ever, the Society demonstrated a veritable showcase of diverse subjects within the display of prints, along with many differing post-processing techniques that helped to entertain and inspire the visiting public.
There were examples of nature, abstract, still life, landscape, astrophotography, transport and portraiture in both colour and monochrome. There was even a photographic print that had been captured using infrared media.
In total, 471 visitors passed through the gallery doors to enjoy the prints and engage with members of the Society who acted as stewards for the duration of the exhibition. There was considerable positive feedback and praise for not only the diverse subject content on display but also the quality of the work involved. Several prints were sold during the exhibition which is a great endorsement for the event.
As part of the exhibition, visitors were encouraged to vote for the print that they liked the best. Approximately 50% of the visitors took the time to record a vote. This year, the accolade went to ‘Deep Inside Kilsby Tunnel,’ by David J. Bray, having scored 19 votes.
‘Deep Inside Kilsby Tunnel’ was a winning print in the first round of last season’s Merit Print Competition on the subject of ‘Holes.’ It was taken in early December 2018 during a unique opportunity in the workplace by the photographer whilst the railway was closed for engineering works.
The image shows the capacious opening inside the tunnel that forms the Great North Airshaft normally visible from the A5 just south of Kilsby. At the time the photograph was taken, the photographer was working on a project for a Network Rail magazine article that demonstrated some of the renovation works being undertaken to the air shaft.
Using a tripod for stability, the image was taken using a Canon 6D with a Canon 16-35mm F2.8 lens. The wide-angle lens was able to capture the expanse of the tunnel interior. The shutter speed was ½ second at ISO 125.
The Dunchurch Photographic Society Committee, for the 2019/20 season, certainly considered the 2019 Exhibition a great success and another opportunity to showcase the talents and achievements of all of the contributing photographers. Of course, without prints, we would not have an exhibition.
We look forward to working towards our next public exhibition in autumn 2020.
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.