Club gets a different camera perspective

Watch For The Little People. Picture by John Thompson.
Watch For The Little People. Picture by John Thompson.

MORPETH CAMERA CLUB

A presentation of entries for the Vice Chairman’s Spring Challenge was given by Chairman Glyn Trueman in Mark Harrison’s absence, the subject being Perspective Photography.

The challenge aim is to encourage members to extend their photographic skills by trying different techniques, expand their creative mind and, most of all, to have fun.

Perspective photography is the way our eye relates to spacial separation and the relationship between the size of objects. This can be done by creating a miniaturisation effect, which can be achieved with software.

Fifty-nine images from 12 members were submitted.

Davy Bolam’s rowing boats and a railway signal box illustrated miniaturisation. Dave Bisset’s images included the helix at the Centre of Life from a low perspective, giving the illusion of a diminishing structure, and a tree taken from the base, giving great height.

Jeremy Cooper’s flock of sheep, large faces in the foreground with a small shepherd at the rear, and a large train with carriages, illustrated perspective. Karin Jackson followed with a trail of hikers becoming smaller in the distance and a large plane wing pointing to the Himalayan mountain range on the horizon.

Mike Weighall, due to the unusual angle, gave us the illusion that the Millennium Bridge was situated very close to the Sage building, and a dark alleyway leading to a courtyard provided the deception of great distance. Peter Downs highlighted the wavy walls of the Alnwick Garden waterfall, leading the eye to small people at the top, and at Druridge Bay, wooden steps and handrail, drew the eye to the horizon.

Pat Wood provided a good example of perspective with outlet pipes cutting diagonally across, and bridge ironwork diminishing into the distance. Roseanne Robinson gave us a ‘giant’ tortoise taken from ground level, shrinking the small houses in the background, and Carlisle Park taken from a high viewpoint, providing an illusion of a miniature playground.

Sue Dawson’s shopping mall with lines of walkways and walls provided a vanishing point, and a toy town effect of the Swing Bridge and buildings was included. John Thompson had us believe that Sean Henry’s sculpture of The Couple were standing on top of Newbiggin’s Church, a clever illusionary shot, enormous grapevines with a small figure on steps, and Fontburn Reservoir Bridge receding to a tiny fisherman. Mark Harrison’s images showed a giant nail in decking from ground level, with yacht masts appearing the same size in the background, and Staithes taken from a high point.

Glyn Trueman concluded with towering glass structures and a bird’s nest effect of Northumbria University’s modern architecture, and a vertical panoramic shot of Lichfield Cathedral interior.

Authors explained methods and techniques, and an exchange of ideas and suggestions resulted in a very interesting and informative evening.

Glyn thanked all who took up the challenge and was particularly impressed by their use of imaginative experimental techniques.

• Gerry Adcock, of Hexham Photographic Society and Regional Co-ordinator for the Royal Photographic Society, gave a presentation entitled This Year’s Thing.

He explained that for many years he had concentrated on landscape photography, but four to five years ago, he decided to reinvent himself and diversified. This has involved trying different types of photography at different times.

Gerry showed his stunning, conventional landscape images, including pictures from the Lake District, Lindisfarne, Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish Highlands. Some featured cloud and mist, whereas others were of fields and mountains. He said images taken with just a sprinkling of snow enhanced features in the landscape and were more interesting than those with a complete covering.

He then showed well-seen street photography in the UK and abroad, including Venice, Marrakesh, Rhodes and Barcelona. Some featured street art, often showing just a small part of the painted image. Others were of people in interesting situations that often conveyed a message or told a story. He liked taking pictures of archways and alleys, as well as creative images of objects in shop windows.

Also included were images of people dressed as Goths at Whitby, and in 1940’s clothing from World War II re-enactments. For many of these he had spent time talking to his subjects to get the pose he wanted.

Gerry included creative images that had been manipulated using computer programmes or created in camera using a Lensbaby. This is a basic lens that can be adjusted to pick a small point of focus and create blur effects. The computer manipulations included applying textures, manipulating colours to recreate the effects of old colour films, blurring backgrounds and producing images from two or more original photographs.

Gerry also showed recent landscape photographs that had been manipulated to resemble paintings.

He finished by encouraging those present to be bold, try new things and have fun.

Chairman Glyn Trueman thanked Gerry for his interesting, enjoyable and inspiring presentation, in which he had demonstrated his skills as a photographer and his expertise with computer software.

Gerry Adcock’s work can be seen at www.gerryadcock.co.uk