There were two presentations at the December meeting of the Tuesday Photography group.
First, with projected images of butterflies and flowers Angela Rixon explained how to improve one’s close-up photography by careful focusing and by utilising the available depth of field. She encouraged members to take pictures of the same subject at different camera settings and from different positions before selecting the best.
Angela showed the group how table-top photos of fruit or glass items can be improved by adjusting the lighting. A particular problem she discussed was the difficulty of photographing white subjects, such as flowers, to show the texture and structure. Her advice was to avoid direct bright sunlight, use the camera’s white balance facility and experiment with underexposure.
The second presentation was less formal. Robert Edmondson used his projected images to illustrate titles of books or films. Some were literal interpretations: The Castle (Franz Kafka), The Mirror Crack’d (Agatha Christie) or the closed-down Pilgrim pub near Dorking West station to illustrate Bleak House. Others were more imaginative or surreal to illustrate science fiction or fantasy themes, for example, a gagged mask for George Orwell’s 1984. Montaged and manipulated photos were shown for Childhood’s End (Arthur C Clarke) and The Time Machine (HG Wells).