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by Tim - 17:54 on 30 October 2019

What a difference a week makes. Last week no trip due to the dire weather, this week low sun, no wind and a degree of warmth too. Happy Valley was the ideal place to be taking photographs and nine of us took advantage of the conditions. Most of the leaves were down off the trees giving interesting vistas that are usually concealed in summer. The leaves themselves produced interesting patterns and colours. The burn was flowing well giving some great slow shutter speed effects. The lack of wind enabled the reflections of the trees in the water to be nice and sharp. A great morning to be a photographer and take time to get well composed shots.

Eleven of us made it to the cafe in Stromness for lunch. We viewed the photos from the last trip, a challenge quiz of places to picture in Stromness. A selection of the results from everyone's efforts showed that the old green shed behind the Old Post Office covered in Fuchsia was the most popular subject followed by a pier with an old crane with the harbour as a background. However, how did the concrete Teddy Bear, the Stone shaped dog and the colourful painted door behind the Town Hall get missed by the rest of us ? A terrific variety of photos of a town that we all think we know well but there where is always more to see.

The project was "Architecture/Buildings". We had photos from South Korea, the Rhine, Italy, Stockholm and an awful lot places in between, including Orkney. There were details of buildings and magnificent vistas including Duomo in Florence taken from a nice raised angle and the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh. However, the most atmospheric photo was of the arches in St Magnus taken at night and just catching the outline of 6 of them. All in all an excellent selection of pictures by everyone.

The next meeting is on Wednesday 27th November at St Magnus at 10.30 am as indicated by Anne. The project this month is "Silver" so perhaps get out the family heirlooms and give them a clean or a silver sun on water maybe.

Keep Clicking, Tim.

You may have wondered why I was wandering around in the Burn in my wellies. A couple of photos showing the difference with a quick shutter speed and a very slow shutter speed. The slow shutter speed was set at f16 with the ISO at 64 to give a 1 or two second exposure but the camera has to be on a tripod; without, there will be camera shake. It gives a smoothing effect to the water. Tim

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