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PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP 1 - 7th December

by Tim Wright - 17:19 on 07 December 2016

Due to the poor forecast, 10 of us met at Westbank, St Ola this morning .After coffee and Stollen ,photos from the trip to Palace were perused .Lots of pictures of the Palace and the sun bathing seals as well as Zanzibar ( a really long lens needed for that one !) and the beach and shore ,some with people and some without .As the tide was out, photos of the Light house on the Brough and the Viking and Pictish remains were to the fore also .However, the two photos  of the White Beaked Dolphins had to be the pick .Thanks to all who came ,saw and photographed .

The project was "Stone /Ice" ,one or other or both and both were included in a number of photos . We had photos from Aruba with piles of stones and not a possibility of ice ,snow scenes ,icicles ,walls of stones, single stones with icy patterns on and standing stones .The pick was an excellent study of Callanaish in the Western Isles .It is very hard to photograph as there are intrusive buildings on three sides unlike our own Ring of Brodgar .By waiting until the tourists had gone in the evening and with a lower sun light ,the result was a perfect interpretation of these impressive stones .Well done to the photographer and thanks to all the others who took part .

Following this we had a session on the computer editing and enhancing a very recent batch of the leader's photos, some of which needed dumping even before being touched ! We cropped and straightened pictures ,saturated the colours ,removed intrusive items and sharpened them up.We also tried changing them to Black and White ,increased the contrast and did some image multiplication and made both a collage of photos and a panorama from a number of single photos .Everyone can now have endless fun on rainy days perfecting their contributions and their photographic library .

The next meeting is January 25th at 2 pm in the Computer Room at Dounby School. Africa ,Russia and New York will be on display from three of our members and there may be a viewing of some photos from the trip to Inverary .

Happy Christmas and don't forget the camera then,as the next project might be "My Christmas and New Year" .In the meantime there is NO project this month for looking at at our show in Dounby .


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