For a some time now instead of the annual coach outing the group has held a practical workshop at the June meeting. This has ranged from propagation to making troughs from fish boxes as per Ian Young at Alpines 2001. An interesting evening that was with bits of polystyrene floating around the room and a difficult hoovering job afterwards.
For the last three years by popular demand the workshop has been focused on a practical digital camera evening. This has taken place at Mead Nursery owned by two of our members Steve & Emma Lewis-Dale. All members are given the same list of mini projects to carry out during the evening such as self portraits, macro photography and monochrome pictures. These evenings are very popular and end with tea and cake or biscuits. The resulting photos are downloaded to a laptop and over the autumn they are resized, sharpened, cropped etc and a Powerpoint presentation of the photos given at the December meeting. There is also a small competition within this presentation where members vote for their best photo and a bottle of wine going to the winter. In this section some of the photos taken in 2010 are shown (including the photographers).
Meet some of the photographers
Graham who organised it all.
Graham again this time lying down on the job.
Our tea girl Dot who with her husband John organises the coffee & tea at all our meetings. She is a good photographer as well.
Ian does it the American style
and Jon shows his ingenuity with a couple of handy crates.
Steve usually looks after the logistics during the photoshoot but this time he took over from Emma and became a photographer for the evening.
Paul always comes up with something different even if it's large files to download to the laptop.
Terri always puts us to shame taking brilliant photos with her tiny compact diggi camera
Don gets down to business.
Grahame was a late comer to the evening but showed his ability to take a self portrait.
Steve & Emma Lewis-Dale our hosts for the photoshoot at their nursery.
This is always a challenge but somehow our photographers produce some stunning photos of the plants in Steve & Emma's garden.
Phil Phillips always impressed on photographers to take the whole habitat then the plant and finally
How a sempervivum became interesting. This is the whole habitat.
Now we are getting closer.
And now a close up of the plant.
Another whole habitat.
And now the whole plant.
And here is another showing the whole habitat.
And really close up now.
In the project we also had textures, monochrome using the monochrome mode on the camera and taking a picture of a leaf with water on it. There were some good shots as you can see.
An old railway sleeper.
A tyre on a plant trolley.
A seed head and its shadow.
A poppy with petal falling
Here is a very clever shot of a blade of grass with water.
Shooting as the water runs down the leaf.
I hope all this has been interesting and maybe of some benefit to others groups who are looking for ideas. The aim of the workshop is to get members familiar with their cameras and so be able to take better pictures of plants.