5th October Members evening, report by Paul Wilcock

Tonight’s meeting was the first of three members evening entitled; ‘Through Your Lens’.

Prior to this segment of the evening Ray Hill gave the 30 strong audience an opportunity to review Mid-Cheshire Camera Clubs (MCCC) winning submission of 12 mono images that were used in the Five Towns Photographic competition. More information regarding this fantastic win will be reported on in a separate article.

Through Your Lens was a concept introduced in 2014/5 by Ray Hill. It was created to give members a chance in a non-pressure environment to see what their images look like projected on a large screen.

The author is given an opportunity to explained to the meeting any techniques, thoughts or inspiration for their chosen composition that assisted in creating the image. The author then has an opportunity to make a personal decision as to the competition readiness of the image or if it needs any final tweaking in post processing. Newer members have taken this opportunity to ask questions about the best way of making improvement with compositional / post processing techniques. The meeting was well attended with 14 members submitting 75 images from a multitude of genres.

After the break we had a look at the official PAGB DVD of the 2015 GB cup for Small Clubs. This was the first time we able to see our entries which won us a 7th place in our first attempt at this competition. It is worth noting that this year we were joint 4th, a vast improvement. More details of this is on our web page 15th February this year

The meeting was closed by Ray Hill who was deputising for our chairman Ian Whiston, while he is walking the plains of Africa. Ray has offered to provide a live demonstration of his personal Lightroom Workflow. This was greeted with many enthusiastic nods and a low rumble of appreciation as Lightroom and Photoshop are professional software applications that a lot of people find difficult learning from a book. So to be offered this educational insight by a long standing member and experience photographer will be a great treat for an upcoming members evening.

For more information about the Mid-Cheshire Camera Club visit its website or come along to a meeting on Wednesday evening at 7.45 for 8pm at the Dingle Recreation Centre, Winsford.

Paul Wilcock
Press & Publicity Officer