On Tuesday 24 November there was an excellent attendance for the Iris Overton Cup. This is an annual competition for black and white prints/digital images.
Members could submit a total of two entries and we were delighted to welcome Susanne Akerstrom LRPS as our judge. Susanne’s special interests are portraiture, landscape and monochrome so the competition was well suited to her skills. She gave an excellent critique of each entry, elaborating on exposure, separation of the foreground from the background, the quality of paper used for printing, the use of light and how a tripod can make such a difference to technique.
Members greatly enjoyed listening to her advice and suggestions such as how high contrast can block out detail and very much enjoyed her positive approach to assessing the entries.
The silver cup for best print went to Mike Bowles for “The Meeting” taken inside the Hagia Sophia Mosque in Istanbul.
The glass trophy for best digital image was awarded to Chris Dowding for her entry “Out of the Reeds” showing a long-tailed tit.
Congratulations to the worthy winners and many thanks to our excellent judge.
On Tuesday 10 November we were given another superb talk by our member BRIAN HAIGH who accompanied his excellent images with a scholarly commentary.
The Cyclades lie in the Aegean Sea and form part of the Aegean archipelago. Whilst they are a major tourist attraction, well illustrated by the images of vast cruise liners dominating the otherwise picturesque harbours, it is essentially an area of archaeological magnificence.
Covering the islands of Naxos, the largest of the islands with wonderful architecture, superb old churches and castles, Mykonos, renowned for its tourism and glamour with its quaint windmills, colourful doorways and “Venetian” quarter and Delos, one of the most important mythological sites in Greece, Brian explained about Greek mythology.
We learnt about Ariadne and Theseus (Naxos), the battle between Hercules and the Giants (Mykonos) and Delos with its fabulous Terrace of the Lions, home to magnificent temples and statues and reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. From around 1400BC the Cyclades saw the rise of the Mycenaean civilisation and Brian illustrated this with images of pottery and museum artefacts.
We were privileged to benefit from Brian’s camera skills and vast knowledge and are extremely grateful to him for providing such an illuminating presentation.
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