An evening of two halves

The evening of Monday 29th January saw a presentation by John Jolliffe entitled “Half and Half”. John explained that it was a visual commentary on his journey from a darkroom and slide projector to digital images and Photoshop. The early images in the evening were digital scans from John’s slides and as the images rolled by he explained how he finally moved intro digital with, at first, a 1.8 megapixel camera and then a 2.5 megapixel Olympus – how technology has changed! The images he presented encompassed many genres from landscapes to action and architecture to portraits, although he confesses that the latter isn’t his favourite. The succession of single images was  interspersed with A/V presentations to provide variety and John kept his commentary to a minimum to allow the images to speak for themselves.

John explained that he became interested in motorcycle racing and with use of panning technique he was able to present a a lot of very sharp images of the fast moving bikes and riders. He used similar techniques to grab images of jet ski acrobatics. Many photographers have attempted such action shots and can attest to how difficult it is to capture that in focus subject against a motion blur background. Another, sometimes difficult, subject John showed plenty of images of was stained glass windows in churches. The problem here is how to avoid overexposing the light ot transparent areas whilst capturing the detail in the darker areas. When John was asked how he managed it his advice was “to go on a day with a very dull flat sky”. John rounded of the evening with recent images and an A/V presentation from his new interest in drone photography. 

It was an evening which gave members plenty to talk about afterwards.

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