York PS visits us for a return “match”

This was a “return match” of an evening following a visit by some of our members to York Photographic Society. The idea is for clubs to share their ideas about interests, specialities and skills. We took a few members over to York to give short talks about their particular interests (e.g. creative imagery, drone photography etc.) and to show some of the work produced by members in Wakefield. This evening members of York Photographic Society came along to do the same for us. Every club has its own personality, interests and ways of working and not many of us get out to see what’s going on in other clubs. Tonight was an opportunity to do just that without actually travelling! Four members of York PS presented a varied programme of high quality work which was enthusiastically received by our members.

First up was Anthony Ward with a presentation on Teesside. Anthony visits the coastal area at Teesside very often as he finds it a very good and varied photographic location. Industrial landscapes jostle with coastal views, birds and boats to give every opportunity for grabbing some impressive images, which Anthony had grabbed with both hands. His images gave a real feel for the location with the mix of subjects he displayed.

Next up was Alison Taylor who changed the location to Saltwick Bay. This is a very popular location for photography with a shipwreck, Black Nab, rock formations and the ever present sea. She started with a good look at the geography of the area for both photographic and safety reasons. The best locations for photography often involve a battle with both the cliffs and the sea with the cliffs being particularly unstable. She gave great tips on where to go and at what state of the tide. Equipment suggested included the usual tripod and remote control but also good wellies! Accompanying her talk was a processing of very good images illustrating her points. It was fascinating to have a presentation focused on one very specific location showing just what can be achieved.

After the break Harry Silcock gave a presentation on street photography. His first street photography shot was from 60 years ago giving us an idea of just how long he had been interested in this style of photography. Again there were lots of useful tips including ensuring you look at everything in the frame, use a wide angle lens but up close to the subjects and to react and respond quickly. He finds that firing off several shots rapidly can be more successful than just trying to get one perfect shot. There can be a lot of humour in street photography and Harry showed this in a lot of his images of life which made you either laugh or think. He uses all sorts of locations such as stations, markets streets and cruises.

Finally John Illingworth gave two A/V presentations. The first was based on Iceland. At first there was a succession of dramatic landscapes with a very dramatic soundtrack from the TV series “Game of Thrones”. The imagery was very atmospheric showing the majestic vistas. A change in the tone and tempo of the music brought more detailed and softer images before moving back to large landscapes for a dramatic finish. The subjects ranged from mountains to leaves, birds to buildings and ice to waterfalls. It really showed what could be done with an A/V presentation.  The standard of his images was very high indeed and this continued into his second presentation which ranged over a broader area of his work.

In all it was an excellent evening showcasing varied aspects of the work of York Photographic Society and just revealed how much quality there was at club level. It certainly made our members sit up and take notice and quite a few commented that both the evening and the images had been better than those with “professional” speakers. Many thanks to Anthony, Alison, Harry and John for their efforts and time and this may become a regular feature on the calendar.

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