Our group year seemed to come to a busy end with all the work involved in our annual
exhibition, held at Henshaws Arts and Craft Centre. Although our themes were Architecture
and Landscapes we had a great variety of pictures, mostly due to our well travelled
group who take pictures all over the world. The exhibition was well received and
many people left favourable comments as to content and quality.
The exhibition was quickly followed by a presentation at the Friday Open meeting,
which had a turn out that somewhat exceeded the capacity of the room. I`m grateful
to Keith Preece who presented a talk and slide show on cameras from the past, starting
with the "Camera Obscura" through to SLR film cameras. It seemed that this subject
took many down memory lane by recalling cameras they had once owned. The rest of
the programme looked at the development of the digital camera and the progress that
had been made in the last 20 years in quality of pictures and reduction in prices.
Recognising that "The brain can only absorb what the bottom can endure" we appreciated
the patience of so many in the cramped and warm conditions.
In December we had no meeting so we are looking forward to the first of the year
on the 24th January when we will be reviewing photos taken over the last two months
on the themes of "Autumnal Splendour and Patterns in Nature". We hope these monthly
themes give group members the encouragement to get out and interpret the subject
matter in different ways. There will be no meeting in February as we are having our
annual dinner. Our 2011 programme can be found on the Harrogate U3A web site.
The severe winter weather has brought many photographic opportunities (most of which
I missed as I was sunning myself in Arizona's temperate winter climate), and challenges
too. Getting out to locations safely was one, and the very cold whether plays havoc
with battery life, so important to carry spares. Photographing snow can also be a
challenge as it can easily look grey or overly blue. Most modern point and shoot
digital cameras have a "Snow" setting which will automatically set up the camera
to give you the best results. All the pre-sets "Portrait, Landscape, Sport, Night
Scene, Fireworks, Aquarium" and many more. depending on what the manufacturer has
built in, are worth exploring. When you have taken a picture in a particular mode
it is worth checking the setting the camera has used (Shutter speed. ISO. Aperture
and Metering) as these will help you understand how these settings interrelate for
different scenes. You can normally check the settings used for a picture by right
clicking on the picture (when it is on your computer screen). This should drop down
a menu. You then left click on "properties" (at the very bottom of the menu), which
should then bring up the EXIF file,(Exchangeable Image File format) which has all
the details for the photo. This is a great help as it avoids having to record manually
the settings you have used for each picture.