Summer Schools

We have now had three of our four Summer Schools. Last week was a change of pace from the head splitting intermediate level I gave to the less straining but still most enlightening beginners level so delightfully presented by Christine. I even learned some new tricks myself. Christine managed to …

Discussion topic

Some ideas to ponder and discuss. The French writer and Nobel Prize winner Albert Camus said: “The artist re-creates the world to his own image.” (One for Mike) “Abstract Art: A product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.” (One to get Sheila ranting perhaps!)

Preparation of Images for Projection

The recent tutorial by Mike included the topic of resizing images for projection. This reminded me of a note that Gordon Jenkins and I produced for the L&CPU website and published in May. I have updated this to refer to the OPS image size requirement of 1400 x 1050 (which …

Summerschool

Last night’s meeting went well, the first of our “summer school” sessions, intended to address some of the learning needs within the society. It was well attended and I am sure that everyone picked something up or re-learned something they had once known but forgotten! Mike spent the first hour …

Showcase – Chris Widdall

Here’s one for comments and suggestion of a title. At the moment its working title is “The Angel and the Vampire”.             After comments from Ken, here is version 2. I have brightened the vampire’s face, toned down the lighter windows a bit and brightened …

Live by the Lens, Die by the Lens

Could be a great epitaph eh? Are you keen on old films, Hollywood greats, film stars, portrait photography? Do you want to see the work of master photographers of their era? Or do you reminisce about beach holidays at Blackpool and Southport? All of that and more can be seen …

Favourite Kit

We all know that it’s not what you use but the way that you use it! but many of us have a few favourite bits of kit that we wouldn’t like to part with in a hurry. These are 2 of mine:- My Sigma EX 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens. It’s …

LOOKING FOR TROUBLE

Well not really but at least I got your attention and this blog needs a kick start so here goes – firstly my spell checker  will hopefully convert my words to words you will all understand (it might be the across the pond version though)  I am dyslexic and you will need to ignore …

A Diamond is Forever

A special celebration took place yesterday evening to begin our print battle meeting against Rochdale PS. Member Harold Archer and his wife Joyce (Mum and Dad to me!) were celebrating their Diamond Wedding Anniversary. We showed an AV celebrating their marriage and Kath Clinton presented a lovely bouquet of flowers …

Annual AV competition

Last Thursday’s AV competition night was made a great success by our judge John Smith (the famous alias) from Rochdale. John is well known in the AV world and always gives a positive appraisal of our work. There were only four entries this year, but what a mixture of subject …

Showcase – Jeff Ollerhead

Jeff Ollerhead would like some feedback on this picture. He says “I am not to sure about the light !!!!!! and is the background too busy thus making it a distraction ???????” With version 2 below, which do members prefer?

Showcase – Chris Widdall

The iris originally had a straight stem, but the bend probably improved it (or not? – what do you think?). The effect was created in PhotoShop by adding some gaussian blur, glow and texture along with some burning and dodging… hey! who said it was better before I messed around …

OPS photos on TV

The “Made in Oldham Exhibition” at Gallery Oldham is proving to be a great success, especially our “Fish and Chip Shop” photos. In an email to our Secretary (John W) today, Sean Baggaley, Exhibition Coordinator, said: I thought I’d let you know that the chippy photographs are proving very popular …