I have been asked to stage an exhibition of my photographs at Cafe Connect for March and April. When I say I was asked I think what happened was that the watercolourist who is exhibiting said that she couldn't fill the entire gallery space. This happened last week when my partner Jill was there so she volunteered me. Anyway just over a week to get things together is tight. The photos are going up n 5th March. I spent two days just trying to think of a theme for the exhibition. Over the weekend it came to me. The tittle is to be 'Maelstrom'. The images will be selected from those I took when the young people of Fraserburgh took to the streets and with the help of Theatre Modo put on a fantastic parade called 'Maelstrom'. Here are some of those images that will not be in the exhibition.
Love them or loath them wind turbines can make for good images. I suspect its a bit like the big round straw bales you see in fields. When they first started to appear they were thought to be ugly. Now no one seems to bat an eyelid when they see one. And I'd like to bet that 90% of photographers have at least one big round bale image in their portfolio.
Well, not only do we have big round bales in the field over the garden fence we now have a wind turbine up the road. Both providing photo opportunities.
Over the last week I have been experimenting using a Neutral Density filter. It is the type that screws onto the lens and part of it rotates to provide a variable degree of darkness. One of the problems that I have faced is after I have set up the shot and then need to rotate the filter to get the darkness the focus goes off. Alister Henderson, a FPS member has been giving me advice about all of this. So very soon I will be able to put up a finished image. As it is all that I can do is show you 'work in progress'
Thursday was the print competition
Paul Woodburn took a clean sweep of the places. To see the report click here. My three entries are here
The judge did not like the bloom in the background at the top of the image but made favourable remarks about the border. It scored 14.
Bring Me Sunshine
He liked to sun ray effect but the print was badly presented. It was a letterbox image on a A4 paper so there were white spaces top and bottom, and 'noise detracted from the crispness of the shot. It scored 15
The judged liked the colours but felt the printing was flat. It scored 16.
Here are a few more images I took in the past few days
I'm Mike, I am the (Self appointed!) web master for Fraserburgh Photographic Society (FPS). I started taking photography seriously a couple of years ago and joined Fraserburgh Photographic Society