The first of the at Fraserburgh Photographic Society That I haven't mantioned here so I will now.
The first Monthly Competition winners were announced on 3rd October. One of my images came third. Click here to see the top three. Here are my other two entries.
The judge thought that 'Daffodil' had too many other bits in ti such as the leaves poking up from the bottom. I think that I agree. He said the background in 'Buzzard' was too yellow. I don't agree with that.
The second one was the first print competition of the year. The winners can be seen here. Here are my entries
Now you want it what colour?'
The judge said that he would have preferred the foreground of the wall to have been sharp and was too dominant. He thought that there should have been more contrast to highlight the bridge and that the two cars under the bridge were distracting. I tried but could not clone out the cars and get a match with the bridge. One member came up with the solution that just had not occurred to me, make the wall higher to hide them.
'Does my bum look big in this?'
I unknowingly committed a cardinal sin with this image. It included a rival photographer!. If I had known I would have cloned him out, I do now. Apart from that the judge said it was a little soft.
'Don't come any nearer'
The judge felt the position of the seal was a little awkward and that there was a lack of detail in the fur .
So things learned and mistakes made and hopefully not to be repeated.
Two grandchildren and their mother came to visit for a few days so here are a few family snaps. We went to Fraserburgh beach and play park nd we went to the Macduff aquarium had luch at Duff House and went to Duff House play park. Oh and we carved a pumpkin.
The first stormy day of Autumn arrived on the 10th. I suspect we will get worse as it turns to winter
And finally a few more images from the last two weeks
One of the FPS activities that does not appear on the programme of events are the ad hoc photo shoots that take place. There was one this weekend. They went to the Boat of Garten, Lin of Dee and Falle of Feugh. Here are some of the images they brought back..
These trips are great to go on. For a start with a bunch of you taking photos with all the gear you don't feel as much a geek as you would on your own. Collectively you can find the best locations and the best angles to shoot from. You can share ideas and discuss 'how to do it' and finally its good fun.
Meantime I was doing a trip of my own to Oban for a mini family reunion. As far as the water goes I got much the same sort of shots as the photo trip guys
That was on the way there. On the second day we went standing stone and stone circle hunting and found a castle as well.
In the evening I tried to get Oban at Night without getting the killer shot
And on the way home more water an some bits and pieces
Fraserburgh Photographic Societys' 2013/4 season has kicked off. There are some new members - including two women - lets hope they stay and that more women join them. It would be great if we got some younger members as well.
North East Open Studios (NEOS)
Three weeks of the month was taken up with NEOS. Many photographers featured in the catalogue including FPS member Paul Woodburn. Interestingly there were three of the regions Photographic Clubs featured as well. Visions Camera Club, Bon Accord Camera Club ,both based in Aberdeen, and Donside Camera Club based in Alford all had NEOS exhibitions. I was only able to gt to the Visions Camera Club where there was an impressive display of work.
The Final Super Saturday of 2013
The theme of the Super Saturday on 14th September was 'Farming'. So we had sheep and tractors in Saulton Square and a bumper variety of stalls and by popular demand the climbing wall
I was engaged to take wedding photographs at the Lighthouse Museum. A lot of pressure - you have to get it right because ithe Bride and Groom won't do it again! Hopefully they liked the end results
You will see from the last of these wedding photos that it has been messed about a bit. One of the processes used was 'Tone Mapping'. This is a technique available in a program called Photomatrix. It also does HDR imaging. With tone mapping you can bring out detail in an image that is lost in the original image but nevertheless there in the digital information. Its best to use RAW images for this because RAW retains more of the digital information than say jpeg. To how you what I mean here are two versions of the same exposure. One 'straight from the camera', the other processes with tone mapping
I took these today at Rosehearty and have processed them quickly. There are an infiite number of variations of image that can be produced in Photomatrix. The on above is just one. Some club members have been using this or something similar for sometime but we have Stuart Fenty to thank for bringing it to a wider club membership. One note of caution, the process produces bib picture files.
Moray Coast Geology
The youngest daughter came to visit during the month. One of the trips we went on was along the Moray Coast looking at geological features. She had a National Geological Survey web site on her smartphone that told us what rocks we would encounter as we travelled and enabled us to find geological 'hot spots'
I did my best trying to take half decent images.
Aden County Park Vintage Tractor Working Day
This took place on 30th September and provided some great photo opportunities. Theres been a lot going on up here in the last few months.
And to finish off here are a few more images I have taken in September. By the way if you have managed to read the blog this far please make a comment. No one has since I started doing it!
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