Minutes – October 23, 2012

25 10 2012

Bridgewater Photographic Society Minutes

October 23, 2012

The October 23rd meeting of the Bridgewater Photographic Society began at 7:15 p.m. with Derek Johnston in the chair.

Nancy Johnston introduced the guest speaker, Ken Renton and his wife , Carolyn. The topic was “Cuba, A Country Frozen In Time”. Ken spoke about the photo trip with a small photo school. They stayed with Cuban families and had a Havana photography tour for five days. Then they stayed an extra five days. During this time they began to see the real Havana, not the touristy spots. The buildings were very decrepit. Infrastructure is scary. All money goes into health care and education. The people were very friendly but spoke little English. They wandered the streets, taking photos. There were grand old buildings, lots of ancient cars, lots of motorbikes with sidecars, and vehicles parked everywhere. The music is phenomenal. People were happy to be photographed. Any graffiti is very artistic. People play games and gather in side streets. The streets are safe during the day. They are starting to get street entrepreneurs.  Havana has one of the largest cemeteries in the western world. There are 50-60 funerals per day, housed in a  house of bones.

The Vinialles Valley was a countryside trip. It is a UNESCO world heritage site. Things are changing very rapidly now.

Ken Renton led the workshop on vegetable and fruit photography. He made the following points:

  • Slice vegetables and fruit extremely thin.
  • You can get a variety of effects.
  • Point and Shoot camera or macro setting is ideal.
  • Basically use the exposure the camera picks.
  • You can get weird effects.
  • You can do super close-ups.
  • You can use a piece of glass on two chairs with table lamps from the side and black cardboard on the floor.
  • Shallots are really interesting.
  • You can put old negatives or slides on a light box and take 2 photos of them and the resolution is amazing and faster than scanning.
  • Another trick is if glass or light box has a scratch, put small boxes on it and then another glass, scratches don’t show.
  • You can get different effects by varying the direction of the slice.
  • With leaves, ideally put them between two layers of glass.
  • You can get very creative with the images in Photoshop.

The next competition is the creative category on November 27th.

Sara Harley spoke about the Scavenger Hunt. It can be done individually or in teams of up to 3. The rules will be provided at Ross Farm, this coming Saturday, October 27. There will be two weeks to submit photos. At least 6 must be used from each member of the team.

The Christmas Party will take place at Brenda Fitzgerald’s home which is close to MARC, on Tuesday, December 11. The address will be provided later. BYOB and it is potluck.

There was an excellent article in the Bridgewater Bulletin last week by Elizabeth Klaas. Kudos!

Derek Johnston’s wife will do the membership cards—hopefully for next meeting.

Welcome back to Grant Dixon.

Carl Jackson, a supporter of the club in the past, is very ill.

The Newfoundland evening is on January 8, 2013. Sign up to show images. There will be more information at the next meeting.

The group picture will be taken at the next meeting, November 13.

Refreshments were provided by Peter Stuempel.

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