September 14th Club Talk – Chasing the Light by Kieran Metcalfe

Kieran’s talk is reviewed below by Tim Norman :

Some of our speakers are very generous with their time and ideas and Kieran Metcalfe was definitely in this category. Over nearly 2.5 hours he clearly explained his motivations, methods and ideas about capturing landscape images with real impact. He also shared many very impressive landscape images.

Central to his talk was the importance of natural light and how to plan, explore and manage its impact on the resulting image. He provided many examples of how light could change the image for good or bad. Good planning (and rising very early in the morning !) is a key factor, but as many of us have found, so is luck. Great landscape shots often arise from subtle (or dramatic) changes in light that can arise without warning and often for brief intervals. Many great photographs have been captured at the end of a long dreary day when the sun suddenly clears the clouds as it sets.

He achieves all this with relatively modest equipment proving that its being in the right place at the right time that counts most. He gave some useful pointers on Apps that can help to predict conditions, including SkyFire an App that predicts (according to their website) “epic light”.

I am sure many of us were spurred to plan trips to the Peak District and other upland landscapes following this entertaining and informative talk.

Annual Exhibition 2021

St Ives Photographic Club is pleased to announce the return of our Annual Exhibition on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th November in the the Free Church, St Ives.

20th April – Annual DPI and Monochrome Trophy
A good competition with 80 images and great judging as usual from Paul Radden.
Congratulations to Tom Lane for winning overall last night with some excellent images as usual. The top scoring images in each category were:

Creative Selfie Steve Laws
Landscape Merced River Yosemite Valley Tom Lane
Natural History Male Northern Flicker Ivan Barrett
People Old Grumpy Tom Lane
Sports Action Final Push For The Line Gary Dean
Travel Early morning on Grand Canal – Venice Brian Sibley

Congratulations to Steve Laws for winning best overall image and best monochrome image for “Selfie”.

The best monochrome images of the season can be viewed here.

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