Tuesday 21st January – Wonderful Macro by Dr john Brackenbury

On Tuesday we were treated to a fascinating and highly entertaining talk by Dr John Brackenbury where he illustrated his, sometimes unique, approach to photography.
A retired university lecturer, John began photographing objects to illustrate his work and in the process discovered the joy of capturing details that are not visible to the human eye in real time.
He started the evening by showing images of objects moving in water, captured with equipment he’d designed himself including a laser trigger and a 2500volt flash! This revealed amazing effects as objects, such as lightbulbs, broke the surface of the water. This was followed by images of insects in flight captured using similar techniques (but without the flash) to show the mechanics of their flight with wings twisting and bodies carefully balanced.
Finally John showed us his current passion for Wide Angle Macro shots where, in his words, he tries to bring the insects into our world, by including the landscape in the macro image – once again through the use of a custom lens designed for the purpose. The resulting images are amazing, especially when multiple shots are combined in photoshop to show, for example a butterfly taking off from a flower.
I think everyone present was left stunned by the quality and uniqueness of the images and inspired to try something similar themselves – just remember to unplug the lightbulb before putting it in water!

Some examples of John’s work can be found here

Review by Brian Sibley

Saturday 18th January – Cambridge Digital 

On Saturday we took part in the Cambridge Camera Club Interclub Digital Competition.

St.Ives came 25th out of 36 clubs with a score of 80 out of a possible 100 points. Our highest scoring image was Courting European Rollers by Gary Dean scoring 18 points.

The results page can be found here

Thanks to Alice and Graham for representing the club on Saturday.

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  • Sat

    A day out in Ely

    10:30 amMeet by West door of main entrance to Ely Cathedral.

    Cathedral photography, street photography and you will go down to the picturesque banks of the Great Ouse. The cathedral ask you to pay an admission fee £9 for each adult reduced to £6 for those old enough for concessionary rates, which helps them meet the £6000 daily upkeep costs of the building, Still photography is free of charge. There is a £2 charge for using a tripod or video filming within the cathedral.
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