May 2020: Taking better photographs with Downend Camera Club

April 22 2020

Taking better photographs with Downend Camera Club – We’ll meet again

Autumn Road by Trevor Toms

Autumn Road by Trevor Toms

Bathhurst Basin, Bristol by Ed Shorney

Bathhurst Basin, Bristol by Ed Shorney

Point of contact by Adrian Davies

Point of contact by Adrian Davies

The Government have sadly not included photography as one of the essential reasons for venturing out during the Coronavirus outbreak. Despite this, enthusiast photographers are still able to produce interesting and creative images working at home. There is a surprising range of possible projects, not just the obvious still-life pictures, but refractive photography (taking pictures through water or glass), food photography, light painting, and double exposure to name just a few. Then there are all those hundreds of images accumulated over the years, but who have never been really looked at closely because there just wasn’t the time. Well now…
The Club held its last meeting before the lockdown on the 16 March, and as luck would have it was a competition night, the second of this year. (As noted below our competitions continue, but on-line, the judging night planned to be available as a podcast).
The three images placed as the top three are shown here. ‘Autumn Road’ has lovely colours and composition, the road curving out of sight in what resembles a tunnel of trees. It deservedly came first. Second was ‘Point of Contact’, a shot that has the sense of having been taken at exactly the moment of impact, the front car lifted from the ground, its rear wheel blurred from the motion. Third was ‘Bathurst Basin’, a familiar Bristol landmark that is all but indistinguishable in the fog, one of those less-is-more images.
 The Club has been going for over sixty years. When this is all over, we will meet again.
 
Downend Camera Club is a friendly and informal group who normally meet on Tuesdays at 7.30 pm at the Assembly Hall, Salisbury Road, Downend, although meetings have currently been cancelled.  With most activities have been suspended, we are continuing with our programme of competitions that will now be held on-line, restricted to digital images. The Club has a Facebook page and its website at www.downendcameraclub.org.uk has details of the club, and shows past competition winners.