The group currently meets
monthly in members' houses, and is
limited to members possessing reasonable skills in photography,
emailing, and the ability to store pictures on a computer.
The emphasis will be on sharing
skills and experience with each other,
as well as working on practical projects each month.
Click below for Reports:
Our “Winter” competition proved hard to judge, but
Eric Smith’s winning shot in Torkington Park just stood out,
and there were equal seconds, another from Eric in the park, and one
from Brian Beck from Hazel Grove golf course.
Afterwards, Fred Goodier led a discussion on some aspects of
composition, including the merits of the rule of thirds and the golden
square, and on framing through trees and arches.
5 members of the group started with a small but fascinating
competition on “Wild Birds and Animals” – 1st Brian
Beck – “Otter at Chestnut Centre”; 2nd Walter
Mason – “Blue Tit about to feed young”. Then followed
a discussion on photographing moving objects, which led to an
exploration of the many rarely used settings on modern cameras. This
was a foretaste of the exercise for next month – “Exploring
your camera”. Next meeting – March 20 - Brian Beck’s
Brian Beck hosted an exploration of manual camera
adjustments, and photos from the same spot, looking at the effect of
aperture, shutter speed and ISO, on exposure and depth of field. It was
fascinating to see, how four members of the group had all tackled
Brian’s challenge from slightly different standpoints, and with
varying success. It was interesting to compare manual cameras with
modern cameras, although the later were able to achieve some of the
variations, using standard or intelligent settings. Later, the
discussion explored methods of creating full screen views, and
telephoto adjustment, during slide shows. There was no competition this
Our group of six found the competition on
“Water” to be a
hard one to judge. But from a wide variety of attractive pictures,
selected Diane Saxon’s view in Chengde, China as winner, with Pam
Wood’s picture of Poynton Pool second. Well done the ladies! An
interesting debate ensued between advocates of “point and
shoot” and devotees of hand selection of exposure conditions. We
also discussed having a photo display at a u3a meeting.
MAY PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTO SHOOT
Only 4 met at Lyme Park for an hour’s photo taking. It was a hazy
sun, with distant mist limiting views, and the gardens had not yet
opened. But there were plenty of varied subjects – how good the
shots were, will be found out later! Then we retired to the timber yard
cafe, and from previously printed pictures, we selected the 3 best
– all of Hazel Grove gardens – one each from Diane,
Pam and Walter.
subject for this meeting was ‘Bridges’. We
had a wide variety of photographs of bridges old and new. We found
winning photograph very difficult firstly due to the small number of
attending the meeting but also because we found it very difficult to
the quality of the photography rather than the design of the bridge
setting and the backgrounds. Chris Gibson’s photograph of the
on the Tyne at Newcastle was selected as a narrow winner. You can see
of our other bridges here as well.
Diane took us
through some things to think about when
photographing bridges including formats, angles, contrasts and time of
then showed a YouTube video of some of the beautiful bridges of the
world which highlighted the advantages of
photos at night-time.
We finished with a
look at some of the winning
photographs in the 2014 Sony World Photography Competition –
these were on
display at Somerset House the last time Diane was in London and can now
viewed on the website at http://www.worldphoto.org/about-the-sony-world-photography-awards/national-award/
photograph from the UK was a dramatic shot of
the escalators at Canary Wharf station. Click
here to see the photo
JULY REPORT Local History Competition this month.
1st 'Lower Hilgate' Diane Saxon; 2nd 'Chadkirk Chapel' Pam Wood;
3rd 'Bramhall Hall' Walter Mason.
Meeting - Competion
A display of 67 photo prints in A4 size, complemented the Art
display at the August monthly meeting. They aroused much interest and
favourable comment, and gave U3A members a chance to vote for their
favourite photos in 2 categories; the winners’ pictures now
visible on the website. It will also prove very interesting for the
photographic group to discuss at a future meeting, why some pictures
were popular, and others less so! Congratulations to Eric Smith and
Brian Beck, for their “Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly”
and “Pisa Leaning Tower, Reflected” respectively
– both stunning photographs. Hopefully the event might encourage
some new members to come along and join the group.
for our group of 6 on “Transport” was won by Brian Beck
(decorated horse and
cart), with Walter Mason second (ornamental wheelbarrow).
discussed the recent display and competitions at the village hall,
Brian with his prize, and tried to analyse what differentiated the
the losers, and whether the popular vote gave a different slant than
“photographic rules”. Probably not really, when some of us
would have voted
similarly to the popular vote.
We were very
pleased at the favourable response to the display, and glad that it
the August monthly meeting.
members attended the October meeting of the Photography group. The
subject of the monthly competition was Portraits and this was won by a
characterful photo taken by Walter.
The main topic for the meeting was to agree the programme for next
The next meeting is on the 20th November when the competition
will be Night Photos.
This group welcomes new members. Please contact Walter for details
was the turn of Diane’s lovely night shot in Salford Quays to be
best, with Walter’s pictures of Old
Square, Prague, and Christmas Markets by Debenhams, Manchester being
third. In November, we welcomed Tony Cummings to our group, and hope he
continue. We also agreed next year’s programme.
The wiinner of the December Competition 'Reflections' was Brian
Beck - A worthy winner, so sharp and