Our Christmas Portfolio; Advanced Photoshop by Graham Vernon; Creative Colour by Ian Platt (recorded lecture).


Frosty Morning by Dave White
Frosty Morning by Dave White

Taken at top o'  "Morridge",  the above scene beautifully reflects the current wintry weather of our snow covered Staffordshire Moorlands -  simply perfect for pictures, as also shown in the Christmas Portfolio section later in the report.

At our clubnight last week, we had the pleasure of seeing a presentation of slides called Creative Colour by Ian Platt.  It was quite surprising to see that at the developing stage, a large number of these slides had been subjected to certain types of changes to their inherent colouring, for example solarisation, bass relief, colour tone separation - techniques which are also available to digitial users in editing programmes.  

The variety of artistic slants these images had taken on was something to marvel at.  Many of them formed part of portfolios which helped gain letters of competence for the authors, with international and national recognition.

Co-incidently, a few days earlier at the Digital Group, visiting presenter of Advanced Photoshop, Graham Vernon, included lessons on creatively manipulating pixels via the Transform tool.  He showed us how to vary the shapes in images through scaling, skewing, perspective etc., how to add repetitive elements and how to produce 3D effects too – all this provided amazing images as interesting alternatives to the originals.

Armed with this know how, and coupled with the inspiration gained from the Creative Colour session,  we left for home at the end of another sucecssful year for the Club,  planning what pixel distortion and colour mix-up we might try out,  in the hope of making some spectacular imagery of our own.  The potential new images should make for a very interesting Creative competition coming up early in  2010.  

Our next meeting is 7th January, at 7.30pm in the Dove Room, SMDC, when it is the MCPF travelling portfolio, where we can see photography from other clubs. Visitors are very welcome, and the entrance charge is £2.

Below is another image, showing how a wintry feel can be achieved from the artful use of Infrared photography.  In addition Sonja has created an even colder look  with her painterly touch.

The New Forest, by Sonja Haigh

The New Forest, by Sonja Haigh

A completely different effect has been produced by John Emery in his attractive "blue sky-ed spread".

Looking towards Three Shires Head, by John Emery

Looking towards Three Shires Head, by John Emery

If other members would like to share their Christmas-card-looking scenes here,  please let me know. 
In the words of the festive song  - "on the Seventh day of Christmas..... Seven Swans  a-swimming ".   Well  thanks to Will Knight,  one truly graceful swan has braved  the snow and swam into our Christmas portfolio.   
Swan at Heronmarsh, Rudyard, by Will Knight.

Swan at Heronmarsh, Rudyard, by Will Knight.

In illustrating  the winter beauty of the Peak District, Don's choice of monochrome really did it justice.................
Wolfscotedale, by Don Barker

Wolfscotedale, by Don Barker

as did the colouring  from the opposite end of the spectrum in Mick's attractive scene nearer to Leek.
Evening Light on Hencloud, by Mick Johnson

Evening Light on Hencloud, by Mick Johnson

Cliff has perfectly captured the treacherous aspect of snow and ice, reminding us how especially thankful we are to return home safely after some winter journeys. 
Winter Ramshw, by Cliff Beardmore

Winter Ramshw, by Cliff Beardmore

Having viewed some very real Christmas-card-looking scenes, we now have some very real Christmas cards.  By kind permission of Brian and Carrie, below is a collection of their recent cards showing some of Brian’s beautifully classic photography. 

Xmas 2009, by Brian Ross

Xmas 2009, by Brian Ross

 

Xmas 2009, by Brian Ross

Xmas 2007, by Brian Ross

 
When The Snow Melts, by Brian Ross

When The Snow Melts, by Brian Ross

 

Xmas 2008, by Brian Ross

Xmas 2008, by Brian Ross

 

Internal-Decor, by Brian Ross

Internal-Decor, by Brian Ross

Wonderful !    It must be great to be on Brian and Carrie’s Christmas Card list.   What images will they be bringing back from their forthcoming assent of Mount Kilimanjaro, we wonder, and of  course, they have the Club's very best wishes in this their fund-raising event for Cancer Research.

We now have two more  classic "snow-filled" Christmas Cards, this time they are the artistic creation of Ron Clewes, together with another "picture postcard" scene of his too, all of them full of atmosphere.   So much so that I can imagine on these walks, puppies rolling around, coats covered in snow, and with icy flakes clinging to their whiskers, having such fun as they do, and absolutely in their element.

Canal Bridge Post Lane, by Ron Clewes
Canal Bridge Post Lane, by Ron Clewes
Path to Endon Basin, by Ron Clewes (1)
Path to Endon Basin, by Ron Clewes (1)
Path to Endon Basin, by Ron Clewes (2)

Path to Endon Basin, by Ron Clewes (2)

As we now near the end of our project, we have an extremely atmospheric Christmas Card created for the Members by our Chairman and his Wife.   Whilst they have given us a real sense of the prevalent sub zero temperatures here, they have also ‘painted’ that certain warm glow of the setting sun – beautiful, thank you Doreen and Dave.

Season's Greetings 2010, by Dave & Doreen Graham

Season's Greetings 2010, by Dave & Doreen Graham

And finally, below are two images by Ray Baddeley.  I trust that Ray has this perfect pair framed and on his wall;  they certainly deserve a pride of place.   

Hales Hall Pool, by Ray Baddeley

Hales Hall Pool, by Ray Baddeley

Winter at Woodhead Pool, by Ray Baddeley

Winter at Woodhead Pool, by Ray Baddeley

I hope Viewers enjoy this  “Winter's Tale”;   thank you to all the Photographer  Members who have kindly contributed – a Merry Christmas and  a Happy New Year.

Ann Sharratt.

23rd December, 2009.

 

 

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