Welcome to this week's H2 Newsletter. Our thanks to David (Woods) and Jeff (Sinclair) for their presentations on Thursday.
David's topic was on his way of doing macro photography; firstly, running through the theory of how macro images are defined by their comparative size on the cameras sensor: a subject on the sensor at a ratio of 1:1 or greater is considered macro. David then ran through the many & various ways that macro images can be taken, be they with a 'true' macro lens or a more ubiquitous zoom lens, or with extension tubes, or close-up filters or reversing rings, along with other various bits of kit.
He then showed us how he lights his subjects with example images lit with a selection of light-sources from natural light to ring-flash. An excellent introduction to macro photography; thank you, David.
After tea and coffee break (thanks to Chris and Paul (M) for manning the urn this week), Jeff gave a presentation on tethering - connecting a camera to a computer enabling the user to see on the computer screen what is on camera's viewfinder. This followed on fittingly from David's presentation because of the 'table-top' characteristics of macro photography. But, as Jeff explained, tethering can also be used advantageously for still life images, and even natural history images where the camera is placed on a tripod close to the subject with the computer some distance away. The only limit is on the length of the connecting cable, it seems. And, as ever, on the photographers' imagination.
As you can see from our Dates for your Diary below, the Much Hadham Village Fete (and Dog Show) is on Bank Holiday Monday 26 August between 12 noon and 4.30pm. This fete has been held annually since 1950 and is on the Recreational Ground, Tower Hill, Much Hadham, SG10 6DL. Unfortunately, we are not able to have our own stall at the fete this year, it seems to get booked up early but for those members who wish an afternoon out on the Bank Holiday, it should make an interesting visit.
We should all now be planning to get our very best and creative images of the people and places of Much Hadham up on our H2 Flickr group page. The closing date for entries is 31 August, because the selection process for the images to go forward to be printed up for our Time Stamp Exhibition will be on 3 September.
If you have questions about our Flickr group, or need help or an invitation to the page, please contact Jeff (Sinclair) & Paul (Major) via this email address.
One of the images that Stephen (Mason) took of the Much Hadham MP, Mark Prisk
Social Media - Website
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This is one of the many images taken of St Andrew's Church, Much Hadham, for a chance to feature in our upcoming Time Stamp Exhibition on Sunday 15 September. This example by David (Woods) has given the church interior an innovative & creative twist.
Photo Opportunities for this Week
Latin American Photography 1959 to 2016: The Photographers' Gallery Cafe
For anyone interested in this era, take a look. Mostly in mono. Runs until 6 October
Cutting Edge: Modernist British Printmaking
Not photography admittedly but some interesting images with lessons to be learnt about image construction, perspective and colour. On until 8 September at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Cindy Sherman: National Portrait Gallery
There’s this great Cindy Sherman quote that goes,
"I’m disgusted with how people get themselves to look beautiful." Disgust, anger, cynicism and mockery: those are the American artist’s fiercest tools. Her now almost iconic photography – mostly an exercise in extreme self-portraiture – might look like someone playing dress-up for decades, but Sherman has targets, and she is merciless. Well worth a look. On until 15 September.
One never knows what one will come across - Jo (Cleall) happed upon these bell-ringers on one of her visits to Much Hadham church. The mono works well.
Dates for your Diary
Thursday Practical Summer Sessions: Please bring your camera equipment to every session. Lights, tripods everything that could be possible needed. We will be doing portraits and may even get really creative and capture Much Hadham by doing some macro work. Who knows we are only limited by our own imagination.
Sessions begin at 7:30pm. Starting location Much Hadham Village Hall.
The following sessions will focus on creating images for the Much Hadham Time-Stamp Exhibition:
22nd August - Practical photographic session
Bank Holiday Monday: 26th August - The Much Hadham Village Fete (& Dog Show) runs between 12 noon and 4.30pm. All members welcome to attend.
31st August – Exhibition Entry Deadline 3rd September – Judge selection of exhibition images 5th September – Images sent to SimLab printers 12th September – Preview evening for invited guests. 15th Time-Stamp Exhibition – Green Room Time Stamp Exhibition Day
A Harlow bus driver works the same route every day to and from Much Hadham. One morning a pensioner gets on, touches-in her bus pass and gives the driver a bag of peanuts saying, " Here you go, these are for you".
This happens every day for a week and by now the driver is getting a bit fed up with eating peanuts so the next time the lady gets on says, "No, you're all right, love, you eat them this time".
The pensioner seems hurt and says, "Oh, come on, I can't eat them, I've got false teeth. I just enjoy sucking the chocolate off them".
Our new Home
The Summer Sessions and all our new meetings will take place at our new home:
Much Hadham Village Hall