Early morning mist over Baslow
Burbage Brook cuts through Padley Gorge over rocks and boulders.
Late evening sun breaks through the woodland in Bradgate Park.
An early October morning on the Norfolk Broads with St.Benets Mill.
The incoming tide makes it way around the mussels beds with the background of the famous Hunstanton cliff layer cake.
A woman deep in her own thoughts almost hidden away from life among the dunes and beach huts.
So why do I belong to two camera clubs? A good question indeed. The initial reason was due to the infancy of my position as Programme Secretary of Earl Shilton Camera Club (ESCC), I wanted ideas, I wanted to see how other camera clubs run. For that reason the decision to join Leicester Forest Photographic Society (LFPS) was successful. I’ve got speakers and ideas from LFPS which I’ve brought to ESCC. Moreover, from a personal point of view, I was already tired of ESCC peer voting system. I needed something else where I felt appreciation was lacking from my photography. Sure enough this also has been fulfilled. I have tried to keep my photographs separate, but obviously there has been some cross over but nothing that has compromised either club. In fact it is common practice it seems if you live out of Leicester to be a member of two clubs, so it is certainly no big deal at all. Also I really do think it has sharpened my photography. If I had solely stayed at ESCC I wonder what would have happened. Nevertheless due to peer voting, there is clearly favouritism and political voting within the ranks which I dislike. No matter how many rules are in place it is difficult to stop. With judge voting, at least the critique is from a person who has experience and has seen many many images to know what’s good and what’s bad even if the result is unexpected. Camera club photography is different. It is considered more of an art than purely the taking of photos. No one will tell you that, it only comes with experience. I like both clubs. I enjoy the competitive nature at LFPS with so many competitions. It fulfils my competitive streak. At ESCC I want to see the club get better. The facilities, apart from the projector, are excellent. However we are stuck between 2 members who are the special ones and 2 new members who wannabe the champs, and some members don’t like it! I must confess I am under-performing at ESCC considering my success at LFPS. I have considered quitting ESCC altogether. I have already relinquished the Programme Secretary role for 2013/14 onwards. But I feel I must give it one more shot. The ambition at LFPS remains high. Yes I would like to get into Group A but is my photography edgy enough? Too much chocolate box, not enough people/manipulation?
Visit my Hall of Fame page to see how well I’ve done at these clubs.
Is creative photography judged on your photographic skills, artist skills or photoshop skills? Being a member of 2 camera clubs, I am constantly finding that winning images are not the skill as a photographer but as a artist that is good or OK at Photoshop. Judges, whether they are camera club members or paid judges, feel they can only associate creative photography with tarting a bad/crap/average image in Photoshop. Adobe’s premier image editing application gets bad press for being a tool that should rescue any poorly executed image into a winner! Primarily Photoshop was a graphic designer’s tool which has now been hijacked by photographers you will use a fraction of the functions within. I get annoyed with camera club lecturers who say “I hate using Photoshop, I only dabble in it!”. Liars! Their images would not look like that unless they spent time. There are some brilliant examples of composite creative photography using multiple images and creating something imaginative which actually works. Also there are some wonderful creative images that use their skill of working the camera to creative images either using long exposures, multiple exposure, panning, lens zoom, creative lens movement and using off camera flash. These are very rarely commended by judges. Why? It makes you just go and take crap photos and then “play around Photoshop” until something is revealed. The argument continues…
Creative results at Leicester Forest Photographic Society
KT Allen from Wigan 10 Foto Club creates brilliant composites
The Creative Group of the RPS with ideas and portfolios
Look at what Google threw up when searching in Images for Creative Photography
Creative photography can have massive impact, but unless you do your research and have a plan in mind, it will just looked “Photoshopped” and in my book, that’s for the recycle bin!