In second place was a still life shot taken by Margaret Ragget and in fact Dillon had input into this shot as well because it was taken at his home studio. The scene was a simple arrangement of wine, a lit candle, cheese and fruit taken against a black background. It appears that the only lighting for the scene comes from the candle and overall it was beautifully composed and deserved the high mark that it achieved on the night.
Liam Enright took a fabulous shot of a frog that is just breaking the water and he got third place for his efforts. The viewer's eyes are drawn to frogs head and eyes which are perfectly in focus and the rest of the scene had an exquisite bokeh, which added tremendously to the picture. Bokeh is a Japanese word that means blur or an area of the photograph that is out of focus, but overall it adds an aesthetic quality to the picture.
We discussed our trip to Valentia Island which a a brilliant success and we are planning at least one other outing before we break up for the summer. Also on the agenda was the subject of holding an exhibition of our photography and since the meeting we have been offered a space in the library in Tralee. We are hoping that this exhibition will take place in the middle of June and I will keep you informed of the progress in the notes in the coming weeks.
Thursday May 5th is the date of our next meeting and as usual it will begin at 8pm in the Ardfert Golf Club. We always welcome new members and guests to the club which has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, no need to have a fancy camera, come along and learn how to take better pictures. For further information contact Francis Foley on 087 905 4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The photography theme for the next meeting is Street Life. Forthcoming themes include flowers, wildlife, action\movement and self portraits. We will also have a workshop on composition where we will discuss amongst other things the rule of thirds, the rule of odds, the rule of space and diagonal composition techniques.