Firstly to the pictures that scooped the praise for making it into the top three. In first place we had a magnificent picture of two puffins that was captured by our club mentor Dillon Boyer. In second place was one from one of the clubs founder members James O'Loughlin, who produced a stunning picture of an Owl. The third place spot was another brilliant capture by Liam Enright of some gulls fighting for scraps of food.
The state of play in the photographer of the year is that Steve Baker still holds a commanding lead of 25 points over Francis Foley who has a total of 101, who in turn is followed closely by Liam Enright on 99 and Margaret Raggett on 94. In the last few remaining weeks left in the competition, those behind Steve will have to pull out all the stops if they want to overhaul Steve's total.
My photography tip this week is on Shutter Priority. When your camera is set to record in Shutter Priority Mode all you do is set the shutter speed and the camera will take care of everything else so that a good exposure is captured. So, for example, if you wanted to capture a fast moving object without blur then we would set the camera to operate at a high shutter speed maybe one thousandth of a second or faster. Conversely, if we wanted to capture the movement of a funfair ride then we would the camera shutter speed to a low setting such as 1 sec, this would show a blurred image of the lights on the ride conveying movement. Obviously a tripod would be required to hold the camera steady if the shutter speed was set that low and in fact it is recommended to use a tripod for all shutter speeds less that one sixtieth of a second.
There are exciting times ahead for the camera club as we are in the midst of organising an exhibition of our work in the Tralee Library which will run from June 20th to June 30th. We will be organising a Grand Opening with a high profile Guest to do the honours. Most of the membership will have at least 3 pictures on display and virtually all of the photos will be for sale. We urge the Ardfert Community to come out an support us by coming along to the opening and exhibition. I will up to date information on the opening for the next Review.
At our second meeting on May 26th we selected the photos that will be put on display for the exhibition. There will be a wide variety of shots to see, everywhere from Ardfert to Australia, wild life to domesticated pets, portrait and landscapes. Come along to the exhibition and I guarantee that you will enjoy the experience.
Remember that 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 or visit our website at http://ardfertcameraclub.weebly.com.