Our contingency plan was a slide show from two of our most experienced and well-travelled members Ian Willey and Dillon Boyer. Ian was first up and he arranged his photographs into a number of different categories. He started with portraiture with some very memorable pictures of a bearded friend of his and a striking portrait of a Masai Warrior. He then showed pictures of flowers and a particular favourite of his was his bird shots with some beautiful shots of Owls that stuck in my mind. He then moved on to framing and how he used natural and manmade objects to frame his subject. He demonstrated this in his use of doorways, car interiors, windows, trees and holes in rocks to frame the picture. Then Ian moved on to colours and how they can enhance a picture, some very beautiful were taken on a recent trip down a part of route 66 in the USA. Another firm favourite of Ian is wildlife and he showed us picture taken on 4 of the 7 continents namely Europe, North America, Africa and Antarctica.
Our second show was put together by Dillon; these were arranged in random order and again showed scenes from all over the world. In America we had pictures taken in the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley AKA John Wayne Country, Yellowstone National Park and the Tetons Range in Wyoming. In the UK we were enthralled by pictures taken in the Lake District, Scotland, the Cullins Hills in the Isle of Skye and many other chocolate box picture locations throughout the country. Iceland is another favourite location of Dillon’s and we were treated to pictures of the countryside, glaciers and the city of Reykjavik. All of these pictures were interspersed with the local beauty spot and again this picture has all the hallmarks of well taken shots. The composition was top class, we have something in fore, middle and backgrounds, the followed either the rule of thirds or one of the diagonal compositions. The colours and lighting were striking and the pictures were sharp.
For our next meeting we plan to have the cancelled outing and hopefully this time the weather will oblige. We will meet at the Ardfert Cathedral at 7pm and I will send out a text that day to remind the people and let them know if it is going ahead. If you would like some more information on our club then visit our website at http://ardfertcameraclub.weebly.com