21/01/16 Speaker George Collings

Our first talk of the year was by the well known local photographer George Collings, entitled “The Costal Intimate Landscape”.

George started by explaining that he’s always had an interest in abstract work and was inspired to try and create his own intimate landscape images after attending a lecture.

George’s approach is to get ‘up close’; seeking out texture, shape and colour in the coastal rock formations to create special abstract images.

He uses a Canon 7D, usually with a Sigma 18-200 and to keep everything steady he uses a Manfrotto 190 and a remote/timer shutter release. He also usually carries a paintbrush, to clean around the area he photographing and an umbrella on sunny days to provide some shade.  His usual settings are f22, with image stabilisation turned off (as the camera is on a tripod), ISO 100-200, and a  2 second exposure. The camera is set to manual or aperture priority.  He uses only ambient light – no flash. Initially George used a water spray to give the scene a fresh wet look but feels the images are better without this nowadays.

He then went on to show a fantastic selection of his images from a variety of beaches including: Plaidy Beach (near Looe); Kynance Cove; Priests Cove (Cape Cornwall); Charlestown; Boscastle; Porthleven; Salt House Beach (Widemouth Bay), Sandymouth (a few miles up from Bude); Godrevy; Bedruthan Steps

Check out George’s work at his website: georgecollingsphotography.weebly.com

He also showed us some sample of images taken in caves but stressed the need to be careful so as not to get caught out by the tide.

Many members said they felt inspired to get out to the beach with their cameras now.

By Ian Williams