20/05/14 Field trip to Godrevy with David Chapman

Godrevy

Photographers prowling the cliff tops – Eddie McGann

With an excellent member turn out and great lighting for landscape photography we all met up with professional photographer David Chapman at Godrevy car park, where he proceeded to lead the group to the beach along with a faint chant of ‘Hi Ho Hi Ho’ in the background. The sea air was clear and the lighting crisp, providing nice contrast at the start of the shoot, later the setting sun would create richer colours and subtle tones allowing club members to employ different photo techniques.

Godrevy

Godrevy Flare – Eddie McGann

Whilst David shared advice and tips with club members others explored the coastline for photo opportunities, employing a variety of photographic techniques from ND filters and long exposures to HDR. David and a club member braved the waves down on the rocks in pursuit of long exposures of Godrevy Lighthouse providing a one to one photography session in which she found the whole experience exciting and informative. Club members along with David showed plenty of enthusiasm staying right to the very end well after sunset in pursuit of that special photo. No screams or splashes were heard in the darkness so we still have full club membership.

Godrevy

Godrevy Snapper – Eddie McGann

The evening turned out to be a great experience due to mixing with like minded photographers, having expert guidance and knowledge provided by David Chapman, lovely weather and beautiful views of the Godrevy coastline.

In September the photographs of the evening will be viewed by club members and also David himself. This will be something to look forward to, as having expert feedback and tips on how to improve our photography will benefit members and the club.

Words by Eddie McGann.

13/05/14 David Chapman Presentation

Keep an eye on the foreground

David Chapman gave an excellent presentation on landscape photography this evening. David is a well-known local photographer. He talked in detail about various landscape techniques. We learnt how to ensure depth of field is appropriate to the subject, i.e. which parts of the shot can be in focus: foreground; mid-ground; background or everything. David emphasised the importance of having some interest in the foreground and using natural lines in the landscape to draw the eye into the picture. He demonstrated how to use the framing grid in the viewfinder to place key parts of the picture. We learnt about graduated filters both as on-camera add on filters and as digital filters in Photoshop or Lightroom.

Our next meeting was to be the field trip to Godrevy with David. He therefore kindly set some homework as preparation! We were asked to download depth of field charts appropriate to our cameras and lenses. David wisely acknowledged that memorising the charts would be a challenge! (Some of our members are over 45!) He suggested we learnt the depths of field for a few different apertures.

Towanroath Sunset by N Bathe.

Towanroath Sunset by N Bathe.

The evening was closed with a short viewing of members’ pictures taken at the Outsid’er Festival Sunset Photography session at Wheal Coates earlier in the month. It became clear that the members who had been able to withstand the cold for longer than the others were treated to a vivid final few minutes of the sunset.

Words by Brian Guttridge.