What we’ve been up to at Midhurst Camera Club.
Speaker Night – Viveca Koh
From iPhoneography to Fellowship: My Continuing Journey
Last night we had the pleasure of a return visit by Viveca Koh. Viveca last came to Midhurst Camera Club about three year’s ago and wowed everybody with a talk on “Urban Exploration to Fine Art: A Photographic Journey”. Since then we have been trying to get her back and last night it finally happened. This time Viveca spoke at length about a subject that is of rising prominence in the photograph world, Smartphone Photography, or Iphoneography as Viveca likes to call it. She also spoke on how she obtained her Fellowship with the Royal Photographic Society. No mean feat I assure you.
Smartphone Photography is the elephant in the room in the photographic world. Many experienced photographers like to ignore its existence or not take it seriously. Phone cameras have been improving steadily over the years, for instance, the new iPhone X has a 12MP sensor array (for taking zoomed-in pictures, or capturing depth perception in a scene). The iPhone X also has an f/2.4 aperture. This elephant is now becoming seriously large and can no longer be ignored.
It was unfortunate that the attendance was a bit down for the evening. I think many members would be kicking themselves if they could see what they missed. Like Roy Matthews before her Viveca decided to split the evening into two parts. The first part of the evening was a talk about the many different apps produced to support smartphone photographers. together with examples of Viveca’s work and which apps and effects she had used to get the results. Among the many apps she listed were: Percolator, Hipstamatic, Glaze, and Photoshop Touch (now discontinued by Adobe). There is a wealth of editing apps, plus texture apps giving photographers the ability to produce incredibly artistic works of art nowadays. We were taken on photographic journey plus explanations on why she had done certain things in her images together with an explanation of which apps had provided the effects . I think that it’s only fair to add that Viveca Koh has exceptional artistic insight plus first-rate compositional skills so everything she showed us was quite brilliant. She makes the whole process look very easy but as in most types of photography a certain amount of application is essential.
The second part of the evening was a talk on how Viveca obtained her Fellowship with the Royal Photographic Society and the pitfalls she encountered in obtaining this prestigious award.
Originally planning to submit a book based on her Uncle’s poetry, for which 40 images were required. Viveca explained how her book passed the first stage of the two-step process (the Visual Arts Panel) but was failed by the Fellowship Panel. Following advice it was recommended that she submit 20 of the best images as a Print Submission. This then led to her obtaining her FRPS.
Viveca took us through her successful prints as a slideshow, explaining why she chose them. As each image was based on a particular poem written by her Uncle she explained the artistic processes that led up to her composing each image. Viveca had also brought along her actual panel so people could actually see the images at first hand. Slideshows tend not to do justice to photographs.
A very informative and enjoyable evening with members already suggesting we hold workshops on iPhoneography. Viveca has produced a PDF about the apps she uses for her smartphone photography. She has promised to send this to me and as soon as I have it I will make it available on our Knowledgebase for Club Members.
I hope we don’t have to wait so long before we see Viveca Koh back again for another great talk.
Viveca Koh FRPS is a self-taught Fine Art photographer, with a special fascination for small details, for lost, abandoned, poignant and generally broken objects, and also for darkness contrasting with light, both in a physical and emotional sense.
Many of her illustrative images simply evolve as she is working on them – “I start off with a quite straightforward idea of what I want to achieve but am always willing to venture wherever the photograph wants me to go, as I overlay multiple images together or add textures, scanned documents as new layers, and subtle shading. Two photographs may blend together in a way that I could not have previously imagined, and this is one of the things that I find so exciting and all-consuming when I work, to produce a final image that perhaps a little bit different, that invokes emotion in the viewer and makes them question their sense of the world as they know it”.
In June 2014 she was awarded a Fellowship Distinction by the Royal Photographic Society, following on from an Associateship Distinction in June 2011 and a Licentiateship Distinction in 2010.
Viveca’s website is at www.vivecakohphototography.com
Article and Photographs by Richard Corkrey – 07/12/2017
Competition: Print – Round 1 – “Blue Mood” – Judge: Roger Crocombe
“Last (Small) Wave of the Day” by Mike Hughes – Winner Club Class
Our first print competition of the 2017/2018 season was also Judge, Roger Crocombe’s last ever competition. He would now be enjoying a well earned retirement from club competition judging. The theme was “Blue Mood” and it was interesting to see how the members interpreted this theme in their images. There were definitely many shades of Blue on show.
Ten members submitted prints for Club Class. The top 3 images all showed creative input and imagination. The results were:
1st – “Last (Small) Wave of the Day” by Mike Hughes
2nd – “Monday” by Alf Russell
3rd – “Famous For His Blue Mood” by Angela Wright
For Advanced Class 39 images were submitted by 13 members and Roger did well giving his considered critique in the available time. The results were:
1st – “A Winter’s Morning on the South Downs” by Judi Lion
2nd – “Vik Church in the Cold Light of Dawn” by Jill Denis
3rd – “Choral Evensong, Itchen Stoke” by Patrick Balfour
Well done to all members who submitted images to this competition with a theme that proved to be quite challenging. Our big thanks goes to Roger Crocombe for excellent judging on this night and all the times he visited our club in the past.
Our next competition is a PDI competition with a theme. “People” on Wednesday, 3rd January. The Judge will be Ken Scott.
Article by Elke Epp, Photographs by Richard Corkrey – 23/11/2017
Interclub Competition: Midhurst CC vs Ludshott PS – Judge: Martin Faiers
Initiated by Ludshott Photographic Society, our Club was invited to a friendly Inter-Club Competition at their meeting hall next to St Luke’s Church, Grayshott. The evening was judged by Martin Faiers from Old Coulsdon CC.
A good turnout from Midhurst with 17 members and many members from Ludshott were present.
Judging was done by points out of 10. Our club class images did well and Mike Hughes scored 10 points each for his images “Dawn’s Eerie Light” and “Hoary Tree”. Another favourite of our club also did well, Shirley Blott’s “The Great British Summer” which was also awarded 10 points.
It was interesting to see images new to us from the Ludshott members who are particularly good at natural history: “Too Shy To dance” and “Pallas Cat”. They both scored 10 points each.
For Advanced Class Clive Blott scored 10 points for “Buster”, a great image capturing the decisive moment in time.
Ludshott did well with three images in Advanced Class scoring 10 points, “European Garden Spider”, “The Bookworm” and “Short-Eared Owl Hunting”.
Members from both clubs really enjoyed the evening and a return match is already in planning when we will invite Ludshott to visit our club.
Article by Elke Epp – 23/11/2017
Speaker Night – Roy Matthews
Light Painting Still Life
Anyone who is interested in Photographic Art, and Still life in particular was given a treat last night when Midhurst Camera Club welcomed Roy Matthews to give a talk on “Light Painting Still Life”. Indeed, Roy is an expert on this subject and his measured approach to a branch of photography that requires great patience, and a good dose of creative skill, was masterly.
We had a good attendance for the evening which was split into two parts. The first part of the evening was given over to a presentation about the history of light painting together with examples by photographers such as Gjon Mili, and Man Ray. Roy then went on to show the different areas where light painting can be used and the tools that can be employed to achieve the effects. Roy also showed examples of Dutch Still Life paintings such as: “Banquet Still Life” by Adriaen van Utrecht, and “Asparagus” by Adriaen Coorte, explaining how works such as these have influenced his photography.
The second part of the evening was in the form of a demonstration consisting of a small table top display of objects, a selection of light sources, and a tethered camera.
The table display was in the form of some pewter jugs and a two year-old bulb of garlic on a black velvet cloth. The camera was mounted on a tripod and tethered to a laptop through Lightroom.
After taking several shots, adjusting the camera and employing different light painting techniques, Roy ended up with a series of images with different light “footprints”. He was then able to select the images he liked, adjust them in Lightroom, and load them up as layers into Photoshop. In Photoshop Roy then adjusted the blending mode of each layer so that each layer interacted to produce a result very close to a Dutch Still Life painting.
Club Members were then invited to participate and try their hands at light painting. Like Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) there is a lot of trial and even more error involved in this. You are bound to end up with a lot of unusable images. The idea is to end up with a some good images amongst the bad. This brings us back to the bit about patience.
It was hoped that this part of the evening would be longer but unfortunately we ran out of time. It was very informative evening and I fully expect to see images using these ideas making an appearance in Club Competitions.
Roy started his photographic career in the early 1980’s with publishing house Hodder & Stoughton where he became chief photographer producing cover artwork, author portraits and advertising media.
In 1990 he turned freelance and has since worked in many areas of photography including advertising (food & product), travel, tourism, company report & editorial for such clients as the BBC, BT, Unwins, CB Richard Ellis, M&S, and John Lewis.
In recent years Roy has also been running a variety of photography workshops, both locally and at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.
Article and Photographs by Richard Corkrey – 09/11/2017
Competition: PDI – Round 1 – “Open” – Judge: David Eastley LRPS
Last night we held our first PDI Competition of the season. The theme was “Open”, and the judge was David Eastley LRPS. This is a league competition so the scores will be aggregated, counting toward the League Cup. There are three competitions in this category and as the name suggests all entries are Projected Digital Images.
All MCC members are split into two leagues “Club” for new members, and “Advanced” for the more experienced. Last night there were 32 entries in “Club” Class and 39 entries in the “Advanced” Class. I have to say that the standard in “Club” was exceptionally high. Many images could easily have held their own in the other class.
The judge’s comments were fair and comprehensive with more time spent on the “Club” images to help the newer members improve their craft.
The first part of the evening was for “Club Class” entries. There was quite a variety of subjects including a dungeon, some backpacks, and a theme park attraction to name but a few. The results were:
1st – “Bygones” by Ann Wright
2nd – “Underground Dungeon” by Luis Ramos
3rd – “Greylag” by David Trojak
The “Advanced Class” section, which took up the second part of the evening, results were as follows:
1st – “Gray Wolf” by Tony Jones
2nd – “I Think He Went That Way” by Colin Bird
3rd – “Fulmar on Fair Isle” by Jill Denis
It was good to see some of our newer members receiving places in this competition. I hope this is a trend that will continue.
Our next competition is a print competition with a theme. “Blue Mood” on Wednesday, 22nd November. The Judge will be Roger Crocombe.
Article and Photographs by Richard Corkrey – 26/10/2017
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