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Newsletter No. 87
27th October 2017


Newsletter No. 87


Review of meeting on August 12th 2017

August is not always the best attended month but this time Ian Bateman drew an exceptional attendance from members and visitors. Included amongst the visitors were several VIPs’ from the photographic and AV world. Ian started from a presumption that his audience all knew the basics of making a sequence and spent the morning working on details to improve our work Voice recording was the first thing covered and one member was “volunteered” to make a recording which was put in to a pre-prepared sequence.

Tips - Keep the mike to one side rather than speaking directly in to it. This avoids sibilance. Carry a small digital recorder in your camera bag to record ambient sound (waves, a stream etc) this is easier than taking sound from your camera and better quality. Audio mixing is covered in the notes Ian sent out. Making an icon for an exe file is also in Ian’s notes and Ian showed us how to set this up so we can then create a different icon for each sequence.



Attendees intently following Ian's every word (Photo by Clive Rathband).

We started the afternoon with members’ sequences -
Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion by Sue Winkworth A photo harmony depicting Bristol Docks.
In the Beginning by Clive and Joan Rathband A photo harmony of glass abstracts –but with a theme.
Tough Mudder A Challenge over 12 miles Sand and Water Interpretation of Sand?
Holloway A Story of Ancient Trackways
Showtime by Sheila Haycox A remake of an AV shown at last Waves with a better voice over and more commentary. After the sequences Ian continued his talk with how to use video in AVs.

We had a very intensive day and were grateful for Ian’s very detailed notes which were forwarded to all members. Finally Linda and Edgar Gibbs have asked us to remind everyone about the National AV Championships in Leeds on 23/24 September. Hope to see you all on Saturday
Newsletter No. 86
08th July 2017
Newsletter No. 86


Review of meeting on May 14 2017
This was our AGM which is traditionally not well attended. However this year the attendance was good and we were able to welcome three new members and a visitor. The meeting commenced with a minutes silence to remember Maureen Albright who had been a long time dedicated member of Waves and of the RPS.

The formal AGM was concluded quickly and we finished the morning with the sequences from the annual challenge. There were quite a few entries and they were entertaining and varied.

The audience vote for first place was for a sequence by a new member, Roger Holman entitled “Water Meadows” this was an emotive photo harmony sequence following the seasons on the Somerset Wetlands which everyone enjoyed. A close second was “In the Beginning” by Clive Rathband - all the photographs were close up sections of a glass paperweight, although we only began to identify this at the very end. Third place went to “Come Rain or Shine by Richard Ramsay. Congratulations to all entrants for meeting the challenge so well.

The choice of titles for next year’s challenge are –

1 Bizarre
2 A Day Out.

The afternoon session started with a request from Robert Allbright - If anyone is considering applying for PAGB awards and distinctions in May 2018 please express an interest to the PAGB. If insufficient interest is shown by December this year the May assessments will be cancelled.

There then followed a selection of members sequences.

1. A True Rendition by Robert Allbright

Does the detailed accuracy (‘specificity’) of the camera make it untruthful? The history of visual culture shows that painters have always used tools to interpret truth; at first they used the glass lens and the camera obscura. Art photographers follow a long tradition; they bring to their subject personal emotions and responses - ’the subject is yourself.’ That's part of the alchemy of art, how an artist can transform one thing into another. This skill is employed by both photographers and painters to express their true feelings and values.

2. London by Heather Bennett

Having joined Wantage AV group in January, I took the plunge to make my first AV, using the many images of London I possess. For the music I decided on a song by Barry Manilow recorded in 1980.

3. Dad rides on by Anne Logan

This sequence was recently highly commended at the WCPF AV competition.


4. Diving in the Red Sea by Allan Edwards

5. White Water by Richard Ramsay

This sequenced comprised of images taken at two white water canoeing events held in Cardiff and at the Olympic course at Lee Valley.

6. From Haytor Rocks to the Sea by Peter Budd

This sequence was recently commended at the WCPF AV competition and records the 18 mile route taken to carry granite, quarried on Haytor on Dartmoor, down to Teignmouth where it was loaded on to ships carrying it to London for the construction of London Bridge, The British Museum and the National Gallery. The route comprised a railway constructed of granite that ran from Haytor rocks to Ventford and then the Stover canal to the river Teign and on to Teignmouth. This unique transport system was in use between 1820 and 1860.

7. Memories of Charnia by Peter Budd

A short photo-harmony of images taken on the many visits I made to this beautiful city in Crete.

8. Shakespeare at Waves by John Long

This was the first shown at the 2010 theme day and as quite a lot of work had gone into it, I thought it might be an idea to make the members suffer by showing it again! Seriously, as we have a number of new members, so I considered it might be a “filler” if there was time to show it.

9. A Shakespeare quotation for the 2017 Theme Day by John Long

I looked at a website which gave details of a number of Shakespeare’s most famous quotations and decided on “Frailty – thy name is Woman” This was a “tongue in cheek” effort and showed the results of a portrait session with a girl called Tara. It started with fairly pleasing poses, then she became rather aggressive showing fists to the camera also rather angry poses with outstretched hands like talons. The final images asked the question “So Mr. Shakespeare, would you consider this woman as frail?

We next saw the 3 sequences entitled Inspired by the Landscape, Adelstrop and The Vision by Peter Rose which earned him a CPAGB. Finally, Clive and Joan Rathband are digitizing the AV collection of Sir George Pollock and showed us one of his early works. The pictures may be old but it still showed us the standard we all want to achieve.

Several of our new members have been asking for a definition of photo-harmony details below -
Photo Harmony
Photo Harmony is intended to demonstrate skill in the production and visual progression of still images linked to sound. No words or story with a specific beginning, middle and ending are required. The emphasis is on matching the images with appropriate transitions and harmonising them with the sound. Video clips are not allowed in the sequence.
Techniques
The purpose is to display a set of images which harmonise with each other and with the sound used. The sequence should be constructed so that images progress harmoniously in terms of colour or tone and graphic design. The aim is not to display images which may be excellent when considered individually but which fail to harmonise with each other and with the sound chosen. It is recommended that the sound and the images start and finish together and that the original ending of the music is preserved rather than an arbitrary fade-out.
As with all techniques, digital manipulation can easily be overdone and result in an effect counter-productive to the one intended. Such modifications should be carefully matched to the overall concept being communicated by the images.


And finally the next meeting will be on Saturday 12th August.



The Three Wisemen of the Committee
WCPF Audio Visual Competition 2017
23rd April 2017
WCPF AV Competition 2017



The WCPF Audio Visual Competition 2017 was held at Clyst St Mary Exeter on Saturday April 1st, unfortunatly the Judge Martin Fry FRPS, AFIAP, BPE2*, APAGB was unwell on the day and unable to attend, but he had pre-judged the sequences and his comments and awards were read out by the WCPF President, Bill Aven.

There were 34 sequences entered, half of which fell into the ‘long’ category (between 4 and 12 minutes and half ‘short’ category (less than 4 minutes). 17 entries also qualified for the Photo Harmony category. A list of the winning sequences appears below, for further details and photos please go to the WCPF website - http://www.wcpf.org.uk/pages/wcpf-av-2017.php

As in the past few years WAVES members again had success on the day, especially in the Photo Harmony Category with 1st, 2nd and 3rd -

Shelia Haycox: 1st - Wildlife in Costa Rica (Photo Harmony) and Highly Commended - The Wonderful Crocodile (Long Sequence)

Sue Winkworth: 2nd - Cappadocia (Long sequence) and 3rd - Story Tellers (Photo Harmony)

Anne Owens: 2nd - Highland Winter (Photo Harmony)

Ann Logan: Highly Commended - Dad Rides on (Short sequence)

Peter Budd: Commended - Haytor Rocks to the Sea (Long sequence)


WINNING SEQUENCES

Long Sequence

1st The Fallen - Ian Bateman (Exmouth Photo Group)

2nd Cappadocia - Sue Winkworth (Kingswood Photo Society)

3rd In Search of the Blues - Alan Boothman (Newton Abbott Photo Soc)

HC The Chapel, The Devil, and the Bar of Soap - Ian Bateman (Exmouth Photo Group)

HC The Wonderful Crocodile - Sheila Haycox (Exmouth Photo Group)

C From Haytor Rocks to the Sea - Peter Budd (Crediton Photo Club)

C Canyon Country - Robert Harvey (Devizes Camera Club)


Short Sequence

1st Holsworthy Livestock Market - John Perriam (Exmouth Photo Group)

2nd Beauty of The Camargue - Mo Martin (Exmouth Photo Group)

3rd Crossing the Chobe - Jenny Baker (Exmouth Photo Group)

HC Dad Rides on - Anne Logan (Crediton Photo Club)


Photo Harmony

1st - Wildlife in Costa Rica - Sheila Haycox (Exmouth Photo Group)

2nd - Highland Winter - Ann Owens (Plymouth & District PC)

3rd Story Tellers - Sue Winkworth (Kingswood Photo Society)

HC Yellow - Christine Chittock (Exmouth Photo Group)


Innovation Award

Kaleidoscopic Stourhead - Christine Chittock (Exmouth Photo Group)


Audience Vote

1st The Fallen - Ian Bateman (Exmouth Photo Group)

2nd Beauty of The Camargue - Mo Martin (Exmouth Photo Group)

3rd The Chapel, The Devil, and the Bar of Soap - Ian Bateman (Exmouth Photo Group)
WAVES Day 11th February 2017
15th March 2017
News Letter No. 85 and WAVES Day Saturday 11th February 2017


Review of meeting on February 11 2017

A Snowy Day put many of our more distant members of travelling so attendance was lower than usual which was a shame as Martin Fry is always a superb speaker. This day was no exception and in spite of the weather we were able to welcome two new members and two visitors. Martin Fry FRPS EFIAP/b AV-EFIAP BPES APAGB Under the title of “A Cotswold Lad Returns” Martin took us through “A Journey from Artist to Excellence”. He started with “What England Means to Me” An emotive sequence of countryside and coastal pictures complete with church bells. The slow changes showing the magic of the third picture which is a feature of Martin’s work and which he emphasised to us at the end.

“Cousin Jack” is an old name for the Cornish miners who took their Cornish culture abroad when their local mines closed and the second sequence was their story. This was followed by sequences about the “Severn Bore” and “Cornish Love” – John Betjeman had a long love affair with Cornwall and is buried in the churchyard of St Enodocs Church on the edge of the sea. Martin talked about recording sound effects with your camera –record the sound effect as a video. It is then possible to remove the pictures and just use the sound.

We were told that 90% of an AV is visual; 5% sound and 5% the titles. Martin’s advice was to keep titles white (a shadow round them helps too) and that it is important to make a strong visual impact at the beginning of a sequence. Martin also explained how much easier it is today with digital photography and the AV programmes that are available. He emphasised the use of sound effects to set the mood of the sequence as well as the use of the variation in the loudness of the music.

An AV of “Slad Valley” showed that slow effects are good for going back to the past and transform in Photoshop can be used to line up archive material with modern (e.g. photos of a building taken several years apart). “Winters Gift” was another view of Slad Valley, and “This Special Place” was Martin’s use of visual impact to persuade local villagers that the church could be used to give the school the extra room the children needed.

A documentary called “Past Times” illustrated the need to get pace and variety into a sequence. When recording voice slow down a little and read through the script three times. Your voice will change and become more relaxes.



Martin Fry during his presentation


After lunch we started with the attendees sequences and Martin gave some very helpful critique to everyone.

1. Show Time by Sheila Haycox - An AV depicting shows that were performed on a Norway Cruise with the added element of daughter visiting Mum and being roped in to see Mum’s AV

2. Walton Common by Peter Rose - A photographic record of the flora and fauna of a year on the Nature Reserve.

3. Toeing the Line by Judith Sulley - As a former pupil of Ian Bateman from his days in Wantage, this is a sequence to mark the return of a national icon to the railway. However it was not the engine that became the lasting memory of the day.

4. Changing the Nets by Brenda Sparrow - This was a day of high winds in Brixham. The fishing boats couldn’t go out so maintenance was in order. Changing the nets was two hours of heavy, hard work.

5. Assemblage by Sheila Haycox - Putting together an assortment of images to blend and flow in colour for a short photo harmony.


Martin Fry then finished the afternoon off for us by telling us what we need for the AV-EFIAP - 20 sequences, 50 acceptances from 18 different salons in 10 different countries (but only 6 countries do it!), I’m sure we will all be having a go!!

Finally we concluded with three more AVs from Martin - The Loves I have which was the story of Barbara Hepworth, The Holy Brook – which runs through Slad Valley and The New Year, will rise up again.

An unforgettable day. Please come back soon Martin.

Don’t forget the challenge this year is an AV of less than 4 minutes. The choices are –Shakespeare; Weather or Photo Harmony. – No excuses with that selection.

And finally, due to clashes, THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE ON MAY 20TH 2017 (not the usual 13th)
WAVES
25th November 2016
WAVES Day Saturday 12th November –
Newsletter No. 84



We started the day with a special AGM to amend the constitution of the Club.
After the poor attendance at the last AGM the committee noticed that the rules contained no mention of a quorum when potentially important decisions were being made.
Being aware of the distances some of our members travel the following proposal was put forward.

Clause 6 be amended to state the following:-
A quorum for the AGM shall be 50% of paid up members plus one. If there is no quorum (at the meeting) the minutes shall be sent out to all members who then have 14 days to object to any decisions made.
This resolution was carried with no objections.

Business dealt with we were delighted to welcome Howard Bagshaw ARPS, MPAGB as our speaker for the day. Howard is always a welcome visitor to WAVES and the attendance reflected that. We were happy to see several visitors and possible new members.

Howard started with
Remembrance A sequence about the Menin Gate services held daily since 1914.
This was followed by a Gaelic lament to a lost love
A true story about Ailein Duinn accompanied by some wonderful views of the Hebrides.

A sequence from Namibia was shown next with Howard taking the opportunity to distinguish between making AVs for pleasure and family as against Competition work.

Pilansburg National Park showed us a place for wildlife watchers and photographers. This was away from the usual safari parks.

Howard then dealt with the best way to insert video in a sequence. As it can be difficult and often doesn’t work it must contribute something positive to the sequence. We were also given useful tips on working around the problem of sounds embedded in the video where the camera automatically records them.

We followed this discussion with an AV about Mont Blanc
Howard likes his gadgets and we were allowed to study his Gopro camera and his drone. I have a feeling some Christmas present lists have been added to!

This was a morning full of entertainment and learning. Thank you Howard. We all hope you will be back soon..

After lunch we watched the attendees sequences and Howard added to the constructive comments.
If any new members are nervous about entering this please don’t be. We work at all different levels and comments are always helpful.


1 News 23/7 by Sheila Haycox
This is a spoof on News 24 in the hope of making a news item less serious than we usually see.

2 Requiem for the Fields by David Castle
A very emotive sequence about the fields taken over by solar panels and therefore lost to agriculture. Music composed by Joanna Castle

3 The Peace by David Castle
Mrs Beamish keeps her distance in church. Shaking hands is not for her.

4 The fallen by Ian Bateman.
A modern remembrance installation of miniature shrouded bodies blended with pictures of traditional poppy fields

5 Dismaland by John Long
During the summer of 2015, there was much speculation regarding the activities going on within the redundant swimming pool at Weston-super-Mare. Everything was secret! However in the Autumn it was announced that a Theme Park ha been created by BANKSY – the Street Artist. A website was created and crashed several times due to so many people wishing to get a ticket.
I eventually managed to get a ticket and still had to queue for a long time to get entrance. This is the story of my sequence , possibly not a creative, but a factual sequence about the “Bemusement Park” – as described by BANKSY in the leaflet.

6 A Highland Winter by Ann Owens
My first effort at putting together an AV after an 8 year gap, due to going to a “Mac”.
This is a simple Photo Harmony made with images from my archives. Still “a work in progress” but it is a start.

The next meeting is in February 2017 when Martin Fry will pay us a return visit.

Don’t forget the challenge this year is an AV of less than 4 minutes. The choices are – Shakespeare; Weather or Photo Harmony. – No excuses with that selection.

Wishing you all a Happy Christmas.
See you next year.

Brenda S.
PAGB Awards
30th May 2016
PAGB AWARDS MAY 20/21 2016


There was success for WAVES members at the PAGB Awards held at the Wantage Camera Club .
This is only the second event held for Audio Visual awards after an updating of the rules by the PAGB.

Sue Winkworth, already an LRPS , gained her CPAGB. Peter Rose was also successful and was awarded a CPAGB.






However the best result of the weekend was the award of the MPAGB to Shelia Haycox. She is only the eighth person in the country to gain the award and joins a select group of people including Ian Bateman Edgar and Lynda Gibbs.
Many congratulations Shelia.




Gaining an MPAGB in AVs

To decipher the above -
The MPAGB stands for Master of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain - the highest
distinction one can gain in any photographic discipline with the PAGB - and equivalent to
the Fellowship, in the Royal Photographic Society. However, the difference is that the
PAGB awards are held for life without any additional annual fee and holders are entitled to use the designated letters after their name.

Each distinction demands the highest photographic standards in amateur UK photography
- and in addition, with an audio visual application - here are the requirements for the
MPAGB/AV as laid out on the PAGB website - MASTER AWARD OF THE PAGB IN AV (MPAGB/AV)

Applicants for MPAGB must have held the DPAGB for at least 11 months on the date of
the adjudication.
The standard is the very best of UK AV production and Audio Visual Sequences are
required which are likely win major national or international competitions. The entry fee is £95.00 ~ Resubmission £85.00

Three or more sequences are required with a total running time of not less than 20
minutes and not more than 30 minutes. Overlong sequences will be disqualified. A
proportion of better than competent original photography is required.There are a lot more requirements, set out in a leaflet, which can be viewed here, if you’re interested:
http://www.mcpf.co.uk/apm_leaflet_6_av_issue_2_oct_2014.pdf

I felt it was important to explain a little more about this Distinction, about how to try for one yourself! As there were only 7 successful MPAGBs in the UK until recently - it is with especial delight that I have been able to persuade the newest successful aspirant to this award to tell her story!

Here’s Sheila Haycox’s MPAGB/AV story.

I started by asking Sheila when she first started making AVs, and what was her inspiration:

SH: “My first AV was made in 2004. I wanted to record my grandchildren, from birth over
several years, and an AV was the obvious answer. It progressed from there with more
short AVs of the childrens’ trips and holidays. How they loved viewing the latest creation,and this really spurred me on to doing more.I then began to think about an AV from images I’d collected, and the idea I had was to illustrate a fantasy poem, called The Crocodile.

AO: Do you use images from your files - or do you shoot specifically? For instance, most
people know you go away on quite a few foreign trips. Do you set out with a “shooting
script”? What research do you do, especially when visiting a foreign country?

SH: I have seldom shot specifically when I’m away - but I always take “extra shots” of
anything different just in case I decided to make an AV? However, I have started doing
more research recently for some of the AVs I do, but in the main they are not of a
documentary nature. I tend to make up stories, or they are based on situations I come
across.

AO: Surely you don’t just start creating an AV? What help have you had?

SH: I recall seeing an AV by the late Val Rawlins at a WCPF AV Day, and was so
impressed I had to find out how she had created it. That’s when I discovered WAVES
(Western Counties Audio Visual Club) a club specifically set up to help and inspire those
interested in this genre. I joined it! That was in 2004, and it was the best thing I ever did!
WAVES meets once every three months in Trowbridge. A bit of a journey, but well worth it
as we get such a lot of help and inspiration with demonstrations from knowledgeable
speakers, help with sound, and various techniques for vision and how to use Pictures to
Exe, my preferred software.
What I especially like about WAVES is being able to show a piece of work in progress, and
then get comments and advice on how to improve it if necessary. Recently, small
offshoots of WAVES, called RIPPLES, have been formed, where members meet in each
other’s homes to discuss AVs, and help each other to perfect sequences. These are
usually interspersed with the regular WAVES meetings and are really useful, as work in
progress can be dealt with in much greater depth.

AO: I recall you first achieved your DPAGB/AV a few years ago. Please tell us more
about this? How does it compare, for instance, with the RPS one? How many images did
you need? Were they ‘story telling’ or images to music - I think there is now a category for this called Photo Harmony?

SH: I applied for my DPAGB/AV in October 2011. I had to produce 15 but not more than
20 minutes of audio visuals, which could be one or more pieces. I entered three - all of
which had narration and music. I was lucky enough to gain my Distinction on that
occasion. Photo Harmony wasn’t pushed so much at that time, but today, it has been
introduced as a separate category. Here is the definition, recently published for the WCPF
AV competition:
PHOTO HARMONY

should demonstrate skill in the production and visual progression of still photographs
linked to sound. No script or commentary with a specific beginning, middle and ending are
required but the images must flow well in a pleasing progression, not just in a random
manner.
The emphasis is on visual harmony in colour, tone or graphic design. The aim is not to
display a collection of single photographs which may be excellent when considered
individually but rather a sequence of pictures which blend well with each other and with the sound chosen. Good technique is essential and it is expected that the sound and the
pictures start and finish together and that the original ending of the music is preserved
rather than an arbitrary fade out.

SH: So, not an “easy option”! I applied for my ARPS/AV in April 2012, but did not hear
until October 2012 that I had been successful, as the RPS have a ‘referral system’. It was
felt that I should produce another AV to the same standard as the ones I had submitted.
This I did, and was then awarded that distinction.

AO: When did you start to think about trying for your MPAGB/AV?

SH: Goodness knows! It was always at the back of my mind, but I didn’t think I was quite
good enough. Then, just over a year ago, I decided it was time to put my name down - so
then I was committed! Fortunately, through going to WAVES and getting different opinions
on two of my latest AVs, I gained confidence and more experience, and managed to get
some sequences together for this May’s adjudications.

AO: You sound so confident when voicing a sequence! What tips can you pass on to
anyone reading this, who would like to give this a try?

SH: When I started doing this, my voice was very flat and monotonous! The advice I had
was “lift your voice; have a glass of wine before you start a recording; make the recording several times”. Over the years I think I have improved. Recently, I found someone from a drama club who was willing to do a voice-over for me, and he helped considerably. One of his tips was that I should over-emphasise - and I have found this certainly paid off "several times”

AO: Any more advice?

SH: I really can’t emphasise enough the value in joining a club like WAVES if you’re
serious and want to improve. To this end, we need more clubs for Audio Visual
enthusiasts in our area. I am trying to work on creating one, perhaps based in the Exeter
area?
I’m always thinking about different ways of producing a new sequence. For instance, how
can I make the images interesting? What sort of story shall I tell? AV Competitions such
as the RPS National and International ones are valuable as they give so much inspiration
and ideas. It really is a case of “getting out there”. Go to meetings. Talk to people. Go to demonstrations and see other AVs. Sitting at home will get you nowhere!

AO: Now - please give us an idea of the stress and tension involved with an adjudication
like the PAGBs? With only 7 MPAGBs in the UK in this discipline, suggests it is very, very
hard to achieve?

SH: I was certainly very nervous over the weekend. The Adjudications were being held
by the PAGB at Wantage Camera Club at Steventon, Oxfordfordshire on 22 May 2016.
There were five judges, three of whom were experienced AV workers, and two who were
international judges for photographic prints or DPI. The first day was for the CPAGBs.
There were seven passes out of the 14 applicants. The second day saw five DPAGB
entries.
By this time, I was getting worried. I was the last of the day and the only entry for an
MPAGB/AV. At the start of the proceedings on the first day, it was stressed that
photography was important. I knew that I had no problems there, but wasn’t so sure about
my techniques - in story telling, video use, sound etc.
The first judge stood up and said how stunning my images were, was moved by one of the
AVs, and enjoyed the humour in another. I relaxed a little!
The second judge also gave me some excellent comments. Then the Chairman of the panel stood up and gave his remarks. He just gave a couple of niggling points on my
presentation - so that heightened my nerves!
The judges then had to have a joint discussion - so more waiting! Finally, an announcement was made.
“Unfortunately, this afternoon we are unable to award . . . (with a pause) any D’s” The
tension in me grew!Then it went on
“But fortunately, we do have an MPAGB/AV Distinction”.
Mine was the only submission in that class - so I knew it was mine!! But I still couldn’t
believe it!!
After loads of hugs and handshakes, Linda Gibbs, a very well known AV worker told me
that there were only seven people in the UK who had been awarded this distinction - and
that she, Linda and husband Edgar Gibbs were the last persons to get the award in 2012.
I made number 8!

AO: Wow, Sheila! What a thrill! Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us.
Let’s hope it inspires others to give this wonderful hobby a try?
What next for you, though?

SH: Goodness knows!!

Ann Owens.
Publicity Officer for the WCPF
In conversation with Sheila Haycox ARPS : ARPS/AV : DPAGB/AV : MPAGB/AV
May 2016.


NEWS FEBRUARY 2016


Review of Meeting on Feb 13th 2016

We were delighted to welcome Ian Bateman FRPS APAGB AV-AFIAP as our speaker for the day. It is some time since Ian visited us and his expertise gives new incentives to members of every level.

As Ian had other commitments later in the day we altered our usual timetable and devoted the morning to Ian’s work.

He invited us on a visual journey of something old and something new. Starting with early sequences which had been made from slides and leading up to modern digital work, Ian commented throughout on his work. Never unwilling to say “I would do this differently now” Ian led us through the sequences teaching as he went.

We started in America where a stroll through woods to Mirror Lake turned into an uphill hike to reach the lake – the reflections were well worth it.
This was followed by a trip to Seattle to visit the Glass Museum dedicated to artist Dale Chilily. His amazing sculptures were very special. I, for one, want to go there!

We visited the unique wild life of Kangaroo Island of Australia’s south coast and then came back to Europe via Hong Kong.

Barcelona is a known attraction for most photographers but further along the coast Palau de Musica was a hidden secret brought to life by Ian’s mixture of family, club and show work. I think his hidden haven may soon be invaded!

Back to Paris the Promenade de Plante is a section of disused railway line turned in to an elevated walkway with a very different viewpoint of central Paris. Then we visited the Opera House for the true story of the Phantom. Did you know that one of the architects refused to leave the opera house when it was finished and spent the rest of his life living in the back corridors? And yes, from inside the building you can get to the sewers that run underneath.




Finally we returned to England to the light sculptures set up every year at Waddesdon Manor near Aylesbury.

This was a full and entertaining morning leaving us all with plenty to think about.
Thank you Ian.

After a late lunch we returned to a quick discussion about a sound system. We agreed that it would be useful as when speakers are talking from the computer table they cannot always be heard clearly by people sitting behind them. However it is difficult to justify the expense for only four meetings a year and arrangements have been made to borrow one from a local Probus Society.

There was also a discussion started on a new form of associate membership for people living to far away to travel to Trowbridge regularly. This was opened to the club for ideas but will be discussed fully at the AGM.

We finished the day with the attendees sequences and we were glad to have Linda and Edgar Gibbs visiting as guests. Their input is always very welcome by members. A discussion had started on what constituted “Photo Harmony” and Linda and Edgar were able to clarify this for us. Linda has since sent us a definition which I append to this news letter.

1 Victoria Falls by Sue Winkworth.
A first experiment in Photo Harmony This documented a trip to the Zambian side of Victoria Falls.

2 Avebury by Roger Bryan
The mystical stones of Avebury.
A compilation of images of Avebury Stone Circle taken over a three year period.

3 Life in Myanmar by Sheila Haycox
Depicting the different way of life of the Burmese and their economy


4 Welcome to London shown by Sue Latham on behalf of her grandson aged 12.
My grandson, Mace, had a school project (individually not as a group) to produce an AV of a favourite place in a way that would encourage tourists to visit. He chose London. He could use photos and media from the internet and had to put it to music. I was amazed at how sophisticated his AV was, particularly his fades, special effects and the timing of images to music. I asked him about the production and he thought the most difficult bit was learning to use the software. Stripping the music from an existing video and timing the photos to the beat. The software used was Adobe Fireworks.

5 Crianlarich to Glen Coe by Joe McNeilage
One of my favourite walking areas. Part of the West Highland Way.

6 Sydney by John Long
One from John’s archives.

The next meeting is on 14 May 2016 and is our AGM. This will be followed by the annual challenge which this year is “Seven Deadly Sins”
Although you voted for it the early indications are that it has become a challenge too far for most of our brains so there is likely to be plenty of time for ordinary sequences as well.

I think that is all for now.
Best wishes to all

Brenda S.

Addendum

Photo Harmony
Photo Harmony is intended to demonstrate skill in the production and visual progression of still images linked to sound. No words or story with a specific beginning, middle and ending are required. The emphasis is on matching the images with appropriate transitions and harmonising them with the sound. Video clips are not allowed in the sequence.
Techniques
The purpose is to display a set of images which harmonise with each other and with the sound used. The sequence should be constructed so that images progress harmoniously in terms of colour or tone and graphic design. The aim is not to display images which may be excellent when considered individually but which fail to harmonise with each other and with the sound chosen. It is recommended that the sound and the images start and finish together and that the original ending of the music is preserved rather than an arbitrary fade-out.
As with all techniques, digital manipulation can easily be overdone and result in an effect counter-productive to the one intended. Such modifications should be carefully matched to the overall concept being communicated by the images.