2016 01 - A Evening with a Difference

11th February 2016
Retford & District Photographic Society - Press Release - Joy Allison
28th January 2016
Image by Geoff Stoddart

An Evening with a Difference.

In an evening with a difference members were treated to three presentations. In the first, President Alan Burkwood had the pleasure of presenting Geoff Stoddart with a Certificate of Merit for his image of a pine marten on behalf of the North & East Midlands Photographic Federation (NEMPF).

The second was a short audio visual compilation of photographs celebrating the life of a recently lost family member put together with our recent speaker Colin Brenchley for member Lesley Wilson. Lesley described how the five minute segment of music required some fifty photos for the compilation. The whole process took about two hours to complete and the result was a delightful presentation showing the family in happy times through the years. As well as being of value to the family, working on it with Colin had shown her that it was really quite easy to do and that the software he recommended was very versatile and helpful.

The third presentation was a video produced by NEMPF from photographs submitted by its member clubs. Last year the organisation celebrated its Diamond Jubilee and as a lasting commemoration, clubs were asked to provide a brief profile of themselves and at least one photograph. The response was far greater than expected and for the first time every club was represented.
Of the original thirty seven clubs in membership across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire fifteen are still in existence and remain members. The total membership is now forty eight clubs.

RDPS has bought a copy of the book, which is available to members on loan. The video gave some history of NEMPF and of the project to compile the book followed by the photographs it includes. These were grouped by subject and showed a vast range of topics and skills through some glorious shots. They included the faithful reproduction of images of the natural world showing the results of many hours of patient research and watching to capture inspiring images of a great range of creatures through to creative images which resulted from many hours spent equally patiently at the computer creating ethereal and imaginative works. Other subjects were a wide range of actions shots of sports and many portraits from posed work with models and more or less computer enhancement to candid shots taken across the world.

Some images showed how taking a creative look at the world around us from modern architecture to glassware and flowers can produce stunning and thought provoking images.