We have a great speaker lined up for 11th January. Billy Currie is based in Stirlingshire and is a highly accomplished photographer with a track record of publication in many top magazines. Billy is going to talk about his landscape photography. You can check out Billy’s work on his website http://www.billycurriephotography.co.uk/portfolio.html
And – to whet your appetite, a few of Billy’s landscape images.
David Cameron gave a great talk last night on underwater photography. David is an accomplished diver with well over 1000 dives to his credit in locations from the River Clyde to the islands an reefs of Micronesia. He showed some superb macro pictures of exotic sea creatures. Stunning colours and shapes. I was extremely impressed and I can’t wait to see the rest of his incredible image collection.
Our speaker tonight was George Nielson from Edinburgh. In addition to being an SPF judge, George is an accomplished sports photographer. He has Press access to many major sporting events. George described his techniques for capturing the action. He makes extensive use of burst mode with fast shutter speeds to capture the instant a bat, club, racquet or boot hits the ball.
The PPS Summer exhibition is on NOW at the Birnam Institute. The exhibition was opened on Sunday by our guest exhibitor Dave Hunt of Wildgrass studios in Killin. There are around 40 beautifully displayed prints by more than 15 of our members. The exhibition runs until the end of August. Don’t miss it!!
In 2015 several members of the PPS spent 2 weeks on a photographic trip in Japan. Tom Ryan, President of the PPS, will give a talk on photographing Japanese street culture at the Perth Museum and Art Gallery on Wednesday 13th July. The PPS team spent some time in Kyoto then on to Tokyo to photograph the famous Sanja Matsuri street festival.
Congratulations to Alan Edwards for his prize winning entry in the recent Nature Photography competition organised by the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick. Alan’s “Fungus in the Frost” was people’s choice in the World Flora section.
Duncan McEwan, from Paisley, was an accredited photographer with Team Scotland at the last three Commonwealth Games. He gave an interesting and entertaining talk on the challenges and rewards of Professional Sports Photography.
Last night was the Colour Rosebowl competition. Our judge was Ben Harman from Stills Gallery in Edinburgh. We were truly, genuinely impressed by the standard of the entries. Great picture after great picture kept coming out of that black box. The judge said he had a hard time making a decision, but in the end he made his choice .
First place was Stewart Riddick with one of his carefully observed pictures of a character in a Greek village strolling past a wall with three pained birds on it. Well done Stewart!!
Second was Mike Bell with a lovely landscape showing a massive rain cloud over Knoydart.
Third was Raymond Leinster with one of his masterfully executed portraits of a red squirrel with a snowflake on his nose.
Highly Commended was David Hay’s “Lone Seagull”. At first – you just see a blue iceberg – but then your eye finds its way to the tiny seagull in flight. Nice.
And Commended went to Jimmy Herd’s remarkable picture of a golf professional from, I believe, the Dominican Republic (?) who has lost a leg and now plays standing on one leg. Amazing.
To finish off the evening Ivy-May and David Hay gave a short summary of our club performance in the recent SPF Print competition. And we did very well indeed!! Both Ivy-May and Richard Hunter scored 14 points with their B&W images – and Richard’s was awarded a “Highly Commended”. Raymond’s pictures also did very well in the Wildlife category. I understand we came 4th in the B&W and 9th overall. That is quite an accomplishment for our relatively small club.
Next week should be an interesting talk. Duncan McEwan will talk about “The Games” – his experiences as a professional photographer covering the last three Commonwealth Games.