Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Wow, what a weekend - BPC on tour!

2019 weekend away - Hope Valley, Derbyshire

Sixteen BPC Members left Worcestershire just after dawn on Saturday 23rd March on the first ever Club Photo Weekend.  The mini bus, superbly driven by Graham, AKA Parker, was  stuffed to the gunnels with cameras, tripods and chocolate (thanks Sweetie Jean:-))

First stop Mam Tor and after a steep climb to the top, at no extra expense whatsoever, we were greeted with a flight of hang gliders - silver-helmeted pilots and candy-bright canopy  dotting the beautiful bucolic landscape.  

Hang gliders over Mam Tor
By Angela Fitch

View from Mam Tor
By Angela Fitch 

Following Mam Tor back on the bus and off to Castleton for lunch at Tilly's Tearooms, anyone in the area drop in, whether you're looking for tea and cake or a full lunch Tilly's is the place to be! Off now to Padley Gorge, which has a babbling brook and a surreal wooded area which could be straight out of Lord of the Rings!  The golden hour wasn't as gold as it might have been so a slight change of plan and we're off to Chesterfield to capture the beautiful church of St. Mary's and All Saints, that's the one with the twisted spire!

Padley Gorge
By Angela Fitch 

The day done, we headed for the hotel, a pint and a comfortable bed.  

Day two started with a pre-dawn departure for Ladybower Reservoir, a huge body of water, which was as calm as a mill pond at five o'clock in the morning.  After a couple of hours at Ladybower, the chill nipping our fingers and noses, we made for a hearty breakfast at the Ladybower Inn, a lovely place, serving great food with a smile. 

Dawn over Ladybower Reservoir
By Angela Fitch 

A stroll to walk off the bacon and then back on the bus and a beautifully scenic drive to Edale, a walk up through this quintessential Derbyshire village, dodging the mountain bikers and hikers, coffee at Coopers and then off again for yet another delicious meal, this time The Snake Pass Inn.

It's time to be heading home now, but another nimble addition to the itinerary was a brief  stop-off at Dovedale before hitting the road south.

Many thanks to Graham, our wonderful driver, and to everyone for making our first BPC weekend away a big success.

Graham and Rose at Winnats Pass, Castelton 

Graham and Rose on the banks of Ladybower Reservoir 

For more photos of this wonderful weekend, click on the gallery page.

Thursday, 21 March 2019

£25 free voucher with Richard Barley Photography

Worcestershire-based pro photographer...

...is giving away vouchers to the value of £25 against any training course that he offers!

The deal is limited to one per person/per course and for more information, to claim yours visit Richard's website at: www.richardbarleyphotography.com/free25.html

Richard is no stranger to Birlingham Photography Club, Members will remember his excellent presentation on portrait photography at a recent club meeting and many more have already pounded the streets of Worcester, enjoying the training packages that Richard delivers.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Terry Hewlett, ARPS, Flash Photography Session

Photography is all about the light - right?

Terry Hewlett, ARPS, made his first visit as guest speaker to BPC on March 12th, where he revealed the pro tips of getting the light right to make portraits to be proud of.

Many thanks to Ken for modelling - don't give up the day job Ken, your strengths lie elsewhere!

Starting with image 1, Terry demonstrated how things shouldn't be done!

Image 1 - on-camera flash - how not to do things!

Now using an off-camera studio light
A marked improvement!

Increase the shutter speed and cut those highlights

Try using a slow shutter speed with a flash, hand held!
Amazing results

So, you've got the light, now get the angle right
The wrong angle here created the nasty reflections
in Ken's spectacles

Move the light around the compass
to even up the skin tone and get rid of the reflections

Add a honeycomb light to tame
the spread of light

Remember to balance the strength of the
main light with the secondary light 

Those reflections again 

A simple tilt of the head rids the image
of both the reflections and any shadow created by
 Ken's hat 

And now in mono 

What a transformation!  Isn't he handsome:-)