Joint Theme Winners
Marsh Harrier Gannet Swallow Flypast
Jim Shaw David Kallmeier David Kallmeier
Image of the Month Winner
by Adrian Chandler
It's probably safe to say that this month's theme of Birds in Flight posed quite a challenge to many of our members, especially those who do not usually take wildlife photos. There were many tales of missed opportunities: birds half out of frame, blurred shots and branches and leaves in the way of that perfect shot. Luckily our recent Long Lens Photography technical session had provided some guidance on use of equipment and bird behaviour.
Despite the demands of this theme members submitted some remarkable pictures for the show and tell meeting; so much so that votes were split over several entries and, a first for the club, there was a three-way tie for the favourite.
The winners were Jim Shaw's back-lit hovering Phoenix Male Marsh Harrier and two from David Kallmeier: a nicely-framed Gannet and Swallow Flypast.
The usual diverse Images of the Month were submitted by the members, from a sumptuous Scilly Isles sunset to a wooden warrior. The winner was Wet Rocks, by Adrian Chandler, who used a long exposure to smooth water in Aira Beck. Close runners up, echoing this month's birds theme, were Jim Shaw's Electric Blue Female Kingfisher and Kevan Brassington's Puffin One-step.
After the demands of last month July's Flowers theme seems, on the face of it, to be a walk in the park - or garden, or the potted plant on a windowsill.
As ever there are many ways to approach this subject - in the wild or in the garden; growing outside or cut and arranged indoors. Composition needs to be considered and a more technical approach utilising macro photography and focus stacking can be used too.
We await with anticipation July's Show and Tell meeting on the 18th July to see what the members come up with.