An interesting talk by Gordon Roberts last night. Many of the names from sports pictures he showed were well known to me. So seeing the photos and reports in that context was interesting. I think what was most illuminating about the first half was how different things are now for photographers. I was reminded by many of Gordon’s comments what it was like as I was taking my first steps as a starter at photography with an old Pentax in the 1970’s. Although, personally, I never liked all the wet processing stuff. So it was off to the chemist and waiting for three weeks for the shots to come back. Ah! Those were the days… (Not!). Hats off to Gordon for freelancing in that environment.
The second half of Gordon’s talk was more in the territory of today’s photographers. For me the most interesting part was to appreciate how poorly informed many judges are when it comes to sports photography. As one of my main interests is motor sport I have suffered under the ‘bizarre comments’ of some judges. “It’s a pity the driver of that rally car is obscured by the reflection on the windscreen…” (Photo taken in a forest on a jump where the vehicles were travelling at around 80 mph and catching them with four wheels off the ground was a real art). Or another classic – “You can’t see his face!”. That was a comment on a motocross rider in a full face helmet about 4 meters off the ground against a bright sky (not blown out).
I am not a committed horse lover. Nevertheless, they are wonderful photography subjects and quite lovely movers. They also have great sculpting of muscle and form. So it was interesting to get the spin on the horse portraits and racing shots. Maybe we could organise something for the club where we could get close to horses and see what we come up with. Anyone know a race trainer?
Thanks to Gordon Roberts for an interesting and varied evening.
We also had our ‘Buying Lenses’ clinic last night. You will have noticed that I changed the format a bit so we had a focus. Despite my email lots of people arrived after we had started so that was a shame. However, I felt we gained a lot from the discussion and there were lots of questions. We have planned most of the clinics for next year already. They will integrate with the new programme for 2011 – 2012. So look out for that at the AGM in May. In the meantime comments and helpful ideas for improving the monthly clinic would be welcome in the comments below this blog.
Note: The ‘Lenses’ handout from last night is on the newsletters page: http://marlowcc.org/news.php. It was by no means a definitive guide. It is intended as a resource to get you thinking. ]