Launceston Camera Club I would like to thank you for coming and showing us your inspirational prints. It was a great evening enjoyed by everyone. The journey of discovery you took us on showed us there is a photograph everywhere we look from pebbles on the beach to door handles. You also explained that following and developing personal ideas and style is sometimes hard and frustrating work but well worth it in the end. We very much appreciated you sharing with us some of your work techniques and finding out that prints do not always have to be large. I particularly enjoyed your ARPS panel which captured so well the ever changing light and colour of our coastline. Hilary Phillips Penwith Photographic Group Many thanks for your talk last Thursday evening. It went down very well. You certainly showed us an impressive set of images and I think you have inspired quite a few of us to go and have a go.
Barnstaple Camera Club Barnstaple Camera Club welcomed George Collings to give his talk “In Search of Inspiration and Imagination,” and what an inspiration it was. He entertained us with a display of over 80 beautiful prints on a range of art papers, which covered a wide variety of subjects and which fully justified his title. He also showed his RPS “A” panel of highly imaginative seascapes. In all, a most enjoyable evening Mike Hedges Chairman.
St Agnes Camera Club Our first talk of the year was by the well known local photographer George Collings, entitled “The Costal Intimate Landscape”. George started by explaining that he’s always had an interest in abstract work and was inspired to try and create his own intimate landscape images after attending a lecture. George’s approach is to get ‘up close’; seeking out texture, shape and colour in the coastal rock formations to create special abstract images. He uses a Canon 7D, usually with a Sigma 18-200 and to keep everything steady he uses a Manfrotto 190 and a remote/timer shutter release. He also usually carries a paintbrush, to clean around the area he is photographing and an umbrella on sunny days to provide some shade. His usual settings are f22, with image stabilisation turned off (as the camera is on a tripod), ISO 100-200, and a 2 second exposure. The camera is set to manual or aperture priority. He uses only ambient light – no flash. Initially George used a water spray to give the scene a fresh wet look but feels the images are better without this nowadays. He then went on to show a fantastic selection of his images from a variety of beaches including: Plaidy Beach (near Looe); Kynance Cove; Priests Cove (Cape Cornwall); Charlestown; Boscastle; Porthleven; Salt House Beach (Widemouth Bay), Sandymouth (a few miles up from Bude); Godrevy; Bedruthan Steps He also showed us some sample of images taken in caves but stressed the need to be careful so as not to get caught out by the tide. Many members said they felt inspired to get out to the beach with their cameras now. By Ian Williams
Fowey River Camera Club The talk we had from George was his "In Search for Inspiration", which consisted of 80 very varied prints. His photos included landscapes, panels of 5, still life, reflections, macro, macro rocks (abstract), flowers, creative, etc., and showed his journey to what he is doing now. He explained how he did them and what he did in Photoshop to adjust his images into something more creative. Some of the techniques left some of our newer members a bit confused (as they are just starting to learn), but good for our better photographers. Even so, he had lots of hints and tips to help us all, discussions on the various papers he used for the different effects, and how he put panels together for going for awards. He certainly has given our members lots of ideas to try. It really was a very good talk, and very inspirational. Many of our members thought it was one of the better talks we have had. Yes, I would definitely recommend this talk from George." Penzance Camera Club Our guest speaker this week was George Collings with another inspirational selection of his excellent printed images covering a wide variety of subjects. Describing his techniques in capturing the image and subsequent digital editing together with careful use of printing materials, George was able to stir the imagination of the members attending. Many questions were raised by members during the presentation and some have already put into practice some of the ideas discussed. Many thanks George for another thoroughly fascinating insight into your unique take on photography. Graham Addison Chairman
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