Image by Virginia Petetti

Next meeting will be Wednesday, 15 February 2023 at 20:00

Come join us at our next Viewfinders club meeting. The meeting will be held at the Swedish church and will also be streamed live via Zoom.

After Alun’s announcements, a short tutorial on noise reduction will be presented along with some practical examples.

The main event of the evening is the “Make a Triptych” photo project where members will have the opportunity to present their printed or digital Triptychs. Details have been sent by e-mail to club members.

Looking forward to seeing you at the club meeting on 15 February.

Richard Sylvester

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December 2022.pdf

Views On Time: New exhibition organized by the club. Come to the vernissage !

Time, a precious commodity in every life. It is the same for us all, yet we all experience it differently. The inexorable march of time means many different things to each of us. A photograph can capture a fleeting 1/100th of a second, recording our observable world for art or for posterity, nailing down an instant: all motion frozen, emotions seized to assure future joy. Or with skill, we can bend time to creative advantage, bringing new perspectives and motion to life within the confines of our image.

Join us, as we lead you through our Views on Time….

Opening hours to visit the exhibition are weekdays from 10:00 to 15:00

January 2023

The meeting started downstairs with the viewing and discussion of prints that members provided for the “Bring a Print” photo project. Some 20 colour and black and white prints, both old and new, and using various printing technologies, were on display. Generating an interactive discussion, they covered a variety of topics such as landscapes, architecture and city scenes, portraits, and wildlife.

The main event of the evening was the presentation by our guest speaker, Xavier Portela, a Belgo-Portuguese creative director, self-taught photographer and videographer currently residing in Brussels. After studying Multimedia, Xavier started his career as a web developer. Frustrated by his day job, in 2012 he dropped it all in order to follow his passion for images and to become a full-time photographer.

Presenting his journey through photography, he stressed the importance of learning, investing in yourself, and developing personal projects. A large part of his presentation focused on the visual onslaught of signs and neon lights from his series Glow. In this ongoing personal project, he traveled the world to capture various cities at night, with a special emphasis on Tokyo, inviting us to dive into the atmosphere of the locations he visited. He manipulated the colours in his images to express the vibrancy and atmosphere of the location, amplifying their saturation to reflect what his mind remembered: like painters who manipulate their medium in order to be able to depict spontaneity and movement in a static, two-dimensional image.

© Xavier Portela
© Martin Schmid
© Kathy Moran

December 2022

In the agenda, there was a short introductions to our January “Bring a Print” project by Karina and to February’s “Triptych” project by Joaquim.

The main event of the evening was one of our semi-annual Challenges, this time on the subject of “Colour Vibes”, with Frank Van Imschoot the judge. 23 members submitted a total of 42 digital images.

After the break, during which time the participants could vote for the People’s Choice, Frank provided his comments on the images. He then discussed his top 3 images: third place went to Diego Naranjo and second place to Miguel Angel Vilar. The best overall image award was given to Paula Cagli for her artistic photo of Venice.

The People’s Choice award went to Hector Epelbaum with Honorable Mentions going to Martin Schmid and Miguel Angel Vilar.

We thank Frank for his comments on the photos and for all the work that he did in preparing the Challenge.

An album with all participating images will be added shortly.

© Paula Cagli
© Miguel Angel Vilar

November 2022

Alun presented various techniques for printing and displaying your prints, whether for exhibitions, sales, storage or just for fun. This included the advantages and disadvantages of using photo paper, canvas, Dibond, Chromaluxe, Perspex, Forex, foamboard, classic frames, passepartouts, and photo books.

During the break, members showed the various camera bags that they use. This included pouches, shoulder bags, sling bags, backpacks, and rolling cases.

The final event of the evening was the viewing of photos from the joint Viewfinders – Royal Photographic Society weekend trip to Maastricht. The organizer of the visit, Simon Pugh, former Viewfinders President and Maastricht resident, gave an excellent pictorial overview of the history, architecture, Maas river, industry, activities and culture of Maastricht, one of the oldest cities in Europe.

Katherine Maguire from the RPS presented her photos via Zoom. This was followed by photos taken by Alun, Caroline and Joaquim.

© Simon Pugh
© Caroline Hendry

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