December 2018

Glacier Banner 1Another year has come to an end.  This will be the final edition of Camera Clips in 2018.  The annual competition has been held and a handful of images have risen to the top of our competition to be the best for this year.  Following previous years tradition I have attempted to portray not only the winners, but also the highest scoring images of every entrant.  After all this competition represents the best work of everybody entering.  As Julie Goulter our current president has remarked, the judges enjoyed the range of images presented this year.  Now you will have to be patient, as it takes  a few weeks to collect all of the information, but I will attempt to have everyone write a short explanation of their best work.  If this year is like previous ones, it is worth waiting for.  The pictures and explanations can be found in the article; Top Images 2018.


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I ran into difficulties entering this years competition as I had just returned from a walking tour in Spain.  I ran out of time.  Look back a few years and you will see a brilliant article and series of images by Bruce Nankivell who had done the Camino Frances.   We were inspired and joined some friends to do the other great pilgrimage, the Camino Portuguese.  Both walks ended in Santiago de Compostella in North Western Spain.  You can get a small taste of our walk in the article – 16 images of the Iberian Peninsular.

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Ray Goulter has written another interesting article on another old camera.  This time he explains the Olympus Trip 35.

We had a presentation on star trails by Stuart Templeton.  Stuart has sent me a copy of his slide presentation which I have expanded into a brief article.  His technique utilizes a free software program Star Trax to blend multiple short images to create a longer duration star trail.  For anyone attending Stuart’s talk you will agree that he had some exceptional images.

Judy Sara at the last meeting gave an exortation for club members to get involved in the 31 day challenge.  This is an annual event that we run from the 1st to the 31st of December where photographers are encouraged to take and submit 1 photograph a day to the club Flickr page.  It is interesting what happens over a month.  Several planned photographic tasks, degenerate into desperation trying to turn the mundane into something interesting.  Don’t get me wrong, this is not a descent into poor photography.  Looking back on previous years Mark Pedlar was known to lament, “if only we could command such creativity in our regular club competitons.”  The discipline creates novelty and new approaches that can serve you well as a repertoire for the remaining 11 months of the year.

I have compiled a small list of ideas for what you can do when you have run out of time and inspiration for the 31 day challenge.

Lastly Split tone.  What is it and how can it be used to create stronger more vibrant images.  I explore the concept in a brief article.

I hope that you enjoy this edition of Camera clips.  Hope to see you at the end of year event, don’t forget to send me your information on the annual competition and remember to get involved in the 31 day challenge.