Held the very last session yesterday (10th September) with the two attendees from last weeks session also in attendance, but have now closed and deleted the group from Meetup. All in all a bit of a waste of my time over the last few months, but I guess you just have to chalk it up to experience! May even try organising another group at some stage in the future, but try and make it appeal to a wider segment of the amateur photographic population...
For the penultimate session - 'Plymouth Studio Photography Club 101' is due to close later this month - I revisited the freezing water splashes, so it was an outdoor session. However, as the weather was great on Saturday and I was using my smaller flash heads (they have the shortest flash duration) I was fighting the sun, so ended up rigging a studio out side - even to the extent of having a large tarpaulin over the whole set-up. No pictures for this session from me as it was all about making sure those attending enjoyed themselves and had ample picture taking time. Wonderful to have some people attending and they're up for the last session next week, where we'll be having a go at both the water and smoke trails again - results from the previous sessions can be seen in the At Play Gallery.
Decided it was about time we revisited Broomhill, as it always provides a both a wonderful place to walk, but also some superb art/sculptures to see with many surprises around every turn. Indeed as soon as you park the car, you are instantly presented with thought provoking art. Admission is very cheap (£5 at this time) for what is on offer and hundreds of photo opportunities' as you wander through the grounds.
This time around a softer subject matter - flowers - but with a very similar set-up to the last session & also just like the last session, no attendee's! As I wanted a soft-focus result, but rather than do this in post process, I dug out my old Pictorial Control add-on, which was designed to be used with old film enlargers to try. This wasn't as successful as I'd hoped as the 'blades' can be seen in the finished picture - not overly obvious, but still visible. This is a result of modern small sensor's within digital cameras and one of the reasons lens cleanliness is more necessary than ever before!
Other images can be seen in the At Play Gallery page.
Well only two more Meetup sessions planned before the groups closes, though I'm not expecting any improvement in attendance numbers, I do still wonder why people are still joining only to then have no further input! Got another couple of SN-PCJ's last week!
I'm very new to Instagram, but do like looking at other peoples Multiblitz related pictures. So I've been posting some of mine there as well, but just started adding #multiblitzuk as well as #multiblitz to my posts, so come on other UK Multiblitz users get adding that hash tag to you Instagram pics...
Did another 'session in the Shed' today, this time more orthodox (no smoke or liquids (other than tea being consumed) just a number of chillies, peppers & garlic plus a few props.
Made a nice (and very hot) lemon, onion & pepper chilly dip afterwards, so nothing went to waste.
I was looking around the meetup.com to see what else was happening 'down' here and was really please to see that Heidi Joubert had re-located to Cornwall and had started a Meetup Group to teach the Cajon so instantly signed up for that group & hope some others do so soon. If you don't know who Heidi Joubert is, a quick Google will provide loads of interesting links like the one from Tom Tom Magazine from 2013.
I really enjoy listening to a good percussionist and have always wanted to play something - be great if I could sing, the voice perhaps being the purest instrument of them all, but my singing only sounds good in my head, others are always less than impressed and I really do know I sound awful!
I'm don't feel I've really any inherent musical ability I've always owned a guitar of some description, but I don't have the will power to set aside the time to practice, so it spends most of it's time hanging on the wall. I also own a couple of percussion instrument, one being a Cajon ('ka-hon') but this tends to get used as an occasional seat or table. I've also got a custom built (courtesy of Brendan White) tuneable Bodhran ('bo-ran') or better know as a traditional Irish frame drum. Either way being rhythmically challenged I'm hoping some good tuition on the Cajon, will be transferable to the Bodhran as well...the beauty if instruments like the Cajon & Bodhran is the are not space intensive, don't require high levels of investment - though as with all things you can spend a fortune if you wanted to - can be played without amplification and can be used in many musical genres, especially true of the Cajon.
Anyway lets hope Heidi has better luck with her group than I've had with my Studio Photography one!
...or not quite in this case, but loads of fun and mess anyway - yes water and electricity ! I had already decided to do these shots outside as it was going to be far too messy for my little studio space. Again this was going to be one of the Meetup sessions (following on from the Smoke Trails and the previous Water Trail Sessions) and once again no one seemed interested so this was initially a solo session. However thankfully a friend popped in to see me so it became easier with one of us behind the camera whilst the other dropped the glass or (fake) ice cubes - thank you Neil. A few other images can be found in the At Play section of my Galleries.
I've only got a couple more sessions planned for the Meetup Group before my subs' run out and the group is closed down, these are however back to more familiar ground for Product/Still life type shots. Oh, I can confirm that no alcohol was used or wasted during this session ;-7
Not perhaps as much fun as, or as easy to do as the smoke trails as I had to drip/squirt the glycerine into the tank whilst taking the pictures - really must get a remote release at some point!
The above image and some others can be found in the At Play Gallery section - will be trying this again in the near future as with the smoke trails, I feel I can do much better, now I've 'had a go' for the first time.
Enjoyed this session, particularly as someone actually attended and got some nice creative results, go to the At Play Gallery section to see some other examples. Now really looking forward to the Water Trails Session in a few weeks time.
Born in 1956 (so getting on a bit now) I'm married and have two wonderful children we all live in Devon in the South West of England - on the Cornish border.