Before proceedings opened, there were the usual administrative issues to get out of the way, including an invitation for members to attend and photograph the fireworks display to be held at Blueflames Sporting Club on the 5th of November.
That out of the way, on with this evening’s main event.
This time Alan Thompson volunteered to put his head above the parapet and give us his thoughts on the mixed bag of images submitted for his perusal and scrutiny.
Departing from the usual subjective review, Alan took a brave decision, choosing to assess each photograph as if he had been the person behind the camera.
He certainly had his work cut out as he had picked over 20 images to cast his eye over ranging from portraits, wildlife, still life, fauna and flora, to landscapes, long exposure and architecture.
Reviewing each image in turn, Alan pointed out what he perceived to be the photograph’s strengths and weaknesses then showed how he would have approached that that image covering such aspects as composition and processing.
He was at pains to point out that it was not his intention to necessarily improve the photograph, but rather that demonstrate his own particular approach to the art of photography.
Needless to say, this provoked a good deal of discussion and good humoured banter when the members there present were invited to add their views to the critique.
All too soon, the shutters on the West Moor Community Centre were drawn just as an exhausted Alan drew proceedings to a close and brought his ordeal to an end.
No one was insulted or offended by Alan’s honest and considered assessment of the images submitted for his consideration and everyone gained an insight in the different ways to approach the taking a photograph of a particular scene or subject.