Martin Cooper LRPS was welcomed on his first visit to the club by club chairman Richard Watson LRPS. Martin explained the intriguing title of his presentation – in the first half the images shown will be more traditional and in the second half rather more experimental – that is images that have been altered in the camera using a variety of techniques.
A range of subjects’ interest Martin including modern cityscapes and we were shown unusual views of such iconic buildings as the Gherkin and its surrounding glass sided skyscrapers. Some monochrome images taken in derelict buildings including the now closed Gloucester Prison and even an image taken in a run down toilet which had gained many Salon acceptances!.
Trees and woodlands are subjects often photographed and Martin explained that he tries when possible to take his photographs when it is misty as it gives a nice soft background such as 'Breaking Through the Mist' left.
Several colour images were shown together with a monochrome version and members were asked their opinion. The colour versions were very pleasing but in the mono versions the textures and shapes were greatly enhanced but it is a matter of opinion which is the better image. Martin uses curves and other techniques on his images to increase the contrast which brings out the texture and adds drama to stormy skies.
Members were shown some interesting land and seascapes, often with stunning lighting and cloud formations. There were several stunning scenes of snowy Scottish mountains.
Martin has given some imaginative titles to his images such as the beach scene aptly named ‘Molten Lead' right
A visit to Auschwitz produced some very moving monochrome images of both the interior and exterior and Martin spoke of some of the atrocities that took place there.
Martin had on display a selection of his excellent prints including those from his LRPS panel and remarked that ‘he feels that images need to be printed in order to complete the process’.
Many of Martin’s images have gained acceptances and medals in International Salons and also awards had been gained in National Landscape competitions
For the second part of his presentation Martin showed how he uses his camera as a tool and projected a selection of his images taken using ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) which often produces very impressionistic results. The camera is moved horizontally, vertically or even shaken during a 1 or 2 second exposure. Another method often used is taking multiple layers of varying opacity in camera of a variety of subjects giving almost abstract results such as that seen in Martin's image ‘Second Severn Crossing’ left
The results of images produced using these various techniques in camera cannot be predicted and no two images are ever the same so it is always interesting to experiment and see the results.
An interesting evening, which members greatly enjoyed so thanks Martin for travelling from Gloucester to show your fine selection of digital images and prints. PM