Whatever Next 2 November 2021   

The presentation by Frome photographer Richard Price tracked his journey exploring a variety of techniques from macro to astro!
His interest in developing more photographic skills began in 2008 when he acquired a macro lens and was astonished at the detail shown in the resulting images. Nature was another interest and he showed us some of the bird images in his portfolio. Robert said that joining a camera club helped him progress and also meet fellow photographers with similar interests.
Richard has taken studio portraits and even weddings which he enjoyed, but now his main interest is landscapes. He likes to travel and photography gives him a purpose to explore new areas. Iceland is a place that he finds inspirational and he showed images of interesting rock formations, glaciers and the aurora borealis.
He began an illustrated discussion on how far members thought that processing should be taken – should you replace a sky or move an object to make a better composition? He showed some ‘before and after’ images for members to discuss.
Following a difficult time in his life Richard found photography very therapeutic and it got him out walking. To see the fog lift when at the top of a mountain and see the remarkable landscape appear below helped him appreciate the amazing scenery and geology.
Richard enjoys experimenting with light painting and lens balls to give a different look to landscape images. He finds that night photography can show interesting colours and effects that the naked eye does not normally observe. Astrophotography is another interest and he showed us some interesting shots of the milky way taken in a variety of places. He says planning is key and uses apps and the ephemeris to work out beforehand where a good place to go to catch the sun or moon in just the position he wants for the best photograph.
During the break members could admire a range of Richards prints on display.
Richard says create what you are happy with and have fun trying! PM