Many thanks to R.Cleveland Aaron who came for his third visit to CoL&CPS, this time to critique the entries to a competition based on our previous explorations of using additional or alternative lighting in our images. The range of lighting used in the submitted images demonstrated the wide interpretation of the brief, from candles, fireworks, reflectors, off-camera flash to L.E.D., studio lights and computer screens.(see Hilary’s wineglass) In particular, we enjoyed John’s use of finger lights (some of us had never heard of then before) to make an exciting light trail ball he seemed to be throwing at someone. As always, Terry introduced humour into the proceedings, with a rose tinted picture of himself developing a film image in his darkroom, taken by his digital camera on a tripod.
For those of us who took up the challenge of using new techniques, it proved an enlightening (sorry!) learning experience and there was evidence of great creativity. Cleveland has a gentle way of critiquing which invites audience participation and the lack of numerical scores made for a very relaxed and enjoyable evening. We are indebted to those professional photographers who give their time and attention freely - our thanks to them all.