April 2020, Photography under lockdown

Like everyone, we’re adapting to life under lockdown and finding a range of ways to stay connected, positive and active. Whilst it’s clear that Covid-19 is having a devastating and profound effect on all our communties, it’s also been inspiring to see a new sense of neighbourliness emerging too, both in real life and virtually.

Art and creativity have also come to the fore as helpful and nurturing ways to stay calm, manage anxiety, and adapt to the new pace of life – whether that’s self-isolation, working on the frontline or juggling caring responsibilities and work.

As a club we’re experimenting with new ways of staying in touch and sharing our love of photography. Like many other community groups we’ve taken our meetings online – getting together via Zoom for the first time last month, and squishing our usually leisurely meetings into the 40 minute limit on their free account! This new pace brought an interesting new dimension, and surprised many of us with how easy it was to join, participate and share and discuss our photos. We’ll do it again for our May meeting.

For our usual monthly challenge we decided to choose something a little more technical than we’d usually tackle: close up and macro photography.

Byron shared some tips at the meeting including the snazzy technique of reversing your regular lens and either manually holding it against the camera body or buying an inexpensive adapter to hold it in place. There’s more background to this technique in this article – https://ehabphotography.com/an-overview-of-the-reverse-lens-technique-for-macro-photography/

Members were free to choose to use any kit or technique they fancied, from a simple clip-on lens for their smart phone, to a dedicated macro lens. Check out all the results in this album on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/media/set?set=oa.2464760380503049&type=3 or a sample in the gallery below.

Our second monthly challenge is to address the theme ‘Through a Window’. Again, members were free to creatively interpret this as they wished, and you can see the results here –https://www.facebook.com/media/set?set=oa.2464407460538341&type=3

If you’d like to find out more about the club or come along to our next online meeting (13 May 2020, 7pm) visit our Facebook page for full details.