RCPS Press Report 30th July 2016

It’s the time of year again for Ripon’s very own Annual St Wilfrid’s Parade of floats around Ripon led by St Wilfrid on his grey horse. Over the years this event has proved colourful and has offered plenty of opportunity for photographers to capture the emotion of the occasion. With the advent of our competitions on Humour, Altered Reality and Motion there may be plenty of cameo shots to be had that might just slot into any of those competitions. It is on Saturday and times, routes and other information will be in the local press.

Other potentially photographic opportunities are associated with one of our most famous local properties, Norton Conyers, which is open from 27-31st July from 2pm to 4pm. Entrance to the house will be on the hour and limited to approximately 40 persons. They insist that due to the fragile floors, all visitors must wear flat shoes. Whilst visitors are free to walk around the house, the attics will only be accessible to booked groups. Admission: £15 per person, (no concessions). Children 14 & under: Free

If you are out in the Dales you may fancy trying to capture some village views, attractive as they are. It’s probably best to use Aperture Priority, with an aperture of f8 or f11, either or which should give a good depth of field, and either leave ISO on automatic, as with shutter speed, or position the ISO manually somewhere between 200 to 800, bearing in mind that with higher ISO numbers comes more noise within the image. Composing village shots takes time because you need to look for leading lines that will draw a viewer’s eye from the front of your image to the rear. Roads, pavements, dry stone walls, rows of tree and farm tracks can all be useful allies. Having chosen your viewpoint, frame your picture and take a good look around the viewfinder to see if there are any distracting items, for example, parked cars, dustbins, road signs, re-cycling bins or pylons. If any of these are present you will have to decide if you can eliminate any by moving the position of the camera, for example by hiding a road sign behind a tree, the natural object being preferable to the street furniture presumably. If you cannot, choose the best viewpoint that will produce an image that you can then improve with processing.

With general landscape photography many images can be improved by following the rule of thirds. This means dividing the scene, (and even the viewing screen on your camera, because there may be a grid within it that you can bring up to see actual lines), into three horizontal lines and three vertical lines. Placing important features on the third lines or where they cross add interest to the image. Leading lines are again important – roads, walls, rivers, fences, valleys take the viewer on a trip through the image. Foreground interest can be generated with, for example, rocks, plants, flowers, hay bales or agricultural machinery. Before you press the shutter, as in all photography let your eye wander around all the image including into the corners to ensure there is no distraction from anything.

Sometimes there are things such as telephone lines and cables that you just cannot get rid of, however it may be that by adopting a low position, shooting upwards and utilizing the wires as diagonal lines, there is the possibility of a picture perhaps of horses ploughing, or of agricultural machinery.

Don’t forget that Sunday, 7th August is the deadline date for entries for our Annual Exhibition. The success of this event on Saturday, 3rd September, depends on members putting in entries for display. Remember this a public exhibition and the public like what they see – no judges being technical, just family, friends and visitors taking pleasure from the many and varied prints and digital images that hopefully will be on display. Even if you have not yet entered a competition, as a member of RCPS you can still entre prints or digital images according to the guidance issued earlier by the sub-Exhibition sub-committee, so please do not be shy, give it a go. It is really pleasing to see a photograph that you have taken on display in a public exhibition – go for it!