Ian Dean My interest in photography began in my twenties as an addition to my cycling interest recording events and landscapes. My enthusiasm for snapping led me to enrol at night school and then to Fentham PS (now SCPC) to gain some technical know how. I have been interested in photography of all kinds for many years and continue to get a buzz from capturing 'that' image. I find the Club competitions a great source of inspiration and encouragement.
I’ve been interested in photography since I was 14 (long ago now!) but had never been to a photo club until 2015, when I joined what was to become SCPC. Club membership has inspired me to take a greater interest, and greater care in my photography. I hope that is reflected in the pictures in this gallery. What makes me push the button? To see light works and plays around the image. See more of my work at www.lucentimage.uk
Catherine Nicholls I joined Sutton Photography Club about eight years ago. I’ve always taken a lot of photographs but I wanted to improve my skills, not just in taking the pictures but also in printing and displaying them. Joining a club has encouraged me to get out and about to take pictures that are new and original. I also print pictures and have learned how to use photo software. Photography is an absorbing and challenging hobby which has made me many new friends.
Richard Brown My interest in photography started as a schoolboy, doing developing and contact printing. In 1975 I saw an audio visual presentation at the Fentham PS exhibition and was convinced straightaway that AV was what I wanted to do. Although AV takes up most of my time, I do enter projected images into competitions. I am also a volunteer photographer for Cats Protection, so some of my pictures do tend to feature cats.
Martin J James The process of image making fascinates me. Constructing an image that satisfies the critical eye of a competition judge is a very rewarding activity. I enjoy using Photoshop and DXO Photolab 2 to adjust and improve images. I also get a tremendous kick out of printing my own images, but only when the printer is behaving itself!
Steve West I’ve been into photography since I was a teenager. This interest let me to make a sideways move from being a Technician Apprentice to being a Staff Photographer at Rover Cars, Longbridge, Birmingham. My career as a professional photographer lasted 10 years, before I went back to being an Engineer.
It wasn’t until 2007 that my wife bought me my first decent digital camera. I joined Fentham P S (now Sutton Coldfield PC) shortly after.
David Ballantyne My interest in photography grew from an uncle who had an out house converted into a dark room, fascination with images never left me after I watched his pictures appear like magic. I commandeered my father's garden shed for dark room and built an enlarger, counterbalanced with a lump of lead. It worked! As a BBC lighting cameraman, I had little time for still photography, so on retirement I joined this club. I will photograph anything that takes my eye rather than any particular genre. Having gained an LRPS an attempt at ARPS will follow.
Alan McCormick I've been a keen photographer for more years than I care to remember, but I certainly don't long for the old days of film. Some people however, expect cameras to do all of the work, and overlook that some of the greatest images ever made were not on cameras with multi segment metering, massive ISO ranges and autofocus. I enjoy candid portraiture, travel and music festival photography. I am not much in to studio or set-up shots, in general.
Dave Cooke I have been fascinated by the photographic image, ever since an uncle showed me how to make a contact print when I was about 15. I started with a Kodak Brownie 127, I then progressed with various cameras Olympus OM’s. I now use a D7100 Which is a good tool for me.
My images are wide and varied. My first Love is prints,I also enter PDIs in club competitions and have produced and entered, Audio Visuals in competitions.
Malcolm Imhoff All my photography these days is with AV in mind, usually on my travels, often in the mountains, the Alps, the Himalayas, Nepal, Bhutan, Japan, the National Parks of the USA, Scotland, Ireland, and of course our beloved Lake District and the magical Venice. I love taking pictures of the people I encounter on these trips and I find having a decent camera helps to create the rapport between us. I tend to look at the world through a viewfinder.