From Tuscany to Truro: the Photographic Society embarks on a vast journey

While his presentation to members on Thursday took us all over the world, we also enjoyed the images of waves crashing off the coast of Cornwall, the serenity of Scottish lakes and mountains and the familiar colors of Westonbirt in autumn.

Whether illustrating her considerable talents in Tuscany or Truro, Sarah’s sweet and engaging commentary gave us valuable insight and insight into how to create mood and atmosphere in our own endeavours, and will surely inspire those of us who are usually less inclined to get up early and follow the light!

Sarah gave us detailed explanations of the techniques she uses herself to make the most of available light, reflections, composition and color.

Many of its locations were familiar to us, either as places we had visited or as places well known for their intrinsic beauty, but these, and the more anonymous woodland scenes, were made all the more special. by the authentic and faithful style for which she is known, and her determination to embrace the unexpected – sudden rays of light, a break in threatening storm clouds, a sudden downpour or lingering mist in a otherwise banal scene.

We certainly had the opportunity to learn a lot during a well-crafted and very engaging evening. Sarah spoke passionately about the power of light at different times of day or seasons, but also about using long exposures and subtle colors to transform the usual and elevate it to the unexpected. She didn’t disappoint those of us who enjoy working in monochrome, describing how converting to black and white can deconstruct and simplify an image, and give it a classic air of mystery and intrigue.

There was something for everyone and the presentation might even motivate us to go out in bad weather, in search of that special ingredient that will establish an emotional connection with those who see (or judge) our work.

Sarah was warmly thanked for the evening.

Next week we’ll be viewing the footage entered for the 2022 Knightshayes Trophy and looking forward to an evening led by Tony Nineham on May 19.

In the meantime, there’s the WCPF exhibit to enjoy at Bovey Tracey Golf Club, the charming village of Nunney opens its gardens on May 29 and we have an invitation to photograph village cricket in Timsbury!

Michael E. Marquez