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"Summer Trips Isle of May, 22-3"

Departing from Anstruther Harbour by Ferry and Rib, the outward trip was rather choppy but once docked at Kirkhaven Landing the sun appeared for our 2.5 hr stay. Amongst the 200 bird species recorded, the Island hosts the biggest puffin colony on the east coast with shags, razorbills, kittiwake gulls, and terns. The latter guaranteed to dive bomb as soon as you come ashore. There is lots to see during the visit, which always seems too short but as you can see from the Gallery below, everyone had fun and captured some stunning images.


You can also check the Isle of May Website .

After another choppy return trip to Anstruther the team had coffee and the stalwarts stayed for fish and chips at the renowned Anstruther Fish bar.


Another great “summer trip” enjoyed by all.


T eam Leaders
Gillian Temple
Ken Goodfellow


Participants
Dennis Brooks
Ian & Elizabeth Monk
John Brady
Veda Murphy

1st Monthly Winning COLOUR

COLOUR Winning Image - "Male Kingfisher with catch" - by David McConkey The Story The Kingfisher was taken from a hide in Dumfries & Galloway in September. The conditions were cloudy. I was in the hide for about 8 hours. The Kingfisher visited this perch about 5 or 6 times.
Settings Camera Canon 1dx mk 2 Manfrotto Tripod with Benro Gimbal head 150 - 600 Sigma zoom 421 mm focal length AWB ISO 3200 Aperture F7.1 shutter speed 1/1250

1st Monthly 2023/24. The Story behind the winning images.

Colour Prints - 1st - David Bolton Taken in May this year on Pender Island in the Salish Sea between Vancouver and Vancouver Island. A pair of eagles had nested on a tall remote tree close to the water's edge. The nest had 2 chicks, one dead. I got to around 50 yards of the eagle, upwind and lying prone in tall grass. Equipment was a Canon 7D with a fully extended 18-300 mm lens. The image was cropped ,the contrast increased and selectively sharpened, all in Photoshop. By David Bolton Mono Prints - 1st HIGHLAND BEAST by David Scott Highland Beast: This image was taken early this year in February on a trip home to Scotland. I went out for the day to the West Coast on a trip to Kilchurn Castle, accompanied with Ken and David B. After the shoot at the castle we stopped on the way home and spent some time shooting these beauties in a field not far from Kilchurn. I have been dying to get some decent photos of Highland coo's for some time. I did a little post production mainly to remove the background and allow the handsome beast to shine, it seems to work pretty well in mono, though I do have colour print of this photo. Equipment used: Canon EOS5DS, Canon 70 - 200mm at f2.8 and a steady hand (it was cold) By David Scott Digital Image - 1st - Ken Goodfellow I followed the male orange tip round the garden in April waiting for it to settle, in this case, on a tulip bud. The photo was taken on a Canon R5 with a 100mm macro lens at 1/500 sec, F11 with an ISO of 1,000. The image was processed using Adobe Lightroom, cropped and sharpened in Topaz Photo AI. The image is unaltered in order to comply with SPF Nature requirements. By Ken Goodfellow

1st Monthly Winning MONO

MONO winning image - "Threesome" - by Gillian Temple This composite of three individual images was taken during lockdown when getting out was not easy (also ideal for wet weekends). The images were taken with a black backdrop, using a single studio light setup. The camera was a Canon 5D Mark IV with a 24 – 105 mm lens at f5.6, 1/60sec, ISO 100. They were converted into mono in photoshop with a key line added, then placed onto one image to make a Tryptich image.

2023/24 Season Welcome Back

Tuesday 12th September was our opening night of the Season. It gave members the opportunity to welcome new members and check out what's on in this years syllabus. Thanks to our syllabus secretary, it is full of top quality talks to accompany our competition events. Members enjoyed an a talk from our President outlining the creative opportunities of AI/Generative Fill in Photoshop Beta. In his words; "Last night I gave a talk on the effects of AI on the world of creating images through the use of AI/Generative Fill in Photoshop Beta. The images shown included some created solely by the use of generative fill and some by using a genuine photograph which was manipulated using different levels of luminosity of Quick Mask using “TK Gen Fill” a free to download from Tony Kuyper. Attached are some of the images shown along with a sequence showing the effect of different levels of Quick Mask luminosity has on a standard image. I hope you enjoyed the presentation and that it gave you something to think about with regard to the ever evolving use of AI." Ken Goodfellow

2nd Monthly winning COLOUR

JUMP Image taken at Warwick rodeo in 2018 on a hot and dusty day, perfect conditions for these types of shots. Shot in RAW and processed in Photoshop, I decided to set this image up as a portrait as it suited the head on positioning of the subject, I toned down the background to eliminate distractions and allow the eye to focus on the subject, I was particularly pleased the rodeo riders face was nice and sharp and with a good facial expression, decided to leave as a colour as it looked more punchy and popped out the screen. Camera EOS 5DS Lens EF 70-200mm f/2.8 Aperture f/4.0 Shutter 1/800 sec Focal 200mm ISO 100 David Scott DPAGB EFIAP

2nd Monthly - the story behind the winning images

1st Colour print - by Allan Petrie The image was taken at around 6am on the August bank holiday. I had planned the shot using photopills as I wanted to capture the sun coming up under the bridges. The weather didn't turn out as I had expected however the very subtle colours worked well. The picture itself is a merge of 3 bracketed shots and combined using DXO HDR efex pro2. Further minor edits were done using lightroom/ photoshop. I used a canon r6 with a EF10-22 lens. It was taken at 10mm at f/11 iso100. The maximum exposure on this one was 1second 1st Mono print by Gillian Temple The Driver – this was taken at a local event when this man was walking by and I took a candid shot of him. The lighting was right for a natural shot without any additional light or flash. I wanted the shot natural so no need to pose. The shot was taken at F5.6 to blow out the background at 35mm Canon R5 with a 24-105 mm lens. Turned into Black and White in Photoshop with very little edit. 1st Digital image by David Scott Image take at Warwick rodeo pre-covid, I know I enter quite a lot of this type of image, I just love the whole atmosphere of the place. The background was a bit busy so I eliminate this with the dust overlay, which in reality is in fact fog, so I adjust the colour and contrast in the fog to try and make it more convincing, I selected this image as I feel it is nice and sharp and liked the bright colour of the cowboys shirt, I didn't need to do too much editing to the main subjects, just levels, curves and bit dodging and burning. Canon EOS 5D lens EF 70-200mm f/2.8 David Scott EFIAP, DPAGB

2nd Monthly 2023/2. The Story behind the winning images

Colour Prints - Gillian Temple THE BEE I would like to say I waited until I was in the right position for the light, and the Bee facing the camera before ensuring both the bee and the flower were in focus... but this was taken while I sat on the bank of the Loch waiting on the Osprey coming in, and enjoyed watching the bees busy at work. I was using my Canon R5 with my 100 - 500 mm lens with the 2x extender. This shot was taken at 600mm. In post production I used Lightroom for the initial exposure tweeks, then cropped in Photoshop. GT Mono Prints - Dave Scott AS ONE I took several shots of this woman horse rider, she looked so comfortable with the horse and was clearly enjoying her moment, this sang out as a mono, the light and the detail I managed to achieve was so satisfying and it always great to see these images on a nice fine art medium. Canon EOS SDS, Canon 70-200mm f2.4 lens. DS Digital Image - David Scott DON'T STEP ON MY HAT You have to be quick taking these shots, as soon as they emerge from the gate you just keep shooting, some pay off some don't, I got this one nice and sharp, good expression on the riders face and his hat off laying in the dust so it gives us a bit of a story, the side light from the left gave the image a dramatic feel, one of my favourites. Canon EOS5DS, Canon 70-200mm f2.4 lens. DS

2nd Monthly Winning Mono

This mono image of Eileen Donan was taken in early July 2021, enroute from our Invermoriston holiday home to Plockton. It was a handheld panoramic of 4 images taken from the shoreline next to the carpark. The images were shot in landscape mode with a total shift of 30deg. I used a Canon R6 with my Canon EF 50mm f 1.4 US lens exposed at f11 and a shutterspeed of 1/80 sec. Fast enough using the R6 with its in body stabilisation to avoid using a tripod. The pano was merged using lightroom Classic to generate a crop ratio of 2.35:1 and processed originally as a colour image. Although I liked the colour shot, it lacked the drama that the castle deserved. So I decided to convert it into a mono image using Silver Efex pro 2 and a favoured high structure preset. That done, it only needed a few minor brush adjustments to create the effect. I left the tourists in the frame – judge bait. Ian Monk 11.11.2021

3rd Monthly Winning mono image

Dance - This was a studio shot taken with a Canon 5D Mark 3, ISO 100, F5.6 at 1/160 sec and 50mm focal length. The shot was taken with the idea of capturing the moment while framing the face with the fabric. The shot was taken in Raw in colour and edited in Camera Raw, then cropped and turned into mono in Photoshop. Gillian Temple LRPS DPAGB - 15/12/21

3rd Monthly - The story behind the Winning Images -

Camargue Egret - by Ian Monk - Colour Prints - No. 1 The Egret was photographed at one of the lagoons  close to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. A small coastal village in the South of France.   I was trying to capture some of the many flamingos in the distance, but they were too far distant for a decent shot. luckily I spotted the Egret in reeds at edge of the Lagoon. I took advantage of  some nearby rocks in the water to move closer and  improve the angle and keep some of  the reeds to show its habitat.   The image was taken with a Canon R5 with an RF 100-500 lens at focal distance of 360 mm, a fstop of f7.1 and a shutter speed 1/2000s. I processed the image wholly in Lightroom; mainly to enhance the whites, add a little contrast ,clarity and dehaze then a final crop and dust spot removal. The image was printed from photoshop using Lustre 300 paper and my Canon iP8750 printer with Canon inks.  Ian G Monk   Beyond Elgol  - by David Scott - Mono Prints no 1. Beyond Elgol : I took this image a couple of years ago, we spent a few days near the Isle of Skye, so I had to take in a few locations on the island, it was early Spring so there was still snow on the Cuillins. Of course, this was taken from Elgol, so many interesting foreground features. I set up a tripod, camera set up with a Lee 0.6 ND filter and a 0.6 graduated filter to expose for the sky, this gave me 2 seconds at f/16, ISO 50 so I could achieve the desired movement of the water, a simple mono conversion and crop on Photoshop. Equipment used : Canon eos 5ds, Canon 16-35mm lens, Lee filters and my travel tripod. David M Scott. T alking Anemones - by Gillian Temple - No 1 PDI his is a studio shot of two Anemones arranged to look like they are talking to each other by using clamps. I used a black background and studio lights to light them. A crop in Photoshop then a stroke line added to edge the picture. I used a Canon R5 with an adaptor and a Canon EF 24-105 mm lens with Manual settings 1/80 sec F11 and ISO 200 set up on a tripod. Gillian Temple

3rd Monthly 2022. The story behind the winning Images

1st Colour Print- Feeling Blue by David Bolton {DPA Club Secretary) This image was taken at the Edinburgh Festival with a Canon 7D DSLR using an 18 to 250mm zoom lens. The initial background was a stone pillar which I overlaid with a texture to strengthen the image of the artiste . The image was smoothed using Topaz Denoise , contrast was increased using Curves in Photoshop and sharpened selectively with Photoshop's High Pass filter .
David Bolton DPAS Club Secretary 1st Mono Print - Cullen Harbour by Allan Petrie The picture at Cullen harbour was taken in April of this year, it was a pretty windy day and the rain was coming in. The shot itself was 1/640 ad f/13 ISO 800. I wanted to try a reasonably fast shutter speed to freeze the wave coming over the wall. There was cropping, straightening and spot removal done in lightroom with a further conversion to B&W in silver Efex. 1st DPI - The Inevitable by David Scott The Inevitable - Again, shot recorded at the rodeo, rider trying and failing to control the Bronco, with help at hand. I thought this image more suited the mono treatment with a high degree of contrast, I like the final result, I thought it shows the high drama in this event. I kept to my system of clearing the background of distractions and adding the dust to help create the drama. CANON EOS5DS LENS 70-200mm f/2.8 David Scott EFIAP DPAGB

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