Fotogroep Waalre 6-Jan-10

Photos shown at my local photography club on January 6th 2010 (these photos are © Peter van den Hamer).

Pictures for an Exhibition

The focus of this session was to prepare for the club’s annual photo exhibition (January 16th and 17th, Het Klooster, Waalre). Local custom is that all photos shown at the exposition should be recent work (2009) and have been presented beforehand at the club – although it is not seen as a real appoval process.

An additional criteria is that photographers are strongly urged to present work in the form of small series – meaning photos that belong together. Each photographer can show up to say 6 photos (say 2 series of 3). In total there will be around 140 photos this year.

One of my series

Although an ideal series is a probably a set of images that were intenionally made within a single project with a clear pre-defined theme, I guess it is also fair to show images that have enough similarity (subject, color, technique, style, whatever). But there was some discussion how series-like the following 3 photos are. Especially because it wasn’t part of a known project, and because the series doesn’t have a name to stress their commonality. Fortunately the photo club doesn’t get too religious on this kind of level.

2009_Madeira_0236

ISO 200, 100 mm macro lens, f/5.6, 1/90 s

In a botanical garden of Funchal, Madeira (Portuguese tropical island, 600 km West of Marocco).

2009_Madeira_0073

ISO 200, 100 mm macro lens, f/4, 1/160 s

Idem. “It looks like a painting”. Don’t ask me why. It is presumably good if it looks like a painting.

2009_Huizen_07

ISO 320, 100 mm macro lens, f/8, 1/90 s

Flower in Erik’s garden. I don’t know what made the hole. “Delagraphy” somebody said afterwards (Dela is a company that arranges funerals).

It's got to be done seriously

Taking pictures in Erik’s garden.

An orphaned photo

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ISO 160, 200 mm, f/4, 1/160

Lighthouse and “Four Mile Crib Lighthouse” seen from Navy Pier, Chicago. The “Four Mile Crib” is an artificial island used to protect a water intake used to obtain drinking water from Lake Michigan for the city of Chicago. It used to be a problem that the Chicago river poluted the lake (actually neer the point this picture was taken), leading to contaminated drinking water and major outbreaks of illnesses. This was solved by a major engineering feat that reversed the direction of the water flow in the river between 1850 and 1900. Water from the Chicago River now ends up in the Mississippi River. The states to the South were not entirely happy about this solution because this contaminated the local rivers instead of the Lake Michigan.

One suggestion (by Joop) was to make the lighthouse stand out better by making it brighter white (not done yet). This image didn’t make it to the exposition as I selected another series instead.

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