Gosh, it was a busy night tonight.
The plan was to teach Angus how to cut photo mounts. The table was got out and set up ahead of everyone arriving.
A great word of thanks to Davy Cooper for installing two extra speakers at the back of the room. If you can’t hear now, then its your hearing aid that needs testing!
Also a word of warning to users of the sound system. Go easy on the volume settings. Its much more sensitive and if let rip, its likely to disturb people in Carrickfergus and Whitehead.
Whilst awaiting on our trainee, we took the opportunity to show Shirley’s first Audio Visual show called My Movie, and what a stunning effort it was too. There was a lovely variety of brightly coloured images including her winning entry in monochrome from last Friday night. It really was good to see such a good standard on her first AV.
Jack arrived with an AV which he is working on, but not complete. It was about a walk around the beautiful gardens of Mounstewart. He did his own critique.
Not to be outdone, Julie submitted an AV based on shoreline photos taken recently on the North Coast. What was eye- catching was the perfect registration of the shots which showed the big breakers hitting the rocks. There was a sense of wave motion in the presentation. Perhaps a shorter dissolve between the photo where the sea was breaking would really be realistic. Nevertheless it was excellent.
Bill Cardwell show us a selection of his recent photos and gave us a great description of their locations.
Michael had a chat with me during the tea break, telling me that he had secured a large inkjet printer which should serve him well in his fine art work. An opportunity was taken to take a couple of ID photos, and an apology to Stephen. Sorry, I had printed Stanley on his ID card. I’ll have a new one for Friday. I had Deborah and Angus’ ID cards but forgot to give them to them.
Angus brought along four prints and two sheets of mountboard. As is the usual practice I talked hin through and actually measured and cut the first one. One of the more difficult parts of mount cutting was to make best economical use of a single board. Our aim was to get four mounts from one board which was bought from Easons in BAngor.
I reminded him of the adage, “Measure twice and cut once” Indeed measure many times and cut once should be more like it.
Anyway after the first on, Angus competently cut the remaining three, which were of an odd ratio, resulting in prints from this camera phone. Angus is now the proud owner of a new Canon DSLR. I look forward to see what he can do with it.