Friday 24th June 2011 Clubnight


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Friday night was one of those evenings where we had no specifically planned activity.
With the arrival of so many new members and potential new members this season I thought I might show some of them how a mount, or matt is cut for a photograph using the mount cutting table in the clubroom.
A couple of weeks ago I stumbled across 3 photos taken of Trunk Bay in the island of St John, right next to St Thomas and Tortola.
These three were taken in landscape mode with approximately 1/3 of the frame overlap. When taken into Photoshop and merged as a panorama, the resultant image was outstanding and really represented the view as it actually was.
I resized it to fit a continuous roll feed of glossy paper on my Epson R2880 printer, and after a few misfeeds, managed to produce the print at 24.5″ x 8.25″.

The problem with roll papers, apart from the difficulty of initially feeding it into the printer, is, that when the image is printed the paper retains a semi-permanent curl. Even after lying flat for 2 weeks, it still wanted to curl.

Anyway, I thought this would be a useful image to try cutting a 3 aperture mount to create a triptyque.
In the clubroom I explained to a number of members what I was going to try to do and received a number of different opinions on how I should present the image from, keep it as one image, use two narrow dividers or use two broad dividers. after some debate we all seemed to agree that without cutting the image into three, too much of the image would be lost under the dividers.
So finally I cut it with one conventional window with a 2″ border all round.

Here is the unmounted photo.

Trunk Bay, St Johns, USVI

Whilst this was taking place, Mark Allen was busy showing Christine Pearson and others how easy it is to create a Pictures to Exe Audio Visual from her photos.

Finally, we looked and critiqued members photos supplied on memory sticks.

As usual the evening was not long enough for all we wanted to do and talk about.