Battle-weary Prestwich, left Blown-Out by Swinton The members of Prestwich Camera Club rallied on Tuesday 9th July as Swinton and District Photographic Society arrived for our latest inter-club battle. Stood in no-mans-land, was George Steel, of Bury Photographic Society, who’s sharp eyes and excellent commentary would crown one club the winner. First the prints, with 10 shots each, and after a quick run-through, George began to review, score, and eliminate. With 5 images held for further study, Prestwich were lagging behind, but a final flurry of scoring saw Prestwich take the top spot, with a beautiful, pin-sharp image of an ‘Amaryllis’ by Eileen Craig. At the half-way point, Prestwich held a narrow lead of 4 points, but victory was still in both teams' sights. Digital images next, and Swinton pulled out the big-guns, quickly opening up the lead. As Prestwich’s casualties mounted, the members remained hopeful of a last-minute rally, but with only 1 of the 6 held images belonging to Prestwich, hope began to fade. Last man standing for Prestwich was Jim Minor with his ethereal, mist-filled image, titled ‘Tommy and Lass’, which despite a valiant score of 19, failed to prevent the inevitable defeat with 162 to 180, handing the battle, and club honour, to Swinton. AJP
The subject for Tuesday night’s camera club meeting was a workshop, with macro photography as its theme. A few weeks previously we had enjoyed a talk by Justin Garner who had showed us some of his work in macro photography with many close-up shots of flowers and insects. Justin’s talk had fired many of us with enthusiasm to try our hand at macro photography using the type of equipment he had used. As well as cameras and tripods some of our equipment featured specialist macro lenses, extension tubes and ring flashes. Various small objects had been brought by members to practice on these included ceramic ornaments, lead soldiers, jewellery, cotton reels with needles and a selection of flowers. It was good practice for us all in getting the correct settings and focusing points with many members picking up some useful tips.A.F.