The Camera Club recently welcomed back former member Peter Yeo who gave a presentation entitled ‘Beyond Somewhere Else’.
Peter became interested in photography during his time in the RAF and now specialises in producing panels of pictures.
Donna Nook proves irresistible to many photographers, and Peter was no exception. He started his talk with a series of appealing shots of seals and puppies, which he had taken there with a basic 18-200ml zoom lens.
By contrast, Peter’s next series of prints were images of flowers taken in the garden. Peter had used a long shutter speed and low aperture. Experimenting in digital manipulation, he deliberately de-focussed close up, which resulted in vibrant colour abstract images.
Peter encouraged the club to use their cameras at every opportunity and backed this up with a few examples. The first panel of images were taken on a winters day at Scarborough. Peter achieved some interesting seascapes, even though they were taken in failing ight..
Also taken in winter was a colourful panel of pictures from Fantasy Island in Skegness . Peter used a 24 – 70 short zoom throughout the shoot, and advised us all to go places with an open mind and experiment.
Moving on to monochrome, Peter’s mastery of printing was amply demonstrated by a series of moody pictures from a derelict prisoner of war camp near Brigg in Lincolnshire, and poignant images from the notorious Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland.
Peter’s interest in WW2 prompted a visit to Poland providing images of Warsaw that had been rebuilt after World War Two.
H e visited the famous underground Wieliczka Salt Mine in southern Poland. The mine is located 135 meters, underground, and it is now a museum. Pete explained the mine’s attractions include dozens of statues and an entire cathedral that has been carved out of the rock salt by the miners when it was still in operation.
He was surprised to find the rock salt is naturally grey in various shades, resembling unpolished granite rather than the white as you may expect. Peter explained his prints had lots of digital noise because te had no tripod with him. Rather than miss this photo opportunity he used ISO 6400 handheld.
Moving back to colour images, the RAF Waddington Air show produced some excellent images for Peter, He advised us not to always crop, but try to show the sky and surroundings.
Finally we were transported to Scotland, taking in some of the Peter’s favourite locations, showing stunning landscapes from Skye and the Isle of Harris.
The club thanked Peter for an entertaining evening. His passion and enthusiasm shone through the quality of his work resulting in some impressive and imaginative images.