Walking with Trey Ratcliff
At the tail end of October the Southland Photographic Society hosted an Invercargill photowalk with Trey Ratcliff. Not only was it the first time that Trey had led an Invercargill photowalk, but it was also the first organised photo taking outing I had attended.
For those of you who haven’t heard of Trey, he is an adventurer, a traveller, an artist, a writer and a self-taught photographer who specialises in HDR photography
Immediately after the Invercargill photowalk, after looking at the photos I had taken, I posted just a single image to my Facebook profile, then did absolutely nothing else – until now. Almost two months on I thought it was about time I revisited the photowalk and again looked at the photos that I had taken to see what was salvageable.
As it was my first group photowalk, I had no idea what was involved so turned up a little unprepared having only my Nikon D5100 and a 40mm prime lens, as well as my wee Panasonic point and shoot. Most others in the group had their full kit and caboodle – extra lenses, tripod, and so on.
As it turned out, the body-lens combination I had worked against me in some respects.
One of the briefs Trey put to us before we started out was to take photos of the people in the group – lots of photos. I have never been totally comfortable taking photos of people – whether they are posed shots or just casual. I gave it a try but I still couldn’t shake that feeling of unease. Something to work on! A couple of my sneaky attempts are below. The one I feel worked the best is the picture of three group members converted to black and white and cropped.
Of the other photos I took on the night my favourite is the HDR-look photo of the Basilica. This image was processed from 3 jpegs from my Panasonic FT5, and even thought the bracketed shots are only +1/0/-1 I am happy with the result.