Light fantastic at illuminating launch of new camera club
Derby Telegraph picture editor Victoria Wilcox has launched a camera club in Derby. Here is a selection of some of the work its members took to the first meeting.
PHOTOGRAPHERS, or "togs" for short, have started to share their work in the TogsQuad group.
The theme for November was Light or Wright, inspired by Derby artist Joseph Wright, who was renowned for his use of light.
Chosen as the winning picture by the group was an adventurous fiery image created by Peter Edges, 35, of Alvaston. He has been taking pictures for eight years.
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It was built by stacking five shots on a computer, after using an exposure of three seconds for each one. The circular light effect is made by the models spinning wire wool which is on fire.
Terry James, 59, of Mackworth, asked his grandsons Damian Carey, 11, and Declan Carey, nine, to pose for his classic Joseph Wright style picture.
Terry said: "My photo for the theme is based on A Girl Reading a Letter. This is my Boys Reading an Email.
"I really enjoyed our first meeting and I'm looking forward to the next. It's great to see all the different photos."
Dave Humphries, 65, of Oakwood, grabbed a truck with headlights beaming as his light source. He said: "I signed up to draw inspiration from other members and tackle new subjects.
"Judging by the first display of pictures, I have a lot to learn as some of the images were outstanding."
Not all pictures submitted were taken on standard cameras. Pierce Starre, 28, of Derby, used an iPhone.
Pierce said: "I've been looking for an opportunity to develop my skills for some time but didn't really know who to approach or where to go."
"It's great to be surrounded by like-minded people and soak up the information that I need to develop my confidence as a photographer."
Lee Nicholls, 31, of Wilmorton, also used a camera phone for his picture.
Picture editor Victoria Wilcox said: "I was overwhelmed by the quality and variety of images. It was brilliant to meet people who have such a passion for pictures."
The theme for the next meeting is Our Lives. Photographers are asked to take one printed image that fits the topic. Each picture will be included in a competition to win two tickets to any movie at Quad.
This month, there will also be a technique talk on composition from Victoria, a quiz compiled by member Paul Spray and tips on the best camera deals for Christmas.
If you would like to get involved, the next meeting of TogsQuad is on Thursday at Quad, Derby Market Place, from 7pm. Tickets are £3 and booking is essential via the box office.