Three is magic number when creating these stunning shots
Photographers have been collecting images for the TogsQuad camera club monthly meeting. Kelly Tyler looks at some of the fascinating snaps.
THE blazing orange flames which engulfed the engineering block at the former Derbyshire College of Higher Education more than 20 years ago were captured up close by ex-firefighter Nick Allen.
The 62-year-old had been called to help tackle the incident at the college's Kedleston Road campus, which is now part of the University of Derby, while he was based at Kingsway fire station in 1990.
And, despite being surrounded by scolding heat and glowing flames, he managed to get a shot of the tower block before it was gutted.
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Mr Allen, of Oakwood Close, Stenson Fields, said he often used to carry his camera with him while on firefighting jobs.
"I happened to have a spare 10 minutes before the specialist team were needed, so I got my camera out and snapped some pictures before I set to work," he said. "What caught my eye were the three firemen and the hose between them all. It was only a grab shot but it turned out well."
Mr Allen worked as a firefighter for 27 years and was based at Ascot Drive, Kingsway and Nottingham Road fire stations before retiring from Long Eaton in 2000.
And it was only after discovering the picture in a portfolio under his bed that he decided to take it to the latest TogsQuad meeting, earning him first place chosen by his peers.
The theme was the number three or Rule of Thirds – a technique used by photographers and artists, which is an imaginary grid breaking a picture into nine equal squares to enhance the composition of a photo.
Alison Roberts, 56, of Chellaston, interpreted the theme using a picture she had taken of Camden Lock Market, in London, where a row of scooters were displayed as seating in Regent's Canal.
"Camden Lock was great for photography," she said. "I took about 200 pictures in two hours."
A picture of the Holy Trinity Church, in Stratford-upon-Avon was Richard Miller's admission.
The 67-year-old, of Chaddesden, identified the "three spires and three pinnacles" in the picture which fit with the Rule of Thirds.
Victoria Wilcox, Derby Telegraph picture editor, who runs the TogsQuad group, said the theme was chosen as it was the third meeting since the club began.
She said: "The images the group brought were fantastic and showed superb evidence that they had grasped the technique."
TogsQuad meets at Quad in Derby Market Place on the third Thursday of every month. Booking is essential and each session costs £3. For more details, visit www.derbyquad.co.uk