Creativity in SaddleBrooke Photo Club


Barbara Wilder

After you have mastered the intricacies of your camera, lighting and composition, you still need a creative eye to make that “WOW” photograph. In the SaddleBrooke Photography Club we have a creative special interest group to help you go outside your usual comfort zone and try something new. The group meets once a month and later we show the results at the general meeting held every third Friday at 3:00 p.m. in the Sonoran Room. Guests are welcome.

Recently we had a workshop to photograph oil on the surface of water in a glass pan. A colorful piece of fabric under the elevated stand holding the pan would be reflected up into the oil bubbles above. It sounds complicated, but everyone got it after a little instruction from mentors, Barbara and Roddy Wilder. Roddy had built plenty of stands so there were many set-ups to try.

It was exciting to see how beautiful these abstract images were. No two were alike since the swirling water was constantly moving the oil droplets. It also depended on how close you were and what type of lens you used. This was great practice using manual focus instead of just letting your camera focus on the fabric shown beneath the water.

Next month we’ll meet on the second Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Agate Room in SaddleBrooke TWO. Who knows what we’ll come up with?

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