21st September 2021
Photographer, mountaineer, and expedition leader George Robertson DPAG was our guest speaker last Thursday evening. George is also a member of Milngavie & Bearsden Camera club, The Scottish Photographic Circle, and is a two-time winner of the Urban View category of Landscape Photographer of the Year.
His presentation for the evening was entitled ‘Into the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods’ and, after a brief introduction, he took us on a 63Km, 3-week photographic adventure from Islamabad across the Baltoro glacier that runs through the Karakoram ice mountains onto Concordia, the base camp for K2 – the worlds second-highest mountain at 8,611m.
While George’s main role was trek leader and the safety of his group paramount, he did manage to take some stunning and varied photographs of the journey, ranging from street life and portraits from the remote villages they passed through, the rugged terrain, and spectacular mountain scenery.
He described his photographs as “grab shots”, handheld using modest equipment, to keep the weight down, a Nikon D300 with an 18-200mm lens, six batteries (no means of charging), lens cloth, and no tripod. Grab shots? The images were exceptional. This just reinforces the idea that it’s not the camera that matters so much as the person behind it.
The presentation was well-received by members and gave us a glimpse into a world that few, if any of us, are likely to see or experience.
Next Thursday our guest speaker is Lee Sutton with a presentation entitled – ‘My Photographic Journey’
It was noted that some members still appear to be unsure about how to format images required for competitions. If you are unsure about this, please revisit the video recording from the opening night or ask for assistance/clarification.
A reminder from the President that for Members Night Thursday 14th October, the first part of the evening will be a presentation from Agnes Clark LRPS on how she photographed and processed her accepted and commended image that she submitted to the New York photo fair 2021. In the second part of the evening, you are invited to a just for fun ‘Smartphone Challenge’ and submit images taken and processed on your phone using any of the many apps available (eg Snapseed, Hipstamatic, et al). Submissions should be uploaded to the Photoentry system no later than Tuesday 12th October.
The evening concluded with the weekly theme competition. The theme this week was ‘Unnatural’ and presented us with another eclectic mix of interpretive photographs. Next week’s theme is ‘Natural’.
Take care & stay safe.