On 5th April Liz Watson was able to continue with her presentation on ‘Facebook’ which she was unable to complete a few weeks earlier, due to the unwelcome interference of Windows 10 doing updates on the club’s computer.
Social Networks, of which Facebook is one, are a new way of communicating, either with friends locally or those anywhere else in the world.
As well as Facebook there are numerous other social network sites – Twitter, Flickr, Pinterest, Instagram, Google, Linkedin and Patients Like Me.
Liz showed a video entitled ‘Facebook for Seniors’ which described in detail how to set up and make best use of your Facebook account.
She went on to explain the difference between a closed group and a public group, and how to create a group.
Social Networks are a great and rapid way of communicating, but need to be set up and used with care to ensure that the information or photos you wish to post on them go to the right people.
Thanks to Liz for a detailed account of how to make the best use of the rapidly expanding field of Social Networking.
‘Ice Ice Baby’ was the intriguing title of Chris Scorer’s presentation on 12th April.
Earlier this year Chris and his wife Sue completed a 30,000 kilometre round trip which took them to Argentina, Antarctica and the Falkland Islands. Having arrived by air to Buenos Aires from Cyprus via Madrid, they spent two days exploring Buenos Aires before boarding the Celebrity cruise ship ‘Infinity’. Chris had compiled a slideshow with some of the photos taken by the 2000+ passengers on board the ship.
From Buenos Aires their journey continued south to Ushuaia – commonly regarded as the southernmost city in the world and close to the notorious Cape Horn where the weather can be very unpredictable. However, on this leg of the journey the weather behaved itself and the ship was able to proceed successfully to Antarctica. In this part of the slideshow we enjoyed some stunningly beautiful shots of icebergs in all their majestic glory as well as some delightful shots of the many penguins and other sea creatures who make their home here.
Hot refreshments were very welcome after this somewhat chilling spectacle and after the coffee break the slideshow continued with the next leg of the journey, which was to the Falkland Islands. This section included two hilarious videos of a penguin hesitating but finally taking the plunge into a puddle, which turned out to be very muddy, and a group of penguins having a bit of a domestic (or was it taps of friendship?) on the beach.
The presentation concluded with some photos of life at sea and life on board the ‘Infinity’ as it made its way through the ocean.
Our thanks to Chris for this fascinating travelogue, and I, for one, can’t wait to travel in their footsteps!
On 19th April Jim Crowe gave a presentation entitled ‘Configuring Audio and Video for optimum results.
Sound from the TV signal goes to a VCR, DVD, television or computer. The sound can be transmitted by audio out into built-in speakers in a device, or headphones or an external setup. Video can be displayed on a computer, TV screen, projector or all three.
The options for listening to audio or watching video range from fairly cheap to very expensive – a top of the range audio surround sound system can cast as much as £54,000 – not the price that many of us would consider!
Rooms in Cyprus are not the best for good listening, but Jim went on to explain ways of getting a good signal, the best headphones to use and quality external speakers and amplifier.
The technology involved in obtaining the best from your audio equipment is a minefield for most of us, but Jim’s presentation opened our eyes to what is available if you know what to ask for, and, at the extreme, have a bottomless pocket!
On 26th April we were delighted to welcome back Barrie Allington, a former club member and presenter, now living in England.
After showing one of his new ‘gadgets’ for which he was famous in the past - this time it was a Lightning Flash Drive-he went on to describe, through photographs and narration, how he set up a Haymaking project around the village of Yetminster, where he now lives. Altogether he took 400 photos describing the process of haymaking, from cutting the hay to hauling the bales into a Dutch barn for storage. The machinery shown in the photographs was not state of the art, but still did a great job and clearly identified the skills involved by the people operating the machinery.
The final 12 photos were then displayed in a small gallery in the village.
This was an important project which put on record skills and equipment which may not be available in future years. Thanks to Barrie for this fascination insight into rural life.
After coffee Janine Scott had us putting on our thinking caps with her presentation of ‘Thinking Around a Theme’.
Themes are a great way to practice photographic skills, and there is a huge range of ideas for themes on the Net.
Subjects include war, poverty, sports, doors, to name but a few. Photos on a theme can include similar technical compositions – all black and white, long exposures, negative space, interesting surroundings. Also conveying a mood such as love, anger fear etc.
There are many reason for ‘theming’ pictures – creating a true record of something important (confirming the point made in Barrie’s talk earlier), family records, competitions, decoration, advertising.
A theme is an essay in pictures –storytelling using pictures instead of words.
Janine finished her presentation by showing some photos from the Sony World Youth competition, whose theme was ‘beauty’. Inspiration for all of us, thanks to Janine.
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