This meeting was on zoom and there were 31 members online.
Photography on the Dark Side
This week ImageZ invited Peter Benson along to give a talk on his Night time photography.
Peter began by giving a brief history of photography, especially night photography and his families involvement in its evolution. Night photography was being explored as early as 1864.
Peter went on to explain the kit he used, his techniques, and the exposure times. He explores London in this presentation which was accompanied by his wonderful images. Peter’s images are colourful, breathtaking, and perfect in their presentation. He explained that he can use as many as eight layers and four adjustment layers during post processing his images.
We were treated to images of various London landmarks, Famous Bridges across the Thames and The Scoop. As Peter showed us his images, he explained the geographical locations and where he positioned himself to take the images. He had interesting stories and local knowledge of the areas and buildings he photographed. In his second section “Go West” we were treated to the theatre areas, Piccadilly and Shaftesbury carrying on to China town and Leicester Square. Peter has been photographing London for many years and was able to tell us about the change of Carnaby Street, The Windmill Theatre and the history of the Liberty building.
During the break Peter answered many questions from enthusiastic members. We carried on to the East End and Isle of Dogs looking at splendid pictures of various docks and views of Canary Wharf.
Peters’ presentation was extremely interesting not only for his outstanding photography but also his extensive knowledge of London. He has an easy delivery and shares his working methods and locations very generously.
A very enjoyable evening.
Next week: Inspirational Photography, back in the hall in Weston Turville.