Definitely better than the nachos.
This past Sunday was the February meeting of the Taiwan Photo Club. Once again, Yuma was incredibly accomodating in letting is use their downstairs dining area as our meeting place. This time a couple friendly faces were absent, like David and Gulio, but this was offset by a few new, friendly faces like Chris. Most of the regulars, like TC, Craig, and organizer Darren were there.
This time I brought some actual, physical prints to share. They were passed around without much comment or criticism. I was hoping for a bit more, but maybe no one knew what to say since street photographers are a minority in the group? Of course, I appreciate comments based on feelings more then those based on technical details and anyone can give those. Magda was the real bright spot, offering her thoughts and feelings on what I brought to share.
The only other reason for the silence, and a much worse reason, is that they all know my mother and were practicing her mantra “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
Neil’s presentation on lighting was great (his blog on it), even with all the glitches. Much of what he went over I knew, but there were some things that were new to me. What I found exceedingly useful was being able to see the effect of different types of flash diffusion real-time. Neil, thanks so much for the time and effort you put into this. I really appreciate it.
I did have one slight disagreement with him, though. Just one of perceptions. From my point of view as a street photographer… someone who looks for candid moments and compositions in random, daily life… the photo by Steve McCurry was an excellent one even without the warm lighting. But I understand your perception of it coming from more “staged” forms of photography. ;)
That’s it. I’m hoping that I can make it to the next meeting, but it depends on the time as I’m flying out to LA for a couple of weeks in March.