The evening really started to get interesting with a session entitled – Processing By Others. Following a short introduction from Ansel Adams, five of our advanced photographers (Doug Smith, Mike Montgomery, Marilyn Sprissler, Dave Tugwood & Chris Ward) took up the challenge which involved submitting one raw file image and having it processed by all five of them. Even they were surprised (and somewhat amused) by the results. It really was facinating how different, yet effective, each of the images were processed. Ansel would have been proud of the resulting “performances” of the raw file “scores”.
The main presenter of the night was Chris Ward who took us through his Panorama techniques and processing wizardry to arrive at those large high definition images that he is becoming very well known for. We learned everything from how to avoid parallax to an extensive discussion of the use of layers and useful plugins for Adobe Photoshop. Chris talked to numerous examples of his work including one that took well over 100 individual images for the impressive pano. Chris produces beautiful works of art that take a lot of planning, execution and processing prowess.