25th January 2018: AV Night.

Audio Visual (AV) presentations are a great way to combine photos and music in an entertaining way. Using various computer applications to display images, sometimes on a theme, overlaid with appropriate music, this can be a interesting way to demonstrate the skills of photographers.

Our AV night saw several presentations from our members, Howard Williams and Gerald Marsh as well as examples from the Bridgend “5 to 3” competition.

First, Howard showed us three AVs with very different themes:

  • "The Magic of Westonbirt”, showing a beautiful light display in The National Arboretum near Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Set to “Air on a G String” this was a very unusual subject, with some difficult, nighttime photography.

  • "Carmarthen Motorcycle Show”, with all the characters, T-shirts and flamboyant bike designs at the 2009 event, set to “Born to be Wild”, of course!

  • “The Isle of Sky” presented the wonderful, austere, wild landscapes of the island in summer. A real world of water, mountain and northern skies.

Howard used the programme, Pictures2exe to produce these AVs.

We then saw Gerald’s presentation:

  • “Iceland”. Even more northerly than Sky, and a lot colder! This was full on snow, ice and freezing sea as well as some very hardy ponies and people! Gorgeous landscapes were set to, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”. This AV was so short, we wanted to see it again - so we did!

After the break, Alan showed us three examples of the “5 to 8” competition held by Bridgend photographic club.

Again, these were given varied themes:

  • “The Fallen”. A very powerful display telling the story of the dead of World War One. Images of poppies, poppy fields and the "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red “ and “Shrouds of the Somme” installations were threaded and overlaid to produce an exceptionally strong presentation.

  • “Scotland”, gave us more views of Sky as well as the wilderness of mainland Scotland.

  • “One Day Like This” was a rather more varied AV, having no particular theme, but showing the work of many members of the Wantage Camera Club. These included flowers, landscapes, portraits and abstract images.

Alan also brought an interesting event to our attention:

“Man Engine”. An extraordinary, ten meter high, mechanical puppet, built and toured in the South West of England to celebrate Cornish and Devon mining, in 2016. This year he will be back in Cornwall and the west, but also marching across Wales and the Midlands, arriving in Swansea on 12th April. A great opetunity to see and photograph something unique and relevant to the history of the area.


Thank you very much to Howard, Gerald and Alan for your contributions to the evening.

Don’t forget, if you haven’t already done so, please send your PDIs to Jo Debenham-Ansty, by next week, for entry into the competition on 22nd Feb.

Next week, we have the Round 3 Print Competition.

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