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August is not always the best attended month but this time Ian Bateman drew an exceptional attendance from members and visitors. Included amongst the visitors were several VIPs’ from the photographic and AV world. Ian started from a presumption that his audience all knew the basics of making a sequence and spent the morning working on details to improve our work Voice recording was the first thing covered and one member was “volunteered” to make a recording which was put in to a pre-prepared sequence. Tips - Keep the mike to one side rather than speaking directly in to it. This avoids sibilance. Carry a small digital recorder in your camera bag to record ambient sound (waves, a stream etc) this is easier than taking sound from your camera and better quality. Audio mixing is covered in the notes Ian sent out. Making an icon for an exe file is also in Ian’s notes and Ian showed us how to set this up so we can then create a different icon for each sequence.
Thank you for such an enjoyable day at Mid Thames. We really appreciated your perceptive comments on the AVs presented in the morning. We were very much in agreement with all you had to say. It was good to see such a variety of your work in the afternoon. I never tire of seeing The Gathering. We also enjoyed seeing some of your new work, especially Wistman's Wood.
Many thanks for putting all that effort into making our evening go so well – and we loved the ‘interludes’! We just wished you could have been there to directly receive our thanks, and to answer questions, but I’m sure it has inspired several folk to have a go. I just wanted to say a personal thank you for putting together the wonderful AV DVD for us, we enjoyed your presentations immensely and the evening was a great success. I was thrilled when Steve mentioned that he had asked you to present – I have followed your work for some time now. We had many questions about how you made the AVs. Some of the transitions looked extremely complicated!The music to all of them was wonderful and fitted so well too! Thank you again for putting this together for us, it was as though you were with us in the room. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening!
email from Leo Rich ARPS DPAGB APAGB EFIAP/g, the PAGB Awards Officer:Dear Ian,I know thanks were given to you and your splendid team at the end of the day yesterday but I just wished to add my own personal thanks for all that you did to make the "new look" awards so successful. The day was the culmination of many months of work behind the scenes which very few get to see let alone appreciate - they only see the end result. Fortunately we were in the hands of someone who has been there, done it and achieved what we needed without any fuss. It was a treat to sit there and enjoy.
Review from NEMPF:On behalf of the Hon. President of the North & East Midlands Photographic Federation, I would like to thank you for both your workshop and the Saturday evening lecture at our recent Photographic Weekend at the Park Inn in Nottingham. From comments following both your workshop and presentation, everyone enjoyed them an d learnt a lot as well. The variety of photography shown in your presentations, yiur commentary and enthusiasm for your photography was obvious throughout the weekend. We hope to see you again at one of our future Photographic Weekends.
(Very!) Kind words from the Maidenhead Prog Sec: On behalf of Maidenhead Camera Club I'd like to thank you again for coming to us last night and entertaining us with your such imaginative, skilful and so interesting audio visual talk. I was truly spellbound watching everything you showed us, from the space shuttle to Pink Floyd and I know all the other members were too from the very appreciative comments everyone was making afterwards. Personally, I feel we'll never see any better show of its kind and couldn't recommend you enough. I would like to think you would be able to come back to Maidenhead in the not too distant future for us to see more of your work and of course audio visual shows yet to be made. On this note I was wondering if you do any instructional talks on how to put shows together and I know that would certainly be well received especially now you have inspired everyone so much.
Very nice 'thank you' letter from the KCPA President:I am writing to thank you for judging the KCPA Audio Visual Competition on Saturday. You had spent time, already, giving considerable thought to the business of analysing, interpreting, critiquing and adjudicating our work. You clearly tried hard to understand what motivated each photographer to make their sequence and to understand the message each was trying to convey especially those using poetry or just the music to show the mood. You offered constructive and considered critique and feel sure, by agreeing to comment on each sequence we all learnt something from your views. You were entertaining and articulate, you criticised our work constructively and gave us some sound advice.On behalf of our President, the Chairman of Maidstone and Folkestone Camera Clubs and the audience I thank you sincerely for the job you undertook on Saturday for the KCPA.