I got together again with the Foto:RE folks for the second iteration of 3rdThur Photo REview on Thursday night. Fourteen showed up, more than doubling last month’s attendance; both validating the concept and posing new challenges. But that’s the whole approach, eh? Do it, learn, iterate and improve, GOTO 10. Met new people, learned things.
This shot above has a kind of Last Supper feel to it, and I suppose we are disciples of photography. L-R Karl Griffiths-Fulton, Joe Martz, Jen King, Matt Weiler, David McCammon, Bert Matzek, Mark Essner, and Shayne Noel. Serious faces; everyone looking to improve.
Shout out to Death Valley’s Little Brother for hosting us. Thanks a lot. Click through for more pics of people looking at pics.
Now featuring name tags! The green painter’s tape is a nod to the early kwartzlab days when we were running meetups between drywalling and painting benders. All we had was tape for name tags. It represents not being to precious and Getting Shit Done. In my ideal world, we all wear nametags all the time to further humanize the world.
Here’s DVLB’s Erik with a ‘k’, educating me on the merits of the “pour over” coffee. It was pretty damned good. I tried both the Copacabana and the Toarco Toraja. Support your venue.
Karl, Joe, Jen, and Matt.
+ Sean and Tony. I took a few notes on the feedback I received.
I was shooting the 24-70mm f/2.8 that night. Challenging to try to time the sessions and shoot the event. I’m passing the torch for timing at the next event on May 15.
David and Tony Reinhart looking at Karl’s photo of his friend who did not want to be photographed. She appeared to be melting into the ivy behind her. Powerful shot.
Mark talking with Alina Chirila. She hands-down won my fave-photo-of-the-night. It was a shot of her husband in front of a blackboard full of mathematical/physics notations holding a camera. Just excellent. Unlike my shot above of Alina’s back.
Jen’s shot of boat-building tools and the boats beyond.
DVLB’s Jaci with a ‘ci’, picking out whiskey.
Bert brought a conceptual self-portrait.
Yeah, I already showed one of David and Tony, but I couldn’t let this expression go.
How do you make gluten-free tasty? Chocolate.
For sure there were challenges:
- low light later in the evening was tough for viewing prints
- passing the photo among 14 people takes too long
- cafe noise makes discussion beyond your immediate neighbour difficult
- the photographer showing a photo wasn’t hearing input from the far end of the table
Thoughts for next time:
- use a projector and screen
- collect digital versions of photos ahead of time and have them queued up
- stick with the 5-minute/photo limit
Mark Walton’s driving the May 15 meetup, so we won’t have to wait long to try some tweaks. Get shooting, y’all.
Shayne set this up and I shot it. Switched to manual focus.
Tony Reinhart, Q10 photographer extraordinaire.
Mark Walton’s shot. For a book, I think. Mark’s sons are First Nations born, and he’s done a deep dive into that. Lots of gravity to this image of what I imagine is a trade blanket. Bert read “Complicity” as “Company”, which is pretty relevant and interesting.
Sean and Bert.
A valuable element of this recurring meetup for me is the responsibility I feel to put my best photo in front of this group. By the end of the first week of April I was feeling the pressure to get out and shoot and find a strong image for the 3rdThur.