October 4, 2011

Eighteen members of the group attended the meeting held at Carlton SooHoo’s studio and were welcomed at 7:10 pm. by Bob Bass.

Among the attendees were several individuals who attended for the first time:  Jen Curry, Ruth Greenberg, Jeff Engel, and Michael Steinberg.

We briefly discussed the success of the “Dusk to Dawn” show by our group at the Bedford Library through November 12.  People seemed very pleased with the show and it was noted that we had a very good turnout at the reception held October 2.

Another opportunity for show is the open call for the Bedford Library in November.  Finished works, ready to be hung (must have wire in back), have to be dropped off at the library on Saturday, Nov. 12, 3-5 pm, or Sunday, Nov. 13, 1-3 pm.  Details will be available on the files section of the Yahoo Groups site.

The next meeting of the group will be held on November 1 at BCA space in Old Town Hall, 7- 9:30 pm.  The topic will be Composition and led by Mark Levinson.  Please submit images you would like critiqued by October 25 to Michael Baker at paladin2664@mac.com.

Carlton provided a very interesting interactive presentation and demonstration about panoramic photography.  Notes in the files section of the Yahoo Groups site contain details about equipment and software and plenty of examples of Carlton’s work and many websites showing the work of others.  Carlton started out by showing images with a traditional panoramanic approach. He then showed us how he uses his software program (PTGUI Pro) to stitch them together.  Next, Carlton moved on to the technique used to capture 360 images and showed us several examples of his work.  Central to the technique is the use of tripod, wide angle lens (8 or 16 mm in Carlton’s case), and determination of the no parallax point around which the camera must rotate.  Finally, with a multiple cameo appearances of John Sullivan, Carlton demonstrated the whole technique of capturing a 360 degree image of our group in his studio and stitching it together.

Thanks, Carlton for providing a very informative and entertaining evening!

Submitted by Bob Bass (rwbass5@comcast.net)

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