DIG Thames Valley: Polina Plotnikova - Flowers, Still Life & Lensbaby

15 November 2020

10:00 - 15:30

Wokingham, Berkshire
Woosehill Community Hall
Emmview Close
Woosehill
Wokingham
United Kingdom
RG41 3DA

Group Member£8.00
Non RPS Member£15.00 
RPS Member£12.00 
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A great opportunity to see and hear Polina, with three presentations, talking about her special photographic styles, and showing us how she achieves her stunning images

Morning, part 1: Starting from a blank canvas - Flowers
The approach to flower photography that Polina takes is somewhat similar to that of a portrait photographer - for every flower and plant that she photographs, Polina always tries to find its unique look, study its mood and character, and ultimately unlock the hidden beauty of her models.
Polina says "While appreciating the natural beauty of plants and trying to stay true to their original look, I do not limit my point of view to purely botanical. Instead, I try to lift a flower off its typical setting and put it into indeterminate space, where its beauty can be seen in all its purity."

Morning, part 2: Starting from a blank canvas - Still Life
Polina says "Still life photography is great for a perfectionist - no one fidgets or makes faces, no sudden gust of wind or some other quirk of ever-changing weather can spoil your shot. But, by the same token, you cannot count on something interesting that just happens all of a sudden - it is all up to you; the choices are infinite, and the final result is entirely in your own hands."

Afternoon: See in a new way - my journey with Lensbaby
While fully appreciating the 'what you see is what you get' approach, Polina is much more interested in chasing an ever-elusive image that appears in her mind's eye, an image that conveys her feelings and emotions, rather than remains a mere statement of fact.  
Polina says "Lensbaby for me was truly 'love at first sight' - in that I loved the way in which the world could be seen through my viewfinder. Creative focusing and partial blurring are wonderful tools for highlighting areas of my image that I want to draw a viewer's attention to. And visually, Lensbaby optics allow me to introduce a translucent, dreamlike quality, which is often exactly how I feel about things, places and people that I photograph."

Biography: Polina holds ARPS and EFIAP distinctions, and has received many prestigious photographic awards, including eight Gold and Silver Gilt medals at the RHS photography competitions, category winner of Food Photographer of The Year competition, various distinctions at each of the International Garden Photographer of The Year competitions, and multiple medals and distinctions awarded by various Photography Salons. Polina is a member of the Arena Photographers group.

www.polinaplotnikova.com

All images on this page © Polina Plotnikova


BOOKING TICKETS
ADVANCE BOOKING ESSENTIAL TO BE SURE OF A PLACE. Please see Tickets for Events page for more ticket details and information on Season Tickets for Thames Valley Centre events.
We don't yet use the online booking facility on this page, owing to the complexity of offering Season Tickets for Thames Valley Centre events.
Note: the ticket price shown above against ‘Group Member’ is the rate that applies to members of the Digital Imaging Group only. It does not apply to RPS members who are not DI Group members.

We meet at Woosehill Community Hall, in Wokingham, Berkshire

GETTING TO THE VENUE
Woosehill Community Hall is less than one mile away from Wokingham Railway Station. The station is served by trains between Reading and Waterloo, and also between Reading and Gatwick. Please be aware that Sunday train services can sometimes be erratic!

PARKING: IMPORTANT
Parking in the small Hall car park is for speakers and judges, those disabled or anyone bringing equipment for an event. You should park in zones A and B of the Morrisons car park adjacent. Drive past Emmview Close  and Morrisons, then turn immediately left into Fernlea Drive, and look for parking zones A and B. Walk back through Morrisons car park zones C and D to get to the Hall.

For those using SatNav, the relevant postcodes are:

  • Woosehill Community Hall: RG41 3DA
  • Morrisons Supermarket: RG41 3SW
  • Fernlea Drive: RG41 3DR.

REFRESHMENTS AND LUNCH
Free tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the day. We suggest you bring a pack lunch, or you can purchase sandwiches etc at Morrisons Supermarket next door.

CASH MACHINE
For those wishing to pay on the door or buy raffle tickets etc, please note there is a cash machine at Morrisons.

OUR INFO PACK (PDF download above) includes all you need to know about attending our events, and buying tickets.
Please use our OUR BOOKING FORM (PDF download above) for buying your tickets.

Opening times

We open the doors at 10.00am, to allow time to check-in, have some refreshments, and be ready to start the formal presentations at 10:30am.
In order to allow us to set up our equipment in a safe and orderly way, we ask you to remain in the foyer or outside the building until 10.00am unless you are a designated helper.
There is a mid-morning break, and a break for lunch. The event usually finishes about 3:30pm.

Cancellation policy

If you have purchased a Day Ticket but are unable to come, and don't tell us before the event, we will not normally offer refunds; however, we will look sympathetically at each situation. Refunds requested at least 3 days before the event will normally be granted.

Hearing and access requirements

Hearing: Our Announcers and Presenters use radio microphones and a PA system at our events.
Access: The Hall has two ‘Disabled’ parking bays with sloped wheelchair access to the ground floor venue.

Alan Bousfield ARPS
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Region: Thames ValleyGroup(s): Digital Imaging, Digital Imaging Online, Digital Imaging Thames Valley