Speaker – Dawn Black – Wednesday 27th October 2021


Dawn S. Black Photography (dawnsblackphotography.com)

The River Dee Project was the subject of the most recent zoom meeting for members who received a presentation by former professional photographer Dawn Black who is now based in Stonehaven.

Dawn’s professional work was undertaken with partners in the Netherlands where her specialisation was in architectural and interior photography.
On her return to live in Scotland she embarked on a personal project which is still in progress to photograph the River Dee from source to the sea which would enable her to develop her landscape photography skills in addition to encompass her interest in architectural photography by featuring the river Dee landscape plus many of the bridges which cross the river.

Dawn presented images from her work on the project to date all of which were mono accompanied by a historical description of the images featured. Using a combination of long exposure images and drone photography in taking stunning black and white images from the area round the Linn of Dee downstream to Aberdeen harbour members were able to experience the landscape through which the river flows with images taken in different seasons.

The second part of the evenings presentation enabled members to learn how Dawn manipulates her digital RAW files using Lightroom software to achieve the sunning black and white images in her presentation. For members who themselves use the Lightroom software this was an opportunity to learn features of the software which they could use in the future to better present their own images for club, local and national competitions. The evenings meeting was hosted on zoom by Chris Reekie who proposed a vote of thanks to Dawn for an extremely interesting presentation and practical instruction in Lightroom.

John Peacock