11/12/18 – Members Evening

Earlier in the year several club members were lucky enough to attend a talk given by the renowned landscape photographer Charlie Waite https://www.charliewaite.com/. When the club became aware of a DVD by Charlie called ‘Travelling Light’ we decided to obtain a copy and screen it at one of our members evenings to try to pass on some of Charlie’s wisdom to our members. Tonight was the night!!! The DVD was great and showed how low cost compact cameras can successfully be used to take some amazing photographs. It provided an excellent insight into basic camera settings and picture composition. The DVD was well received by all of the clubs members and everyone enjoyed Charlie’s way of presenting not to mention the quality of his photographs. It really did show that expensive DSLRs are not required to obtain excellent photographs – although a few of our members did suspect some post processing work!

After a short break we viewed our member’s photographs from two of our quarterly themes “Sea” and “Abstract”. In total we had about 70 images to view, which was an excellent response. There were some outstanding images and it was interesting to see how many (coincidentally?) incorporated hints and tips that Charlie had made in his DVD.

Geoff gave a quick presentation about the clubs improved website. The web site now includes galleries of club member’s photographs as well as galleries of our Porthleven field trip.

 All in all it was a very enjoyable evening. A special thanks to Alan who not only purchased the Charlie Waite DVD but also sorted out all of the licencing issues to get the DVD shown in ‘public’.

By Dave Bourne

09/12/18: Field Trip to Porthleven

Half a league, half a league,

Half a league onward,

Well there were times when the St Agnes Christmas outing to Portleven felt a little bit like the ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’. With a bitter north westerly gale blowing and deep clouds firing volleys of bullet like rain every few minutes, the brave 19 members of the Club who attended the meet, staged an assault on the harbour, pier and beaches of this picturesque Port. Some did fall by the wayside, taking refuge in the tea rooms and shops, but the majority bravely stuck to their duty.

The small breaks in the fast-moving cloud allowed glimpses of sunlight to pepper the harbour, which lent a magical light to the preceding’s.

Finally, wet and weary, we stumbled towards the Harbour Inn for some well-earned lunch and a good natter.

Amazingly, by the time we re-emerged into the fresh air, the wind had died down, the clouds had started to disperse and the sun began to take control. The gallant survivors, armed with cameras and tripods, once again took aim at the harbour and beaches.

It was wonderful day spent in great company, the results of which can be viewed in the website Gallery. A special thanks to Martin Morse to organising a memorable day.

By Alan Barker

13/11/18: Critique & Pasty Evening with Penryn CC

The Club welcomed members of the Penryn Camera Club for a joint critique evening. Each club projected 15 colour and 15 monochrome images, which had been previously selected with the express intention of triggering a discussion. Alan Barker and Ron Pitcher introduced each image and then invited comments from the members.

It’s always entertaining when groups of photographers get together to discuss each other’s work. Everyone it seemed had an opinon as to how the images could be improved: “perhaps if you had moved to the left a little the composition would have been stronger”, “but there was a bramble hedge in the way”, “well we all have to suffer for our art”.

There was lots of hilarity, but also a great many learning points, which you can only obtain when you see your images through the eyes of others. The friendly and open atmosphere meant that both experienced and newer members of each club joined the discussions.

During the break, the members tucked into warm pasties, which were nicely scenting the room. Thanks to Martin Morse for arranging the delivery.

A special thanks to Penryn Camera Club for sharing their photographic knowledge and enthusiasm.

By Alan Barker