‘Sunset Photography’ evening for The Outsid’er’s One More Hour

Circle OrangeSo someone, who shall remain nameless, thought it would be an excellent idea for St Agnes Photographic Club to run a Sunset Photography session as part of St Agnes’ Outsid’er Festival, for the Sunday One More Hour slot.

After two beautifully sunny, if chilly, glorious days of the festival, the weather turned entirely on Sunday. The wind increased to a hooley and the skies to the West became dark and menacing. There would be no stunning sunset to photograph this evening. The Management decided to soldier on anyway, allowing only for the event to be postponed if rain arrived.

Amazingly enough, 15 intrepid photographers (see photo above), including local photographer Andy Davies who came to lead our ‘Sunset Photography’ session, and a lovely couple from Birmingham who were here on holiday, turned up at the appointed hour.

After coffees from the cafe and a short talk from Andy as to how we would have been taking Sunset Photographs, had there been a sunset, we were blown down the car park and onto the beach by the offshore wind.

As suggested by Andy, we ignored the poor, flat light and made the most of being outdoors by taking large depth of field photos to get interest into the foreground of landscape shots. We looked for patterns in sand and rocks and seaweed and shot those. We attempted to not drop our kit in puddles or slip over on slimy boulders. We had a good laugh about how terrible the weather was. And then it started to rain.

Eventually we called it a day (not a name I can record here) and lugged our gear back to the warmth of our cars.

One More Hour - 'Sunset Photography' at Chapel Porth

Our intrepid photographers ready for some, er, Sunset Photography.

Thanks to everyone who came along for the evening and made it a lot of fun, despite the poor conditions. We hope to see at least some of you again soon.

PS: News from The Outsid’er HQ – We’ve decided to extend the Photo Comp by 24 hours to give you all a little longer to upload your photos from the weekend – so that’s Monday 8th April at 10pm. We’re looking for anything that could fall into the 3 categories of BLUE, FACES or TREASURE. Some great entries so far – check out the main www.facebook.com/outsiderstagnes page to see them. Good luck!

05/05/12 Beach Photography with St Agnes VMCA

Last Saturday saw a small group from the Photo Club and the St Agnes Voluntary Marine Conservation Area (VMCA) meeting at Trevaunance Cove.  With improving weather, we enjoyed a varied  morning on the beach and cliffs above.  The SAPC members were able to offer a few pointers on the photography front (aided admirably by Roger’s hints sheet), and Tamara and Dan from the VMCA gave us a hand with our wildlife identification.  I, for one, had no idea that we had Ravens at our local beach…. So a good morning all round, with opportunities for great photographs – just need to save up for that 500mm wildlife lens now!

Don’t forget: Beach photography with St Agnes VMCA – 5th May

Saturday 5th May, 10.30am, meet outside The Driftwood Spars, Trevaunance Cove

Help Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s St Agnes Voluntary Marine Conservation Area (VMCA) with their photography morning. A great oppportunity to support St Agnes Voluntary Marine Conservation Area’s (VMCA) community work and take lots of beach and marine photos!

Roger has written a very helpful guide to beachside photography.