A round up of the last few meetings

13/03/2018 – Members Evening

This evening we held our first new members evening following some local advertising and were delighted to see 12 new people come along to find out about the club.

We started with an overview of the forthcoming programme by Martin Morse, our Programme Manager followed by Dave Bourne, our Membership Secretary talking about joining the club.

A few of us then ran through the cameras we use, showing the types of the equipment we use from compacts to full-frame DSLRs, along with their advantages and disadvantages.

After the tea break, where everyone had a chance to chat and find out more, we showed members images from the last quarterly theme. Following this we held an interactive critique of various images from the internet, seeing what was good and not so good.

10/04/2018 – Speaker David Haughton

This evening we had an inspirational talk by local landscape photographer David Haughton, who’s been shortlisted for Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2016 and Fine Art Photographer of the Year, Landscape in 2016 and 2017.

David started off by explaining that he’s a graphic designer and website developer by day and showing us some of his beautiful fine art inspired landscape images from around Cornwall. After the tea break he went on to show us images from further afield, including Wales & Scotland.

29/04/2018 – Field Trip to Kennall Vale

A group of us met for Sunday lunch at the Olive Grove Bistro before joining with some more members at the entrance to the Wildlife Trusts beautiful nature reserve at Kennall Vale.

Here we spent several hours exploring the reserve and taking photos of the old gunpowder factory, buildings and water courses. Fortunately we had good weather with plenty of sunny intervals and everyone agreed it was a great place to visit.

12/06/2018 – Annual Competition

Tonight was our annual competition, where we had over 100 entries across 3 categories – Open, Monochrome and this years Themed one of Macro.

This year we were fortunate to have the excellent local judge, Margaret Hocking, who kindly critiqued all our entries with constructive feedback, which made it a very enjoyable evening. The category winners were:-

Open – Andrew Cox
Monochrome – Paul Johnson
Macro – Ian Williams

Words by Ian Williams.

13/02/18 Speaker Andrew Hocking

This evening we had a talk by local landscape photographer Andrew Hocking who started his career in graphic design.

He purchased his first “proper camera” in 2012 to photograph his freelance design work but got hooked on photography when he went with a photography friend to photograph Mevagissey.

From then he’s been regularly travelling around Cornwall to take pictures of the coast, woods and moors. Andrew then started showing us his images and talking through what he was looking to achieve and how he took them.

Andrew is very fortunate that his sister lives in Wales so he’s able to visit her and take pictures of places such as the Brecon Beacons.

To maximise his photography time Andrew has created a list of all the places he likes or wants to photograph and annotates them with when is likely to be the best time to photograph them. He also suggested using the Photographer’s Ephemeris as a very useful tool to help plan sun rise & set times.

After showing us a number of his images from Cornwall & Wales Andrew finished to a round of applause.

Further details are on Andrew’s website: hocking-photography.co.uk and you can follow him on Facebook too.

Words by Ian Williams.

10/10/17 Speaker John P Davey

This evening we had a talk by Launceston fine art photographer John P Davey who started out in 1982 when he went on holiday.

He then joined Launceston Camera Club and after seeing a well-known photographers work in 1994 he decided to work in black and white. He took a City & Guilds course to gain his Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society gaining 6 distinctions.

During the evening he started by showing us his only colour image, of Delphi, where he’d had to wait many hours for the right light and the visitors to leave. The rest of the images were hand printed black and white’s by John himself. These were mainly portraits or muses, with a few images of places around the world he had visited, such as Greece, Yugoslavia, Venice, Turkey and India.

In 1998 he put in two panels to the RPS to gain his Associate (in both Visual Arts and Portraiture) and then in 2000 he achieved his Fellowship in Portraiture.

John works with film (both 35mm and a Mamiya 645) where he sometimes photographs in colour and then re-photographs the slide in black & white which he then prints himself.

He has a range of props for his muses and normally brings a mirror so they can see themselves and get comfortable with their pose. John tends to use non-professional models, some of whom he’s worked regularly with over the years.

By using our display stands John put up a number of his prints, so during the tea break we could come and view them.

After the break John continued to show us his images together with fascinating anecdotes about his years spent taking them, finally finishing just after 10pm to a round of applause.

Words by Ian Williams.

05/05/15 – Speaker Adrian Langdon

Adrian used his PowerPoint talk with examples as a reminder of the things to think about when taking pictures and started with the basics – Apertures, Shutter Speed, ISO and Depth of Field based around the 4 main variables when we are taking photographs:-

  1. Aperture settings
  2. Shutter Speed
  3. ISO
  4. Focus point

The biggest aperture is the smallest f number ie f2.8 allows in far more light than f22.

Shutter speed usually varies (depending on the camera) from bulb, where the user can hold the shutter open for as long as they keep the shutter pressed, to 1/8000 of a second.

ISO – try to keep this as low as possible to keep the ‘noise’ down, as often above 800 will show a ‘grain’ like appearance in images and possibly coloured speckles/tinges.

Focus – many cameras/lenses now have image stabilisation, which help with slower shutter speeds. Focus is linked to Depth of Field ie the amount of the picture that is in focus. The larger the f number the more of the picture that will be in focus. Adrian showed images at different f stop aperture settings to demonstrate the difference. A picture taken at f22 was in focus from the beginning of the image all the way to the horizon but the same picture taken at f2.8 only had the first fence post in focus.

Adrian then explained the direct correlation between aperture and shutter speed:-

Shutter Speed Aperture Result
1/1000 F2.8 All these combinations allow the same amount of light through to the sensor
1/500 F4
1/250 F5.6
1/125 F8
1/60 F11
1/30 F16
1/15 F22


He then went onto explain hyperfocal distance where there is more in focus behind the focal point than in front and showed us the engravings on an older lens that had these markings on. Unfortunately very few modern lenses have these markings, so it often a question of experimenting with your own camera and lenses to check the results.

Adrian then stressed the importance of checking the histogram on the back of our cameras when we have taken a photo to make sure we have exposed it correctly. With software it’s better to slightly under expose, as dark areas can often be lightened but over exposed areas are often burnt out and unrecoverable. Adrian then showed us examples of exposure issues.

When taking photos Adrian reminded us to think of composition and showed us examples of the following:-

  • Rule of thirds
  • Using diagonals
  • Foreground interest
  • Movement (using shutter speed to show or freeze it)

He had brought in some of his equipment to let us see and handle the equipment he uses.

After a round of applause he said he would be leading our trip to Golitha Falls on Sunday 17th May and will happy to help anyone during the day.

Golitha Falls Trip – Sunday 17th May

Following our talk by Adrian Langdon on the 5th May, he kindly agreed to lead us on our day out to Golitha Falls and the Cheesewring.

We all met at the Golitha Falls car park at 11am and fortunately the weather was dull but dry. We started by walking through the woods down to the falls where Adrian showed us some of the best places to capture images and was on hand to help members with their questions on composition and camera craft. He said that the water level was lower and quieter now and that in the winter they make an impressive run.

After taking many picture we all drove to the nearby hamlet of Minions for an excellent lunch at the Cheesewring Hotel.

Following lunch we walked from the car park to the Cheeswring and onto the Hurlers, with Adrian once again providing us with excellent tips and ideas.

By Ian Williams.


07/12/14 – Christmas Field Trip to St Ives

St Agnes Photographic Club

St Agnes Photographic Club braving the St Ives chill

On a fairly bright but cold and windy day, around 20 members of the club met outside the lifeboat station in St Ives at 11.00 for our Christmas Outing.

We were fortunate as the lifeboat crew were test launching their lifeboat, The Princess Royal and being low tide they had to use their caterpillar tractor to take her out to the shoreline. This made for some excellent photographs for those with stout footwear to get across the wet beach.

Following this we wandered around past Portgwidden Beach on up to the top of the Island. Here there were fantastic views from the old chapel, if you could hold your camera steady enough!

By now it was time to eat and we all found our way back across town to the Harbour Fish & Chip Shop for an excellent lunch, sat inside out of the wind.

After lunch we split up and some of us carried on taking pictures around town.

As a follow up at our next meeting on the 9th December, many members showed the results of the day’s photography. This was interesting to see both the similarity yet the unique viewpoints and ideas everyone came up with.

Words by Ian Williams, image by Geoff Osborne.

‘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!

22/09/12 St Agnes Photographic Club’s Annual Exhibition

St Agnes Annual Photographic Exhibition 2012

St Agnes Photographic Club’s Annual Exhibition

We held our Annual Exhibition on Saturday 22nd September in St Agnes. A total of 83 mounted prints submitted by 10 club members were displayed and viewed by a steady stream of visitors all day. These included locals, holiday makers and members from other photography clubs including Truro Camera Club and Penryn Camera Club.

A raffle was held to raise money for our projector fund. The holder of the drawn ticket won their favourite exhibited print from the show and it was interesting to watch people attempting to choose just one and also to see which photos and photographers most appealed to our visitors. William Randlesome from Mount Hawke won the raffle and will receive Nicola Bathe’s ‘Otter’ print.

We felt it was a very successful day, with lots of visitors, some hints and tips shared and plenty of tea, coffee and cake consumed! On behalf of the committee I’d like to thank those who entered their prints, those who came to view our exhibition, but in particular those who helped run the day to make it such a success!

I’m looking forward to next year’s exhibition already!

By Nicola Bathe.

Don’t forget: Field trip to Wildlife Reserve nr Sancreed on Sunday 9th September

*** Directions have been updated ***

Visit a wildlife reserve near Sancreed, Penzance and take wonderful photos! This is five  acres of land which has been transformed from a bramble wilderness into a beautiful reserve with three very large ponds. Walkways form the perimeters of the ponds where one can spot the owner’s artistic talents with ironwork, carvings, a thatched folly, beaches and much much more.

Meet at the layby at the top of Blackwater Hill at 10.30am where transport will be available (from St Agnes and facing down into Blackwater it is on the left). Bring packed lunch and a drink.

For anyone meeting there at 11am, take the A30 to Penzance. Turn RIGHT onto the A3071 towards St Just. Drive straight through Newbridge and take the next left turning. Continue up the hill for 100 yards and Tanglewood is the gate on the left. Penny’s contact number is 07773 296574.

St Agnes Photographic Club’s 2012 Exhibition

St Agnes Photographic Club’s annual exhibition, showcasing members’ photography, will be held on

Saturday 22nd September 2012

10.00am – 4.00pm

St Agnes Parish Hall

FREE entry | Refreshments | Raffle

Everyone welcome – please come and support your local photography group!

Information for members:

You should submit 6 – 10 mounted, printed, recently taken photographs for the exhibition at the September evening meeting on 11/09/12. Mounts should measure 30 x 40 cm and the photographs can be any size smaller than this.

23/06/12 Field Trip to Screech Owl Sanctuary


Owl at Screech Owl Sanctuary

Last Saturday St Agnes Photoclub members descended on Screech Owl Sanctuary to have a guided tour of some of the owls who reside there. Mark Whittaker, one of the keepers at the Sanctuary and a keen wildlife photographer himself, met us and immediately took us outside to see Fluffy the barn owl flying.

The heavens opened, as seems fairly normal at the moment, and flying was curtailed (owls aren’t waterproof as this would make their feathers noisy in flight and therefore no good for stealth preying) so we went inside to the education centre where we met a couple of eight week old Ural owlets, who were very large, cute and fluffy but also very naughty.

The rain stopped again so Mark took us behind the scenes to the hospital to see two of his new baby owls, of different breeds, who he is hand rearing as their parents are unable to rear them themselves.

Buzzard and Theresa

The Buzzard studiously ignores the camera

Then Mark took us outside again and brought us out a succession of beautiful owls and a buzzard, telling us about each of them and the Sanctuary’s involvement in rare breeds programs whilst we took photos of them. Most of them were so used to paparazzi attention, it was quite hard to capture them staring down your lens!

Mark then left us to watch another flying display and have a wander around the Sanctuary, seeing the other animals too. I was particularly taken by the Meer Cats and the cafe is pretty good too!

We had a brilliant morning out. It was great to meet and photograph so many owls and hear about the amazing job the Sanctuary does in rehabilitating and rehoming injured and mistreated owls and assisting in world breeding programs. We’re hoping Mark will come to an evening meeting next Spring to talk to us about his wildlife photography, which we’re very much looking forward to.

By: Nicola.