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.

13/11/14 – Joint Critique Evening with Penryn Camera Club

Inside Sky SpaceOn a wet Thursday evening we were invited to a joint critique evening with Penryn Camera Club, where we received a very warm welcome from their Chairman, Mark Walker.

We started with 15 printed images from each club, with both Claudia from our club jointly leading the critique with Mark from theirs. Each photographer was asked to describe their image and the floor was then opened up for their views.

The standard was extremely high, which led to some interesting debates as to what to ‘changes’ if any were required. As there was so much discussion about each print, there wasn’t time to see all 30, so at the break all the images were put on display for everyone to view.

At the break we were all treated to tea/coffee plus a table full of food and spent the time having a good talk with old and new friends from Penryn. At the end of the break the raffle was drawn, where some of our members won some excellent prizes.

The second half was the projection of 15 digital images from each club, again hosted by Claudia and Mark. This also provided lively debate and each club were inspired by the variety of images on display. I certainly took away some ideas for the future.

The evening ended after 10pm to a warm round of applause for the hospitality of the Penryn Club and promises to return the evening later next year in St Agnes.

Words by Ian Williams, image “Inside Sky Space” by Nikki Bathe.

11/02/14 Members’ evening – Macro Photography and more!

House Fly Macro by Alan Barker

House Fly Macro by Alan Barker

Our monthly club meeting on Tuesday 11th February was both interesting and informative. First we had a session presented by Alan Barker, our club Secretary, on Macro Photography. Alan brought along and talked about some of his equipment including his Panasonic Lumix FZ150 bridge camera and a his Canon 700D SLR with specialist macro lenses. He then gave a brilliant slide show of images taken with both cameras with some amazing shots of insects which are one of his many interests. He gave very useful tips and instruction on taking good photos of these difficult and often quick moving subjects.

House Fly Macro by Alan Barker

Red Campion by Alan Barker

The next part of the evening was a look at all the digital prints that have been entered by our members into the Charles Hosken competition run by the Cornwall Photographic Alliance in March. There were 29 images in total of various subjects including portraits, landscapes, animals and fungi.

We then had an excellent slide show of images taken by David Bourne, a new member to the club. David’s pictures were very well received by members and we look forward to seeing more of his work in the future. We also viewed some great images brought in by some of our other members.

Words by Jane Sawle, images by Alan Barker.

12/02/13 Malcolm & Barbara Jenkin

It was a good start as, all the repairs having been completed, we were back to our usual meeting place – the St Agnes WI Hall.

Our speaker had been booked well in advance, but like the Titanic, at very short notice we struck an iceberg, when due to illness he had to cancel his visit. Where do you get someone at even shorter notice to take his place? Well, following some frantic phone calls by Geoff, we ended up with two for the price of one in welcoming Malcolm and Barbara Jenkin.

If we did not know already, we were in very capable hands as they are both very well-travelled and competent photographers and have entered numerous competitions. Their favourite cameras are Nikons – convenient for sharing lenses on expeditions!

We were treated to a very interesting and varied programme – in particular relating to their cruise to Antarctica. This included Buenos Aries and the Falkland Islands – the latter being apparently more British than Britain. Their photos were excellent and showed to good effect the numerous penguins and colourful tin roofs of the houses in the Falklands.

Malcolm was perhaps more conventional than his wife, who admitted to a love of cranes [not birds], containers and clouds. She illustrated her talk by starting with a photo of some straw hats, then showed how it could be manipulated in Photoshop in about 10 different ways and stages to produce a very interesting, award-winning creation. Barbara said that with all the facilities now available to us on the computer we should start all experimenting and be creative.

We were also shown some examples of their prize-winning photographs and left with some ideas of what is out there beyond club photography.

One of the highlights was the ad. lib. commentary by our two guests, interrupted by the banter between a loving husband and wife.

It was a good evening and we look forward to their next visit when hopefully, they have will have been given just a little more notice!

By Ron Meloy.

Don’t forget: members’ evening, Tuesday 13th November, 7.30pm

***PLEASE NOTE: change of venue – this meeting will be held at The Driftwood Spars, Trevaunance Cove, due to structural damage at St Agnes WI Hall***

Members’ evening. Bring along your photos for the two last themes: Food and Colours, for us all to have a look at. We’ll also be looking at and discussing winning photos from some recent WCPF competitions over a drink. All welcome as always. Subs are due so please bring your wallets!

12/06/12 Portraits – Hints & Tips

Last Tuesday saw members meeting in the WI Hall to hear Tony Kent give us some hints & tips on taking portraits.  Tony, a local photographer with wide ranging experience, including running  a busy wedding photography business, was generous with his advice. He brought with him a wide variety of his printed portraits which illustrated his points – all most impressive. Tony’s pointers were down-to-earth and practical, backed up by engaging anecdotes making for a most enjoyable and instructive evening.  Tony was kind enough to bring with him some handouts so (for the benefit of those members who missed the meeting) here is my selection of his main points:

  • You need to develop a rapport with your subject because CLOSER IS BETTER
  • The EYES must be in sharp focus
  • and (counter-intuitively I thought, but I’ll give it a go) Do NOT ask them to smile EVER!!

This advice came just in time for me, I’m off now to take a photograph of every resident of Callestick for our Jubilee photo book – wish me luck!

By Claudia


Don’t forget: Mark Whittaker – wildlife photography – 8th May

7.30pm, Tuesday 8th May, WI Hall, St Agnes

A quick reminder that we have Mark Whittaker, a keen wildlife photographer and keeper at Screech Owl Sanctuary, coming to talk to us about his photography and his career at this month’s Tuesday meeting. Mark’s talk will tie in nicely with our fieldtrip in June to the Screech Owl Sanctuary.

As always – all members and guests welcome!

Don’t forget: David Chapman review evening

7.30pm, Tuesday 10th April, WI Hall, St Agnes

David’s final session with us will include a critique on photographs taken during our Field Trip to Holywell Bay, together with Photoshop tuition.

Bring up to 10 photographs taken at previous meeting (Holywell Bay) for David’s appraisal.They don’t have to be your best shots – e.g. you can use them to illustrate things you should and shouldn’t have done.