15/10/2017 Field Trip to Screech Owl Sanctuary

A group of members went on Sunday morning to the Screech Owl Sanctuary where we had one of their staff bring out owls one at a time for us to be able to photograph while being flown and handled. Paula, who was our handler for the morning, was extremely helpful and suggested certain owls that may be more accommodating than others to photograph, which proved a lot more difficult than we imagined trying to photograph them in flight.

Following this we all went to the Plume of Feathers in Mitchell for a great lunch, together with pudding for some of us!

Words 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.

22/06/14 Field Trip to Trebah Gardens

Champion trees, beautiful gardens, amazing waterscapes and a wondrous beach. The club’s outing to Trebah had it all and if that wasn’t enough, there was also afternoon tea, ice cream and cakes… and some photography of course!

st agnesphotography club at Trebah

The afternoon commenced with a meeting in the blazing sun on the lawn outside the main house. The Director of Trebah Gardens, Nigel, shared a brief informative history of the gardens and some anecdotes about its former owners. After this we dispersed to all corners of the gardens in search of that elusive perfect shot. The height and intensity of the sun meant that most switched to close-up studies of backlit flowers and leaves or moody images in the dense shadows of the bamboos and gunnera.


Geoff & JaneAs the afternoon progressed and the heat built, it was noted that many migrated to the beach to partake of a cooling ice cream. One hardy individual even downed her camera and produced a swimming costume which she had had the foresight to pack. She was last seen heading for Frenchman’s Creek…


As we gradually meandered back up the gardens, a pool to one side of the main stream was discovered; to the delight of many we found it patrolled by a number of hawker and darter dragonflies. The surface of the pool was also home to a great many damselflies. I had to block my ears on a few occasions to the curses that were emitted from our gallant ensemble as they tried and failed to capture a sharp image of these beasts.

Broad-bodied Libellula Dragonfly on Leaf 2

The afternoon finished with a very civilised and most welcome cup of tea on the terrace.

Foxglove_2Golden Leaves 2









Words and images by Alan Barker.

‘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!

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.

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.

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.

24/03/12 David Chapman Field Trip

On Saturday 24 March club members met up with David at Holywell Bay at 4pm.  This is Teresa’s report from the photo shoot:

I felt very fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend David Chapman’s Photo-shoot. Not only did we have an excellent photographer to guide us in the use of our cameras but excellent weather. David, I felt was very generous with his time and patience in guiding us to take better photographs, with lots of hints about where to position ourselves to get the best shots. I’d hardly ever used my camera’s manual settings, nor had I used my tripod much but David wanted us to do both. He was so patient which gave me confidence in getting much more from my camera.  One of the surprising things I learnt was that when I thought the light had gone and we wouldn’t get any more shots David said that the best conditions were yet to come.

 I came away from the session with inspiration, enthusiasm and determination to get much more from my camera and to be aware and look out for the best time and place to get ‘the good shots’. All of which I’ve put into practice since the session.
By: Teresa Davenport