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.

05/06/2016 Field Trip to Truro Cathedral

Truro CathedralOn the evening Tuesday 5th June, members and friends of St Agnes Photographic Club were set free to range around Truro Cathedral for two hours taking photos as we wished. The cathedral was closed to the public and there were no restrictions on using flash. The gallery gave a great perspective of the cathedral, but also highlighted the wonky construction of it.

In one corner of the cathedral was the recent temporary installation by Imran Qureshi. The work was huge in scale and was constructed from 30,000 A2 crumpled, printed sheets carrying images devised by Qureshi. It was installed by the artist and a team of 14 volunteers working over 4 days, all in the public gaze. There was a brilliant stop mo video of the construction which showed just how much work had gone into it. Reaction to the installation was polarised: some loved it, some disliked it.

Truro cathedral installationIt was a fantastic opportunity to wander unhindered around the cathedral ‘after hours’, although the problem with shooting with other photographers is that they often feature in your photos!

Note to self – don’t leave it to the morning of a field trip to assemble your kit. You’ll then discover that you have no idea where the bit that connects your camera to your tripod is (and that you don’t know what that bit is called) and you have no time to find it, rendering your lovely tripod useless. My shots posted here were handheld and are straight out of camera (no time to edit them!).

Truro Cathedral

Words and images by Nicola Bathe.

20/05/14 Field trip to Godrevy with David Chapman

Godrevy

Photographers prowling the cliff tops – Eddie McGann

With an excellent member turn out and great lighting for landscape photography we all met up with professional photographer David Chapman at Godrevy car park, where he proceeded to lead the group to the beach along with a faint chant of ‘Hi Ho Hi Ho’ in the background. The sea air was clear and the lighting crisp, providing nice contrast at the start of the shoot, later the setting sun would create richer colours and subtle tones allowing club members to employ different photo techniques.

Godrevy

Godrevy Flare – Eddie McGann

Whilst David shared advice and tips with club members others explored the coastline for photo opportunities, employing a variety of photographic techniques from ND filters and long exposures to HDR. David and a club member braved the waves down on the rocks in pursuit of long exposures of Godrevy Lighthouse providing a one to one photography session in which she found the whole experience exciting and informative. Club members along with David showed plenty of enthusiasm staying right to the very end well after sunset in pursuit of that special photo. No screams or splashes were heard in the darkness so we still have full club membership.

Godrevy

Godrevy Snapper – Eddie McGann

The evening turned out to be a great experience due to mixing with like minded photographers, having expert guidance and knowledge provided by David Chapman, lovely weather and beautiful views of the Godrevy coastline.

In September the photographs of the evening will be viewed by club members and also David himself. This will be something to look forward to, as having expert feedback and tips on how to improve our photography will benefit members and the club.

Words by Eddie McGann.