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.

‘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: 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.

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.

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

David Chapman Field Trip to Holywell Bay

The special event of the month is on Saturday 24th March when we go with David Chapman to Holywell Bay for a ‘Live Session’.

We are to meet in the National Trust Car Park at Holywell Bay at 4.00pm and will be busy photographing, under David’s guidance, until sunset (7.23pm). Bring cameras, tripods and remote shutter releases if you have them.

If anybody needs transport to Holywell Bay then meet by St. Agnes Library at 3.20pm.

28/02/12 David Chapman (part 1)

At our evening meeting on February 28th, David Chapman, local wildlife and landscape photographer, gave us an inspirational and humourous insight into how he takes his stunning landscape photographs. He started off his talk with tips for good composition, e.g. the rule of thirds, using shapes and diagonals to draw the viewer’s eye into the photo, and continued his theme with excellent advice about when and where to take landscape photos.

During the second half of his presentation, David showed us some amazing star trail photos, amongst others, and explained just how he’d set up his shots and how he had processed them. Finally he gave a short demonstration of how he processes his photos using Photoshop.

The FIVE tips for landscape photography I’m taking away from David’s talk are:

  1. Use your tripod – always when shooting long exposures / in low light, almost always anyway.
  2. Shoot in RAW – if your camera can and if you have the means to process RAW files – RAW format saves all of the information about your shot and allows for some amazing processing.
  3. Shoot around dawn and dusk on clear days – the light is less intense and more directional than at high noon and your camera will cope better with the lower contrast compositions.
  4. Plan your shots – get the time right to have the light coming from the right direction at the right angle, to have the tide in the right place, to avoid your shadow in your shots etc.
  5. Think about composition – remember the composition rules, but remember they are also there to be broken. Try different perspectives and don’t stand just rooted to one spot.

David is joining us for Part 2 –  a field trip to Holywell Bay on March 24th which we’re all looking forward to. More details can be found in the Diary.

By Nicola Bathe.