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.

29/03/12 Fund-raiser Quiz at Red Lion pub, Blackwater

A number of members along with friends & family met at the pub last Thursday evening.  Penny did sterling work selling quiz & raffle tickets and, after a tough set of questions the winners were crowned (not me, as usual).  The landlord and his staff gave the club a fantastic chance to raise funds – at the end of the evening we were amazed to find that we had raised over £90 for our projector fund, which the pub very generously topped up to £100!! So, a very sucessful, fun evening – thank you to everyone involved.

By Claudia Crewes

March 2012 Meeting

Our next regular meeting is on Tuesday 13th March at 7.30pm at the W I Hall in St Agnes and it’s a viewing of many brilliant and inspirational images from the Western Counties Photographic Federation (WCPF).

There will also be a review of members’ Street Photography shots. Don’t forget your CDs/memory sticks with your Street Photography photos (and maybe your stories too!).

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.