13/05/14 David Chapman Presentation

Keep an eye on the foreground

David Chapman gave an excellent presentation on landscape photography this evening. David is a well-known local photographer. He talked in detail about various landscape techniques. We learnt how to ensure depth of field is appropriate to the subject, i.e. which parts of the shot can be in focus: foreground; mid-ground; background or everything. David emphasised the importance of having some interest in the foreground and using natural lines in the landscape to draw the eye into the picture. He demonstrated how to use the framing grid in the viewfinder to place key parts of the picture. We learnt about graduated filters both as on-camera add on filters and as digital filters in Photoshop or Lightroom.

Our next meeting was to be the field trip to Godrevy with David. He therefore kindly set some homework as preparation! We were asked to download depth of field charts appropriate to our cameras and lenses. David wisely acknowledged that memorising the charts would be a challenge! (Some of our members are over 45!) He suggested we learnt the depths of field for a few different apertures.

Towanroath Sunset by N Bathe.

Towanroath Sunset by N Bathe.

The evening was closed with a short viewing of members’ pictures taken at the Outsid’er Festival Sunset Photography session at Wheal Coates earlier in the month. It became clear that the members who had been able to withstand the cold for longer than the others were treated to a vivid final few minutes of the sunset.

Words by Brian Guttridge.

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.

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.

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!