Thursday, 11 May 2017

Wednesday 10th May - Hickling Broad Boat Trip (NWT)

What a fantastic day on Hickling Broad - 2 boatloads of us set off to photograph the fabulous scenery and wildlife found at this Norfolk Wildlife Trust site.

Weather conditions were much improved over recent days and our only 'problem' was coping with too much sunshine which made getting the correct exposure tricky.

Many thanks to Jacqui and the team at Hickling for ensuring we had an excellent, well organised and informative day at this beautiful site.

Some of us went onto The Greyhound in Hickling village (surprise!) where we were treated once again to some lovely grub!

Some of our images are below:

Little Tern by Liz Blake

Mute Swan by Robin Orrow

Crested Grebe by Geoff Lingwood

Family of Greylag Geese by Andrew Barnes

Flying the Flag by Jan Murphy

Mute Swan Landing by Geoff Lingwood

Mute Swan feeding Cygnets by Jan Murphy

Marsh Harrier over Meadow Dyke by Mick Ladner

Safety in Numbers by Kim Scrivener

Among the Reeds by Andy Caws

Male Reed Bunting by Di Jackson

Swan Aggression Display by Liz Blake

Motley Crew by Andy Caws

Mute Swan with Cygnets by Christine Alcock

Ready for Take-off by Di Jackson

Hazy Afternoon by Kim Scrivener

Mallard Ducklings by Diana Graham

Feeding Cygnets by Ron Wheeler

Avocet by Diana Graham

Tuesday 9th May - Gianpierro Ferrari 'One Year of Wildlife'

Gianpierro took us on a two-hour trip from Leicestershire to Italy and other parts of the Mediterranean.  He reminded us that we don't have to pay to sit in hides where the wildlife appears on command.  He demonstrated with his wonderful photos that with a little ingenuity and a lot of patience, the birds and plants in our gardens can make stunning photos.  Other locations always seem more attractive and the macro/wide angle combination of alpine flowers with a backdrop of snow-capped mountains is a far cry from Norfolk!

I know many of us were surprised and encouraged to hear Gianpierro say that he uses a Panasonic Lumix.  His techniques, dedication and determination should inspire us all to keep going out (at least as far as our gardens!) with our cameras.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Tuesday 2nd May - Out and About + panels

In the first part of the meeting, we made the most of the late evening light and took photos ready for a panel.  Jack Mitchell then summarised the main features of panels and took us through one method for creating a three image panel.  Somehow Photoshop knows when it's a live demo and chooses that time to spring new surprises but Jack was equal to the challenge and took us step-by-step through the process of creating a triptych.

We now have four weeks to master the techniques and produce our own panel for our Focus On ... Panels session next month.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Tuesday 25th April Print Competition Round 3 – Seashore

For the final print competition of the year members had interpreted the theme, the Seashore, in a  wide variety of ways, ranging from sweeping vistas to macro details, from wildlife to stones. At the last print competition members were encouraged to consider using larger mounts, this week the judge frequently asked the question "Could this image be stronger if it was cropped".
Thanks to Mike Cowling for coming to judge all the images and from whom we all learnt a lot.
The high scoring images are shown below.

Weathered by Storms by Christine Frost 20

Away from the Crowds by Andy Caws 20

Two's Company by Fred Thompson 20

Sea Foam on the Seashore by Kim Scrivener

Sea Urchin Fossil by Reg Barber 20

Ebb Tide by Pam Rutty 20

Reddish Egret Fishing by Di Jackson 20

Black Bellied Plover by Di Jackson 19

Fun in the Surf by Caroline Tillett 19

Holding Back the Tide by Christine Frost 19

Cromer Pier in November by Graham Frost 19

Life's a Beach by Francesca Shearcroft 19

Black Beach by Paula Cooper 19

Watching the Tide by Heather Ryder 19

Corton Foreshore by Reg Barber 19

Sea Shells by Francesca Shearcroft 19

Embleton Bay by Graham Frost 19

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Tuesday 28th March: Digital Competition Round 3: Judge Sarah Kelman

 As members went to the break after the Club and Intermediate Images had been judged several people came up to Sarah and complimented her on her judging. Everyone learnt something, her comments were constructive, helpful, supportive and informative. By the end of the second half members were not bothered that we had run over time as the comments given to the advanced group were equally as helpful. With over 70 images to comment on Sarah's comments were well received and had all of us listening attentively.

Congratulations to all those whose images scored highly and which are reproduced below.

Beyond Repair by Reg Barber 20/20

Dilapidated by Liz Blake 20/20

Down but Not Out by Christine Alcock 20/20

Fragile by Paula Cooper 20/20

Home Sweet Home by John Boekee 20/20

Snettisham Old Jetty by Graham Frost 20/20
Two Wheels on the Wagon by Jim McConnell 19/20

Rotting Apple by Roy Scrivener 19/20

Faded Bloom by Christine Frost 19/20

Any Old Iron by Suzi Senior 19/20

Defeated by the Sea by Christine Frost 19/20

Failed MOT by Daphne Lingwood 19/20

Little Audrey by Mike winter 19/20
The Old Church at Kirby Bedon by Tim Leonard 19/20

Old Sea Defences by Jack Mitchell 19/20