Monday, 18 May 2015

Sunday 17th May - Return trip to Welney Wetland Centre

A select few turned out for this return to Welney on a bright, breezy Sunday morning.  This was our complimentary visit very kindly arranged by the Centre Manager and much appreciated by the Club.
Most of us started off in the cafe for coffee before setting off to the various hides and paths on the reserve.  Although we had access to the downstairs photography hide, sadly, there were no birds to be seen!

Most of the swans and geese had already left the reserve for their long journey north leaving just a few mute swans on the reserve.  The main attractions on this visit were trying to find some of the recently hatched chicks, warblers and early arrival of some butterflies or dragonflies.  This proved to be quite a tricky task - the chicks were difficult to find and at quite some distance when they were sighted and the warblers were also very tricky with the wind tending to keep them near ground level and not coming up to be photographed!

Most of us sampled the very excellent food in the Widgeon Cafe for lunch and despite the tricky conditions and the rather distant viewing, with a little patience and determination, everyone managed to get some shots some of which are shown below. 



Young Wagtail by Caroline Tillett

Chasing Avocets by Roy Scrivener

Sedge Warbler by Andy Caws


Avocet Aggression by Robin Orrow

Anthocharis Cardomine by Jan Murphy

Avocet with 3 Chicks by Di Jackson

Three Ducks by Andy Caws

Reed Bunting by Caroline Tillett

The Beauty of Weed by Jan Murphy

Avocet in Flight by Roy Scrivener

Orange Tip Butterfly on Nettle by Robin Orrow

Moorhen Chick by Di Jackson

Avocet and Mallard by Andy Caws

Avocet Trio by Caroline Tillett

Who Me? by Roy Scrivener

Master of Disguise by Jan Murphy

Avocet with Chick by Robin Orrow

Orb-Weaver Spider with Prey by Di Jackson

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

13th May - Out and About with our cameras

Fortunately, it was a clear, dry evening just perfect for an hour of outdoor photography.  Nobody travelled more than a couple of miles from Saham Toney looking for images which fell into the three set categories (People, Texture or Something beginning with D).

At 8:30pm we returned to base and selected our favourite image for David Blake to load into Lightroom.  After projecting all the images a couple of times, David picked his top three (see below) and then demonstrated a couple of editing techniques.  Mike Winter, John Kerr and Andy Caws walked away with the chocolate prizes!

TEXTURE by Mike Winter

D FOR DERELICT by John Kerr

TEXTURE by Andy Caws

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Tuesday 5th May - Focus On ... Panels

It seems everybody likes a challenge now and again!  33 examples of panels were entered in last night's Focus On ... Panels session and hardly two were the same.  A month ago, Di, Christine and Francesca shared a few tips on different methods for creating panels.  Using that (and the internet!), all kinds of designs were created.  Well done to everyone who had a go.  

Those at the meeting last night voted for their favourites and here are the top 10.

1st ANCHORED IN THE LIGHT by Andy Lowe

2nd SAND DUNES by Martyn Anderson

3rd SMOKE by Sarah Pymer

4th= YELLOWSTONE MAMMALS by Di Jackson

4th= COBWEB JEWELS by Martyn Anderson 

6th THE CHAPEL by Heather Ryder

7th NAUTICAL by Dave Angood

8th= COLD PLACES by Robin Orrow

8th= CONTENTS OF THE BIG HOUSE by Caroline Tillett

8th= WOOD SHAVINGS by Sarah Pymer

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Tuesday 28th April Round 3 Print Competition - Natural History

Another enjoyable evening looking at 56 Natural History prints shown to their best advantage on our upgraded print stand (thanks, Robin).  Our EAF judge was David Hodgson (DPAGB, BPE2*) from Wisbech who carefully studied each image and offered tips before giving a score.  

The theme 'Natural History' encompasses a wide range of subjects and the examples we saw last night covered fungi, insects, birds, flowers, trees, mammals, weather elements, butterflies and more.  Well done to everyone who entered a print and special congratulations to those whose images scored 19 or 20 and are reproduced below.  Very well done Robin for achieving two 20s.


OSPREY by Robin Orrow (20/20)

RED SQUIRREL by Robin Orrow (20/20)

FIRERUG INKCAP by Marnie Ball (20/20)

GANNET LANDING by Di Daniels (20/20)

COMMON REDSHANK by Marnie Ball (19/20)

RUTTING STAGS by Kim Scrivener (19/20)

A TOUCH OF FROST by Sarah Pymer (19/20)

FLESH FLY by Dave Angood (19/20)

MARBLED GODWIT by Andy Caws (19/20)




Tuesday 14th April Jim Hartje - Foto Fusion

Two years ago Jim presented his 'Fine Art or Creative Expression' session and tonight's 'Foto Fusion' picked up where he left off.  He showed several step-by-step editing sequences taking us from RAW file to final creative image.  Along the way, Jim shared tips and encouraged us to explore features such as realistic sky gradients and creative brushes.  I know his ideas sparked the imagination of many club members.

We'll be watching out for 'trickery' in our future club competitions!

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Sunday 5th April 2015 - British Motocross Championship at Lyng

Cadders Hill at Lyng provides an extremely challenging course with some spectacular hills and many twists and turns to be negotiated which can result in some fantastic opportunities for great action shots.
The action started at 9.30am with the practice qualifying rounds which gave everyone an opportunity to get a good idea of what was to come. Racing was fast and furious and everyone tried out different techniques such as panning rather than just going for the 'pin sharp' shot.

See some of our images below for the results of our efforts:



Catching Air by Sarah Pymer


Number 11 by Caroline Tillett

Don't Run Me Over by Sarah Pymer


Impressionism by Keith Mountford


Phone Home by Roy Scrivener


In a Tangle by Keith Mountford


The Race is On by Roy Scrivener


Doing Wheelies by Di Jackson

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Tuesday 24th March Digital Competition 'Action'

There were 65 entries in Round 3 of our digital competition last night. Rugby and horses seemed to be the most popular themes, but overall, there was a good variety for our judge Brian Collins to assess.  He must have liked what he saw as he awarded no less than 15 maximum scores (20/20) during the evening.

Here are the top scoring images:

WATER FUN by Pam Rutty

MAKING A SPLASH by Marnie Ball

THE PADDLER by Sarah Pymer

SWIRL AND STOMP by Chris Kot

CLEARING THE JUMP by Marnie Ball

THE TUBE DEPARTS by Jan Murphy

ONE GULL'S LOSS IS ANOTHER GULL'S GAIN by Jan Murphy

AT THE GALLOP by Di Daniels

STORMY TURBINES by Kim Scrivener

ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR by Christine Alcock

BROWN PELICAN DIVING by Di Jackson

INVISIBLE GLASS by Roy Scrivener

HAVE SOME FUN by Francesca Shearcroft

WARP SPEED THROUGH TOWN by Martyn Anderson

AT A GALLOP by Andy Caws