Friday, 13 May 2022

Thursday 12th May – Outing to Kings Lynn

 Thanks to the combined efforts of Di Jackson and Tim Leonard we had a great outing to Kings Lynn. The weather was bright and sunny, even though it clouded over later. Tim guided us to several areas of interest and provided fascinating insights unto the locality.

Although there were over 20 of us we had time to spread out and each take the images that were of interest, providing  a very varied selection of photos, as can be seen below.

The Exorcist House by Graham Jackson



Carving detail from Pew End in St Nicholas Chapel
                                                  by Tim Leonard

The Custom House by Jan Murphy


Mending the Net by Francesca Shearcroft

 WDPC Members at Kings Lynn Docks by Tom Thurston

 Shady Characters by Di Jackson

Priory Lane by Graham Frost

Hidden Gateway by Andy Caws

For Ukraine by Christine Frost

                                                       Clifton House Watchtower by Liz Blake

Tuesday 10th May – "Fine Art Workflow" – a presentation by David Garthwaite

David came to us well recommended to deliver his presentation about his Fine Art Workflow. David started by introducing himself and we were amazed that he had only been using this style of imagery for the last three years. He showed a short video of his images, some of which can be seen on his web site, https://dgshot.uk.

Using photoshop he then took us through the steps in his fine art work flow, starting with a coloured image and ending up with a stunning black and white image which he had toned in various ways to produce the image he envisaged. He explained each tool as he used it and in some cases steps were repeated so it was easier to follow along.

Not for those who liked to spend 5 to 10 minutes just mooning a few sliders around but for those prepared to send time on an image the finished photos were excellent and somewhat ethereal.

Most members were most appreciative of David's talk, some were keen to go and try it, whilst other's felt that there photoshop skills needed more guidance. 

It was a good evening and refreshing that someone was so willing and able to share and explain their workflow rather than just showing the finished image.

Friday, 6 May 2022

Tuesday 3rd May – "Interesting Stuff" by Justin Minns

It was good to be back in the hall and with more members coming along to hear Justin Minns, a professional landscape photographer who lives just over the border in Suffolk. Justin's talk was titled "Interesting Stuff".

Justin's images were outstanding and he illustrated his talk with mainly, but not exclusively, pictures from the UK identifying four areas of interest, highlighting the time of day, planning the best time of year and the best light; not to mention getting up at a very early hour. Along the way he gave some guidance on composition, different techniques that could be used (including ICM), the effects of using different focal lengths  and also included some details about the use of filters.

He has recently published a book about Photographing East Anglia which gives details of when, where and what can be found in East Anglia, available from Fotovue.

Good to meet in person as it was easier for members to interact with Justin and vice versa. Great evening with many positive comments received from members.

Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Tuesday 26th April - Digital Competition 'Scapes'

This was Round 5 of our league competition and the subject was 'Scapes'. There was a good variety of different scapes for our judge David Steel to assess and score.  David identified the strengths of each image and also offered tips for improvement.  He held back the high-scoring images (which you can see below) before awarding the final scores.


From the Members Class:

CROMER PIER AT NIGHT by Carol Martin 20/20

WINTER IN WALBERSWICK by Isabella Knight 20/20

ROCKWATERFALL by Vanessa Robertson 19/20

DEER ON THERFIELD by Isabella Knight 19/20


From the Advanced class:

HUT IN THE MARSHES by Stephen Gregory 20/20

A VISION OF THE COUNTRYSIDE by Andy Caws 20/20

RAIN APPROACHING THE MASAI MARA by Di Jackson 20/20

TAXIS IN THE STRAND by Andy Caws 20/20

CURTAIN OF LIGHT by Di Jackson 19/20

LOWER MANHATTAN SKYLINE by Jan Murphy 19/20

ROKER PIER LIGHTHOUSE by Liz Blake 19/20

SINGAPORE BAY by Les Thwaites 19/20

WILD ATLANTIC COAST by Liz Akers 19/20

CROMER ROCK by Roy Scrivener 18/20

SUNSET SILHOUETTE by Caroline Tillett 18/20

VENETIAN SUNSET by Liz Blake 18/20


Friday, 22 April 2022

Cley & Salthouse Marshes (NWT) - Thursday 21st April 2022

 22 of us arrived at Cley to enjoy this fabulous stretch of North Norfolk coastline.

The weather was bright and breezy with a sharp easterly wind which made most of the smaller birds very audible but tricky to spot. There were plenty of avocets, marsh harriers, lapwing, little egrets plus a variety of ducks and waders on show but the real treat was the pair of spoonbills visiting the reserve.

Some of our images can be seen below:


Sedge Warbler by Dawn Osborn


Shelduck by Francesca Shearcroft


Reed Bunting by Marnie Ball


Cley Windmill by Jan Murphy

Goldfinch by Andy Caws

Greylag Looking Handsome by Christine Alcock

Black-Tailed Godwit by Andy Caws


Cley Beach by Jan Murphy

Sedge Warbler by Sue Baldwin

Avocet Feeding by Christine Frost

Redshank by Robin Orrow

Sedge Warbler by Graham Frost


Black-tailed Godwit by Dawn Osborn

Cley Windmill by Sue Baldwin

Spoonbill by Di Jackson


Avocet in Flight by Graham Frost

Cetti's Warbler by Robin Orrow

Little Egret by Christine Frost

Flight of Shelducks by Di Jackson

Avocet by Marnie Ball

Greylag by Francesca Shearcroft


Saturday, 16 April 2022

Tuesday 12th April – "East Anglian Wildlife " by Liz Cutting

It was a delight to welcome Liz Cutting to WDPC having postponed her talk from two years ago due to the pandemic. It was certainly well worth the wait.

Liz started off by claiming that she was no expert photographer or naturalist and then proceeded to show us some stunning images which clearly disproved her introductory comment. Her knowledge of wildlife was excellent and even more encouraging was the fact that most, if not all of her images, had been taken within about a 60 mile radius of her Suffolk home, many in the garden.

Her images included shots of birds, mammals, dragonflies and butterflies all with suitably diffuse backgrounds  and in her talk Liz included some hints and tips of how to capture some images.

A very inspirational talk and many positive comments from members. Thank you Liz for coming to present to WDPC.

Friday, 1 April 2022

Blakeney Boat Trips - March 10th, 23rd & 24th

3 boat loads of us assembled at Morston Quay on our given day and set off to Blakeney Point.  All three trips had wonderful sunny weather and although it made the conditions tricky with glare and haze it was a magical experience.  Josh Bean was our Skipper for all 3 trips and he provided many interesting facts about the natural environment, history of the area and pointed out any wildlife.  All 3 groups saw seals and various sea birds - photography from a moving boat is definitely an acquired skill!

Apart from the actual boat trips, which were fabulous, the most enjoyable aspect of the day seemed to be getting together for a chance to catch up over a cuppa and a slice of cake!


Below are a few images from our days at Blakeney:




Thursday, 24 March 2022

Tuesday 22nd March - Digital competition 'Shadows or Reflections'


This week we held the fourth round in our digital competition "Shadows / Reflections" with local judge Rex Makemson.

Rex was entertaining and made some very constructive comments before scoring each image - these are the high scoring images which scored 19 or 20 out of 20.

Members class:

CITY HALL IN THE RAIN by Tom Thurston 20/20

MOUNTAINS REFLECTED IN THE WATER by Kim Scrivener 20/20

LYNFORD LAKE by Tom Thurston 19/20

EVENING REFLECTION by Daphne Lingwood 19/20

SUNRISE AT THURNE DYKE by Carol Martin 19/20


Advanced class:

LILY by Francesca Shearcroft 20/20

LOCH TULA REFLECTIONS by Nick Akers 20/20

RED SQUIRREL DRINKING by Donna Smith 20/20

TRANQUILITY by David Wilkin 20/20

BEAUTIFUL CALLA LILY by Jan Murphy 19/20

COMMON DARTERS PAIRED IN FLIGHT by Di Jackson 19/20

COTTAGE IN REFLECTION by David Wilkin 19/20

PHYSALIS REFLECTIONS by Liz Blake 19/20

REFLECTED LILY by Sue Baldwin 19/20

WET MORNING IN BRATISLAVA by Tim Leonard 19/20