Hello and welcome back to a new season at Cramlington camera club, Last night was our
first meeting of the season and after the formality of welcomes and meeting old and new
faces it was time to introduce our guest speaker for the evening.
Our guest was Thomas Heaton from Whitley Bay and a member of Tynemouth Photographic
Society. His presentation " The New Landscape Photographer", took us on his journey from
amateur to pro photographer. Thomas is probably best known for his following on YouTube
where he has 150 thousand plus followers worldwide. He explained that he likes to make
the "Blogs" as authentic as possible so that his viewers see the reality of how difficult or
easy it is to capture the perfect shot.
Throughout the evening his journey to improve as a photographer and to find the best equipment for each task was described in detail, his use of a drone to document his travels along with a small hand held camera. All in the pursuit of showing his Landscapes to the viewer so they may be encouraged to get out and find a location and composition to shoot. His love of the outdoors came through on every level.
Thomas showed a short version of a video, here he describes, how it happened, his
reactions to the environment, his vision and what he actually saw on the day, then the
final image and settings he used. Over the course of the night Thomas took us on a journey
from "Yosemite", "Glencoe", "Arctic Finland", and back to "Cambios Beach". His use of
Social Media and the Internet is wide spread and this has given him access to magazines
and TV coverage. At the end of his presentation Thomas then took questions from the
I thanked Thomas for his time and the club showed their appreciation, over all a good
start to the season.
For Presidents Night, (Thursday 7th September), the first meeting of the new season, we are delighted to announce that our guest speaker for the evening is Thomas Heaton.
Thomas Heaton is a North East based professional photographer who although earning his ‘stripes’ as a Video Technician, followed by a stint as a wedding photographer has a real passion & talent for landscape, travel & outdoor photography.
Over the last couple of years Thomas’s beautifully recorded, produced and presented videos primarily on landscape and travel photography and showing Thomas’s passion & dedication to getting that ‘perfect image’ have become a bit of a phenomenon on YouTube with over 148 thousand subscribers.
For anyone with an interest in photography in general or particularly landscape/travel/outdoor photography this evening is a must.
The evening is open to non members & guests with a nominal fee of £3 payable on the door on the night. Doors open at 7pm.
This is also an ideal opportunity for anybody thinking of joining a camera club to come along to Thomas's talk, see some beautiful landscape images and meet some friendly like minded people in a relaxed informal environment.
Click HERE to be directed to Thomas Heaton's website.
Bob Finlay (President)
Thursday 24th August.
Club outing to Derek Curtis and his Birds Of Prey.
Derek and his team of volunteers made us very welcome and gave us lots of information about their birds. For the first 15 minutes we had a look at all the birds on their perches and took photographs of them there.. We were given access to all the birds apart from a breeding pair. Derek and his team then set the birds in trees and on natural perches for us to photograph. This was followed with a flying display and those with faster cameras than me got some great images.
A great evening, thanks to Bob Finlay, Paul Kidd,Janet Leadbitter, Bill Leadbitter,Pop & John Brannon, David Johnson,John Burn, Adam Burness, Peter Moody, Terry Cookson, who came along.
This Thursday (24th Aug) evenings trip to the Rising Sun Birds of Prey Centre is still on, subject to the weather staying favourable. Please note that the time has now moved forward an hour to 6pm to hopefully achieve better lighting conditions.
For those attending the address for your navigation devices is-:
Kings Rd North, Wallsend. NE28 9JL.
Please monitor both this page or the clubs 'Facebook' page for updates should cancelation be necessary.
An extra evening 'walkabout' has been added to the summer programme.
On the evening of Thursday 24th August Derek Curtis of the Rising Sun Country Park Birds of Prey Centre has invited the members of CCC to the centre to photograph the wide variety of birds of prey they have. Weather permitting and if conditions are right there may be the opportunity to see and photograph some of the birds in flight.
The cost for this evening of entertainment will be £5 per person payable on the night.
Many thanks to Colin Livingstone for organising this event. Those wishing to attend please let Colin know a.s.a.p.
The 'walkabout' this Thursday (17th Aug) is to Roker Beach. Please meet at Harbour View car park at 7pm where parking for up to 2 hours is free. Post code for navigation devices........SR6 0ZZ.
This Sunday (6th Aug) will be our last Sunday club trip before the start of the new season.
Sunday's destination is Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Deer & Water Park, North Yorkshire. (12 miles North of Harrogate). Now recognised, quite rightly as a 'World Heritage Site'.
For those who have not visited before, this is a fantastic opportunity to capture some great images of the impressive ruined abbey, fabulous water gardens and the herds of Red, Fallow & Sika deer that roam free throughout the park.
Those attending please meet at the main entrance at 10.30am. Post code for navigation devices. HG4 3DY.
This venue is a National Trust site, so NT members have free admission. The admission price for non members is £15.
Thursday evenings (3rd Aug) club 'walkabout' is to Amble Harbour. Those wishing to join us please meet at Amble Pier at 7pm.
There is plenty of free parking surrounding the harbour area. Post code for navigation devices. NE65 0AP.
The programme for the upcoming 2017/2018 season commencing 7th September is now available to view. Check it out in the 'Programme' section.
Tomorrow evenings club 'walkabout' is to Sycamore Gap on Hadrians Wall. The weather forecast is looking favourable so there should be the opportunity for some good images.
Those wishing to join us, please meet at Steel Riggs car park (NE47 7AN) at 7pm.