Upcoming Zoom Meetings
Please find below a list of the Zoom Meetings, competitions & speakers we have lined up over the next few weeks.
25th February Natalie Wright Videography
4th March Results Open PDI
11th March Margaret Warren Jordan & 2 Stans
(Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan)
18th March Peter Dixon Black & White
25th March Results Chris Crane Cup
1st April Irene Froy Pictures on Permajet
8th April Peter Robinson Ex RAF Photographer
Please check your email inboxes for your invitations to these meetings. (Monday preceding).
The next Zoom Meeting will be this Thursday (18th Feb) when Paul Dunn will be giving an instructional presentation on 'Layers'.
As usual look out for your invitation in your email inbox and please login a few minutes before the 7.30pm start time.
Paul Kidd (Skye)
Tonight for our ‘Zoom’ meeting our own CCC member Paul Kidd showed us the beauty of the Isle of Skye.
Paul made two trips to Skye. One in November 2019 and one in March 2020. Both were photographic trips lasting 7 days and both were lead by Alan Hewitt.
For the trips Paul and the other photographers with him, numbering some 8 in total took just about every piece of camera equipment they owned. Not exactly traveling light. Well! As they say. Just in case! The van they travelled in on the 335 mile 10 hour journey was ‘full to the gunnels’ with gear.
Arrival for both trips was in the evening where they checked into their accommodation, a lonely cottage near Sligachan on Skye.
The beautiful Black Cullin’s were visible from the cottage. The weather on Skye Paul explained is very changeable and at times severe and Paul stressed he soon realised the importance of microfibre lens cloths.
‘Heeland Coo’s’ can been seen around Skye and Paul had some great shots of these beautiful animals which apparently are very friendly.
Some shots of the rarely seen, on Skye anyway, Red Dear around the Elgol area.
Trips to the famous Fairy Pools produced some excellent images. The walk to the pools from the car park is an arduous one of some 1.75 miles, especially difficult in the freezing temperatures and biting winds experienced on the trips. Paul told how many of the waterfalls at the Fairy Pools are much smaller than they appear in photographs. Many of the iconic shots we see are taken at a very low angle.
Images of Neist Point with its lighthouse and a fast approaching storm whilst trying to capture sunset.
On a boat trip from Portree Paul showed images he shot of the White Tailed Eagles, more commonly known as Sea Eagles. Fish were thrown from the boat by the crew allowing those on board to photograph these majestic birds as they dived to retrieve the fish from the water.
Images from Isleornsay, looking at the lighthouse and Lochfada from which the Old Man of Storr is visible.
Paul and his fellow photographers had to be up early for the trip to catch the sunrise at the Old Man of Storr as it was a 1.5 hour drive followed by a tough walk of the same to reach it. The images from the top were stunning in the quick and ever changing weather conditions, ranging from snow blizzards to sunshine.
It is obvious that looking at Paul’s images that a trip to Skye would be on most photographers list of places to visit. It’s certainly on mine.
Many thanks to Paul for providing a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Bob Finlay (President)
Don't forget the next Zoom meeting will be this Thursday (4th February) when CCC member Paul Kidd will regale us with stories and photographs from his photographic trip to the Isle of Skye.
As usual you should have received your unique invitation so please check your email inboxes.
Login is from 7.20pm for a 7.30 prompt start.
Tonight (28th January) we were delighted to welcome Jo Howell as our ‘Zoom’ guest. Jo holds a BA (Hons) in Photography, Video & Digital Imaging. Jo describes herself as ’An Analogue Photography Process Fanatic’. Jo is based in Sunderland and is a passionate advocate of the Cyanotype printing process.
Jo started by showing images of some of her commercial work including her work photographing the glasswork art of the artist Ayako Tani for marketing and publishing purposes. Jo has also carried out work for and at the National Glass Centre.
Although Jo has a small studio of her own she admits to her preference for losing the constraints of the studio for the joy she gets working outdoors, especially when teaching groups of people her passions in photographic art. This was evident in the ‘pinhole’ photography project she spoke of. Where under her guidance people made their own simple pinhole cameras from tin cans and cardboard boxes and were then able to take and have printed the images they captured from paper negatives.
A £25000 commission funded by The Cultural Spring & NEPN was up for grabs, which Jo tendered for and and was awarded the commission. The ambitious ‘Wear Experimenting’ involved the participation of Sunderland residents to join Jo in creating photographic art. With a gazebo and hydroponic tent Jo traveled Sunderland setting up her mobile workshop in locations such as Schools and shopping centres with the results being displayed on advertising hoardings, digital billboards and shop windows. By all accounts a great success.
Jo’s talk and presentation was a breath of fresh air from the norm and her enthusiasm and passion for her art came over in spades and showed that photography can come in many shades.
A big thank you to Jo for a thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining and thought provoking evening and we wish her continued success in her work.
Bob Finlay (President)
Jo Howell. BA(Hons) Photography, Video & Digital Imaging.
This coming Thursday (28th January)we have as our ‘Zoom’ guest Sunderland based Jo Howell. Jo is a Professional Photographic Artist and the subject of her presentation is ‘Photography in the Community’. Please check your email inboxes for your invitation to join.
Please login from 7.20pm to enable a prompt 7.30pm start.
This evening (21st January) we had as our ‘Zoom’ guest speaker Simon Allen LRPS EFIAP. Simon is Program Secretary of Stokesley PS and lives in Hutton Rudby, North Yorkshire.
Simon describes himself as a keen amateur photographer who enjoys both landscape and wildlife photography. Simon has travelled to many parts of the world to indulge in his passion.
Tonight Simon’s presentation entitled ‘Close Encounters’ was his recollections and photographs from his trip taken in 2019 to Brazil, the North and South Pantanal district to be exact. Simon explained that the North Pantanal is home to the worlds largest numbers of wild jaguars. This being one of the main reasons for Simon’s visit. This was to be followed by his trip to Madagascar.
The South Pantana in Brazil though is where we started and we were shown some beautiful images of the very diverse wildlife that calls this region home. Hyacinth Macaws, Red & Green Macaws, Green Parrots the huge Rhea and the large beaked Toucan are just some of the birdlife captured in stunning detail by Simon. And not just birds either. Giant Anteaters, Cayman, Giant River Otters and even the shy and rarely seen Ocelot.
Moving to the North Pantana, the more wooded area with many rivers Simon stayed on a Floatel on the river with daily up to 5 hour boat trips to try and catch glimpses of the wildlife along the banks, including of course the Jaguar. Simon managed to capture some absolutely stunning images of this supposedly shy and retiring big cat strolling along the river bank or resting on the bough of a tree. Jabiru Storks and Howler Monkeys also featured in Simon’s presentation.
Madagascar followed. Simon explained that Madagascar was a very poor country with poor infrastructure so travelling on the poorly maintained roads was a challenge. Madagascar is famous for its large populations of Lemurs, though many Simon tells us are under threat from heavy deforestation for farming. Once again we were treated to some lovely images of Brown Lemurs, Indri Lemurs (the largest species) and beautiful brightly coloured Geckos and Chameleons.
Many thanks to Simon for a beautiful selection of images beautifully presented.
Bob Finlay (President)
We have speakers booked to give Zoom presentations for the next 3 Thursday's. Two guest speakers followed by our own Paul Kidd.
The meetings are as follows.
Thursday 21st January. Simon Allen. Close Encounters
Thursday 28th January. Jo Howells. Photography in the Community
Thursday. 4th February Paul Kidd. Skye
Please log in a few minutes before program start time of 7.30pm
Check out your email inboxes for invitations to join meetings.
The next Zoom Meeting will be this Thursday (14th Jan) at 7.30pm. Please log in just before start time. Topic? Well! Join in and see.
This Thursday (17th December) CCC member Natalie Wright presented a talk on ‘drone photography’. Natalie has had a keen interest in the use of drones in her photography for some time and currently owns a DJI Mavic Mini drone.
Natalie had produced a well constructed presentation guiding members through the basics of what drones were, what types were available, pricing and illustrating what uses and attributes each type had. This was followed by the somewhat complicated and soon changing information on the legislation and licences required to own and operate drones in the UK.
Natalie had included video footage taken with her Mavic Mini showing the high quality of image that can be produced by a relatively inexpensive drone.
The lively and enjoyable discussion that followed showed that members were highly entertained and enlightened on drones by Natalie’s presentation.
The committee would like to thank Natalie for providing us all with an entertaining and informative presentation and a enjoyable evening.
Bob Finlay (President)