What're we doing...?
Our summer programme is almost over! One month left before we move back indoors for our winter programme. Fingers crossed we can meet in person. We have zoom activities planned just in case. We'll be posting the winter programme on the website soon.
This month we're meeting at Mortehoe, Quince Honey Farm, Yelland, and the Tarka Trail by the estuary. Details below. Keep an eye out too on WhatsApp and email for any other outing suggestions. Note, there is no meeting planned on 30th August as it's a bank holiday.
At the end of the month is the hand in for our final Summer Challenge. The subject for the August challenge is Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside You can submit upto 5 images. Please email them to Sue by 31st August (email@example.com) and she will pass them onto Mandy to select her favourites.
Mortehoe Church and Morte Point: 6:30pm
Lots of variety for photography here, including; the local architecture, people, the church and cemetery, cattle, wildflowers, coastline. And maybe some stars if the night sky conditions are right.
The gallery below includes some great images from club members, taken in and around Mortehoe. Further images can be found here: https://www.shutterstock.com/search/mortehoe
Meet by the church: EX34 7DT
Quince Honey Farm: 6:30pm (EX36 3RD)
There is a splendid wildflower meadow just as you drive into the grounds. For info on how to capture beautiful wildflower images check out this handy guide:
It includes information on composition, lighting, choosing a background, getting close-up, battling the wind, and camera settings.
Yelland - Boat Wrecks - 6:30pm
There are some rusty old boats beached on the River Taw estuary at Yelland, Instow. A great subject for dereliction, decay, graffiti, and textures.
Unsplash can be a good place for photo inspiration. Here's what it offers for 'rusty old boat'
Tarka Trail - Heanton Court: 6:30pm
Here you can find moored boats, and lots of bird life. Especially estuary birds! Here's some info on what you might spot along the estuary: https://www.devonbirds.org/birdwatching/places_to_go/taw_torridge_estuary
We'll be on one small section of the estuary for our meet up, but the article tells you what you can spot along other parts of the estuary too.
Meet in the car park at Heanton Court: EX31 4AX
There are other events this month in the area that offer great photographic opportunities. Keep an eye on the websites for news of any changes in circumstances:
Rosemoor Flower Show
The Burning of the Mayflower: Torrington
The boat has taken two years to build and will be set alight on the night. There will also be music and fireworks. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
14th August 16:00-17:00
RPS online talk. Tony Sweet says " I will share the techniques and the creation of image swipes (aka ICM - Intentional Camera Movement) and multiple exposures. I will also touch on infrared and very long exposures as other means of creative expression because both can be accomplished in-camera, using a neutral density filter, and an infrared filter on a colour camera.”
If you have suggestions for other events please add them in the comments or in the WhatsApp group.