What're we up to...?
Updated: Jul 5, 2021
Summer is here and we've been enjoying our weekly meet-ups for photo opportunities and a catchup. It's been a lot of fun getting together again. Details below of what we're up to in July, including information to help with planning your photography. You'll also find a gallery of member images from previous meet-ups at the same or similar locations.
At the end of the month is the hand in for the third of our Summer Challenges. The subject for the July challenge is A Splash of Red. You can submit upto 5 images. Please email them to Sue by 31st July (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will pass them onto Mandy to select her favourites.
5th July: (new date to be agreed due to weather)
Braunton Burrows Orchids: 6:30pm
There are over 470 species of flowering plants within the burrows, including 11 species of orchids. There's plenty of insect life and wildlife to spot too, including 33 species of butterflies. The North Devon AONB Partnership and Christie Estates have put together a guide for Braunton Burrows, which includes details of walks, what to see, a bit of history, etc. Definitely worth checking out before you visit. It includes a really useful map. https://www.northdevon-aonb.org.uk/sites/default/files/resources/BrauntonBurrowsguidePDF.pdf
Another good place to find info about the burrows is the Braunton Countryside Centre:
There is parking at Sandy Lane carpark. The postcode is EX33 2NX.
Croyde Beach: 6:30pm
Croyde is a great place for photographing surfers and sunsets. Info on sunset photography was included in the June blog for the visit to Lee Bay, including using bracketing as a technique for sunsets. Click on the link for 8 top tips for taking surf photographs from the beach: https://www.pixinfocus.com/surf-photography-tips/
Parking is available at Down End as you enter Croyde from Saunton, Moor Lane by Ruda Holiday Park (possibly some free spots on the road, or the carpark opposite Ruda), and the National Trust carpark on the route to Baggy Point.
Photography in the park: Rock Park - 6:30pm
There may be opportunities for photographing skateboarders in the skate park if we ask them nicely! Top tips for capturing skater images in the links below:
We could have a go at some alternative action shots with props and each other! Jordi Koalitic is a creative photographer that takes images and videos with his phone and his camera, using props and help from friends. Here's some ideas from his Instagram profile:
Playing with shadows
One for this months theme, a splash of red
There are lots more ideas from Jordi on Instagram and YouTube. If you have any photography magazines lying around they usually have some creative ideas too.
Car parking is available in the park and on the road.
Northam Burrows Skerne - Bird Photography: 6:30pm
Our resident bird photographer, Colin, will be guiding us in capturing some expert images of birds - preferably in flight, no birds on sticks! 😉
The skern is a great place to spot many types of birds, insects, and wildflowers, as detailed here: http://www.wildlifeinsight.com/site-guides/wildlife-insight-into-devon/wildlife-insight-into-northam-burrows/
Meet just over the little bridge at the skern, then we'll find a place to pull up and park along the bank of the skern
There are a number of events this month that offer great photographic opportunities. Keep an eye on the websites for news of any changes in circumstances:
2nd-4th July - Devon County Show
24th July - Mid Devon Show
31st July-1st August - Vintage Weekend at Rosemoor; classic cars and vintage market
31st-1st August -Clovelly Lifeboat Weekend
12th July 20:00-21:30
RPS online talk. Stumbling Around in the Dark with Robert Harvey. Cost £2-£8.
Robert shows how to use an ordinary digital single lens reflex camera to make stunning images of stars, planets, earth's moon and the Milky Way, as well as more elusive astronomical phenomena such as meteors and eclipses.
17th July 16:00-17:00
RPS online talk. Is this it? Beyond Street Photography with Leigh Preston. Cost £0-£3
"In this light-hearted talk he covers mainly people pictures from all walks of life and a general look at the absurd with aspects of performance - people perform just going about their everyday life, so there's a bit of that, accompanied by some images from The Edinburgh Fringe and some stage performances from rock concerts".
If you have suggestions for other events please add them in the comments or in the WhatsApp group.