Updated: May 9
Monday Meetings We can meet in person again, hurray! From 29th March the guidelines allow us to meet in groups of up to 6 people (we can arrange this via our WhatsApp chat). Below are details of the locations of our Monday meet-ups in April, and links to resources that might be useful for inspiration/tips for taking images relevant to the location. For example, river, street and architectural photography in Bideford, slow water at Combesgate, landscape images at Codden Hill. If you have any other suggested articles or videos feel free to post the details in the comments.
NB: The Summer Challenges will take place in May, June, July and August. You can submit upto 5 images for each monthly challenge. The topic for the first challenge is Empty. Although this is a May challenge you can submit images taken during April as well as May if you want to capture surroundings before lockdown measures are lifted further. If you're looking for some inspiration for non-pandemic 'empty' images there are some great ideas here: https://unsplash.com/s/photos/empty
Bideford: Victoria Park car park (EX39 2QS) - 6:30pm.
Bideford is a great place for architecture, riverside, and street photography. The resources in the links below provide insights and tips for capturing great shots for these genres of photography. Here are some ideas on the areas you might like to venture to for taking photographs in Bideford: https://www.devonguide.com/photos/bideford
Architectural Photography Tips: Bideford isn't a city but a lot of these tips are still relevant; such as focusing on patterns, details, colour, graffiti, looking up, shooting fisheye, looking for reflections and shadows, working with angles, etc: https://expertphotography.com/15-tips-for-breathtaking-urban-photography
Taking Better Photographs on the River: This includes example images and pointers for photographing boats, bridges, reflections, close up details of boats; colours, textures, etc. https://www.nikonusa.com/en/learn-and-explore/a/tips-and-techniques/taking-better-photographs-on-the-water.html
If you're shy when it comes to street photography and taking pictures of strangers, try these 3 tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vuaz1FLdGrc
Combesgate / Barricane Beach - 6:30pm
This is a great opportunity to try out some slow water photography. In our recent blog article 'Have Fun With Slow Water Photography' you'll find some great tips from Sue Shreeves, plus links to other resources to help you prepare for capturing great shots - and having fun!
Codden Hill (Bishop Tawton) - 6:30pm
Codden Hill offers one of the best views in North Devon. There are panoramic views in all directions from the top of the hill. If it's a clear day, it is possible to see the coast all the way from Hartland to Minehead. Around the monument at the top of the hill is a toposcope listing 18 viewpoints. Consequently, it's a fine spot for landscape photography.
See the February blog post for links to resources with insights and tips for landscape photography: https://www.brauntoncameraclub.co.uk/post/february-activities
Below is a gallery of images from club members for additional inspiration. Click on the icon in the top right corner of the first image to open the gallery.
External Events and Competitions
10th April - WPCF AV Competition
The AV Competition will be held via Zoom on 10th April, starting at 10:00am. Malcolm Imhoff (MCPF) will be the judge. This event is free of charge to observe – to get a Zoom link please firstname.lastname@example.org
22nd April - 3Bs
This event will be hosted by Barnstaple Camera Club. Images will be judged by Huw Alban.
The meeting start time is 7:30pm; the waiting room will open at 6:40pm and the meeting room will open at 7:10pm for attendees to have a chat before the judging starts. The zoom details will be distributed to Braunton and Bideford on Monday 19th April and again on 22nd April at 18:30. If you have joined a Barnstaple zoom call previously and still have the login details they are the same details for this call.