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Updated: Apr 7

Cheerful Cheerio - Alma Williams

How amazing is this image by our club member Alma Williams! So characterful.

And we're saying cheerio to our winter season and hello to our summer season.

We rounded off our winter programme with our AGM, held at our new venue, Blindwell Gallery, where we'll be holding our indoor meetings in the winter season, September 2022 - March 2023.

In the meantime, we're back out on Monday evenings. This month we will visit Barnstaple town, Croyde Beach, Vellator Quay/wildlife pond, and Arlington Court. More information on meetings points, ideas for what to photograph on the night, etc, can be found below.

The full summer programme can be found here.

This months summer challenge theme is Intentional Camera Movement (ICM). Have a look at the blog by Mandy Smith for tips on this technique. You can submit up to 5 images. Please email them to brauntoncccomps@gmail.com by the end of the month.

Further down the page is a selection of images relating to this months outings.

The April cover image of the beautiful daisy is also credited to Alma Williams.


4th April: Barnstaple Town and River Walk

This is a good opportunity for documentary style photography; photographing people, architecture, etc. As well as river reflections as it gets dark. On the Barnstaple History website there are lots of 'then and now' images showing areas around the Long Bridge, Barnstaple Square, and The Strand: https://www.barnstaplehistory.com/barnstaple-then-now/

The nearest car park to the Long Bridge is Belle Meadow (EX32 8QB). Meet at 6:30pm


11th April: Croyde Beach

The sunset is at 8:06pm so we may get to capture some lovely sunset images. Maybe some sunset surf. If you have a tripod and filters* bring them along for some slow water shots.

*You may not need filters as it gets to blue hour. See Sue Shreeves talk for tips.

NB: The carpark at Down End is now chargeable 24hours. There is some free parking on Moor Lane opposite the entrance to Ruda. There is a also a National Trust car park a short walk from the beach (go right to the end of Moor Lane in the direction of Baggy Point). Meet at 6:30pm.


18th April: Braunton (Velator Quay / Tarka Trail Wildlife Pond)

The walk from Velator Quay towards Crow Point along the waters edge is scattered with boats of varying sizes and state of repair. There is also an array of plantlike and wildlife, especially birds, including seabirds, estuary birds, birds of prey. Alternatively, there is the wildlife pond just along the tarka trail with a variety of birds to photograph.

For images showing what you might spot around this area check out the Friends of Braunton Marsh Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/400589393729546/

Free parking at Velator Quay (EX33 2DX). Meet at 6:30pm


25th April: Arlington Court

This is a National Trust property with a stately home and a museum set in beautiful grounds. The Victorian gardens should be full of spring flowers. There are many woodland walks. And you might be lucky to see some of the resident red deer. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/arlington-court-and-the-national-trust-carriage-museum/features/the-garden-at-arlington-court

There is a pay and display car park, which is free to NT members (EX31 4LW)




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