Snap Happiness with Gavin Hoey

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Our meeting last Tuesday (12th January) was special in a number of ways. Firstly we had an excellent speaker, Gavin Hoey, and secondly we invited members of Croxley Camera Club to join us for the evening.

Gavin’s talk was called “Snap Happiness”, and the title reflected Gavin’s attitude to photography, doing things that put a smile on his face!

In the first half, Gavin showed us how to make panoramas by stitching together photos in Photoshop and Elements. He also demonstrated his personal preference for taking selfies, whilst on holiday in Rome! In addition we were shown short videos on various challenges he’d set himself.

The second half was devoted to flash photography, using a simple portable studio with a black background, a speedlight and a softbox. When taking photos he kept the camera settings constant and varied the output of the speedlight remotely. We had a model, good old John Casson (thanks John, you have a new career opportunity awaiting)! Gavin took several photos of John with various props, culminating in the picture above. It really does look like the shepherd has lost his sheep in a snowstorm, but it was all done in our meeting room with a little help from Photoshop and Lightroom, including the glow of the brightly lit lamp.

Many thanks to Gavin for this truly excellent talk. We were also delighted to see so many from Croxley Camera Club. Thank you for coming and we hope to see you again at future events like this.

Schools’ Trophy 2015

This year’s Chiltern Schools Photo Competition featured entries from three schools: Chesham Grammar, Chiltern Hills Academy and Misbourne School. The set subject chosen by the judges was “Relationships”, and the students came up with some very creative interpretations.

To see a full report, and the winning photos, go to this year’s Schools’ Trophy page.

Competition Results

The results of our club competitions (Prints and PDIs) so far this season are available in the Competitions area of the website.

Follow this direct link to see the full details.

Recent results in NWFed and Rosebowl competitions, plus details of images selected for future external competitions, can be found in the Club Admin section of our Members’ Area page.

Wall of Honour for Chiltern Trophy Winners

Brian and Lal

This year’s winning entry in our Chiltern Trophy competition (by Brian and Lal) was a clever composite of several views of Chesham. Chesham Town Council thought it was so good they now have it on their Council Chamber wall!

The unveiling ceremony was on 2nd November 2015, and this photo shows Brian Ridgley (on the left) and Lal Smyth together with the Mayor, Cllr Peter Hudson.

“The Island Dream” by Ruari Cumming ARPS

On Tuesday (31 March) we welcome Ruari Cumming to our club again. His talk this time will be an exploration of Hebridean islands “on the edge”, their isolation and fragility, their charm and allure, whilst meeting some islanders who have chosen to live “the island dream”. For further information see his website.

Night & Low Light Photography with Tony Worobiec

Our talk on Tuesday, 10 February, is by Tony Worobiec. This is our “premium” event of this season and is definitely one not to be missed! Tony is very well known in the photographic world, has written many books and is a major contributor to photographic magazines, etc.

If you’d like to see a preview of his low light photography course, see this Youtube link.

Tom Way - Talk on wildlife photography

Our next talk (Tuesday, 2nd December) is by Tom Way. He will be enlightening us on all the fantastic wildlife there is to see and photograph on our doorsteps, from Deer to Hedgehogs and from Owls to Foxes. Tom will not only be showing us his wildlife images from our local areas but also describing all the stories behind how he took the images. Tom will then venture further afield and take us to some wildlife hotspots around the world. Tom is an excellent wildlife photographer, as you can see by visiting his website. This is one talk not to be missed!

Alan Copeland LRPS APAGB

On Tuesday, 23 September, we welcome Alan Copeland to our club. Alan, who is currently Chairman of Whitchurch Hill Camera Club (Reading) will talk about some photographic “Curiosities in the Chilterns”. Besides being a very keen photographer, Alan is also an independent judge for photo club competitions, so hopefully some of his expertise will rub off on us!

Alan has his own website and some of his photos relevant to this particular talk can be found by following this link.