News: Stoney Creek trip and Club Competition

Our next regular meet-up on Wednesday 29 May 2019 will now be the Field Trip to Stoney Creek. You can still meet up at the Haven Arms for 7pm from where we can car-share / drive down together for the outing. We are switching around two of our scheduled meet-ups in order to give more time for members to take part in the Hedon Viewfinders photography competition.

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We are switching around two of our scheduled meet-ups in order to give more time for members to take part in the Hedon Viewfinders photography competition.

Stoney Creek:

Our next regular meet-up on Wednesday 29 May 2019 will now be the Field Trip to Stoney Creek. You can still meet up at the Haven Arms for 7pm from where we can car-share / drive down together for the outing.

Our final destination (with limited parking) can be explored via the what3words map address, at: https://w3w.co/epic.jelly.knees

In the case of very bad weather, we’ll make alternative arrangements indoors at the Haven Arms.

Club Competition:  1. Landscape 2. Black & White, and 3. Nature.

A competition to find the best photograph in each of the above categories will be decided by those attending the Hedon Viewfinders meeting on Wednesday 12 June 2019.

Those wishing to enter the competition should submit their photographs (one in each category) by 5pm on Monday 10 June.

Your image should be sent to email viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk by that date/time. The title of the image and your name should be included in the email, but the photograph should not have any watermarks or anything that would identify you as the photographer.

Members entering the competition should attend on the night to see all the photographs which will be projected on the big screen. They can join other members present in voting for their best images on the voting slip provided.

There will be some rather nice awards on the night made to the photographers with the winning images!

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We meet fortnightly at the Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon HU12 8HH.

Do visit the web page and see what’s planned for the rest of the year.

Hedon Viewfinders Key Dates at a glance

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Viewfinders – Through the Lens (Members)

Have you visited? Paul Berriff and Hedon Viewfinders Photo Exhibitions. Hedon Museum Wed 24 April – Sat 15 June. Open every Wednesday and Saturday, 10am – 4pm.

“What’s in your camera bag?” / Constructive Critique – Wed 15 May 2019

Our meeting on Wed 15 May will appeal to the curious! What kind of camera or image making device do people use? Which camera? And which lenses are their favourite? What gadgets and accessories? What flash, filters and fittings?

Wednesday 15 May 2019, Haven Arms, Havenside, HU12 8HH at 7pm

Our meeting on Wed 15 May will appeal to the curious! What kind of camera or image making device do people use? Which camera? And which lenses are their favourite? What gadgets and accessories? What flash, filters and fittings?

We are asking people to bring along your kit and camera bags and show us what you are ‘armed’ with when you go taking photos. If you are ‘self-contained’ with a mobile phone or compact, bring those along too.

You’ll be surprised how many people have the same equipment and sharing knowledge of what is available can really help us when seeking advice from each other on features, kit, accessories and apps. We’ll have a short break when people can meet up with others to ‘talk kit’ and ‘self-help’.

For the second part of the evening we are holding a constructive critique session and ask you to bring along one or two images that you would like to share with us so that we can discuss what we like about the photos, and how we think they might have been improved. Bring your photos along as prints (remember a protective cover for handling), or on a memory stick/flash drive. For those in the Facebook Group we’ll set up an album where you can post your images.

Tuesday 14 May 2019, Haven Arms, Havenside, HU12 8HH at 7pm

We have an extra session arranged on Tuesday for those interested in developing their editing skills. It’s a self-help group on using Layers, Blending Modes, and Masking in Photoshop. We’ll look at some examples on the big screen (using Elements) and those taking part can have a go themselves. You are welcome to bring along your own laptop.

As well as Photoshop and Elements, this should be useful for those that use Affinity Photo, Luminar and some other programs that use layers.

Do visit the web page and see what’s planned for the rest of the year.

Hedon Viewfinders Key Dates at a glance

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Viewfinders – Through the Lens (Members)

“Messing with Water” – Wed 1st May 2019, 7pm.

Our next meeting at the Haven Arms on Wednesday 1st May at 7pm is a PRACTICAL PHOTOGRAPHY session “MESSING WITH WATER”.

Our next meeting at the Haven Arms on Wednesday 1st May at 7pm is a PRACTICAL PHOTOGRAPHY session “MESSING WITH WATER”. Bring your cameras, tripods and flash units if you have them. There will be some experiments using the water theme to have a go at, and you can practice with your camera settings, but there’s an opportunity to set up your own props and experiments.

Do visit the web page and see what’s planned for the rest of the year.

Hedon Viewfinders Key Dates at a glance

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: Viewfinders – Through the Lens (Members)

Club News, Paul Berriff Meeting, Exhibition and Programme for 2019

We’ve been very busy: We’ve got an Exhibition at Hedon Museum and a great Programme of meetings, events and activities lined up – find out more…

PAUL BERRIFF, OBE, spoke at a Hedon Viewfinders sell-out meeting in the town on Wednesday, April 17. The award-winning documentary film-maker kept the capacity crowd of 100 people gathered in the Haven Arms, enthralled with tales of his experiences as a photographer and TV cameraman. His adventures from photographing pop legends in the 1960s to filming the collapse of the Twin Towers in 9/11 kept the audience spellbound for almost 3-hours.

Ray Duffill from Hedon Viewfinders photographic club who had arranged the meeting was delighted with the audio-visual presentation from Mr Berriff and the response from the audience: “The Haven Arms venue was packed with standing room only at the back for late-comers. Paul Berriff is probably one of the most engaging speakers I’ve heard. He took the audience with him on his life-journey from a 12-year-old boy picking up a roloflex camera for the first time, to reliving the horrors of 9/11. People leaving the meeting were just ‘buzzing’ about what they’d heard.

“Thank you to all those that attended. The feedback has been tremendous – some of which we’ve shared with Paul.”

Also at the meeting, was Lesley Harland, the Exhibitions Manager at Hedon Museum. She was proud of the fact that after booking Paul Berriff to display some of his iconic ‘Pop Idols’ photos at the Museum, he’d further agreed to do the public meeting: “We’re now hoping that the interest in Paul’s life and adventures will translate into visitors at the Museum where we are showing some of his giant photographs of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Scott Walker and others.”

And of course Hedon Viewfinders members (17 of us) also have an Exhibition and displaying a small collection of photographs responding to the theme of ‘Hedon’.

So get yourself along to the Hedon Museum, it’s open every Wednesday and Saturday from 10am – 4pm until Saturday 15 June when the Exhibition closes at 4pm.

Hedon Viewfinders Programme for 2019

We are delighted to present our Programme of meetings for the rest of 2019. Arranged by our Programme Manager Glenn Stallard after discussion with members, the events listed here with practical sessions, field trips, and great speakers, should have something of interest for every one.

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Club PHOTO BOOK for the Exhibition

We hope to CREATE a high quality CLUB PHOTO BOOK for display at the Exhibition (Wed 24 April to Sat 15 June 2019)…

We hope to CREATE a high quality CLUB PHOTO BOOK for display at the Exhibition (Wed 24 April to Sat 15 June 2019).

Those that would like their images to be included in the photo book need to email through a high-resolution image (open theme) which best shows their improved photography as a result of club activity, whether at a meeting, on a field trip or posting to our Facebook Group page.

Email one image to viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk please. The size of the book will be very much dependent on the responses to this appeal.

The Exhibition featuring ‘typical’ club photographs from members on the theme of “Hedon” takes place downstairs at the Hedon Museum (accessed via a snicket on Watmough’s Arcade, Hedon) every Wednesday and Saturday from Wednesday 24th April until Saturday 15th June, 10am – 1pm each day.

Meanwhile, upstairs at the museum, an exhibition of iconic 1960’s photographs taken by Paul Berriff is on display.

Reminder about the Evening with Paul Berriff on Wednesday night 17 April.

Exhibition, Meetings & Members’ Galleries

JUST a reminder that the deadline for submission of original prints for the Exhibition on the “Hedon” theme is our next meeting on Wednesday, 3 April 2019 at the Haven Arms. Please make sure you place your prints in a protective cover to keep them clean during selection. More information at: Exhibition (Guidance).

The April 3 meeting will also serve as one of our network meetings with an opportunity to catch up with other members and informally chat about club activities and plans. We’ll have some of our magazines, books and equipment available for members to loan.

Ticket sales for the Paul Berriff meeting on Wednesday 17 April are going very well. It is possible that we will be ‘full’ unless you’ve booked or purchased your tickets in advance.

There is still time to book on the 4-day Torquay club trip on Friday 7 June 2019.

We are going to do more to populate the website with examples of work from the many viewfinders who make up our fun and friendly club. The following is a random selection gleaned with permission from our Facebook Group page – if you would like your image to appear in one of our website galleries, then email to viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk

Contact us for more information. Free, fun and friendly photographic club. Open to all. No membership required.

Hedon Viewfinders Club News following successful meeting

A POSITIVE and productive meeting was held at the last Club meeting on Wed 6th March to look at improving what services we provide for members and to encourage more involvement.

A POSITIVE and productive meeting was held at the last Club meeting on Wed 6th March 2019 to look at improving what services we provide for members and to encourage more involvement.

Firstly, congratulations and welcome to those people formally taking on new roles (although they have already been doing lots to support the Club):

  • Glenn Stallard has an interest in training, and with that in mind will be helping the club to devise its programme of meetings, speakers and practical photography sessions.
  • Martin Pinder will be helping the club in the management of its exhibitions.
  • Jo Stallard will continue to arrange some of the club trips, particularly the photography holidays, in addition she will be playing a role in helping to encourage fundraising for specific things. Jo has also agreed to keep the notes of key decisions made by Hedon Viewfinders. Jo has produced the notes that follow.

Whilst people have kindly agreed to take on roles more formally, we encourage members to continue to offer their support where and when they can to generally lighten-the-load of those carrying out activities on behalf of the club.

Notes of Viewfinders Special Meeting 6/3/2019

21 members present
Meeting opened by Ray Duffill

Agenda read by Kris Munsen
Notes taken by Joanne Stallard

Club dynamics discussed
positives were;
The atmosphere in the club
The speakers we have had up to date
The settings being put on some of the pics posted on the FB page

Details of club finances given by Ray
These finances are shown on FB (Facebook) but before putting on web page settings need looking into so this can’t be seen by all. Suggested by Carl.
Suggested further fundraising to be undertaken for hearing loop for the club.

Meetings arranged to date
Nigel walker 20th March.
Paul Berriff 17th April. (A member) made the kind offer of paying balance owing on this meeting should it not be covered fully by ticket sales.
Costing for speakers discussed & arranged at meetings.
A number of people would like poster advertisements that they can put up in various venues.

Museum Exhibition
Date was discussed 24th April to 15th June. 20 images can be shown. Images for submission should be received by 3rd April. Brochure to be given out with museum submissions & also other images.
More pics in brochures for people displaying in museum. Tuesday 9th April suggested as an extra meeting to sort mounting prints for exhibition (using club funds). Exhibition manned by members & raffle tickets can be sold.

A further exhibition may also be held this year (possibly at Haven Arms). This one will be less restrictive on type of photographs and with more pictures displayed.

Volunteers
Glenn Stallard volunteered to help Ray with booking of speakers & plan in advance for winter sessions.
Martin Pinder volunteered to help with the running of exhibitions.
Joanne Stallard to take notes at meetings when required & write up official records of decisions made.
The number of photographs posted on a daily basis on FB has been lowered from 7 to 5, with this raising to 10 if from a club meeting/outing and members will be advised at the time.

Social media
It was discussed that a poll to be taken on FB page to look at whether keeping group as open is still suitable and the possibility of making the page closed.

Suggestions for further meetings.
Constructive criticism sessions
Professional photographer speaker. A few possibilities available for this.
A video making session, possibly to make an instructional video of a specific area of photography. Carl has access to top quality equipment for this, either before May or after September.
Halloween dry ice session with possibility of members dressing up.
Steam punks session. Martin Cooper to help look into this.
Another Film Noir session.
A mono night.
Use of water on glass etc.
Editing session possibly on a Tuesday to look at various available programmes.

Suggestions for trips/visits/holidays.
Whitby Goth weekend.12th to 14th April.25th to 27th October.
Pickering 40s weekend.
Bempton.
Tophill Low.
North cave wetlands.
Torquay trip.
Night in Hull town centre. Possibly 2 sessions (1 light night, comparison dark night).
Noddle hill nature reserve.
Waters edge. Discussion with Richard P. to arrange?

Any other business.
Competitions to be ongoing on the FB page.
Website to be updated & hopefully used by more members.
New members welcomed.
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Note: We’ve also opened a new page on the website which will provide a guide to our meeting dates throughout the year. See : Key Dates at a Glance.

Hedon Viewfinders Exhibition (Guidance) – 24 April to 15 June 2019

HEDON VIEWFINDERS holds its second exhibition at the Hedon Museum opening Wednesdays and Saturdays between Wednesday 24 April and Saturday 15 June 2019. Members are invited to submit prints of original and new material (but definitely not more than 12 months old) with content that is related to or linked to “Hedon” in some way. You can be as creative and imaginative as you like in interpreting the theme and can submit photos of any genre from Abstract to Wildlife.

HEDON VIEWFINDERS holds its second exhibition at the Hedon Museum opening Wednesdays and Saturdays between Wednesday 24 April and Saturday 15 June 2019.

Members are invited to submit up to three prints of original and new material (but definitely not more than 12 months old) with content that is related to, or linked to, “Hedon” in some way. You can be as creative and imaginative as you like in interpreting the theme and can submit photos of any genre from Abstract to Wildlife.

#UPDATE: Photos taken at the Club meetings since January 2018 are also acceptable as part of a sub-category ‘getting involved in the Club’ section.

Prints in the first instance should be up to A4 (210x297mm) in size (portrait or landscape) and the selection of prints for the exhibition (approximately 20) will be decided on Wednesday 3rd April which is the deadline for submission of entries. Prints will be mounted up to 400x300mm for the exhibition.

#UPDATE April 9 (a Tuesday) – Practical session to prepare the exhibition prints for display takes place at the Haven Arms 7pm. NEW deadline for submission of entries.

Your prints can be brought to the meeting on 3rd April or you can arrange to get them to us before the 3rd. We also invite you to share your digital images with others in the club, to help generate ideas and inspiration, via the Facebook group page album ‘Hedon Exhibition’ or email them to us and we’ll add to the website.

For those needing help with any aspect of printing your images, or submitting your image then please get in touch.

Hedon Viewfinders – Talk on ‘Shooting War’ Wed 20 March 2019

We are delighted to welcome Nigel Walker to Hedon Viewfinders on Wed 20 March, who will give us his talk on ‘Shooting War’ first given at Beverley Art Gallery last year.

Talk on ‘Shooting War’
Meeting on Wednesday 20 March 2019 at 7:00pm
Haven Arms, Havenside, HU12 8HH

We are delighted to welcome Nigel Walker to Hedon Viewfinders, who will give us his talk on ‘Shooting War’ first given at Beverley Art Gallery last year.

Nigel looks at the impact photography has had on our understanding of and attitudes to war. From the earliest days photography has been seen as an aid to armies, although photographers are now sometimes viewed as enemies of governments seeking to prosecute wars. This talk will look at four wars, four war photographers and four individual pictures that have been significant in the history of recording war. Nigel warns that some of the images shown will contain scenes of war and death and could be distressing for some.

Note: A collection will be taken at this meeting to cover costs.

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Special Meeting: Club Review and Proposals for 2019

The next meeting of Hedon Viewfinders is a special meeting to review the club and its activities to date and to consider proposals for its future – particularly over the next 12 months. Your attendance is encouraged and would be greatly appreciated.

The next meeting of Hedon Viewfinders is a special meeting to review the club and its activities to date and to consider proposals for its future – particularly over the next 12 months. Your attendance is encouraged and would be greatly appreciated.

The meeting will start promptly at 7pm on Wednesday 6 March 2019 at the Haven Arms, Havenside, HU12 8HH.

It is always a good idea and practice to regularly have a look back at what an organisation has achieved to date, note what has gone well, and note the areas where improvements might be made. Based upon that experience, we can then take decisions and make plans on a better way forward.

This meeting will be an opportunity for each of us to have an input into shaping the future development of the club and its photographic endeavours.

The AGENDA is draft and you have a chance to put your ideas and specific proposals up for discussion. The Agenda will only become final on Wednesday Evening of 27th February. So look back here for the final version on Thursday. For ease of decision-making, any specific proposals should appear on the Agenda.

Ray Duffill normally facilitates the meetings, but at this meeting it would be useful to have another volunteer to do so. A volunteer to take notes of the key decisions (see final item on the Agenda) would also be useful. We’ll ask at the meeting for these volunteers.

FINAL AGENDA

  1. Review of the Club – Short session to remind ourselves what we’ve enjoyed/not liked as much from the Club.
  2. Finance update – Ray
    1. Balances
    2. Exhibition Boards and other fundraising
  3. Meetings organised to date – Ray
  4. Exhibition update (24 April – 15 June) – Ray
  5. Specific proposals from members.
    1. Decisions that require spending Viewfinders funds to be taken at meetings – Ray
    2. To seek a volunteer who can take responsibility for working with others to manage the booking of speakers and otherwise make arrangements for the programme of meetings – Ray
    3. To seek a volunteer who can take responsibility for working with others to manage club exhibitions – Ray
    4. To seek a volunteer to take notes at meetings when necessary and write up official record of decisions made. To be kept in an official minute book/online – Ray
    5. To hold a second exhibition later this year – Glenn
    6. To relax the rules on Facebook group postings from 7 to 10 – Ray
  6. Social Media review – Particularly the operation of the Facebook Group and its competitions.
  7. Programme of meetings for 2019; ideas for speakers and practical sessions.
  8. Field Trips/photo walks/visits/holidays – Ideas.
  9. Viewfinders website – Ray
  10. Any other business not covered by the above.
  11. To record formally any decisions made on the night, including any votes taken, and to note the member(s) assigned responsibility to implement decisions. This record will be written up as minutes and posted on the website.

Whilst the above might seem much more formal than is normally the case, the issues under discussion do present the club with opportunities to develop and grow in many exciting ways. And rest assured it will be conducted in the typical Viewfinders fun and friendly style.