Spring Valley visit and other news

Spring Valley Campsite visit, some other trips and photowalks, and Photography Challenge update…

Short Photo Trip – Wednesday 18 August 2021 – 7-8pm -All welcome!

Out & about trip on Wednesday with Hedon Viewfinders (18 August meeting at 7pm). Join us at Spring Valley Campsite for a short photo walk. Lake, fish, birds – pleasant company with other enthusiastic photographers. All welcome.

Find Spring Valley Campsite with what3words: https://w3w.co/miss.skies.carriage


Latest from the Photography Challenge 2021.

Locked subject, points awarded:

95. Fashion.

The two points awarded for the most novel response to Fashion is DAVE HOOK for his very fashionable looking horse!

98. Hard work.

98. Hard work.

The winner of two points for a pose that looks like strenuous hard work is going to take place… is…. GARETH HUGHES. I know, I know, Jim Uney’s photo looks like a much more hard-working character. 🙂

Check out the Challenge League Table.

In order to speed things up on the Challenge, we are running a countdown on certain subjects on our Facebook Group page. Starting with #1 A sweatshirt. Post a photo to the subject and the first one received will lock that subject.


Photo opportunities.

A few upcoming events:

  • Sun 15 August – Hull City Centre Photowalk with Hull Creative Photography Group. Meet Queen Victoria Square 2pm for 2.15pm departure.
  • Wednesday 18 August – Club Trip: Spring Valley Campsite, Sproatley Road, 7pm for an hour.
  • Sat 21 August – Ruben’s Voice Concert, Ketwell Playing Field, Hedon from 1pm – 10pm. Great event planned. Great photo opportunities.
  • Sun 22 August – East Hull Festival, East Park, time to be arranged

Christmas Party December 2021.

An early shout out for our Christmas Festive get-together. Thinking Entertainment (an artist), Xmas Quiz, the awarding of The Eddies and a buffet. What about Fancy Dress? A “Pirates of the Hedon Haven” theme perhaps.

Possible date Wed 15 December. Costs in the £20 per person range for Viewfinders and Partners/Friend.


Hedon Viewfinders. Hedon’s own community photography club. It’s free to join. It’s free to take part in our activities. The club prides itself on its good reputation for its fun and friendly approach to studying and enjoying photography.

Meets Wednesdays every week 7pm at the Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon HU12 8HH. But check our key dates to see if we’re inside or out and about.

ALL WELCOME.

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Upcoming events.

A few upcoming events and the latest from Photo Challenge 2021. Photo: Downtown winner Paul Benson.

A few upcoming events in August 2021 which might be of interest:

  • Sat 7 August (today!) – Car Show at Shakespeare Inn, Hedon – 11.30am
  • Sun 8 August – Beverley Photowalk Meet Bandstand, Market Place, 1pm
  • Wed 11 August – Prints Night Haven Arms 7pm
  • Sun 15 August – Hull Photowalk with Hull Creative Photography Group Meet Queen Victoria Square 2pm
  • Sat 21 August – Ruben’s Voice Concert, Ketwell Playing Field, Hedon from 1pm – 10pm. Great event planned. Great photo opportunities.
  • Sun 22 August – East Hull Festival, East Park, time to be arranged.

#photography_challenge_2021:

No 66 Downtown has been locked from Photography Challenge 2021.

The Winner of TWO POINTS for best reflecting ‘Downtown’ is the downtown Hull image of Paul Benson!

Check the League Table.


Hedon Viewfinders. Hedon’s own community photography club. It’s free to join. It’s free to take part in our activities. The club prides itself on its good reputation for its fun and friendly approach to studying and enjoying photography.

Meets Wednesdays every week 7pm at the Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon HU12 8HH. But check our key dates to see if we’re inside or out and about.

ALL WELCOME.

Challenge Night! Hedon Viewfinders Wed 4 August 2021

Pick your Challenge from the list. Bring your props and kit, create a wonderful tabletop scene and image, or seek help and advice to implement your concept.

WEDNESDAY 4 August 2021 at 7pm will be a Creative Tabletop Photography Challenge Night at the Haven Arms.

Pick your Challenge from the list below. Bring your props and kit, create a wonderful tabletop scene and image, or seek help and advice to implement your concept.

You can pick one or more of the following to inspire you! We’ll be making some spot prizes in recognition of your creativity and endeavour!

  • An image with a sparkly background
  • Mirror magic
  • A sweat shirt
  • A wonderful surprise
  • Create your own raindrops
  • The colour is Yellow!
Challeng Night image

Other items during the night:

Settings and kit surgery. Got issues, problems or questions about your kit?

Update on Open Photography Competition. Report and feedback from our successful day at Preston Show.


Bring your pin-up print to next week’s meeting (11th August) for a constructive critique.

Note: At Wednesday’s 11 August meeting we will hold a Constructive Critique session on prints produced on the 4th August, plus any others (up to 5 in total) that you would like some constructive feedback on.

Difficulties with getting your images printed? Speak to Ray.

EVERYONE WELCOME.

You don’t have to be a ‘member’ to enjoy your photography with Hedon Viewfinders. Free, fun and friendly club rooted in the local community.

** Whilst COVID-19 restrictions have eased, caution is still recommended so please respect those who seek to socially distance and wear masks **

Photography Challenge 2021 – latest.

Latest update and League Table from the Photography Challenge 2021. Not taken part? Enter to take part in our free draw.

More scores from Locked Subject – A barking dog:

No. 62 A barking dog.

Two points awarded go to DAVE HOOK for the drama expressed by his obviously barking dog. A welcome to Michelle who joins the League Table and gets to take part in the £10 draw.

And the current League Table – includes the points from above.

Remember: We’ll only accept one photo from each person to each subject. After we’ve received 5 photos to a particular subject, then that subject will be closed for entries.

Not taken part yet? Enter a photo to take part in our free draw for £10.

In whatever way you send us your images for the challenge, use the hashtag so that we can find them easier:

#photography_challenge_2021

Visit: Photography Challenge 2021

Hedon-based photographic club. It’s free to join in and take part, and the club prides itself on its good reputation for its fun and friendly approach.

The Cow – Hedon Viewfinders 4th editing challenge

The Cow. Results of our 4th Editing Challenge.

We asked you to re-edit our basic image of a cow in front of Saltend Chemicals Park.

The results are in. There are fewer entries than normal for our editing challenge, but more people actually took part in the challenge at the Club meeting on Wed 30th June. These are those who emailed their results in.

First up is Paul Benson.

How I did it:

  • 1.  Applied the artistic filter ‘Poster Edges’.
  • 2.  Cropped the image to portrait format.
  • 3.  Increased the contrast slightly.
  • 4.  Increased saturation slightly.

Next is Janet Bucknall with her Jurassic Cow!

How I did it:

Janet says she found some new stuff on her computer and just enjoyed herself by adding fun images.


This is Lynn Leedham’s framed bovine creation.

How I did it:

Enhanced cut and framed using Inpixio Editing.


Edit on original by Ray Duffill.

How I did it.

In Elements, I sharpened by using the High Pass Filter and Overlay blend mode. Then a Hue & Saturation Adjustment layer to boost the colour. Cropped.


This is Dave Hook’s edit.

How I did it:

I used Canon compositing software to create this image. I used two of my own existing photographs. I cropped the image and increased saturation.


And this is “The Cow” by Maggie Wingfield:

How I did it:

Using ‘Photoeditor’ on my laptop, I selected mid-level posterisation and placed a different sky background I then inserted the bird using ‘LightX’ app on my iPhone.


We hope you enjoy seeing how these editing challenges are undertaken. There really are no limits other than imagination to what we can do with a basic image.


Remember your Open Photography Competition Entry for the Preston Show! Open to all not just Viewfinders members.

Hedon Viewfinders. Hedon’s own community photography club. It’s free to join. It’s free to take part in our activities. The club prides itself on its good reputation for its fun and friendly approach to studying and enjoying photography.

Meets Wednesdays every week 7pm at the Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon HU12 8HH. But check our key dates to see if we’re inside or out and about.

ALL WELCOME.

Member’s Meeting Notes. Editing Challenge #4

Notes for tonight’s meeting and Editing Challenge #4. #Hull #Holderness #EastYorks

Tonight’s Meeting (30 June). 7pm. Haven Arms.

Because COVID restrictions are still with us, and therefore we still need to exercise social distancing and groups of six and no mixing of tables, then the meeting will be a bit of a hodgepodge, but concentrating on two practical issues.

Editing.  We’ll look at some of the issues raised on our Facebook Group page recently. You can opt to bring your own laptop with relevant software loaded. Whilst no one is allowed to assist you (i.e. touch or handle) your own equipment or sit next to you as normally (unless in your bubble), it will be possible for members using the same software to offer verbal guidance on issues.

Settings. Got issues questions about your camera or other kit? Using members’ knowledge and the internet I hope we can help you resolve these.

As silly as it sounds, whilst sat in the same room we can use our laptops and the internet to chat with each other and share useful information with each other.

Business items include the Photography Competition, managing next week’s lighting session, and our programme of meetings, trips, etc.


#4 New Photo Editing Challenge

Hedon Viewfinders – New Editing Challenge Number FOUR – All photographers invited to have a go. 

We present this basic and simple starting image (JPG) for you below. We invite you to download it, edit it how you wish and with whatever editing programme you’ve got. You might want to crop or frame and consider composition; maybe saturate or desaturate the colours. A monochrome perhaps? Lighten or darken, add clarity or blur. Create an abstract, painterly or traditional image. The choice is up to you!

Send in your re-edited photo with your “How I did it!” information, and we will present all the results in a gallery next Wednesday 7 July. Send us your re-edit by 10pm Tuesday 6 July 2021.

We want this to be instructive for beginners, and a chance to experiment for the more experienced amongst you. So please join in and have a go!

Download your starting JPG image here. Click and then right-click to download the image.

Send your completed edited image to viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk or rlduffill@gmail.com by 10pm Tuesday 6 July 2021

Include your name and new image title, include your “How I Did it!” information and tell us what program you used

Have a look at our previous challenges.


Hedon Viewfinders. Hedon’s own community photography club. It’s free to join. It’s free to take part in our activities. The club prides itself on its good reputation for its fun and friendly approach to studying and enjoying photography.

East Yorkshire Falconry Night

East Yorkshire Falconry Night

On Wednesday 2 June we have a trip arranged to East Yorkshire Falconry (kindly booked for us by Peter). This is an opportunity to photograph birds of prey. Meet at the location BEFORE the 7pm start, please.

We are asking for a minimum donation of £2 from each of us attending. This goes towards feeding the birds.

We can meet in larger groups of up to 30 outdoors so hopefully, this will be well-attended. If you let us know that you intend to come along, we’ll ensure that you are sent an email about the trip.


Photography Challenge 2021 update.

Another Locked subject result.

80. Sparks.

And the winner of 2 points is… the sparks from LYNN LEEDHAM’S firework.

See the Competition’s latest League Table.


Hedon Viewfinders. Hedon’s own community photography club. It’s free to join. It’s free to take part in our activities. The club prides itself on its good reputation for its fun and friendly approach to studying and enjoying photography.

Meets Wednesdays every week 7pm at the Haven Arms, Hedon. But check our key dates to see if we’re out and about.

Bridge Shadows & Road editing challenge – the results are in!

Latest editing challenge results. Club Nights on Smoke & Flame and Falconry. News on Junior Photography Competition from the Picture It club.

We asked you to re-edit our basic image taken on the Club’s last Photo Walk of ‘Bridge Shadows and Road’.

The results are in and they are all very interesting!

First up is Paul Benson with “SOW” who says he got distracted and zoomed in rather close to one of those windows…

How I did it:

  1. Cropped the image
  2. Applied the Nik Collection filter – Detail Extractor
  3. Applied the Nik Collection filter – Wet Plate 9
  4. Cut out the window and increased the contrast
  5. Reduced the saturation
  6. Sharpened the image

This is “The Album Cover” by Nigel Robson:

How I did it:

I used Elements 19
The picture was heavily cropped.
The shadows were enhanced (shadowing tool)
A special effects kit called Pop was used to quadruple the picture.
The spot healing tool was used to remove Ask Italian.
Dreamed up a pop group!
Using the Text facility I created text boxes with psychedelic touches.


This is Lynn Leedham’s “Who are we?”

How I did it:

Entry for the photo challenge. Who-are-we? Cropped, used textures and opacity tool, using Inpixio.


“Munch’s Ghosts” by Keith Madden.

How I did it:

  1. Convert to 16-bit ROMM
  2. Straighten
  3. Select human shadow area, mask and darken shadows.
  4. Put through GMIC artistic filter
  5. Crop
  6. Add edging using NIK

With a monochrome version is Ray Duffill.

How I did it. Simple B&W conversion using Silver Effex in Nik.


This is Janet Bucknall’s funky edit.

How I did it:

I cropped out the car, then did some stuff on Google and Snapseed, but I didn’t write it down, and now I’ve forgotten what I did! Sorry! Quite like the effect though!

So do we, Janet. How often do we ‘play around’ with an image and then forget what we’ve done!?


This is Dave Hook’s edit which concentrated on the Road side.


And this is Maggie Wingfield’s edit.


We hope you enjoy seeing how these editing challenges are undertaken. There really are no limits other than imagination to what we can do with a basic image.


Other Club News:

It was lovely to meet up again last Wednesday at the Haven Arms following the easing of lockdown restictions. Members had to stick to their own tables. No mixing of tables was allowed. Social distancing still had to be exercised. And masks worn when moving around the pub. Yet despite these restictions members hung around long after the business had finished to chat and catch up with each other.

We discussed the new Public Photography Competition to be held at the Preston Show and will bring you more information about this soon.

Smoke & Flame Night

We have arranged to meet next week WED 26 MAY 2021 at 7pm for a practical photography session on “Smoke & Flame”. Each table will have its own photography opportunities and challenges. And there will be one central feature that can be accessed in turn by each table. Expect candles, matches, sparklers, incense sticks and other surprises!

East Yorkshire Falconry Night

On Wed 2 June we have a trip arranged to East Yorkshire Falconry (kindly booked for us by Peter). This is an opportunity to photograph birds of prey. We are asking for a minimum donation of £2 from each of us attending. This goes towards feeding the birds. We can meet in larger groups of up to 30 outdoors so hopefully, this will be well-attended. If you let us know that you intend to come along, we’ll ensure that you are sent an email about the trip.

We were delighted to welcome Keith and Dorothy to their first meeting on Wednesday. We also met up briefly with Kris before the meeting to accept some lighting kit from him which he has kindly donated to the club. Kris is leaving the area but we hope to catch up with him before he leaves.

Finally, we are delighted to promote this Junior Photographer Competition for our friends at Withernsea’s Picture It group. Please do share and help promote the competition.

#3 New Photo Editing Challenge

Hedon Viewfinders – New Editing Challenge – All photographers invited to have a go. Download and edit this unprocessed JPG.

Hedon Viewfinders – New Editing Challenge Number Three – All photographers invited to have a go. 

We present this basic starting image (JPG) for you below. We invite you to download it, edit it how you wish and with whatever editing programme you’ve got. You might want to straighten, crop or frame and consider composition; maybe saturate or desaturate the colours. Lighten or darken, add clarity or blur. Create an abstract, painterly or traditional image. The choice is up to you!

Send in your re-edited photo with your “How I did it!” information, and we will present all the results in a gallery next Saturday 22 May. Send us your re-edit by 10pm Friday 21 May 2021.

We want this to be instructive for beginners, and a chance to experiment for the more experienced amongst you. So please join in and have a go!

Download your starting JPG image here. Click and then right-click to download the image

Send your completed edited image to viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk or rlduffill@gmail.com by 10pm Friday 21 May 2021. Include your name and new image title, include your “How I Did it!” information and tell us what program you used

Have a look at our previous challenges.

Enjoy this? Then have a look at out Photography Challenge 2021 as well. 🙂


Hedon Viewfinders. Hedon’s own community photography club. It’s free to join. It’s free to take part in our activities. The club prides itself on its good reputation for its fun and friendly approach to studying and enjoying photography.

Leaves photo editing challenge

WE ASKED you to edit our unprocessed photo of leaves on the cobbles. It really was a case of ‘anything goes’ using whatever editing tools you like.

We hope the participants enjoyed the challenge. And we hope that other photographers will be inspired by the ‘How I did it’ notes to have a go themselves next time.

Here are the results:


Leaves on road re-edit by Carl Cooper

Leaves on road re-edit by Carl Cooper

I basically found the images I wanted to add and cut them out, copied them in, adjusted the sizes and positions, adjusted the levels so they blended, added a gaussian blur, added a vignette and changed the colour to black n white.


“Please don’t leaf me here” by Tony Beacock.

Please don’t leaf me here! Tony Beacock.

How I did it: A fairly simple edit using GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP). I duplicated the image and desaturated the top layer in order to make it greyscale, before adding a layer mask to it. Using the eraser tool, I then erased the areas of the image, exposing the colour from the second layer, lying beneath, and untouched.


“Leaves illegally parked” by MH Seville

“Leaves illegally parked” by MH Seville

How I did it: Unfortunately, my knowledge of Microsoft Office Picture Manager is limited, and I just used “crop” to remove the cars, and then to crop small left & right sections to improve the resulting composition, and then just “auto correct”!


“LEAVES” by Paul Benson

“LEAVES” by Paul Benson

How I did it:

  1. Cropped the image
  2. Used the Photoshop add on Nik Filter ‘Detail Extractor’
  3. Used the PS add on Nik Filter ‘Multi Camera’
  4. Used the Photoshop Noise filter ‘Dist & Scratches’
  5. Reduced the saturation.


Re-edit by Keith Maddon

Re-edit by Keith Maddon

How I did it:

I thought I’d have ago at your challenge by way of an ice -breaker. I haven’t done anything whacky just some tweaking to try and give the image more “pop”.

I’ve used Affinity Photo and the free version of the NIK collection.

  1. Changed the colour space from 8-bit RGB to 16-bit Adobe.
  2. Reduced the saturation and luminance of the greens to de-emphasise the moss.
  3. Tweaked the white level.
  4. Removed small bits and blemishes using clone, inpaint and patch tools.
  5. Changed the perspective.
  6. Added some noise to the top of the picture to de-emphasise the cars and the wall.
  7. Added vignette and some tonal contrast using NIK.

“On yer bike!” by Lynn Leedham.

“On yer bike!” by Lynn Leedham

How I did it: My entry for the photo challenge. On Yer Bike. Cropped, enhanced, bike and rider added using In- Pixio.


Re-edit by Janet Bucknall

Re-edit by Janet Bucknall

How I did it: I cropped out the car, and added a watercolour filter, on my phone, then blurred it. On Snapseed, I added glamour, and the double exposed it.


Street Photo Edit by Gareth Hughes

Street Photo Edit by Gareth Hughes

How I did it:

  • 1/ Rotated and cropped the original image
  • 2/ Copied the photo to a second layer
  • 3/ Mirrored the 2nd layer and faded both to blend them together
  • 4/ Darkened both images

Leaves Re-edit by Dave Hook

Leaves Re-edit by Dave Hook

How I did it: I composited the image in CanonPro4.  I put another layer over the image, cropped it, altered the colour slightly by fading. 


“Sucked into the Vortex!” by Ray Duffill

“Sucked into the Vortex!” by Ray Duffill

How I did it: In Elements I added saturation to boost the colours. Then Filter – Distort – Twirl for the vortex effect.


Leaves re-edit by Nigel Robson

Leaves re-edit by Nigel Robson

How I did it:

  • Cropped top and sides
  • Adjusted tone & colours
  • With the use of the Spot Healing Brush Tool removed debris/leaves off the footpath and some of the road

We hope that participants enjoyed the challenge. If you enjoyed viewing the results then please do consider joining in with the next editing challenge to be published soon.


Latest from Photography Challenge 2021.

74. An unmade bed.

And the winner of two points is the Black & White extra-legged bed of MAGGIE WINGFIELD.

In the League Table this now puts Maggie clearly into 5th position with 58 points.

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