Week 39 – Consider Environmental Photography

A well-managed environment….? Environmental Photography needs to be thoughtful photography too.

IT’S AUTUMN now in this hemisphere – but where is autumn? The seasons are apparently being affected by unusual weather conditions brought on by climate change. So the recent heat waves for example caused some trees to shed their leaves prematurely creating an early blanket of autumn ground colour in summer!

In response to these and many other effects which we all see around us, WEEK 39 of the 52-WEEK PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE is to consider ENVIRONMENTAL PHOTOGRAPHY.

Photography is a powerful way to capture the beauty of the world through landscapes, seascapes, people and places, and wildlife. But photography is also a powerful medium for revealing how things are changing and the threats that local communities and the world are facing. Powerful imagery can express emotion and help motivate people into action and highlight the opportunities that exist to make a difference. The message or impact of your images is therefore of utmost importance.

Your challenge this week is to take on the role of an environmental photographer. Look for the changes that are taking place in your local area or working environment, and help document these. Consider how your photos might be viewed over a period of time and used for historical comparison and as important data, charting environmental change. Consider the positives too; what has been done to improve things.

No trees to hug!

Your challenge this week to step into the shoes of an Environmental Photographer might be life-changing. It could last well beyond the week of this challenge. It’s a thoughtful genre where the presentation of your images and who you present them to, are important considerations too.

Note and tip: Normally our challenges encourage you to take just new photos – and that is still encouraged this week. However, the nature of this week’s challenge might prompt you to use older images as comparative photos in a series.

Featured image: The image of Saltend Chemicals Works (October 2019) may look dramatic and the idea of ‘smoking’ towers might be seen as alarming. However, vapour releases from the towers are quite normal. With bankside reeds having just been cut then the image does perhaps convey a well-managed environment? The context of your photo and additional research you might carry out is important too.

As ever, these challenges are to encourage new photography, so we ask you not to simply re-use your existing stock (unless necessary for the particular challenge).

And do please send in your images associated with these challenges – or your other activities as a Club Member. We will publish them on these pages.

E-mail them to viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk or rlduffill@gmail.com.

52 Week Photography Challenge 2022


REMINDER – It’s Projection Photography on Wednesday!

DateSubject, Theme, etc.Notes.
Wed 28 SeptemberProjector Photography.7pm at the Haven Arms
 Wed 02 November Save all your PROPS and COSTUMES from Monday for our late HALLOWEEN NIGHT with dry-ice, smoke, and lots of spooky goings-on! 7pm the magic starts!
 Friday 25 November We want photographers and helpful elves to help us with Hedon’s Christmas Lights night photography! 4:30pm – 8.30pm
Sunday 11 December at 7pmTrip to Sewerby Winter Wonderland!£15. Need to book quickly!
Wed 14 December (provisional date)Hedon Viewfinders Christmas Party! Not to be missed!

DO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT US!

Hedon Viewfinders is Hedon’s (and surrounding areas’) 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 there or out and about on any particular week.

Subscribe to get the news from the club every time we update this website.

ALL WELCOME. Hedon Viewfinders Photography Club at the Haven Arms

Projector Photography Night September 28 September 2022

Help us by providing images for the evening, please!

Projector Photography

PROJECTOR PHOTOGRAPHY involves projecting an image onto a background, a person, or another object for artistic effect. And, in a first for the club, Hedon Viewfinders is going to experiment with the techniques at our Wednesday 28 September meet-up.

We’ll have two projectors available which we’ll use as mobile light sources. We are asking club members to help us by providing images that would make for a striking effect when projected. Colourful artwork or patterned images would work well but consider the effect that your images might have when projected onto a face, body, object, or surface. You might choose to create your own images especially customised for the night. Email your images to viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk by 6pm Tuesday 27 September.

By working with other club members, you might be able to design some themes that might work on the night; vintage, sci-fi, fashion, etc. These themes might then suggest props and costumes that might enhance the photo shoot.

It looks like it will be a fun night with everybody able to take some very different photos.

Projection Photography, Hedon Viewfinders at The Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon on Wednesday 28 September 2022 at 7pm.


Trophy Presentations

HEDON VIEWFINDERS Photography Club formally presented the engraved trophies to the winners of the Preston Show Open Photography Competition last week (Wednesday, September 14) at the Haven Arms in Hedon. 

The annual Photographer of the Year was Simon Dallimore from Withernsea who won the Landscapes and Buildings categories with his sunlit snowy scene of the Pierhead Towers. The Young Photographer of the Year shield was won this year by 15-year-old Holderness Academy student Alex Darcy with his monochromatic panoramic seascape scene. Also awarded his trophy was People and Places category winner Kieth Madden of Hedon with his photo of a character in traditional Indian dress.

Awarded their trophies by the Club’s Chair Ray Duffill were:

  • Annual Photographer of the Year Simon Dallimore
  • Annual Young Photographer of the Year Alex Darcy (15)
  • People and Places category trophy winner Keith Madden.

Photos by Lynn Leedham:

The show itself was held on August 6 at the Nag’s Head in Preston, when the other winners were awarded their trophies: Jane Jeffrey (Best Animal Photo by a Preston resident) and Sandra Wood (Best Mobile Phone Photo – with Viki Hogger presenting the prizes).

In total, over 120 photographs were entered into the competition, seen by an estimated 750 people during the day of the show. Ray Duffill from Hedon Viewfinders extended his and the Club’s thanks to the organisers of the Preston Show, the Preston Village Community Group, and also his thanks to Mr. James Green from Holderness Academy for facilitating the entries from students at the school.


Key Dates:

DateSubject, Theme, etc.Notes.
Wed 28 SeptemberProjector Photography.7pm at the Haven Arms
 Wed 02 November Save all your PROPS and COSTUMES from Monday for our late HALLOWEEN NIGHT with dry-ice, smoke, and lots of spooky goings-on! 7pm the magic starts!
 Friday 25 November We want photographers and helpful elves to help us with Hedon’s Christmas Lights night photography! 4:30pm – 8.30pm
Sunday 11 December at 7pmTrip to Sewerby Winter Wonderland!£15. Need to book quickly!
Wed 14 December (provisional date)Hedon Viewfinders Christmas Party! Not to be missed!

Week 38 #Puntophoto – it’s new, and it’s fun!

We introduce #Puntophoto to the World! Your Week 38 Challenge of our 52-Week Photography project.

Puntophoto [Pun-to-photo] Week 38 of the 52-Week Photography Challenge

Take a well-known saying, a catchphrase, a title of a book, film, or song perhaps, and create an image that gives it a comical or literal twist.

We are introducing Puntophoto to the world as part of Week 38 of the Hedon Viewfinders 52-Week Photography Challenge. It’s designed to get those creative juices flowing. A starting point is to think of a simple phrase or saying that you or others use – and then can you imagine a different version or meaning of that saying?

This might be something as literal as Jack in the Box

…to the comical Groom and his bride 2B (get it? 2B is actually a grade of the graphite softness of a pencil):

You can use tabletop creations like Lost his Marbles

… or real people like Get Ahead in Life:

Other phrases that might help you get started are High Five, Love Boat, Funny Bone, Time Flies… etc. Once you start thinking then more will come and your imagination will then determine how they might become a Puntophoto.

pun – a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words which sound alike but have different meanings.

Oxford English Dictionary

Your challenge this week is to create your own Puntophotos!

#viewfinderschallenge #viewfinderschallengeweek36 #puntophoto

As ever, these challenges are to encourage new photography, so we ask you not to simply re-use your existing stock (unless necessary for the particular challenge).

And do please send in your images associated with these challenges – or your other activities as a Club Member. We will publish them on these pages.

E-mail them to viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk or rlduffill@gmail.com.

52 Week Photography Challenge 2022

DO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT US!

Hedon Viewfinders is Hedon’s (and surrounding areas’) 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 there or out and about on any particular week.

Subscribe to get the news from the club every time we update this website.

ALL WELCOME. Hedon Viewfinders Photography Club at the Haven Arms

Negative space in photography – a positive thing!

New challenge for Week 37 – and a plug for our Presentation Night on Wednesday.

WEEK 37 of the 52-Week Photography Challenge is about using NEGATIVE SPACE.

Using ‘negative space’ in photography means emphasising a subject by paying attention to the area around it. This area will dominate the majority of the picture and is often uniform in colour or texture and includes no distracting elements – it may be just empty space.
Effective use of negative space can create dramatic photos with a stark contrast between the subject and the surrounding area. As a rule of thumb, your subject should occupy less than 50% of the frame.
Using negative space is something you can consider when deciding on the composition in your frame. By moving around and considering different viewpoints, can you isolate your subject so it’s surrounded by negative space?
Your challenge in Week 37 is to consider and experiment with the use of negative space.

As ever, these challenges are to encourage new photography, so we ask you not to simply re-use your existing stock (unless necessary for the particular challenge).

And do please send in your images associated with these challenges – or your other activities as a Club Member. We will publish them on these pages.

E-mail them to viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk or rlduffill@gmail.com.

52 Week Photography Challenge 2022


Presentation Night – Hedon Viewfinders

HEDON VIEWFINDERS meets on Wednesday 14 September 2022 at the Haven Arms for a delightful event – we will be presenting the trophies to the winners of the Preston Show Open Photography Competition including the annual Photographer of the Year and the Young Photographer of the Year.

We’ll also be making important announcements about the Open Photography Competition for 2023 in August 2023 and announcing our own Exhibition (with a twist!) in March 2023.

We’ll also be plugging our Dry Ice Halloween Night on Wednesday 2 November 2022, the request to do Santa’s Grotto photographs again at Hedon Christmas Lights Night on Friday 25 November – and also seeking to set a date and theme for Hedon Viewfinders Christmas Party in December (always a highlight of the year)!

It should be a delightful evening! Please arrive for a prompt start at 7pm.

7pm on Wed 14 September at Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon HU12 8HH


DO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT US!

Hedon Viewfinders is Hedon’s (and surrounding areas’) 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 there or out and about on any particular week.

Subscribe to get the news from the club every time we update this website.

ALL WELCOME. Hedon Viewfinders Photography Club at the Haven Arms

Club News – Lensballs, Lamps and Trophies!

Photography for everyone at Hedon Viewfinders at the Haven Arms on Wednesdays…

HEDON VIEWFINDERS continues to organise photography events at its Haven Arms venue on Wednesday evenings at 7pm. As ever, we always seek to encourage, welcome and support new members. You don’t have to book in advance, you can just turn up to take part in the town’s free, fun and friendly photography club.

Lensball Photography: They might also be known as crystal balls, but you don’t need one to plan your next shot! These fascinating aids to photography provide optics that create some fascinating effects. They can also be used as props in their own right.

lensball zombie image

You don’t need a lensball to take part in the event but if you have one, bring it along! This will be interesting to those who have never used a lensball, but we hope to provide something different to those who have.

Lensball Photography: 7pm on Wednesday 31 August 2022 at the Haven Arms in Hedon.


bulb reflected macro photo

Macro or close-up Photography – a focus on lamps/bulbs: Macro photography is a wide-ranging subject, but at this meet-up, we are encouraging you to have a closer look at light bulbs as a subject. If you want to bring along your own (carefully!) as a subject, then please do. But we will have some props to play with.

Macro or close-up Photography – a focus on lamps/bulbs: 7pm on Wednesday 7 September 2022 at the Haven Arms in Hedon.


Presentation Night: We hope to present the annual Photographer of the Year Award and Young Photographer of the Year Shield to the winners resulting from the Open Photography Competition at Preston Show and Family Fun Day.

Additionally, we’ll be seeking volunteers to work on our ideas for next year’s show – plus we have exciting news to announce about a new club exhibition next year.

Presentation Night: Take your seats for 7pm on Wednesday 14 September 2022 at the Haven Arms in Hedon.


DO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT US!

Hedon Viewfinders is Hedon’s (and surrounding areas’) 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 there or out and about on any particular week.

Subscribe to get the news from the club every time we update this website.

ALL WELCOME. Hedon Viewfinders Photography Club at the Haven Arms

Photography Challenge Week 34 – Move your camera!

There is a freedom and creative release that comes from deliberately moving the camera during an exposure – have fun breaking the rules!

WEEK 34 of the 52-Week Photography Challenge
INTENTIONAL CAMERA MOVEMENT (ICM)
There’s an obsession in photography with sharpness; clear and sharply-focused subjects are often the key to a good image and that requires a stationary camera. And yet there is a freedom and creative release that comes from deliberately moving the camera during an exposure.

Intentional Camera Movement or ICM is a style of shooting that results in very different and unique images. It’s called ‘swiping’ the camera in America, and that probably better describes the technique, in that you swipe the camera whilst taking a shot and it’s the movement of the camera (whether fast or slow is up to you) quite often coupled with a slower shutter speed that creates the effects.

Whilst there are no rules in how and what you do, it is still advisable to consider what your subject is. Strong colours work well, and well-defined lines can give you an idea of what direction to swipe your camera. Trees often make a good subject for ICM photos as do landscape and seascape shots. Static lights in the dark are also a good subject.

Your challenge this week is to experiment with Intentional Camera Movement!

#viewfinderschallenge
#viewfinderschallengeweek34

As ever, these challenges are to encourage new photography, so we ask you not to simply re-use your existing stock (unless necessary for the particular challenge).

And do please send in your images associated with these challenges – or your other activities as a Club Member. We will publish them on these pages.

E-mail them to viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk or rlduffill@gmail.com.

52 Week Photography Challenge 2022


DO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT US!

Hedon Viewfinders is Hedon’s (and surrounding areas’) 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 there or out and about on any particular week.

Subscribe to get the news from the club every time we update this website.

ALL WELCOME. Hedon Viewfinders Photography Club at the Haven Arms

A Smashing Time with Hedon Viewfinders!

The crashing together of one or more water-filled objects and capturing that collision and resulting spillage in a photo sounds like a crazy idea!

WELL…. perhaps not ‘smashing’ but certainly a crashing time! At Hedon Viewfinders on Wednesday 24 August 2022 we are going to practice an experiment popularised by YouTube tutor Gavin Hoey.

The crashing together of one or more water-filled objects and capturing that collision and resulting spillage sounds like a crazy idea! But as the video shows, there is much to learn about camera settings and the use of flash and other lighting.

This will be an indoor session but depending on the weather there are some related exercises/experiments we can do outside too.

Bring your cameras, flash if you’ve got one, and a tripod is always useful.

Hedon Viewfinders, Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon HU12 8HH on Wednesday 24 August 2022 at 7pm.

All Welcome! Free, Fun and Friendly photography club.


This week’s 52-Week Photography Challenge is Water and Glass!

Water and glass

DO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT US!

Hedon Viewfinders is Hedon’s (and surrounding areas’) 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 there or out and about on any particular week.

Subscribe to get the news from the club every time we update this website.

ALL WELCOME. Hedon Viewfinders Photography Club at the Haven Arms

“Hedon Viewfinders in Action!”

Taking photographs that show all aspects of the work of the Club… this replaces the meeting previously advertised.

OUR MEETING WEDNESDAY 17th AUGUST 2022 will now be a Practical Club Promotion Night.

The night will be a practical photography night which will aim to capture “Hedon Viewfinders in Action!” and result in photographs that show all aspects of the work of the Club.

It will be a creative night too as we set up scenes that show club members doing table-top photography, doing group work inside and out, etc, etc, and having fun. Our tripods, lights and kit can become props as well as practical tools. The night will also be a great opportunity to get a group shot of current members.

Viewfinders in action from 2017

Aspects of our club nights that we might set up scenes for, could be shadows, reflections, product photography and still life, panning, portraits, etc. If you want to bring along interesting props or costumes that we can use in the scenes, then please do.

“Hedon Viewfinders in Action!” – a Practical Club Promotion Night. Bring your cameras and kit.

Wednesday 17 August 2022, Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon HU12 8HH at 7pm.

Note: Our Presentation Night originally scheduled for Wed 17 August has now been postponed with a new date suggested of Wednesday 14 September 2022.


DO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT US!

Hedon Viewfinders is Hedon’s (and surrounding areas’) 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 there or out and about on any particular week.

Subscribe to get the news from the club every time we update this website.

ALL WELCOME. Hedon Viewfinders Photography Club at the Haven Arms

Paull Holme Tower visit

You need to let us know you are coming IN ADVANCE, please!

The 700-year-old Paull Holme Tower was once part of a grand manor house complex and is a Grade 1 listed ancient monument. It was opened to the public for the first time ever in September 2011 and quite simply was a wreck and classed by English Heritage as ‘at risk’ of being lost forever.

However, through the efforts of Simon Taylor, who bought the tower and pledged to do something with it, the monument was saved and funding secured to shore the building up and latterly to construct a new roof and restore the crenelations (battlements).

Hedon Viewfinders members first visited the tower as a club in 2016 before the construction work. This next visit by the club is on Wednesday (10 August 2022) and should allow us to see the work that has been done and afford some rooftop views to those braver members wishing to climb up to the top.

It will be a fascinating visit. However, because it is a very old building (it’s not a refined tourist attraction) then entry to the tower will be at members’ own risk. Should you choose not to enter then there are still some great photography opportunities to be had from the outside.

Members are advised to meet at Paull Holme Strays Nature Reserve car park in time for a 6.45pm short walk to the tower (we will arrange to ferry those to the site who find the 5-minute walk difficult – let us know in advance).

Directions to the Nature Reserve: From the A1033 follow the signs for Fort Paull and then head south on Thorngumbald Road. The entrance to the car park is on the right just less than a mile after St Andrew’s Church. Get there ready to leave for the walk to the tower by 6.45pm, please.

If you are planning to attend, and haven’t informed us already, then please email on viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk or rlduffill@gmail.com to confirm your intention to attend.


DO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT US!

Hedon Viewfinders is Hedon’s (and surrounding areas’) 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 there or out and about on any particular week.

Subscribe to get the news from the club every time we update this website.

ALL WELCOME. Hedon Viewfinders Photography Club at the Haven Arms

Preston Show Open Photography Competition and Showcase success

This is the second time we have staged the Open Photography event and it has been a fantastic success!

Preston Open Photography Competition (Showcase)

Following are the headlines from the Preston Show Open Photography Competition which was very much a showcase of photographers’ work and photography taking place in the local area:

BUILDING / LANDSACPES 39 Entries: 1st and Winner of the Photographer of the Year (POTY) trophy with his image of Withernsea Pier head Towers was SIMON DALLIMORE. Trophy and certificate presented by Vikki (representing the show’s charitable beneficiaries).


2nd Mountain Landscape (in portrait): KIM DALLIMORE.
3rd: Silhouette Big Wheel: ALAN PADGETT.

Also in this category was the winner of Young Photographer of the Year (YPOTY): ALEX DARCY.

We did not have a Commended award, but if we did then a photograph with that status would have been Hepworth Arcade by DAVE JEFFREY and Saltend by the club’s own youngest photographer OLIVIA PADGETT.

PEOPLE / PLACES 41 Entries: 1st (trophy winner) with character in Indian dress was KEITH MADDEN.
2nd Portrait in landscape of his grandaughter: PETER DOBBS.
3rd Person in giant deckchair: MAGGIE WINGFIELD.

This was a very closely-fought category with Hannah by MARTIN COOPER and Three Little Ducks in her favourite place by LYNN LEEDHAM all potentially in the top three. The adventurous and abstract approach of many of the young photographers was also noteworthy.

Open Photography People and Places

BEST ON MOBILE 28 Entries: 1st (trophy winner) with Pumpkins Scene was SANDRA WOOD.
2nd Dog nose and face close up: MICHELLE ATKINSON.
3rd Hoverfly on flower: CAROL CARRICK.

Other photographs to commend were Jellyfishes a square image by HANNAH PADGETT and Boy With Bubble by a currently unidentified photographer.

ANY WILDLIFE (Preston residents) with 11 Entries: 1st (trophy winner) with Squirrel: JANE JEFFREY.
2nd Sleeping cat/kitten: ALISHA HAYWARD.
3rd Seagull take off: LINDA McGOWAN.

Trophy Presentation: The presentation of certificates for winners took place on the day in the show marquee at 4.30pm. Those photographers present did receive their trophies then. But we have also invited winners to our own Club Presentation Night PROPOSED FOR WED 14th SEPTEMBER at the Haven Arms at 7pm. This will give us time to get the POTY and YPOTY trophies engraved. The Presentation event will also give us the chance to celebrate the work of those commended photographers too.

The organisers of Preston Show estimate that around 750 people will have visited the marquee between 1.30pm and 5.00pm to see all the show exhibits. With at least 119 entries, the photography categories were the most popular.

Many thanks to the Show organisers for facilitating the event and particularly Linda McGowan who helped secure the extra space we needed to show everyone’s photos. Particular thanks are extended to Mr Green of Holderness Academy for facilitating the involvement of students in the competition.

Notes:

The number of entries (119) is a minimum figure. The nature of the competition was that entries could be submitted up to 10.30am of the morning of the show – and the majority of entries were actually submitted that morning. As long as each photograph had a category and the photographer’s name on the back it was accepted. There simply was not the time to log each entry on a separate ticket/list which is what normally happens. Entries could be taken away again after 4pm and many were. Hence they were never counted in the total number of entries.

The event has demonstrated the interest in photography in the local area and the potential for growing this event each year. There is nothing like Preston Show Open Photography Competition in East Yorkshire.

We will discuss some of these club ideas for growing the event (which would be in partnership with the Preston Village Community Group) following the Presentation Event on the 17th August.

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