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.

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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.

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ALL WELCOME. Hedon Viewfinders Photography Club at the Haven Arms

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.

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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

Flat Lay Photography – Week 36 Challenge

WEEK 36 of the 52-week photography challenge is FLAT LAY PHOTOGRAPHY

A flat lay photograph is one shot on a flat surface as a background! Simple, eh? Deceptively simple! A flat lay is normally an image shot directly from above – a bird’s eye view of an arrangement of objects. Those objects are usually related to one another. Whilst the placement of the objects can be random and unorganised, the careful consideration of their positions can help create visually interesting compositions. The use of patterns and symmetry can help. The colours used can contribute to a pleasing look. The colour or texture of the flat surface, the ‘stage’ on which your subjects are placed, is also important to the final look.
Flat lays are a useful technique to use in product photography with creativity and lighting being key factors.
This week, enjoy creating your flat lay images!

#viewfinderschallenge
#viewfinderschallengeweek36

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.

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MACRO night – Wednesday 7 September 2022

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 ul (carefully!) as a subject, then please do. But we will have some props to play with.

Whilst this is a focus on Light Bulbs and Lamps, if you do want to bring along other subjects to photograph (coins, jewellery, etc), please do.

Macro or close-up Photography – a focus on lamps/bulbs: 7pm on Wednesday 7 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

Week 33 Challenge – Get creative with water and glass!

Another creative photography challenge from Hedon Viewfinders.

WEEK 33
WATER AND GLASS
What can you create with a glass container and water? These might be simple props, but your imagination could take you anywhere!
When you are photographing glass then care and attention needs to be taken to the effects of reflection and refraction (how light bends and distorts an image); you can seek to use these to your advantage, or seek to eliminate them.
This is a creative challenge. But use it to observe and study the effects of lighting too.

#viewfinderschallenge
#viewfinderschallengeweek33

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

Rule of Odds – Week 32 Challenge!

This week, we want you to have odd thinking…. that old chestnut!

THE RULE OF ODDS like all photography rules is not a rule at all, but a guide to better practice (possibly) and aid to creative thinking.

The rule of odds suggests that, whenever possible, a composition should have an odd number of objects, rather than an even number. So an image should have three bottles rather than two, and five people rather than four.

Psychologists suggest that our brains pay more attention to groups of 3, 5 and 7 than 2, 4 and 6. Now whether you agree with this is not that important – but it can help you think about your composition and placement of elements within your viewfinder/frame.

So this week, we want you to have odd thinking – use the rule of odds in your images this week.

#viewfinderschallenge
#viewfinderschallengeweek32

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.

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Interactive Shadows – Week 30 Challenge

WEEK 30: This takes our Week 3 Challenge and adds new challenges!

WEEK 30 of the 52-Week Photography Challenge – INTERACTIVE SHADOWS.

Look out for shadows whether cast by sunlight or cast by a human light source. See how they fall and where they fall. Are there opportunities for those shadows to interact with the real world and create something unusual?

This can be a challenge inspired by observing shadows lit by sunlight or fixed light sources, or by intentionally creating shadows. With sunlight, there are elongated shadows cast when the sun is low in the sky (as we observed in Week 3).

But with your own shadow creations comes the confidence of knowing exactly where the shadows will fall so you can control and manipulate them. And then you can introduce a new element to make your shadows interactive. You can then choose to further manipulate your image in post editing.

Your Challenge – Create images with interactive shadows.

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.

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Other Club News:

Open Photography Competition – business and practical photography session.

Wednesday’s meeting (27 July) will concentrate on Preparations for the Open Photography Competition which is a really good opportunity to promote photography and the club.

We’ll talk about entries, plus we can use the Photography Challenges and the Facebook Game Challenges to take some practical photographs which could be your entry to the competition!

Back Garden Astronomy.

On Wednesday 3 August we will look at Back Garden Astronomy with Doug Sharpe. Doug’s presentation will look at the kit and equipment needed for astrophotography. And we will see some of the photographic results you can achieve.

Hedon Viewfinders Meetings take place every Wednesday at the Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon HU12 8HH at 7pm. Check out our Key Dates.

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

Open Photography Competition and 52-Week Photography Challenge

Hedon Viewfinders photography club has sponsored the OPEN PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION once again…

Open Photography Competition 2022.

This year’s Open Photography Competition takes place and will be judged on Saturday 6 August at the Preston Show and Family Fun Day at the Nag’s Head.

Hedon Viewfinders photography club has sponsored the competition once again with trophies for the winners of the categories, and trophies for the Photographer of the Year and Young Photographer of the Year.

There are three categories – you can submit one print in each category:

  • People and Places
  • Buildings and Landscape
  • Best Photo taken on a Mobile Phone

One category has been reserved just for residents of Preston parish only to enter:

  • Any Wildlife.

Your prints (no mounting and framing) can be up to a maximum size of A4 (210 x 297 mm / 8.3 x 11.7 inches). 

Prints (in protective sleeves please to keep them clean) can be sent in advance to Hedon Viewfinders c/o 6 Johnson Court, Hedon, HU12 8EF or dropped into any Hedon Viewfinders meeting on a Wednesday evening from 6.45pm – 7pm at the Haven Arms, Hedon.

Or you can bring them in on the morning of the Preston Show at the Nag’s Head, Sproatley Road, Preston BEFORE 10.30am on SATURDAY 6 AUGUST 2022.

Week 27 of 52-Week Photography Challenge

IT’S WEEK 27 of the 52-Week Photography Challenge! We are over halfway through the year now! Well done for sticking with us – and “Welcome!” to those who have joined us during the last 6 months. The aim of the Photography Challenge is to challenge yourself and get into the useful habit and routine of taking photographs regularly and with purpose.

WEEK 27 – SYMMETRY AND PATTERNS
Look for symmetry and patterns in both the natural and human-made world.
Symmetry in photography refers to two parts of an image with a similar, if not identical shape, structure or format. Symmetry in a photograph creates a visual sense of harmony, balance and order that appeals to the viewer’s eyes.
The repetition of lines, shapes, tones, or colours can create interesting images. Also, look for those instances where the pattern or symmetry is broken; these asymmetrical elements can add an interesting factor to your photograph.
Your challenge – use symmetry and patterns to create stronger photographs.

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.

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Weekly Personal Challenge

This week’s personal challenge photo game is open for voting. The album is on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1700170630346991&type=3

Remember voting is as follows, 👍🏻=1 ❤️=2. 😲=3. Voting ends at 7pm on Wednesday evening 6 July.


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

It’s RED WEEK with Hedon Viewfinders.

IT’S RED WEEK in a week that looks like it is going to be red hot for our holiday next weekend – and check out about our red hot speakers on the next two Wednesdays…

WEEK 24
IT’S RED WEEK

Whether it is an image dominated by Red, or just a subtle but important hint of the colour, your challenge this week is to celebrate Redness! Of course, there are various shades of red, in fact, every hue and saturation imaginable between black and white; so you have lots to work with. Red is also an important mood colour representing different things in different cultures.
Your challenge – explore all things red in your photos!

Red Week photography examples

Don’t forget to use the hashtags on social media:
#ViewfindersChallenge #ViewfindersChallengeWeek24

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.

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Bridlington Holiday – Fri 17 – Sun 19 June

With lots going on in Bridlington at the Weekend, our Club Holiday looks set to be an exciting time for those members going.

There will be a special ‘This is Bridlington’ Photography Challenge, a trip to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, participation in the ‘Race the Waves’ weekend, a Steam Punk Fair and lots more besides. But also comfort in knowing that you are surrounded by other photography enthusiasts to help and support your photography meaning it will be a thouroughly enjoyable, memorable and instructive holiday! And the weather looks good too (although no for my moody seascapes perhaps!? – Ray).

Inspired? Want to come along? There is still time to book. Contact us.


The Deep – Photography Competition 2022

The Deep aquarium in Hull is organising its first-ever photography competition based on photography taken in the iconic building that will showcase the resident creaturess and their habitats.

Entries: You can submit up to 3 images and there are categories for juniors (under 16s) and adults. The winners of the competition will have their work featured in The Deep 2023 Calendar.

  • In the spirit of the competition, entrants must not be professional photographers. This is defined as someone who makes more than half of their annual income from the sale of their work.
  • The competition is open to entrants who are members of photography clubs.

The deadline for entries is midnight Wednesday 31 August 2022.

More at: The Deep – Photography Competition 2022.


Check out about our meetings:

See Mike Covell on “East Yorkshire Defences in World Wars 1 and 2” and the fascinating talk by Dave Prideaux who presents a selection of his restored and digitised images and some of his aerial photography from his days as a pilot.

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

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