Merry Christmas! – And yes, looking forward to 2021

A MERRY CHRISTMAS to all subscribers from Hedon Viewfinders. This photo was taken by Jim Uney via a Christmas album on our active Club Facebook group page.

A MERRY CHRISTMAS to all subscribers from Hedon Viewfinders. This photo was taken by Jim Uney and submitted via a Christmas album on our Facebook group page. It depicts St. Augustine’s Church, Hedon during the ‘Big Freeze’ of 2010.

The year 2020 year started off so promising with club meetings on Panning, Light Painting and sparkly light bulbs. In February we had a Club Photography Holiday Trip to ‘Shakespeare Country’ with ten of us taking part. I remember thinking at the time that 10 was not actually very many of us – but what a luxury it was meeting with 10 photography friends considering that very soon due to the pandemic gatherings of that size would be banned. Yes, 2020 will be remembered as the Year of COVID-19 and the misery and restrictions that ensued.

Hedon Viewfinders cancelled its meetings due to the first lockdown in March and a small hardcore group of members opted to continue meeting via Zoom video conferencing. These online meetings were held twice a week with a Club Night on Wednesdays and a Happy Hour social evening on a Saturday. Happy Hours became longer, more complex and more fun as the weeks in isolation went by. We had themed quizzes e.g. Mexican and Irish nights, Music and Video presentations, a Murder, Mystery Night and our very own version of the Eurovision Song Contest. A special mention must be given to Nigel and Wendy Robson (aka Bonnier Logs and Bonny Dowser) for spending many hours preparing quizzes and online games for us to enjoy.

Also during the first lockdown, we held our Daily Tasks photographic challenges which helped keep members occupied during a particularly bad time spent for many of us in isolation.

As the first lockdown came to an end the Club began to meet tentatively again under the Government’s ‘Rule of 6’ guidelines. Our six-people ‘weekly workshops’ approach allowed meetings and the opportunity to practice and experiment with our photography. The Club wishes to give its thanks to the Haven Arms for the continuing support in facilitating these meetings – Thank You, Mark and Alison! We look forward to better times and returning to the pub for weekly meetings and events sometime in 2021. In the meantime, we encourage members to support the pub in these difficult times by using their takeaway meals service. Contact them via private message on Facebook or telephone on 07845 191 366.

We now look forward to 2021 with some optimism for a return to a more normal life later in the year. We want to ensure the club remains relevant to you and your passion for photography so if you do have ideas for things that the club might do – now or in the future – then please do get in touch.

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FINALLY, we wish you all the best for 2021 – keep safe, enjoy your photography, make great images and can’t wait to invite you to our first ‘normal’ meet-up at some point in the New Year!

Looking for a New Year challenge? Well, you could go down the Weekly or Daily Challenge routes, or set your own personal project.

Here’s an idea “Hunt the Alphabet”. Find things to photograph that look like a letter from A – Z . This idea comes from Janet Bucknall a few years ago when she used a set of photos to spell the word HEDON. But we’ll add the rule ‘no actual letters’ allowed!

When you’ve collected your 26 photographs you might want to find a way to present them, perhaps in a grid and post them as one photo. As you see and take your photos of each individual letter, send them to us here to post as an encouragement to others #alphabet

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Addressing the World with what3words

Santa’s Grotto Photos – Hedon Christmas Lights 2019

Father Christmas saw over 100 children at Hedon Christmas Lights Night on Friday 29 November. The Elves are currently working on bringing the photos to parents, grandparents and carers. Please keep watching this page for more information…

Hedon Viewfinders is proud to support the Hedon Mayor’s Charity by working with him and Father Christmas to take photos at Santa’s Grotto on Friday 29 November.

Father Christmas saw over 100 children and we are currently working on bringing the photos to parents, grandparents and carers.

Please keep watching this page for more information…

  1. If you’ve tried emailing viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk for your photo, but don’t receive a reply after 24 hours, then try emailing rlduffill@gmail.com instead.

And MERRY CHRISTMAS from all at Hedon Viewfinders. 

Hedon Viewfinders Club News Autumn 2019

Events.

Team Picture Quiz:
The next meeting takes place on Wednesday 2 October 2019 and is a Team Picture Quiz. A social event, this will involve splitting up into teams to help solve the answers to the ‘what’ and ‘where’ picture clues. Photos of unusual places and taken from unusual angles, your team will have to work out the answers. Devised by Glenn Stallard, who was also responsible for planning the very enjoyable Team Scavenger Hunt earlier this year, it promises to be lots of fun! Meet for 7pm start at the Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon HU12 8HH.

Santa’s Grotto:
Once again we’ve been asked to do the Father Christmas grotto photographs at Hedon Christmas Lights at Hedon Town Hall on Friday, 29 November 2019. This is something that Hedon Viewfinders has done for the last couple of years in collaboration with Hedon Town Council. It raises money for the Mayor’s charity on the town’s busiest night of the year. Hopefully, it’s going to be a team event again and a great opportunity for members to join in both the fun of the picture-taking and also the organisation of the event on the night i.e. liaison with the families and children – it’s very busy! Anyone can get involved, it’s a great chance to practice portrait photography even if it’s not your normal genre, and of course, you’ll be part of the great Christmas atmosphere. Any offers of help appreciated – volunteers need to be available between 4pm and 9pm (but we can organise shifts if we get enough volunteers). As mentioned previously, it’s a busy night, but it is a great deal of fun. If you can volunteer on the night contact Ray at viewfinders-ttl@gmx.com soon, please.

Christmas Party:
Speaking of Christmas, the last meeting of the year is our Christmas Party on Wednesday 11 December 2019. It’ll be a hot buffet format (rather than a sit-down meal) with our own Christmas party entertainment and fun.  Costs will be £10 per head. Invite your partners/friends. Monies/bookings will be collected at our meetings or contact us to make other arrangements.

Joint Meeting with Young Farmers:
An early ‘heads-up’ for next year. We are holding a joint practical photography session (props and experimentation) with this youth organisation on Wednesday 29 January 2020 at 7pm. This is not our normal Wednesday session and will be held in a different venue. Watch out for further details nearer the date.

Programme for 2020:
We are now seeking YOUR IDEAS as to our PROGRAMME FOR 2020. What would you like to see the Club doing in the New Year? Do let us know your ideas for meetings (practicals and speakers), events and field trips.

Other events news – It’s HIP Festival in October (4th – 27th). Putting Hull on the international map for photography!

Submissions (including photographs) are now invited for the Ferens Open Exhibition 2020. Deadline 6th October 2019.

Volunteer.

Exhibitions Coordinator:
The Club is looking for a volunteer who can take the lead responsibility for arranging the club exhibitions. We have some exciting opportunities for working with community partners to hold some innovative exhibitions in the New Year. This role involves working with other members, venues and organisations to provide opportunities for the Club to display its members’ work. You don’t necessarily need experience (although that would be beneficial) as we have the expertise within the group to help, but we need a named-person and contact, a person with imagination and drive, who can coordinate the process of staging an exhibition from concept to realisation.
We’ll have some informal discussions about this role over the next few weeks, with a view to starting in the New Year. But do make contact if you are interested.

Constructive Critique and Printing.

Print Circle:
Is anyone interested in forming a self-help Print Circle? This would need about 10 people to work (and to keep it manageable) who would meet perhaps once a quarter to look at a print from each of its members with a view to offering constructive critique on each image and advise on the quality of the printing. The idea would be to improve our photography and print presentation. I think this would be really useful to those who aspire to enter more competitions, exhibitions or go for distinctions. We could look at using the Haven Arms on Tuesday nights for this. If this proves to be useful, then there is nothing to stop us from setting up more than one Print Circle. Again do make contact if you are interested.

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

Hedon Viewfinders Key Dates at a glance

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New 2019

Our first meeting of 2019 takes place on Wednesday 9 January, 7pm at the Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon, HU12 8HH and will be a ‘Props Night – a chance to experiment’.

MERRY CHRISTMAS Hedon Viewfinders and all the very best for 2019.

We have had an interesting year and most of you will have your favourite sessions, meetings or field trips to remember. In particular I enjoyed our Film Noir night when we relied very much on people bringing along their own props, kit and lights and we managed to create some great images from the constructed scenes. Others have expressed how much they enjoyed the talk from the Crime Scenes Investigator, and the unique presentation we had on the medieval Paull Holme Tower and our unique look at the place when its new battlements were restored. The trip to Hull Fair provided a great opportunity for some creative photography as did our Graffiti Hunt around the ‘Bankside Gallery’ and other sites. Our Halloween ‘dry ice’ night continues to be popular. If you have your favourites from 2018, then do let us know, because we hope to provide similar photographic opportunities in the New Year, plus running some of these favourites again.

As an informal club we don’t charge membership fees, so we do very much rely on our community of ‘member’ photographers to pull events off and to stage our events. So a massive ‘thank you’ to you all for your goodwill and participation which makes Hedon Viewfinders such a successful and enjoyable group to belong to. Our byline ‘free, fun and friendly’ is very fitting I believe.

Our first meeting of 2019 takes place on Wednesday 9 January, 7pm at the Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon, HU12 8HH and will be a ‘Props Night – a chance to experiment’.

Bring in your interesting objects (ornaments, toys, instruments, flowers, etc) and interesting kit and create and share some photographic opportunities.

If you need to get in early to set your prop up and claim table space, we’ll be open from 6:30pm. Some of the photo opportunities we could set up are: – water/liquid drops or splash photography, mixing of oil and water effects, bubbles, some macro, polariser effects, rainy windows, lensballs and other optical props – and towards the end of the night some smoke photography? This is very much a chance to experiment – and if there is something you would really like to try, but don’t know where to start – then do get in touch and we’ll see what we can arrange!

EXHIBITION 2019 – Just a reminder – the theme for our Exhibition for next year Wed April 24th to Sat June 15th at Hedon Museum is “Hedon”. We want images that stand out; offer a different perspective perhaps, but also reflect the various skills and genres enjoyed by those in Viewfinders. There will be a category for best images taken on a mobile phone (includes iPad, tablet, etc) too. New original work.

Due to limited space this year we will have to initiate a selection process for images submitted. This is just an EARLY NOTICE so you can start planning/taking your shots. More information in the New Year.

Wed 9 January, 7pm @ Haven Arms, Hedon. First meeting of 2019.

Hedon Viewfinders will interest photographers of all levels; regardless of ability, whatever image making device kit or equipment you own. Novices particularly encouraged. Hedon’s free, fun and friendly photography group.