“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”.

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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.

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Paul Berriff – An Extraordinary Life Behind the Camera.

Destined to be our biggest meeting of the year on Wed 17 April 2019. This is an advanced notification to Viewfinders with an opportunity to book tickets. “Paul Berriff – An Extraordinary Life Behind the Camera”.

Destined to be our biggest meeting of the year on Wed 17 April 2019. For a taste of what to expect – listen to the Sally Fairfax show recorded live on BBC Radio Humberside on Thursday 4th April. Interview starts 2.17 hours in:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p072r30h

“Paul Berriff – An Extraordinary Life Behind the Camera”.

‘Hedon Viewfinders – Through the Lens’ photographic club, in collaboration with Hedon Museum, is privileged to have BAFTA-winning documentary maker, photographer and film director Paul Berriff, OBE, speaking at its meeting on Wednesday 17th April 2019.

Paul Berriff with the camera he used to photograph The Beatles.

Paul Berriff began his career working as a press photographer in 1960’s Leeds, and was doing ‘street photography’ before that phrase was regularly coined. His press pass also gave him access backstage to local live-music venues where he could meet and photograph the performers, many who later went on to achieve pop and rock star status. His immaculate black and white photographs of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Roy Orbison and other legends have now become collectors’ items. The images, having been stored in an attic for 40 years as negatives, have been lovingly redeveloped and have only quite recently been exhibited for the first time in their full glory. Many of these iconic artworks will be on display at an exhibition at the Hedon Museum from April 24 to June 15, which are the same dates as Hedon Viewfinders own exhibition at the Museum.

It is, however, as a documentary film maker that Paul Berriff is better known, He has produced over 180 prime-time major network television documentaries. In 1988 he won the BAFTA Award for his coverage of the 1988 Piper Alpha disaster, which featured in his ITV series ‘Rescue’. In 2017 he was awarded the Guild of Television Cameramen Award for Continued Excellence in Cinematography.

Paul has also had the most extraordinary life experiences, which in the broadcasting industry has earned him the nickname, the “Indiana Jones of Television”. He has survived a major helicopter crash, leapt to safety from a sinking ship during a North Sea gale, and escaped death in Nicaragua when a volcano erupted around him. Miraculously, he also survived the collapse of New York’s Twin Towers on 9/11, where he was filming at the foot of the South tower at the very moment it collapsed. Having been knocked out and buried under debris, he was the very first casualty stretchered into the make-shift medical facility set up for the victims. Despite his camera having being buried and burned, Paul managed to retrieve it whilst searching for missing colleagues. The dramatic footage retrieved, is some of the most powerful recorded of this horrific event on that terrible day.

The meeting will be an opportunity for Paul Berriff to recount some of his remarkable life experiences behind the camera including seeing some of his unique images and videos.

Paul Berriff – An Extraordinary Life Behind the Camera.
Wed 17 April 2019
Hosted by Hedon Viewfinders Photographic Club in collaboration with Hedon Museum
Haven Arms Restaurant & Bar
Havenside
Hedon
HU12 8HH
7pm
Tickets available now. £5 (£4 to our regular attendees at meetings). Get the date in your diaries!

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Club News and Torquay Trip

Meetings

Hedon Viewfinders meets every fortnight on Wednesdays at the Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon HU12 8HH. Our next meetings, all starting at 7pm, are:

Wed 20 February – Show & Tell and optional Constructive Criticism.
Wed 6 March
Wed 20 March – Talk on War Photography, Nigel Walker. A collection will be taken.
Wed 3 April – Deadline for Image Selection for our Annual Exhibition (24 April – 15 June)
Wed 17 April – Paul Berriff OBE an opportunity to hear about the extraordinary life of this award-winning photographer and documentary film-maker. Tickets soon to be available £5.
Wed 1 May
Wed 15 May

We are always after YOUR IDEAS for subjects, themes and experiments for our meetings. Get in touch!

Torquay and The English Riviera 

Learning about seascapes (Isle of Wight).

As well as our meetings which aim to be a mix of both practical and instructional content, we also aim to provide opportunities to get out and about with our cameras, visit exhibitions, attend events of interest, and to take photographs in the company of other enthusiastic photographers. Our outings might be an hour catching a sunset somewhere, full day trips, or indeed a fully-fledged photo holiday.

On Friday 7 June 2019 we are taking part in a 4-day trip to Torquay and the English Riviera as part of a National Holidays breakaway. This is the latest in such trips which have seen us visiting Liverpool (inc The Terracotta Warriors exhibition), Durham, and the Isle of Wight amongst other places. The advantage of these trips is that you can focus as much time as you want on taking photographs of interesting places and people, and concentrate on your composition, technique, etc, in the knowledge that everyone else with you is keen to do the same.

The Torquay 4-day Special Breakaway with National Holidays coaches costs £149 includes an excursion to Dartmouth and whilst we can’t guarantee the weather, offers both beautiful seaviews and landscapes to capture. Includes three nights dinner, bed & breakfast. Evening entertainment in the hotel. Interested? Get in touch and we’ll send you further information and the holiday reference number.

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

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Light painting night at Hedon Viewfinders – Wed 23 Jan 2019

Light painting night:

After the success and enjoyment of our last light painting night, we are having another go at our next meeting on Wednesday 23 January 2019 at the Haven Arms (Havenside, Hedon, HU12 8HH) starting at 7pm. The main light painting exercises will take place outside, but we have alternative ideas should the weather be too bad.

Dramatic shots are available remarkably easily on cameras where you can control shutter speed, aperture and ISO, but mounting on a tripod is recommended. However, at our last session, members also got good shots on mobile phones too.

Glenn Stallard will be leading the session and his advice is to “Wrap up warm! And there’ll be advice for members on which camera settings to use.”

Exhibition 2019:

The Hedon Viewfinders exhibition 2019 takes place from Wednesday April 24 to Saturday June 15 at the Hedon Museum. The theme of the Exhibition is “Hedon” and we are asking members to submit original and new work that reveals the ancient town in a new light. Prints (approximately 20-30) to be displayed in the exhibition are likely to be framed and mounted up to 50x40cm but we will issue further advice on this. For those members from Hull and surrounding towns and villages, we will organise some Hedon photo walks, and otherwise issue guidance on getting your shots of the town; its characteristics, flora and fauna, features and people, etc.

We will be exhibiting downstairs at the Hedon Museum whilst upstairs will be an exhibition by Paul Berriff OBE of his iconic photos from the 1960’s. Paul is an award-winning photographer and documentary film maker – and I’m pleased to announce that Paul will be speaking at a Hedon Viewfinders special meeting on Wednesday 17 April on his extraordinary life experiences. This will be ticketed event and should not be missed!

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.

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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.

Light Painting Night – Photography fun in the dark!

HEDON VIEWFINDERS meets again on Wednesday 14 November 2018 and our theme for the evening is “Light Painting” or playing with light! 7pm at The Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon, HU12 8HH.

HEDON VIEWFINDERS meets again on Wednesday 14 November 2018 and our theme for the evening is “Light Painting” or playing with light!

Lots of special effects images can be created when light sources are moved in the dark. And at the Haven Arms on Wednesday (starting at 7pm) we are going to experiment (inside, and outside weather permitting) with the techniques behind creating these photos.

light painting
Photo: Glenn Stallard

Light painting, painting with light, light drawing, or light art performance photography are terms that describe photographic techniques of moving a light source while taking a long exposure photograph, either to illuminate a subject or space, or to shine light at the camera to ‘draw’, or by moving the camera itself during exposure of light sources.

Never done this before? Then come along to Viewfinders and have a go! Our meetings aim to be fun, whilst learning more about photography.

Hedon Viewfinders
WEDNESDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2018
At the Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon, HU12 8HH.
Get there for 7pm for a prompt start.
Free, fun and friendly photography club.
ALL WELCOME

Photos: Glenn Stallard.

Hedon Viewfinders will interest photographers of all levels; regardless of ability, whatever image making device you own (whether camera or phone), whatever your kit or equipment. Novices particularly encouraged.
Hedon’s free, fun and friendly photography group.
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Fun & Spooky Photography Night at Hedon Viewfinders

The next meeting of Hedon Viewfinders is on Wednesday, October 31 (Halloween 2018). The meeting will have a definitely “Fun & Spooky” theme using dry ice (fog) and smoke to create photo opportunities.

The next meeting of Hedon Viewfinders is on Wednesday, October 31 (Halloween 2018). The meeting will have a definitely “Fun & Spooky” theme using dry ice (fog) and smoke to create photo opportunities.

The club meets at the Haven Arms, Havenside in Hedon at 7pm fortnightly on Wednesdays. We are a free, fun and friendly place to learn all about photography, cameras, settings, and kit. Open to all regardless of ability, kit or camera owned – those with camera phones are very welcome.

Photo: From last year’s Spooky night.

Hedon Viewfinders Club News

WE’VE got quite a busy period coming up at Hedon Viewfinders – some headline news and dates to note:

  • Wed 3 October 7pm – Club meeting, Haven Arms: Creating Light Trails – practical. Outdoors (weather dependent) and Video/Talk.
  • End of Hull Fair

    Wed 10 October, Hull Fair Trip. Meet 6:30pm outside the Parkers pub (Anlaby Road end of Walton Street) 6:30pm (always weather dependent!) – There is another option that night – a structured workshop visit as part of HIP Fest (fee charged), in addition to our own walkabout and photo shoot. We did our walk on the same night last year and makes for a great atmosphere for photographers around the fair.

  • NB: We may want to do the Sunday ‘end of fair’ again on Sunday 14th!?
  • Wed 17 October, 7pm. Club meeting and photo shoot at St. Augustine’s Church, Hedon.
  • Wed 31 October – our famous ‘Dry Ice and Smoke’ night!
  • Wed 28 November – Crime Scene Investigations.

With the opportunities to get involved with HIP Fest (5 – 28 October), another Graffiti Hunt (photo walk and drive), and the York Balloon Fiesta – it makes for interesting times.

And remember we always aim to make our events open to all and are mindful that photography can be an expensive hobby, so we make efforts to provide things free or at cost.

The free, fun and friendly photography club. Open to all regardless of kit or ability. Attendance not restricted in any way. You don’t have to be a ‘member’ to enjoy photography.

Viewfinders Meet-up – Team Challenge event!

HEDON Viewfinders next meets on Wednesday, September 5 2018 at the Haven Arms, Havenside, in Hedon. The Meet-up will include a special Team Challenge event which will offer some fast and furious fun whilst challenging each of us, with our team’s support, to come up with a different approach to photographing something.

HEDON Viewfinders next meets 7pm on Wednesday, September 5 2018 at the Haven Arms, Havenside, in Hedon. The Meet-up will include a special Team Challenge event which will offer some fast and furious fun whilst challenging each of us, with our team’s support, to come up with a different approach to photographing something.

Those present will form into evenly-matched teams and each will be faced with the same set of challenges to photograph subjects or objects – you will be racing against the clock, and each team member needs to have taken their own distinctive photograph from each challenge; the outcome of each will be a team set of images.

This is something different for Viewfinders and promises to be a fascinating exercise that depends on us all taking photographs; so bring your cameras and kit lenses.

The aim will be to reveal each Team-set of photographs at our next meeting on the 19 September and decide on the winning team entry.

The meeting will also update members on progress with our funding campaign and discuss our major new prize competition.

All Welcome. Attendance is not restricted in anyway. Free, fun and friendly!

Hedon Viewfinders will interest photographers of all levels regardless of ability, image making device (whether camera or phone), kit or equipment. Novices particularly encouraged. Hedon’s free, fun and friendly photography group.
CONTACT US for more information.

Viewfinders Network Meeting – Wed 22 August 2018

WED 22 AUG is the date of the Hedon Viewfinders Network Meeting. Starting at 7pm, Haven Arms, it is an opportunity for photographers to come together to make links with each other, discuss cameras and settings, and talk about anything to do with photography and promoting photography. Also to find out a bit more about Hedon Viewfinders. Free, fun & friendly photography club.

WED 22 AUG is the date of our Hedon Viewfinders Network Meeting. Starting at 7pm at the Haven Arms this is an opportunity for photographers to come together to make links with each other, discuss cameras and settings, and talk about anything to do with photography and promoting photography.

Small selection of the library of books we have had donated for club use

Hundreds of the club’s photography magazines will be made available for people to browse and take away (bring them back at a future meeting) for a small donation. We’ll also have our large collection of photography books available to browse too. The books, like the magazines, have all been donated to the club over the last two years.

Buying, selling & swapping. Such a Network event also provides an opportunity for people to bring along any surplus camera kit with a view to arranging your own private sales or swapping with others in attendance.

It is also a chance to talk with other photographers about subjects and issues of common interest; an opportunity to get the support of others for an idea for an event, trip, or project perhaps?

A group of club members met last Tuesday to discuss fundraising ideas, particularly those which also promote photography, so we will outline some of those ideas at the event (includes, amongst others, the idea of a major calendar competition, a photography fete, and a fundraising stall). We’ll outline our plans to purchase our own exhibition boards.

Being part of the local community, the club has also been invited to get involved with several local charity initiatives which involve opportunities to practice different areas of photography. We will be seeking volunteers!

In a relaxed, informal setting – we expect this Network Meeting to be a very productive event.

All Welcome. Attendance is not restricted in anyway. Free, fun and friendly!