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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Meetings and Workshops update

At our BOOKABLE workshops INSIDE at the Haven Arms, we have to continue to limit to less than six people. Participants will need to WEAR A FACE COVERING when not sat down. However, we are not restricted to Wednesdays but can use the facilities at other times too.

UPDATE ON MEET-UPS: Covid-19 restrictions.

At our BOOKABLE workshops INSIDE at the Haven Arms, we have to continue to limit to less than six people. Participants will need to WEAR A FACE COVERING when not sat down. However, we are not restricted to Wednesdays but can use the facilities at other times too. OUTDOORS activities are legally limited up to six people as well.

Within these restrictions, we can continue to gather for bookable activities. We are developing a list of what hopefully will be interesting workshops, some of which are available to book now.

Light-sculpturing.

On Wednesday 30 September the workshop will look at Light Sculpturing; using longer exposures, a darkened room and torches to paint ethereal light on subjects. Inspired by the work of US photographer Harold Ross.

Long Exposure workshops.

Night photography – groups up to six. Book in advance and participants will arrange the session between themselves to ensure convenient dates and shooting conditions.

Daylight long-exposures. Including use of Neutral Density filters. Groups of between 3 and 6 depending on subject and location. Currently looking to create a Waterfalls group.

Flour-bombing.

Based on an event seen at The Photography Show, this experimental workshop will light a subject/model whilst throwing flour in the background with colourful lights illuminating the ‘explosion’ of flour. Messy – So will be doing it outside so weather dependent. This is taking place on Wed 7 October 2020 but will be repeated because of the interest.

All Workshops MUST be booked in advance. More information and booking (click here).

Other news: A new YouTube channel started this year and is highly recommended. Of interest to photographers of all abilities, Photography Online publishes monthly on the last Sunday of the month. Do subscribe to the channel and watch the earlier monthly episodes from January.

We are the only 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.

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A Choice of Two Photography Workshops each week – Wed 23 and Wed 30 September 2020

On Wednesday, 23 September and Wednesday 30 September at 7pm, we are offering a choice between TWO WORKSHOPS each week, at TWO DIFFERENT LOCATIONS. Anti-COVID-19 measures apply.

For our next CLUB EVENTS on Wednesday, 23 September and Wednesday 30 September at 7pm, we are offering a choice between TWO WORKSHOPS each week, at TWO DIFFERENT LOCATIONS.

The LONG-EXPOSURE workshop will take place in Hull City Centre and the REFLECTIONS workshop will be re-run at our Haven Arms base in Hedon.

Each workshop will have FIVE PARTICIPANTS and the WORKSHOP LEADER only.  Both will be perfect for beginners, and refreshers for more experienced photographers. We particularly want to encourage members who haven’t been for a while.

Please complete the online booking form and visit that webpage for more information. ** MUST BE BOOKED IN TO TAKE PART **

#NOTE: COVID-19 restrictions. Up to 6 people only. Social-distancing and contact & trace measures apply to all workshops. Unfortunately, we can’t offer any ‘hands-on’ advice with your kit, only verbal.

Booking form available here:  Workshops and activities – booking essential.

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Reflections Workshop and Challenge – the ‘rule of 6’

Want to register for the REFLECTIONS workshop on Wed 16 September? It’s free and aimed to be a learning or just fun photography experience. Complete the online form…

For Wednesday 16 September 2020 (our first GROUP OF SIX workshop with only six people booked in advance and taking part), the workshop challenge night is on the theme of REFLECTIONS. The twig drops photography is something the Club did last year, but for Wednesday, we hope to try some new ideas incorporating mirrors/reflective surfaces; things that we’ve not done before.

We need six people to register interest for Wednesday’s reflections challenge group workshop (complete online form below). If there’s more than six interested we can simply repeat the workshop at a later date and on a different night to a Wednesday if participants wish.

And as mentioned previously, we are open to any ideas from members about the theme, genre, etc. for club nights/activities/workshops whilst working in a socially-distanced way under the rule of 6. Contact us with your ideas.

It is also proposed setting up a Home and Tabletop Challenge Group from Wednesday’s meeting. This same group of six people, or another group of six formed from the membership, will seek to arrange and tackle photography projects of an interesting, experimental or learning nature – perhaps acquiring skills or trying out ideas you’ve seen demonstrated in the magazines or online. It will aim to encourage members to learn and try new things to improve their photography.

This new challenge group could set challenge competitions for the wider membership to take part in online on our Facebook and Flickr groups!?

Want to register for the REFLECTIONS workshop on Wed 16 September? It’s free and aimed to be a learning or just fun photography experience. Complete the online form:

#NOTE: Social-distancing and contact & trace measures apply to all workshops.

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Shadows and Silhouettes – creative photography

Our photography subject for our Wednesday 2 September 2020 meet-up at Haven Arms, Hedon, is ‘Shadows and Silhouettes – how to be creative with them’.

Our photography subject for our Wednesday 2 September 2020, 7pm meet-up at Haven Arms, Hedon, is ‘Shadows and Silhouettes – how to be creative with them’.

Shadows are cast by the subject. Silhouettes are backlit. New to photography? We’ll help you use your camera creatively.

We hope to be outside using the setting sun as our light source weather permitting, but will be indoors with flashes and props otherwise.

Wednesday’s activity is part of a regular weekly programme of activities that will now be organised from or at our base at the Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon. We will be primarily using the outside area of the pub for activities but have the option to gather indoors during inclement weather – and of course, we can benefit from refreshments at the pub!

#NOTE: Social-distancing and contact & trace measures apply.

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Learn about ‘remote photography’ at Hedon Viewfinders

For Wednesday’s meeting (19th August, Haven Arms, 7pm) we’re going to be looking at and demonstrating everything to do with REMOTE PHOTOGRAPHY i.e. ways to fire your shutter or another photography device without actually pressing the button on your camera!

For Wednesday’s meeting (19th August, Haven Arms, 7pm) we’re going to be looking at and demonstrating everything to do with REMOTE PHOTOGRAPHY i.e. ways to fire your shutter or another photography device without actually pressing the button on your camera!

We’ll aim to look at methods including cables, wireless, smartphone apps and other specialist means of operating the camera from a distance.

Note: We’re not able to offer any ‘hands-on’ with any kit due to social-distancing and COVID restrictions applying, but the session will serve to show people what methods are available. If you already use a remote system, please bring it along.

Wednesday’s activity is part of a regular weekly programme of activities that will now be organised from or at our base at the Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon. We will be primarily using the outside area of the pub for activities but have the option to gather indoors during inclement weather – and of course, we can benefit from refreshments at the pub!

Hedon-based, free, fun and friendly photography club.

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Camera Techniques with Hedon Viewfinders – Panning – Wed 4 March 2020

This meeting of Viewfinders will have a look at PANNING: The technique where you move your camera along in time with a moving subject and end up getting a sharp subject but with a blurred background. We can spend some time with you looking at your camera settings and practising the technique.

Our next meeting continues our programme of activities to help people get to know their cameras and settings better.

Panning – practice anywhere and with anything…!

Panning is the technique where you move your camera along in time with a moving subject and end up getting a sharp or relatively sharp subject in your photo, but with a blurred background. It’s a technique that is used a lot in sports and action photography.

This meeting of Viewfinders will have a look at panning and we will have a chance to practice. We can spend some time with you looking at your camera settings and having a go with the technique.

Things to have a look at on your camera that will be useful:

  • Have a look at some of the semi-automatic modes on your camera that might be useful and/or interesting to try i.e. shutter priority/timer value (TV) modes, any special scene modes for panning or sports.
  • Find out how to control the shutter speed and other settings manually.
  • Look how to set your focus to manual and what auto-focus options are available i.e. one-shot focus and continuous focusing.

The meeting takes place at The Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon HU12 8HH at 7pm on Wednesday 4 March. All Welcome. Free, fun and friendly photography club.

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Look forward to seeing you on Wednesday! New to photography? Come along, you are very welcome – talk to us about your new camera, kit and accessories, and how to use them.

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Five Challenges Night – Hedon Viewfinders Photographic Club

Hedon Viewfinders next meeting at the Haven Arms on Wednesday 19 February 2020 at 7pm will comprise five fun but technical and creative challenges. You’ll get a chance to work on each. If you’re unfamiliar with your camera settings, we can help you to get the shots whilst the more experienced will just get shooting.

The Five Challenges Night!

Hedon Viewfinders next meeting at the Haven Arms on Wednesday 19 February 2020 at 7pm will comprise five fun but technical and creative challenges. You’ll get a chance to work on each. If you’re unfamiliar with your camera settings, we can help you to get the shots whilst the more experienced will just get shooting.

1. Splash photography – Capture a dramatic splash effect with our drops apparatus.
2. Lighting a match – Think three parts of this with our giant matches; the ignition, the flare and the settling flame
3. Bokeh – Create an attractive background with points of light whilst keeping your subject clear.
4. Blowing bubbles – How creative can you get?
5. Eggs – Bring your own egg! What creative opportunities can you set up for the other photographers present?

This will be a learning opportunity with your cameras for some, and a whole host of photographic fun for everyone. We’ll be issuing some light-hearted spot prizes on the evening too!

Photowalks:

Beverley Photo Walk hosted by the Hull Creative Photography GroupSunday 23 February 2020. Meet at the bandstand for 2pm. The relaxed walk will commence at 2.15pm. Find the Beverley bandstand meeting point with what3words: https://w3w.co/office.bossy.hothouse

Spurn Walkabout hosted by the Hull Creative Photography GroupSaturday 4 April – Meet at 10 am at the Spurn Visitor Centre. Walk (7-mile circular walk) starts 10.15 am (times may be revised dependent on tide times). The unique Spurn peninsular attracts tourists and photographers from across the country.

Whilst a great photography adventure, it can be ‘hard going’ walking Spurn, so adequate footwear/clothing is a must. The trip may not suit those unused to country walking. Find Spurn Visitor Centre with what3words: https://w3w.co/grand.goodnight.hosts

Special Event

Special Event on the 28th February 2020 – Just a few places left!

ALL WELCOME at Hedon Viewfinders!

We look forward to greeting you at our meetings and events! New to photography? Come along, you are very welcome – talk to us about your camera kit and accessories, and how to use them.

Sign up to get news from the club. CONTACT US for more information. Free, fun and friendly photographic club. Open to all. No waiting list. No membership required.

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Hedon Viewfinders Planning Meeting – Wed 22 January – Agenda

Find out about our next Hedon Viewfinders meeting and also the Hull Museums Tour by the Wilberforcian Steampunks Corporation on Sunday…

Hedon Viewfinders next club meeting is on Wednesday 22 January 2020, starting promptly at 7pm. This will be a Business Meeting on ‘Taking our Club up to the next level!’ We’ll discuss our planned programme of Meetings, Trips, Exhibitions and Competitions, etc.

If you have an item for the agenda – particularly if it is an idea that involves spending money – please contact us by 5pm Monday 13th January so that we can give adequate notice to members. A full Agenda will be emailed to members next Tuesday.

Agenda as above: 

Meetings (the programme for the year)
Trips
Exhibitions
Competitions
Any Other Business

The meeting will also be a chance to network with other members so do bring your camera and kit if you have questions about settings, features, etc.

As ever, our meetings are free to attend and everyone is welcome. Feel free to invite your friends or anyone you know who is interested in photography. We do intend to produce some club cards for members which you can use to promote the club.

Meet in time for prompt 7pm start on Wed 22 Jan at the Haven Arms, Hedon, HU12 8HH.

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The Wilberforcian Steampunk Corporation (WSC) – Hull Museums Tour.
Sunday 19 January 2020 meeting outside Wilberforce House at 11am.

The WSC will be touring the Museums Quarter and there will be opportunities for photos in each and along High Street too. Photographers are asked to share their favourite photos with the WSC.

Wilberforce House is in the Museums Quarter on High Street in Hull’s Old Town. It is near the Streetlife and Hull and East Riding Museums, next to the River Hull.

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Everyone is welcome at Hedon Viewfinders events. Always free, fun and friendly!

Hedon Viewfinders Key Dates at a glance

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Hedon Viewfinders Planning Meeting – Wed 22 January 2020

Find out about our next Hedon Viewfinders meeting and also the Hull Museums Tour by the Wilberforcian Steampunks Corporation on Sunday…

Hedon Viewfinders next club meeting is on Wednesday 22 January 2020, starting promptly at 7pm. This will be a Business Meeting on ‘Taking our Club up to the next level!’ We’ll discuss our planned programme of Meetings, Trips, Exhibitions and Competitions, etc.

If you have an item for the agenda – particularly if it is an idea that involves spending money – please contact us by 5pm Monday 13th January so that we can give adequate notice to members. A full Agenda will be emailed to members next Tuesday.

Agenda as above: 

Meetings (the programme for the year)
Trips
Exhibitions
Competitions
Any Other Business

The meeting will also be a chance to network with other members so do bring your camera and kit if you have questions about settings, features, etc.

As ever, our meetings are free to attend and everyone is welcome. Feel free to invite your friends or anyone you know who is interested in photography. We do intend to produce some club cards for members which you can use to promote the club.

Meet in time for prompt 7pm start on Wed 22 Jan at the Haven Arms, Hedon, HU12 8HH.

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The Wilberforcian Steampunk Corporation (WSC) – Hull Museums Tour.
Sunday 19 January 2020 meeting outside Wilberforce House at 11am.

The WSC will be touring the Museums Quarter and there will be opportunities for photos in each and along High Street too. Photographers are asked to share their favourite photos with the WSC.

Wilberforce House is in the Museums Quarter on High Street in Hull’s Old Town. It is near the Streetlife and Hull and East Riding Museums, next to the River Hull.

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Everyone is welcome at Hedon Viewfinders events. Always free, fun and friendly!

Hedon Viewfinders Key Dates at a glance

Sign up to get news from the club. CONTACT US for more information. Free, fun and friendly photographic club. Open to all. No waiting list. No membership required.

Viewfinders – Through the Lens (Members)

Find our Haven Arms meeting place with what3words:
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