Spring Valley visit and other news

Spring Valley Campsite visit, some other trips and photowalks, and Photography Challenge update…

Short Photo Trip – Wednesday 18 August 2021 – 7-8pm -All welcome!

Out & about trip on Wednesday with Hedon Viewfinders (18 August meeting at 7pm). Join us at Spring Valley Campsite for a short photo walk. Lake, fish, birds – pleasant company with other enthusiastic photographers. All welcome.

Find Spring Valley Campsite with what3words: https://w3w.co/miss.skies.carriage


Latest from the Photography Challenge 2021.

Locked subject, points awarded:

95. Fashion.

The two points awarded for the most novel response to Fashion is DAVE HOOK for his very fashionable looking horse!

98. Hard work.

98. Hard work.

The winner of two points for a pose that looks like strenuous hard work is going to take place… is…. GARETH HUGHES. I know, I know, Jim Uney’s photo looks like a much more hard-working character. 🙂

Check out the Challenge League Table.

In order to speed things up on the Challenge, we are running a countdown on certain subjects on our Facebook Group page. Starting with #1 A sweatshirt. Post a photo to the subject and the first one received will lock that subject.


Photo opportunities.

A few upcoming events:

  • Sun 15 August – Hull City Centre Photowalk with Hull Creative Photography Group. Meet Queen Victoria Square 2pm for 2.15pm departure.
  • Wednesday 18 August – Club Trip: Spring Valley Campsite, Sproatley Road, 7pm for an hour.
  • Sat 21 August – Ruben’s Voice Concert, Ketwell Playing Field, Hedon from 1pm – 10pm. Great event planned. Great photo opportunities.
  • Sun 22 August – East Hull Festival, East Park, time to be arranged

Christmas Party December 2021.

An early shout out for our Christmas Festive get-together. Thinking Entertainment (an artist), Xmas Quiz, the awarding of The Eddies and a buffet. What about Fancy Dress? A “Pirates of the Hedon Haven” theme perhaps.

Possible date Wed 15 December. Costs in the £20 per person range for Viewfinders and Partners/Friend.


Hedon Viewfinders. Hedon’s 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 inside or out and about.

ALL WELCOME.

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The Cow – Hedon Viewfinders 4th editing challenge

The Cow. Results of our 4th Editing Challenge.

We asked you to re-edit our basic image of a cow in front of Saltend Chemicals Park.

The results are in. There are fewer entries than normal for our editing challenge, but more people actually took part in the challenge at the Club meeting on Wed 30th June. These are those who emailed their results in.

First up is Paul Benson.

How I did it:

  • 1.  Applied the artistic filter ‘Poster Edges’.
  • 2.  Cropped the image to portrait format.
  • 3.  Increased the contrast slightly.
  • 4.  Increased saturation slightly.

Next is Janet Bucknall with her Jurassic Cow!

How I did it:

Janet says she found some new stuff on her computer and just enjoyed herself by adding fun images.


This is Lynn Leedham’s framed bovine creation.

How I did it:

Enhanced cut and framed using Inpixio Editing.


Edit on original by Ray Duffill.

How I did it.

In Elements, I sharpened by using the High Pass Filter and Overlay blend mode. Then a Hue & Saturation Adjustment layer to boost the colour. Cropped.


This is Dave Hook’s edit.

How I did it:

I used Canon compositing software to create this image. I used two of my own existing photographs. I cropped the image and increased saturation.


And this is “The Cow” by Maggie Wingfield:

How I did it:

Using ‘Photoeditor’ on my laptop, I selected mid-level posterisation and placed a different sky background I then inserted the bird using ‘LightX’ app on my iPhone.


We hope you enjoy seeing how these editing challenges are undertaken. There really are no limits other than imagination to what we can do with a basic image.


Remember your Open Photography Competition Entry for the Preston Show! Open to all not just Viewfinders members.

Hedon Viewfinders. Hedon’s 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 inside or out and about.

ALL WELCOME.

Meeting postponed. Competition News.

The Lighting for Portraits night has been rescheduled for Wednesday 14 July, 7pm at the Haven Arms. Covid-19 precautions are still in place. Read about our current competitions and challenges.

OUR MEETING scheduled for Wednesday 7 July has been postponed. England is playing Denmark in the semi-finals of the Euro football competition.

The meeting Lighting for Portraits has been rescheduled for Wednesday 14 July, 7pm at the Haven Arms. Covid-19 precautions are still in place.

The meeting will look at the effects of the placements of lights. We’ll be using one set-up, but the different placement of lights will be explored. You will have the opportunity to experiment with different light set-ups and see the results.

Remember our current competitions:


Hedon Viewfinders. Hedon’s 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, Hedon. But check our key dates to see if we’re inside or out and about.

Member’s Meeting Notes. Editing Challenge #4

Notes for tonight’s meeting and Editing Challenge #4. #Hull #Holderness #EastYorks

Tonight’s Meeting (30 June). 7pm. Haven Arms.

Because COVID restrictions are still with us, and therefore we still need to exercise social distancing and groups of six and no mixing of tables, then the meeting will be a bit of a hodgepodge, but concentrating on two practical issues.

Editing.  We’ll look at some of the issues raised on our Facebook Group page recently. You can opt to bring your own laptop with relevant software loaded. Whilst no one is allowed to assist you (i.e. touch or handle) your own equipment or sit next to you as normally (unless in your bubble), it will be possible for members using the same software to offer verbal guidance on issues.

Settings. Got issues questions about your camera or other kit? Using members’ knowledge and the internet I hope we can help you resolve these.

As silly as it sounds, whilst sat in the same room we can use our laptops and the internet to chat with each other and share useful information with each other.

Business items include the Photography Competition, managing next week’s lighting session, and our programme of meetings, trips, etc.


#4 New Photo Editing Challenge

Hedon Viewfinders – New Editing Challenge Number FOUR – All photographers invited to have a go. 

We present this basic and simple starting image (JPG) for you below. We invite you to download it, edit it how you wish and with whatever editing programme you’ve got. You might want to crop or frame and consider composition; maybe saturate or desaturate the colours. A monochrome perhaps? Lighten or darken, add clarity or blur. Create an abstract, painterly or traditional image. The choice is up to you!

Send in your re-edited photo with your “How I did it!” information, and we will present all the results in a gallery next Wednesday 7 July. Send us your re-edit by 10pm Tuesday 6 July 2021.

We want this to be instructive for beginners, and a chance to experiment for the more experienced amongst you. So please join in and have a go!

Download your starting JPG image here. Click and then right-click to download the image.

Send your completed edited image to viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk or rlduffill@gmail.com by 10pm Tuesday 6 July 2021

Include your name and new image title, include your “How I Did it!” information and tell us what program you used

Have a look at our previous challenges.


Hedon Viewfinders. Hedon’s 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.

News from the Club

News from the Club, including our new Open Photography Competition via Preston Show, our Trip to Northern Studios, and the East Yorkshire Buses photo competition.

Treasure Hunt – Wednesday 16 June 2021.

The starting point for the Photography Treasure Hunt/Photo Walk tomorrow (Wed 16 June, 7pm) is at the crossroads Whitefriargate/Silver Stree/Land of Green Ginger and Trinity House Lane at: https://w3w.co/square.hiking.decide.

Anyone wishing to meet earlier at the Interchange for the walk through town just contact us first to arrange.


OPEN PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION AT PRESTON SHOW. SATURDAY 31 JULY 2021.

SPONSORED BY HEDON VIEWFINDERS PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB.

A ‘new’ Annual Photography Competition is to take place to be judged at the Preston Show on Saturday 31 July.

There has nearly always been a ‘photography’ element as part of the traditional show which sees classes of entry from ‘best vegetables’, ‘cookery’, ‘wine making’ through to ‘arts’ and ‘crafts’. but Hedon Viewfinders hopes to encourage more interest in photography, more entries and a bigger exhibition of local talent at the show.

There will be three classes of entry.

You can enter only one photograph to the competition in one of the classes.

  • Colour,
  • Black & White, or
  • Altered Reality

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) 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 (see website for details).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 31 July 2021.

See the exhibition of prints and results of the judging at the Preston Show from 1pm.

There will be trophies awarded for the winners of each class and an Annual Photographer of the Year trophy. Trophies to be held by the winners for one year.

An Entry Form needs to be submitted with your print.


Northern Film Studios visit.

A visit to Northern Film Studios on Wednesday, June 23 2021. This will be a visit to the grounds (outside) of the film studios. You must be at the location for prompt entry to the grounds and start at 7pm. Park up on the kerbside at Saltmarsh Court. Find on what3words: https://w3w.co/twigs.salt.empty


East Yorkshire Buses Photography Competition.

Photographers from around the region are invited to submit their best photos to bus company East Yorkshire’s popular photographic competition.

All entries must have an East Yorkshire buses theme, whether that’s featuring the company’s buses, coaches, vintage vehicles, staff or buildings.

Twelve winners get their photographs featured in East Yorkshire’s 2022 calendar, with the overall winner also receiving £100 of photography equipment.

More information at: East Yorkshire Photographic Competition 2021.


Hedon Viewfinders. Hedon’s 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 inside or out and about.

ALL WELCOME.

East Yorkshire Falconry Night

East Yorkshire Falconry Night

On Wednesday 2 June we have a trip arranged to East Yorkshire Falconry (kindly booked for us by Peter). This is an opportunity to photograph birds of prey. Meet at the location BEFORE the 7pm start, please.

We are asking for a minimum donation of £2 from each of us attending. This goes towards feeding the birds.

We can meet in larger groups of up to 30 outdoors so hopefully, this will be well-attended. If you let us know that you intend to come along, we’ll ensure that you are sent an email about the trip.


Photography Challenge 2021 update.

Another Locked subject result.

80. Sparks.

And the winner of 2 points is… the sparks from LYNN LEEDHAM’S firework.

See the Competition’s latest League Table.


Hedon Viewfinders. Hedon’s 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, Hedon. But check our key dates to see if we’re out and about.

Bridge Shadows & Road editing challenge – the results are in!

Latest editing challenge results. Club Nights on Smoke & Flame and Falconry. News on Junior Photography Competition from the Picture It club.

We asked you to re-edit our basic image taken on the Club’s last Photo Walk of ‘Bridge Shadows and Road’.

The results are in and they are all very interesting!

First up is Paul Benson with “SOW” who says he got distracted and zoomed in rather close to one of those windows…

How I did it:

  1. Cropped the image
  2. Applied the Nik Collection filter – Detail Extractor
  3. Applied the Nik Collection filter – Wet Plate 9
  4. Cut out the window and increased the contrast
  5. Reduced the saturation
  6. Sharpened the image

This is “The Album Cover” by Nigel Robson:

How I did it:

I used Elements 19
The picture was heavily cropped.
The shadows were enhanced (shadowing tool)
A special effects kit called Pop was used to quadruple the picture.
The spot healing tool was used to remove Ask Italian.
Dreamed up a pop group!
Using the Text facility I created text boxes with psychedelic touches.


This is Lynn Leedham’s “Who are we?”

How I did it:

Entry for the photo challenge. Who-are-we? Cropped, used textures and opacity tool, using Inpixio.


“Munch’s Ghosts” by Keith Madden.

How I did it:

  1. Convert to 16-bit ROMM
  2. Straighten
  3. Select human shadow area, mask and darken shadows.
  4. Put through GMIC artistic filter
  5. Crop
  6. Add edging using NIK

With a monochrome version is Ray Duffill.

How I did it. Simple B&W conversion using Silver Effex in Nik.


This is Janet Bucknall’s funky edit.

How I did it:

I cropped out the car, then did some stuff on Google and Snapseed, but I didn’t write it down, and now I’ve forgotten what I did! Sorry! Quite like the effect though!

So do we, Janet. How often do we ‘play around’ with an image and then forget what we’ve done!?


This is Dave Hook’s edit which concentrated on the Road side.


And this is Maggie Wingfield’s edit.


We hope you enjoy seeing how these editing challenges are undertaken. There really are no limits other than imagination to what we can do with a basic image.


Other Club News:

It was lovely to meet up again last Wednesday at the Haven Arms following the easing of lockdown restictions. Members had to stick to their own tables. No mixing of tables was allowed. Social distancing still had to be exercised. And masks worn when moving around the pub. Yet despite these restictions members hung around long after the business had finished to chat and catch up with each other.

We discussed the new Public Photography Competition to be held at the Preston Show and will bring you more information about this soon.

Smoke & Flame Night

We have arranged to meet next week WED 26 MAY 2021 at 7pm for a practical photography session on “Smoke & Flame”. Each table will have its own photography opportunities and challenges. And there will be one central feature that can be accessed in turn by each table. Expect candles, matches, sparklers, incense sticks and other surprises!

East Yorkshire Falconry Night

On Wed 2 June we have a trip arranged to East Yorkshire Falconry (kindly booked for us by Peter). This is an opportunity to photograph birds of prey. We are asking for a minimum donation of £2 from each of us attending. This goes towards feeding the birds. We can meet in larger groups of up to 30 outdoors so hopefully, this will be well-attended. If you let us know that you intend to come along, we’ll ensure that you are sent an email about the trip.

We were delighted to welcome Keith and Dorothy to their first meeting on Wednesday. We also met up briefly with Kris before the meeting to accept some lighting kit from him which he has kindly donated to the club. Kris is leaving the area but we hope to catch up with him before he leaves.

Finally, we are delighted to promote this Junior Photographer Competition for our friends at Withernsea’s Picture It group. Please do share and help promote the competition.

Toys, models, action figures…

Outdoor Event. Toy Photography. Wed 5 May 2021. Haven Arms car park 7pm.

Outdoor Event. Toy Photography. Wed 5 May 2021. Haven Arms car park 7pm.
In the proximity of the Haven Arms (avoiding the beer garden area), your task is to find some good settings/scenes for your favourite toys/models/figures, etc.

For those who really want to ‘play’ then let’s create some rain/wind/smoke/flame/lighting effects for your action figures! 

Search Toy Photography on the internet for some inspiration. Will you go cute & cuddly, or blood & guts!?

Social distancing still applies. Will split into different groups of six people. No booking necessary.


Don’t forget to have a crack at our Editing Challenge! And we still need new people to have a go at Photography Challenge 2021. Have a look at some of the subjects covered so far: Photography Challenge rounds.

104 Photography Challenges will fill up the Mayor of Hedon’s album.

As we begin to return to more ‘normal’ circumstances we want members to get back in touch with us – we need your ideas and suggestions for how the Club can serve you and your photography needs.

Hedon-based photographic club. It’s free to join in and take part, and Viewfinders prides itself on its good reputation for its fun and friendly approach.

Socially distanced Club Photography events

Albeit restricted to six members at a time, we do hope to start ‘meeting’ once again for photography activities. Initially, these will be outdoors…

IT HAS BEEN over a year since the Club met in ‘normal’ circumstances. However, with the roll-out of the vaccines and the Government’s easing of lockdown restrictions, we can now look at holding some activities once again.

Albeit restricted to six members at a time, we do hope to start ‘meeting’ once again for photography activities. Initially, these will be outdoors although from *April 12 it may be possible to restart indoor club activities again (6-members-at-a-time socially-distanced workshops).

The Government’s roadmap out of lockdown and other advice and guidance is published at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021/covid-19-response-spring-2021-summary

To begin our journey back to active photography, we are holding a Lens Ball photography walk early evening on Thursday 1 April in the Hedon area. If you would like to attend then you need to book via viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk and we’ll send further details.

Six places available only, but do get in touch anyway, and we can assess what demand there is for such activities.

Note: If you don’t have a Lens Ball, I have a spare that I can clean and sanitise for someone to use? Let me know, please. – Ray Duffill.

Lens Ball
Lens Ball – Paul Benson

HEDON VIEWFINDERS: The only Hedon-based photographic club. It’s free to join in and take part. The club prides itself on its good reputation for its fun and friendly approach to studying photography.

Belated Happy and Healthy New Year!

Best wishes to all Hedon Viewfinders for a happy – and a HEALTHY – 2021. Some club information for you…

Best wishes to all Hedon Viewfinders for a happy – and a HEALTHY – 2021.

It has been a slow start to the new year dictated as it is by the impact of the pandemic. But we do hope that with the roll out of the vaccination programme that we will be in a better position to meet up or engage in activities again by the Spring.

Via our Facebook Group, we have started collecting members’ favourite photographs taken each month in monthly albums. We’re asking members to submit their favourite photograph each month and we will store these for potential use in our annual projects; perhaps to inform the selection of photographs for exhibitions and also, perhaps, to gather enough photos each month to be able to design a club calendar for 2022.

Facebook members can place their favourite photo for January in the appropriate album now. If you are not on Facebook, you can send your favourite photo taken this month to email viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk and I’ll save them for you. We’ll place your image in the Facebook January Album unless you instruct us not to. If you take a better photo before the end of the month and prefer that to your original, just email again and we will replace the photo and delete the old one.

Regarding Facebook – the social network keeps changing and re-inventing itself. A recent change in its notifications has resulted in many members not receiving regular notifications. But you can change this – and hopefully, it will improve your engagement with the page:

  1. Go to the three dots on the right hand of the page and click
  2. Look for Manage notifications
  3. Click All posts to make sure you are notified of All posts.

And to those not on Facebook? Consider it. Whilst in many ways the social network is awful, you can opt to open a basic account and join our group page and do nothing else on the network. The advantages are that we can quick and easily send you messages and notifications about club activities.

Finally, if you are looking for photography inspiration, then have a look at our 52 Week Photography Challenge 2018 and our 52 Week Photography Ideas 2019 for starters.

If you have any ideas on what Viewfinders might be doing to encourage photography in these strange times, then get in touch! Your ideas would be really welcome!


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.