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Old images – rescued and brought back to life!

Don’t miss Hedon Viewfinders Photography Club’s meeting on 22 June at 7pm. The talk is by Dave Prideaux who presents a selection of his restored and digitised images. All Welcome.

Hedon Viewfinders has a treat at its club meeting on Wednesday 22 June 2022. 

The presentation is by club member Dave Prideaux. Dave collects, restores and digitises old large format negatives, glass negatives and glass lantern slides. It is something he has been doing since the 1980s so he has a vast collection of images of places and people that now only survive in memory and in such restored images. 

Dave last spoke to the club in November 2019 and it was a fascinating night with his images sparking much curiosity and many questions. Whilst Dave has researched many of the images he has rescued, there are still many depicting unknown scenes, locations and dates. Perhaps Viewfinders can play the role of photo detectives at the meeting and help identify and explain some of the images?

Glenn Stallard from the club, says: “I have seen Dave’s presentations many times before and am looking forward to his latest; listening to what he has to say, and to see what his chosen selection is, from the thousands of images he has!”

Dave is also a former pilot flying for leisure. His aerial shots, particularly of the local area, are something very different from those taken by drone pilots who fly at much lower altitudes. Dave has agreed to present a selection of his aerial shots too.

Meeting 7:00pm on Wed 22 June 2022 at the Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon, HU12 8HH. All Welcome. Free, fun and friendly photography club.

Reminders:

  • Next week’s meeting Wed 8 June at 7pm will be an informal networking meeting with an opportunity for practice and skill sharing. Bring your camera and kit if you have questions about settings and use. Some members will be bringing their kit bags and revealing all their secrets about what they carry on photographic excursions in “What’s in my kit bag!?”
  • Mike Covell speaks on “East Yorkshire Defences in World Wars 1 and 2” on Wed 15 June. Arrive by 6.45pm for a prompt 7pm start. A collection will be taken at the meeting to cover costs.
  • We are still collecting the names of those interested in the Hedon Viewfinders photographic holiday to Bridlington from Friday 17 June – to Sunday 19 June. Contact us.

DO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT US!

Hedon Viewfinders is 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 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

October Meetings at Hedon Viewfinders – All Welcome!

Hedon Viewfinders is the town’s free, fun and friendly photography club. Learn photography, share your skills – every week on Wednesday nights at the Haven Arms.

MEETINGS 7PM ON WEDNESDAYS at HAVEN ARMS, HEDON, HU12 8HH.

Wed 6 October 2021:

  • Review of Scavenger Hunt photos (digital). Bring your photos in a digital format ready to share, or put them into the Album in the Facebook Group. We’ll let the ‘Number Ones’ and the ‘A-Team’ members have a short meeting to each decide what to show. Grand Prize Giving to winning team (slight exaggeration!).
  • A short talk by David Bell on the Landscape Benbo Tripod kindly donated to the club from Dave Harding. We want to give it away to a deserving owner who will use and treasure it – so if you fancy owning a classic, come along to the meeting and find out more!
  • Analyse your Aperture! (tutorial and challenges about using the aperture settings on your camera for creative effect).
Saltend, New York.

Wed 13 October: Light painting night (outdoors). Bring your woollies and your tripods. Weather permitting.

Wed 20 October: To be arranged. Have an idea? Get in touch!

Wed 27 October: Halloween Spooky Shoot. Fancy dress very much encouraged. We’re expecting two special guests who will preview their Mexican Night of the Dead costumes!


DO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT US!

Hedon Viewfinders is 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 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

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.


DO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT US!

Hedon Viewfinders is 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 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

Leaves photo editing challenge

WE ASKED you to edit our unprocessed photo of leaves on the cobbles. It really was a case of ‘anything goes’ using whatever editing tools you like.

We hope the participants enjoyed the challenge. And we hope that other photographers will be inspired by the ‘How I did it’ notes to have a go themselves next time.

Here are the results:


Leaves on road re-edit by Carl Cooper

Leaves on road re-edit by Carl Cooper

I basically found the images I wanted to add and cut them out, copied them in, adjusted the sizes and positions, adjusted the levels so they blended, added a gaussian blur, added a vignette and changed the colour to black n white.


“Please don’t leaf me here” by Tony Beacock.

Please don’t leaf me here! Tony Beacock.

How I did it: A fairly simple edit using GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP). I duplicated the image and desaturated the top layer in order to make it greyscale, before adding a layer mask to it. Using the eraser tool, I then erased the areas of the image, exposing the colour from the second layer, lying beneath, and untouched.


“Leaves illegally parked” by MH Seville

“Leaves illegally parked” by MH Seville

How I did it: Unfortunately, my knowledge of Microsoft Office Picture Manager is limited, and I just used “crop” to remove the cars, and then to crop small left & right sections to improve the resulting composition, and then just “auto correct”!


“LEAVES” by Paul Benson

“LEAVES” by Paul Benson

How I did it:

  1. Cropped the image
  2. Used the Photoshop add on Nik Filter ‘Detail Extractor’
  3. Used the PS add on Nik Filter ‘Multi Camera’
  4. Used the Photoshop Noise filter ‘Dist & Scratches’
  5. Reduced the saturation.


Re-edit by Keith Maddon

Re-edit by Keith Maddon

How I did it:

I thought I’d have ago at your challenge by way of an ice -breaker. I haven’t done anything whacky just some tweaking to try and give the image more “pop”.

I’ve used Affinity Photo and the free version of the NIK collection.

  1. Changed the colour space from 8-bit RGB to 16-bit Adobe.
  2. Reduced the saturation and luminance of the greens to de-emphasise the moss.
  3. Tweaked the white level.
  4. Removed small bits and blemishes using clone, inpaint and patch tools.
  5. Changed the perspective.
  6. Added some noise to the top of the picture to de-emphasise the cars and the wall.
  7. Added vignette and some tonal contrast using NIK.

“On yer bike!” by Lynn Leedham.

“On yer bike!” by Lynn Leedham

How I did it: My entry for the photo challenge. On Yer Bike. Cropped, enhanced, bike and rider added using In- Pixio.


Re-edit by Janet Bucknall

Re-edit by Janet Bucknall

How I did it: I cropped out the car, and added a watercolour filter, on my phone, then blurred it. On Snapseed, I added glamour, and the double exposed it.


Street Photo Edit by Gareth Hughes

Street Photo Edit by Gareth Hughes

How I did it:

  • 1/ Rotated and cropped the original image
  • 2/ Copied the photo to a second layer
  • 3/ Mirrored the 2nd layer and faded both to blend them together
  • 4/ Darkened both images

Leaves Re-edit by Dave Hook

Leaves Re-edit by Dave Hook

How I did it: I composited the image in CanonPro4.  I put another layer over the image, cropped it, altered the colour slightly by fading. 


“Sucked into the Vortex!” by Ray Duffill

“Sucked into the Vortex!” by Ray Duffill

How I did it: In Elements I added saturation to boost the colours. Then Filter – Distort – Twirl for the vortex effect.


Leaves re-edit by Nigel Robson

Leaves re-edit by Nigel Robson

How I did it:

  • Cropped top and sides
  • Adjusted tone & colours
  • With the use of the Spot Healing Brush Tool removed debris/leaves off the footpath and some of the road

We hope that participants enjoyed the challenge. If you enjoyed viewing the results then please do consider joining in with the next editing challenge to be published soon.


Latest from Photography Challenge 2021.

74. An unmade bed.

And the winner of two points is the Black & White extra-legged bed of MAGGIE WINGFIELD.

In the League Table this now puts Maggie clearly into 5th position with 58 points.

Hedon Viewfinders – The free, fun and friendly photography club.

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.

Japanese inspired Wabi-sabi themed photography

This is about getting inspired and using your imagination to take some new and interesting photographs! You can interpret the theme as you wish. The important thing is taking part.

OUR THEME for this week is the Japanese inspired Wabi-sabi.

“This is the view or thought of finding beauty in every aspect of imperfection and decay in nature (and elsewhere). It is about the aesthetic of things in existence, the imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.”

This is about getting inspired and using your imagination to take some new and interesting photographs! You can interpret the theme as you wish. The important thing is taking part.

You can post via our Facebook Group Hedon Viewfinders – Through the Lens (Members) or email them in to us at viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk

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.

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.

The Hedon Open Photography Exhibition 2020

HEDON VIEWFINDERS is pleased to present The Hedon Open Photography Exhibition 2020 – its first online exhibition. It is hosted on the Hedon Blog (HU12 Online) as well as our own website. Please do have a look!

HEDON VIEWFINDERS is pleased to present The Hedon Open Photography Exhibition 2020 – its first online exhibition.  It’s an open theme i.e. any genre, style or type of photography was accepted. The Exhibition is hosted on the Hedon Blog (HU12 Online) at:

https://hu12.online/the-hedon-open-photography-exhibition-2020/

it is also available on our own website page here.

This is our third exhibition which we should have held in the ‘real world’ but like other organisations, we have been affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Please do share information about the exhibition and help us get a ‘larger than ever’ online audience for our photographers’ images!

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Note: The current lockdown and virus threat prohibits us from holding meetings. But in the New Year, we hope to be able to continue with our BOOKABLE WORKSHOPS at the Haven Arms on Wednesdays. We may have to continue to limit to less than six people per workshop and participants will most likely still need to WEAR A FACE COVERING when not sat down. However, the workshop format does allow us to concentrate on individual participants interests much more and also enjoy more quality time to experiment with our photography! Also, we are not restricted to Wednesdays only!

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

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

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Exhibition Reminder – New Weekly Photography Challenges

THE DEADLINE for submissions to our ONLINE EXHIBITION is this Saturday, 7 November – please do not leave it until the last minute!

The Hedon Open Photography Exhibition is a marvellous opportunity for photographers to showcase their work, and particularly during the current ‘lockdown’ proposals will provide a real focus of attention for the club. Your support and images are needed! Full details here.


Weekly Challenges. With the success of our Daily Tasks during the last lockdown to guide us, Hedon Viewfinders will aim to provide a series of challenges for members to tackle during the current restrictions that prevent us from meeting.

Challenge 1.

At 7pm on Wed 4 November, following an introductory post on our Facebook Group Page at 7pm, then members are invited to post one new photo (not an old one) inspired by – and to match – one of the following themes:

    1. Toy Town
    2. Little & Large
    3. Balloon

You can enter one photo to each theme, but you might just want to concentrate on one theme! Post after the 7pm introductory post on Wednesday. You have got between now and then to plan and shoot your photo(s).

For those of you not on Facebook, then please submit your entries by email to viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk at least an hour before the 7pm deadline on Wednesday 4 November and we will post your entries for you!


Want some ideas and inspiration for your own photography during the new lockdown period? Visit one (or both!) of the following:

52 Week Photography Challenge

52 Weekly Photography Ideas

Contact us!

Hedon-based fun, free, friendly photography club for the whole community. Everyone is welcome at Hedon Viewfinders whether online or in the ‘real’ world!

Photo: I have the Power by Ray Duffill/Lynn Leedham

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