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!


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.

Drinks photography… but with a creative twist!

DRINKS PHOTOGRAPHY NIGHT – but with a creative twist! Building on the tabletop work we’ve done in the last few weeks then the idea developed at our last meeting of doing a product photography shoot

Building on the tabletop work we’ve done in the last few weeks then the idea developed at our last meeting of doing a product photography shoot on Wednesday 15 September 2021 around DRINKS (glasses, bottles, cocktails, branded products, etc).

But we want to look at composing shots with an extra element – a creative twist. Not just the subject but can we create something eye-catchingly different? For Example, not just a bottle perhaps, but how might we involve water, shadows, bokeh, etc? Thinking caps on folks!

Bring your own imagination and props, but we will have some arranged.

Haven Arms, Hedon, 7pm on Wednesday 15 September 2021. All Welcome. Free, fun and friendly!

Find on what3words: https://w3w.co/captive.crispier.pirate


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.

Oil and water photography

IT’S AN OLD FAVOURITE at the Club on Wednesday 8 September 7pm at the Haven Arms; we will be doing Oil and Water Photography!

IT’S AN OLD FAVOURITE at the Club on Wednesday 8 September 2021 7pm at the Haven Arms; we will be doing Oil and Water Photography!

You don’t need much. A camera. A tripod. A DSLR or mirrorless camera with a macro lens is useful (or extension tubes for your kit lens) but you can always crop your photos with other lenses or other types of camera.

You need a small amount of cooking oil to use. You’ll need a clear, clean glass container to put your oil and water in – and some way to hold your container securely in the air so that you can place colourful paper, cloth, items, etc under the container. You need to light those items using a flash, continuous lighting, or a powerful torch.

You fill your container with water. Add the oil. Then you’re ready to start shooting.

Good fun. And no two setups are really alike.

Google Oil and Water Photography for lots of tips and ideas!

Oil and Water Photography
Shot over a coloured pillow
Oil and Water Photography
Shot over colour lolly sticks
Oil and Water Photography - a set up.
A possible set-up.

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.

A Lark in the Dark! Hedon Viewfinders photography.

Wed 1 September 7pm at the Haven Arms – Photography ‘Lark in the Dark!’

Wed 1 September 7pm at the Haven Arms – Photography ‘Lark in the Dark!’

Low light photography and indoor light painting.

This week’s meeting will concentrate on low-light photography and indoor light painting.

By moving the light, or by moving the camera, the aim will be to produce some creative images. We’ll be working in low light conditions so bring your tripods (we’ll have some to lend) and torches to see what you are doing.

We’ll discuss your camera settings so everyone can get the most out of this session.


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.

STILL LIFE Wed 25 August 2021

WE ARE doing a STILL LIFE session on Wednesday night at the Club.

Haven Arms, 7pm on Wednesday 25 August 2021.

We will have some scenes set up to photograph, but do bring your own props.

In your STILL LIFE shots, you need to create the whole composition to fill your frame from corner to corner. You have the power to place everything you need into your scene.

There is a useful article on STILL LIFE here: https://www.format.com/magazine/resources/photography/still-life-photography-ideas-and-tips.


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.

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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Challenge Night! Hedon Viewfinders Wed 4 August 2021

Pick your Challenge from the list. Bring your props and kit, create a wonderful tabletop scene and image, or seek help and advice to implement your concept.

WEDNESDAY 4 August 2021 at 7pm will be a Creative Tabletop Photography Challenge Night at the Haven Arms.

Pick your Challenge from the list below. Bring your props and kit, create a wonderful tabletop scene and image, or seek help and advice to implement your concept.

You can pick one or more of the following to inspire you! We’ll be making some spot prizes in recognition of your creativity and endeavour!

  • An image with a sparkly background
  • Mirror magic
  • A sweat shirt
  • A wonderful surprise
  • Create your own raindrops
  • The colour is Yellow!
Challeng Night image

Other items during the night:

Settings and kit surgery. Got issues, problems or questions about your kit?

Update on Open Photography Competition. Report and feedback from our successful day at Preston Show.


Bring your pin-up print to next week’s meeting (11th August) for a constructive critique.

Note: At Wednesday’s 11 August meeting we will hold a Constructive Critique session on prints produced on the 4th August, plus any others (up to 5 in total) that you would like some constructive feedback on.

Difficulties with getting your images printed? Speak to Ray.

EVERYONE WELCOME.

You don’t have to be a ‘member’ to enjoy your photography with Hedon Viewfinders. Free, fun and friendly club rooted in the local community.

** Whilst COVID-19 restrictions have eased, caution is still recommended so please respect those who seek to socially distance and wear masks **

Beverley Beck photo walk

SADLY THE PHOTOWALK HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO STORMY WEATHER.

CANCELLED: Beverley Beck photo walk on Wednesday!

SADLY THE PHOTOWALK HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO STORMY WEATHER.

By popular choice via our Facebook Group (and other feedback) on Wednesday night 28 July, 7pm we are meeting up for a photoshoot on Beverley Beck.

We hope to see friends from Hull & Anlaby Snappers there too.

We will be meeting at the junction on Beckside and Beckside North. Near the Forresters Arms.

What3Words address of meeting place: https://w3w.co/trades.sweetener.birds.

While COVID-19 restrictions have eased officially, we are advising members to exercise caution and respect those others you meet that wish to continue wearing masks and maintain social distancing.


Open Photography Competition at Preston Show.

Don’t forget your entry to the competition of a colour, black & white, or altered reality print with your entry form can be accepted up until 10.30am on the day of the competition (this Saturday 31 July 2021). More details click here.

In a late announcement regarding the competition, we will now also be awarding an Annual Shield to the Preston Show’s best Young Photographer of the Year (aged 16 and under).


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.

Print Night. Wed 21 July 7pm at Haven Arms, Hedon.

WEDNESDAY’S meeting (21 July at 7pm, Haven Arms) is Print Night – an opportunity to get your Open Photography Competition entry printed.

WEDNESDAY’S Hedon Viewfinders meeting (21 July at 7pm, Haven Arms) is Print Night – an opportunity to get your Open Photography Competition entry printed.

There will be a variety of professional printing papers available. Up to A4. £1 a print.

Print Circle?

One of the ideas raised in the past at Hedon Viewfinders has been to set up a group Print Circle.

This would need a small group of interested people to work (and to keep it manageable) who would meet regularly to look at a print from each of its members with a view to offering a constructive critique on each image and advise on the quality of the printing and the media (papers) used. The idea would be to improve the photography and print presentation of its members.

An active Print Circle would be really useful to those who aspire to enter more competitions, exhibitions or go for distinctions.

Interested? Contact us.


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.

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.