Sheffield 17th April 2019

Sheffield 17th April 2019

Camera Club Outing To Sheffield – Wednesday Evening 17th April 2019, by Peter Mudd
 
We met at Sheffield Railway Station at around 6.45pm. Some of us started by taking a few photographs around the exciting station approach and the iconic external concourse, after a while we walked over to the canal at Victoria Quays. The early evening light was still quite good when we arrived at the canal so some general images of boats, reflections and canal side scenery were there for the taking. I specifically had my eyes peeled for trams which pass by overhead in the distance – I deliberately wanted the trams to be illuminated but it seemed ages before the sky eventually got darker at around 8.30pm. On reflection I think there were better locations to photograph the trams, however you have to try different things.

Overall I counted at least 15 members who attended, which was a good turnout for our first spring and summer season outing. I know some members tried other Sheffield locations as well as the station and the canal so it will be interesting to see a sample of their images. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening but the ‘proof of the pudding’ will be when we collectively review some of our images at our club critique session on 1st May 2019.

Images courtesy Peter Mudd

About us

About us

Penistone Camera Club was established in 1967 by a group of people passionate about photography. One of the founder members Joe Windle enjoyed capturing the local area and landscape. Joe’s legacy lives on in the club with a trophy dedicated to him.

Since those early beginnings the club has seen may changes in photography from medium format & 35mm mechanical film cameras that produced prints in a dark room with chemicals, to the all electronic cameras with a small SD card we have now, producing prints from a printer.

Over the years club has gone from strength to strength, with an ever growing membership. We pride ourselves on being a friendly club helping each other to improve our photography. Whatever level you are or what type of photography interests you, we have a wide range of knowledge within the club.

Subjects covered are Landscape, Portrait (we have our own studio lights & backdrop), Architecture & Record, Macro or Natural History. Also we delve into post production of images using Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom.

The programme of activities includes Guest Speakers, who give talks on a variety of subjects, outings to places of interest, practical evenings  as well as  Club and inter-club competitions.

New members are made very welcome and we offer you the opportunity to come and meet us and share in club activities for 4 weeks free. This allows you to gain an insight into what we do and to get to know us & after which you can join the club, We charge an annual subscription which is currently £40 per year (new members are charged pro rata), also there is a nominal weekly charge of £1 which covers refreshments and is only paid when you attend a meeting.

Therefore if you’re Interested in developing your photography?  Why not come along and join us remember the first 4 weeks are free so you have nothing to loose but plenty to gain.

Meetings are held:-

Wednesday evenings 7.30pm – 9.30pm
St Johns Community Centre,
Church Street,
Penistone,
Sheffield,
S36 6AR.

Visit to Sheffield

Visit to Sheffield

Wednesday 17th April 2019
There is a club outing to Sheffield, this takes place in the evening, meeting around 6.30pm – 6.45pm at the train station. There is no fixed agenda people can take photos wherever or whatever they want. were will be opportunities for street / architecture photography, then later as dusk approaches the chance of light trails / low light photography. There are photographic opportunities galore, and the chance to share tips and advice with each other. Afterwards when all has been exhausted, a sit down with a cuppa or a beer and exchange the nights experiences, before returning home with a card full of great images.

From a safety point, as it is an evening outing, walking in twos or threes is advisable when carrying expensive photographic equipment, and keeping an eye out for each other.

 

Ken Fisher – Livelink Training

Ken Fisher – Livelink Training

Wednesday 10th April Ken Fisher of Livelink Training will be giving a talk titled “Getting To Know Your Camera”. Ken is a photographer and Adobe Certified Trainer in Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as a qualified teacher. He teaches photography, Photoshop and Lightroom at colleges. He is well known around the Camera Club circuit for his simple but effective way of explaining the depths of Photoshop and Lightroom. His photography ranges from glamour and studio portraiture, lighting a food still life photograph, arranging a group portrait or investigating the ideal viewpoint for a Landscape or Cityscape.

The £2 entrance fee which is cheap for the knowledge that will be gained from Ken, This is definitely an evening not to be missed…..

Practical Camera Evening

Practical Camera Evening

Wednesday 28/11/18     A very enjoyable camera club evening last night with lots of different set-ups to try. I think it was the best practical night we’ve had for a long time and one where some members showed how effective LED lights can be. Thank you to Julie for providing some great lighting set-ups plus pebbles and small bottles, Mark for the strawberry and water-splash technique, Jeff for the studio light set-up and me for the leaves plus baby slug.

I’ve added an extra composite image of the autumn leaves to show what can be done with a bit more time and with a little inspiration.  My inspiration came from a photographer called Glenys Garnet who lives in Wakefield.

 

Click on the image to enlarge.

If anyone else has images they’d like to share, please send them to Wendy who will add them to this post.

Camera Club Outing to Wyming Brook, Sheffield

Camera Club Outing to Wyming Brook, Sheffield

The day began with a change of weather with icy conditions coming down from the north accompanied by sleet and rain.  So no one was more surprised than I that a total of thirteen people arrived in the Wyming Brook carpark.   After a bit of hanging about we eventually realised that we’d assembled as two groups at either end of the car-park, so our group was waiting for people who were already there!  We regathered and made our way across the stepping stones and down the rocky stream side which was a little extra slippy because of the wet and fallen leaves.  Nevertheless we all stayed on our feet and made it safely back to our cars later that afternoon.

So did I capture anything I could put into a photographic competition? As far as competitions are concerned it is atmospheric landscapes that tend to do well.  Thinking about this area of landscape photography, we’ve all seen milky water and autumn stream-side shots in calendars and magazines – they are ten a penny and all too familiar.  That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t take them for ourselves and learn a bit more about photography on the way. So my initial reaction, when looking through my images, was that I had a few nice shots of the kind that would be useful if illustrating a web-based article like this, or maybe even a Wildlife Trust leaflet about the area, but nothing that I’d enter into a competition.  

 I remembered something I’d read about the way Joe Cornish works, which is to take a small point and shoot out on his walks in order to notebook potential sites where he will return later with his full kit.  No doubt even then he’s out there as the light breaks or back out as the sun sets, and maybe also in mist and snow, in order to get the best light for a particular image.  So I feel that what I came back with after my two hours at Wyming Brook was a set of notebook shots that might help me focus on areas to explore further.  That doesn’t mean that I wasted my afternoon as I  enjoyed being out there hugely and I learnt a lot.

 What did I learn from yesterday?

Watch out for people appearing unexpectedly!

I guess the first thing that I learnt is that when there are a lot of people around,  choosing a focus for my composition became a lot more of a problem as fellow photographers tended to pop up everywhere like elves in a garden centre, perhaps not fishing but certainly with a tripod.  So quite a few of my images have people poking out from between leaves and branches.

Sometimes I like people in my images as it gives a sense of scale, but it’s not always what I want!

Think about what it is that you want to capture

I visited the area the previous week as I’d muddled up the dates and it was a brilliant day.  So I had some ideas of what I might focus on.   Autumn Colour  First was the autumn colour of the trees and leaves. Brilliant yellows and oranges greeted us along the route of the stream and one of the plus sides of less sunlight is the way that colour can appear much stronger in more subdued light.  However woods are messy places and leaves, sticks and emerging saplings can all get in the way, as they did for me yesterday.  Sometimes I was aware of them and at other times not, as I know I have a tendency to focus on particular visual elements to the exclusion of others.  I think this wasn’t entirely helped for me by the interplay within my head of capturing the colours and the stream.  So if I have one message to myself it’s `keep it simple’ and focus on one main compositional element at a time.  

Slow shutter-speed water photography Almost equally important to me was the rushing nature of the stream.  I have done a bit of slow shutter speed photography in the past when along the coast but very little along a fast flowing stream bed.  I knew in my head that I wanted to focus on some close-up images of the water rushing along as well as interesting compositions along the the route. I think one of the most useful exercises that I carried out during the afternoon was to take four shots of water with the same framing so I could decide how much soft focus blur I was happy with.

I actually took the last one in this sequence first as my ISO was set to 100, which is what I’d been using for previous shots,  I realised that if I wanted to reduce the time the shutter was open, and therefore get less blur, I’d need to increase the ISO and change the aperture (I was working on aperture priority when I set these up).  Out of the set I think I prefer the 1/6th second exposure but you may not.  It’s always worth experimenting if you have the time, to work out which gives you the most satisfying result.

Memorable Space  Towards the bottom of the hill there is a spot that has the `feel’ of a magnificent cathedral where the arched branches of some very tall conifer trees form the roof of the space.  I had this idea that I wanted to capture this canopy in `high-key’ with the light streaming through the branches, rather like a stained glass window.  I’m not sure I succeeded as by the time I got there the light had gone  and was fairly flat – it was a dark spot anyway.  And six of my colleagues had gathered there, so I treated it as an opportunity to take a few people shots instead.  I guess there will always be another time and a wider angle lens!

I wish I’d also taken close-up photos of plant life along the stream side and allowed the background to go out of focus by creating a shallower depth of field.   On a number of occasions yesterday I ended up with immediate foreground objects that were both out of focus and not very photogenic.  By the time I spotted the out of focus nettle in the foreground I’d actually taken several shots.  Even then  I couldn’t do much about it without a pair of secateurs.

However, on my visit the previous week, when I didn’t have a tripod and had to use a bridge as camera support,  I did spent a bit of time trying to make the fern a significant part of the composition and I like the way the water snakes  around the rocks here.

So all in all I had a very enjoyable afternoon and the weather perked up, though it was still cold which affected some of our group more than others (like Tracey whose hands went blue).  Many thanks to Nick for arranging and coordinating the event.  I didn’t take many photos of the group but thought I’d finish this account with a few.

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