Programme of Club and External Events

Welcome Online 2020/21
Sep 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Welcome Online 2020/21 @ On Line

The 2020 – 2021 season starts here; make a note of the date in your diary.

This will be a first for the club running our Welcome meeting as an on-line event and we aim to make it as interactive as we can.


  • Introduction to the new season for new and returning members
  • A presentation of the feedback from our Belgian friends in Photo Club LichtVast
  • Virtual Prize Giving for the 2019/20 Season

Looking forward to seeing you again then and to hear all about your summertime adventures with your cameras.

Presentation – Starting from a Blank Canvas by Polina Plotnikova
Sep 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Our first presentation for the 2020/21 season is an on-line talk by Polina Plotnikova. Polina is a very accomplished picture maker based in South East England who will be talking by the magic of Zoom.

‘Flowers and still life are my favourite photography subjects. Still life in particular is perfect for a perfectionist like me – no one fidgets or makes faces, no sudden gust of wind or some other quirk of ever-changing weather can spoil your shot. But, by the same token, you cannot count on something interesting that just happens all of a sudden – it is all up to you; the choices are infinite, and the final result is entirely in your own hands.

The approach to flower photography that I take is somewhat similar to that of a portrait photographer – for every flower and plant that I photograph, I always try to find its unique look, study its mood and character, and ultimately unlock the hidden beauty of my models. A successful flower portrait attempts to discover something unique in a flower, something hidden or not necessarily obvious at first sight.
While appreciating the natural beauty of plants and trying to stay true to their original look, I do not limit my point of view to purely botanical. Instead, I try to lift a flower off its typical setting and put it into indeterminate space, where its beauty can be seen in all its purity.’

[caption id="attachment_7326" align="alignnone" width="300"] Studio shot of white parrot type Tulip flower[/caption]

For more information see Polina’s website.

Presentation – Abandoned Architecture by James Kerwin
Oct 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

James’ presentation will be delivered as an on-line talk using Zoom.

In 2014 James began shooting his first abandoned building series ‘Decadence’, and six years on he has now built up a large portfolio taken in some of the most striking abandoned structures, relics & ruins in Europe and beyond. 

My primary focus is capturing rich colour palettes and straight lines in the camera, then utilising modern post-processing techniques to develop each completed image

James’ talk – will highlight his journey and ten years behind a camera. It is designed to inspire the listener through his journey with a camera as well as his love for travel & hidden architecture.

[caption id="attachment_7332" align="alignnone" width="300"] Weddings, art and commercial[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_7330" align="alignnone" width="214"] British Fine Art Architecture & Location Photographer[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_7329" align="alignnone" width="300"] British Fine Art Architecture & Location Photographer[/caption]

To see more examples of James’ work visit his website.

Members’ Evening – One Image that Inspired Me
Nov 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Members' Evening - One Image that Inspired Me @ On Line

An on line members’ evening via Zoom.

Marie is hosting an evening of presentations by members featuring the one image that most inspired their photography.

More information to follow.

Members’ Evening – Before and After
Nov 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Members' Evening - Before and After @ On Line

An on line members’ evening via Zoom.

Have you ever wondered what that prize winning image looked like before editing and what editing was done, this evening will reveal all!

Several members have volunteered to talk about the process from capturing the image to presenting a finished image. They will show step by step what goes on.

This should be a fun and informative session.

More information to follow

Presentation – Stumbling Around in the Dark by Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP CEnv CSci MCIWEM
Nov 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Robert’s presentation will be delivered as an on-line talk using Zoom.

Digital photography enables us to capture the beauty of the night sky in unprecedented detail. In this evening of landscape astrophotography, Robert will show how to use an ordinary digital single lens reflex camera to make stunning images of stars, planets, earth’s moon and the Milky Way, as well as more elusive astronomical phenomena such as meteors and eclipses. In the second half, He recounts travels in the arctic in search of the aurora borealis and on four continents to photograph total solar eclipses.

For more information visit Robert’s website here.

Presentation – Not Quite Light by Simon Buckley
Dec 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Presentation - Not Quite Light by Simon Buckley @ On Line

Simon’s presentation will be delivered as an on-line talk using Zoom.

Simon lives in the city of Salford, just across the Irwell from Manchester, and has lived in this area for most of his life. Currently his personal work often explores themes of transition, frequently within the urban environment.

This interest caused Simon to begin his Not Quite Light project, which examines themes of heritage and regeneration at dawn and dusk.

Several commissions have arisen due to this work, archiving the construction of new developments. It also led to a major collaboration with 5 Plus Architects called “You Live With Us, We Live With You”, which resulted in a limited edition book.

Simon’s work has been published nationally and internationally, and he has exhibited in the UK, France, Germany, Hong Kong and China.

Members’ Evening – Image in the Style of an Artist
Dec 14 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Members' Evening - Image in the Style of an Artist @ On Line

An on line members’ evening via Zoom.

Many photographers are interested in and informed by artists working in different mediums.

For this informal competition, members’ will be invited to enter images taken in the style of an artist they admire.

Liz has arranged for the images to be judged by a non photographic artist so this will be a real change from our usual format!

More details on entering your images will be posted nearer the time.

Christmas Quiz
Dec 21 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Christmas Quiz @ On Line

The first half of our 2020/21 season will finish with an on  line Quiz.

This will be our third on-line quiz and the previous two have been great fun so please join in.

This is our last meeting before Christmas so you can guarantee we will have a festive theme, although we haven’t been able to work out a game of virtual skittles … yet

Hopefully the new year will see us returning to some form of ‘physical’ meetings; our first event will be our second Open competition on Monday 4th January.