Summer Photoshoot #5 – Uffington White Horse – 20/08/19

What
Summer Photoshoot #5
When
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
Uffington White Horse (map)
Oxfordshire
Other Info
The Uffington White Horse is a highly stylised prehistoric hill figure, 110 m long, formed from deep trenches filled with crushed white chalk. The figure is situated on the upper slopes of White Horse Hill in the English civil parish of Uffington, some 8 km south of the town of Faringdon and a similar distance west of the town of Wantage; or 2.5 km south of Uffington. The hill forms a part of the scarp of the Berkshire Downs and overlooks the Vale of White Horse to the north.

If weather permits it is planned to do some astro-photography. If it clouds over then a sunset shoot instead

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Summer Photoshoot – Stokes Croft – 17/08/19

What
Summer Photoshoot
When
Saturday, August 17, 2019
8:00am - All Ages
Where
Stokes Croft (map)
Bristol
Other Info
A day shoot in the Bohemian area of Stokes Croft: a vibrant Community in the heart of Bristol. The area has pioneered a liberal attitude towards street art, and is working towards an alternative to conventional top down government.

Great street photography opportunities with colourful charachers and intriguing street art.

Leave from Sainsburys car park, RWB at 8 am and lift sharing will be organised

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Summer Photoshoot #4 – Castle Combe – 06/08/19

What
Summer Photoshoot #4
When
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
7:00pm - All Ages
Where
Castle Combe (map)
Other Info
Castle Combe has been called 'The Prettiest Village in England' and with good reason; visitors have been coming to enjoy its charms for at least a century and the small street leading from the Market Cross down to the By Brook is as picturesque today as it ever was.
The site of the castle is above today’s village, but little other than earthworks now mark its one time presence. Originally it was a British hill fort which became occupied by the Romans due to its proximity to The Fosse Way. After the Romans, came the Normans, who built the fort up into a Castle.

By the Middle Ages the village in the valley had become an important centre for the wool industry. The spinsters and weavers lived in the cottages (hence names such as "Weaver’s House") and the river, still known as By Brook, provided the power to run the mills.
In more recent times the village has played host to many filming activities, the most famous of these being ‘Doctor Doolittle’ filmed in and around the village in 1966. More recently the village has had a major role in 'War Horse', 'Stardust','The Wolf Man' and an advert for Solvil et Titus.
The village houses are all of typical Cotswold type, constructed in stone with thick walls and roofs made from split natural stone tiles. The properties are many hundreds of years old and are listed as ancient monuments. Strict rules apply to preserve the beauty and character of Castle Combe for later generations to admire.

Parking is rigorously enforced in the village and tickets issued. There is a public car park 0.4 miles away up the hill.


The Castle Inn is the obvious choice for some late evening refreshment


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Summer Photoshoot #3 – Lotmead Farm – 23/07/19

What
Summer Photoshoot #3
When
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
7:00pm - All Ages
Where
Lotmead Farm (map)
Wanborough
Other Info
Head towards Lotmead Farm then continue along to the Business Park.
We have arranged for some of the farm machinery exhibits to be uncovered to facilitate more meaningful images to be obtained.
There are several hostelries in the Wanborough vicinity and the Cross Keys is on the route back to Swindon

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Summer Photoshoot #2 – St John the Baptist Church – 09/07/19

What
Summer Photoshoot #2
When
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
7:00pm - All Ages
Where
St John the Baptist Church (map)
Inglesham SN6 7RD

A 13th century church standing on a gentle rise of land above waterside meadows near the Thames and just off the Thames Pathway

Other Info
An ancient painted wonder saved by William Morris. This exquisitely beautiful and fascinating thirteenth-century church stands on a gentle rise of land above waterside meadows near the Thames, only a stone's throw from the Thames, and just off the Ridgeway Path it is a frequent stopping point for walkers.

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We will meet at the Riverside Inn in Lechlade for refreshments afterwards

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Summer Photoshoot #1 – Wilton Windmill – 25/06/19

What
Summer Photoshoot #1
When
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
Wilton Windmill (map)
Wilton
Other Info
Our first photoshoot during the summer recess is at Wilton windmill. There is free parking nearby and whilst access inside the windmill is not allowed outside opening hours, there are plenty of interesting photographic angles to explore. Meet at the windmill at 7.30 pm.

For details of directions and parking go to http://www.wiltonwindmill.co.uk

After the photoshoot we will quench our thirst at The Swan, Grafton Road SN8 3SS which is only half a mile away.

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Annual Competition – June 11th 2019

Judging of the Annual Competition for prints and projected images marks the end of the season of formal activities and Martin Cooper, from Gloucester Camera Club, was tasked with the duty.

Despite a heavy cold, Martin provided detailed and constructive feedback, firstly on the print images, followed by the larger collection of projected images. In both cases, the images were categorised into Action: Open and Portrait classes, with the latter class attracting a range of submissions beyond classical portraiture compositions.

The winning entries for each category will receive trophies at the first meeting of next season in September, as will the print and projected image that was considered to be the best across the three subjects. All those prints submitted will be displayed at an exhibition in the local library during the last two weeks of August, as has been the practice for many years.

The Chairman wished members a pleasant summer break and reminded attendees of the fortnightly summer photo-shoots that have been arranged and also the summer outing.

Annual Competition – URC Club Hall – 11/06/19

What
Annual Competition
When
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
URC Club Hall (map)
Wootton Bassett URC Church
Wood St, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire SN4 7BD ‎
Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom SN4 7BD
Other Info
This is the final evening of the 2018/19 season and print and DPI entries will be judged in three categories: Action; Open and Portrait by Martin Cooper. The winning entrants will receive their trophies at the start of the new season in September

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Portraiture Lighting Workshop – May 28th 2019

Graham Light from Abbey Studios made his second appearance at the Club and ran a workshop demonstrating lighting techniques for studio portraiture. With a plain white backdrop and a couple of powerful and versatile studio lights, Graham was able to show the effect of various lighting conditions using direct and reflected flash.

By tethering his camera to Lightroom, Graham was able to project the recorded images thus giving immediate feedback on the impact of the lighting changes that were made. Members were given the opportunity to set their cameras to the metered light conditions and take their own images of the models Grace and Ben, who kindly agreed to sit for us.

The clear and uncomplicated approach to lighting adopted by Graham was effective in communicating the factors to consider and the range of effects that could be achieved by relatively minor changes to the lighting set up. An enjoyable practical evening that gave us all a much better appreciation of lighting processes and the versatility that a simple lighting arrangement could achieve.