Due to the current Covid Crisis the club has exceptionally extended its year and is continuing to organise Club Nights, via Zoom on a Tuesday at 19:30.  Members’ enthusiasm for these extra sessions is being reviewed on a monthly basis.

Information is being sent via a weekly email – if you haven’t received this, please get in contact.

JOHN HAILSTONE – Willows of Wallingford – a creative story @ Zoom
Sep 8 @ 19:15 – 21:30

JOHN HAILSTONE – Willows of Wallingford – a creative story

My creative process and an example of its use

in the creation of the exhibition “Willows of Wallingford” held in April 2018.

I am based in Oxfordshire and specialise in fine art, commissioned and event photography with a particular focus on nature and live music.

When I was ten, I was given a Kodak Instamatic and my chosen subjects were aircraft, particularly the larger ones, which I think is the origin of my fondness for wide angles. It wasn’t until ten years later when, equipped with a better camera, I began to photograph nature and the natural environment, primarily in black and white. I really enjoyed the whole process: from choice of film; noticing subjects (especially dead trees and debris according to my friends); having an image in mind; then exposing and developing the negative through to the lengthy process of making a fine print in the darkroom. This became the basis for my creative approach, which follows that of Ansel Adams in terms of observation, visualisation and realisation. Yet, as Ansel observed, first you need to have the desire to photograph.


The Annual Take Five @ ZOOM
Sep 15 @ 19:30 – 22:00

The annual Take Five competition.

All members are invited to enter 5 digital images which will be judged by all members present during the Zoom meeting on the evening.

Images must be to the usual competition format and entered via the club competition software.

Full details on formatting are on the club website.

SHOW AND TELL – Ian Bray & Dave Mckay @ ZOOM
Oct 6 @ 19:30 – 22:00

Ian Bray

Photographic diary of an aid worker

Dave Mckay

Progress to BPES Award

Photographic diary of an aid worker

“Armed with a note book, laptop and a ‘set to automatic‘ six megapixel Nikon D100 camera I went to India’s poorest state of Bihar which was effectively a massive inland lake.

The result was a seven day diary on the BBC website and a series of photographs and stories of the people I met and how they were coping and the effort to help them during the worse flood in living memory.”


What are, how to (and why) take long exposure photographs? – Tony Zacharias @ ZOOM
Oct 13 @ 19:30 – 21:30

‘What are, how to (and why) take long exposure photographs’?

Tony Zacharias

This presentation will cover a broad topic of long exposure photography – what is a long exposure photograph and why would we want to take one.

We will cover a wide variety of types of photographs that are considered to  be classed as long exposure images, and how best to take these effectively.

The final part of the presentation will be running through the key edits to a long exposure image in Adobe Lightroom so that you can see how an image progresses from initial in-camera file to finished photograph.

Antony Zacharias is a professional photographer, tutor and author, specializing in long exposure, travel and architectural photography. He is the author of three photography books published by Ammonite Press, including Mastering Long Exposure – The Definitive Guide For Photographers. His work has been commissioned by clients including Toyota US and Sky Atlantic and published by the Conde Nast, BBC, Guardian, Times and Ecologist.
Working with Wildlife – Tesni Ward @ ZOOM
Oct 27 @ 19:30 – 21:30

Working with Wildlife

Tesni Ward

“Hear about the many trials and tribulations of wildlife photography, both on our home turf and further afield.”

Tesni is a wildlife photographer based near Sheffield.  In 2018 she won the habitat category in the British Wildlife Photography Awards and is now an Olympus Ambassador.

In Tesni’s words…

‘Wildlife is unexpected in so many ways. I love everything about nature, but when you photograph wildlife the personality of individual animals begins to shine through, the more time you spend with them. I love nothing more than trying to capture these small quirks and behaviours that make each animal as unique as you or I.’

Digital Image Critique
Nov 10 @ 19:30 – 22:00

Digital Image Critique

By Colin Trowe Poole

(1 to 2 Images to be submitted via Photo Contest Pro before 24:00 Sunday 29th October)

LIFE – by Dave Mason @ ZOOM
Nov 24 @ 19:30 – 22:00

LIFE – Street and documentary photography

By Dave Mason


Dave Mason makes a welcome return with his talk “Life” .

Dave says he takes great pleasure in finding the extraordinary in the ordinary, often documenting the surreal

happenings on the city streets. My preference, regarding the type of images I produce, is

that they have an honesty about them, captured in camera with little, if any, post-processing.


WILDLIFE PART 1 – Tracey Lund @ ZOOM
Dec 1 @ 19:15 – 21:30

“Photographing Wildlife is an adventure but most of all a privilege”

Tracey is a wildlife photographer – (and a telecoms engineer!) – based in Hull, who, in her spare time would normally travel near and far to photograph wildlife.

“I spend hours in the field and what some people don’t understand is that some feelings you get are priceless…it is a true blessing to be able to take the time to sit and watch wildlife let alone photograph it. Sometimes it’s more important to experience the moment rather than miss it taking photos.

There is no better feeling than having those magical moments that will probably never be repeated but stay with you forever.  These are the moments that come back to me when looking at my images and make me smile and feel so lucky in doing what I do.”

Digital Image Competition 3 @ Zoom
Dec 8 @ 19:15 – 21:45

Digital Image Competition 3

Judged by Peter Cox LRPS


(Two images to be submitted before Saturday 28th November 24:00 Hrs)


Dogsonality – a guide to creative dog photography by Elke Vogelsang @ ZOOM
Jan 19 @ 19:15 – 21:30

Elke Vogelsang will describe how she managed to change her life for the better and now spends her time with what she loves: dogs and photography. Elke is a professional dog photographer and will explain how she managed to turn her camera shy dog into a supermodel and how she makes sure all dogs enjoy being in front of her camera.

Learn the basics of dog photography, like shooting portraits and dogs in action, and get to know ways to take your dog photography to the next level and integrate creative ideas.

Elke has a “model” database of more than 100 dogs and cats and offers commercial and editorial pet photography on a commissioned basis.  Her commercial clients include Mars, Petcare (Pedigree), Fujifilm, Terra Canis, Medion, Fluff&Tuff and many more.

Her photography has appeared on US and German television  and has been published in books, newspapers, and magazines globally, including the likes of National Geographic, The Sunday Times Magazine, Die Zeit and The Daily Telegraph. In addition to this, her work has been displayed in galleries in London, Paris, Lisbon, San Anselmo, and Singapore.

Elke has kindly offered to talk to us without a fee but would like us to make a donation to a local pet sanctuary or rescue service.  If you have any association with a suitable organisation, let me know and we will consider it.


Presentation – It’s All in the Mind – by Ken Scott @ ZOOM
Jan 26 @ 19:15 – 21:30

It’s all in the Mind – Ken Scott

ARPS, MBPsS, BSc (Hons) Psych

An introduction to photopsychology – how our minds and social environments shape how we see, think, feel and behave as photographers.

What is it that influences us to see what we see (or don’t see) and to like what we like?  What is the effect of compositions and colours?  How are you responding to facial expression and body language?  How do our minds and our social environments influence how we see, think, feel and behave as photographers?

The trouble is, we give everything a label. It is how we understand the world. What happens if we take the labels away? If we go back to the fundamentals of seeing?

This presentation goes where nobody else goes. We will take seeing back to the raw elements of contrast and light. We will explore the basics of visual cognition that enable us to make sense of the world around us. We will look at lines, colours, expression and emotion. We will celebrate how we see uniquely.

Let us explore photography under the surface. Let us better understand our responses to images and the things we see.

“A Learning Curve” – Landscape photography with Justin Minns @ ZOOM
Feb 23 @ 19:15 – 21:30

Justin is a full time professional landscape photographer, specialising in capturing atmospheric images of East Anglia but his work takes him all over the country and to many parts of the world. Justin has some fantastic clients including the National Trust and English Heritage and his images have been widely published, appearing everywhere from book and magazine covers to jigsaw puzzles and jam jars!

“Over the last few years I have become increasingly absorbed by landscape photography. This presentation aims to pass along some of the things I have learnt during that time, illustrated by plenty of images.”