Workshop XXIII – Night Sky with SAS

Dear Friends and Members of SPC ๐Ÿ™‚

I have agreed with Sandy Astronomical Society that we could join them during their public viewing event on Thursday 19th March.
However, this is all weather dependant – I will be advised by SAS on the day whether this will go ahead or not.

We are setting up our Workshop XXIII at 6pm at Blunham Playing Fields (MK44 3ND) – please let me know if you are planning to come along. Regardless of the weather, I will be there at 6pm, to check the field for potential future events. If it’s raining, we can go to the pub and review previous photos from previous tasks. Please upload your photos by 9pm on Wednesday 18th March, or bring them on memory stick.

You will definitely need to bring tripod; any lens would be ok, but preferably wide angle; and remote control if you have it. If not, we can use the delay option on your camera. Plus warm clothes and beer money!

You can see more information about SAS on their website: https://gostargazing.co.uk/organiser/sandyas/

I have got more news… and I cannot wait to see you again!

All the best to you!

Carlos

Workshop XXII – Recce for Race

Dear Members and Friends of SPC,

I am happy to announce another workshop in our Club – Recce for Race.
This time we will visit surrounding areas to find the best spot for best shot! I know this sounds very enigmatic, however we are going to spend another 2-4 hours together doing photography and finish at a nice place with cup of nice drink.

This time we will meet at Sandy Library on Saturday, 8th Feb 2020 at 9.45am and then we will do the trip around.
I will prepare maps and directions.
Before we start we will have a little chat about what is being proposed, and we will review photos and discuss in more detail at our next General Meeting.
This will also be a good opportunity to take shots for Task 11!
All the best to you ๐Ÿ™‚
Carlos

Workshop XX – Remembrance Day in Models

Dear Sandy Photography Club Members and Friends,
Remembrance Day is the time to reflect on the past, on history, and those people who never come back from war time conflict.
We remember them in November, but there people who constantly think how to make the world better based on past events.
There are many details from history, and these are beautifully captured by an enthusiastic hobbyist who has been working for months, years, bringing the memory of these days to reality.
I have recently met Lee, a very interesting person, who recreates war time scenes in miniature, and documents the scene he is creating, from scenography to the details of equipment.

We as photographers would also like to capture all these moments of history. This is an opportunity to join many passionate people together to tell the stories. Let’s catch these pieces of history by making a photographic documentary of his work.

On this Workshop, we will focus on macro photography, composition and light to get the best scene.
Again, we will use tripods, macro lenses, tubes, etc.
We will meet on Sunday 24 November at 9.30am outside Sandy Library, and then go together to the venue in Potton.
This will be a maximum group of 5 people – please let me know as soon as possible if you wish to attend, by 20 November latest.
This will be on a first come, first served basis. The Workshop will take about 3-4 hours – afterwards, we could go for lunch in a local pub.
All the best to you ๐Ÿ™‚
Carlos

After Workshop XIX – Film Photography

Dear Members and Visitors,

I hope you enjoyed our last workshop and you learned something new. Thank you for coming along.

The weather was chilly, and the wind always blew the wrong way – but we stayed dry! There was a lot of fun, as a couple of members found old film (quite a few years old!) still waiting in the camera for the next shots!

Carlos always forgot to manually wind on his film after taking a shot! As a result, he missed a lot of great moments! There was no time for mistakes and every shot had to be well planned (in theory!).
Some of the members forgot to replace the battery – even in an old camera the light meter uses battery – as a result, all members had to practice using an old manual Russian light meter!
Autofocus on the camera on that day didn’t work, so the next experience was how to get a sharp picture without electronic support.
Generally, the birds were flying too fast, dogs running around unpredictably, and quiet landscapes were disrupted by passers by appearing from no where! Some nature was pretty, so no one could resist taking still life pictures.
The day was a challenge, but we calmed down, and warmed up, in the local pub!

We will discover the results of our efforts at the next General Meeting, which will be announced soon. Please keep following us on our website and social media.

Always yours,
Carlos

Workshop XIX- Film Photography

Dear Members of Sandy Photography Club and Friends ๐Ÿ™‚

It is time to go back to the beginning of our photography story. Digital is very helpful but it is only a technique that originated from the skill of film photography.

Therefore, we will meet on Sunday 29 September at 3.45pm at Lurke St, Parking, Bedford MK40 3HZ.

Photography started many years ago with plates and other materials, progressing to film photography which was developed over decades getting better and better all the time.

Finally the digital era almost killed the film technique but we should not forget where we came from.

I would like to start film photography workshops where we will focus on proper composition, and pay attention to the skill and how not to waste our time – we should start respecting the skill of photography and not relying on digital processing to get us out of difficulty.

If you are happy to, we will continue with a workshop or task every 3 months.

Let me know if you have a film camera, or if you need to borrow one; if you have more than one film camera, would you be prepared to lend it to another member who hasn’t?

Please check on link below which films you want to order – for example, do you want colour, BW, negative or slides, how many exposures (24, 36?) etc. If you are not sure, just ask! ๐Ÿ™‚

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=photo+film+35mm&rh=n%3A560798%2Cn%3A1104440&dc&crid=218JOZ1J50J6T&qid=1569064084&rnid=1642204031&sprefix=photo+film+%2Caps%2C138&ref=sr_nr_n_6

I envisage getting our films developed after each workshop, so that we can see your progress – I would send them all together to a photolab to cut down on cost.

Please let me know if you are able to come on the 29th.

 

All the best to you!

Carlos

Workshop XVIII – Wide Angle in B&W

Dear Photography Lovers!

We have another workshop ahead! This time, we will get much better pictures using different techniques.
Firstly, we will practice the composition elements using wide angle lenses, and then getting correct exposure in black and white camera settings mode.

We plan to meet this time on TUESDAY evening, 20 August, at 6.00pm in Great Barford (MK44 3LQ, near All Saints Church).
We are planning to catch the “golden hours” before sunset at 8.15pm, playing with the shadows and new perspective.

Please bring with you lenses with focal lens less than 35mm, together with tripod/monopod.

Please, could you let me know if you are able to come, and if you would like a lift.

Can’t wait to see you all again!

This invitation is open to new members – please feel free to come along.

 

All the best to you ๐Ÿ™‚

Carlos

Workshop XVII – Looking for Spring in Macro 2

Dear SPC Members and Friends,

I am pleased to let you know that, as photographers, we are similar to birds – especially early birds!
We cannot miss the opportunity to get even better photos based on our previous experience.
We will meet on Saturday 11 May at Moggerhanger Park in the car park (postcode: MK44 3RW) at 7.30am.
This time definitely we need tripods, extension tubes, macro lens, coffee, and a lot of patience!

Please make sure your camera’s battery is fully charged, and don’t forget your memory card.

I cannot wait to see your smiling, happy faces!

All the best to you ๐Ÿ™‚
Carlos

Workshop XVII – Looking for Spring in Macro

Dear SPC Members and Friends!

I propose that we have Workshop XVII “Looking for Spring in Macro” on Saturday, 6th April at the RSPB.

We will meet on that day at 09.30-45 at Sandy Library in order to car share to the RSPB – the parking charges are now ยฃ6 for those without RSPB membership, so car sharing is preferable to share the cost. If you wish to go straight there, we will meet in the car park at The Lodge, Potton Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2DL at 9.45-10am.

Could you let me know if you are interested in coming along for this Workshop XVII, and also let me know if you want to car share, or meet us at The Lodge.

For equipment, please bring with you tripod, a wide range of lenses (macro preferred, or extension tubes), and your camera!

Before we start shooting we will have a quick meeting (20-30 mins) to discuss ideas and camera settings, so please give some thought to what image you want to create as we can discuss how it can be achieved.

I can’t wait to meet you again!

All the best to you ๐Ÿ™‚
Carlos

Workshop XVI – Camera Settings

It is my pleasure to announce our next Workshop XVI – Camera Settings.

We will meet on Saturday 2nd March at Sandy Library at 9.30-45am and then we will walk a short distance to my home.
We will review and explain your camera and lens settings so you will obviously need your camera and lenses!
Please prepare a list of questions or concerns regarding this subject.
Please let me know in advance what you would like to drink!

See you soon with your amazing gear!

All the best to you ๐Ÿ™‚
Carlos

Workshop XV – Paxton Pits Competition

I would like to announce the next Workshop XV – ‘Paxton Pits Competition’ this Saturday 9 February, meeting at 2.45pm at Paxton Pits car park.

The weather looks fine, although a bit windy, so please bring windproof (and waterproof, just in case!) clothing.
Can you let me know if this time will be ok for you?
All non-members are very welcome to join us on Saturdayย  –ย  please also let me know if you are going to come.
In the week after the Workshop, I am planning to hold one-to-one meetings to select and process your photos and complete the entry form for the competition. Please contact me to book your place, Monday to Friday, after 7pm. First come, first served.
I would like to set a date for our next General Meeting when we will review all photos to be submitted for the competition.
Available dates are either Saturday 16 February, or Saturday 23 Februaryย  –ย  we will go for whichever date gets the most votes, so please get back to me with your preference by this Friday 8th.
All the best to you ๐Ÿ™‚
Carlos