Workshop XXIII – Night Sky with SAS

Dear Friends and Members of SPC πŸ™‚

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:

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

All the best to you!


General Meeting – February 15th 2020 @9.45am

Dear Members of Sandy Photography Club and Friends,
After Workshop XXII it is time for General Meeting.
We were lucky on the day – sunshine, Sandy forest, fresh air and great coffee after all!Β 

New member, Robert joined the SPC Workshop and straight away supported us with advice and enjoyed the walk, taking photos πŸ˜‰
We have driven around our ‘secret mission’ route and checked the best positions to reserve for our future event!
More details will be revealed at our General Meeting, where you are very welcome.

Where are we meeting?Β 
In the large lay-by opposite Willington Post Office on the main road to Bedford (postcode MK44 3PS)


15th February 2020 at 9.45am.

What to bring?

Yourself with camera, photos and good sense of humour as usual πŸ™‚

How long is meeting?

We never know, after 2hrs feel free if you have other duties πŸ˜‰

All the best to you πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

General Meeting – January 25th 2020 @9.45am

Dear Members and Friends of Sandy Photography Club,

The new 2020 year is fully ahead of us.

Time for the first of 2020 General Meeting!

At this meeting we will review our work and look forward to new projects in the coming year when we will be celebrating our 3rd Anniversary in January!

Good friendship, great ideas and cameras – creating our Sandy Photography Club!

Thanks once again to Mary who will be hosting the meeting on Saturday 25th January 2020 at 9.45am at Willington, Bedford.

We will meet at 9.45am in the large lay-by opposite Willington Post Office on the main road to Bedford (postcode MK44 3PS).

If you wish to start your photography adventure with us you are welcome to join at any time – just let me know by completing the form on our website.

All the best to you!


General Meeting – December 7th @9.45am

All the best to you πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

Workshop XIX- Film Photography

Dear Members of Sandy Photography Club and Friends πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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!


Happy Faces of Sandy – Afterwards

Happy Faces of Sandy - Afterwards

Dear Members of Sandy Photography Club,

Firstly, I would like to say a big thank you to Gina, Jamie, Mary and Jenny for all your help at the Sandy Carnival event. I will be publishing the results of the project very soon.

In spite of the wind and rain, we had a lot of fun and can say it was another successful event for our Club, where Jamie and Jenny played leading roles as photographers for the Happy Faces of Sandy project.

Gina’s work has been priceless as only she could handle the administration and assistant’s work!

Mary was involved as equipment manager helping put up the gazebo and providing seating, and most importantly, donuts!

Carlos found the flashlights a challenge, positioning the light not necessarily in the right direction – but he tried!

All members of SPC would like to say a huge thank you to Kristeen Burton and the Sandy Carnival Committee for their invitation to include us at the event as part of Sandy community. We are most appreciative and enjoyed participating on the day and meeting so many different people and characters.

The event went well, and we were pleased that families wanted to join in our fun, having their portraits taken, and capturing precious moments in their life.

All the best to you πŸ™‚

Workshop XVIII – Afterwards

Dear Members of Sandy Photography Club and Friends,

I would like to say thank you for coming along to our Workshop, ‘Wide Angle and B&W’ – it was good to see many members enjoying the event at Great Barford. I would also like to give a warm welcome to a new member, Dave, who enjoyed his session with us.

Please find attached some ‘backstage’ photos from our evening, which you can share and like on social media.
We are planning another workshop soonΒ  –Β  watch out for further announcements about this and other meetings.


Just for your information, our colleagues at St Neots Camera Club have kindly sent us an invitation to attend the first day of their new season, on 17 September at St Neots Bowls Club, Priory Road, St Neots at 7.00pm. Entry is free.
Also they will be holding the annual camera club exhibition which will again be held at the Priory Centre in St Neots on Saturday, 5 October 2019 from 10:00.

All the best to you πŸ™‚