52 Week Photography Challenge

Do you want even more photographic inspiration than the monthly photo club assignments? Here’s an interesting year-long challenge for you:

Dogwood 52 Week Photography Challenge
Each week, the weekly challenge will be in one of 3 categories:

  • Story Telling: Good photographers can take beautiful images of something. Great photographers can tell a story with an image. In this category you will take a prompt and turn it into a photographic story.
  • Compositional Eye: In past challenges we have explored the rules of composition. This year we push the rules even further by using them in specific ways to train your compositional eye.
  • Inspiration: In this wide-open category, we start with a simple inspiration. Use this inspiration as creatively as you can. There are no rules so feel free to think outside of the box.

Fen Gallop

It’s the Fen Gallop 10k and 4mile race on Sunday and the organisers are looking for photos of the race. Perhaps an opportunity for the camera club members?

They are expecting race entrants to break through the 500 barrier so it should be quite a big event…with lots of interesting photo opportunities; use a wide angle at the start to add drama to the image or pick off individual runners, absolutely shattered, with a long lens? The choice is yours!

The race starts at 10.20am on Sunday at the Rec although it’ll be kicking off 30 minutes before. The top athletes will be back before 11am!

Illustrated Photo Tricks

Some of these are tricks, others I would describe as merely techniques, but they are all fascinating and some are revealing.


And now you know why Francis gave up Wedding Photography!

Anglesey Abbey Winter Lights

Eddie McFish
Eddie McFish

Francis has pointed out that The Winter Lights at Anglesey Abbey and Gardens will be taking place at the end of November and early December – a great photo opportunity!

Experience the magical Anglesey Abbey gardens illuminated at night.

This years event is being held on 27, 28 & 29 November and 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 & 13 December. Tickets are £12.50 adults, Child £8.50 or Family Ticket (2 adults & up to 3 children) £40. It usually sells out.

This is a timed ticket event, and tickets are on sale now from the National Trust Box Office on 0844 249 1895 or online.

The Real Meaning

of Common Photographic Words and Expressions explained:

Part 1 and Part 2


landscape photographer: Semi-autistic person who likes spending long periods on their own and didn’t fancy taking up fishing.

Golden Hour: Period of the day during which landscape photographers further alienate themselves from their loved ones by disappearing at precisely the same time as the evening meal is being served.

Snap the Ouse Competition

The Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership has launched an exciting competition to promote OuseFest (which starts on the 20th July and runs until the 2nd August 2015).

Ouse Washes LogoWe are looking for photographs that define the character and feel of the Ouse Washes and depict what makes our area great. Photographs could include landscapes, wildlife, people, buildings or water.

The competition is open to everyone and has three age categories (Age 12 or under, 13 to– 18, and 19 or over). One winner from each category will win a basket full of goodies worth £50.

The closing date is Sunday 31st May 2015. See their website for details.

Community Orchard Blossom

WAG thought it would be a good idea to record the blossoming of the different fruit types in the orchard. It is all about to kick off, starting with the apricots.

by Wendy
by Wendy

They suggested that the club might be interested and it might yet become an “activity”, but meanwhile do try to get up to the Community Orchard and photograph the blossom.

If there are enough pictures (i.e. more than two), I’ll make a gallery for them here on the website. In case your horticultural identification skills need some brushing up, and until the trees are all labelled, here is a listing of the varieties and their locations.

In case you don’t know where the orchard is, here’s a link to a map.

Some words of encouragement from Reg:

“A new photographic opportunity presents itself to the village for the first time this year. The fruit trees in the Community Orchard are about to come into flower with, we hope, spectacular displays. The opportunity will continue for several weeks as different varieties decide when to give us a show. I can, if you wish, ask the project manager to inform you as to the likely timetable as the varieties start to bud.
If anyone partakes of this opportunity could we ask them to send copies of their best to the Project Manager Graham Mumby”