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”

Recreating Iconic Photographs

If you have a few days spare when you are trapped indoors, you might like to consider recreating some iconic photographs in model form. Be careful, though, because the standard is high.

Recreating the Titanic

See more setups here.

January 2015

We had two presentations this evening – a practical and some theory.

First, Keith showed us some of the ingenious home-made rigs he has built to take high-speed photographs using mechanically triggered flashguns, followed by a bracing outdoor demonstration in the car park. Eggs and balloons were sacrificed in the name of art. You can download his presentation here: High speed photography, and see the photographs taken on the night:

Then, Francis gave a brief but thorough introduction to Textures, which you can read again in preparation for next month’s assignment.

Thanks to both for an entertaining and educational evening.

the hours

You’ve probably heard about 365projects, where you take a picture a day for a year. I’ve done it twice now, and I’m taking a break, although I do miss it a little. If that seems a little daunting, here’s another idea for photo inspiration: thehours.

This website is a collective project in which a group of photographers, who met on Flickr, each post a single image every month, taken during a particular hour of the day. We’re starting in January 2014 with 7am (so images posted that month will be taken between 7am and 8am) and then moving through the day by an hour each month.

There’s no need to publish your photos, although there is a Flickr group associated with thehours website if you want to join in.