We have decided to rename the group. It is now the Photography group rather than Digital photography group.
We continue to present prints from randomly selected topics.
This little fella was taken to represent Textures.
I also submitted this to u3a Eye competition and was so thrilled when it was shortlisted.
In May we are going to be looking at textures in nature. Hopefully the month of May will give us plenty of opportunities to be out and about to enjoy our surroundings and good weather.
In addition we choose four letters of the alphabet and present four 6x4 prints. It is always fun to see how the letters are interpreted through photography.
At our meetings after presenting our prints in the first half of the meeting we have an opportunity to discuss what cameras that we use, share ideas and bring our cameras to the meetings to try new ideas.
Although we do not teach how to use your camera hopefully it is an environment where we can learn from each other.
Mobile phones are now so sophisticated that more of us are using phones and cameras.
I have only been leading the group since January and hope that my enthusiasm for photography will promote others to be as enthusiastic. At this point I would like to thank Wendy Wildey who was the previous group leader. I am pleased to say that Wendy remains a member of the group.
If anybody is interested in joining us please come to one of our meetings and see if this is a group that could interest you. We currently have space for at least two more members.
The digital photography group is still flourishing despite Covid trying to wreck everything.
Unfortunately we have to report that very sadly Tony Ricks died in January. Tony was a very keen photographer with an eye for the unusual. We all enjoyed his prints and miss him.
We continue with our “Subject for the month” and show prints at our monthly meetings. We were all given a plastic duck and told to photograph it. Some ducks were very well travelled and got into the most amazing places. Other subjects have been: Dilapidation, Favourite place on Hayling, Beginning with the letter I, New beginnings, and Take a pencil for a walk.
In April we are going to try Portraiture.
In addition to these “competitive” subjects, we also have a fun photo each week when we have a letter of the alphabet and look for ingenious ideas to show it. (The letters for March were: Z, T, W, S).
We don’t teach how to use cameras (really good photos can be taken on just automatic) but we improve our skills by discussing our prints.
Richard Bond has once again received great success in an International Photographic competition when he came 13th out of 650 entries. This is getting to be a regular event for Richard!
If anybody is interested in joining us we do have room for a couple more members who would be most welcome.
The camera group’s move to a new venue at the golf club is proving to be successful and the staff have been very welcoming.
Our monthly subjects are well supported and recently we have shapes/patterns, containers, flowers and something beginning with J and there were many humorous takes on this. The November subject is "toys" the photo to be taken from three different angles of the same setting.
We are again doing a small panel for our Christmas meeting this time using the letters FOCUS. (U is not easy!). The meeting will be followed by lunch at the club.
Because of the new venue we are in a position to invite new members to join us. So if you would like to make use of your camera other than the annual holiday "snaps" do come along and try us. We meet at the golf club on the last Wednesday of the month from 10.00 to 12.00 and you will be very welcome.
Following our report in the last newsletter the photo group members have now put some prints in the HIADS theatre.
Our last two subjects have been testing. "Arrows" and "Photoshop". We all thought Arrows would be simple but it was difficult to find something a bit different. At the June meeting we discovered we need to learn more about Photoshop. We plan to do something about this at a later meeting!
The subject for our July meeting is "Footpaths" and this will get us out and about and the August subject "Wooden buildings" will need some searching as there don't seem to be many to be found.
We continue to learn, to enjoy and have fun at our meetings.
The Photo Group continues to flourish with members enjoying the test of coping with a set subject each month - with interesting and varied results. The March display at the library, which was set up by Brian Smith and other members, is a good showcase for our work. We have been asked to put on a display at the Station Theatre in July which we hope theatre goers will enjoy.
We would like a few more lady members - would the lure of tea or coffee on arrival persuade you to join us?
Unfortunately Ann Davies who led our group for some time has had to step down through ill health. We shall miss her input and wish her better health in the future. Wendy Wildey, with help from Pat Robbins, is now leading the group.