November Update

We have had a great start to our new season and last month members enjoyed some excellent zoom talks presented by some extremely talented photographers. We shared an evening of members pictures where we chatted about our images and shared constructive advice about how to improve our techniques.

There is much to look forward to over the following weeks including a couple of annual in-club competitions. A Smartphone Image competition where members can submit up to 3 images taken on their smartphone and our Fortune and Greer competition which has the theme ‘Gold’ this year. We are anticipating with great excitement a presentation by Shetland wildlife and landscape photographer Richard Shucksmith. Richard who holds a PhD in Marine Biology, particularly enjoys photographing the coast around Shetland and through his camera lens he combines his love of photography and passion for ecology. Our very own Tim Wilcock will share with us  a slide show presentation of images showcasing his work over the years as a professional photographer. The first of our League competitions takes place which is to be judged by Ian Sturrock DPAGB. We have a young professional photographer Harry Wheeler-Brand from East Anglia presenting to us his inspirational images of Suffolk, Norfolk Essex and Cambridgeshire. The end of the month we welcome back Andy Hall. Andy is a freelance photographer from Stonehaven who has published several books on the landscapes of Scotland. His talk and latest publication  entitled ‘Decisive Moments’ is aimed at photographers of all abilities.

If you would like to take a look here are the links for some of the speakers we have joining us over the next few weeks.:

Richard Shucksmith

https://www.shetlandphototours.co.uk

Harry Wheeler-Brand

https://www.harrybehindthelens.com/about-us

Andy Hall

This month’s photograph is called ‘Odd Man Out’ taken by Alison Rutherford

October update

The last two weeks of our Summer Outing programme saw members climbing to the top of East Lomond anticipating opportunities for some landscape photography and then the following week to Aberdour for some beautiful seascapes. The locations for all of our meet-ups during the last few months have been fantastic and have given us all the chance to catch up with each other in some stunning and diverse places many of which are on our doorstep or not too far away.

Last Thursday we began our new syllabus for the 2021 – 2022 Season with a welcome evening where we enjoyed a slide show featuring the images our members had taken during our outings and images we took inspired by the monthly themes.  We then launched our new syllabus with a run through the new and exciting events the club has in store. A great line up of speakers, competitions and events to look forward to.

During the following weeks we have a talk by Jeanette Lendon on Smartphone Photography, Mick Ryan will present his talk Travelling Into Nature and Antony Zacharias will talk to us about Long Exposure Photography. All of these talks will be presented via Zoom but we do anticipate returning to the Kinross Church Centre as soon as we are able and it is safe to do so.

This month’s photograph ‘Buttercup’ by John St Clair

September Update

Our summer Evening meet-ups during the last few weeks have provided opportunities for some fantastic photography. A visit to The Falkirk Wheel to photograph the rotating boat lift connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. This is a dramatic landmark being the only rotating boat lift of its kind in the world and on our doorstep. The following week we met up at Alva Glen for more water course photography but of a more natural and rugged kind. The beautiful steep sided gorge and fast flowing water with its dramatic waterfalls is the perfect setting for some natural landscape shots and to practice long exposure techniques. A steep ascent to the upper part leads to a viewpoint overlooking Smuggler’s Cave in the floor of the gorge. A visit to the picturesque village of Falkland lying at the foot of the Lomond Hills provided members with countless photographic opportunities. Falkland is Scotland’s first conservation village and is rich with historic and listed buildings providing fantastic opportunities for architectural photography. Best known as the location of Falkland Palace which provides the best example of French influenced Renaissance architecture in Scotland. The village also has examples of Neo-gothic buildings such as the Bruce fountain in the centre of the village. Many of the buildings have fascinating date and marriage stones or wedding lintels above the doorways which also provide great historical subjects to photograph.

To bring members all together to share our images from the last few weeks we enjoyed another Zoom evening where our photographs are shown as a slideshow. As well as images from our recent meet ups we were given two themes to work with again. This time Macro flower shots and Minimalism. Our Zoom meetings are very popular and well attended giving us a chance to chat about our favourite shots and keep up to date with club news.

 If you would like to learn more about our camera club and  and how to become a member please get in touch by email to our secretary

mailto:secretary@kinrosscameraclub.org.uk 

This month’s photograph called ‘Evening Meal’ was taken by Doug Carrie

August Update

Over the last month members have been enjoying more trips out together with our cameras. Our Summer Evening Programme recently included visits to Elie, Balvaird Castle and Glasgow. Despite a rainy evening one of our members braved the storm and caught some beautiful shots of the colourful beach huts at Elie. The visit to Balvaird Castle saw a brighter evening and the light much improved for some atmospheric landscapes with sun-rays appearing from below the clouds adding drama to the skies. Even though it was a grey evening in Glasgow some wonderful architectural shots were taken with interesting reflections and abstract angles coming into play.

We had two interesting and thought provoking themes to work on this month …. Symmetry / Pattern and Surrealist Colour. A Zoom evening meeting gave us the chance to share these images along with those taken on the Summer Evening visits. It is always a well attended enjoyable evening where we have a catch up and a chat about our photographs and share tips and tricks on how to improve techniques in camera and during editing.

Looking forward to more evening visits in August and keeping fingers crossed for some calm weather with good light.

 If you would like to learn more about our camera club and our Summer evening meet ups and even becoming a member please get in touch by email to our secretary

mailto:secretary@kinrosscameraclub.org.uk 

This month’s photograph ‘A Splash of Colour’ was taken by Dianne Whalley

birds, woodpecker, log, moss

July Updates

Our Summer Evening Programme has got off to a fantastic start. Our first outdoor meeting was in the beautiful town of Dollar. Many of us met up armed with cameras and enjoyed a pleasant evening stroll through the streets, along the banks of the river Devon and up into the Glen.  Beautiful images of historic buildings, woodland flora and even striking looking park benches were taken. The following week saw us in South Queensferry where we had an opportunity to photograph the iconic Bridges and take in the wonderful views of the Firth of Forth. The weather forecast had not been promising, however, towards the end of the evening the clouds lifted and the light was stunning giving rise to some fantastic late evening shots with a dramatic sky. The ancient cobbled streets of Culross saw a group of us enjoying the stunning views across the rooftops and down onto the shore. A fantastic outing with a camera to take atmospheric shots of times gone by and then a walk along the shoreline for a few seascapes.

Towards the end of last month we had the opportunity to share our images with each other at a Zoom meeting. Shots taken at our recent meet ups and from the two set topics which are set each month were submitted by members and then shown at our zoom meeting. Recently our set topics were Bokeh and Animals. It was really great to see the images we had all taken and have a good chat about them. Such a great way to pick up tips and advice on how to improve our shots.

 If you would like to learn more about our camera club and our Summer evening meet ups and even becoming a member please get in touch by email to our secretary

mailto:secretary@kinrosscameraclub.org.uk 

This month’s photograph was taken by Duncan Robertson on our recent  meet up at South Queensferry :   ‘Two Bridges’

Here comes Summer! Our Summer Programme this year will be an exciting combination of Summer Evening meet ups and monthly Zoom meetings too. We will be meeting up at a variety of locations in the area to practice our outdoor photography in small groups. The opportunity to once again safely meet up to take photographs is fantastic. Just having a chat, discussing our photography and sharing tips and advice in person will be wonderful and something we have all missed over the last year. These meet ups are fantastic for beginners and experts alike. The idea is to provide an opportunity to get out and about, take photos and learn from each other and of course to have fun. We live in an absolutely fantastic area which lends itself to a wide variety of locations which provide wonderful photographic opportunities. This means there is a fantastic variety of locations on our meet up list, a few examples being, waterfalls and caves at Alva Glen, the scenic village of Aberdour, The Falkirk Wheel, Elie Harbour, and with some luck hopefully an amazing sunset from the top of East Lomond, plus many more beautiful locations to meet up and take our cameras.

In addition to our summer evening outings we will also have a Zoom meet up every 4 weeks to share our recently taken photographs and have a catch up. To provide some inspiration throughout the Summer there will be two topics set at regular intervals for us to work on. The Summer Programme begins on Thursday 20th May with our first Summer Zoom meeting.  The first two inspirational topics which have been suggested are : ‘Odd Numbers’ and ‘Watercourses’  At our Zoom meetings we can share our interpretations of the two regularly set themes and/or any other images we have taken recently and would like to share with club members.

If you would like further information about joining our friendly little club and joining in our Summer Programme please email our secretary :   mailto:secretary@kinrosscameraclub.org.uk 

This month’s photograph : ‘Reflections’ by Mags Stewart

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Award winners!

With the judging of our Annual competition last night by Roy Smith from Ayr, we have now completed all of our competitions for the year. The results of the League and announcement of Most Improved Photographer and Member of the Year were made at the Club Night last night and are now available on the website. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone who enters our competitions and the Jane Turnbull for coordinating all our competition entries. Trophies will be collected in, engraved and distributed in due course. Let’s hope we get to meet for our annual dinner and prize giving in a few months time!!

April forthcoming events

Our line up of events for April looks very exciting. We begin the month on the 1st with our very popular Picture a Quarter where we enjoy seeing photographs our members have taken over the last 3 months. It is always a very relaxed enjoyable evening chatting about where we have all been with our cameras and seeing the interesting things we have snapped.  We have our Annual Competition on the 8th when we welcome judge Roy Smith DPAGB AFIAP Hon SPF from South Ayrshire to join us via Zoom and give his appraisal and constructive critique of our images.  On the 15th April we are very much looking forward to a Zoom presentation by David Garthwaite a skilled fine art photographer from Leeds. David specialises in Black and White Landscape, architecture, portrait and product photography. On the 22nd April we welcome Colleen Slater a creative, macro photography specialist from Brighton. Colleen has an interest in the smaller things in life, whether insects or flowers, her evocative atmospheric and intimate images draw attention to the ordinary, often unnoticed things in the everyday world. Her latest images reveal close up details found in the urban environment.

Picture of the month for April is ‘Cold and Steamy’ by club member David Hatton

David Garthwaite

We are very much looking forward to having David Garthwaite talk to us about ‘Fine Art – A Workflow’ on the 15th April and in advance of his talk we can all have alook at his photos on this site http://www.dgshot.uk/ . Hopefully this will allow us to improve our own workflows especially for those of us interested in Fine Art Photography.

March preview

Kinross Camera Club

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Kinross Camera Club is a very friendly group and welcomes everyone interested in photography whether you are experienced or a beginner or would just like to meet up with others with a similar interest. We would love to see you at one of our club nights on Thursdays which are held via Zoom at 19.30 ( virtual doors open from 19.20 ) If you would like to join the club or find out more about what we do, please contact secretary@kinrosscameraclub.org.uk

We have a great line up of evenings in March. We begin the month with talks by club members Bill Paton and John StClair. Bill will be treating us all, using his fantastic images, to journey with him to Australia and John will be entertaining and inspiring us all with a talk called ‘Another Photo Miscellany’.
On the 11th March we have our League 3 Competition judged by Charles Summers and on 18th March we will be welcoming an exceptionally talented amateur photographer Joe Gilhooley from Loanhead, Midlothian to present his talk ‘If I Can Do It, So Can You’. Our annual joint meeting with Scotish Wildlife Trust will be held on 25th March. This year we are very excited and honoured to be welcoming Moira Gardner FRPS from Fife to present her talk ‘Wildlife of Costa Rica, Peru and Ecuador’. We are very much looking forward to seeing her stunning images of exotic wildlife and to hear first hand about her incredible photography adventures to South America.

This month’s image : European Timber Wolves by Dave Martin