May Update

Our final meeting at the end of April brought our 2021/22 Season to a close. Attendees enjoyed a face to face meeting in Kinross Church Centre where we got together to enjoy a fun quiz night and a raffle. I am pleased to report that despite COVID restrictions preventing most of our in hall meetings we have still managed to run a full and varied schedule all year with most of our meetings being held via Zoom. We discovered a great advantages of Zoom meetings has meant our club enjoyed  presentations from speakers far and wide who would not usually be able to join us due to distance.  We have enjoyed many  presentations from all over the UK and even one from Namibia.  Where restrictions allowed we have had a few face to face meetings in Kinross Church Centre. Our competitions were always preferable face to face when possible in order to appreciate the fantastic mounted prints many of our members entered. Several club members are continuing to shield and isolate  so we have decided to schedule a combination of Zoom meetings and in hall meetings next season beginning in September.  This will allow all members of Kinross Camera Club to be able to participate in as much of the programme as possible.

The Annual Dinner will be held on May 7th. This is always an enjoyable get to together to bring the season to a close and where hard earned trophies for competition winners will be presented. Definitely an event to look forward to as we have not been able to hold this event for the last two years.

Work is already underway creating the 2022/23 Syllabus and this will be available to see on our website later in the year. 

If you would like to learn more about Kinross Camera Club and the activities and events coming up later in the year please contact secretary@kinrosscameraclub.org.uk

Our featured photograph this month is called ‘Leucojum Aestivum’ by Ian Jones

April Update

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The final meeting in March KCC members were treated to an evening with award winning landscape photographer Ashely Franklin with his amazing presentation ‘Under Tuscan Skies’. The images of D’Orcia are absolutely stunning. ‘Images of dawn mists , lush rolling hills where wildflowers bloom and Cypress trees stand sentinel’ Ashley also showed us the historic, scenic hill-top towns of the region as well as photos from the Mille Miglia classic car rally which is held each May.  At the beginning of April we look forward to our popular evening of Members Pictures. There have been lots of opportunities for catching images of the onset of Spring and we can have a chat about where we have been and what we have been snapping with our cameras.  The 14th April will be our final competition of the season ‘The Annual’ when we welcome judge David Sadler ARPS, DPAGB, EFIAP/s, BPE3*, LBIPP an exceptional photographer from Dundee to assess our images and give us feedback to help us improve on our work.

For our final presentation of this season we welcome Commercial and Street Photographer Ross Grieve AMPA to join us for a Zoom meeting to present his incredible Street images. Street photography is a genre which is popular with many of our members and I’m sure we will all be inspired by Ross and his wonderful thought provoking images.

To bring the season to a close and to award all of those hard earned trophies we look forward to our Annual Dinner where members and their partners can get together to enjoy a tasty 3 course dinner and celebrate the end of a fantastic season.

We always welcome new members and we would love to see you at one of our club meetings. If you would like to join Kinross Camera Club or find out more about what we do, please contact secretary@kinrosscameraclub.org.uk

Picture of the month for April is ‘Hair Chopper’ by Richard Dibley

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2022 March

Kinross Camera Club has some fantastic news to share ….. our club was victorious and came first in the 3-Way Club Competition against St Andrews and Cupar held on 10th February. There were absolutely stunning entries from all three clubs and the judge Terry Hewitt commented on the very high standard of all of the images entered this year. The competition was held via Zoom hosted by St Andrews Photographic Society and was very well attended by members from all three clubs. It was great to catch up with news from members from the local clubs and an enjoyable evening was had by all. Looking forward to next year which will be hosted by Cupar Camera Club and hopefully we will be able to enjoy a meeting face to face in Cupar.

In March the club is looking forward to learning about work flow and ways to organise and store our images. Club member Richard Dibley will explain his own methods and ideas on work flow and it will be an opportunity for members to discuss and chat about their own techniques. These internal speaker evenings are always enjoyable and a great chance for learning and discussion in a relaxed friendly environment.

The second week of March sees our League 3 Competition judged by Douglas May FRPS. Members are invited to enter Colour prints, Mono prints and Projected Digital Images. This is the third of our yearly League competitions and the scores from the previous League competitions are added together to discover our winners for the 2021 – 2022 season. Good luck to everyone who has entered.

This month we are looking forward to a presentation by Still Life photographer Andy Phillips called ‘The Inner Landscape’. This is a presentation of still life images with a difference. Andy says his still life images are illuminated by just carefully controlled natural light and for very little expense too! It is a journey from simple set ups through to more elaborate schemes. Definitely one not to miss.

Our yearly joint meeting with our local Scottish Wildlife Trust group takes place this month. This year our speaker is Wildlife Photographer, author and lecturer David Boag. David has also taught photography to both photographic degree and wildlife illustration students. David has led African wildlife safari trips to Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. We are very much looking forward to hearing about David’s life and listening to his presentation on ‘The World of a Wildlife Photographer’. This presentation spans 35 years of photography and takes us to 5 continents.  We are looking forward to joining up with the SWT to enjoy this fascinating and inspirational talk.

If you are interested in photography and would like to find out more about our small and friendly club please drop an email to our secretary who will give you further details.

secretary@kinrosscameraclub.org.uk

This month’s photograph is called ‘The Bass Rock’ by David Sharman

2022 February

We begin the first Thursday in February with another popular evening of Members Pictures.  All our members are encouraged to have a look through the photos they have taken over the last couple of months and choose two of their best shots to submit. We then all enjoy a slideshow of these images and many of our more experienced members kindly offer positive advice and tips on how the image can be improved. This is always a popular evening and many of the images seen go on to be entered in club competitions.

On February 9th Kinross Camera Club takes part in the annual 3 – Way competition with St Andrews Photographic Society and Cupar Camera Club. This is an enjoyable evening where each club submits 15 Projected Digital Images for an external judge to critique and score. A friendly competition which gives us a chance to see the work of other local clubs. Great sportsmanship of course but each club always having its eye on that trophy.

The second Thursday sees photographer Andy S Hayes ARPS EFIAP/g DPAGB PPSA from Laurencekirk joining us via a Zoom meeting to share with us a powerpoint presentation of his images of Aircraft and collections of photographs taken at Airshows. This will be a popular evening as we have a number of members who have an interest in this subject.

Our annual 4 On A Board Competition takes place on the 17th February. Four related photographs mounted on a board on any theme. This is a fun and entertaining evening where the images submitted are judged by members.

Our final meeting in February we will welcome photographer Erica Oram CPAGB AFIAP BPE3 to present her Zoom talk “Seeing Opportunity” This talk is about making the most of limited time for photography by ‘seeing’ opportunity and by being a little creative both in camera and through editing. Many of us live busy lives and struggle to find time for our photography. Erica will give us ideas and advice on how to get the best of our photography when limited for time.

If you would like to give our club a try and see if it is for you please drop an email to our secretary who will give you further details.

secretary@kinrosscameraclub.org.uk

This month’s photograph is called ‘Black Rock Cottage’ by Karen Davies

December Update

The club begins December with an evening of images taken by members over the last couple of months. We will have a slideshow to showcase what we have all been busy photographing throughout the Autumn and approaching Winter days.

We look forward to meeting up face to face again in the hall for our Thackery and Creative Digital competitions judged by Roger Stewart LRPS. Our theme for the Thackery competition this year is a tryptic of  ‘Flowers in Close Up’ and our Creative Digital competition gives us an opportunity to have a go at something a little different and to challenge our inner creativity. Definitely an evening to look forward to.

To get us all ready for the festive season on our last meeting of 2021 we have an evening of merriment with a Christmas Quiz, festivities and of course a wee tipple with mince pies and sausage rolls.

Our first meeting in January will bring 2022 in with a fabulous speaker from overseas. Scott Hurd is a professional photographer who lives and works in Namibia. In his talk Scott will lead us through his journey from the UK to Namibia and through his stunning photography will show how his work unfolds from photographing children at school, fabulous weddings and, of course, the wildlife. Black and White Rhinos, Hippopotamus, Desert Elephants and Pangolins. He tells of the plight of Pangolins and how these animals need to be saved from poachers who sell their scales for medicine and their bodies for food. Scott’s work in photographing all these endangered species certainly helps to raise awareness worldwide. One not to miss.

Our second League competition of the season will be judged by Donald Stewart FRPS. Hopefully we will all be meeting up face to face again in Kinross Church Hall Covid restrictions allowing!

Roy Carr, a photographer from SE Wales, will be joining us via a zoom meeting to show us his images from a recent documentary project he has done called ‘A Year in Their Lives’ about sheep farming in Wales. Roy tells us the story of a farming year on 3 sheep farms within the Cynon Valley in South Wales. Through his images Roy records the key events from lambing, shearing, hay making, dipping, selling and winter grazing. He sensitively captures the interaction between the people and the animals.

Our final zoom presentation for January is by Brian Lloyd Duckett whose talk is entitled ‘Conquer Your Fears in Street Photography’.  Brian is a Street Photographer from London who visits all the major cities of the UK taking fantastic, quirky and inspiring images. In his talk he will help to build our confidence to have a go ourselves at this genre of photography.

This month’s photograph is called ‘Dunstanburgh Castle’ by Janet Lowe

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’