Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Images of Norway

Anne and I were fortunate to be able to spend a week in the Norwegian Fjords a week or so ago. It is a beautiful place made very much better by the fact that we were incredibly lucky with the weather. After three weeks of rain in some of the places we visited, it started to dry up a couple of days before we arrived, and we didn’t see a drop of rain and had blue skies and warm sunshine throughout.

Pete Bissell

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Pat the Petrolhead

Who thought Pat was a Petrolhead?

Simon and I went to Coventry Motofest on Sunday to watch the boy racers. Last year I was lucky and found a gap in the fence to poke my lens through. In case it wasn't there this year Simon carried a pair of steps for me, we did feel a daft and got some funny looks from people. The steps weren't really high enough and eventually my gap became free. I tried fast shutter speeds 1/250s and slow panning 1/15 -1/30s. The most successful shots have something to convey movement, either blur or smoke. Otherwise the cars look like they were parked, not whizzing by.

I spoke to the wife of the SCR car; she pinched my space to video him. I sent them some of my pictures of his car. I was thrilled that he liked them and wants to put some on his social media. He suggested I watermark them and add copyright details, so I have done that this morning in Lightroom. Fortunately my photo magazine had an article on how to do it this month. I took inspiration for my logo from Gary's that I saw on the DVD he made for my friend Geeta after the portrait day.

Free event, £1 to park. What is not to like? Noise, smoke and getting covered in rubber dust!

Pat Osborne

Friday, 12 May 2017

Twitcher Alert

I've recently taken up wildlife photography again and thought you might like to see these pictures

Graham Cherry

Nice to see a different genre, Thanks Graham -


Saturday, 6 May 2017

Beautiful Pembrokeshire

Thanks to Pat Osborne for posting the images of Skomer – some lovely memories.

By coincidence Anne and I were also in Pembrokeshire over the May Day bank holiday weekend, and did a few walks along the stunning coastal path. One walk took us from the Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy to Porthgain. The Blue Lagoon is an old slate quarry that was intentionally ‘opened’ to the sea by blasting a number of years ago. It is now a 25 metre deep lagoon which is used for the Red Bull Diving Championships (well worth checking out on YouTube), and has also featured in a number of films and TV programmes. Porthgain is still a small working harbour, and also has a rich industrial heritage with further slate mines and the remains of an old, but substantial brick works. Another of our walks took us to Slebech Park, which is a private estate with a small boutique hotel and a terrace looking on to the estuary where you can have an incredibly peaceful lunch

Pete Bissell

A Few Snapshots

Allan Giles

4th. Annual Competition

Class I. Advanced Colour Print

1st:  Loughrigg Fell            - Andy Askey
2nd: Dawn in Borrowdale  - Tom Swallow
3rd:  Going for Four           - John McNaughton
HC:  A Golden Moment     - Tom Swallow
C:     In Remembrance      - Tom Swallow
C:     Red Kite on Lookout - Paul Randall

Class J. Novice Colour Print

1st:  Heavenly Light           - Allan Giles
2nd: A Reflective Moment  - Ray Phillips
3rd:  Hand Held                  - Allan Giles
HC:  Cheeky Bottom -
         Bit of a Giggle            - Mike Yates
C:     Sailing at Sunset        - Mike Yates
C:     One Fallen Tree         - Pat Osborne

Class K. Colour Panel

1st:  Still Life                            - Andy Askey
2nd: Take a Seat                     - Ann Galbraith
3rd:  No Sharing, Just Glaring - Pat Osborne
HC:  Sunset Glow                    - David Galbraith
HC:  Rock Face                       - Bill Lakin
C:     Backstreets                     - David Galbraith
C: In Her Own World               - Tom Swallow

Thursday, 4 May 2017

A Trip to Skomer Island

Simon and I went down to South Wales for the weekend and took a boat to Skomer. We were up and off too early for breakfast at the hotel, but it was worth it as we got tickets 47 and 48 of 50 on the boat. It is great to be on the first trip so that there are less people about. Skomer is so beautiful in April, with abundant bluebells, campion and a low growing white flower that I hope someone can identify! The puffins are a delight to watch. There is something very endearing about black and white animals, in general, (watch out for my badgers in Thursday's competition) but the way puffins stick their little legs out to land is quite amusing. You are on the island for 5hrs with no cafĂ© and a no flushing toilet, just the composting kind! The weather was kind to us and the sun shone in the morning. The wind was strong and blew me off balance a couple of times. However, this had the advantage of holding the puffins back a little when they took off so I could better get pictures of them flying. I have "Photoshopped" 2 kids in the bluebell shot with the lovely winding path. I think I prefer it without them. I was desperate to tell the girl off for picking the flowers!

Pat Osborne