A Practical Outing to Silverstone - Helen Jackson-Garside
It's been a busy year so far for the club, we're now settled in our new venue with a great group of photographers who are all improving their skills and pushing the boundaries. So far we've had a different winner in almost every competition and it's great to see the newer members developing so quickly.
Our first outdoor practical of the season was a trip to Silverstone for the World Endurance Championship race. Some members elected to go on the Friday practice session, and the rest of us gambled on the race day itself. Thankfully only the final hour of the race saw the epic rainstorm that had been predicted and the grandstands were thankfully open at key corners to allow us to stay mostly dry. Motorsport is always a difficult skill to master with attention needed to shutter speeds, exposure and composition whilst tackling your subject travelling upwards of 100mph.
Here are a small selection of our images:
Seasons Greetings - Tony Cartwright
2013 is almost done! Hard to believe that not so long ago we were meeting at the social club and worrying about our future. We really have been very lucky to land at the Jaguar Bowls Club. We have been so well looked after here and they're a great team of people. It does seem to suit our purposes very well and I look forward to a very long association. And if you haven't been down yet - feel free to drop in and see us on a Wednesday evening.
Of course we are in winter now (yes I know it starts officially on 21st!) but to me it's winter. This time of year can be difficult season photographically for many with much shortened daylight hours and the cold. But it also brings the rewards of the dramatic lighting of low sun, sunrises and sunsets at more sociable hours, early morning mists, snow, and completely different landscapes are revealed as all the foliage disappears. And of course you have the opportunity to ask Santa for the latest bit of kit that will obviously transform your photographic efforts into award winning masterpieces.
So have a great Christmas break, write your new year resolutions and join us on 8th January for another season's packed programme.
Competitions Report - Matt Garside
Our Practical Outings have proved a great source of images for our members this year, both in our inter-club competitions and in the Merit too. We're half way through our title defence in the Coventry Works Print League and so far we've maintained a narrow lead. In the Merit it's been great to see some entries from our new members who are already rapidly improving and will be stretching the more established photographers soon too. Well done to everyone who's taken part so far, we look forward to seeing some more exciting work after the Christmas break!
Bird of Prey Day - Report by Sylvia Barthorpe
On Saturday 10th August, I took part in my second Photographic outing since joining the
Jaguar Photographic Society in July. A group of 8 of us, met at 1pm on a lovely sunny day at J.R.C.S Falconry , with cameras ready and looking forward to taking some good photos. Jan, the Falconer gave us an introductory talk about the private collection and different breeds of birds he has, which was very informative and extremely interesting. Our first subject was the European Kestrel:
European Kestrel - Sylvia Barthorpe
We then moved on to tackle Lanner and Peregrine Falcons to White Faced Scops, Eagle, Long Eared, Little and Tawny owls and not forgetting the Buzzard and Golden Eagle. Which I might add, all held a perfect pose while we took many photos of each one.
The weather was lovely for taking photos, sunny but not too bright. There was a bit of a firm breeze at times which ruffled the birds feathers now and then, offering a good photo opportunity should you catch it at the right time.
Jan was able to fly some of the birds, at the end which I have not experienced before. I was very surprised just how close a barn owl can fly to the top of your head. I was pleased to get this image of the Barn Owl mid flight.
I was very pleased with my new camera, Canon 550D which only arrived the day before. I would like to thank all the members of the Jaguar Photographic Society for sharing their knowledge and experience, and providing advice on which settings to use and the best angle to shoot at.After a few hours spent at J.R.C.S Falconry my arms certainly knew I had been taking photos, but the whole experience was well worth it. A must for any Photographer.
Snowshill Lavender Summer Trip - Report by Nick Archer
The weather was sunny with some cloud and a brisk breeze as six of us met up in the Car Park of Cotswold Lavender. Despite being first in the queue (and no tourist coaches) it became difficult to take ‘tourist free’ shots virtually from the off so getting decent photos called for either creative composition or a lot of patience.
Venturing up to the back and along the top of the field proved a good move as it was much easier to get some distance shots, although even here, it was sometimes necessary to limit the scope of shots in order to exclude wandering tourists.
The wind was quite brisk on the top of hill so it was either a fast shutter speed or a slow creative one to show motion. By way of contrast to the colour of the Lavender there were some brightly coloured weeds and grasses.
Towards the end of our couple of hours in the field some threatening clouds cleared and allowed us to finish the shoot on a high note with sun and some fluffy clouds, before adjourning to the cafe for a well earned drink and the consumption of miscellaneous food.
After lunch we went down the hill to the picturesque Snowshill village. The village has an abundance of buildings built of Cotswold stone, many with interesting architectural details, with the church right in the heart of the village.
The lovely warm tones of the Cotswold stone lends itself to some nice pictures on a sunny day, just ripe for a few chocolate box covers!
The contrast of flowers with architectural details and the stone couldn’t be missed either.
Not long til the new season begins and we're looking forward to some more great trips along the way.
Spring Outing - Report by Scott Wiggins
Saturday 20th April saw 10 members make an early start to Wales for a day of photography around Lake Vyrnwy and Pystll Rhaeadr.
On arrival we were treated to an hour of calm which gave us some wonderful reflections on the Lake. Whilst Vyrnwy isn't the biggest lake, it does offer the chance to get to grips with a number of compositional elements and practice fundamental techniques. As ever all the members were keen to help each other with tips and assistance as needed and soon some of our newer members were being shown how to use graduated filters and photograph panoramas.
Making our way across the dam we dropped into the RSPB hide and were treated to a wonderful display of small finches and tits as well as a few grey squirrels making the most of the free food from the feeders. Our contingent of keen nature photographers decided to sit tight for a while and made the most of the light to capture some images of the birds with some pleasing results despite having to shoot through the glass.
Making the short journey across to Pystll Rhaeadr we enjoyed the best of the light making it's way into the falls and along valley. I think it was fair to say that everyone enjoyed the opportunity to make images here and there are lots of compositions to be found. If you liked moving water then you were in for a real treat.
The day was a great opportunity to make the best of the early spring weather and to kick off our summer outdoor events. Our club's first ever video record of the day can be seen below:
If you're interested in taking your photography further then please come and join us. We have an interesting programme of events, tutorials and practical events.