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Hay Camera Club cheers up members with colours June 2020

Hay Camera Club held an internal photo competition on the theme of "colours". Sixty-five entries from members were considered by judge Dave Bennett of the Welsh Photographic Federation. The winning entry was by Angela Bonner of Hay on Wye, and the second-placed was by new member Mark Thomas of Lower Maescoed, Hereford. Tony Blaiklock came third with some beautifully photographed Gladioli (see below). Dave Bennett said “It was enjoyable with some excellent images. Well done to those who received the placings.” All of the entries can be viewed in the Gallery.

Members have enjoyed some first class online presentations during "lock-down", including a memorable evening with Jenny Hibbert of Margam, who stunned us with photos of river life near her home. Upcoming presentations include: improving camera skills, working with textures, trips to India and Namibia and macro photography. When Hay Camera Club is able to resume its face-to-face meetings, it will meet as usual on Tuesdays at 7.30pm in the Masonic Hall in Brecon Road, Hay-on-Wye. Further details will be published on the Events page.

Do contact us if you are interested in joining the Club or attending one of our meetings. 


Peter Seaman - Chairman

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marlborough v. hay update may 2020

Hay Camera Club ‘travelled’ to the South Island of New Zealand for its annual photography competition against Marlborough Camera Club. This of course took place ‘virtually’ using popular software for distance meetings. This was possibly the first of its kind for an international event involving camera clubs. 38 members from both clubs joined in on Saturday 16th May and shared greetings across the world. The judge was Kevin Bowie of Mackenzie Country in New Zealand and, after socialising, members watched an excellent audio visual presentation of the results. Hay Camera Club won but both clubs felt that it was the hands of friendship at these difficult times that mattered most. Chris Cookson, president of Marlborough Camera Club said “this was quite a special event to have people from both clubs able to meet online despite the 12,000 miles separating us”. 

Such was the success of the event, both clubs are already planning for a similar event next year – virus or no virus! Peter Seaman, chair of Hay Camera Club said “There are silver linings to any cloud, and members from both clubs felt a huge morale boost when we were able to meet in this way.” When Hay Camera Club is able to resume its face to face meetings, it will meet as usual on Tuesdays at 7.30pm in the Masonic Hall in Brecon Road, Hay-on-Wye. In the meantime, members are enjoying ‘virtual meetings’ of presentations by both members and external speakers. Further details are published on the Events page.

 

We extend a warm welcome to anyone interested in photography. The club is a happy blend of varying skills among its members. Talks, trips and competitions will be held throughout the year once normal life resumes. In the meantime we have an excellent programme available online every Tuesday evening.

The highest-scoring images from each club are reproduced below and you will find all of the Club's entries to this friendly "battle" in the relevant Gallery

Misty sunrise by David Bull CBE, Hay CC
Dawn of the Summer Solstice by Stephen Coleman, Marlborough CC
in my garden competition spring 2020

To relieve the frustration of the enforced "lock-down" of members as a result of the Coronavirus threat in Spring 2020, Angela suggested that we hold an internal competition limited to images of anything found in a member's garden, but excluding things or views beyond the garden. All of the entries can be viewed in the relevant Gallery and demonstrate the high degree of technical skill, innovation and sense of humour to be found amongst the Club membership.

Congratulations to our Chairman, Peter Seaman, and to Lin Wyles for sharing the honours with their winning images shown below, which each scored a magnificent 20/20. As this was definitely a light-hearted competition, mention must be made of the fact that Peter also received the lowest score given by the external judge (image not shown here)

Greenfinch in rain by Peter Seaman
Wasp on Cotoneaster by Lin Wyles
Message from the Chair. April 2020

Welcome to the new website of Hay Camera Club. Please explore our site, and contact us if you would like to find out more. Earlier in March, the Club held a competition on the theme of ‘Weather’ – there was no shortage of material after this last winter!  Congratulations to Hazel Price for coming first and also getting a "highly commended".  Lin Wyles took second place and Pete Spode came third. The following meeting we had a superb presentation by Peter Young on his darkroom skills and how they are mimicked by modern photography software.

 

Unfortunately the coronavirus epidemic has caused our scheduled programme of meetings through to June to be cancelled or postponed. However with the help of a resourceful and IT-competent member we are now holding weekly "virtual" meetings with over 20 members managing to get online and listen to presentations and then comment. The presentations are being led by members and we seem to have unearthed some real talent, a silver lining in this particular cloud. The suspension of our physical meetings has also meant that our AGM has been postponed. In recognition of the abridged, scheduled programme, we have also decided to reduce our subscription for this year.


Do contact us if you are interested in joining the Club or attending one of our meetings. 


Peter Seaman - Chairman

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Train at full steam crossing bridge
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January 2020 Update from the Chair...


Hay Camera Club enters the New Year with a growing membership and an exciting programme. Over forty members and interested members of the public joined the club for its ‘Open Evening’ earlier this month. The following week three of our more expert members helped in fielding questions about photography. There was a very good discussion on the problems of noise in low light photographs and this was supplemented the following week when our guest speaker, Chris Warren, talked to us about twilight photography. 

Forthcoming events include an internal club photo competition on 28th January and, after a couple of members’ nights, we welcome Peter Savoie on the 18th February. Peter will tell us about proven ways members can ‘up their photography’ using information and insight rarely discussed in photo lectures. Peter has also offered to include aspects of the BBC Planet Earth series which he was involved in filming as a member of the BBC Natural History Film Unit. Please see the details of our programme on the Events  page for more information. 

We are an active club, welcoming all abilities. Our more experienced members are only too happy to pass on tips to new photographers. Do come and join us. The Club offers a warm welcome to prospective members. Why not come along for a ‘taster’ evening and have the chance of the normal £5 guest fee being reimbursed if you decide to join us? If you want to try us out, please see the Contact page or email me at admin@haycameraclub.com

Peter Seaman - Chairman

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Autumn 2019 Update from the Chair...

Hay Camera Club has had a busy Summer. We had Club trips to the Forest of Dean (3 locations) and an overnight trip to the Gower staying in Rhosilli. Both were very successful and well supported by members. It became clear earlier in the year that we needed to update our projector and screen. As a result of an excellent suggestion by a member, the Club held a series of photo print sales in Hay to coincide with the Festival and a market day. We raised over £1200 and, together with other fundraising, it enabled us to replace both bits of kit, including a really good Epson projector. 

Our Autumn programme started in September and presentations so far have included ‘Olympus camera’, colour management, documentary photography, a quiz evening and horse photography. We participated in the 3-way club competition with Builth Wells and Border Monochrome camera clubs, which we won, and we held a special general meeting to approve a change to our internet banking arrangements. 

This Winter we are looking forward to presentations by a number of very good photographers, and we have trips planned to Abertillery and the waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons (one day) and the mountains of Snowdonia in late November for some snow (two nights away). Our Christmas dinner this year will be at the Rhydspence Inn on 10th December. 

We are an active club, welcoming all abilities. Our more experienced members are only too happy to pass on tips to new photographers. Do come and join us. The Club offers a warm welcome to prospective members. If you want to try us out, please see the Contact page or email me at admin@haycameraclub.com

Peter Seaman - Chairman

Misty landscape in Tuscany
Young boy with painted face loooking around corner
Monochrome man on jet ski
From 2018 into 2019...

We concluded 2018 with an excellent presentation by Jim Cossey of Talybont-on-Usk showing us images and techniques for drone photography. Jim is a licensed drone pilot and he told us about the important safety and security issues arising from a drone flight. His images were superb, the height revealing landscape patterns invisible to ground-based photographers.

Finally in December the Club held its annual dinner at The Old Black Lion in Hay and the evening was greatly enjoyed by all. We have an exciting and varied programme for early 2019 including a presentation by member Colin on his interest in architectural and motor vehicle photography, and later another club member, Peter, will present on key skills for good image making.

We particularly draw to the attention of any novice photographers two special evenings. Firstly on February 19th we have a presentation on a beginner’s guide to photography by Chris Warren and this is followed on 5th March with a presentation on camera choices by a member of staff from Carmarthen Cameras.

We welcome visitors to our meetings (from 7.30pm on Tuesdays at the Masonic Hall in Hay) and particularly invite beginners to these two events. There is a small charge for non-members of £5 to cover hall hire and refreshments. 

We are an active club, welcoming all abilities. Our more experienced members are only too happy to pass on tips to new photographers. Do come and join us. The Club offers a warm welcome to prospective members. If you want to try us out, please see the Contact page or email me at admin@haycameraclub.com

Peter Seaman - Chairman

Monochrome steam locomotive in engine shed
Rally car somersaulting in front of spectators
Empty beach scene against stormy sky
Into Autumn 2018...

The Club was active with field trips throughout the Summer ‘break’, when members visited the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, the Elan valley, Llangors Lake at dawn, the GB motorsport rally at Sweet Lamb and the Aberdare Park motorcycle races. The variety of photo techniques tested us and some members got some very good shots. 

The Autumn talks started in September with an outstanding presentation by Heidi Stewart. We have continued to meet weekly since then with a variety of events including a quiz and a presentation/learning event on using Lightroom. Coming up in the next few weeks are presentations by Janette Hill (I have a camera – what do I do with it?), Jim Cossey (drone photography) and Megan A’Herne (Adventures in Multimedia). Members of the public are most welcome to join us at these events for a small charge to cover room hire and refreshments.

We are an active club, welcoming all abilities. Our more experienced members are only too happy to pass on tips to new photographers. Do come and join us. The Club offers a warm welcome to prospective members. If you want to try us out, please see the Contact page or email me at admin@haycameraclub.com

Peter Seaman - Chairman

Budhist monk in temple holdding lighted candle
Sky cycling team members in action
Kestrel and chicks in nest
From 2017 into 2018...

The Club recently won 3 photographic competitions:

The first win was against the Herefordshire Photographic Society, followed by wins against the Border Monochrome Camera Club and Marlborough, a club based in New Zealand.

In September the Club will open its Autumn series of meetings at its new venue at the Masonic Hall in Hay-on-Wye. On Tuesday 4th September at 7.30pm there will be a ‘special’ opening event. Heidi Stewart, a brilliant photographer from South Wales, will be speaking about her landscape photography through different parts of the UK and Iceland. Together we will be visiting Anglesey, Northumberland, the Scottish Highlands, West Cornwall, South East Iceland and many other beautiful locations in between. Heidi has published a number of books and travels widely capturing images of our beautiful countryside.

Members of the public are most welcome to join us at this event and others for a small charge to cover room hire and refreshments. We have a great selection of events and speakers coming lined up for this year. Do come and join us. The Club offers a warm welcome to prospective members. If you want to try us out, please see the Contact page.

Peter Seaman - Chairman

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