hay camera club news

hay camera club takes more honours in october 2020

Hot on the heels of its own internal competition in the previous month, October saw the Club taking part in the annual Club of Clubs contest with neighbouring clubs in the Marches. Sadly, the ongoing Covid-19 emergency prevented the contest from taking place in the usual, comfortable environment of Llyswen Village Hall, accompanied by lots of tasty food and easy conversation. Instead, Club members had to assemble virtually using bespoke online conferencing software. Equally sadly, Builth Wells Photographic Club, one of the usual competitors, were unable to assemble an entry this year and so Hay was left with the challenge mounted by the Border Monochrome Camera Club from Kington. 

The judge for this event was Ian Ledgard from the Towy Valley and he provided many useful comments on each image. In the event Hay won comfortably and the best image of the evening was adjudged to be "Lily Twirl" (below) by Angela Bonner QPSA. , which Ian described as "Really simple and clever, exceptionally good."

Amazingly, in addition to Angela another six Hay Camera Club members were awarded the maximum 20 points, so this was a very strong performance by the Club indeed. All of the entries can be viewed in the Gallery.

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Hay Camera Club makes the most of lock-down, September 2020

Hay Camera Club held an internal photo competition on the theme of "lock-down". Entries from members were considered by the (hitherto) anonymous judge on the basis of how the lockdown had affected them, the changes they had seen, memories, recollections and experiences, whether sad or amusing. Over 40 images were submitted and many displayed a very broad interpretation of the theme. All of the entries can be viewed in the Gallery

The overall winner was adjudged to be Peter Wyles from Hereford, who actually entered two images scoring a maximum mark. Other members scoring 20/20 included Angela Bonner QPSA from Hay-on-Wye and Ros Coles from Clyro (see below).

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Hay Camera Club launches its autumn programme of activities

Hay Camera Club has kicked off its autumn programme with online presentations and a day trip. We started with a presentation of the judging of a multi-club competition and once again we appreciated the difficulties judges face. This was followed by an excellent and individual presentation on ‘table-top’ photography, although we feared we might be practising that more than we would want as winter and a possible rise in the pandemic threatens. Club members enjoyed a good trip to two spectacular gardens and we were able to socialise – distantly – outside over a bite to eat. Three members have been out very early attempting without success to photograph a family of Otters on the river Usk, but the morning light over the water was beautiful. We have a full programme of online presentations right through to December and we are also planning more day trips, including one to the remote hills in the West of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Did you know that you can join Hay Camera Club for £40.00? We reduced the subscription because of our inability to meet in person. Even better, the £40 is further reduced on a month-by-month pro rata basis till the end of this current subscription year (March 2021). These are bargain rates and you will be able to enjoy weekly online meetings, take part in competitions, and join other members on socially distanced Club day trips. To find out more, send an email to admin@haycameraclub.com.

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. Peter Seaman, chair of the Club said “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.”

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Hay Camera Club plans its Autumn programme

Did you know that you can join Hay Camera Club for, at the most, £40.00? We reduced the subscription because of our inability to meet in person. Even better, the £40 is further reduced on a month-by-month pro rata basis till then end of this current subscription year (March 2021). These are bargain rates and you will be able to enjoy weekly online meetings, take part in competitions and join other members on socially distanced club day trips. To find out more, send an email to admin@haycameraclub.com.

Upcoming presentations in August include ‘Beautiful and Abandoned Italy’, and ‘Using Photoshop’ (first half) and ‘Botswana’ (in the second half). Tony, our programme secretary, is working to re-adjust the autumn programme in order to reflect the continued unavailability of our usual meeting room due to the pandemic. Details will be published on this website as soon as possible.  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. Peter Seaman, chair of the club said “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.”

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

Pencils with waterdrops by Angela Bonner QPSA
Point marker by Mark Thomas
Glad by Tony Blaiklock
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

Curiosity by Ros Coles
All aboard by David Griffiths
Breakfast a la carte by Peter Wesson
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

Inspired by a Dutch still life by Peter Seaman
Crazy Glasses  by Angela Bonner
Against the Odds by Peter Corbett
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

Mist at Dawn in Val D'Orcia by Hazel Price
Peeping by Lin Wyles
Concentration by Peter Seaman
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

Tornado in shed  by David Griffiths
Upset at the Wales Rally by Dainis Ozols
On a beach somewhere by Peter Corbett
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

Three candles by Lin Wyles
Tour of Britain by Don Nelson
Dinner time by David Griffiths
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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Checking in with the children by Ros Coles