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The latest news from the North Luffenham Camera Club

North Luffenham Camera Club

The meeting on September 16th was well attended and we all enjoyed a very informative talk, given by Robin Stewart, lecturer, caterer and photographer.  Robin showed slides  of how methods of depicting Food has evolved over the ages, in Paintings and Photography.

His photos,with his own preparations to be used in promotions and magazines, were accompanied by descriptions of the use of backgrounds, lighting, lenses etc.  There was very little use of post production enhancement, preferring to use histograms and computer screens to adjust settings.
 Robin ended by giving  us a demo of how he would set up and photograph a composition, using some delicious cupcakes made by a member of the Club.

I expect that everyone has taken away some ideas for a much more informed way of  looking at and setting up compositions. So – Food  will be the theme for the next meeting’s Photo Display on November 18th.

Camera Club Meeting 20th May 2014

At the last meeting before the summer break, we had a display of the current Theme photos – A Good Day Out.  Andrew James gave advice and comments on these, which included the Brancaster Outing pictures.

The next get together will be an Exhibition to coincide with the Open Garden at Acre End on July 13th, in the School Hall. This will be a display of our favourite photos on all subjects.

At the next meeting on Sept 16th, the speaker will be Robin Stewart who will give a talk on Food Photography. Further details will be posted nearer the time.

Pam Plant, Camera Club

Brancaster Staithe Camera Club Outing on Sunday May 11th

A group from the club enjoyed a wonderful “day of weather” Travelling from Luffenham at 7am and returning early evening, we went through down pouring rain, gusts of wind, and sand blows and even intervals of sunshine.

Andrew James led the group to different locations and projects throughout the day, including a local pub lunch. The thought of sitting in cars eating our sandwiches didn’t have a great appeal!

We began at the Staithe beach with all manner of boats, fishing boats, rowing boats which looked as if they had been there for a few generations, elegant yachts and all manner of outworn machinery, ropes and chains. Stacks of lobster pots and piles of junk brought a different dimension to our pictures – certainly out of our comfort zone.

Brancaster fishing boats

Moving along the beach to the breakwater, there were spectacular storm clouds, windsurfers and blowing sand.

Brancaster beach


The dunes along the coast at Brancaster contained many half buried beach huts and with the marram grass sparkling in the sunshine resulted in great pictures.

Brancaster beach huts

Andrew gave lots of help individually, as well as group teach-ins, we all found the day so rewarding. Grateful thanks go to him from all – it was a splendid balance of learning and fun.

Although it sounds as though the weather was against us, we have all done the “beach in sunshine” photos. This Sunday brought lots of dramatic scenes and extended our knowledge of how to set up for them.

Some of the photos will be displayed at the next Camera Club meeting on Tuesday, May 20th at 8pm in the Community Centre, North Luffenham School, the theme being A Good Day Out. Everyone is very welcome to come along.

Andrew’s Website is well worth a visit. Go to –

Pam Plant, Camera Club

“Use of Light” Notes from 18th March Camera Club Meeting

Candid Shots

We had a very varied Display of the current Theme Candid shots” and these will be displayed in the Community Centre Case.

2015 Calendar

Our calendar for next year e progress is being made on the selection of these photos. January and February were chosen and show Village activities – Horse Riding and Ploughìng.

Use of Light

Coloured Straws by Paul Cummings

The usual meeting format was changed this time; in order to learn more about the settings of our cameras and the use of light, there were practical exercises.

This involved six indoor sessions using reflectors and torches , lightbox and flash on coloured water, card, flowers and oil. We got some good sparkler pictures outside too.  Please see gallery of results below.

Norfolk Outing

On May 11th, there is an Outing to the Norfolk coast with Andrew James. Andrew has been a photojournalist for many years and will be helping with landscape and Seascape photography. There are a couple of places at a cost of £50 – please contact Pam if you would like further details. This is open to anyone in the village and local area.

Next Meeting

The next meeting is on May 20th at 8pm at the Community Centre. Everyone is welcome to come along. The March, April and May photos for the 2015 calendar will be sorted out. Next Theme is “A Good Day Out” which will include the Norfolk Outing. Do join us and bring along a couple of Theme photos if you wish.

Written by Pam Plant, Camera Club

Use of Light Gallery


Candid Shots and Practical Excercises

The next meeting of the North Luffenham Camera Club is on March 18th at the Community Centre at 8pm.

The theme for this meeting’s display is “Candid Shots” and the January to March Calendar photographs will be chosen.

Practical exercises will be set up so please bring cameras and laptops.

All visitors are most welcome.

For photography enthusiasts, there is a new Photography Exhibition at the NEC Birmingham from 1st – 4th March.

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January 2014 Camera Club meeting notes

Sue Churchill showed us some fantastic photos of the Pyrenees Orientale throughout the seasons- what a beautiful place and so unspoilt. Autumn is particularly lovely with the tree colours in the mountains and so sunny!

Members have made inroads into the choice of photos for the next calendar of Village Life with – the Produce Show, Harvest Festival, Bonfire night and Christmas decorations. The next three months photos will be chosen at the March meeting.

NEXT MEETING will be March 18th at 8pm at the Community Centre. Members will bring cameras and laptops to do some practical experiments and then discuss issues arising from these.

The Theme for photos to take during the next few weeks and to show at this meeting is CANDID SHOTS- that will be a challenge!

Check the January What’s On Guide for North Luffenham to find out what’s happening in the village this month.

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“The Pyrenees” – Camera Club Talks

The first meeting of the Camera Club for 2014, is on 21st January at 8pm at the Community Centre.

A member – Sue Churchill will give a talk and show photographs of “The Pyrenees“. This can get us thinking ahead to our next holidays!

Members will be displaying their pictures with the theme of Adventure.

Visitors are most welcome.

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November Camera Club Meeting Notes

The November meeting saw the return of speaker Andrew James.

Andrew has many years experience as a photojournalist and is now branching out into his own business.

He showed a tremendous variety of his photographs which were discussed with the theme of Composition.

He gave us a photographers eye view, breaking down each one into the elements which had “worked”.

There were many questions from the floor and we extended our usual two hours!

All interests and individual queries were covered and we finished the evening with Andrew looking over our own pictures of “Natural Patterns” and giving us pointers on what had worked and what we could do to add impact.

Natural Patterns Gallery

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Snap Up Your “Around Our Village” 2014 Camera Club Calendar Before They Sell Out!

2014 Calendar Cover December


Available from the pre-Christmas Fair at the Community Centre tomorrow between 2pm and 4pm, and in the afternoon from the Fox and Hounds, or you can contact Pam now to reserve a copy.

The proceeds from calendar sales will go towards hiring the Community Centre for Camera Club meetings.

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Movement Theme Photo Gallery and Notes from 17th Sept 2013 Camera Club Meeting

September Meeting

The theme for the photos at our September meeting was Movement. There were lots of good pictures of varied interpretations of this subject – which are displayed in the Camera Club showcase.

Also the 2014 Calendar photos were chosen and this should be ready for sale before Christmas.

Movement Photo Gallery

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on the 19th November at 8pm in the Community Centre.

The speaker will be Andrew James, photojournalist with over 25 years experience and world-wide travels.

You may remember his interesting talk last year – and this time he will discuss Composition. Do please come along with your ideas and questions on this subject. (Visitors welcome)

Andrew has chosen an appropriate theme of “Natural Patterns” for Members photographs this time.

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Next Camera Club Meeting on 17th September 2013

The next meeting of the North Luffenham Camera Club will be on Tuesday, 17th September at 8pm at the Community Centre.

Please bring along photos for the display on the theme of MOVEMENT.

Also do bring your entries (hard copy please) for the 2014 calendar, North Luffenham and Surrounding Area.

Please keep the e copy in high resolution so that if chosen it can be put onto flash drive for printer.

The Exton photos would be suitable to include.

All are welcome to our meetings, please contact us for more information.

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Next Camera Club Meeting – Tues 17th Sept 2013

Camera Club will be having a break for the month of August.

The next meeting is in the Community Centre on Tuesday Sept 17th at 8pm.

The theme for this meeting is “Movement” and the photos for the next Calendar (North Luffenham Village and surrounding area) will be selected.

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Photographic Exhibition

The members held a Photographic Exhibition in the School Hall on July 14th to coincide with NGS Open Day at Mima and Jim Bolton’s garden.

We displayed all sizes and all subjects of our favourite pictures and there was a steady stream of visitors between 11am and 6pm.

The School very kindly lent us their display boards, as did the School Photographer who happened to be in the right place….

We were so lucky with our weather again, and we received many favourable comments on the display.

Thanks go to the many members involved.

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Exton Outing Photo Collection

The North Luffenham Camera Club recently visited Exton to photograph the village and the gallery below includes a selection of photos taken by the club members.

Camera Club Meeting Notes – 21st May 2013

Members showed their photographs from the Exton outing evening on May 7th, with each commenting on their own photos; why they had chosen that particular view and how they felt it had turned out.

The themes for this meeting , Flora and Fauna plus Signs of the Zodiac were displayed over the coffee break and allowed for plenty of discussion time.

What make a Good Photograph? – Ideas on this subject were followed by a listing of the points looked for by judges of Photography Competitions.

The percentage weightings given to:

  1. Technical aspect
  2. Content
  3. Message/story – were felt to be the opposite of those expected!

According to the North and East Midlands Federation of Photographers, their judges place much more emphasis on the Message rather than the Technical aspect of the picture.

Dates Reminders:

  • 13th July – a “mini-outing” to Rockingham Game and Country Fair for those members who wish to have a photography focus during the Summer.
  • 14th July – an Exhibition in the School Hall, to coincide with the opening of Jim and Mima Bolton’s garden for the NGS scheme, when teas will be provided in the Community Centre.

Next Camera Club meeting is on 17th September at 8pm in the Community Centre. This will include choosing photographs for this years Calendar.

Download meeting notes as a PDF

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Dambusters Flypast over Eyebrook Reservoir

On Thursday 16th May the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster Bomber flew over Eyebrook Reservoir to commemorate the 70th anniversary of 617 Squadron’s Dambusters mission.

BBMF Lancaster flying over Eyebrook

BBMF Lancaster flying over Eyebrook

Dambuster flypast over Eyebrook Reservoir

Dambuster flypast over Eyebrook Reservoir

Lancaster banking over Eyebrook

Lancaster banking over Eyebrook

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Photographic Outing to Exton

An Exton Thatched Cottage

An Exton Thatched Cottage

North Luffenham Camera Club Outing to Exton – 7th May 2013.

The choice of Exton for this outing was splendid – and it could not have been better with the weather! Sunny and still – how lucky, as Tuesday night was the changing point from our sunny spell.

Ten members turned out and spent an hour and half taking photographs, around this typically English village – thatched cottages and village green.

We were able to include photos of a local lady with her white horse and two tiny white ponies.

Also a member of the group was invited to photograph a private wild garden- carpets of forget-me-nots and primroses.

The evening finished with a splendid supper in the pub.

I expect we will see some cracking photos at the next meeting on 21st May – 8pm in the NL Community Centre, with possible contenders for the next calendar.

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