Welcome to our Photoshoot Page, where you can see what we get up to when we are let loose on the world! We often organise photoshoots & workshops outside of Club hours, both indoors and out. We are occasionally joined by other experienced photographers who offer assistance and advice along the way. For details of our next adventure please see our Events Programme or check out our Blog for news & updates.
Cerne Abbas and Minterne Gardens
With fine weather, eleven members of the club enjoyed an excellent day's photography starting off at Cerne Abbas and continuing at Minterne Gardens. After meeting for a welcome coffee we spent a short time exploring the beautiful burial ground next to the Abbey before being personally welcomed to its grounds by the owners.
We were given a splendid potted history of the buildings and a tour of the studio where we were privileged to see some superb works of art.
After further time enjoying the perfect conditions we retired to a local pub for lunch and chat before moving on to Minterne Gardens.
Here, the emerging spring foliage, together with the bright colours of magnolias, camelias and carpets of primroses ensured there was plenty of opportunity to capture light and shadow, landscapes, macro, waterfalls and wildlife.
Many thanks, Pam, for organising such an exciting and enjoyable day mixing photography with convivial chat and banter as usual!
Starling Murmuration Photoshoot
The object of our shoot on a bright cold winter’s day was to capture the amazing display from the starlings as they gather at sunset before bedding down for the night in the reeds.
We met up at the Avalon centre next to Shapwick Heath nature reserve. After a coffee and some cake we set off in different directions to explore the Ham Wall and Shapwick Heath reserves. We were lucky to have sunshine. However, the low winter sun always presents a challenge when shooting towards the south and careful selection of exposure and perhaps the addition of a grad is needed.
After a nice lunch back at the Avalon centre we again headed of in various directions in search of that elusive stunning image. The Great White Egret was a popular subject for some. The low winter sun created a wonderful glow though the reeds which made for some stunning views across the reserves.
At the end of the afternoon we all gathered on Shapwick Heath, along with a hundred other visitors, to wait for the murmuration. Everyone wondered if we were in the right spot. Then at just past four thirty the show began. Cameras clicked away constantly. In twenty minutes the show was over and we all headed off back to our cars to warm up again!
Thank you Pam for organising an excellent day out!
Outdoor Shoot to Kingston Lacy
Thank you Pam for organising yet another very successful club shoot, this time to Kingston Lacy.
The weather was glorious if not a little too bright for our cameras. Some of us sneaked a few shots on the way to the venue in the mist and hazy sunshine.
These shoots are always so enjoyable, especially the coffee and lunch breaks!!
Outdoor Shoot to Ham Hill
An evening photo shoot was organised to Ham Hill in the hope that we might have a good sunset.
It was a beautiful warm evening and we had another good turnout of nine members along with two other halves and three dogs! Some members took full advantage of the added subject matter - when they kept still!
We all went off in different directions, some around the edge of the park and others through the stone circle, ending up on the high point by the war memorial. The lowering sun and lovely cloud structure made for excellent silhouette images of club members with tripods and also dog walkers and cyclists. The wonderful wild carrot and parched grasses lent themselves to many interesting images too. Unfortunately, the sunset was not as all photographers hope for but it didn’t spoil what was another productive and enjoyable gathering of members.
Outdoor Shoot to Wells
Our first photo shoot of the summer was to the beautiful City of Wells where we had a good turnout of eight members. The weather was glorious if not a little on the hot side to say the least, and with this came the challenging light conditions.
After a leisurely coffee at The Bishop’s Table Cafe we walked across Cathedral Green to the Tudor style garden at The Old Deanery. Some members had new lenses to practice with and a newly purchased reflector made for interesting and fun experimentation with the harsh sun light.
We all made the most of the stunning scenery which Wells has to offer , including the Cathedral, Vicar’s Close and the Bishop’s Palace. We also had the added bonus of it being market day with amusing and entertaining buskers and stall holders.
On returning home many of us experimented with black and white conversions, no doubt inspired by the recent talk given by our member, Brian Clarke.
Now thoughts turn to our next location, so watch this space ................
Outdoor Shoot to Yetminster
The end of season outdoor shoot took place this year in Yetminster. Although to passers-by it was a glorious sunny evening, for photographers, dealing with the variant light posed quite a challenge!
The aim of the exercise was to practice getting an image right in camera rather than relying on software afterwards. There was a time limit of one hour, and no editing was allowed. Members select their preferred four images which are then combined into a slide show back at Bradford Abbas village hall.
Considering the constraints limited time places on movement there was an excellent variety of imagery. Whilst there were several landscape views of the church there was also a high level of detail in the macro shots of door handles, flowers, stonework and carving, as well as some imaginative scenes of the railway line and nearby countryside. With some 18 photographers roaming the village there was a competitive spirit to source original settings, and the final results reflected the high level of technical expertise that now exists within the club.
Shaftesbury Night Photoshoot
As an alternative to the cancelled Sherborne Night shoot, a visit to Shaftesbury was planned. This was intended to provide a further opportunity to put into practice the Night Shooting techniques demonstrated by Tony Worobiec last October and followed the evening Weymouth shoot on 1 Dec 2017.
Eight club members attended on a cold but dry night.
The iconic Gold Hill was the first location for most of the group. However, the harsh sodium lights created quite a challenge, bathing everything in a yellow cast. Black and white conversions were used by several photographers to deal with the colour cast. Fo made a return visit a few days later to photograph Gold Hill at dusk with pale tones of blue and pink in the sky.
The alleyways and dark corners of the town were explored in pursuit of creative light and shadow shots. The High Street created opportunities for car light trails.
It was again nice to hear friendly banter and see the sharing of ideas and techniques.
The evening produced a wide range of excellent images with each photographer capturing their own interpretation of Shaftesbury at Night.
A slide show of images from the night is planned for the club meeting on 27th February.
Weymouth Low light and Night Shoot
Following our most inspiring talk by Tony Worobiec FRPS we decided that a night out in Weymouth would create the ideal opportunity to practice the skills taught by Tony.
We were very lucky with the weather, providing you had wrapped up well to keep out the freezing temperatures!
Various locations on the seafront and around the old harbour were photographed.
As usual on our shoots there was a lot of jovial banter and sharing of ideas and help.
The general view was that more practice is required to perfect the techniques explained by Tony. However, despite the challenges, some excellent images were produced by all. A return visit sometime in the New Year has been suggested.
On the 23rd January a slide show of all the favourite images from the night will be presented at the club for discussion.
Forde Abbey Photoshoot
This was a great day in a wonderful location. Ample to focus on (haha) and good weather.
Everyone did their own thing, meeting up for two or three coffees during the day.
As always, lots of laughter, but equally lots of serious photography with generous lending of lenses and equipment with hints, advice and critique.
Lytes Cary Photoshoot
On Saturday 29th July there was a camera club photo shoot to Lytes Cary.
Sadly, the weather was dull with intermittent showers making it difficult to take advantage of the beautiful gardens.
However, it did leave time for coffee conversations which proved extremely helpful in terms of discussing different lenses, how to cope with difficult light, the use of filters and overcoming the inclement weather.
Although only a small group took part, there was good social interaction and despite the showers, some worthwhile photography was achieved.
At the last meeting, the club had a most enjoyable photo shoot for one hour in Sherborne. It was a beautiful evening and members took full advantage of the excellent light to photograph the evening sun shining on Sherborne’s historic buildings, and the shadows cast in the gardens. These were some of the many photo opportunities that were found around the ancient streets
Returning to Bradford Abbas Village Hall for refreshments, the very creditable results of the evening’s efforts were projected onto the screen for discussion and some light hearted banter.