Club Outings and Photoshoots

Cerne Abbas

On 11th June we will be running our next photoshoot in the village of Cerne Abbas.

With the village preparing for their annual open gardens event we should be able to see the village at its most floral. 

Being a fine example of a picturesque Dorset Village members will be able to explore all aspects of the village, from the Giant to the Wishing Well.

Haddon Copse Farm

On 8th May ten members of the club visited Haddon Copse Farm.  They were treated to a wonderful evening hosted by the farm owner Tom, who started the evening off with an introductory talk and guided tour of the farm.  All members were then allowed to wander freely and photograph the farm and farm animals.

With views across Bulbarrow and with a warm setting sun this was a photoshoot that was greatly enjoyed by all that attended.

Images from the morning can be found in the Photoshoot Gallery.  

Thorncombe Woods / Hardy's Cottage  

Sherborne Bradford Abbas Camera Club were joined by Wincanton Camera Club at Thorncombe Woods on Friday 26th April 2024 where they enjoyed a mornings photoshoot together.  The woods were full of bluebells and other spring flowers which presented many good photographic opportunities for those who were present.  Images from the morning can be found in the Photoshoot Gallery.  

As usual the morning ended with a gathering in the cafe where I believe coffee / tea and cake proved very popular.

Club Meetings

Business Meeting and Social Evening

On 28th May we will be holding a business meeting where club members will have an opportunity to discuss how they would like to see the club develop.  Items for discussion will cover Competitions, Speakers, Photoshoots, Workshops and other topics of interest.

This is a change from the published programme but is a topic that many members requested take place.

It is planned to end the evening with a social event to mark the end of this season.

Annual Open / Best of The Year Competition

On 14th May SBACC held our Annual Open Competition.

This year the competition was judged by Laura Pearce. There were three categories being judged.

In a field of many great images the winners of each category were:

Digital Image

Mat Phillips – Rain in the City

Mono Print

Pam Watts – Chapter House

Colour Print

Mark Taylor – Wiltshire Farmland

Smartphone Photography

On Tuesday 9th April we welcomed our Guest speaker Jeanette (Jet) Lenden.  It was lovely to see 50 people in the hall to enjoy an excellent evening.  Jet started by introducing herself, and went on to explain how she now runs a successful business instructing others how to make the most from the camera in their pocket or handbag - their smartphone.

Jet treated us all to a display of her images taken with her smartphone, and challenged us to open our minds to the use of this form of photography.  She made it very clear that the smartphone is not a replacement for our DSLR/Mirrorless cameras, but that it should be seen as complementary. All present were amazed by just what was achievable through the use of a smartphone and left the hall with their smartphone cameras properly set up, and full of enthusiasm to test out what they had learned the next time they decided on taking some images.

The following morning saw 13 keen photographers meet up with Jet outside of Sherborne Abbey on what was a very wet morning.  As a group they went to Pageant Gardens where Jet offered further instruction in Smartphone Photography.  Everyone agreed this was a fantastic morning and many left with some images that they were proud of.  Some of these images can be seen in the Photoshoot Gallery

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