• Reflections, Sunsets and Symmetry at Bosham Quay

    Bosham

    £15.00

    WHAT IT IS Degree of difficulty - 3 (easy) This is an on location mentoring session. Its designed to be fun and not as formal as that sounds ...... for up to six people, the day starts with a challenge, followed by 1:1 mentoring and ending up the day watching (and photographing) the sunset. More details below :) The session is all about looking for, finding and using reflections, sunsets and symmetry in your photography One of the places which is good for sunsets and reflections (not sure I can find an ideal place for all three) is Bosham Harbour. With its large expanse of sheltered and relatively flat water at high tide, its very good for reflections of Bosham Quay, and good too for sunsets as they reflect too ….. LOGISTICS We will meet in Bosham Quay car park at 18.30 and walk around the inland harbour to its south side. Opportunities for reflections and symmetries are all around, and at the south side of the harbour we will wait for sunset at 20.45. High water neaps is 19.00. A postcode very near the car park is PO18 8HT. Its easy to find. There are charges but they wont break the bank. Pray for some quiet weather and some high level cloud for the sunset and we could get some very striking images indeed. The walk there and back is around 1.5km in length. Its flat ….. If time at the end of the event allows, we will drop into the Blue Anchor for a chat, debrief and a packet of crisps ..... HOW WILL WE KNOW IF IT IS GOING AHEAD? Just about the only reason to cancel the event is if there is a reasonable chance of rain. I will get a very good idea two-three days ahead of the event and cancel, if appropriate, at that point. If I cancel I will offer refunds :) If we are going ahead then I will send out an A4 training sheet giving details about the compositional techniques involved. Look out for it! WHO IS THIS FOR? As its about one of the basics of composition its for anyone who wishes to improve their photography. It does not matter at all what camera or mobile camera you have, nor what settings you choose to use. Beginners and improvers benefit, and I’ve begun to realise that many of those who consider themselves experienced can benefit. My photography too has improved since starting the sessions ….. ESSENTIALS AND ADMIN DETAILS My phone number in case you get lost (it happens!) is[masked]. Bring a torch and wear Wellies. Bring an extra layer of clothing, it can get colder towards sunset Any other questions, fire away in the comments section! Andy :)

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  • Leading Lines in the New Forest - Smugglers Hill

    Smugglers road

    £15.00

    Degree of difficulty - 3 (easy) This is an on location mentoring session. Its designed to be fun and not as formal as that sounds ...... for up to six people, the day starts with a challenge, followed by 1:1 mentoring and ending up the day watching (and photographing) the sunset. More details below :) The session is all about looking for, finding and using leading lines in your photography One of the places leading lines are commonly found are simple pathways. All apart from the folklore which surrounds Smugglers Hill, it has some of those lovely, ridged-with-recent-rain pathways as well as normal pathways (you know, the ones you can walk on ...) leading through short grassland and land stuffed with ferns. One of those pathways is particularly photogenic (I've made it the header photo - messed about with a bit cos of meetup constraints .... ), so we will make the walk from the Car Park to that pathway and back. The walk is around 2km in length and there is a steepish hill to walk up before we walk along its ridge. There are no postcodes (well there is, BH24 3DB but its a huge area ...) so; Meet at Smugglers Road. Thats what the Car Park is called. If you google map Smugglers Road it will take you to the right Car Park. If thats not how you work, directions are the only way to go - follow the A31 west out to the Picket Post junction. Turn south off the A31 for 2km until you come across a triangle of a junction. Turn right here, now travelling west for 1km and the car park is on your right. Make sure you have my number to hand -[masked] Sunset is at 20.20, so we will meet at 18.00. That should give us time to wander around finding leading lines to incorporate into your images to arrive at the photogenic pathway around 20.00. At or around that time we will retrace our steps back to the car park Just about the only reason to cancel the event is if there is a reasonable chance of rain. I will get a very good idea two-three days ahead of the event and cancel, if appropriate, at that point. If I cancel I will offer refunds :) Who is this for? As its about one of the basics of composition its for anyone who wishes to improve their photography. It does not matter at all what camera or mobile camera you have, not what settings you choose to use. My phone number in case you get lost (it happens!) is[masked]. Bring a torch and wear Walking Boots or Walking Shoes. Bring an extra layer of clothing, it can get colder towards sunset Any other questions, fire away in the comments section! :)

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  • LongER exposures at Sandy Point

    Hayling Island Beach

    £20.00

    ============== Ive now closed this event - its a very complex and tricky event so need to limit numbers. Also there is some preinformation which needs to be sent out way before time. So to avoid playing catchup all the time, its now closed and will not open again. Sorry! ================ This is an on location mentoring session. Its designed to be fun and not so formal as that sounds ...... for up to six people, the day starts with a challenge, followed by 1:1 mentoring and ending up at a local hostelry to relax and show off any soopah pix you may have captured! More details below :) Most of you will be thinking long exposures of thirty seconds or so. Well, if so you are a third the way there; there are three or four shutter speeds which influence the look and feel of your images. Indeed long exposures with fluffy white seas is one of them. But there are others ....... Sandy Point is the ideal location for this type of photography, if the weather is or has been right you will get the opportunity to practice all four types of exposure. It has all the geographical features you need to use different exposure durations to their full effect. If the weather is kind that is. And if its not we will still be able to explore three of them and understand the fourth. To join this session you dont have to have ND filters, but you will definitely find yourself at a disadvantage if you dont. Which in turn really means that you need a dslr so that you can use filters. Which ones do you need? I use two ND filters, and they cover all eventualities. They are namely a six stop and a ten stop filter. I use square NDs but circular ones are almost as good, and have the advantage of being relatively cheap. The only trouble is that the quality tends to be very hit and miss. SO - Sandy Point at Hayling Island is a great place for such photography, and we will meet up in at the entrance to a lane which runs to the beach. Park up in Southwood Road near the junction of it and Bosmere Road. A postcode of PO11 9PZ will get you around 100 metres short of the junction. The entrance to the beach is opposite Bosmere Road. Meet there for a start time of 17.45 Low water is at 18.52, which means we have time for a briefing about the application of filters before setting off with a challenge/exercise along those lines. I'll then catch each of you up during the evening to guide, give tips and help you before we all settle down to put into practice what we have learned both prior to and at sunset at 20.08 We'll meet up at 20.45 at Lily Bar (postcode PO11 9RD) for a relaxed drink, a social chat and to show off your images. Bring your camera with your images in it to review what you have learned during the day with your peers, its also an opportunity to ask more about filters, or indeed anything else photographic :) Just about the only reason to cancel the event is if there is a reasonable chance of rain. I will get a very good idea two-three days ahead of the event and cancel, if appropriate, at that point. If I cancel I will offer refunds :) Who is this for? Its really for those with DSLRs and who own or have just acquired one or two ND filters. It will be useful if these are new to you and you wish to find out how to use them. The session will also be of use to you if you are familiar with NDs but wish to understand the finer secrets they can unlock. My phone number in case you get lost (it happens!) is[masked]. Bring warmer clothes than you think necessary - at the coast its often cooler and even a moderate wind will chill you ..... and bring wellies!!! Any other questions, fire away in the comments section! Andy :)

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  • West Wittering photowalk

    West Wittering Beach

    £6.00

    This is a simple photowalk. Its for those members who wish to come for a pleasant walk outside with camera in hand and do some socialising with people of like mind and interest. There's no structured learning but I'm on hand if you wish to ask any questions - always happy to talk/explain photography as long as its not camera specific :) West Wittering is a pleasant place to be, and photogenic at low water. Low water is at 13.00 and the event straddles this time. We'll take a walk anticlockwise around east head, walking alongside the dunes and the flat inner harbour, across the top of the head and then head home down the beach side. Its around a 2km walk and will take around 2-3 hours The main path/beach is flat all the way around, but if you want to use the boardwalks for leading lines images or general photographs of the dunes, you may want to wear walking boots or wellies - or be happy with sand which gets, well, everywhere. If your approach to photography is a little more, um, enthusiastic, then wellies are required. We'll meet at the end of the car park at 11.30. Im not sure of parking charges which increase on the weekend but budget for around £4 ish The Postcode for the area is a general one - PO20 8AJ will get you to Pound Road off the B2179. Once you have turned into Pound Road the entrance to the West Wittering Estate is on your left after fifty metres. Follow the road right down to the coast where you will pay your parking fees. At that time of day you wont need a mortgage. Go through the barriers and go as far as you can and park up ready for a start time of 11.30 Just about the only reason to cancel the event is if there is a reasonable chance of rain. I will get a very good idea two-three days ahead of the event and cancel, if appropriate, at that point. If I cancel I will offer refunds :) Bring walking boots or wellies. The walk is along hard beach but there are areas, especially off piste, which have lots of fine sand. Wearing anything other than wellies or walking boots will drive you crackers as the sand will get everywhere. Make sure you have warm clothing! My phone number in case you get lost (it has already happened!) is[masked]. Any other questions, fire away in the comments section! :)

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  • Eling Tide Mill photowalk

    Eling Tide Mill

    £6.00

    This is a simple photowalk. Its for those members who wish to come for a pleasant walk outside with camera in hand and do some socialising with people of like mind and interest. There's no limit on the numbers. There's no structured learning but I'm on hand if you wish to ask any questions :) Eling Tide Mill at mid tide is a great place for practicing all sorts of photography, and is a nice walk to boot. Its a circular walk of maybe 800 metres. Its flat and first of all takes in the road bridge with the Mill (and a large pipeline), goes through some rough ground and across a bridge (surrounded by reeds). After that there is the new boardwalk, good for leading lines and set amongst the reedbeds. It finishes with a walk through the churchyard and back to the car park. Eling is literally just west of Southampton. We'll meet in the car park at 17.30. The round trip will probably take us around three hours, which will get us back to the car park at dusk at 19.57 (remember the clocks have gone forward!). SO some opportunities to take some pix in the golden hour. The car park has a postcode of SO40 9HF, but treat this with healthy respect, google thinks its the churchyard ....... At the end of your journey there you will have to pass through a tollgate (think its a pound). Pass over the flat bridge and immediately turn right. You are in the car park. The meetup map is accurate. Just about the only reason to cancel the event is if there is a reasonable chance of rain. I will get a very good idea two-three days ahead of the event and cancel, if appropriate, at that point. If I cancel I will offer refunds :) Bring walking boots. The walk is along tarmac and wooden boardwalks so wellies arent necessary. If you wish to go off piste walking boots are needed. My phone number in case you get lost (it happens!) is[masked]. Any other questions, fire away in the comments section! :)

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  • Depth and Perspective at West Wittering

    West Wittering Beach

    £15.00

    ============ learning from the previous event, BRING WELLIES!!! - Its not mandatory but will open up a lot of photos you wont otherwise be able to access. And wear WARM CLOTHES! =========================== This is an on location mentoring session. Its designed to be fun and not so formal as that sounds ...... for up to six people, the day starts with a challenge, followed by 1:1 mentoring and ending up at a local hostelry to relax and show off any soopah pix you may have captured! More details below :) The area of photography dealt with is another cornerstone in landscape photography - how to create Depth and Perspective West Wittering is a great place for such photography, and we will meet up in the car park at West Wittering. The Postcode for the area is a general one - PO20 8AJ will get you to Pound Road of the B2179. Once you have turned into Pound Road the entrance to the West Wittering Estate is on your left after fifty metres. Follow the road right down to the coast where you will pay your parking fees. At that time of day you wont need a mortgage. Go through the barriers and go as far as you can and park up ready for a start time of 17.15 Low water is at 18.22, which means we have time for a briefing about what Depth and Perspective is and how to achieve it before setting off with a challenge/exercise along those lines. I'll then catch each of you up during the afternoon to guide, give tips and help you before we all settle down to put into practice what we have learned at sunset at 19.44. Be warned that the car park closes at 20.30! Which means that you will need to leave the beach latest at 20.15 We'll meet up afterwards at 20.45 or thereabouts in the Shore Inn in East Wittering (postcode PO20 8DY) for a relaxed drink, a social chat and to show off your images. Bring your camera with your images in it to review what you have learned during the day with your peers, its also an opportunity to ask more about Depth and Perspective, or indeed anything else photographic :) Just about the only reason to cancel the event is if there is a reasonable chance of rain. I will get a very good idea two-three days ahead of the event and cancel, if appropriate, at that point. If I cancel I will offer refunds :) Who is this for? As its about one of the basics of composition its for anyone who wishes to improve their photography. It does not matter at all what camera or mobile camera you have, not what settings you choose to use. There is no need to walk a long distance for this one, low water reveals pools in the sand just 200 metres from your car. My phone number in case you get lost (it happens!) is[masked]. Bring warmer clothes than you think necessary - at the coast its often cooler and even a moderate wind will chill you ..... and bring wellies!!! Any other questions, fire away in the comments section! :)

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  • Rule of Thirds at Hayling Island

    Hayling Island Beach

    £15.00

    This is an on location mentoring session. Its designed to be fun and not so formal as that sounds ...... for up to six people, the day starts with a challenge, followed by 1:1 mentoring and ending up at a local hostelry to relax and show off any soopah pix you may have captured! More details below :) The area of photography dealt with is the real basic of landscapes - the Rule of Thirds. Hayling Island is a great place for such photography, and we will meet up in the car park at Hayling Island. The Postcode for The Inn on the Beach is PO11 0AS. Get to the Inn on the beach and turn right (west) at the mini roundabout right next to it, and go as far as you can to the end of the car park. Meet there for a start time of 16.00. Low water is at 18.55, which means we have time for a briefing about what the rule of thirds is before setting off with a challenge/exercise along those lines. I'll then catch each of you up during the afternoon to guide, give tips and help you before we all settle down to put into practice what we have learned at sunset at 18.23. We'll meet up at 19.15 or thereabouts in the Ship at the top of the Island (postcode PO9 1RD) for a relaxed drink, a social chat and to show off your images. Bring your camera with your images in it to review what you have learned during the day with your peers, its also an opportunity to ask more about the rule of thirds, or indeed anything else photographic :) Just about the only reason to cancel the event is if there is a reasonable chance of rain. I will get a very good idea two-three days ahead of the event and cancel, if appropriate, at that point. If I cancel I will offer refunds :) Who is this for? As its about one of the basics of composition its for anyone who wishes to improve their photography. It does not matter at all what camera or mobile camera you have, not what settings you choose to use. You will need to be able to walk for 30 minutes or so, even though its not necessary at all, the tides offer the opportunity to walk out onto the Winner Bank. My phone number in case you get lost (it happens!) is[masked]. Bring warmer clothes than you think necessary - at the coast its often cooler and even a moderate wind will chill you ..... and bring wellies!!! Any other questions, fire away in the comments section! :)

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  • Wave goodbye at the Wyvern on Wednesday

    The Wyvern

    Hello everyone! HSS has been slowly winding down for a while now. As the winter period is nearly upon us, and the next meetup renewal is due in January, Ive made the decision to close the group. I'll send a more formal note around between now and then but in a nutshell thats the news. So Lets get together for a last informal drink at the Wyvern pub at the north end of Lee on the Solent on Wednesday 5th December at 8pm. It will give us an opportunity to say bye bye, and indeed swap mobby numbers for those who still wish to get ite and abite with camera in paw in the new year. The Wyvern postcode is PO13 9DS. So put it in the diary and hopefully see you there! Andy :) PS the Wyvern is a quieter pub than the obvious choice, and is a poker/pub quiz/open mike free zone on wednesdays :)

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  • Red Squirrels on Brownsea Island

    Brownsea Island

    £1.00

    SORRY BUT THIS EVENT IS NOW CANCELLED It's been done before but it's worth doing again. Come and meet the red squirrels on Brownsea Island. At this time of year they will be out and about gathering food for winter and so we should get some good ground and tree shots of them as they seem completely indifferent to humans at this time of year. Brownsea Island itself is worth an explore and can be navigated in a day. It has many different landscapes - coastal, woodland, heathland and a lagoon. So here's the plan Meet at the yellow ferry kiosk for about 9.45am. This will give us time to buy tickets in time for the 10am crossing. Get to Brownsea, photograph the lovely little critters, explore the Island and head back to the mainland on the last ferry of the day at 5pm (or sooner if you feel inclined). Detail: There is plenty of parking at Sandbanks in the pay and display carpark. It is expensive though so do car share if you can. Parking for up to 6 hours is £12 or thereafter it's £15. There is limited free car parking in the residential streets around the ferry area. The ferry costs £11.50 return crossing. Access to the Island costs £8.00 for adults and £4.00 for children. If you are a National Trust member it will be free. There is a cafe onsite but it is near where the ferry will drop you off so if you're thinking about exploring the Island it is probably worth bringing a packed lunch. Because we are planning on getting the first ferry of the day, if you are running late we will have to meet up on the Island. If you're running late or have any problems, you can contact me on[masked]

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