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Arnold & District Camera Club

Arnold, Nottingham, UK

 


Affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain through the North and East Midlands Photographic Federation.

Member of the Gedling Borough Arts Association.

Welcome to the Arnold & District Camera Club

Arnold is approximately five miles north of Nottingham city centre. We are a group of amateur photographers and enthusiasts dedicated to promoting photography within our area. Our members range in skill from the beginner to the accomplished amateur.

CLUB NIGHT

Meetings are held at Pond Hills Lane Community Centre. A typical club night begins at 7:30pm with the programme event starting at 8:00pm. We have a coffee/tea break about 9:00 pm and close around 10:00-10:15pm. The first two visits are free and thereafter a nominal entry fee is charged.

COMPETITIONS

The Club holds, for members, competitions for projected images and prints with trophies (shields) awarded to the winners at the end of the year. The competitions are in two sections, one is 2 rounds of themed images and the other is 2 rounds of open images, so everyone has a chance of winning. There is also an annual print competition and a trophy is awarded for the winning print. This competition forms the Annual Exhibition which is usually displayed in the Arnold Library each year. Members are also eligible to enter external competitions under our affiliation with the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain and the North & East Midlands Photographic Federation.

AWARDS FOR ALL

The Club is now well equipped thanks to Lottery money awarded in 2007 from Awards For All. This has enabled us to offer even more to our local community and members. Digital audiovisual shows are now a regular part of our annual programme. We are now well placed to pass on our expertise in all aspects of digital photography as well as traditional film based techniques.

The Club is very grateful to Awards For All for this huge boost to help with ongoing and future projects.

News: Thursday 10th April 2014

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Bill with chairman Dave

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY AT ITS BEST

From garden shots in Derby to Ospreys in the Rockies, Bill Hall DPAGB AFIAP ABPE presented a huge range of excellent nature photography in his “Nature, Here and There” show.

He commenced with a shot of a leaf-cutter ant at the Rotherham Tropical House, saying it was one of his most difficult subjects to date. We then saw many images from Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire including Robin, Blue Tit, Common Newt, and Hawk Moth Caterpillar. Bill gave the audience many tips and ideas during his talk, such as blending 3 images together in Photoshop, and the art of using live-view on the camera for shots such as orchids. His frosty and winter scenes around Alvaston were stunning, depicting Goldfinch, and Jay to name but a few.

We saw Swans, Grebes (one of Bill’s favourite subjects) and Coots at Attenborough, and Kestrel, Swallows, Swifts, Fox, Bittern, Damsel Fly and Egyptian Geese from Willington. We then witnessed more stunning shots of Waxwings and Starling on the Rowan Tree, with Bill explaining his patience and techniques in gaining such images.

There were shots of Gannet and Kittiwake at Flamborough Head, Grey Seal at Donna Nook, Lapwing, Partridge, Geese at Frampton Marsh, an amazing Kingfisher in Warwickshire, and Red Kite in Wales, before heading north of the border to view Osprey, Pine Martin, Badger, Oyster Catcher, Otter, Buzzard, Scottish Crow, Otters, Eagle, and even a Wildcat Kitten. A few of these images taken resting on a bean bag from his car window.

In the second part of the evening we ventured over to California Harbour and Monterey to view images of Seals, Sea-Lions, Otters, Jellyfish, and Cormorants, before seeing huge Sequoia trees in King’s Canyon (one suitably named General Sherman) Then on to Cactus and Humming Birds in Arizona, Black Bear in Utah and fascinating shots of Thermal Vents in Yellowstone. There was more Black Bear and Grizzly in The Hayden Valley together with captured Wolves, the amazing Bald Eagle and further pools such as The Grand Geezer.

With his wife Linda,also on location, Bill showed us a host of images coinciding with his 60th birthday in Vancouver, Canada, depicting more Bald Eagle, Seals and Sea Lions and even a glimpse of the elusive Humpback Whale, together with much more wildlife, before ending with a close encounter with yet another Black Bear.

Our thanks to Bill for presenting a terrific show with so many impressive images. It’s difficult to imagine in this recently put together presentation, how one could portray a more variation of our natural and wonderful wildlife.

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