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GNPC To Host Colin Edwards, Professional Wildlife Photographer

GNPC are delighted to have invited Colin Edwards to the club to give a presentation about his Wildlife Photography on Thursday 10th April 2014. The evening starts at 7:45pm at The Church in Great Notley, Bridge End Lane, Great Notley, CM77 7GN. Visitors are always welcome (please see our Meetings page for directions to the club). The cost is £5 for members and £10 for non-members, payable on the door.

Colin has always had a passion for wildlife and the amazing diversity of animals that live both in the UK and abroad, with a love of photography and wildlife he has been privileged to travel to some of the most breath taking places in the world and seen some of the most amazing animals to grace our planet. His work has been seen in many countries and has featured in many of the leading wildlife and photography magazines.

He regularly exhibits throughout the UK and can often be found giving talks at camera clubs and wildlife centres, anyone that knows Colin will know he’s always at his happiest when photographing wildlife or talking about it. Please download the leaftlet and tell your friends about it.

Red Squirrel


Bird of Prey

Photos © Colin Edwards

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Feed Your Creativity

Along with our course The Yellow Brick Road to the Creative & Artistic Photographer, why not feed your creativity by attending next week’s meeting?

On 30th January, GNPC are pleased to host Damien Demolder to talk to us about Creativity within Photography. Everyone is welcome – entry for members will be £5 on the door with non-members £10. Prompt 7:45pm start, please. The evening should finish around 10pm.

Damien has been in the photography business for 25 years, working his way up the ranks of Amateur Photographer magazine from Advertising Photographer, through Technical Editor, Features Writer, Deputy Editor and finally Editor.

He is also active in photographic teaching, both individual tuition and leading group workshops in Street Photography, one of his favourite genres. Here are a couple of examples of Damien’s street shots from Flickr:


Sunrise, London Bridge

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

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November ’13 Newsletter

GNPC_November13_Newsletter Our latest newsletter is now available to download in PDF format:
GNPC Newsletter – Nov ’13.

If you have any features or news for forthcoming months, please let one of the Committee know.

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Evening Light In Thaxted

Last night was another evening out for GNPC, this time to the pretty town of Thaxted in north Essex. It is famous for its windmill, so inevitably there were a few images of it made by our members!

Thaxted Mill

Thaxted Mill by Lawrence Smith

John Webb's Mill, Thaxted by Michael Turner

John Webb’s Mill, Thaxted by Michael Turner

Thaxted Sunset by Dave Greenwood

Thaxted Sunset by Dave Greenwood


Thaxted Winmill by George Armstrong

Thaxted Winmill by George Armstrong

Mark Edwards bucked the trend and went for this shot of the High Street!

Thaxted High Street  by Mark L Edwards

Thaxted High Street by Mark L Edwards

Our next photowalk is due on 28th June in Maldon.

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A Wander Around Colne Engaine

The first of our Summer evening outings took place last Thursday, in lieu of our regular meeting at the Church in Great Notely. The week’s destination was the pretty village of Colne Engaine on the borders with Suffolk. There was a great turn out:

GNPC On The Prowl

GNPC On The Prowl

Here are a few images which were made by members during our walk:

Fields Of Green by Lisa Potter

Fields Of Green by Lisa Potter

GNPC Outing! by John Parish

GNPC Outing! by John Parish

Canada Geese by Ray Walter

Canada Geese by Ray Walter

The Spiral Web by Dave Greenwood

The Spiral Web by Dave Greenwood

Sunset By The Lake by Kieron Adams

Sunset By The Lake by Kieron Adams

Crop Spraying by Mark L Edwards

Crop Spraying by Mark L Edwards

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The Strobist’s SIG Go All Urbex

After a quiet winter season, a handful of intrepid photographers accepted the challenge of a model shoot within the abandoned remains of RAF Rivenhall.

On a dark and blustery May evening, Richard Orme and I took the dozen members onto the location along with 3 enthusiastic young models, Stuart, Meghhan and Katy.
With torches, headlights & the intermittent flash from someone firing off a shot, the rural night was a dispersed not just with fits of giggles, the occasional curse from someone stumbling around in the dark, but the “Oh cool – nice shot!”.  It’s one thing to be able to use off-camera flash, but in the dead of night with a model posing in front of you is something else.
Everyone was really taken with the nights concept. The enthusiasm & feedback from all those involved will definitely see more events of a similar vain in the future.
Well done to all those who came & took part, I’m already looking for another opportunity…..
Neil Watts

...It was a dark and stormy night...

…It was a dark and stormy night…

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The Surreal Art Of Photography

GNPC is pleased to announce we are hosting an evening with renowned art photographer Natalie Dybisz, aka Miss Aniela.

Download the Miss Aniela Poster [PDF]

Thurdsay March 7th 2013, 7:30pm-10pm. Tickets £5 (members), £10 (non-members). Please email for tickets.

Natalie Dybisz is a young fine-art and commercial photographer from the UK who stunned the art world by using Flickr to showcase her imaginative work breaking with the tradition of spending years as struggling, unknown artist. In a short period of time, she has developed a huge following that has catapulted her to one-woman gallery shows and guest appearances at photographic venues throughout the world.


She has work that covers fine-art, surreal, fashion and self-portraits. Based in London but with a high profile in the USA, more often known by her huge fan following as Miss Aniela, she has risen to prominence quickly, embracing digital photography in a way other artists have shied away from and quickly breaking ground both online and in traditional media. Self-taught in photography, her passion began with creating high-impact, often surreal self-portraits as ‘Miss Aniela’, Natalie’s alter ego and the subject of her self-portraiture. First noticed through the internet (Miss Aniela currently has five and a half million views on Flickr), her work now sells as limited-edition fine art and is exhibited worldwide.


Contemplation by Miss Aniela

She runs regular workshops throughout the UK and USA where she covers her self-portraiture work where she began as well as her fashion surreal images that she regularly creates for her own work and clients worldwide. He beginnings came from her spontaneous impulses to shoot portraits ‘starring’ herself with improvised lighting and simple set-ups. Her work has been compared to the work of Francesca Woodman and Sam Taylor-Wood, and Cindy Sherman. However, Miss Aniela constantly seeks to explore and remix her inspirations to contextualise herself into different imagined narratives, intended as both personal and universal. She takes her inspiration from a variety of sources: from dreams and childhood, to literature and Dutch paintings.

Her work has been published in Vogue Italia, Vanity Fair Italy, American Photo, Alarm Chicago, Elle Germany, The Metro, Fahrenheit Contemporary Art Mexico, Digital Photo Pro. She has exhibited in London, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, San Diego, Brighton, Ireland, Madrid, Buenos Aires and Guernsey.

See more of her work:

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GNPC Does ‘Last of the Summer Wine’

petach123 (Peter Tachauer)     says:

petach123 (Peter Tachauer) says:




So, me and the fragrant Mrs T had spent all day in town. I had 3 cameras with me, she had none…..but she helped carry my wallet and keys. After a day’s shooting and lunch with friends we headed for home. We boarded the Central Line at Oxford Circus….standing room only. About 3 yards from me, this tall fair haired bloke was grinning at me like a Cheshire Cat. Rusty gears in my head whirred and clonked. “Face, name, location, face, name, location……” I must have looked as blank as a nun’s date diary. I pointed at him in desperation……”I know the face, the name, the name….escapes me”. Kindly, he gave a clue. “We met 2 Thursdays ago”. “Did we”? asks I, “where”? “Camera club” he said.”It’s………… ”

I am a shocker at marrying up names to faces when out of normal context. I’d pass someone and think “Hmmmm familiar”! only to find out later he was on a wanted poster at the nick for international genocide.

Anyways I’ll let what’s-his-face tell the rest of the story.

Leigh Garner     says:

Leigh Garner says:


So there we were, tired and weary after a splendid long weekend in London, fighting the crowds onto a tube at Oxford Circus when this guy gets on wielding a SLR round his neck and a p&s in his hand. I mean who does he think he is William Klien or something? Oh… it’s Pete…he does think he’s William Klien.

I acknowledge him across the crowded carriage with my eyes. Blank stare. Maybe it isn’t Pete? No, I’m sure it is… even with the ridiculous hat he’s wearing. After I narrowed it down to one of the 70 GNPC members I think the cogs finally clicked into place.

Introductions and pleasantries exchanged (apparently the lady behind him was his wife, not just someone to carry his bags) , Pete and Mrs T depart at St Pauls. He then turns towards me and snaps away……I mean he didn’t even ask? Who does he think he is….


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Light In The Darkness

A couple of nights ago, a small crowd of GNPC members gathered in a very dark Churchyard at Bradwell near Coggeshall to enjoy an evening of Light Painting.

Light Swirls Panorama

Light Swirls Panorama

The evening was lead ably by Cas & Jon Spicer (frequently to be found waving torches and spinning fairy lights in the dark). I brought along a couple of my colour-changing light sabres as well. And we made lots of interesting and fun shots:

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Photographers in the Mist

Just recently, in response to a growing number of requests and increased interest the GNPC special interest group for Landscape photography packed their kit, set their alarms for early Saturday morning, and set off in walking shoes with rucksacks for a workshop day in the landscape made famous by painter John Constable, the beautiful Dedham Vale in north Essex .

It was an early start with the group meeting up in Dedham carpark at 06:15 then walking the footpath along the River Stour to reach the Fen Bridge area to set up and capture the sunrise in the picturesque setting. Club members Mark L Edwards and John R. Buckley provided expert tuition, assisting other club members with improving their technique and skills while in the field. Attendees gained knowledge and experience in a superb environment while capturing high quality landscape images with local swans, mist, and ambient light providing amazing photo opportunities.

After sunrise another walk downriver took the group to their next stop at Flatford Mill and Willy Lotts Cottage. A local tearoom came in handy for a well-deserved break for refreshments, before the members set off back towards Dedham. Many stayed to learn about hyperfocusing from John, while others left early due to other commitments. A small number stayed for the whole day and carried on to Pin Mill on the River Orwell, at the Shotley peninsula of Suffolk. A great day out was had by all with marked improvement being seen by the end of the workshop. Well worth getting up early for! A follow-up image processing workshop for those who were present on the day is upcoming.


Text and image by Christopher Strickland

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