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Street Photography Challenge – Chelmsford Town Centre Thursday 9th July

This is a chance to meet up with the fellow GNPC members and practice your street and urban shots.  Everyone is welcome and I am told that Caz, one of the members, is able to recommend a good real ale pub to go to afterwards.

Meeting time is 7.30pm and we will be walking around for approx. 2 hours.

Meeting point is Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre Car Park,Victoria Road, Chelmsford,Essex,CM1 1FG.

Chelmsford
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Viveka Koh ARPS – Urbex Photographer talks at the Club about her journey – Thursday 26 June 2014

Viveca Koh ARPSViveca Koh ARPS

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GNPC launches annual programme for 2014/15

Meeting weekly can be a task in terms of setting a programme in advance but the Committee of GNPC has risen to the challenge and launched its programme for the year ending March 2015 and will continue to keep a programme 12 months into the future.

This enables current and future members to see what events are coming up and to plan them into their diary well in advance.  The events are split into various zones including creative, social, competitive, educational and VIP.   This variety enables the Club to provide to a wide range of skill levels and specialities and includes both hands-on experience and constant learning to develop a hobby into a passion.

GNPC Programme 2014-15

 

 

 

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Gavin Hoey to present a processing workshop on Saturday 10th May 2014

Gavin Hoey Gavin Hoey of www.gavtrain.com comes to Great Notley Photography Club to present a processing workshop.  This will be a full day workshop held on a Saturday aimed at users of Photoshop Elements and Photoshop CC.  Everyone will learn something new, beginners and advanced alike and there will be a chance to participate during the day.

The workshop will be held at the Wilderness Foundation, 2 Whitbread Business Centre, Whitbread Farm Lane, Chatham Green, Essex, CM3 3FE.  http://www.wildernessfoundation.org.uk/contact-us/     It will start at 10am and aims to finish at 4.30pm.

The outline of the day is as follows:

Photoshop Clock10.00 – 10.15   Introduction
10.15  –  11.15   Outside live shoots (using video examples) + Photoshop edit
11.15   –  11.45  Break (Audience Challenge 1)
11.45  –  12.30 Challenge 1 Review Pt1 + Photoshop edit
12.30 – 1.30    Lunch
1.30 – 2.30      Live Shoots Pt2 (learning by video examples) + Photoshop edit
2.30 – 3.00     Break (Audience challenge 2)
3.00 – 4.00    Challenge 2 Review,  Photoshop edit
4.30pm            Finish

 

Cost is £40 for GNPC Members and £60 for Non Members and includes lunch and a DVD.

Please note this is not a video editing course.

If you are interested in attending please contact us on gnpc.photo@gmail.com or phone on 07976 988469 as places are limited.

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December 2013 Newsletter

GNPC Newsletter Dec’13 GNPC-Newsletter Dec'13Our latest newsletter is now available to download in PDF format:

GNPC Newsletter Dec’13

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

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Lisa Potter talks about her Photographic Journey so far …………………

Having had some time to think recently due to an illness I took at look at various aspects of my life and why I do certain things. Photography initially for me was a means to get out and about as I spent the majority of the week stuck behind a desk in doors and then spent evenings and weekends in front of the tv. Once I got a camera and starting taking pictures I discovered that I really enjoyed it and wanted to do more. I joined a college class that taught me the theory of photography and the camera including the techy bits, this got me away from auto mode. At college I was encouraged to join a camera club and I found GNPC and joined it, this initially gave me some social interaction away from work and support and encouragement to improve. Over the years at the Club my photography has improved significantly from only taking wildlife images to moving to other areas of photography including portraits, macro, landscapes and street.

Without the club I wouldn’t be able to have transformed this

Man at St Pauls - unedited (a possible delete on sight image)

Man at St Pauls – unedited (a possible delete on sight image)

to this….

Man at St Pauls - edited version

Man at St Pauls – edited version

You get out what you put in and I have been really lucky to have gained some valuable, sometimes initially not welcome, advice and critique. For me, whilst like most, I love to here what a great image I have taken, what really has improved my eye is the “Edwards” review the honest this is how it is critique. It’s easy to get offended but take a deep breathe and often if you’re honest with yourself the person that provides a truly honest critique is right. We have several members in the club that are good at this but there is no reason why we can’t all be like it.

For me photography continues to be a journey where sometimes you take the right route and sometimes you don’t. I want to be the best photographer that I can be and find a niche that is my own. For me to do this i need to be pushed out of my comfort zone, I need to surround myself with like minded artists, I want to listen to the stories of professionals, I want others that have skills I don’t to share and to share what knowledge I have, I want to visit exhibitions and constantly look at photographs from a range of sources, and most of all I need to practice, practice, practice. I feel that the club has the ability and opportunity to provide all of this.

What I would like to know is what inspires you about photography, what do you want to get from your photography and how can the club help you to achieve this. There is no right or wrong answer, I know that some will be happy where they are and that’s ok, so please join in.

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GNPC supports the 20th Anniversary of the Braintree Musuem

Braintree Musuem 20th Anniversary Display

Braintree Musuem 20th Anniversary Display

GNPC were pleased to be involved in the 20th Anniversary celebrations of the Braintree Museum held on Saturday 26 October.   In order to help with the celebrations the Club came up with a theme supporting “20”.   The main panel was simply called “20” and this included images that incorporated the number 20 within them.  (This panel has been gifted to the Museum in remembrance of these celebrations).   The other 4 panels consisted of 5 images and covered some of the main subjects that are favoured by members of the Club, England, People, Wildlife and Abstract.   The exhibition continues at the Musuem for at least four weeks after the celebration event on 26 October.

Please go along and show your support to a worthy historical and educational site.

http://www.braintreemuseum.co.uk/whatson/20th-anniversary/

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Peter Warne gives a talk on his work at Copped Hall Park

Peter Warne, an e-member of the Club, came along on Thursday 12 September to provide a talk on the seasons at Copped Hall Park.   Peter is an accomplished wildlife and nature photographer and it has been great to see his work develop over the short number of years that I have come to know him.   As usual it was a super talk where Peter’s passion for his subject matter came through time and time again.

Muntjac Deer at Copped Hall

Muntjac Deer at Copped Hall

Copped Hall Park lies just south of Epping in Essex, UK and at its centre sits Copped Hall, a once proud manor house which was burnt down in 1917. It is currently being restored by the Copped Hall Trust, an independent team of volunteers who own the property and restoration rights.  The Trust recognises that in addition to the Hall and its wonderful gardens, the wildlife within and without its walls are an integral component of its character. Last year Peter was asked to map the wildlife of Copped Hall Park and in due course, he will assist them to publish a short book upon the subject.  In the meantime, we benefited from his year of discovery so far and were privaliged to be shown some fantastic photos accompanied with sound and a reminder that the Canon 5d has a very capable video facility that brought some ordinary looking images to life.

If you ever get the chance to go on one of Peter’s photographic walks or study days do so, you will not be disappointed.

Here are a couple of images we were lucky to see on the night.

Duckling at Copped Hall Park

Duckling at Copped Hall Park

Rabbits at Copped Hall Park

Rabbits at Copped Hall Park

 

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GNPC PhotoWalk – The Aftermath

Hazy Days and Drenched Feet

Hazy Days and Drenched Feet

GNPC members joining the Worldwide Photographic Walk on Sunday 2nd October couldn’t quite believe their luck with the unseasonably warm weather as they set out from Uncle Tom’s Cabin at Shoeburyness heading for Old Leigh. There was plenty on offer to photograph on the way, and as the temperature rose, and the beach began to fill up, members made a pit stop at the Ocean Bar for some much needed refreshment and to check their cameras for their best shots so far.

The few die hards that didn’t melt into a puddle along the Golden Mile, made it to Old Leigh in time to take some panoramic shots of the huge, sun-loving crowd that had lined up on the sea wall to soak up some of the party atmosphere.

After lunch, the journey continued on to a busy skate park where young skateboarders and bmx riders proved to be willing models for the four intrepid members remaining.

Last man standing, Mark Edwards, rounded off the day with some shots of the sunset from the beach at Shoeburyness.

Here are some of our members’ shots from the day:

Contribution by Claire Bent-Marshall

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GNPC Hits The Newstand

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The August edition of Advanced Photographer magazine ran an article, written by Mark Edwards, on the life and times of Great Notley Photography Club. The article outlines the club history and ethos along with all the secrets that make this such a successful young club. It is hoped that we can continue to make a splash in competitions and the press – it is down to the talent and hard work of all our members to keep this momentum going.

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