Canterbury Photographic Society
20th June 2018 TRIP ON FORDWICH RIVER
Last Wednesday evening provided perfect conditions for a Hot Air
Balloon ride. Instead, 10 members of Canterbury Photographic Society
chose to spend an idyllic evening cruising the River Stour curtesy of
Fordwich River Tours.This was to be the first of many Summer Shoots
where members gather socially and learn from each other. We met
promptly at the jetty next to the historic town hall. Some members
arrived earlier to take advantage of the photo opportunities that
Fordwich provided and famous for being the smallest town in Britain.
Flat calm conditions and beautiful light provided opportunity to
capture nature, landscape and abstract images as the boat steadily
made its way along the stretch of the Stour between Fordwich, Chislet,
Hersden and Stodmarsh. Members cruised to where the water became more
sea water than river water and the brackish mixture created excellent
habitats for fish and eels. Our crew, Nigel and Nigel adapted very
well to suit the needs of photographers. We had quiet commentary along
the way pointing out landmarks and the history of the river and both
crew members were only too willing to pause the boat for us to
capture potential ‘winning images’.
Our crew have become accustomed to seeing Otter and Beaver along this
stretch of the Stour recently and although none of us managed to
capture either on camera we were treated to fleeting views of the
elusive kingfishers as rapid flashes of scarlet and electric blue flew
close to the surface of the water as they darted from bank to bank
For those members with polarised filters, the under water scene came
alive with a variety of river weeds, reeds,water lilies, fish and eels
in addition to dragonfly and banded demoiselles looking for the
perfect reed to roost for the night. Plenty of birdsong accompanied
our trip and we encountered the odd fisherman, a swimmer and a group
of canoeists enjoying the tranquil evening.
The evening ended in the usual way at a local pub for a debrief and to
plan our next outing.
For a list of our Summer Programme schedule please find schedule on website HERE. For any last minute changes, Members please see the club's Facebook page (Canterbury Photographic Society) or phone/text Wendy Kennett (Club Summer Shoot Co-Ordinator) on 07540519182. If you are a non-member and wish to check there are no last minute changes please phone/text Wendy on mobile number given above ... an ideal way to meet members and decide if you would like to join us for the new term in September.
We are back on 5th September 2018 and here is a link to Next Season's Programme.
4th July 2018 VISIT TO HOTHFIELD COMMON
Last Wednesday evening members of Canterbury Photographic Society enjoyed yet another sunny evening for their Summer Shoot programme of activities. This time the group explored the rare bog and heathland habit at Hothfield Common. The recent lack of rain had dried much of the boggy areas but from the boardwalk, members were able to take images of the carnivorous Sundew plant and rare Bog Asphodel which were thriving. Backlit cotton grass and the few remaining orchids gave plenty of variety of compositions.
The members then put their macro skills to the test in a meadow surrounded by Konic ponies. Dragonflies, grasshoppers, spiders, butterflies and beetles were settling for the night amongst the wild grasses.
At an impromptu stop at a pub on the way home members were entertained to a performance of live Irish folk music. A fitting end to a lovely evening.
10th July 2018 VISIT TO FOLKESTONE
A last minute change of plans was made to the Canterbury Photographic Society summer shoot programme on account of England reaching the semi-finals in the World Cup..The group met a day earlier at Folkestone last Tuesday. The renovated pier arm provided some architectural image potential early evening but was quite busy due to large screens showing a football match. The members wandered along to the sandy beach and arches with some rocks adding foreground interest to the incoming tide. Members practiced slow shutter techniques using filters and polarisers to achieve milky waters and soft wav,action. As the last of the sunset faded and the tide came in a little too close for comfort, the group captured images of the harbour area on their way to a fish and chip supper.