Canterbury Photographic Society


2017-2018 Summer Shoot Reports


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

feeding young!


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.

CPS FACEBOOK PAGE CPS Members Fordwich River Cruise CPS Members Forwich River Cruise 2


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.




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.