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Copeland Photographic Society's 2022 'Out of Hours' meetings will be meeting every Monday evening at 19.00 at various locations throughout he summer months

Due to the uncertainties around the corvid pandemic I must ask that we maintain the 2 metre distance rule and that we continue to wear masks where appropriate. Most, if not all the Out of Hours locations will once again be in open spaces. The option of going back to a pub for a craic will be down to individual choice.

All these meetings are weather dependant and I will carry out a weather check in the mornings confirm the arrangements.

These meetings are open to none members and people with an interest in photography and are organised via email.

Please contact us via this website if you would be interested in joining us on our Out of Hours meetings

The new season will start in September.

A brief log of the meetings held during the 2021-2022 season.

Monday the 25th, we had our 2022 AGM, via zoom. This has brought the 2021-2022 season to a close. The new season will start in September.

Monday 11th April we had our PDI of the year competition judged by John Williams. Congratulations to John fare on his winning image. There was a wide selection of genres of photography on display and a high standard images.

Monday 4th April we had a excellent talk on abstract Photography/TD by Tony North. Tony gave us an understanding of abstract photography. He looked at the history of abstract art and photography, and a showcased some of his own works using a wide variety of styles and subjects.

Monday 28th March we had a very entertaining talk from Lee Sutton on 'How I Take My Portrait Shots'. Lee gave us a demonstration of the techniques he uses in his portrait photography along with some good tips. All delivered with a good dose of humour

Our 'Cumbria Thro the Lens' exhibition at the Beacon Museum finally closed this week having had some very positive feedback from the general public. Copeland Photographic Society, along with Workington & District Camera Club, held a Joint exhibition in Whitehaven.

There were 249 mounted prints on display, plus another 100 being displayed on a monitor as a slide show. All the images have been taken in Cumbria and highlighted the beauty of the place in which we live. All seen through the eyes of local photographers. There were some fantastic images on display from both the Copeland and Workington clubs.

Monday 21st March we have our 4th Open competition to be judged by Dawn Stobbatt. Again there were some very good images displayed with some interesting critique from Dawn.

Thursday 17th March we had the Three Way Battle with both Workington, District Camera Club and Morton Photographic Society via Zoom. The standard of images was very high, but alas, we came a very respectable third

Monday, 14th March we have a talk by John Gavett on 'A Lakeland Perspective'. John ran Lakeland Photographic Holidays for many years. Having now retired from the business last year, he spent 2021 chronicling the lakeland year season by season with his images.

In addition to presenting his images John gave much photographic advice and made interesting comparisons between similar scenes taken at different times and in different lighting conditions.

Monday the 7th March we had a talk by John Boyd on 'Sport and Wildlife'.

John is a former BBC Presenter and Commentator. His career covered both Radio and TV and he was best known for his coverage of sport. Prior to working on the wireless he was a player, coach and manger in football. His ability to present coverage of just about any sport made him a popular choice for producers of programmes.

When he ended almost 25 years as a broadcaster, John further developed his interest in photography doing both sport and wildlife.

He gave us an interesting display of his images which clearly emphasised demonstrated his love for sports and wildlife

Monday 28th, we had a very interesting talk on 'How To Critique Your Own Images' by Martin Patten. Martin describe his method of critiquing his own images and shared his 'best practices' The second half of his talk involved critiquing images both of his own and some which had been provided by club members.

Friday 25th, We were invited to Workington & District Camera Club to give them a presentation of our work. Derrick Young presented a travelogue of his trip across America with images from the various places he visited with some interesting historical facts, and characters that he met on the way.

Monday 21st Feb, was the Triptych Competition to be judged by John Fare. There was some very interesting and creative images on display. Well done to Ian McConnel and Clive Gidney on their respectful placements

Monday the14th Feb, we had a very enjoyable talk on 'The Inner Landscape' by Andy Phillips. Interesting to see how he controls the light in his still life photography and the set-ups he uses. Click here to see Andys website

Monday 7th Feb we had a talk on Chernobyl by Graham Harris. Graham described in detail his trips to dystopia that is Chernobyl. A fascinating insight into the disaster, the people and the area effected. Click here to see Graham's website

Monday the 31st Jan, we had a very interesting talk by James Rushford on Exploring the Italian Dolomites and Iceland. Some amazing images the Dolomites and the wonders of Iceland. Click here to see Jame's website

Monday 24th Jan, we had our Mono Competition judged by David Woodthorpe. Congratulations to Chris Wood on his 1st, 3rd and 4th places and to Jane Gilmore on her 2nd place.

Monday 17th January when we had a presentation by club member Bob McConnell with a selection of images reminiscing on his rock climbing days and some older images of old Whitehaven.

Monday 10th Jan we had an excellent talk on Creative Monochrome in Outdoor Photography by Nigel Forster. Click here to see Nigel's website

Monday the 13th Dec, we had the Themed Subject Competition judged by John Reed. This years theme was 'Time'. There were be some excellent conceptual images on display. First place was Ade Gidney, second was Janice Carrol and Chris Wood was third. Well done all concerned

Monday the 6th December we had the 2nd of the two tutorials by John Gravett. John took some of our members images and demonstrated how he would edited them in using Lightroom and Photoshop. He gave us some excellent tips on how to improve and get the best out of our own images.

Monday 29th Nov we had the first of two tutorials for Photoshop and Lightroom from John Gravett who runs Lake District Photographic Holidays. John showed us his techniques for processing his images using both Lightroom and Photoshop. There were some interesting tips on how to improve our images.

Monday 15th we had a talk from Kylie-ann Martin on her mono photography. Images taken in and around her home town of Sutton Coalfield due to the restriction placed on her by her health issues. Click here to see Kylie-Ann's website

Monday 8th Nov We had a talk on Macro Photography, Stacking techniques by Justin Garner. Justin talked about his Macro photography involving flowers, insects and still life images of everyday subjects. He showed us the various equipment and methods and lighting set ups that he used to get his images. He also gave us some details on the different methods he uses for stacking his macro images. Very interesting talk.

Saturday 6th Nov was the 'Western Area Battle' which is being hosted by Carlisle Camera Club via Zoom. Out of seven clubs taking part we finished a disappointing 6th with a score of 186 points.

Monday 1st Nov we had a very interesting members talk by Janice Carrol on 'Images From Paris '. Janice showed us some of the delightful sights of Paris. Scenes of both the old and the new architecture of the French capital along with some amazing images of public art.

Monday the 25th we had both the Hendren and the Bowness memorial competitions. The Hendren is for Lake District Landscapes and the Bowness is for Scapes in general. Both competitions were to be judged by Simon Allen. there were some excellent images on display. Congratulations to the winners and those who receive recommendations

Monday the 18th we had John Miskelly excellent talk on 'Long Exposure Photography'. Interesting to learn about John's techniques and skills in long exposure photography. He presented some intriguing images in a variety of locations.
Click here to see John's website

Monday October 11th we had a presentation on 'Breaking The Rules in Photography' by Jerry Webb. Jerry gave a very interesting talk on his unique style of photography where normal rules do not apply. He treated us to some of his moody and atmospheric images Click here to see Jerry's website

Monday 4th Oct Adrian Gidney gave a presentation on 'How to be a better Landscape Photographer - Part One'. A very informative and interesting presentation on the 'Do's and Don'ts ' of landscape photography. Even seasoned landscape photographers will have picked up some learning points from Adrian's presentation.

Monday the 27th Sept, was the 1st Open Competition of the season and was judged by Gerald Chamberlain who gave a detailed assessment of all the images. Well done Fran walding on her winning image. Barefoot Dancer

Monday the 20th Sept we had a talk from John Bermingham on Conceptional Photography. John is a renowned visual artist in the South East working in photography, digital media and compositing, music videos, aerial footage, and animated shorts. John began by showing us a selection of his conceptual images. he then went on to describe his technique for producing his images from sketching his concept through to the final images. An amazing and thought provoking presentation. Click here to see John's website

Monday the 13th Sept was our first meeting of the 2021-2022 season. we had Brian Coley from Workington Camera Club giving us a demonstration on mounting and sizing for competitions. An interesting demonstration from which even our most experienced members gained a few useful tips on both resizing and the the mounting of our images. He then give us a talk on his photography for the Cockermouth Civic Trust.

At the AGM on Monday 6th Sept, as well as the committee's officer roles being reinstated and new committee members being designated, please see the 'Home'' page for details, the subject for the 2022-2023 Themed competition was accepted as 'Food'. The theme for this year's competition is 'Time'

Throughout the summer despite the corvid pandemic restrictions, we have managed a pretty full program of 'Out Of Hours' meetings at various locations in West Cumbria. Social distances were maintained at all times. Hopefully we managed to get some decent images despite the restrictions. A selection of these images will be collated into a slideshow to be presented at one of our evening meetings.