Hexham Courant – Calling All Local Photographers

Danny Brannigan

Page 37 of the 29.11.18 Hexham Courant has a call for local photographers. The ‘Best Snaps of the Season’ featuring Tynedale are wanted by December the 14th.   “The aim of the community project is to reflect what the county means to different people, whilst giving local photographers an opportunity to exhibit their work on a professional platform.”   Submission are to be posted on Instagram with title and #OurTynedale and @hexhamcourant. The most popular pictures online will be in with a chance of being selected to feature in a future issue of the Courant and will be accompanied by a short biography about the photographer.

This post was written by: Kev Hilton on 5th, December 2018

Charity Calendars for the Boatside Inn

Matt Cawood, the Landlord of the Boatside Inn at Warden, took delivery of 100 Planner style Charity Calendars for 2019 and 150 Christmas cards, produced by members of Hexham & District Photographic Society at the end of October.   The Calendars are on sale in the Boatside Inn for £12.50 and will be raising money for the Emma Newton fund. Emma Newton was a Performing Arts student who was killed when a tree fell on her car. The charity, set up by her parents, supports young people wanting a career in the Performing Arts.   The idea of the planner came up in discussion with Matt who was initially looking for prints from members of Read More …

This post was written by: Kev Hilton on 5th, November 2018

Summer Exhibition 2018 – VOYAGER

Hexham Photographic Society are pleased to announce that our 2018 Summer Exhibition opened this evening, 13th August and will be open daily until Sunday the 26th August.   The theme of this years exhibition is VOYAGER, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 1 and 2 on a mission to explore the solar system. To each of the probes was attached a ‘golden record’ containing a message from earth for any extra-terrestrial intelligence that might encounter these messengers. Included was a library of images, encoded in audio format, to give a visual snapshot of our planet and civilisation, a limited glimpse of daily life, the built environment, cultures, landscapes, flora and fauna.   Read More …

This post was written by: Stephen Smith on 13th, August 2018

Annual Exhibition Commemorative Book

Hexham & District Photographic Societies 2018 Annual Exhibition has been themed “Voyager” to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Voyager 1 and 2 space craft on a mission to explore the solar system.     To commemorate the launch of the Voyager probes, each of which carry a ‘golden record’ with a message containing a library of images giving a snapshot of life on earth, our members have been challenged to produce four images describing life on earth today. The results of this challenge will be on display in Hexham Abbey in our forthcoming Annual Exhibition from the 14th August.   In anticipation of the opening of the exhibition and in what is possibly a Read More …

This post was written by: Stephen Smith on 10th, August 2018

Kev’s ‘Off the Rails’ 30 Mile Walk

Hexham Photographic Society member and now club secretary Kevin Hilton put his best foot forward back in May in an effort to raise much needed funds towards a new projector for the society.   He set himself the challenge of completing a grueling 30 mile sponsored walk from Stanhope to Newcastle,  mostly using the network of paths and cycle ways built on old railways that cross the area. Having been dropped off at the start by president Dave Best on the 15th May at 7:10am, he sallied forth fully equipped with sandwiches two flasks of water and obviously his camera.   Hexham Photographic Society President Dave Best commented “As a relatively new member, having joined Read More …

This post was written by: Hexham Photographic Society on 6th, June 2018

Charity Calendar Clicks Into Action

Tyne Rivers Trust is launching its third charity calendar and is asking for anyone who enjoys the river Tyne to submit their best photos of the Tyne catchment to fill it.   The theme is My Tyne so images can cover anything from people enjoying the river to wildlife to scenic shots, as long as it’s taken within the river Tyne catchment which stretches from Redesdale to Haltwhistle to Tynemouth.   A judging panel will pick the best 12 photos and the winners will receive a free copy of the glossy calendar displaying their winning photo. Last year Hexham Members Bob Turner and Barbara Austin both succeeded in having the images below selected for the Read More …

This post was written by: Stephen Smith on 14th, May 2018

Winning snaps from Hexham photographers

HEXHAM Photographic Society cropped a fierce band of competitors out of the picture to win a place in the finals of a national competition.   Members will be heading to Warwick later this year to fly the flag for the North after taking second place in a competition organised by the Northern Counties Photographic Association, which counts 50 or so clubs among its ranks.   While they were narrowly pipped to the top slot by a Keswick club, the overall winning picture was fielded by one of Hexham’s own, Gerry Adcock.     His image, christened The Forest Queen, was awarded 14 hard-won points out of 15 in the creative digital image category.   Another Read More …

This post was written by: Stephen Smith on 7th, March 2018

2018 HPS Annual Exhibition

At the last HPS Committee meting we decided on a theme for this year’s Annual exhibition. This e-mail is to give you advance warning so that you are able to think about and produce work for the exhibition over a reasonable timescale!! Yes, we are trying to think strategically!!   The theme of this year’s exhibition is ‘Voyager’. VOYAGER 40 years ago, in 1977, NASA launched Voyagers 1 and 2 to explore the solar system and then venture into interplanetary space. To each of the probes was attached a ‘golden record’ containing a message from earth for any extraterrestrial intelligence that might encounter these messengers. Included was a library of images, encoded in audio format, Read More …

This post was written by: Dave Best on 25th, February 2018

Tips for Photographing the Aurora Borealis – Northern Lights

Here are some tips to help you make the most out of any potential opportunities you may have for a sighting of the Aurora. Generally the Aurora are at their most active during the months of March and October, in Northern Sky.   Viewing Conditions Occasionally sightings are possible in the UK, you can find out when you are likely to be able to see them by signing up for an alert e-mail from the likes of Aurora watch by Lancaster University, or the British geological survey. In addition a number of apps are available for Android and iPhone. Weather, obviously a mostly clear sky is required, so keep an eye on the weather forecast Read More …

This post was written by: gerry stephens on 19th, February 2018

Panorama Photography

After providing members with a fascinating evening on Panorama Photography back in December, Peter Newman has very kindly contributed an article for the website.     Spherical panoramas are becoming increasingly popular in social media with Facebook and Google providing the facility to upload and move around a 360×180 image on a phone screen. I have written this article with the aim of providing an overview of panoramic photography, to demonstrate what is possible and hopefully inspire members to go out and give it a try. Panoramas are useful in several circumstances; to expand and enhance the view, to increase image resolution, to facilitate an optimal shooting position in cramped spaces, to enhance the viewing Read More …

This post was written by: Peter Newman on 22nd, December 2017