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Upcoming Events

Developing a Photographer's Eye Meetup

Developing a Photographer's Eye Meetup

Saturday 25 May
Broad St, Old Portsmouth - 10:30am - 2 Hours
Jon Mainwaring
In this session we will explore how to see the world through the eye of the camera and how to create powerful images out of the ordinary. We will cover the rules of composition and how breaking them can create impact.
This session is suitable for all level and a smartphone will as good as any digital camera! A wide zoom lens would be ideal if you are shooting on a camera.
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£24      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Sunday 02 June
Southsea, Portsmouth - 10:30am - 3 Hours
Jon Mainwaring
Ready to learn more about your camera and get out of automatic exposure? Now is your chance!

Join us as we break down your camera to help you learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO and how these settings affect your exposure.

We will then put your new knowledge to the test with the guidance of a professional photographer.
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£61      
Beyond Colour - The Artistry of Black and White Photography

Beyond Colour - The Artistry of Black and White Photography

Saturday 22 June
Southsea, Portsmouth - 10am - 2 Hours
Jon Mainwaring
In this session we will learn to see the world in black & white and experiment with using shape, tone and texture to create artistic images without colour. All levels of experience and ability are welcome to join.
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£24      

Beginners Photography Class

Beginners Photography Class

Saturday 06 July
Southsea, Portsmouth - 10:30am - 3 Hours
Jon Mainwaring
Ready to learn more about your camera and get out of automatic exposure? Now is your chance!

Join us as we break down your camera to help you learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO and how these settings affect your exposure.

We will then put your new knowledge to the test with the guidance of a professional photographer.
book now
£67      
50mm Lens Meetup

50mm Lens Meetup

Sunday 21 July
Southsea, Portsmouth - 10am - 2 Hours
Jon Mainwaring
The 50mm lens is one of the flexible and useful lenses in any photographer’s gear bag. It is neither a wide-angle or telephoto lens, but allows the camera to see on the same scale as your eye. As such, it can be used for a variety of styles, from landscape and street photography to portrait and product photography. In this meetup, we’ll review the basic camera settings. We’ll then cover some of the advantages of shooting with a prime lens, and some basic techniques to using the 50mm lens. As always, there will be ample opportunities for you to put your new knowledge into practice.
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£26      

Nearby Photography Groups

Nature Photography Meetup

Nature Photography Meetup

Saturday 25 May
The New Forest - 10am - 2 Hours
Southampton Photography Group
Michael Edwards
Join this session for tips on how to use your camera settings to creatively capture nature in a visually interesting way. We will be looking at composition, focus, and colour.

Many professional offices and places of business have large prints gracing their wall space of things such as fields of flowers, a butterfly perched on a leaf, and a single dew drop on a rose petal. These beautiful images are all around us in nature. It just takes that special "eye" to not only see it but to capture it in a way that will turn that simple little piece of nature into a beautiful piece of art. We will learn how to use different angles, light and shadows, and settings to make subjects pop.


Images are subjective, and this is what makes them so powerful - to you. Embrace that magic by breaking all of the rules :)
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£26      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Sunday 26 May
Westmead, Farnborough - 12pm - 3 Hours
Farnborough Photography Group
Nikita Piven
Ready to learn more about your camera and get out of automatic exposure? Now is your chance!

Join us as we break down your camera to help you learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO and how these settings affect your exposure.

We will then put your new knowledge to the test with the guidance of a professional photographer.
book now
£67      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 01 June
Surrey Road - 1pm - 3 Hours
Bournemouth Photography Group
Peter Fada Osiughwu
Ready to learn more about your camera and get out of automatic exposure? Now is your chance!

Join us as we break down your camera to help you learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO and how these settings affect your exposure.

We will then put your new knowledge to the test with the guidance of a professional photographer.
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£67       5 places left

Bokeh for Beginners

Bokeh for Beginners

Saturday 08 June
Sturt Road, Frimley Green - 11am - 2 Hours
Farnborough Photography Group
Nikita Piven
The goal of this session is to learn how to add the Bokeh affect to your photos. We will also be working on photography in low light with and with camera flash.
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£26      
Creative Seascapes Meetup

Creative Seascapes Meetup

Saturday 15 June
Lepe, Southampton SO45 1AD - 2pm - 2 Hours
Southampton Photography Group
Nikki Wileman
Opportunities for photography at the beach are endless and this meetup will be a chance to explore some of these. We'll be focusing on composition and the use of light and colour as well as the idea of the abstract seascape. As always we'll encourage you to improve your skills in using your camera manually.
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£24      
Portrait Photography Meetup

Portrait Photography Meetup

Sunday 16 June
Sea Road - 5pm - 2 Hours
Bournemouth Photography Group
Rooh Yaseen
Whether you wish to up your selfie game or begin developing a portfolio, this workshop will help you learn the basics of portrait photography and push your creativity and technical understanding.

Learn which settings are best to use, how to select the best locations, and what lighting and poses. We will also learn how to build rapport to get the best reactions and genuine emotions from a person.
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£26      

Natural Light Portraits

Natural Light Portraits

Saturday 22 June
Sturt Road, Frimley Green - 6pm - 2 Hours
Farnborough Photography Group
Nikita Piven
This meet-up will explore how we can take beautiful portraits using natural light and backgrounds. We will explore how to recognise flattering light and how to manipulate it whilst shooting in a less controlled environment than a studio. We will explore how we can work collaboratively with our subject to achieve a portrait that captures their personality and style. We will also look at posing and setting your subject at ease. Technical learning points will include accurate focusing and metering for skin tones.
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£26      
Shallow Depth of Field

Shallow Depth of Field

Saturday 06 July
Sturt Road, Frimley Green - 6pm - 2 Hours
Farnborough Photography Group
Nikita Piven
In this workshop, we will explore the art of creating stunning images with a shallow depth of field.

Our experienced instructor will guide you through the process of understanding and applying the principles of photography, including aperture, focal length, and distance.

We will cover topics such as using a shallow depth of field to create a mood, blurring out distracting backgrounds, and how to use a shallow depth of field to give a bokeh effect behind our subjects to make them pop.
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£26      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 20 July
Sturt Road, Frimley Green - 11am - 3 Hours
Farnborough Photography Group
Nikita Piven
Ready to learn more about your camera and get out of automatic exposure? Now is your chance!

Join us as we break down your camera to help you learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO and how these settings affect your exposure.

We will then put your new knowledge to the test with the guidance of a professional photographer.
book now
£67      

Flower Photography Meetup

Flower Photography Meetup

Saturday 27 July
Jermyns Ln, Romsey SO51 0QA - 2pm - 2 Hours
Southampton Photography Group
Nikki Wileman
Learn all the tips and tricks you need to take stunning pictures of flowers. We will discuss composition, the use of light and colour, and other aspects of photography that will help you create unique and artistic images.
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£26      
Street Photography

Street Photography

Saturday 03 August
Sturt Road, Frimley Green - 11am - 2 Hours
Farnborough Photography Group
Nikita Piven
People, cafes, vendors, street merchants, buskers, historic buildings, art installations and much more. The power of observation underpins the art of great street photography. Learning to "see" interesting detail is a practised skill and we introduce you to easy methods that will open your photographer's eye and expose you to a world that is alive with detail. The most rewarding part of the class is learning how to approach interesting people and have them willingly pose for you.

We will also go over settings, focusing techniques and lens choices common to street photography to help us capture those random chance encounters.
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£26      
Beginners Photography Class

Beginners Photography Class

Saturday 24 August
Palmerston Rd, Southampton - 9:30am - 3 Hours
Southampton Photography Group
Nikki Wileman
Whether you are photographing people or plants, making memories or making art knowing how to use your camera is key.
The class will give you the knowledge you need to expose, to compose and to create the images you have always wanted to.
Learn the basics of photography including using manual camera settings for perfect exposure and tips for good composition. The session will look at ways to improve composition using light, colour and perspective.
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£67       5 places left

Other Nearby Groups

Beginner's Drawing Class

Beginner's Drawing Class

Saturday 01 June
Ensbury Avenue, Bournemouth - 10am - 2 Hours
Bournemouth Art Group
Anna Herpels
In this class, we will explore the basics of drawing and equip you with the skills needed to create beautiful and expressive artwork.

Our experienced instructor will guide you through the fundamentals of drawing, including perspective, proportion, shading, and composition.

We will also be practicing various forms of Mark Making techniques and hopefully will make an empty page less daunting to fill up.

Perfect for complete beginners.
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£26      
Beginner's Watercolour Class: Brushes and Strokes

Beginner's Watercolour Class: Brushes and Strokes

Saturday 01 June
Southampton City Centre - 12pm - 2 Hours
Southampton Watercolour Group
Ammarah Sajid
Join us for an immersive artistic journey as we explore brush strokes and the subtle interplay of colors. In this interactive session, you'll delve into fundamental color theory, master shading techniques, and discover the depth of secondary, primary, and tertiary colors. By the end of the day, you'll not only gain valuable skills but also create a unique masterpiece with your own hands. Don't miss this opportunity to unleash your creativity and express yourself through art!
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£26      
Mixed Media Art

Mixed Media Art

Saturday 01 June
The Avenue - 12pm - 2 Hours
Southampton Art Group
Fakiha Khan
Create different art pieces with mixed medium including paper, colors paints of different types, paper collage, pencil etc.
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£26      

Painting Landscapes with Acrylics

Painting Landscapes with Acrylics

Saturday 08 June
Willis Rd - 10am - 2 Hours
Portsmouth Art Group
Fakiha Khan
Explore the beauty of nature through acrylic painting! Join our engaging art class on Painting Landscapes with Acrylics and discover the techniques to capture scenic vistas on canvas. Whether you're a beginner or seasoned artist, this class offers step-by-step guidance to create stunning landscapes. Learn color mixing, brush techniques, and composition to bring your landscapes to life. Unleash your creativity in a supportive and inspiring environment. Enroll today and start painting your favorite landscapes with confidence!
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£26      
Architectural Drawing and Painting

Architectural Drawing and Painting

Saturday 15 June
Harbour Parade - 12pm - 2 Hours
Southampton Art Group
Fakiha Khan
In this session, we will learn architectural drawing and painting with the study of perspective and it's types.
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£26      
Beginner's Watercolour Class: Brushes and Strokes

Beginner's Watercolour Class: Brushes and Strokes

Saturday 22 June
Southampton City Centre - 12pm - 2 Hours
Southampton Watercolour Group
Ammarah Sajid
Join us for an immersive artistic journey as we explore brush strokes and the subtle interplay of colors. In this interactive session, you'll delve into fundamental color theory, master shading techniques, and discover the depth of secondary, primary, and tertiary colors. By the end of the day, you'll not only gain valuable skills but also create a unique masterpiece with your own hands. Don't miss this opportunity to unleash your creativity and express yourself through art!
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£26      

Drawing Plants and Flowers

Drawing Plants and Flowers

Saturday 29 June
Westover Road, Bournemouth - 10am - 2 Hours
Bournemouth Art Group
Anna Herpels
If you love all things nature, this is the art class for you! In this class, we will be conducting primary observation studies of flowers and plants. You will get the chance to admire plants and flowers up close and learn how to confidently create inspired drawings with pencil and fineliner pens. Our experienced instructors will guide you through the process of drawing the beautiful plants and flowers that nature has to offer. We will cover topics such as simplifying shapes, creating texture and detail, and using colours to enhance your drawings. This is a perfect opportunity for both beginners and more experienced artists alike to meet up and create art in a welcoming and relaxed environment. Our friendly instructors will provide guidance, helpful feedback, and support along the way, to generate new ideas for your art practice, and collaborate in a like-minded space. Join us in the wonderful outdoors to create your very own unique pieces and develop your drawing skills!
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£26      
Speed Landscape Drawing and Painting

Speed Landscape Drawing and Painting

Saturday 13 July
Ensbury Avenue, Bournemouth - 10am - 2 Hours
Bournemouth Art Group
Anna Herpels
The focus of this two-hour structured session is "speed" and "form", i.e. capturing the essence of a subject. You will be guided to complete some "warm-up" colour and drawing exercises and prepared for doing ink and watercolour-based painting in the session. You will learn how to quickly sketch and capture multiple subjects in the garden with ink and wash technique. You will be advised to keep things rather loose and time your drawing/painting.
You will have a chance to meet and greet like-minded people, choose your own subjects in the garden and be guided to complete the exercises, and artwork and have some takeaway homework with the learned technique. All levels and experiences are welcome.
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£26      
Beginner's Watercolour Class: Brushes and Strokes

Beginner's Watercolour Class: Brushes and Strokes

Saturday 13 July
Southampton City Centre - 12pm - 2 Hours
Southampton Watercolour Group
Ammarah Sajid
Join us for an immersive artistic journey as we explore brush strokes and the subtle interplay of colors. In this interactive session, you'll delve into fundamental color theory, master shading techniques, and discover the depth of secondary, primary, and tertiary colors. By the end of the day, you'll not only gain valuable skills but also create a unique masterpiece with your own hands. Don't miss this opportunity to unleash your creativity and express yourself through art!
book now
£26      

Beginner Drawing and Painting Class

Beginner Drawing and Painting Class

Saturday 13 July
The Avenue - 12pm - 2 Hours
Southampton Art Group
Fakiha Khan
In this class, we will learn and study shapes, colour and perspective. We will also explore and create new ideas. We will also learn how to paint the basics and colour theory will be discussed.

All skill levels are welcome!
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£55      
Pencil Color Art

Pencil Color Art

Saturday 27 July
The Avenue - 10am - 2 Hours
Southampton Art Group
Fakiha Khan
Exploring nature and it's colours. Creating colourful nature views and details out with pencil colors. Study flowers , plants and it's minute details through pencil colors.
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£26      
Blossoming Brushstrokes: Watercolour Painting in Nature

Blossoming Brushstrokes: Watercolour Painting in Nature

Sunday 28 July
Southampton City Centre - 12pm - 2 Hours
Southampton Watercolour Group
Ammarah Sajid
Embark on a journey of creativity and inspiration with "Blossoming Brushstrokes: Watercolor Painting in Nature." Over the course of two hours, you'll be guided through the captivating realm of floral and nature painting, allowing you to express your artistic vision amidst the serene beauty of the garden. Under expert tutelage, you'll learn the techniques of composition, merging traditional and contemporary methods to craft exquisite watercolor pieces. Whether you're an experienced artist or simply drawn to the wonders of nature, this session welcomes individuals of all skill levels to connect, explore, and create together. With all materials provided except your personal painting travel kit and smartphone, come join us for an enriching and unforgettable experience in botanical artistry.
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£26      

ABOUT PORTSMOUTH
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP
Come along to our photo sessions to dust off your camera and get snap-happy with a professional photography instructor.

Brush up on your camera skills and learn new photography techniques whilst on a photo walk class with other local keen photographers!

We run two hour photography sessions based on a photography theme/technique/style and they take place in various locations in Portsmouth .

  • New to photography? We also run a popular 3 hour Beginners Guide to Photography Class once a month. And once in a while we will run special niche 3 hour classes, for example, Astrophotography - so do subscribe to our newsletter to know when the next on is!

  • Who can attend? Open to all skill levels, from beginners to keen amateurs. The photography instructor is there to help you with camera settings and provide any advice you need.

  • What to bring? We recommend bringing a camera that has full manual mode or semi-manual modes (Aperture or Shutter Priority). Compact cameras and smartphones also welcome!

    The meeting point and full details for the day are sent in the booking confirmation email to the email address you provide at time of booking.

    Join the Portsmouth Photography Group on Facebook to share your photos after the session.

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    Great photography workshop! Jon was friendly and knowledgeable. He created an informative, enjoyable morning.
    5/5
    Nicki
    2024-05-13
    I really enjoyed this event. I especially appreciated being able to ask questions about composition and being taken to locations where I could practice taking photos. I found it helpful when Jon showed us photos he?d taken so that I could see how he?d composed the photos.
    5/5
    Liz
    2024-04-15
    Good location. Great tips
    5/5
    Tracey
    2024-04-15

    Very good. Informative and well explained. Jon is an excellent tutor, talked me through and explained where I was going wrong . I couldn't have asked for more. 10/10
    5/5
    Paul
    2024-03-25
    I really enjoyed the event. Jon was very easy to get along with and made sure the content was pitched at the right level for the participants. Recommended.
    5/5
    david
    2024-03-05
    This was a perfect intro to photography. Jon is incredibly knowledgeable and his friendly demeanour made the day a joy.
    5/5
    Simon
    2024-03-05

    As always this was a very useful and enjoyable meet. Jon is very informative and I learnt a lot from him. The bonus is gleaning learning from the experience of other group members
    5/5
    Marilyn
    2024-02-19
    It was really nice to get out and about and chat photography with other enthusiasts. Jon is incredibly welcoming and happy to answer any queries. Its just a small shame on turn out of numbers.
    5/5
    Toby
    2024-01-22
    Vince is very knowledgeable and approachable. Very enjoyable
    5/5
    Mark
    2023-11-08

    Very enjoyable. Jon was a pleasure to be with, and was very knowledgeable and helpful.
    5/5
    Dominic
    2023-10-26
    This was a great event with a really helpful instructor. Very knowledgeable.
    5/5
    Mark
    2023-09-04
    Another great event of practical learning skills.
    5/5
    Barry
    2023-09-04

    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Jon Mainwaring
    Jon discovered his passion for taking pictures over thirty years ago using a borrowed Praktica 35mm film camera. Photography has come a long way since! He studied the subject at Berkshire College of Art before starting work as assistant to a wedding photographer in Portsmouth.
    Jon continues to work as a professional photographer on a part-time basis, specialising in environmental portraits and sports. He also enjoys landscape and travel photography and makes the most of the stunning locations in and around Portsmouth.

    Jon Mainwaring is available for private bookings

    Available most Saturdays and Sundays between 10am and 6pm. Based in Portsmouth and can suggest locations depending on subject of interest. My main areas of expertise are landscapes, sports & action, portraits, documentary and black & white photography.

    PHOTOS
    Portsmouth Photography Group
    2024-04-29
    Title or Location: Waterlooville, Hampshire
    I bought myself a new macro lens in the summer of 2022. The first thing I did was to take it out into the back garden to see how good it was. While I was taking photos of a lily this very obliging ant came along and started feeding on the pollen. I got lucky with the shot but I also got hooked on macro photography, my favourite photographic genre
    Credit: Steve Wilmshurst
    Instagram: Wonderful.world.of.bugs

    Portsmouth Photography Group
    2024-03-23
    Title or Location: Petersfield Heath. Hampshire
    'Upon Reflection'A weeping willow brushing the lake.f/4.0 1/800 18mm. ISO 100.
    Credit: Paul Faithfull
    Facebook: Yehuda Moon
    Portsmouth Photography Group
    2024-03-23
    Title or Location: Sparsholt, Hants
    I went for a drive to take a few images with my trusty Canon 80D for the last time before trading it in for a mirrorless option. I liked the contrast in this scene between the dark shadows and bright Silver Birches.
    Credit: Paul Lavin

    Portsmouth Photography Group
    2024-03-17
    Title or Location: Clarence Pier, Southsea
    This photo was taken within the upside down house in Clarence Pier, Southsea. An accidental shot at the time, but great photos can come from accidents.
    Credit: Billy-Jo Brison
    Instagram: hampshirelens

    Portsmouth Photography Group
    2024-03-17
    Title or Location: Langstone Harbour
    I took this photo whilst waiting for the sun to rise in Langstone Harbour, Havant.
    Credit: Mark Butland
    Facebook: myphotography_butters
    Instagram: myphotography_butters
    Portsmouth Photography Group
    2024-03-16
    Title or Location: Bodiam, East Sussex, UK
    It was a sunny morning in Bodiam and I wanted to take the opportunity to photograph the landscape. Instead, what I found most beautiful was the abundance of wild spring flowers and honey bees rushing to feast on the nectar. This honey bee was unbothered and let me get close to him while I photographed.
    Credit: Harriet Ardern

    Tucson Photography Group
    2024-05-20
    Title or Location: San Rafael Valley, AZ
    Taken on a backroad photo trip through the San Rafael Valley of Southern Arizona. I shot the image with a Sony A6000 converted to 830nm infrared. Some editing in Lightroom.
    Credit: Andy Baldwin
    Instagram: @abaldwinphoto

    Portland Photography Group
    2024-05-20
    Title or Location: Stub Stewart State Park Hilltop area
    This was the day of famous Northern Lights visible in most of the North America. Stubs Stewart is the most ideal dark area for star gazing so I reached there around 11pm. As expected, it was full of enthusiasts. The lights were predicted to be at peak between 10pm - 2am. Around 2pm, when we though the "show was over", the lights started getting incredibly bright, and that is when this picture was taken. Interestingly, the lights were bright in some regions and other regions were faded enough to
    Credit: Ashish Kushwaha
    Sydney Photography Group
    2024-05-19
    Title or Location: Curly dick Rd ,Meadow flat
    It's a famous road for Golden Poplars, but I wanted to capture the Milky way passing over trees that have lost their leaves. it was early evening, but the Milky Way was already high up, so I quickly took some photos and returned to Sydney.
    Credit: eric
    Sydney Photography Group
    2024-05-17
    Title or Location: Tacking Point Lighthouse, Port Macquarie
    Last February, I left Sydney with my friends at 6pm to capture the first Milky Way view of 2024. I was very anxious because I saw a lot of clouds on the way, but I was really happy to see clear skies as I passed Newcastle. When we arrived at the lighthouse, fortunately we were the only ones in the group, so we were able to take photos without any disturbance. The lighthouse light, which was not too bright, was very helpful in filming.
    Credit: Eric

    Vancouver Photography Group
    2024-05-15
    Title or Location: Vancouver Lake, Vancouver, WA
    I took this photo after work on the night of Friday 5-10-24. I was seeing posts about people seeing the northern lights as low as Oklahoma. I went home and grabbed my camera and equipment and went to Vancouver Lake not sure if I could capture anything. I was pleasantly surprised when I was able to capture photos. This is just one of many pleasant surprises from that evening, enjoy.
    Credit: David Lopez
    Wirral Photography Group
    2024-05-15
    Title or Location: New Brighton
    Photo of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) taken on New Brighton promenade on Friday 10th May 2024 (around 11:53pm) - the night when the Northern Lights was visible from much of the UK.I'd be thinking of heading out to try and catch a photo of the Northern Lights for the past few weeks as had seen notifications on various apps and on Facebook that there might be a chance of seeing them. I finally decided to go out and see if I could see them on that evening, and I was extremely lucky tha
    Credit: Mike Rhodes
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