PORTSMOUTH
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Upcoming Events

Golden Hour Photography - Capturing Nature's Radiance Through the Lens

Golden Hour Photography - Capturing Nature's Radiance Through the Lens

Saturday 27 April
Broad St, Old Portsmouth - 6:30pm - 2 Hours
Jon Mainwaring
The Golden Hour at sunset is a magical time for photographers - the time when the sun hits the world at a lower angle, resulting in soft, warm, and flattering light. Shots of the sea are particularly good at this time - golden light, reflections and long shadows can be used to create stunning pictures. On this photo walk we will start in Old Portsmouth and walk round to the iconic HMS Warrior taking in great views and photo opportunities along the way.

This session will be suitable for all levels of experience and a modern smartphone will be just as useful as any digital or film camera.
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£24      
Smartphone Photography Meetup

Smartphone Photography Meetup

Saturday 11 May
Broad St, Old Portsmouth - 10:30am - 2 Hours
Jon Mainwaring
They say your best camera is always with you; for many of us the DSLR can be a little cumbersome to carry or perhaps just not the right place for the type of camera! You may have a newer smartphone that has some fantastic capabilities that are present on your DSLR you didn't know about. This session is all about embracing the use of a Smartphone in lieu of a DSLR.

Whether you own a DSRL, or perhaps want to see the features you can use on your smartphone - this session will be perfect for you!
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£24      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 18 May
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
£61      

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.
book now
£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      

Nearby Photography Groups

Shallow of Depth of Field Meetup

Shallow of Depth of Field Meetup

Saturday 04 May
Southampton City Centre - 2pm - 2 Hours
Southampton Photography Group
Nikki Wileman
In this meetup, we will explore the art of creating stunning images with a shallow depth of field through an understanding of the interaction between aperture, focal length and subject / background 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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£24      
Shooting in Manual Mode Class

Shooting in Manual Mode Class

Sunday 05 May
Sturt Road, Frimley Green - 12pm - 3 Hours
Farnborough Photography Group
Nikita Piven
This class is for anyone looking to switch their camera mode from Auto to Manual and learn how to shoot using the Manual Mode. The goal is to help everyone become more confident when using their camera settings. We will touch on essential camera functions and the exposure triangle: Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO.
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£67      
Bluebell Photography Meetup

Bluebell Photography Meetup

Sunday 05 May
Downs Rd, Chichester - 4pm - 2 Hours
Chichester Photography Group
Jakub Bors
The Bluebell season has arrived in West Sussex, bringing one of the most exciting photography subjects of the year.

This session will take place in the magical Funtington forest near Chichester. You will learn tips on how to use your camera settings to capture the beauty of bluebells. We will be looking at composition, focus, and color.

Every year, hundreds of beautiful bluebell images can be seen around the internet, and these stunning 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 the bluebells pop.
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£24      

Beginners Photography Class

Beginners Photography Class

Saturday 18 May
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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£61      
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      
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      

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.
book now
£67      
Colors of Autumn Photography

Colors of Autumn Photography

Saturday 12 October
Canon Ln, Chichester - 3pm - 2 Hours
Chichester Photography Group
Jakub Bors
Autumn photography offers a beautiful way to capture the incredible colors this season has to offer.

Join this session for tips on how to use your camera settings to creatively capture nature in a visually interesting way. We'll be looking at composition, focus and colour in this Autumn season!
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£26      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Sunday 03 November
Canon Ln, Chichester - 2pm - 3 Hours
Chichester Photography Group
Jakub Bors
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      

Photowalk Adventure: Architecture Photography in a New Light

Photowalk Adventure: Architecture Photography in a New Light

Saturday 01 February
Canon Ln, Chichester - 2pm - 2 Hours
Chichester Photography Group
Jakub Bors
Discover the art of architectural photography and learn how to transform any cityscape into a visual masterpiece. Whether you're walking familiar streets or discovering new places on holiday, this session invites you to delve into the nuances of capturing not just the design of buildings but creating images that resonate with beauty and appeal.

Join us for a guided photography session with the talented Jakub Bors, a local photographer and photography educator, and discover new ways to capture the cathedral's timeless beauty.
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£26      
Nature Photography Meetup

Nature Photography Meetup

Saturday 01 March
Canon Ln, Chichester - 2pm - 2 Hours
Chichester Photography Group
Jakub Bors
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.
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£26      

Other Nearby Groups

Exploring Art with Nature

Exploring Art with Nature

Saturday 04 May
The Avenue - 9am - 2 Hours
Southampton Art Group
Fakiha Khan
Creating art in nature is about connecting with your environment, being inspired by nature, and leaving it right where it was found. In this session, we will learn how to use tools and materials found in nature to show that anything can be art if you're creative enough. Rocks, sticks, logs on the forest floor, even mud after a good rain can all be turned into art.
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£26      
Amigurumi 101

Amigurumi 101

Saturday 04 May
The Polygon - 10am - 3 Hours
Southampton Crochet Club
Radhika Taneja
Perfect for those who've already done our popular Beginners Class! Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting small, cute creatures. You will learn the basics of Amigurumi and start on an easy amigurumi heart project during the class.

All our classes include crochet materials and instruction as well as a non-alcoholic drink during the class.
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£42      
Tonal Drawing

Tonal Drawing

Saturday 04 May
Portsea - 10am - 2 Hours
Portsmouth Art Group
Evie Smith
In this workshop, we will explore the art of creating depth and dimension in your drawings through the use of shadow and tone.

Our experienced instructor will guide you through the process of understanding and applying the principles of tonal drawing, including the use of value, contrast, and composition. We will cover topics such as creating a tonal range, building contrast, and simplifying composition to create a clean and striking image.
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£24      

Perspective Drawing

Perspective Drawing

Saturday 18 May
Undercliff Dr, Boscombe - 10am - 2 Hours
Bournemouth Art Group
Anna Herpels
Perspective drawing is a technique used in art to create the illusion of depth and three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface

In this workshop, we will explore the art of creating depth and dimension in your drawings through the use of perspective.

Our experienced instructors will guide you through the process of understanding and applying the principles of perspective.

Perfect for complete beginners.
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£24      
Natural Forms - Drawing Meetup

Natural Forms - Drawing Meetup

Saturday 18 May
Southsea - 10am - 2 Hours
Portsmouth Art Group
Evie Smith
Join us for a relaxing afternoon of drawing natural forms at our upcoming meetup. Unleash your creativity. All skill levels are welcome, so grab your sketchbook and come connect with fellow art enthusiasts in a supportive environment.
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£24      
Victoria Park Serenity: A Watercolor Tribute

Victoria Park Serenity: A Watercolor Tribute

Sunday 19 May
Stanhope Rd, Portsmouth - 12pm - 2 Hours
Portsmouth Watercolour Group
Prazvi Pahwa
Experience the tranquil beauty of Victoria Park through vibrant watercolor strokes. From lush greenery to serene fountains, this painting captures the park's natural splendor and invites fellow artists to immerse themselves in its peaceful oasis within the city.
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£26      

Architecture - Drawing Meetup

Architecture - Drawing Meetup

Saturday 01 June
Southsea - 10am - 2 Hours
Portsmouth Art Group
Evie Smith
Immerse yourself in the world of architecture at our upcoming drawing meetup. From soaring skyscrapers to quaint cottages, we'll capture the essence of built environments together. Bring your favorite drawing tools and join us for an inspiring session of architectural exploration and artistic expression.
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£24      
Entertainment (Sketching)

Entertainment (Sketching)

Saturday 15 June
Southsea - 10am - 2 Hours
Portsmouth Art Group
Evie Smith
Get ready to unleash your imagination at our entertainment theme sketching event.

We will sketch variety of things to do in the venue. Like the arcades, the beach, the pier etc, just a focus on things that people can enjoy and derive entertainment.

Join fellow enthusiasts for a fun-filled session of sketching and creativity.
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£24      
Beginner's Crochet Class

Beginner's Crochet Class

Saturday 21 September
The Polygon - 10am - 3 Hours
Southampton Crochet Club
Radhika Taneja
If you are brand new to crochet, haven't picked up a hook in years, or simply want a little more guidance on those all important basic stitches this is the class for you. We will start with techniques for holding the yarn before moving onto forming the stitches that make up a traditional granny square.

Crochet materials are included as well as a free tea or coffee.
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£50      

Cozy Creations: Making Gloves Crochet Class

Cozy Creations: Making Gloves Crochet Class

Saturday 19 October
The Polygon - 10am - 3 Hours
Southampton Crochet Club
Radhika Taneja
Ready to level up your crochet skills? Join our Gloves Making Crochet Class and craft your own pair of cozy and stylish gloves! Whether you've attended our Beginner's Crochet Class or have some basic crochet skills, this class is perfect for enthusiasts looking to expand their crafting repertoire. We'll guide you through the glove-making process, from selecting the perfect yarn to creating a snug fit for your hands. Plus, we'll provide the hook, yarn, and a refreshing non-alcoholic drink to keep you energized and inspired. Full event details will be shared upon booking confirmation. Don't miss out on this fun and creative session where you'll craft a wardrobe staple to keep your hands warm all season long!
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£46      
Home Decor: Christmas Holiday Crochet Class

Home Decor: Christmas Holiday Crochet Class

Saturday 16 November
The Polygon - 10am - 3 Hours
Southampton Crochet Club
Radhika Taneja
Get into the festive spirit with our Home Decor: Christmas Holiday Crochet Class! Transform your home into a winter wonderland with handmade crochet decorations that will dazzle your guests and warm your heart. Perfect for those who've attended our Beginner's Crochet Class or have some basic skills, this class offers a jolly crafting experience for all enthusiasts. We'll provide the hook, yarn, and a refreshing non-alcoholic drink to keep your creativity merry and bright. Full event details will be shared upon booking confirmation. Join us for a fun-filled session and crochet your way to a cozy and festive home this holiday season!
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£46      
Beginner's Crochet Class

Beginner's Crochet Class

Saturday 14 December
The Polygon - 10am - 3 Hours
Southampton Crochet Club
Radhika Taneja
If you are brand new to crochet, haven't picked up a hook in years, or simply want a little more guidance on those all important basic stitches this is the class for you. We will start with techniques for holding the yarn before moving onto forming the stitches that make up a traditional granny square.

Crochet materials are included as well as a free tea or coffee.
book now
£50      

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
    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
    This was a very good, practical and friendly event. The location was first class with many varied photo opportunities. Highly recommended.
    5/5
    Barry
    2023-08-15

    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
    2024-03-23
    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
    Portsmouth Photography Group
    2024-03-09
    Title or Location: Portsmouth
    I got up at sunrise to shoot the new sea defences. It was well worth the effort as I learn how to use my new drone
    Credit: Ron Harckham
    Instagram: rharckham

    Seattle Photography Group
    2024-04-17
    Title or Location: Cannon Beach Oregon
    While visiting Cannon Beach, Oregon for Spring Break this year, we were treated to beautiful blue skies, warm weather, stars AND airglow at night! I was absolutely giddy about seeing those stars! Now I hope you all know how extremely rare this combination is on the pacific coast in spring. It's normally overcast and raining and definitely no stars to be seen. Thank you universe for allowing your magic to flow this evening. I truly appreciate you and your powers ??
    Credit: Amanda Thornton DeWitt
    Facebook: Amanda Thornton-DeWitt Photography
    Instagram: @amandaswildlifepics

    Milton Keynes Photography Group
    2024-04-17
    Title or Location: Milton Keynes
    to create this I used a piece of Teal vinyl for the backdrop, I had the camera, with a 30 mm Marco lens on a tripod set to manual focus, with focus staking of 10 shots I only used 5 in the end). for lighting I had two static lights on mini stands so I could play about with their placement to get the effect I was looking for. The dandelion seed was held in place, by putting it into a piece of white tack, I then sprayed it using a little electronic face atomiser (bought from Amazon) and loa
    Credit: Diane Langford
    Nashville Photography Society
    2024-04-17
    Title or Location: Franklin Tennessee
    This photo captures a serene moment in my front yard, where I lay on a blanket beneath a amazing tree. The weather was ideal, prompting me to grab my micro lens and focus on this exquisite dandelion.
    Credit: Kimber Weathers
    Facebook: Kimber
    Instagram: kimberlan30wea
    Dallas Photography Group
    2024-04-17
    Title or Location: My house in Lewisville
    Decided to make a composite that resembles the photo that NASA took with their millions of dolllar photo equipment. 2 months ago I photographed the full moon and placed it on top of the most recent solar eclipse photo I took. The moon normally get its light from the sun so getting the perspective with moon visibility is impossible during an eclipse unless you have nasa gear. My photo was taken with a canon R5, RF400mm F2.8 and cropped in.
    Credit: (MyJdProductions) Justin Dickinson
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/share/pE91wQnHYf6JVB7A/?mibextid=eQY6cl
    Instagram: @myjdproductions

    Middlesbrough Photography Group
    2024-04-15
    Title or Location: Saltburn by the Sea
    This is Saltburn?s furnicular Cliff Lift before sunrise in the golden hour. Lovely light, a high tide and a heavy sea made a really nice composition.Canon R8 & EF16-35mm f/4L @ 29mm, f/6.3, 2 seconds & ISO400
    Credit: Edward Bilcliffe
    Instagram: @edwardbilcliffe
    Gold Coast Photography Group
    2024-04-15
    Title or Location: Cloudy bay, Bruny island, Tasmania
    Was my third attempt at catching the aurora. Got to campsite set up camp and looked up at the cloudy night. The clouds started to clear and managed to get down the road and get some snaps &128077
    Credit: Simon garrett
    Facebook: Slystyles_art
    Instagram: Slystyles_art
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