Photographers focus on life after lockdown with riverbank expedition

Colyford and District Photographic Club meet  at The White Hart in Colyford

Colyford and District Photographic Club meet at The White Hart in Colyford - Credit: Colyford and District Photographic Club

On Saturday 31 July 2021, members of the Colyford and District Photographic Club were at last, able to meet up for a long-awaited summer social camera walk.

Following the recent lifting of coronavirus restrictions, this was very welcome.  All previous meetings had taken place via Zoom. 

Meeting at The White Hart in Colyford, a number of the members walked along the river bank to Colyton, meeting up with other members who had chosen to walk around Colyton.  The walk allowed plenty of time for members to take photographs along the riverbank, Colyton and the tramway.  To help members focus and improve on their image taking, a number of subjects had been pre- chosen by the Club's Committee.  These subjects included 'Landscape';  'Tram/Transport'; 'Water slow-shutter speed'; 'Wildlife/Birds'.  Images will be prepared and shown when the Club resumes their evening meetings in September, at Colyford Memorial Hall.

To complete the walk, all members met for lunch at The Kingfisher public house in Colyton.  

If you would like to find out more about Colyford and District Photographic Club and would like to improve your photography, or simply just to meet and chat with others interested in the art of photography, please along to the Club's evening meetings.  We will be resuming these, with a great programme of events, on Wednesday September 8th 2021, 7.30pm-9.30pm at Colyford Memorial Hall, Swan Hill Road, Colyford.  New members of all ages and abilities will be made to feel very welcome.  For more information, please visit our website www.colyford-photographic-club.co.uk or phone 077539 11751, or email colyford.photographicclub@gmail.com

Despite the restrictions to control the Coronavirus, members of Colyford and District Photographic Club have been busy and active during the enforced lockdown.  At the beginning of March 2020, the Ccub had been looking forward to the Spring and Summer season.  Members and the Committee had been working hard putting together an interesting and informative programme of events for 2020 and 2021.  Sadly, from late March, we were no longer able to hold our fortnightly meetings at the Colyford Village Hall.

Undaunted, the founders of the club, David and Margaret Young, along with Craig and Marie-Anne Talbott, set up monthly photographic 'Isolation Challenges' for members to enter their chosen images.  These images were up-loaded onto the club's web site and winning images and runners-up were chosen.  These challenges were important to keep interest in the club going, plus gave members the chance to take images and display their photographic skills.  To view these images and for more information about Colyford and District Photographic Club, please go to www.colyfordanddistrictphotographicclub.co.uk.  

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Arranging committee meetings have been rather challenging recently!  The Annual General Meeting had to be circulated via email or posted to members.  The Club are also hoping to use Zoom software for the next Committee meeting.  Some of our club members also participated in regular Zoom photographic talks, hosted by another camera club.  These were very successful and enjoyable and meant that members could 'socialise and chat' and not even leave home!

Following the easing of the earlier lock-down, outdoor local photographic trips were also organised for small groups, keeping to social distancing rules of course!  More of these visits are planned for October and beyond, depending on the Covid-19 situation.  One member has suggested creating a Club Calendar  using members images, discussions on this idea are continuing and it is hoped it may be ready for Christmas 2021.

Colyford and District Photographic club began in January 2018, membership and interest in the Club has greatly increased since then.  Members are based in the local area, including Lyme Regis, Axminster and Seaton plus the surrounding villages.  New members are always very welcome, regardless of skill level.  We are a teaching club with members of all abilities who are always keen to help others, in fact we find that we all learn from each other!  The only requirements are enthusiasm and an interest in photography.  

So, despite these restricting and difficult times, please do have a look at our website.  If you wish to become a member please email: colyford.photographicclub@gmail.com for membership rates and details.  Currently, due to the Covid-19 situation, we are not able to offer our full programme as advertised on the web site, but hope very much to return to normal during 2021.

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