Box End Sport

A reminder that the next Summer event has been arranged by Steve N. at the Box End Water Sports Park, wakeboarding (tow) for Tuesday 22nd August

Details here

An exciting opportunity to get some great sports photography

It is planned to meet at 6pm and photograph until 8pm. Given we could be running low on light by 8pm I might get there a bit earlier than 6pm

Steve has checked with Box End and they expect to be towing until 8pm

We hope to also have a pan session but Manuel might not be able to make it. Ask around if you would like some guidance.

I hope to do a bit of experimental flash photography during the wakeboarding, not teaching but anyone is welcome to come along and join in. You’ll need a flash gun and tripod plus you need to know how to use the flash.

If anyone is interested I am happy to run a workshop for mixing ambient light and flash (fill flash and more interesting portraits) sometime in the evening, possibly about 7.30pm or earlier depending upon light levels. Let me know if you are interested else it won’t happen.

Joe McNally says (paraphrase) “Planning a shoot? Pray for bad weather, better photographs”

Most us are not so resilient as Joe. If we get rained off again I will try to be there on Wednesday evening (if the weather is more promising) instead; if so and you intend to come along Wednesday tell me if you want the ambient/flash workshop and I will let you know if I am able to go. Meanwhile keep an eye on your emails Tuesday in case Steve needs to cancel the Tuesday meeting again.

Let’s hope for a great evening






Create an Online Image Gallery

Next week’s summer event, Tuesday August  15th 7pm, will be held at the Scott Lower School. This is a workshop on creating an online image gallery to display your best image albums to your friends and family. You will also need an online gallery for the revised BCC Member’s Portfolio page from September; we can discuss some options for you at this meeting.

More details here

We will briefly cover a number of online image galleries and their advantages/disadvantages


Box End Postponed (updated 8/8/17)

The English weather has beaten us. The forecast for Tuesday 8th August is rain all day with yellow warnings “Where these showers occur they are likely to be heavy, slow moving and perhaps thundery. Some areas may miss the showers entirely whilst others could see 2 to 3 hours of heavy rain.Where this occurs some disruption is possible such as localised flooding of roads.”

In the circumstances the Box End Water Park event Tuesday 8th has been postponed. It is now expected to be held on rescheduled for Tuesday August 22nd (Steve has now had this new date confirmed, by Box End, for our club visit, 8/8/17)

Likewise the panning and flash photography event to be held at the same time has also been moved to the 22nd.



Box End and Flash

Box End Sports Photography Summer Event – 8th August 6pm

There is a great action sport photography evening arranged by Steve Newman for Tuesday 8th August. Meet at the waterside from 6pm onwards at Box End Park, Box End Rd, Kempston, Bedford MK43 8RQ

There is no charge for this event. Lots of car parking available. There’s a bar onsite so we can sit and have a beer afterwards.

Box End have asked if we would share some of our images with them following the visit.

Details from Steve Newman at 

These summer events are open to members and non-members alike. Non-members please register your interest before turning up by emailing Steve.


Tuition Walk Aug 1st

Manuel has now confirmed the details of his tuition walk Tuesday August 1st.

If you haven’t told him you are coming and would like to come please call or email him ASAP

His walk details are…


Summer Event – Orford

Summer Event – Orford – Wednesday 20th September 2017

Clive is arranging a brilliant members’ photographic day out to Orford, Suffolk, a few miles from Ipswich.

Orford is steeped in history. The village grew in importance in the 12th century when Henry II commissioned the Castle to be built. The Church and the Quay were built by the Normans and, at one time, Orford was a thriving commercial and fishing seaport until the growth of Orford Ness cut it off from the sea and access was redirected through the mouth of the River Ore. The Quay is now used for access to The National Trust site on Orford Ness, the R.S.P.B sanctuary on Havergate Island.

The Castle is now owned and maintained by English Heritage and presently houses display cabinets from the Orford Museum. The magnificent Keep has been a local landmark since the 12th century and it continues to attract large numbers of visitors.

The National Trust Site on the Ness provides a fascinating insight into some of the activities carried out during the Cold War, including nuclear detonator test sites.

Orford is famous for its local oysters and smokehouses. There is a garage, a well stocked village shop, a butcher, an award winning artisan baker, an antiques shop, gift and craft shops. Fresh fish caught by local fishermen are sold on the foreshore. Orford’s economy is increasingly dependent on its tourist trade although it continues to be an active and vibrant community.

Clive will also try to arrange an optional trip to Orford Ness, the old atomic research centre, now run by the National Trust, for any members wishing to include this in their day at Orford. This may be a guided trip depending upon availability and member demand. Prices to Orford Ness vary from £4/£10 for the basic access boat trip and £20 or £60 for optionally different guided formats

It would be a very full day as it is a 2 hrs 30 mins drive each way. 

07:00 hrs Leave Bedford
10:00 hrs Arrive Orford
17:00 hrs Leave Orford
19:30 hrs Arrive Bedford

The optimum number for an organised trip is 12, but Clive is willing to organise anything from 2 people up as he loves the place for its various photographic possibilities.

Link for Orford  As you can see, from the above shot Clive took in 2014, the waterside has some wonderful old boats to photograph as well as the castle and village itself.

Link to Orford Ness National Trust uk/orford-ness-national- nature-reserve

Any other information or to reserve your place on this trip please email Clive Williams at  . Clive will also arrange any car sharing requirements so if you wish to join one and/or are prepared to drive others (costs shared amongst passengers) tell Clive. As soon as Clive has enough takers he will contact you to see who would like to add on a trip to the NT Orford Ness site too.


Summer Events – Panacea Museum

We have a group visit to the Panacea Museum and gardens arranged for Tuesday 18th July from 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

All members are welcome to attend and to find out the fascinating history of the Panacea Society.  The museum is housed in ‘Castleside’, a beautiful Victorian house which was home to the society.

We will start off in the garden while the light is good.

That will be followed with a guided tour of the museum, where we will have the opportunity to photograph the room settings and practise working in low light conditions without flash.  There is not space to use tripods.

The café will be opened to us after the tour.

Parking is free after 6pm in all roads around the museum.

Please meet outside the museum entrance on Newnham Road, Bedford, MK40 3NX at 6.25pm.

This is a good opportunity to visit a local institution and to practise your photography at the same time.  There is no cost for this visit.

Please contact Linda Swain on by Monday 10th July if you would like to join in.



Birds of Prey – Confirmed

The Birds of Prey evening on 12 July from 6pm until 9pm at Herrings Green Farm, Wilstead MK45 3DT has been confirmed.

Any other Camera Club members or friends are welcome to come along to what will be a wonderful chance to see the falcons up close and try your hand at birds in flight.

Anyone wishing to attend, please let Rosie know on or

Kathy Cancelled for 27th June

Sorry to all those planning on going to the Kathy Brown's Garden on Tuesday 27th but it has been cancelled due to a rather pessimistic weather forecast.

Heavy rain from around 5pm to 9pm could make for an uncomfortable evening. So rather than risk the forecast turning out to be actually accurate we will reschedule for another evening (date TBD)
Our apologies to all those who have been carefully cleaning their sensors and have not eaten for 3 days in anticipation of Kathy's homemade cake