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U3A Photography Group One July 2015

by Tim Wright - 21:55 on 01 July 2015

Eight intrepid souls went down to the woods today looking for a big surprise but only found mud, mud, glorious mud, no teddy bears or hippopotamii ! The sun shone. It was warm and the green, dappled shade made interesting shapes on the burn. We found a few fungi and a blooming of Monkshood to add colour and after one and a half hours went to Judy O'Connor's for tea and cake. We sat in her conservatory with all the windows open because of the heat but within minutes, the wind went up and the rain came down. That, of course, is a first for this month but not for the summer as a whole !

We viewed the photos from our day trip to Sanday. A lovely profusion of summer shots with blue skies, white sands and seas of aquamarine. There were lots of photos of buildings from Stove, to Scar, to Start point and to the croft at Ayre's Rock. A few good photos of Sanderling as well as an interesting shot of round electric stove elements, arranged along a fence presumably to try and rectify our poor summer. They were turned off the day we were there.

"Flowers" was a popular subject with a mix of indoor and outdoor subjects. The Community Garden in Finstown seemed to have been much visited with a very impressive display. There were lots of excellent closeups of plants and flowers. A Dounby garden with an old fashioned road sign amongst blue Lupins was the pick of the bunch. Well Done to all who contributed to a great selection. Over tea, there was discussion over indoor techniques for photographing flowers to give max depth of field using AV setting at f 29 on a tripod, using delayed shutter release using the inbuilt camera timer.

The next meeting is at the Ness of Brodgar Dig, aiming to be there at 10.45 to hear the 11 am tour on Wednesday 5th August. Thence, to a suitable hostelry for lunch which will be decided nearer the day and the weather forecast. The project for the month is (No, not Rain) "Circle /Round "

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