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IWDIG Nature Walk 2015 Shide Chalk Pit

IWDIG Nature WalkWeather permitting this years IWDIG nature walk will take place on Saturday 4th of July at Shide Chalk-pit.  Photographers with an interest can meet Walk Leader Colin Haygarth at the entrance at 10.00 am.

Colin says: We are hoping to photograph wild orchids, butterflies and moths, the rare Marsh Helleborine Orchid is in flower at the moment in the chalk-pit and it will be worth coming along just to photograph this lovely flower, there are 3 orchids in flower at the moment and I am sure we will find other things to photograph as well. Continue reading

Taking Photos Under Attack By European Parliament

Isle of Wight Photo of the Year. Hot Off the Press Advertising.  Image Created for IWDIG.The European Parliament might destroy photography on 9 July 2015.

The Freedom of taking photos in public places is under attack. Until now, in most countries in Europe you were safe to take and publish photographs that are taken from public ground – This is called Freedom of Panorama. To find out what this is all about and to sign the petition please follow this link:

http://www.change.org/p/european-parliament-save-the-freedom-of-photography

Please read and we’re sure you’ll support the petition, thank you.

Isle of Wight Photographers Celebrate Julia Margaret Cameron Bicentenary

Julia Margaret Cameron BicentenaryThe Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year (IWPOY) will soon launch its 2015 Awards, and in a brand new section they will also be looking for the very best female photographer from the Isle of Wight.

Do you have what it takes to capture a prize-winning image? IWPOY are looking for inspiring photographers whose winning photos will take pride of place in an exclusive exhibition to mark the bicentenary of Julia Margaret Cameron’s birthday.

IWPOY Founder, Professional Photographer & Tutor Gary Early, said: “We’re really excited about this years IWPOY and hope to receive a great selection of images. This is a ‘money can’t buy opportunity’ and a chance for everyone on the Isle of Wight to showcase their photographic talents.” Continue reading

Sun Shines on Worldwide Photo Walk walkers On Wight

IWDIG Worldwide Photo Walk

 

With the  stormy weather during the preceding week and the torrential rain showers earlier in the morning it was amazing to see the clouds clear, blue sky and sunshine timed exactly to the start of the IWDIG 2014 Worldwide Photo Walk.

It was sad that a few walkers had been put off by the weather but there was an enthusiastic turnout including walkers with buggies, wheelchairs and pets. We were extremely grateful to Simon (Elinchrom) and Nathan (Fujifilm) for taking time out from their busy schedules to join us on the walk and spend all of the afternoon demonstrating the equipment and answering everyone’s questions.

Nathan FujifilmThe walk became especially poignant for Nathan, from Fujifilm, as can be seen in the photograph opposite.  As we reached Farringford House, the former home of Alfred, Lord Tennyson who became the Poet Laureate in 1850,  Nathan finally was able to recognise his ancestry.

Quite a few of the walkers witnessed this epiphany and commented that the resemblance was truly remarkable. Nathan commented that from now on no one will be able to question my true heritage,  and that he always knew that somewhere inside there was a poet just waiting to get out!

The walk, or better described as a photographic amble,  took everyone around Freshwater and the Bay Area and lasted about 2 hours, with a few of the walkers taking even longer. There were no complaints about the wet, the cold or the wind, however a few remarks on  just how hot it was getting, in the wet weather gear, were noted from time to time.

Everyone enjoyed the walk and meeting the other photographers. Walkers were trying out Fuji lenses and camera bodies en route and when finally returning to Dimbola enjoyed the refreshments in the tea room.

The Elinchrom Lighting systems were now available for everyone to try out in Dimbola’s studio and many of the walkers took the opportunity to find out all the information they could from both Simon and Nathan. All  the X-series bodies were available along with the complete range of Fujifilm lenses including a prototype of the new 56mm APD.

‘Kids in a candy store’ came to mind and once again a very big thank you to Simon and Nathan, who were there for the whole day I might add, for making the day such a great success.  Thanks also to all the walkers too, we are looking forward to seeing your images and good luck in the Worldwide Photo Walk competition…

Elinchrom & Fujifil at Dimbola

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IWDIG Photographers Getting Ready For Christmas & New Year

Next week we will be putting down our cameras and focusing on having a good time as the IWDIG Christmas Party is taking place on December 18th.

For anyone not attending those festivities – tonight Wednesday 11th December will be our last regular weekly meeting at Dimbola of 2013.

We look forward to seeing all of you next year on 8th January 2014. Until then, we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and hope the New Year is filled with health, happiness and prosperity for all.

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

 

Isle of Wight Photographers Join 6th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk

Calling Isle of Wight Photographers, would you like to join over 20,500 photographers on 5th October for the 3rd annual worldwide photo walk on the Isle of Wight?

Photography enthusiasts with any form of imaging equipment be it point and shoot, compact, DSLR or mobile phone are invited to have some FREE photographic fun around the Town and surrounding area of Yarmouth, Isle of Wight.

Isle of Wight Photographers will be taking part in what has been described as the “Largest Global Social Event for Photographers”.

The Photo walk is a great opportunity for photographers of any ability to socialise, learn and share tips on this annual event, which is now in its sixth year.

Isle of Wight photographers for the 4th time will join with locations all over the world in participating in a photo walk from 11am to 2pm on Saturday October 5th, led by professional photographer and tutor Gary Early. Continue reading

Shoot, View & BBQ Fort Victoria

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Taking advantage of the spell of glorious summer weather the Isle of Wight Digital Imaging Group moved their venue to Fort Victoria for the group meeting this week.  A shoot, view and BBQ was the theme for the evening, although the viewing will take place at the meeting next week. ‘Contrast’ was the photographic task set for the evening with the fort, beach and woodland providing plenty of scope for colour, texture and lighting contrasts.

Although the shooting continued throughout the evening, taking advantage of the sunset, location and the sailing around Hurst Castle, the BBQ brought the photography to a halt for a while. With choc-ices, sausages & burgers, fresh strawberries & cupcakes, lashings of ginger beer and plenty to go around a great time was had by everyone. Thanks to Amanda for all of the food preparation, John for teas & coffees and David for supplying the home-grown strawberries. Everyone agreed that it was a great feast and that the evening couldn’t have been better,  sunshine and a warm breeze,  let’s look forward to a few more of these!

 

Photograph courtesy  ©Terry Smith

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