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Smartphone Photography Tips & Tricks

Smartphone Photography Tips & Tricks

Sunday 21 April
College Green Bristol - 9am - 2 Hours
Charlotte Sams
Unleash the full potential of smartphone photography in our interactive session, where we delve into the art of capturing stunning images with your phone camera. Discover the secrets of angles and composition to elevate your snapshots from simple clicks to captivating artworks. Join us as we transform everyday moments into extraordinary memories with just a tap on your screen. Get ready to make every shot count and see the world through a new lens!
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£24      
Nature Photography Hike

Nature Photography Hike

Saturday 04 May
Glenavon Park - 9am - 2 Hours
Charlotte Sams
This session will be a relaxed walk around a Nature site focusing on how we can capture the nature we find in several different ways, exploring angles and techniques to create better nature photography images.
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£43      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Sunday 12 May
College Green Bristol - 9am - 3 Hours
Charlotte Sams
This session is for beginners to learn to get a handle on manual settings. We will learn the basic elements of exposure; aperture, shutter speed and ISO, and then bring them all together with practice. We will then begin to look at composition at the end.
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£61      

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Sunday 09 June
College Green Bristol - 9am - 3 Hours
Charlotte Sams
This session is for beginners to learn to get a handle on manual settings. We will learn the basic elements of exposure; aperture, shutter speed and ISO, and then bring them all together with practice. We will then begin to look at composition at the end.
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£61      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Sunday 07 July
College Green Bristol - 9am - 3 Hours
Charlotte Sams
This session is for beginners to learn to get a handle on manual settings. We will learn the basic elements of exposure; aperture, shutter speed and ISO, and then bring them all together with practice. We will then begin to look at composition at the end.
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£67      

Nearby Photography Groups

Landscape & Nature Meetup

Landscape & Nature Meetup

Saturday 20 April
W Nash Rd - 3pm - 2 Hours
Newport Photography Group
Rachel Southard
Welcome to the "Shooting in Manual Mode Class"! Get ready to embark on a journey of mastering manual mode photography by practicing in various scenarios. Engage in discussions on optimal settings, composition techniques, and effective approaches to shooting in manual mode. To make the most of this experience, ensure you have a solid understanding of the basics of manual mode and the exposure triangle. If these concepts are new to you, don't worry - consider checking out some quick tutorials on YouTube before our session.
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£24      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 27 April
Mount Street, Taunton, Somerset - 10am - 3 Hours
Somerset Photography Group
Konstantinos Papadopoulos
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.
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£61      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 27 April
Pierhead Street - 10:30am - 3 Hours
Cardiff Photography Group
Nick Vidal-Hall
Start to become more comfortable with your camera and start to take unique and interesting images.

I strongly suggest that you take a look at a few YouTube videos about the exposure triangle - I don't expect you to know it, but it would help if you bring some questions with you to the group :)
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£61       2 places left

Natural Light Portraits

Natural Light Portraits

Saturday 04 May
Beechwood - 3pm - 2 Hours
Newport Photography Group
Rachel Southard
This meet-up will explore how we can take beautiful portraits using natural light and backgrounds. We will explore how to recognise flattering light and how to manipulate it whilst shooting in a less controlled environment than a studio. We will explore how we can work collaboratively with our subject to achieve a portrait that captures their personality and style. We will also look at posing and setting your subject at ease. Technical learning points will include accurate focusing and metering for skin tones. A model is present during the session.

We will have some discussion around the best settings , composition and ways to do this , especially in natural light. It would however be useful for you to ensure you are aware of the basics of using manual mode and the exposure triangle. If not sure, we would advise looking at YouTube for this before the photo session.

A male model will be available for this class.
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£24      
Nature Photography Meetup

Nature Photography Meetup

Sunday 05 May
Reservoir Road - 10am - 2 Hours
Gloucester Photography Group
Oscar Wenman-Hyde
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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£24      
Black and White Photography

Black and White Photography

Saturday 11 May
The Hayes, Cardiff - 9am - 2 Hours
Cardiff Photography Group
Nick Vidal-Hall
We will be taking advantage of the light and shadow in the centre of Cardiff to get some great black and white shots of people and buildings.

Come and join us and explore the world of Black and White Photography!

note: This is the last of a series of four classes in which all participants can submit an image from each class they attend for automatic inclusion in a photobook. Further images can be submitted for inclusion. The book will be available for purchase at the end of the series.
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£24      

Portraiture With Natural Light

Portraiture With Natural Light

Saturday 11 May
Mount Street, Taunton, Somerset - 2pm - 2 Hours
Somerset Photography Group
Konstantinos Papadopoulos
Immerse yourself in an enlightening photography event, specially crafted to improve your understanding of composition and the crucial role of light, elevating your photography skills to new heights. Join the hands-on experience of photographing a model using available light 2013 no on-camera flash or strobe photography, just you and the ethereal beauty of the existing illumination.

Walkthrough troubleshooting, make fine-tuned adjustments, and masterfully capture a successful portrait. Discover the art of using light modifiers, like a reflector, to maintain proper exposure in challenging lighting conditions. A world of photographic expertise awaits, all set to transform you into a better photographer.
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£46      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 18 May
Tredegar House - 10am - 3 Hours
Newport Photography Group
Rachel Southard
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.

We will look at learning the following :
- The exposure triangle and hue it impacts your photos
- White balance & it's importance
- Some basic camera settings to be aware of and set up.
- Different composition techniques
- Practice with use of manual, AV & TV modes.
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£61       4 places left
Black and White Photography

Black and White Photography

Saturday 25 May
Vivary Park - 4:30pm - 2 Hours
Somerset Photography Group
Konstantinos Papadopoulos
Dive into the Monochromatic World with Our Advanced Black and White Photography Course

Unlock the secrets to capturing the essence of the world in monochrome. Our specialized course delves into the artistry of black and white photography, exploring the nuances that make a compelling black and white photograph. We focus on understanding contrast, mastering textures, and the intricate way your camera interprets these elements.

Learn both the in-camera techniques and post-production skills needed to transform your visions into stunning black and white imagery. Through a blend of theoretical insights and practical exercises, you'll discover exemplary works that embody the genre's timeless appeal.

This course is designed for individuals with a solid grasp of photography basics and camera controls, ready to elevate their skills and explore the captivating realm of black and white. Join us to refine your aesthetic, enhance your visual storytelling, and embrace the rich details that lie beyond the spectrum of color.
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£66      

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Sunday 26 May
College St. - 10am - 3 Hours
Gloucester Photography Group
Oscar Wenman-Hyde
Unlock the full potential of your photography skills by mastering your camera's manual settings. Delve into an engaging workshop focused on understanding the ins and outs of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, and how they collectively influence your exposure. With the support of a seasoned professional photographer, you'll apply your newfound knowledge in a practical setting, ensuring you leave with the confidence to venture beyond automatic exposure and explore the art of photography with complete creative control. Join us for a transformative experience that will elevate your images to new heights.
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£61       5 places left
Portraiture With Natural Light

Portraiture With Natural Light

Sunday 26 May
Pierhead Street - 10:30am - 2 Hours
Cardiff Photography Group
Nick Vidal-Hall
This group will focus on working with your subject to put them at ease and get great natural portraits with minimal posing. We will be workin g with each other with the goal of each person going home with some portraits/headshots usable for social media etc.


note: This will be another group in which all participants can submit images for inclusion in a photobook. The book will be available for purchase at the end of the series towards the end of the year.
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£24      
Macro & Nature Photography

Macro & Nature Photography

Saturday 01 June
Ridgeway, Newport - 10am - 2 Hours
Newport Photography Group
Rachel Southard
Macro photography is a unique form of photography that involves photographing small objects to make them look life-sized or more significant in the photo. The usual subjects include flowers and small insects, which we don't normally get to see up close with the naked eye.

We will look at how to take macro & nature photography. We will have some discussion around the best settings , composition and ways to do this.

It would however be useful for you to ensure you are aware of the basics of using manual mode and the exposure triangle. If not sure then we would advise looking at YouTube for this before the photo session.
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£24      

Other Nearby Groups

Private Class - 2 Hrs

Private Class - 2 Hrs

Saturday 13 April
Cathays Park - 10am - 2 Hours
Cardiff Watercolour Group
Jennifer Lee
Private Class
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£136      
Beginner's Watercolour Class

Beginner's Watercolour Class

Saturday 13 April
UWE Bristol Frenchay - 11am - 2 Hours
Bristol Watercolour Group
Ziana Mourin
Discover the magic of watercolor painting in our Beginner's Watercolour Class! Dive into a world of vibrant hues and fluid creativity guided by our experienced instructor. Whether you're a complete novice or looking to refine your skills, this intimate class is tailored just for you.

Unlock the secrets of watercolour as you learn essential techniques, master color theory, and unleash your inner artist. From blending to brushwork, we'll show you how to transform a blank canvas into a breathtaking masterpiece.

Don't miss your chance to embark on this artistic journey. Reserve your spot now and let your imagination flow freely! Full event details will be provided upon booking confirmation. Remember to bring your basic watercolor materials and get ready to make a splash!
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£24      
Beginner's Watercolor Class

Beginner's Watercolor Class

Saturday 20 April
Cathays Park - 10am - 2 Hours
Cardiff Watercolour Group
Jennifer Lee
Dive into the world of watercolour painting with our intimate beginner-focused class led by an experienced instructor. This workshop is tailored to help you master the fundamental techniques of watercolour painting, understand the nuances of color theory, and skillfully mix paint to bring your creative visions to life. Transform your newfound knowledge into a breathtaking work of art that you'll be proud to showcase. Join us on this artistic journey and unlock the painter within.
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£24      

Painting Portraits with Watercolour

Painting Portraits with Watercolour

Saturday 20 April
UWE Bristol Frenchay - 11am - 2 Hours
Bristol Watercolour Group
Ziana Mourin
Embark on a whimsical journey into the world of portrait painting with our "Painting Portraits with Watercolour for Beginners" class! Get ready to bring faces to life in a burst of color and creativity.

Led by a skilled instructor, this class is designed specifically for beginners eager to explore the art of watercolour portraiture. Uncover the magic of blending hues, shading techniques, and the secrets of capturing facial expressions. We'll guide you through every brushstroke, turning your canvas into a captivating portrait that captures the essence of your subject.

No prior experience required - just a dash of enthusiasm and a splash of curiosity. Let's paint portraits that tell a story and bring your artistic visions to life! Full details of the event will be provided once your booking is confirmed. Get ready for a colorful adventure!
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£24      
Character Art in Watercolours

Character Art in Watercolours

Saturday 27 April
Cathays Park - 10am - 2 Hours
Cardiff Watercolour Group
Jennifer Lee
Are you interested in learning how to emulate the styles of your favourite characters? Come join this 2 hour watercolour class that will show you the ropes on how to bring life to your illustrations in the same way professional artists create characters beloved by audiences everywhere.
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£24      
Portrait Drawing Basics

Portrait Drawing Basics

Sunday 28 April
City Centre - 11am - 2 Hours
Cardiff Art Group
Gemma Fala
Get ready to unleash your artistic talents in our Portrait Drawing Basics class!

Join us for an exciting session where we'll delve into essential drawing techniques for portraiture. These skills will not only sharpen your foundation but also prove invaluable for tackling more intricate and challenging portrait projects in the future. Let's bring those portraits to life with a splash of creativity and a dash of skill - it's time to make your artistry shine!
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£24      

Monochrome Watercolour Workshop

Monochrome Watercolour Workshop

Saturday 04 May
UWE Bristol Frenchay - 11am - 2 Hours
Bristol Watercolour Group
Ziana Mourin
Dive into the enchanting world of monochrome watercolor with our exciting workshop! Perfect for beginners eager to explore the basics of watercolor painting, this workshop will guide you through the fundamental techniques while immersing you in the beauty of monochrome artistry. Unleash your creativity as you learn how to create stunning grayscale masterpieces, from delicate washes to bold contrasts. Get ready to embark on a captivating journey of discovery and unlock the secrets of monochrome watercolor painting!
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£24      
Pet Portrait Art

Pet Portrait Art

Saturday 11 May
Cathays Park - 10am - 2 Hours
Cardiff Watercolour Group
Jennifer Lee
Come learn how to create portraits of any beloved animal companion with watercolours! In this 2 hour lesson, your watercolour tutor will teach you step by step how to recreate everything from fluffy fur texture, adorable ear shapes, glossy feathers, all the way down to the twinkle in the subject's eyes.

Your tutor will also instruct you on basic animal facial features, anatomy, and tips on realism to cater to your own unique style.
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£24      
Beginner's Drawing Class

Beginner's Drawing Class

Sunday 12 May
City Centre - 11am - 2 Hours
Cardiff Art Group
Gemma Fala
In this class, we will explore the basics of drawing and equip you with the skills needed to create beautiful and expressive artwork.

Our experienced instructors will guide you through the fundamentals of drawing, including perspective, proportion, shading, and composition.

We will also be practicing various forms of Mark Making techniques and hopefully will make an empty page less daunting to fill up.

Perfect for complete beginners.
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£24      

Exploring Abstract Art

Exploring Abstract Art

Saturday 18 May
Royal Victoria Park - 10am - 2 Hours
Bath Art Group
Bhavana Ram Mohan
Step into the kaleidoscopic universe of abstract art with our electrifying Exploring Abstract Art class!

Ignite your imagination as we dive headfirst into a whirlwind of colors, shapes, and textures. With a medley of mediums at your fingertips, you'll reimagine ordinary objects into extraordinary works of art. From bold brushstrokes to mesmerizing patterns, we'll unlock the secrets of expressive abstraction together.

Prepare to unleash your inner Picasso as we delve into the art of 'mark making', transforming blank canvases into dynamic bursts of creativity.

Don't forget to pack your creative essentials! Bring along your basic art materials to unleash your inner artist in our class. Exciting details of the event will be revealed once your booking is confirmed. Get ready for a colorful adventure!
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£24      
Mastering Dry Brush Techniques in Watercolour

Mastering Dry Brush Techniques in Watercolour

Saturday 18 May
UWE Bristol Frenchay - 11am - 2 Hours
Bristol Watercolour Group
Ziana Mourin
Unleash Your Creativity: Dive into the World of Dry Brush Techniques in Watercolor! Join us for an exhilarating journey where beginners will learn the art of creating stunning textures and captivating details. Get ready to elevate your watercolor skills and bring your paintings to life with bold strokes and dynamic effects. Let's embark on this colorful adventure together!
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£24      
Portrait Painting Basics

Portrait Painting Basics

Sunday 26 May
City Centre - 11am - 2 Hours
Cardiff Art Group
Gemma Fala
Unleash Your Inner Artist: Join our Portrait Painting Basics class and embark on a colorful journey into the world of portraiture! Learn essential techniques, unleash your creativity, and bring faces to life on canvas. Whether you're a beginner or seeking to refine your skills, this class promises fun, inspiration, and the joy of creating captivating portraits. Get ready to brush up on your talents and let your imagination flourish!
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£24      

ABOUT BRISTOL
PHOTOGRAPHY
CLUB
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 Bristol .

  • 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 Bristol Photography Club on Facebook to share your photos after the session.

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    A very good course with a lovely patient teacher.
    5/5
    Elisabeth
    2024-02-27
    I have learned things i didnt know about so that was really usefull. Atmosphere was relaxed and very friendly :)
    5/5
    Monika
    2024-02-13
    Really good Charlotte was kind, enthusiastic and informative. Class was well planned out and creative.
    5/5
    Carys
    2024-02-13

    Excellent event as always
    5/5
    Stephen
    2024-01-17
    I thought it was very useful. The pace was just right and I left feeling more comfortable with using the manual settings on my camera. Charlotte is also a great teacher, she offered a lot of insights and had guidance going forward.
    5/5
    Anthonia
    2023-12-12
    The teacher is very good.
    5/5
    Ng
    2023-12-12

    Well run event despite horrendous weather _ learnt quite a lot from course
    5/5
    Rebecca
    2023-07-19
    Excellent event as always, this was my fifth event with you and always find them informatice and fun.
    5/5
    Steve
    2023-06-25
    Absolutely excellent event as always, this was my fourth event with Charlotte and they have all been brilliant. I can't wait to attend the next one that I have booked.
    5/5
    Steve
    2023-05-24

    Really enjoyable. The best workshop so far. Really enjoyed getting photography tips from Charlotte, the trainer. Choice of site was spot on
    5/5
    David
    2023-05-23
    Charlotte was an excellent tutor- relaxed, knowledgeable and friendly.
    5/5
    Harriet
    2023-05-23
    It was great to have new ideas to try abstract photography as before the lesson I had no idea where to start!
    5/5
    Amy
    2023-05-23

    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Charlotte Sams
    Charlotte is a professional photographer based in Bristol, and covering the Southwest UK. With 10 years photography experience across several disciplines, from documentary to portraiture she now works with a wide variety of clients. She has several awards over the years from nature photography competitions, and particularly enjoys using her creative eye to capture beautiful moments in the natural world. Through teaching photography, she loves inspiring others to find their own style and create beautiful images.

    Charlotte Sams is available for private bookings

    Available some weekends and weekday afternoons (plenty of notice should allow more fleixbility).
    I shoot weddings, portriature & would be happy to private 1:1 tutor too.

    PHOTOS
    Bristol Photography Club
    2024-03-29
    Title or Location: St Mary's Church Fishponds Bristol

    Credit: Kelly Hobbs

    Bristol Photography Club
    2024-03-01
    Title or Location: Bristol at home in the Dinning
    so i bought the Pluto trigger and dropper system a few years ago and used it pretty regular over COVID but haven't used it for a while so as it was a rainy Sunday afternoon i thought i would get it set up ,how hard would it be ,well pretty hard getting the setting nailed took nearly all afternoon .So for a change i used cola in the dropper and after a lot of missed hits i got this image . The gear i use was my Nikon Z6 with a Viltrox 24mm and 2x Neewer Z1 n round flashes bounced of some white ca
    Credit: Nick Hale
    Facebook: nick hale
    Instagram: nicholashalephotography
    Bristol Photography Club
    2024-02-09
    Title or Location: Ebley Mill, Stroud.
    Ebley Mill, once an old cloth Mill. Such a grey day without good light so thought a long exposure might make it a little more interesting. 3 minutes total exposure (10 stop ND) with the camera an inch from the water.
    Credit: Adrian Edmundson

    Bristol Photography Club
    2024-02-04
    Title or Location: Bridge inn, Passage Street ,Bristol.
    Just loved the look of this pub and was lucky there was a puddle of water outside.
    Credit: Adrian Edmundson

    Bristol Photography Club
    2024-01-22
    Title or Location: Tormarton
    Early start for work in the dark and showing -5oC on the dashbord. Just about to join the M4 motorway but could just see the nice sky colours towards the east . Thought I would put the drone up for 10 mins to catch the sunrise.
    Credit: Adrian Edmundson
    Bristol Photography Club
    2024-01-07
    Title or Location: Burham on sea.
    So windy on this day, It was like being sand blasted. Turned around and the sky behind had turned black but then the rainbow appeared and the people below it just made the image. I still wonder if they found the pot of gold.
    Credit: Adrian Edmundson

    Seattle Photography Group
    2024-04-10
    Title or Location: Edmonds, WA
    Dearing the eclipse of 2017 my family and I sat in our backyard here in WA to watch the 93 totality with our eclipse glasses. With my homemade solar filter attached to my camera, I took a series of photos of the sun during the eclipse. After processing my sun photos, I was disappointed to see that the moon only showed up as a black hole and not its proper form. I am an avid shooter of Astro photography and have several photos of the moon taken from my backyard and multiple other locations. I
    Credit: Amanda Thornton-DeWitt
    Facebook: Amanda Thornton-DeWitt Photography
    Instagram: @amandaswildlifepics
    Memphis Photography Club
    2024-04-10
    Title or Location: Cades Cove,TN
    I took this image on Nov. 2, 2021 at 7 am on Nov. 2, 2001 at 7 am. As I was driving around the Cove I came upon this Buck as I came up over a rise. I had a feeling that he was about to cross the road. My hunch was right. He crossed one fence and eventually crossed the other one. I was ready for his movement. I took a series over shots. It was very exciting.Canon EF 100-400 f4.5 - 5.6L ISO 4,000 f8 1/200s
    Credit: Pat Riley
    Facebook: Pat Riley
    Tulsa Photography Group
    2024-04-08
    Title or Location: Woodward Park, Tulsa, OK
    Canon EOS 800DEF 75-300 f/4-5.675mm1/640F4.5ISO 200I was out practicing my technique. Had spent a little while chasing squirrels around the park. This took me to an area of the park I had not been in. The way these two tulips were complete opposites and yet seem to lean on each other drew my attention to them.
    Credit: Chuck Gilbert

    Austin Photography Society
    2024-04-07
    Title or Location: Terlingua Ghost Town Cemetery, Terlingua, Texas
    Bucket List - Check!!!I finally made it to the Big Bend area. Here's a shot I got at the Terlingua Ghost Town Cemetery, just before sunrise. Canon EOS R, EF 16-35L F2.8, 30 Sec, f2.8, ISO 3200. Used x2 small video lights on lowest power, to light up the foreground. Taken 3/13/2024. Terlingua, Texas.
    Credit: Kirk Brandau
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kbrandau/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kbrandau1/
    Albury Photography Group
    2024-04-07
    Title or Location: Cootamundra NSW Australia
    Captured this Megachile Bee enjoying the sunshine after a two day downpour. Sony A7IV Camera - Sony 90mm Macro Lens - Sony 46 Flash -Radiant Diffuser
    Credit: Stephen Hunt
    Liverpool Photography Group
    2024-04-06
    Title or Location: New Brighton
    I took this photograph just after the sun had set.I used the long exposure setting on my phone to create the wispy water affect.Then I made basic slight adjustments/edits using the lightroom app.
    Credit: Kim Phillips
    Facebook: Intuition photography
    Instagram: Kimberleyphillips77

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