The first Landscape Group shoot of the new season is planned to take place at the recently restored Horsey Windpump.
Probably the best view of Horsey Windpump is from the bend in the staithe, just a few yards away from the car park, from where the curve of the bank swings round in a gentle arch towards the windpump, which on a clear calm day should be reflected in the water.
Boats moored in the staithe offer interest in the shot but can occasionally prevent a clear shot of the mill.
Alternatively, from the other side of the staithe, reached by crossing a small footbridge shots of the windpump are possible from the path towards Horsey Mere over the reed beds..
Further views from the other side of the windpump are also possible if you walk south along the road away from the car park although care is needed as there is no footpath.
After watching the dawn at Horsey Mill for those who want to we shall move onto Horsey Gap..
The beach here is typical of many in Norfolk with attractive dune fringes all along the large expansive stretch of golden sand.
If you are joining the shoot at Horsey Gap you will need change for the car park.
The details for Landscape Group shoots are normally confirmed a few days before each shoot after considering expected weather conditions at the location on the day of the shoot. Any last minute changes will be posted on the website and on Facebook (NDPS Membners Only page) by 6pm the day before the shoot.
About the NDPS Landscape Group
The Landscape Group’s objectives are simple – to encourage members who wish to take part improve their landscape photography, enhance their understanding of the equipment and techniques available. Learn through collaboration with fellow members and have fun.
Landscape is one of the oldest art forms with many famous landscape painters such as John Constable, Jacob van Ruisdael and J M W Turner. Since the invention of the camera landscape photography has become one of the most prolific forms of photography, reaching critical acclaim in the hands of photographers like Ansel Adams and Joe Cornish to name but two.
Latterly techniques such as intentional camera movement (ICM) and multiple exposures have enabled photographers to come closer to the ephemeral images painted by Turner in his later period and the use of perspective control or tilt/shift lenses has allowed digital photographers to emulate the depth of focus and perspective control long achieved using traditional large format cameras. The use and understanding of filtration is another area in landscape photography that has advanced considerably in the last twenty years and nowadays it is unusual not to find a set of neutral density and graduated filters taking up valuable space in the landscape photographer’s bag.
Since it began in 2016 the landscape group has developed range of activities support members of the Society in developing their skills in creating landscape imagery, whether this is with a traditional or more contemporary approach.
Currently, we meet monthly at one of East Anglia’s many picturesque locations. Each shoot is a relaxed, friendly and informal way to improve your landscape photography as part of a small group of about ten (10) photographers. The shoots normally start either early morning (September to March) or later in the day (April to June) and generally end with a beer or coffee over which we can discuss the outcomes and plan future events.
Keep an eye on the website for choice of location and meeting times which will be chosen in the week ahead of the shoot, so we can take account of expected weather conditions. In the longer-term it is planned to extend the activities to include:
Regular field trips to locations beyond Norfolk
Workshops on a variety of landscape related topics – last season local landscape photographer came along to one of our shoots and provided members with guidance and some great tips...!
Facility for sharing and critiquing members’ work
Advice for members who wish to achieve distinctions for their work
Please remember, our group can only be as good as the input made by its members so if you are willing to organise or lead any kind of event that you think will be of interest to members, please step forward. Please don’t be shy – all offers of help will be greatly appreciated…!