BIRMINGHAM
PHOTOGRAPHY
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Upcoming Events

Backlighting, Bokeh and Bursts

Backlighting, Bokeh and Bursts

Saturday 27 July
Russell Rd, Moseley, Birmingham - 10:30am - 2 Hours
Martin Tierney
We will be using various techniques to maximise the behaviour of the light. Backlighting is one of my favourites and can be used for portraiture or nature. Bokeh is Japanese for blur but is a term used for soft out of focus balls of light which can look very pleasing. Burst in this case is star burst which can be achieved when you have strong areas of light and a correct choice of aperture. Use all three to create some amazing compositions.

Cannon Hill Park
Birmingham
B12 9QH
Midland Arts Centre /MAC.
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£26      
Sunflower Fields Photography Meetup

Sunflower Fields Photography Meetup

Saturday 03 August
Wythall B47 6AJ - 11am - 2 Hours
Martin Tierney
Immerse yourself in the vibrant hues of nature at our Sunflower Fields Photography Meetup. Join fellow enthusiasts in capturing the beauty of endless sunflower blooms stretching across the landscape. Whether you're a seasoned photographer or just starting out, this event offers the perfect opportunity to hone your skills and connect with like-minded individuals amidst breathtaking scenery.
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£26      
Intro to Astro Photography

Intro to Astro Photography

Saturday 10 August
Leamington Spa CV33 9LB - 9pm - 2 Hours
Martin Tierney
Do you gaze up at the night sky with wonder? What about looking up at the stars and thinking, how old that light you are seeing is? Maybe you watch as day and night morph into one, and the stars come out to play.

This meetup is going to cover off everything you need to know to start capturing amazing single shot astrophotography and a few extra bits of helpful advice. The learnt basics of capturing a single frame will form the building blocks of your astrophotography journey. Think of this meetup as your first step on that journey or for those who have already started, maybe a road sign.

Astrophotography looks amazing and packs a real punch, however, you do not need to spend a fortune to partake. Does gear make a difference, the simple answer is yes, but it is not the deciding factor when it comes to astrophotography. This meetup will look at planning your session, camera settings, required equipment. I want this meetup to help you maximise your current gear as your start capturing milky way shots.
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£26       0 places left

Using Light & Shadow in Photography

Using Light & Shadow in Photography

Saturday 17 August
Star City Birmingham - 10:30am - 2 Hours
Martin Tierney
Light and shadow photography is a type of photography that focuses on capturing the interplay between light and shadow in a particular scene. This style of photography often produces dramatic and compelling images that can evoke strong emotions in the viewer.

Harsh light and the contrast between light and shadow can provide some interesting photo
opportunities, as well as some challenges!

In this meetup, we will be looking at how you can use your camera's settings to nail the exposure.
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£26      
Light Trails Long Exposure Photography

Light Trails Long Exposure Photography

Saturday 24 August
Birmingham City Center - 8am - 2 Hours
Martin Tierney
Immerse yourself in the captivating world of light trails - long exposure photography in this hands-on workshop designed for photography enthusiasts of all skill levels. Whether you're a beginner eager to explore the basics or an experienced photographer looking to refine your technique, this workshop offers a comprehensive dive into the art and science of capturing mesmerizing light trails.

meet outside the Costa coffee shop by Snow hill station
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£26      
Photographing Classic Motor Cars and Scooters

Photographing Classic Motor Cars and Scooters

Sunday 01 September
Bridgnorth Town Center - 11:30am - 3 Hours
Martin Tierney
The Bridgnorth Italian Automoto Festival.

Last year's festival hosted 125 cars, including Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Alfa Romeos along with around 150 scooters that all lined the streets of Bridgnorth.

Join us in this meetup and grab the opportunity to capture classic motorcars and scooters.

Bridgnorth is a town and civil parish in Shropshire, England. The River Severn splits it into High Town and Low Town, the upper town on the right bank and the lower on the left bank of the River Severn.
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£67       5 places left

Street Art Photography

Street Art Photography

Sunday 08 September
Birmingham City Center - 10:30am - 2 Hours
Martin Tierney
Street art is a unique and colorful art form and can be found in all kinds of nooks and crannies in cities all over the world. Capturing art in the streets in photographs can be tricky because these urban art pieces are in public spaces, that are busy and usually filled with a decent amount of traffic. Sometimes you include the people and sometimes, you don't.
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£26      
Transition into Autumn Photography

Transition into Autumn Photography

Sunday 15 September
Castle Bromwich - 11am - 2 Hours
Martin Tierney
On the first day of spring in 2024, the March equinox will occur. This marks the beginning of the spring season in the Northern Hemisphere and the autumn season in the Southern Hemisphere, according to astronomical calculations. The gardens are diverse and winding, so be sure to bring a variety of lenses to capture their beauty. It's worth noting that the civil calendar date of the equinox changes every year.

The gardens are spacious and long, offering countless opportunities for photography, so bring a variety of lenses.
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£26      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Sunday 29 September
Digbeth - 10:30am - 3 Hours
Martin Tierney
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.
book now
£67      

Nearby Photography Groups

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 27 July
Tenterbanks - 10am - 3 Hours
Staffordshire Photography Group
Jerome Nseebi Halm
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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£67       5 places left
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 03 August
Lichfield St, Wolverhampton - 10am - 3 Hours
Wolverhampton Photography Group
Andrew Martin
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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£67       2 places left
Shooting in Manual Mode Class

Shooting in Manual Mode Class

Saturday 17 August
Lichfield St, Wolverhampton - 10am - 3 Hours
Wolverhampton Photography Group
Andrew Martin
This class is for anyone looking to switch their camera mode from Auto to Manual and learn how to shoot using the Manual Mode. The goal is to help everyone become more confident when using their camera settings. We will touch on essential camera functions and the exposure triangle: Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO.
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£67      

Street Photography Meetup

Street Photography Meetup

Saturday 24 August
Sycamore Rd, Birmingham - 2pm - 2 Hours
West Bromwich Photography Group
Sahar Yousefi
People, cafes, vendors, street merchants, buskers, historic buildings, art installations and much more. The power of observation underpins the art of great street photography. Learning to "see" interesting detail is a practised skill and we introduce you to easy methods that will open your photographer's eye and expose you to a world that is alive with detail. The most rewarding part of the class is learning how to approach interesting people and have them willingly pose for you.

We will also go over settings, focusing techniques and lens choices common to street photography to help us capture those random chance encounters.
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£26      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 07 September
Hearsall Ln - 10am - 3 Hours
Coventry Photography Group
Ashton Jackson
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.
book now
£67      
WWC (Walk with Camera) Class

WWC (Walk with Camera) Class

Saturday 07 September
Sycamore Rd, Birmingham - 2pm - 3 Hours
West Bromwich Photography Group
Sahar Yousefi
A fun and relaxed walk with our cameras covering a variety aspects of photography from street, landscape, architecture, seascape and abstract.
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£26      

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 21 September
Sycamore Rd, Birmingham - 2pm - 3 Hours
West Bromwich Photography Group
Sahar Yousefi
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.
book now
£67      

Other Nearby Groups

Splash into Summer: Watercolour Landscapes

Splash into Summer: Watercolour Landscapes

Saturday 27 July
Perry Avenue - 10am - 2 Hours
Birmingham Watercolour Group
Sayma Shahid
Dive into the vibrant world of summer landscapes with our exciting watercolour class! Join us as we capture the essence of summer through colorful landscapes, from sun-kissed beaches to lush green meadows. Bring your basic watercolour materials and get ready to unleash your creativity in this fun and refreshing class! Full details of the event will be provided upon booking confirmation.
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£26      
moonlit Park

moonlit Park

Sunday 04 August
Mosedale Way
Birmingham Family Photo
Do you need an updated family portrait? Come along to our mini photo sessions.

Mini-sessions are short 30 minute photo sessions for up to 6 people - perfect for families with little ones who can't sit still for too long.

book now       10:00am       £121

book now       10:30am       £121
Beginners Crochet Class

Beginners Crochet Class

Saturday 17 August
Moseley - 10am - 3 Hours
Birmingham Crochet Club
Alicia Taplin-Mudford
Embark on a crochet adventure with our Beginners Crochet Class! Whether you're a complete newbie, dusting off your crochet skills after years, or just craving some extra guidance on the fundamental stitches, this class is tailor-made for you.

Dive into the world of crochet, starting with the basics like holding the yarn and progressing to creating the stitches that weave the magic of a traditional granny square. Join us for a fun-filled session where you'll discover the joy of crafting from the very beginning!
book now
£50      

Urban Adventures: Cityscape Sketching with Watercolour

Urban Adventures: Cityscape Sketching with Watercolour

Saturday 17 August
Perry Avenue - 10am - 2 Hours
Birmingham Watercolour Group
Sayma Shahid
Embark on a creative journey through the bustling streets and iconic landmarks of the city in our Urban Adventures: Cityscape Sketching with Watercolour class! Get ready to capture the energy and charm of urban life as we sketch vibrant cityscapes with watercolour. Participants are invited to bring their basic watercolour materials and join us for an unforgettable artistic experience. Full details of the event will be provided upon booking confirmation. Join us and let's explore the city together on canvas!
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£26      
Introduction to Oil Painting

Introduction to Oil Painting

Sunday 01 September
Moseley, Birmingham - 10am - 2 Hours
Birmingham Art Group
Sadiyah Begum
Prepare to dive into a kaleidoscope of colors and creativity with our thrilling "Introduction to Oil Painting" class! Let your imagination soar as our seasoned instructors reveal the magic behind expressive brushstrokes and the enchanting art of blending pigments. Watch as blank canvases come to life with your newfound skills, transforming into mesmerizing masterpieces before your eyes. Whether you're a beginner or an enthusiast, this class is your gateway to unlocking your inner artist. Join us and paint your way to endless inspiration!

Don't forget to bring your artistic essentials! Pack your basic art materials and get ready for an unforgettable adventure. Full event details will be shared upon confirmation of your booking. Let's embark on this colorful journey together!
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£26      
moonlit Park

moonlit Park

Saturday 07 September
Mosedale Way
Birmingham Family Photo
Do you need an updated family portrait? Come along to our mini photo sessions.

Mini-sessions are short 30 minute photo sessions for up to 6 people - perfect for families with little ones who can't sit still for too long.

book now       10:00am       £121

book now       10:30am       £121

Exploring Watercolour Techniques for Beginners

Exploring Watercolour Techniques for Beginners

Saturday 07 September
Perry Avenue - 10am - 2 Hours
Birmingham Watercolour Group
Sayma Shahid
Embark on a vibrant journey into the world of watercolor with our "Exploring Watercolour Techniques for Beginners" class! Get ready to dip your brushes into a palette of possibilities and let your creativity flow.

Led by a skilled instructor, this class is tailored for beginners eager to unlock the secrets of watercolor magic. Dive into the basics of color blending, washes, and texture techniques that will breathe life into your creations. From dreamy landscapes to abstract wonders, discover the endless possibilities that watercolor offers.

Join us for a joyful exploration of watercolor wonders, where every stroke tells a story. Let's paint a world of imagination together!
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£26      
Crochet Stitches

Crochet Stitches

Saturday 14 September
Moseley - 10:30am - 3 Hours
Birmingham Crochet Club
Alicia Taplin-Mudford
Discover the art of crochet and elevate your skills! If you've dipped your toes into the world of crochet and want to expand your stitch collection, this class is perfect for you. Join us for a delightful session where you'll master the art of puff, shell, and V stitches, adding a touch of texture to your creations. Dive into the joy of following simple patterns and create your own mini mandala masterpiece. Let your creativity flourish in our Crochet Stitches class!
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£46      
Speed Landscape Drawing and Painting

Speed Landscape Drawing and Painting

Sunday 22 September
Moseley, Birmingham - 10am - 2 Hours
Birmingham Art Group
Sadiyah Begum
The focus of this two-hour structured session is "speed" and "form", i.e. capturing the essence of a subject. You will be guided to complete some "warm-up" colour and drawing exercises and prepared for doing ink and watercolour-based painting in the session. You will learn how to quickly sketch and capture multiple subjects in the garden with ink and wash technique. You will be advised to keep things rather loose and time your drawing/painting. You will have a chance to meet and greet like-minded people, choose your own subjects in the garden and be guided to complete the exercises, and artwork and have some takeaway homework with the learned technique. All levels and experiences are welcome.
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£26      

Fall Fiesta: Painting Autumnal Foliage with Watercolour

Fall Fiesta: Painting Autumnal Foliage with Watercolour

Saturday 28 September
Perry Avenue - 10am - 2 Hours
Birmingham Watercolour Group
Sayma Shahid
Join us for a colorful celebration of the season in our Fall Fiesta: Painting Autumnal Foliage with Watercolour class! Dive into the rich palette of autumn hues as we capture the beauty of fall foliage in all its glory. From fiery reds to golden yellows, participants will learn to paint stunning autumn scenes using watercolour techniques. Bring your basic watercolour materials and let's embrace the splendor of the season together on canvas! Full details of the event will be provided upon booking confirmation. Don't miss out on this vibrant and inspiring class!
book now
£26      
Beginners Crochet Class

Beginners Crochet Class

Saturday 28 September
Moseley - 10:30am - 3 Hours
Birmingham Crochet Club
Alicia Taplin-Mudford
Embark on a crochet adventure with our Beginners Crochet Class! Whether you're a complete newbie, dusting off your crochet skills after years, or just craving some extra guidance on the fundamental stitches, this class is tailor-made for you.

Dive into the world of crochet, starting with the basics like holding the yarn and progressing to creating the stitches that weave the magic of a traditional granny square. Join us for a fun-filled session where you'll discover the joy of crafting from the very beginning!
book now
£50      
moonlit Park

moonlit Park

Sunday 06 October
Mosedale Way
Birmingham Family Photo
Do you need an updated family portrait? Come along to our mini photo sessions.

Mini-sessions are short 30 minute photo sessions for up to 6 people - perfect for families with little ones who can't sit still for too long.

book now       10:00am       £121

book now       10:30am       £121

ABOUT BIRMINGHAM
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP
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 Birmingham .

  • 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 Birmingham Photography Group on Facebook to share your photos after the session.

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    Very enjoyable event.
    5/5
    Paulette
    2024-07-22
    Great place to photograph animals within Birmingham City Centre. Good expert on hand to help people with camera settings and advice on getting the best out of the equipment they had. Great bunch of people attending the class.
    5/5
    Adrian
    2024-07-22
    It was fantastic I enjoyed the event.
    5/5
    Paulette
    2024-07-08

    Considering the situation with the bad weather, Martin managed to find a couple of great locations indoors. His advice and ideas are second to none. I appreciate what he does.
    5/5
    Clive
    2024-06-20
    Very enjoyable. Martin got us out of the rain and we had two alternative locations.
    5/5
    Paulette
    2024-06-17
    It was nice to photograph in a hotel restuart and seeing the ligting with lights and window light and different environnent
    5/5
    Hugh
    2024-06-17

    Loved the event it was great working with a model Martin was on hand and gave good advice and even as the weather was against us he found two great locations for us to shoot in Would love to do more
    5/5
    Stephen
    2024-06-17
    It was great
    5/5
    Paulette
    2024-06-10
    A great time out wth a camera. I will come again nice tomeet up with other people interested in photography as well asmartin's help
    4/5
    Adrian
    2024-05-27

    Fantastic event. I enjoyed the diversity of photographs I took.
    5/5
    Paulette
    2024-05-27
    It was such a good experience I really enjoyed it Martin had organised a great location for the event very thoughtfully organised I couldn?t recommend it enough I thought it was very good value for money
    5/5
    mandy
    2024-04-22
    This was an unusually small group for one of Martins workshops who is by far one the better instructors I have come across. However the smaller group allowed for more time for discussion on the finer details, particularly in a setting where the light and mood is constantly changing.
    5/5
    Adrian
    2024-04-22

    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Martin Tierney
    Martin Tierney / Birmingham City University.
    Photography: City & Guilds 744a.
    (experience over 40 years)
    B.A . Film & Animation. diploma classification 'first' past employment: Police Photographer / Portrait, Commercial & Wedding Photographer/ CPL. Colour Processing Labs Birmingham, present Self Employed/ Photographer
    After working in many different studios. darkrooms and colour print labs.
    I have a wide knowledge of many different formats of cameras and both film and digital material. Skills: Final cut pro / Photoshop /Illustrator/Maya / Dreamweaver Flash /After Effects ... completed a 3-year full-time degree in Film Animation at BCU.
    An experienced Photographer with several years of knowledge of Photoshop
    and related software and do all post-production requirements to exact
    state-of-the-art standard.
    PHOTOS
    Birmingham Photography Group
    2024-05-25
    Title or Location: Centenary Square Birmingham
    I ventured out just before Sunrise with some Architectural images of Birmingham Library in mind. After taking a number of shots of the Library and the Cube buildings, I noticed this wonderful contrast between the old Victorian building and the modern building, I thought that the juxtaposition of the two eras in Architecture would make a great image. I decided to shoot it in a portrait frame as I think this gives the best composition.
    Credit: Philip Gibbons

    Birmingham Photography Group
    2024-05-05
    Title or Location: Birmingham city centre
    A picture taken by my phone (Google pixel 6) and it's great feature (Long Exposure). I saw the tram coming and didn't miss the opportunity, I also thought editing it on black and white would give it a more dramatic effect
    Credit: Manuel Perez
    Facebook: Manuel Perez
    Birmingham Photography Group
    2024-05-03
    Title or Location: Singapore
    I took this photo in Singapore. I love the layers of the photo, from the people busying around the lit up Globe Apple Store which is being dwarfed by the Sky Scraper City Bank Buildings.
    Credit: Dan Callow
    Facebook: Daniel Callow
    Instagram: dan_callow_codsall

    Birmingham Photography Group
    2024-04-06
    Title or Location: Perth Australia
    This photo was taken in Kings Park, Perth, Australia. I?d gone to take a shot of the fire reflecting on the still water, where a Raven was drinking. As luck had it, it turned and looked at the camera as though it knew it was having its picture taken.
    Credit: Dan Callow
    Facebook: DanielCallow
    Instagram: dan_callow_codsall

    Birmingham Photography Group
    2024-04-05
    Title or Location: Under spaghetti junction, Birmingham, UK
    Image taken on a stroll from Birmingham city to Spaghetti Junction along the canal. Whenever I do this walk, I always look to see what graffiti is there as the shards of light coming through the structure make it more interesting. This time I was greeted by fishermen, fishing in the dark... but also picking up some of the light.
    Credit: Paul Shaffer
    Instagram: Pjshaffer.75
    Birmingham Photography Group
    2024-03-30
    Title or Location: Sandown, Isle of Wight
    Thought this would make an interesting photo. The blue of the hut really stood out with the contrasting colour of the boat. I saw this hut last year when we were on the Isle of Wight so couldn?t wait to get back to see it again.I was shooting with a Canon 24mm 2.8 pancake lens.ISO 200F2.81/200
    Credit: Wayne Hubbard
    Facebook: Wayne Hubbard
    Instagram: tumbleweed2012

    Cleveland Photography Group
    2024-07-24
    Title or Location: chillin at the art museum
    as im always looking for and expressing what i would call "the art in photography". i would hit various Cleveland events and cultural centers to capture images that i would later render in the processing. This particular image is i was granted a vacation week from my employer and expressed myself in fashion.
    Credit: JEFFREY HYVARINEN
    Facebook: JEFF HYVARINEN
    Los Angeles Photography Group
    2024-07-24
    Title or Location: DFlux Photography Studio
    This is Jojo, a Belgian Malinoi owned by Aleah Erickson who runs IHeartk9 in Riverside. She drove all the way out to the San Fernando Valley to have Jojo photographed at my studio! Captured using the SIGMA 35mm F/1.2 DG DN A Sony A7r IV Nanlite FS-300 Nanlite Pavotubes 30x.
    Credit: Anabel DFlux
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeliquesceFlux
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anabeldflux/

    Norfolk Photography Group
    2024-07-23
    Title or Location: Taken in a private Quiet Location a few months ago.this beautiful female kingfisher was very happy too pose .for the 3hrs I was at the location She was showing at least every 15 mins .loving the kingfisher.

    Credit: David Bailey
    Melbourne Photography Group
    2024-07-23
    Title or Location: Montforts Beach
    It was nothing but grey skies and rain for days on end, but I decided that you don't always need epic sunsets for great photos. The dull weather also allowed me to get a 20 second exposure with an ND1000 filter giving that classic wispy water look. A wide angle lens allowed me to get nice and close and emphasize the subject, being that close also meant there was some close calls with the occasional freak wave coming up to where I had my tripod and me running back up the beach to escape them
    Credit: Rory FUNKEDub
    Instagram: FUNKEDub
    Sydney Photography Group
    2024-07-23
    Title or Location: Circular Quay-Bennelong Point
    There?s sunset and there?s sunset like this! As if Mother Nature decided that the colours were not enough and returned with these extraordinary after colours!I was a bit wavering that afternoon looking at those thick clouds building up but then a gap in those clouds made for a colour burst producing a sunset that has by far been one of the best in this year I have seen!
    Credit: Oindrila Mitra
    Instagram: oindrilaclicks

    Staffordshire Photography Group
    2024-07-22
    Title or Location: River Churnet
    This image was taken just as the Sun rose on a winter morning, looking northwards along the river Churnet.
    Credit: Shaun Pim
    Instagram: Shaunpimphotography
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