The Club was delighted to present its outings programme for the Spring and Summer months. Here is the main listing of the activities. Some adjustments were made in the light of weather conditions.
Friday 4 May and Sunday 6 May
Tour de Yorkshire Days Two and Four
Opportunities for some classic cycle race shots and plenty of crowd reactions. Spots on 4 May include Pool, Côte de Old Pool Bank hill climb, Otley, Ilkley, Côte de Cow & Calf hill climb and, on 6 May, Keighley, Côte de Goose Eye hill climb, Skipton, Côte de Barden Moor hill climb, Kilnsey Crag sprint, Côte de Park Rash hill climb, Pateley Bridge, Côte de Greenhow Hill hill climb, Timble, Otley, Côte de Otley Chevin hill climb, Pool, Arthington, Black Hill Road sprint.
Wednesday 16 May
High Batts Nature Reserve near Ripon
Birdlife, flowers and other natural history in a beautiful private nature reserve. We have an introduction from reserve staff then visit the hides. You need to book with Ilkley Camera Club for this event.
Tuesday 22 May
Life on John and Julia Horner’s Farm near Buckden
A chance to explore the fields, woods, deer park and moor, meet the sheep, cows, chickens and dogs, enjoy the flowers and capture the views at the top end of Wharfedale. You need to book for this event as we may re-schedule it to 23 or 24 May if the weather forecast is unsuitable.
Tuesday 29 May
Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds
Meet Andy Aughey at the Museum café for refreshment and briefing on architectural photography. We photograph the Victorian streets in the Museum then we cross to the Abbey. You need to book for this event as we may re-schedule it to Wednesday 30 May if the weather forecast is unsuitable.
Sunday 3 June
Scale Haw Force – Cancelled because of lack of water
Do you like your falling water sharp or milky? The choice is yours at this picturesque waterfall. Peter Wilson explains how to set your camera.
Sunday 10 June
World Triathlon, Roundhay Park Leeds and City Centre
Photograph the swimming in the Lake, cycling round the Park or the run through Leeds. Further details including route: https://leeds.triathlon.org/
Friday 15 June
Butterflies and Meerkats at Butterfly World near Stockton
A chance to photo a morpho peleides and a heliconius melpomene and 120 other species. Long lenses useful but a macro would also be good if we can get really close. Meet the reptiles and meerkats too.
Tuesday 19 June
Evening at Linton Falls – Postponed becasue of low water
Peter Wilson helps you photograph the falls and, we hope, the sunset. Tripods highly desirable. Filters may be needed for the sunset. You need to book for this event as we may re-schedule it to 20 June if the weather forecast is unsuitable.
Thursday 21 June
Ladies’ Day at the Races, Ripon
A glorious afternoon of colourful racing at Ripon’s ‘garden’ course together with a touch of magic, glitz and glamour including competitions for Best Dressed Lady and Best Hat.
Friday 22 June to Sunday 24 June
Bradford Dragon Boat Festival, Roberts Park, Saltaire
Dragon Boat racing, refreshments and other activities throughout each day. Schools events on Friday. Lord Mayor’s Appeal events on Saturday. Multi Charity events on Sunday.
Sunday 24 June
Harness racing at Peel Park, Hellifield
Thrills and spills with handicap, heats & finals. Self-guided trip: look out for other members. http://www.bhrc.org.uk/racing/fixtures/
Sunday 8 July
Flying Scotsman – cancelled because of fire risk in dry conditions
The iconic locomotive hauls a train from York via Settle to Carlisle and return. Club member and railway enthusiast John Slack says it is best to avoid obvious, easy locations like Skipton, Hellifield and Settle and offers his personal recommendations.
Wednesday 11 July
Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate
The largest agricultural show in England. View the beautifully turned out farm animals, horses and machinery. Capture the competitions, and much more. Meet Gillian Duckett for tips on action photography as we watch the horse-riding. The show runs from 10 to 12 July.
Friday 13 July to Sunday 15 July
Dog Agility at Silsden
And owner agility too. Come and see our own Larry James put Billy through the course. Larry will try to break off to give advice. Long lens 300mm and above for jumps etc. Shorter lens for portraits away from the course itself.
Sunday 15 July
Historic Vehicle Rally at Newby Hall near Ripon
Newby Hall will be surrounded by vintage and classic cars, for the North’s biggest one-day car show. Up to 1500 cars of all makes, from Aston Martin to Wolseley will be polished up by their proud owners.
Wednesday 18 July
Church Architecture and Stained Glass at Baldersby St James near Thirsk
A chance to photograph this beautifully ornate church with magnificent stained glass windows and interesting stonework. Tripods desirable plus flash and a range of focal lengths. Peter Farmer will be on hand with suggestions for getting the best from your visit and some flood-lighting. Booking required.
Saturday 21 July
East Lancs Railway
Rail enthusiast John Slack shares his plan for a full day of excitement on this largely steam hauled railway. Booking required.
Saturday 28 July and Sunday 29 July
Tough Mudder Yorkshire at Broughton Hall near Skipton
A few thousand mudders (including our own Nick Hodgson on the Sunday), 10 miles and 20 plus obstacles, lots of mud, and all in an otherwise very beautiful location. A recipe for photographic fun. A monopod may help with the camera and your own stability. Longish lenses will save you getting uncomfortably close to the action whilst isolating individuals in the mud, water etc. Wider angle for portraits and some of the larger obstacles. Protect your camera.
Any time during August
Take six photos of drainpipes at times and places to suit you. The more unusual, ornate, colourful or decrepit the better (the drainpipes, that is, not you!). Load you images as for competition PDIs by 7 September and we’ll make a selection to show on the club website.
Saturday 4 August
Skipton Horse Trials
Includes the horse riding disciplines of Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross Country. Meet Ann Bland for a briefing. The event continues on Sunday 5 August.
Saturday 18 August
Top of the Locks at Bingley Five Rise – Cancelled as locks closed
A visit to one of the marvels of the canal system. See boats going through the famous five staircase locks. A mile downstream from the Five Rise are the Three Rise Locks.
Saturday 25 August
Saddleworth Rushcart in Delph
The rushcart arrives, with jockey on top. Many Morris sides show off their dancing. Plenty of activity and colour.
Sunday 26 August
Harley Davidson event in Baildon
Immaculate paintwork and shiny chrome on view. The annual Harley Davidson Charity Ride-Out leaves the centre of Baildon.
Tuesday 11 September
Evening at Linton Falls – Re-scheduled from June
Peter Wilson helps you photograph the falls and, we hope, the sunset. Tripods highly desirable. Filters may be needed for the sunset. You need to book for this event as we may re-schedule it if the weather forecast is unsuitable.