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Aerial Photography talk by David White

DAVE WHITE Video Mount GLNYS 010e

Video Camera with stabilised mounting in light aircraft


DSLR mounted on gyro stabiliser

Beach Reclamation

Dredging and beach reclamation from the air

Dave White has kindly supplied these photographs. Niall Ferguson has penned this appreciation of Dave’s talk. Mark Wycherley has provided the links to some of the sites, equipment and apps mentioned in Dave’s talk.

Adventures in Aerial Photography

David White gave us a comprehensive description of his career in aerial photography from early beginnings in 1994, when he did a variety of other things to maintain an income stream, until now when he has a full-time business (Heliview) with a principal base at Popham Airfield . Using two Cessna aircraft (a 172 and a 177), and others that he charters as needed, including helicopters, David has a portfolio of clients in many industries, including the BBC, Local Government, estate agents, and some of the giants of the construction industry. Apart from its ‘bread and butter’ air to ground photography Heliview also does ‘air to air’ photography for clients such as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the Red Arrows.

As well as showing us examples from his impressive portfolio, David explained the technical aspects of his craft – from the camera settings needed to get a moving propeller arc, through the workings of gyroscopic camera mounts and how to use them, to the highly complex flight paths and software needed for 3-D modelling for construction projects.

Overall, a most informative and fascinating description of an extremely technical part of the photography industry from the head of a successful and highly professional company. A talk that left some of us wanting to spend some time getting more practical experience of aerial photography with David’s company.

Niall Ferguson
Additional links added by Mark W:

David’s participation in the Britain from the Air project was also mentioned. As examples, some of David’s images of Stonehenge and Pagham Spit can be seen there.

For those listening in on the technologies mentioned, the gyro David demonstrated was from Kenyon.

The 3D gallery site David mentioned was Sketchfab.

Then PhotoScan software from Agisoft and ContextCapture from Bentley.

Lightwater Village Fête

After a few morning showers the Fête was blessed with fine weather for the rest of the day.

As usual we staged our Print and PDI display in the church hall and this attracted a regular throughput of visitors.

Our thanks go to everyone who gave moral and physical support to staging our contribution including:

Jean Hoyle for preparing all the print labels, John Collard for collecting and returning the prints and easels and organising and setting up the displays ably assisted by Bernie Cawson, Paul Barrow and Gerald Hollingworth. Also Anne and Rod Downing, Maureen and Leo Kennedy, Jenny and Mike Hillman, and Tony Milman for Stewarding throughout the day, Carol for preparing the rota. And, of course, all those members who contributed their prints and PDI images for the show. Apologies if I have missed anyone.

We would also like to thank the Mayor of Surrey Heath Councillor John Winterton and his wife The Mayoress Di Winterton for visiting our exhibition and identifying the name of a cloud formation that featured in one of the prints.

Finally I was able to encourage Michael Gove who was the Member of Parliament for Surrey Heath and is a candidate for the next election to have a look at our photographs. Luckily Leo was on duty at the time so was able to point out his print showing Prince Charles and Camilla as you will see in one of the photographs below.292A0746_2 292A0747_2 292A0760_2 292A0769_2292A0767_2292A0771_2

If you have any photos suitable for adding to this blog please send them to me.


Awards for Photographic Merit in Audio-Visual


Mike Reed noticed the item below in a recent PAGB e-news that was sent to members and he has responded with this message.

The club has recently had two successful CPAGBs awarded to Kath and Niall and I know that some of you have had a mind to have a go at an AV accreditation.

It really is not that difficult particularly if you go down the Harmony route (Music and Pictures). It is a question of selecting some 9/10 marked images preferably on a subject such as landscape, a holiday or a visit and applying some suitable music.

I am available to help and assist and the reason why I raise this now is because I spotted the item below in a recent edition of E News.



PHOTO HARMONY AV presentations should demonstrate skill in the production and visual progression of still photographs linked to sound. No script or commentary with a specific beginning, middle and ending are required but the images must flow well in a pleasing progression, not just in a random manner. The emphasis is on visual harmony in colour, tone or graphic design. The aim is not only to display a collection of photographs which may be excellent when considered individually, but rather a sequence of pictures which blend well with each other and with the sound chosen. Good technique is essential and it is expected that the sound and the pictures will start and finish together and that the original ending of the music is preserved, rather than an arbitrary fade out.

Mike Reed


Club outing to The Spike

I can hardly believe it’s two weeks since a select band of club members ‘enjoyed’ an evening in the gritty environment of The Spike (Guildford Union Workhouse). For those not in the know, The Spike is a preserved remnant of an original Victorian workhouse that was later used as part of the old St. Luke’s Hospital and is now run by a Heritage Trust.

We were treated to a guided re-enactment of the dark aspects of life and death in the workhouse by costumed guides .

Instead of the usual trip to a pub we ended the evening with a warming cup of tea and biscuit crammed into a small room that once accommodated far more inmates.

The outing was expertly researched, planned and organised by Jean Hoyle to whom we are all indebted for a thoroughly informative and enjoyable evening.

No doubt we will see members’ photographs of the trip during the coming season so I will append only a few as a taster.



The stark corridor to the many workhouse ‘cells’.



Daan, Roger, Jean, Angie and an inmate.



Our group and Volunteers from The Spike.

Club Holiday – Update 1

Mike Hillman has sent the following details about what they are up to!

It rained all day here yesterday (Tuesday 31 May), eventually stopped about 5.00 pm but regardless we had a good time on our coach trip to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest at Berchtesgaden and the Königssee. We had a boat ride on the lake followed by a visit to the Eagle’s Nest above the snow line again. We have a superb 37 seater coach at our disposal with a lovely young lady guide named Astrid and also a lady driver named Josie, they are both Dutch! They are very good and even done a ‘U’ turn to return to a view point we had seen.

We had a surprise musical entertainer last night at dinner, an accordionist with a difference, – great evening, lots of photos taken including videos, – watch future possibilities!

It is very misty and light rain again today but spirits are still high, we are going by bus to a large National Park museum which apparently is all under cover, hopefully the weather will improve this pm and we will go for a boat ride on the lake.

Here are some images from Carol and Kath’s Facebook.
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Club Holiday in Austria

Here are some photos that Kathryn has sent from Austria and some taken from Carol’s Facebook post and from the camera club Facebook page.

Mike H sent this message:-

“All arrived safely, great hotel, lovely location by the lake & fantastic snow covered mountain scenery. Today we took the local bus and went to the top of the highest mountain here by three separate level cable cars, – great day, now looking forward to dinner.”

Please watch out for updates if the holiday makers send any more.

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Finals Night 2016

On Wednesday 25th May we held our Finals Night celebration in the company of the new Mayor and Mayoress of Surrey Heath, John and Di Winterton who jointly awarded the club trophies. Congratulations to all winners.

Here are Paul Barrow’s photographs of all the winners.

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Our trophy array

Finals Night-25

Marilyn Taylor ARPS, AFIAP
winner of The Lindesay Trophy for Photographer of The Year

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 Charles Pearson, winner of The Manx Trophy

Finals Night-17

 Marilyn Taylor ARPS, AFIAP
winner of The Chairman’s Trophy for the best newcomer

Finals Night-16

Carol Drew, winner of The Ron Francis Cup
for Division 1 Projected Digital Images

Finals Night-15

 Marilyn Taylor ARPS, AFIAP
winner of The Jeff Wagner Challenge Cup
for Division 2 Projected Digital Images

Finals Night-14

Niall Ferguson LRPS
winner of The Barbara Burge Trophy for Audio-Visual

Finals Night-13

Geral Hollingworth CPAGB
winner of The Meade Trophy for Division 1 Prints

Finals Night-12

 Marilyn Taylor ARPS, AFIAP
winner of The Fowler Cup for Division 2 Prints

Finals Night-22

Daan Olivier ARPS, winner of the Frank Wickenden Plate
seen here with previous winners.


Zaara, Sadique’s Daughter presented flowers to Jenny and The Mayoress, Di Winterton

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 Roger Hoyle and Jenny Hillman
joint winners of The President’s Trophy




Lightwater Village Fete


Mike Fielding relaxing after helping to set up our club exhibition at Lightwater Village Fete! John Collard and Mike Reed must have popped out for a bacon roll and a cup of tea. Many thanks to them.

Many thanks to everyone else who helped in one way or another – Jean Hoyle for captioning the prints, Leo and Maureen, Bernie Cawson, Rod Downing, Carol Drew, Jess Cochrane,and Helen Buller who dutifully manned the Rota and several other members who attended. The exhibition seemed to me to attract a lot of interested viewers and enquiries and one request about the possibility of purchasing Sadiq’s “Cobbles” print.

If you have any photos of our display (that was changed periodically) please let me have them for possible inclusion here.

You can see some blogs about the whole event at:



Happy 90th Birthday Your Majesty

In 1949 Princess Elizabeth became a Patron of Windlesham Camera Club (from which Windlesham and Camberley Camera Club originated). You can read more about this and a history of the club’s founding on our website under Club Documents/Club Founding and History/Interview with J. C. Hayward in 1967 (also linked here).

Here are some historic photographs taken by club members.


G. L. Miller and Princess Elizabeth at Windlesham Moor 1949 during an invitation to members of Windlesham Camera Club to visit the Princess – by C. Blay Windsor.

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Princess Elizabeth at Windlesham Moor 1949 – by C. F. Snow.

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Princess Elizabeth with Windlesham Camera Club Founder J. C. Hayward photographed by Ron Francis in 1949.

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Princess Elizabeth at Windlesham Camera Club’s Exhibition in the Working Men’s Club, Camberley 1949. Photographer probably Ron Francis.


Princess Elizabeth inspecting Windlesham Camera Club’s Exhibition in Camberley 1949.  Photographer probably Ron Francis


Royal Ascot – by Alan Meeks

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The Queen at Guildford Cathedral – by Leo Kennedy LRPS

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