Back just a few years ago, I decided to trade in my old Olympus film camera and jettison into the digital age. I went to my local Henry’s and promptly picked out a reasonably priced Canon Camera package.
So now, I’m loaded up and ready to capture all the wonderful things I see. One of the first things I saw, was Tom Clarke who was at the Mill Pond in Milton photographing ducks. I introduced myself to Tom ( it was more of lens envy, really) and Tom introduced me to the HHCC. Having met Tom that day and accepting his offer to join the HHCC was one of the more recent turning points in my life and one of the best decisions I’ve made! Tom has become my best friend and mentor. A big, and unexpected benefit for me being a member of this camera club, is it has opened my eyes and helped me learn so many things in life that I had no clue about before. I have learned so much un-related to photography but because OF Photography…If that makes any sense! When you own a camera and join the club, learning new things about the world we live, as you photograph is the ancillary benefit. I never realized or expected this and it has been wonderful. Go out on a shoot with our members. They have so much subject matter experience that they passionately share with those who will listen! I would say our club has at least one subject matter expert in every genre of photography!
When I first went out to capture bird photos with Tom Clarke, he would tell me the types of birds, their feeding habits and the fact that people shouldn’t feed bread to birds….EVER because it expands in their bodies and could kill them! For years as both a kid and adult, I would feed old bread to the birds, geese, ducks in the pond..shame on me!
How about a club shoot to the McLean’s Auto Wreckers in Acton? This is a popular place for many photo clubs to play in. Many of our members have stunning photos of this auto grave yard. Not only did I see a pile of very old, classic cars but also learned all about the history of the person that has owned the lot. I learned that there are classics in that place that no one else has around! If you haven’t been there, GO..it will leave you gob-struck.
Like fast? We have Bill Petro, who photographs motorcycles for a living and is world renowned. Sit with Bill and he will teach you things about light and help you understand the simple things. He does this because he is passionate about photography!
I could go on and on about the other talented members of our club but this article would turn into a book!
It’s a photo club with passionate people that love to capture beauty in every way shape and form. It’s a photo club that has everything, from soup to nuts (read that as you will) in terms of experience. It also has members that are so willing to help each other and enjoy sharing their talents to the rest of us.
So I encourage you to come out to the club shoots or get to know the fabulous members that will not only teach you about how to get a good photo, but also things in life you never imagined ….Who knew!