There was no meeting last night due to the Open Air Mass held in the Cathedral last night. This mass was part of the Diocese of Kerry celebration of The Gathering and held on the Feast of St. Brendan. St. Brendan is almost a local, reputedly born on Fenit Island in or around 484, but baptised in Tubrid and as well as his famous voyages he went on to found a monastic settlement in Ardfert on which the present run of the cathedral now stands.
Our next meeting is the penultimate of the season and we also have our last Open Competition hence Miriam will expect to have received all of your entries by Monday May 27th. Now that we have the long evening all we are short is some decent warmish weather and we can all go out and get some pictures. Give yourself a challenge and decide on a project that you do virtually anytime and will last a few months or even a whole year. Some of the ideas for this project are:
Wildlife in your Garden or Locality:
There are loads of opportunities here. Capture all of the Wildflowers you can see, all of the weeds and the general flora that live in the area. Then there are all the different types of insects that abound, butterflies, moths and caterpillars. Other small animals you will come across are millipedes, worms, slugs and snails. Then there is the birdlife and animals you may see rabbits, hares, foxes, badgers, frogs, newts and lizards depending on where you live.
The scene outside your door:
Once or twice a month take a picture from the same place with the same view and around the same time of the day. Then after the year is up put you pictures in a slide show and you have a nice record of the changing of the seasons.
This project is similar to the one outlined above but can be more demanding depending on the subject and project selected. A project 12 is one monthly picture of the same person, object or location. A project 52 is a weekly picture and 365 a daily picture. Many people start this project for taking a daily self-portrait as I did a few years back it becomes a bit of a chore but a least you are forced to use your camera every day and your camera skills are creativity will increase as a result.
I am also hoping to organise an outing before we finally break up for the summers and I hope to see you all on the 30th of May and if you would like some more information on our club then visit our website at http://ardfertcameraclub.weebly.com