The latest news from our recent club evenings and events or any other items of interest.

Well our first evening of 2022 and it did not disappoint. Our speaker

Jeanette gave us a thoroughly enjoyable evening with all members

looking at their smartphones in a different way.

Jeanette began by giving us an introduction that included a little about

herself, her career as a teacher for 12 years and about setting up her

business as a photographer.

Her inspiration to use a smartphone entirely came from an exhibition she

saw at Waddlesdon Manor by fashion photographer Nick Knight titled

Exhibition of Roses” taken from his garden in which all images that

were 14’ were taken entirely on his phone. 

She went on to explain how she had begun to work with Smartphones

and to tell us that famous photographers began to work with their

smartphones even Rankin had changed his mind regarding using a

smartphone camera.

Jeanette gave a humorous and informative talk with a several

demonstrations on how to use a Smartphone and how to edit your

images using an app called Snapseed.

She explained how to access and control exposure, how to use portrait

and macro, turning your phone upside down, on using mirror sheets to

get good reflections and if you didn’t have any mirror sheets, using

puddles of water as an alternative or even carrying your own water bottle

and making your own.

The whole presentation was supported by wonderful pictures she had

taken mostly in London including St Paul’s from Tate Modern and a

group of images called “Lock Down London” showing the empty streets

and transportation.

Oh! What a night! Proceeding went on ‘til late, fighting broke out and the

police were called and several arrests made but the HPIC Christmas was a

much more sober event and all the more enjoyable for that.

A great deal of thanks goes to Sue Gibson who planned the event. It was

great fun. About twenty people enjoyed the celebration of Mikey Hey win

this year’s Challenge Trophy; the results are shown below, a splendid

buffet offering a wide range of hot and cold food for all tastes including

some magnificent deserts; lemon marang pie, pavlova and a chocolate

log. Sue also did us proud with a challenging quiz some of the questions

within which are shown below just in case members would like to

undertake the challenge over the festive break. Answers will be

forthcoming when meetings resume in 2022.

The pictures are by kind permission of Kamal Samanta.

The Top Five Results of the HPIC 2021 Challenge Trophy:

Mike Hey


Richard Fulcher


Graham Sykes


Tony Renshaw


Barbara Sheldrake


Congratulations Mikey!

The Quiz Questions Compiled by Sue Gibson – Thanks Sue

General Knowledge

1. How many pennies were there in a pre-decimalisation Pound?

2. You never walk alone is a show tune from which musical?

3. Which letter is represented by a single dot in Morse code?

4. Which country is the world’s largest producer of Olive Oil?

5. The Halliwell Jones Rugby League Stadium is in which town?

6. What was Dorothy’s surname in the Wizard of Oz?

7. Who made the headlines after cheating on ‘Who wants to be a


8. With which UK airport is actress Lorraine Chase associated?

9. Which spice is named from Hungarian for pepper?

10.In which City do you find the Mary Rose Museum?

Groups of Animals – name the collective noun

1. A ……… of Hyenas

2. A ………... of Owls

3. A ………. of Otters

4. A ………. of Squirrels

5. A ………. of Vultures

6. A ………. of Barracudas

7. A ............. of Whales

8. A ………. of Snails

9. A ………... of Elephants

10.A ........... of Woodpeckers

Answers Next Year!

Mike Hey with the trophy for the monthly challenge

Club members enjoying the buffet

Our last speaker of the year, if you had thought that taking seascapes was not

inspiring or you had not thought about this genre, then Alison definitely changed your

mind during the course of the evening.

Alison talked about her passion of photographing seascapes, what it was that

inspired her about seascapes, her love of waves, textures, light, the contrast

between all the elements within the scene before you. Alison shared her knowledge and skills on how to get the most out of a landscape or


Along with locations which included anywhere on the North East Coast, from

Northumberland down to East Yorkshire and more importantly where to get food and

drink, parking to be safe.

Some hints were:

  • Safety first

  • Ideas of what to capture and what to see

  • Work on an outing tide which is safer

  • Composition changes all the time

  • Look around you and take in the different composition and how the waves are

  • running

  • Watch the Body of the waves each photograph is different

  • Black rocks – wet

  • How different the coast line is the within a short distance

  • Always look behind you.

  • Important to keep going back and to get to know your environment

A most enjoyable and thought-provoking evening.