Thursday 22nd February – Derby Velodrome and Pride Park – Out and About

Next Thursday the society will be meeting at Pride Park for a workshop on low light photography around Pride Park and the east side of the city centre if time permits. The plan is to initially work around the Velodrome and Derby county ground at Pride Park. 

Ian will be leading next weeks trip, which will start at 7:30 pm. Meet by the entrance to the county ground, opposite Landrover. Parking is free.  If you are intending to go, please let Ian know by email  , along with your mobile phone number, so that he knows the number attending. Ians email address is Ian Pettit <>



Image: Diego Delso,, License CC-BY-SA

From Ian Pettit

During March, over the past few years the Photographic Society has planned a few days on the continent of Europe. 

This year we have enquired with the travel agent and they have provided details for a trip to Riga in Latvia.

Leave EMA on Monday 26th March 2018 at 07.20 hrs arriving in Riga at 12.05. Returning on Wednesday 28th March departing 22.30 arriving EMA 23.25.

They are offering us the Dodo Hotel (2nights) which is a 6 minute tram ride from the old town.

The price for flight and accommodation is £258.50 for single accommodation and £217 for shared accommodation. Insurance and transfers are not included.

I need to check a couple of things. 1 does the Hotel accommodation include breakfast, I believe it will. 2 If we fly with Ryanair, we need to understand the baggage arrangement as they are about to change. This could mean a small additional cost.  The price currently assumed carry on luggage only.

As with all these trips the price quoted is at the time of enquiry and can change. We will need to book as soon as possible to ensure the best price. I also assume we will need to pay in full at the time of booking as most operators these days require the balance to be paid 3 months before travelling.

Once we know the numbers interested I will proceed with booking. In the mean time I will keep members informed of any updates as they become available.

If you would like to join this trip PLEASE LET IAN P KNOW VIA EMAIL by next Thursday 11th January. This ensures we know of everyone interested and avoids me forgetting someone.


FREE Photography Workshop for the Festival 2nd September

From Sharon Brown, Melbourne Festival

Hello Everyone

I know it is short notice but People Express are arranging a FREE Photography Workshop for the Festival next Saturday afternoon (2nd September) as part of the joint project about Melbourne Market Gardeners which we are working on.

The session will be led by Christopher Mear a young documentary photographer who we have commissioned to photograph the market gardens and the produce they grow throughout the year.

Everyone will meet at Melbourne Assembly at 2pm and walk across Brown’s field to Heaths at Woodhouses and Photograph produce in Heaths field.

I have attached the flyer which has a few more details. FLOL leaflet

Please contact Sharon Brown ( )  if anybody would like to reserve a place.

Weeping Window , 13th July 17, Thursday

Meet at 7pm on the Cathedral Green , Derby for Photography Field Trip to Derby to visit the ” Weeping Window”, poppies at the Silk Mill , Derby with the option to wander around Derby  and get some pictures in the older parts of the city. As long as the weather and the light holds, this should be a good night.

Please let Ian know by Email if you are planning to attend, so that we do not leave anyone behind. If you cant reach Ian, contact Paul by replying to this email

Leader Ian Pettit

Velodrome Trip, Derby 

We are moving the Derby Veldrome trip into September, to tie in with the start of the club events at the  track. Date to be confirmed over the summer holidays.

Photographic Field Trip Castlefields and Salford Quays – Saturday 17th June

Located close to Manchester these two locations give an opportunity to see the remains of Industrial Manchester and the new developments based around the old Salford Dock area.  We’ll visit Castlefield first to see the canal basin and old mills and warehouses and the move on to Salford Quays staying until duck to get some twilight and evening shots. Around the quays you will find the Lowry, the Imperial War Museum North and Media City, which make outstanding subjects.

Ian Pettit will be coordinating the trip and both he and other members of the society will be there at assist with your images. Please let Ian know if you are planning to attend, so that we don’t miss anyone. The plan is to meet in Castle Square in Melbourne at 10 am  and car share where possible.