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Newsletter NL167 – Monday 24th July 2023

Editor - Derek Godridge and the team:

PCC Social News this week from Karen Burton:

Stithians – It was a beautiful evening for a wander with our cameras. We all met at the Golden Lion pub in Stithians by the lake. Sandi had the right idea, and went to the bird hide before the noisy lot turned up. I think we need to take bird hide etiquette lessons ha ha!

We walked over to the hide including the new chap Allen. He only took a few photos and his card ran out! He has a lot to learn, but we will knock him into shape! This was his first attempt, not too bad until his card ran out. Jane came to the rescue and lent him a new card! Thank Jane!

Stithians 1
Stithians 2

Image Credits: Karen Burton – PCC members at Stithians Reservoir

We were lucky to catch a glimpse of a deer sunbathing. It was quite a distance from the hide, even my Nikon 200-500m lens couldn’t get closer than this. I haven’t had much of a chance to use this lens as yet. I am struggling with the weight of it though. Sandi came to my rescue to help me attach it to the tripod without dropping it!

We were all gasping for some refreshments after our very serious photography session in the hide and so we finished off the evening wining and dining, laughing and joking. It was great Nellie turned up with Liz and we all made a fuss of her of course, (and Liz!).


A Photo-Essay from Member Lizzie Smith

A New York State of Mind

To celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary, my husband (Richard) and I spent a fabulous 5 days in New York. Having been lucky enough to visit 10 years ago and take in iconic sights such as the Statue of Liberty and The Empire State Building, this time we sought out different experiences.

New York

The High Line

The High line

The High Line is an abandoned elevated rail line which has been turned into a linear park.

It currently stretches for nearly a mile and a half and was inspired by a similar project in Paris. It offers fantastic views of the city and Hudson River and is filled with naturalised plantings which replicate the plants which grew on disused tracks.

These attracted numerous species of insects and butterflies so not taking my macro lens was a big regret.

There are also featured artworks along the route and allows glimpses of the street art of New York and into the apartments of unsuspecting New Yorkers!

Long Beach

Roughly an hour’s train ride from Penn Station will take you out to Long Island so we decided to spend the day on Long Beach. A small fee allows you access to long stretches of golden sand on the edge of the Atlantic. Not great for photo opportunities, other than semi-clad Americans, but a welcome break from the hustle and bustle. We felt we had a lucky escape when there were reports on the news of 3 shark attacks that day on the neighbouring beach so swim with caution!

View Manhattan From The Hudson

View Manhattan From The Hudson

The Circle Line (boat company not the tube line) offers a range of experiences but as we were in New York for the 4th of July we took a dinner cruise to view the fireworks over Manhattan from the water. Before the big event we managed to see the skyline from a different perspective as well as Governors Island and the Statue of Liberty.

The river was overcrowded with vessels who all shared a similar notion but after initial reservations we were oohing and aahing with everyone else. I attempted some long exposure shots of the fireworks, but the movement of the boat proved challenging.

View Manhattan From The Hudson 2
View Manhattan From The Hudson 3



The Museum of Modern Art was a highlight of the trip and in particular the photography (of course). It holds more than 25 000 works making it one of the most important collections of modern and contemporary photography in the world.

As well as work by artists it includes that of journalists, scientists, and amateurs. Work by artists as diverse as Van Gough and Warhol are also housed at MoMA and the spacious air-conditioned building was a welcome break from the humid 30-degree heat.

Watching from Above

Rushing around amidst the madness is great, but taking time to relax and absorb it all is fabulous. There are numerous (expensive) roof top bars but many of the hotels are high rise with spectacular views. From our 35th floor room we were able to watch the taxis and people scurrying around like ants as a storm swept in. I managed to miss the lightning in every picture I took but I was still pleased to capture the brooding dark buildings against the foreboding sky.

A wonderful experience and I’m sure we’d like to return one day. Other activities to recommend are a bike ride and picnic in central park (selfie photos too cringy to share), and an evening at Birdland Jazz club.

Lizzie Smith PCC Meetings

Pre-Season Informative Meeting Monday 3rd July • In the meantime the 2023-24 Programme is on our website.

PCC Social Events

  • Summer Events programme is ongoing so Don’t forget to “Car-Share” if you can!

  • Next week we will be meeting at Princess Pavillion (near the bandstand) at 6.45pm as it closes at 8.oopm.We can then take a stroll with our cameras along the beach or whatever takes our fancy.

  • Please let me know who wants to go on the Tall Ships Harbour Cruise Thursday 17th August 7.15pmor 7.45pm with Cornish Pleasure Cruises leaving from Custom House Quay.£13.50 pp

Cornwall Photographic Alliance (CPA)

Western Counties Photographic Federation (WCPF)

  • 2023 Kingswood Salver - Saturday 11th November 2023 Judging and Talk LIVE at Bovey Tracey Golf Centre, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9NF 10.30 am for 11.00 am Start – Talk 2.00 pm - Close 4.00 pm o Awards for Best Panels & Best Individual Prints o Closing Date – Hand in Prints at AGM Saturday 7th October 2023

  • DPIC & Print Competition Open for Entries 1/12/2023 TBC

  • Members Exhibition Open for Entries 6/1/2024 TBC

  • Print Competition Close for Entries 8/1/2024 TBC

  • DPIC Competition Closing date for Entries 14/1/2024 TBC

  • DPIC & Print Competition 24/2/2024 TBC

  • Knightshayes Trophy Closing date for Entries 24/2/2024 TBC

  • Council Meeting & Knightshayes Trophy 9/3/2024 TBC

  • Members Exhibition Closing date for Entries 9/3/2024 TBC

Other Events –

  • Stithians Show this Monday 17th July – Don’t forget to take your wellies !!

  • 21st August – Bodmin CC Free Events

Bodmin CC Free Events

All the best from Derek, Karen, Lizzie and the team!



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