Exmouth & District


Exmouth and District U3A Committee have agreed that, with great regret, that we should cancel all forthcoming Monthly Meetings and our AGM in May 2020 due to the Government COVID 19 restrictions.

We will keep the situation under review and resume our Monthly Meetings (usually held on the second Thursday morning in the month) and hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM) at a suitable time in the future.

We will email you regularly to reflect any changes. You will all be receiving the monthly newsletter and weekly Bulletins with up to date information. You will also find information on our Facebook page and the website will be updated as appropriate.

Keep Safe and all the best from your Exmouth and District U3A Committee.

Online Talk

There are further reviews of member presentations during June and July by Sheila, Ian B and Nick. Please click on the link: Review of Connect meetings Jun/Jul 2020

Review of Julian Elliot’s presentation ‘A Japanese Autumn’ 9th July

Once again on what would have been our monthly meeting in the Pavilion, we had a ‘Zoom’ lecture and on this occasion from the Loire Valley where Julian lives. Julian, a professional landscape photographer is well travelled organising photographic workshops in different countries but during Lockdown he has diversified delivering numerous Zoom lectures.

For his work Julian likes to use a tripod, but he recommended having a table top tripod to get around the no tripod rule experienced in some places. He definitely recommended a ‘Lenskirt’ to go round your lens when taking photos through glass where reflections are a problem. This had certainly paid off for his superb city scapes of Osaka.

Thorough preparation for trips such as Japan is all important. Julian consults the photographer’s ‘Ephemeris’ to see how the light will fall for any location in the world at any time of day. He also finds Google street view and Instagram useful in addition to all the usual guide books. Learning a little of the local language is helpful and or Google translate on your phone which as we learnt helped him secure an early morning walk around a temple before all the crowds appeared.

Through Julian’s photography we marvelled at the different temples he visited set against the stupendous autumn colours. The distinctive shapes of temples with their visually impressive roofs such as ‘Sumiyoshi-taisha’ were well captured sometimes looking up to focus on details.

Patience was key for Julian as he related how he would wait for anything up to 2 ½ hours for that definitive shot. Shown so well by his photo of a traditional bridge amongst the lovely autumn colours.

His research had paid off as we could see in his various photos of the classic vibrant torii gates such as those in Kyoto once the capital of Japan. To visit the beautiful ‘floating’ torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine on the island of Miyajima had involved a trip on the bullet train from Hiroshima and a ferry to the island’s location but was well worth it to secure a great shot.

Altogether a fascinating session with beautiful photography. Thank you Julian.
Review by Christine Chittock, Exmouth and District U3A Speakers’ Organiser.

We now meet online via Zoom every Thursday at our "Connect on Thursday" events (with plans to have an outside speaker on the second Thursday of the month). Connection details for this are sent to members direct by email.

Information about meetings is available from Connect and Learn meeting information.

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