Minutes and reports of the 2021 AGM are now available in the Members Area.
One of the many good things about our camera club is the challenge of discovering something new with our photography. Last week at our first workshop of the new season we had the opportunity to submit Images that represented an ‘Intimate landscape’. This subject is for a future external competition to be held in March 2022. Our objective on the night was to find Images that best represented this subject whilst gaining a greater understanding of the subject matter. We had a tremendous response with over 50 Images being submitted by the membership.
We viewed the submissions on the night with much debate on whether they best fitted the requested subject brief. Ultimately we decided on 15 Images to consider against the 6 required Image entries for the competition. Thank you to everyone who put their Interpretation on this quite tricky subject and submitted Images to make this enjoyable workshop held at the community centre possible.
While we are on the subject of ‘Challenge’ this week we hold our first set subject PDI competition with the themes ‘Paths and Roads’ and ‘In the Kitchen’ which we are sure will once again bring out many Innovative Interpretations of the topics and as always prove a difficult task for the visiting judge to separate and award points with so many excellent entries.
Look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday
New Format Image Galleries for 2021/22
This year I’m planning to display the images of each round of the league competitions in their own separate gallery rather than putting them all into one as in previous years.
See the first example of the new 2021/22 format here.
The category headings are an accordion lists, so you need to click on one in order to see all the competitions in a particular catagory.
The page has place holders for all the competitions and will populated as each one takes place.
Do let me know if you have any problems viewing the new format galleries (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
See the Shortlist!
Head over to the Members Area to see the images the members shortlisted. This was only a taster to explore the subject. There will be another opportunity to submit images for the Intimate Landscape competition later in the season.
First Competition of the Season
After nearly two years it was great to hold our first PDI league competition back in our hall at the community centre last Thursday. With 45 entries in the open competition and judged by the experienced Kathy Chantler, it gave us a really enjoyable night. It was also great to see the membership have lost none of their flair by producing a wide range of topics within the competition. A range of really creative Images were entered giving the judge a difficult task to allocate and award league points.
Once again, In these difficult times the meeting was held in a responsible way, with spaced chairs and extra ventilation etc with everyone attending the meeting operating in a respectful way towards each other. Great to have the open communications again, which meeting at the hall brings and will add to our weekly meetings to our advantage. We hope to welcome back more of our original membership in the coming weeks.
Looking forward to our ‘Intimate landscape’ review this Thursday, where a large part of the evening will be enjoying Images and getting greater understanding of this topic for this external competition held later in the season.
See you on Thursday Steve
The power point Vanessa kindly put together for our awards evening is now available in the Members Area if you missed it on the night.
Trophy Presentation Night
Last Thursday we were finally able to hold a face to face meeting back in the Community centre hall. After all this time of not being able to meet in person as a group, it was a welcome event to see each other back in our club home. The well attended meeting followed current Covid advice, with spaced out chairs and extra ventilation through the hall etc.
It was particularly good on the night to see a few members who were not comfortable with the Zoom arrangement returning. It would be great over the next few weeks to reunite all our original members back together in the hall.
It was a great atmosphere for our annual awards night with a well constructed excellent slide show provided by Vanessa, as the successful authors were presented with their accolades. Thank you to everyone who entered competitions last season and provided such a high standard of entry. Congratulations to the authors who were featured on the night for their fine photography work in both cup competitions and the Individual leagues. Thank you to Rod Lacey for his good humour and support during the presentations.
We now have our first PDI open competition of the season this week, with a judge back in the hall! We are really looking forward to seeing everyone’s entries and feel sure we will have an enjoyable night back together as the season’s competitions get underway.
The week after on the 30th September we are holding a preparation evening for the all new ‘Intimate Landscapes’ which we have entered. A Competition run by Tring CC in March 2022. (Further details in the newsletter)
See you on Thursday Steve
It’s great to back with our new season now underway. Last week we commenced the season with our delayed AGM, which was well attended on Zoom. Thank you to everyone that tuned in on the night for our slightly formal but necessary event in the running of the club.
We are delighted to confirm the election of the committee which has a couple of changes from last season. John Flynn has decided to stand down from his role as Vice Chairman. We thank John for his contribution to the club and will miss his vast experience in photography on the Committee.
The good news is that John will still continue as a member of the club. We are therefore pleased to announce the appointment of George Purchase as the new Vice Chairman.
We welcome David Eckland as a new Committee member who we are sure will greatly contribute to the team. In addition David will be supporting the external competition Secretary Stuart Craig who has recently relocated. We are also pleased to announce that Arron Dowdeswell has agreed to be co opted by the committee to support on technical issues during the season. You can read more details about the AGM evening which Includes various reports on last season, on the club website.
We have a great team at the helm and ready for another really enjoyable season, starting with a great talk on astonishing abstract photography on Zoom this Thursday. This is followed by our first night back in our hall since March 2020! Where we are really looking forward to meet face to face with everyone at our awards night.
We’re back, after our first break since Covid began!
We hope everyone is well, have had a good rest and are now raring to go for our new season starting on Thursday 2nd September.
As always we have a great season programme lined up, with something for everyone. Most importantly this season we are ready to move back to face to face meetings in the community centre hall. Obviously it’s Important we do that in a responsible manner for everyone’s safety, unfortunately Covid cases are still very much in the headlines. Naturally we all have a role to play in ensuring we act responsibly when we meet.
To that end our first two meetings will still be on Zoom, with our first hall meeting on 16th September which will be our Awards from last season presentation night. A great opportunity for everyone to catch up together and congratulate the successful authors on their achievements.
Our first meeting this Thursday will be our delayed AGM. Please tune in on Zoom for the proceedings that help shape the clubs direction. It’s every members club and therefore it’s very Important we are all in tune with the current details and future aims by attending the meeting.
Despite everything else that is currently going on the world, we intend to have a really enjoyable season and provide plenty of inspiration to all. It will be great to get back together again. We realise that Zoom meetings weren’t for everyone and we hope that returning to the hall will reunite our full membership again.
Let’s get those creative juices flowing again, with our friendly like minded people, who appreciate each other’s art. Let’s continue our growing reputation in the Camera Club World by our ever Improving photography produced by our talented membership. Let’s make Thursday nights Camera Club night!
Look forward to seeing you on Thursday. Steve
Mono and Colour Print of the Year
Our final competition night of the season., with 15 images entered in the mono image and 33 in the colour competition.
Congratulations to Steve and Gordon who were the eventual winners.