Club night summary – 30th July

One of the things we all miss from not meeting in the community centre each Thursday is the social Interaction. The opportunity to just talk to like minded people about anything and everything, normally photography related, but always Interesting and often Informative.

Our weekly summer programme tries to provide a platform to have the opportunity just to exchange views and share Information within the group. Although it’s online and we are viewing each of us sitting in little boxes, it does provide a forum for two way communication within the group.

Last week was a great example of this relaxed evening where we exchanged many Interesting topics, from discussing lighting for both indoor/ outdoor shoots, the merits of each product and of course the all Important budget to finance the purchase.
We talked about, if you want to share your Images to the outside world and the various platforms on social media etc to creating your own website.

We also managed to fit in a discussion on photo books comparing the various providers and the ease of putting a book together.

In addition to the exciting challenges we have issued and had a great response too during this period of online activity. The blend of Informal get together on Zoom has proved a winning formula for the difficult time we are all currently experiencing in the world.

Thursday evenings online are open to every club member, with easy access Instructions in the members area to join.

We look forward to seeing you this Thursday 🙂


Club night summary – 23rd July

As we get further into our ‘summer’ programme with a more relaxed approach of weekly meetings, the enthusiasm for our love of photography never wains. Whether it is one of our summer ‘challenges’ or just a meet up to discuss anything photography related it has been a great series of online meetings. We have had a number of Interesting photography challenges so far, which have produced some excellent Images.

 Last week we Invited everyone to step outside their normal photography comfort zone to create a ‘stop motion animation’. This presented a whole series of challenges, which involved different techniques in both shooting and software use. In addition much more time needed to be devoted to the production of this challenge. As with all of the tasks set so far, our dedication members set about producing a number of creative and well thought out stop motion animations.

It was great to both see the final clips on Thursday and hear from the authors who managed to find the time to produce. All the members that managed to produce clips agreed, it was a good exercise, going into previously untrod territory and learning new techniques. The clips can be viewed in the members area the website.

Thank you to all that attended the meeting and in particular to those members that took up the challenge and produced such Inventive stop motion clips.

We look forward to the next few challenges during August


Club night summary – 16th July

In the year that we are celebrating our club 60th anniversary, no one could have predicted or Imagined what was going to happen this year.

Our last club hall meeting was on the 12th March and then the corona virus lockdown started. A number of other camera clubs stopped their activities causing all sorts of issues with their activities and members.

We were able to Immediately adapt to using ‘Zoom’ on the Internet. Our meetings all be it online continued and we were able to successfully complete our season’s planned programme.

Judges and speakers were also quick to adapt to the new way of working. Many of our members have been able to continue and enjoy the normal weekly meetings. We appreciate that it doesn’t suit everyone and we hope as things progress we will be safely be back in the community centre in September with all members.

We are now a few weeks into our ‘light’ summer programme, a great selection of ‘challenges’ which has proved a hit with those able to take part. A combination of photography and communications, keeping everyone in touch during this difficult time.

Last week we had a great evening as an ‘Informal get together’ on Zoom. An opportunity for the online members to discuss any subjects with the others. This proved to be a really enjoyable evening with a wide range of topics covered and even Included some members sharing Images online, that they were working on.

The joining details for the Thursday night weekly meetings are in the members area of our website and we look forward to welcoming as many members as possible each week.


Club night summary – 9th July

We all have them and carry them around, but how seriously do we take mobile phone cameras, when it comes to our photography. Our latest challenge ‘mobile phone photography’ put this theory to the test. The challenge was to produce Images of any subject taken on a phone camera and if needed, only use the edit programmes available on the phone.

We had 31 Images to review, using our proven enjoyable method of displaying the Image while the Individual authors gave a commentary, of how they came about in producing the Image and thoughts behind it. In addition to taking questions from fellow members. A high standard with a wide variety of subjects and styles were covered, giving plenty of Inspiration to everyone, with much discussion on the many techniques applied.

The clubs summer programme is providing a great alternative for our talented photographers, without some of the constraints of formal competitions, in giving an opportunity to try out more new techniques and different subject matter, within the various challenges set.

Thank you to everyone who joined us online and a special thanks to all the entrants giving us a great evening. It certainly highlighted the mobile phone cameras quality, which provide us with a viable alternative to the DSLR’s and other cameras.

You can view the entries for this latest challenge on our website in the members area.


Club night summary – 2nd July

The club has slipped seamlessly into the summer programme and is producing some great and fresh Ideas to occupy our talented members.

A series of challenges began last week with ‘household objects’ as the first theme. These entries showed huge originality and produced some really striking Images.

We have now set the scene for a further challenge on the 23rd July featuring ‘stop motion animation’. The members creative appetites were fed by George Purchase, giving an excellent stop motion tutorial. This Included some examples of work produced and technical tips on the project. You can see this section of the evening in the members area, if you were unable to make the meeting or you just want a refreshed look at the Information for further Inspiration.

The meetings are also giving an opportunity for our like minded group, to compare notes on any number of photography related items. Sharing views on all sorts of topics, with everyone having a welcome voice in their opinions or responses.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the evening providing such an Interesting, relaxed and engaging couple of hours.

In these difficult times it’s great to have the technology of the Zoom online meetings to enable the communication platform and keep everyone one at the club in touch.


Club night summary – 25th June

As photographers we are always looking for fresh Inspiration and the ‘challenge’. On our first night of our new summer programme, everyone certainly produced plenty of diverse progressive thoughts within their work.

Our first topic of our challenges was ‘home objects and still life’ a title that Inspired plenty of Imagination from our talented photographers that contributed to the evening.

We had 24 Images to view with each author giving a commentary on their Images and fielding questions from the members.

Although this wasn’t a normal judged competition, the standard reached on the produced Images suggested our photographers normal quality of work was naturally very high. This produced a very enjoyable, good humoured evening of review.

Unlike normal competition evenings where there is very little time for Interaction and review of the work produced. This was a refreshing change giving the authors time to explain the thought process and techniques behind the Image.

Our webmaster George has put the Images from the evening onto the members section of our club website.

I would recommend anyone who may have missed the evening, to view the Images and perhaps be Inspired ready for our next challenge in the summer series.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the evening and we look forward to seeing as many members as possible next Thursday.


Club night summary – 18th June

This week we held our end of season party awards night, the annual opportunity to celebrate the creative work produced by our talented members throughout the season.

A very different end of season awards night held online through Zoom. Normally the successful authors would be physically presented with trophies and certificates for achievements in the various categories. This year the awards were announced alongside an excellent slide show of each successful members Images, including a panel of representative Images for league success.

This season we had three leagues to highlight, with promotions from both newcomers and Intermediate leagues into the advanced league. All leagues were competitively fought throughout the season with a very close points tally at the top of each league separating the ultimate winners.

Authors were Invited to comment on their most successful prints or PDI Images, during the evening, sharing details of their outstanding work as their Images were displayed.
The actual presentation of Trophies and certificates will be held once we return to our hall at the community centre, hopefully in September.

The night also featured the members choice award chosen from highest scoring PDI’s produced during this season. In addition there was another challenge set for the members, to have the best Zoom background on the night to represent a ‘party’ this featured some great and Inventive visual offerings.

A full evening which also featured a review of the season covering life at the club before and after the current lockdown and a visual walkthrough of next season’s programme.
We were also pleased to confirm our exciting summer programme starting next week and every Thursday until the start of our new season on September 3rd. We will be meeting online with a ‘light’ more Informal programme of photography challenges and sharing discussions.

As always, further details of the awards and Images shown in the gallery are available on our website.


Club night summary – 11th June

This week we had a really Inspiring presentation from John Humphrey with his ‘Creative photography’ talk.

John was a great communicator covering a number of different topics, which ranged from macro water drops, flower photography and his passion of pushing art boundaries with his abstract techniques. His delivery style and content was pitched perfectly, giving useful Information on how he created many of his stunning Images.

For those that couldn’t make the online Zoom presentation, good news, it has been recorded and is available to view in the members area of our website. I would highly recommend catching this presentation of this exceptional photographer and his skilful creative techniques.

It was also announced at the meeting that we will be continuing with Weekly Zoom meetings throughout the summer. This follows the memberships enthusiasm to keep in contact during this period, with a ‘light’ programme of photography challenges and weekly communications.

Next season’s programme will be published shortly, which will Include details of the summer meeting period.


Club night summary – 28th May

This week was our PDI of the year competition. Images that had scored 19 or 20 in competitions during this season. A great opportunity to view the very high standard produced by our members during the year.

Judge Dave Hipperson had the task to score and choose the winning Images. Unfortunately he could not attend the Zoom meeting on the night, but had requested the entries a few days before, so he could judge and score and produce critique comments to send along.
On the night Cat projected the Images and read the judges comments with scores.

Thank you to all members that had produced such excellent Images during the season and Congratulations to the ultimate winners of the competition.

It was an enjoyable evening concluding with the winners and commended authors giving Information about their Images asked by other members.

You can enjoy viewing the winning Images on our gallery.


Club night summary – 21st May

This week we held our AGM (Annual general meeting) a necessary formal procedure in the running of the club.

A different twist this year in holding the first ever virtual AGM online, More history being made in this topsy turvy year!

Thank you all the members that tuned in to see and hear from the various committee members, how the club had performed and progressed in the last year. The presentation included a summary of club affairs with aims, financial Information and the election of the committee for the coming year.

During the AOB (Any other business) section, we had some great Ideas and discussions from the members and committee.

Details of the meeting will be published shortly.