Club Night Summary #87

First Print Competition

Last season we joined the NW federation league for the first time as an additional external competition during the season. It was an Interesting excursion, but unfortunately we didn’t fair to well against the other camera clubs, but it was valuable experience.

This week we started the new NW fed competition and were drawn against Harrow cc and XRR cc with a very different outcome in the first round. We won on the evening by a clear margin scoring 221 points against XRR 216 and Harrow with 205. A very satisfying outcome for the first external competition of the new season, which bodes well for the club and our talented membership.

There were more excellent Images on show for our first print league competition (shown as PDIs for practical reasons). The evening was judged by Paul Burwood who gave the critique on the Images. It was an ‘open’ competition with a tremendous amount of subject matter variety within the entered Images. The standard was very good, giving the judge a further headache when selecting the higher scoring Images, holding back a large amount for final scoring.

Thank you to everyone that entered the competition and congratulations to the higher scoring authors on the night. As always, you can view the winning Images on our excellent website gallery.

Steve


Club Night Summary #86

Mark Pain Sports Photography

From the moment our guest speaker played the opening Av style Photography (Images set to music) showing amazing sports shots, we knew were we in for a treat of an evening.

Mark Pain multi award winning photographer joined us on Zoom last week to give a presentation on sports photography.

Mark shared his vast experience in the Industry having been Chief sports photographer for the Mail on Sunday for over 20 years and winner of many awards including Olympic photographer of the year 2012 and SJA sports photographer of the year 2013.

The much travelled photographer shared detail on how some of his amazing Images, ranging from professional golf, formula one racing and premiership football were achieved, often in difficult circumstances, dealing with Inclement weather and physical locations. In addition to giving great tips on equipment and how to best tackle sports photography.

In the second half of the evening Mark focused on the 2012 Olympics, where once again he Impressed with outstanding shots of many events and competitors and explained a lot of the thinking behind obtaining such fantastic images.

He has a great delivery style and encouraged questions throughout the evening always happy to share his knowledge. It was a very Inspiring and enjoyable evening which had everyone fully engaged with this outstanding prestigious photographer.

Our new season has got off to a great start, which so far has Included two superb talks/presentations.

Steve


Club Night Summary #85

Movement and Texture

Despite these difficult times happening in the world, it’s great that our camera club is still flourishing and adapting as best we can to the new normality.

Communication is so Important in all our lives and we continually try to embrace this principle in our activities, through our weekly online meetings, with its varied programme.

We have also Increased our recent external activities, with club members organising small group gatherings within Government guidelines. David Eckland has recently organised a London photography walk and Gordon Calder a painting with light Workshop in his home studio, all of which has been very welcomed by club members. In addition Ant (Anthony Highet) has continued to successfully run his model portraiture sessions.

The club has also enhanced its ‘what’s app’ group and is encouraging further communications between weekly meetings to keep in touch. All of this helps us combat these uncertain times and is there for all club members to enjoy.

Last week was our 2nd PDI league competition with 2 set subjects ‘Movement’ and ‘Textures’. A tremendous response of entries with 78 in total. The judge for the evening was Alan Taberer who had the difficult task of sorting the excellent Images and ultimately choosing the higher scoring Images.

There were some great Interpretations of both set subjects, the higher scorers are featured in the clubs website gallery. Thank you to all that entered the competition, giving us all a very enjoyable evening.

Steve


Club Night Summary #84

Audio Visual Night

One of the many great things about being in Croxley camera club is the opportunity to express your own photography Interests with other like minded members. We have many talented members who are happy to share their experiences and often Inspire others to try different techniques or style of Images. Everything we do is naturally under the ‘umbrella of art’.

Last week for our online meeting, we had a video/ AV evening where members were Invited to share with others, either a video or audio visual presentation on any subject and with suitable accompanying music. We had 17 entries which made for a very entertaining evening, with some really considered content and great music.

Once again the commitment to Inspire others with the the creative thoughts of subject matter and choice of music, was evident by the quality offered from all. We were treated to some excellent photography, expressing the story the authors had to tell with the really well chosen and meaningful music.

Thank you to everyone that attended the evening and a special thanks to those who entered material to be shown, it really was appreciated by all. Special thanks also to George who organised the showing of the videos and smoothly controlled the technical aspects.

Steve


Club Night Summary #83

First Competition of the Season!

This week I was reminded we had held 24 online meetings since the Coronavirus came into our lives, causing the lockdown and subsequent loss of our meeting hall for obvious safety reasons.
Thanks to the ‘zoom’ facility we have met every week since March, completing the season, running through the normal summer break and here we are just a few weeks into our new season.

Ironically the last meeting in March held at the community centre was a competition night judged by Martin Patten, who was also our Judge for the first competition of our new season this week.
The competition was an ‘open’ PDI and as always was a closely fought event, with many excellent Images contesting for the highest league points.

Our judge for the evening was also at our ‘Zoom’ online meeting and gave ‘live critique accompanied by constructive comments and tips regarding the entered Images, as he distributed the points and nominated the highest scorers.

An enjoyable night, enabling the membership to enjoy the diverse collection of Images that an ‘open’ competition brings.

Thank you to all that entered the competition, which as always is a great way to measure your own Individual progress during the season with your creative work.


Club night summary – 10th September

Once again, as a club we have broken new boundaries, as we kicked of our first talk of the new season broadcast live from Georgia. Located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, to the west is the Black Sea and to the north by Russia.

Our guest speaker James Kerwin is currently living in the capital city of Tbilisi. Through the wonders of the Zoom and the Internet, he was able to give his excellent presentation of ‘Abandoned Architecture’ to our appreciative members at the understandably well attended meeting.

James shared a really well structured presentation with great Images of Abandoned properties, of which he managed to bring out the beauty from decaying structures through his amazing photography and creative Imagination.

During the evening he gave a tremendous amount of Information, from his back photography story, through to the locations he has visited throughout the World. His enthusiasm for the subject was quite infectious and Inspiring.

As photographers we are always looking for stimulus and Inspiration, the evening provided us with a bucket load! from what maybe the furthest placed speaker we will ever have addressing the club.

Although we would all love to be back in our normal meeting hall at the Community centre, there are also benefits from meeting online. Thursday was definitely one of them!

Steve



Club night summary – 3rd September

Another first for the club last week when we held our first virtual ‘Welcome evening’ to herald the start of our new season. It was great to see some new faces and to welcome back some more familiar to our clan of talented photographers. It was a well attended night on ‘Zoom’ (our now well trodden platform for weekly club meetings) with a great atmosphere full of anticipation for the season ahead.

Our brilliant committee carried out a review, which featured a look at the trophy winning Images from last season, External competition Info for the various challenges against other clubs this season. Ant gave us a great preview of his work in portraiture and studio work, accompanied by some stunning Images.

We had a brief look at the coming programme with particular focus on the guest speakers, some of which are experts in their field and live some distance from the club. One of the benefits of ‘Zoom’ gives us access to these speakers, which would not normally be able to travel so far, to deliver their talk. We had a few Important words on finance and some useful reminders on entering competitions with photoentry.

Our summer extended programme was a huge success and we were able to show a few highlights from the various challenge competitions that were held during the summer months. Some excellent Images produced during this period!

All in all a full and enjoyable night with some great relaxed banter from the various members in Zoom boxes displayed on our screens. (How the World has changed!)

Earlier in the evening we reported that following our recent survey and subsequent committee review. We will continue online using Zoom (as most other camera clubs) until such time as we have sufficient confidence that we can safely return to our community centre hall. We will monitor the situation and carry out another survey with all members at the end of October and then share findings early November.

We thank everyone that managed to help us with the survey and as always value your feedback to the club.

Steve


Club night summary – 27th August

Here we are at the start of another season, despite the pandemic we are fit and ready to go once again and looking forward to another successful season. A number of camera clubs have struggled to keep together during these very stressful times, but with the help of ‘Zoom’ the online support and our wonderful committee, we have managed to keep everything going. Not only did we complete our season but we extended the programme into the the summer period, with a lively programme of photography challenges and catch up informal chats, which were always entertaining and produced some great Images from our talented members along the way.

We understand that meeting online isn’t for everyone, but it has been the only alternative when the Coronavirus struck and it has proved a successful formula. We would love all members to embrace this method of meeting to start the new season this Thursday 3rd September. It is very easy and not as daunting as it may appear from the outside. Please contact if you need any help in enabling this to happen, we would be delighted to assist. A warm welcome awaits everyone.

We will announce our season meeting plans this Thursday evening, following the results of the recent survey, which we thank everyone who participated. It was very Important that we gauged everyone’s thoughts regarding physical meetings again. Everyone’s safety is paramount in our thoughts and it is most Important that there is a majority of confidence for when we meet in the hall.

However we meet, you can be assured we will have our normal programme of events from great speakers (experienced experts in their field), workshop evenings and of course Competitions. You can download the programme from below link.
Lots of Inspirational topics for our members creative minds to occupy, while the world gets back to some sort of normality!

Meanwhile our last summer programme session ended last Thursday with a great evening of Informal chat, covering a number of Interesting topics raised by the attending members. Everything from different types of filters filters, Infra red photography including film use, locations for great shots and discussion about Introducing a help/advice format for members. We were even treated to ‘Ant’s’ talk and great Images, regarding his recent Portrait social and the Importance of a planB.

Looking forward to seeing everyone this Thursday for our Welcome evening to start the new and exciting season.

Steve



Club night summary – 20th August

hank you to everyone who has already responded to our mini survey, regarding how we feel about regrouping and holding meetings in the near future. If you haven’t had a chance yet, please take a few minutes and give us your feedback as soon as possible. It’s your club and we want to get the decisions right for everyone . The link is the Members Area.

One of the many great things about being in a camera club, is the bringing together of like minded, creative people. Last Thursday was another great example, with our latest photography challenge ‘Natural light portraits’. Once again we had a very entertaining evening with some great Images produced and shown, demonstrating natural lighting technique, at its best. Our winning formula, of each author showing an Image and providing the narrative to the other members, on both technical and Inspiration behind the photograph, was used to great effect. We had 30 excellent Images shown, which made the two hour meeting fly by. You can see the Images in the members area of our website.

Sadly that’s our last summer programme challenge before the new season, which starts on the 3rd September, it has proved a very popular topic and presentation theme with some great work produced by all that have entered the various challenges. Watch the newsletter for additional challenges of a similar nature, to find there way into our Autumn / Winter schedule! Thank you to everyone that has entered any of the the excellent summer challenges and produced such a high standard of photography.

More good news, some kind of normality has been resumed, with ‘ Ant’ managing to safely and successfully hold his first portrait social, following the lockdown. A great Indicator of things gradually Improving, prior to our exciting new season.

Steve



Club night summary – 13th August

With the week’s now fast disappearing towards our new season starting on 3rd September we now need to focus on where we will meet and the shape of future meetings.
We have been given the green light to resume using the Community hall on Thursdays, naturally providing we meet the current law on safe distancing and overall safe practice regarding numbers etc. We will also need to carry out a risk assessment to ensure we meet the stringent compliance practice.

However this could be academic at this time, because the Important question is how do all our members feel about meetings. Understandably everyone will need to feel comfortable and confident in physically meeting in the hall. We feel that a short survey will help gauge everyone’s current feelings regarding resuming hall meetings or continuing as we are currently doing using online Zoom meetings. Please help us by completing the below survey. We value everyone’s Input to help decide the direction, which of course will be decided by the majority vote.

The Zoom meetings, in both completing last season’s competitions and programme and the recent light summer schedule have been very successful but we appreciate it hasn’t been right for everyone to attend online.

Zoom has been a learning curve for most of us. We would love to help assist any current or potential new members in using the Zoom system, if you would like to join in. Please contact to let us know your needs.

The excellent challenges and Informal catch up sessions we have run over the last few weeks have been well received by the members and have produced some outstanding work. Some examples can be seen below from the various challenges, or you can see more detail in the members area of our website.

We have a great camera club, but like many other clubs at the moment are suffering with not being able to recreate the meetings as they were. This of course can put a strain on communications.

We value every member and would love to be able to harness our loyal membership for another season of exciting events and Inspiration for all. Things will change along the way as the world eventually gets to grips with this awful pandemic and we return to some form of normality.

In the meantime please complete the survey to Indicate your preferences and if possible, if you haven’t already done so, get signed up for another year (details below) and we will come out of this period together and stronger as a club.

Steve