Club Night Summary #114

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.

Steve


The New 2021/22 Season is Almost Here!

Yeah!

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


Club Night Summary #113

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.


Club Night Summary #112

PDI of the Year

It’s a lovely time of the season when we review the highest scoring Images from this season’s competitions. It’s a time when you realise the great and creative work that has been produced by our talented membership.

The first best of the year competition for best PDI was held with 44 selected Images scoring 19 or 20 points. The judging was by the excellent Amanda Wright who gave Inspiring critique to help choose the ultimate winner of this trophy competition.

It really was a high standard to select from with a large number of Images being held back for final review. Congratulations to Amanda Culley for her excellent Image ‘Tree lined path’ for winning this years PDI of the year trophy.

Many thanks to everyone who entered the competitions throughout the season to enable such a good contest of this standard.

A lot of the Images will be put forward into external competitions next season which we will be proud to enter.

We now look forward to our print of the year competition and finding the best colour and monochrome prints.

Steve


Club Night Summary #111

Creative Workshop

Our last workshop evening of this season was themed for members to share Images and to explore the creative decisions behind the processing, to create the ultimate authors vision. We had two presentations on this subject. One from myself showing before and after Images, starting with the raw file and comparing with the finished Image.

Explaining the Inspiration and thoughts in achieving the final Image. Mike Brankin gave an excellent presentation, also showing Images whilst demonstrating the build up to achieving his vision for his successful work. (Unfortunately cut short through loss of signal from his camper van in Scotland!)

As a bonus, Cat Humphries gave the members an update on her recent change of camera and the challenge of lighting in drama group productions. Showing some wonderful theatre Images while explaining her issues and ultimate resolution.

It was reported that both Rebecca Berman and Stuart Craig had achieved highly commended accolades for their recent entries into the PAGB competition for photographs taken on a camera phone. Many congratulations to both for their achievement.

Another enjoyable evening spent celebrating our passion for photography.

Steve


Club Night Summary #110

Final Print Competition

Some really Inspirational Images were shown in our final league print competition of this season, held at our latest Thursday meeting. We had 47 entries to enjoy while judge Terry Pollard had the difficult task of separating the Images by giving critique and awarding marks. These scores will now go to decide the final league positions of the print league to be announced along with the PDI league result on the 10th June, after our club AGM.

As always the competition was closely contested with a number of Images being held back for the judge to decide the higher scoring entries on the night. With it being an open competition there was plenty of variety in the subject matter, adding to the enjoyment of the evening.

Congratulations to the higher scoring authors on the night and thanks to everyone that has entered the competitions this season, giving us all Inspiration with the high standard of entries throughout.

We still have a great programme for the remainder of this season with the ‘PDI of the year’ and ‘Print of the year’ which Includes both Colour and monochrome.

We also have a workshop, the AGM and our virtual Summer party still to enjoy

Steve


Club Night Summary #109

Autofocus

As more Covid restrictions are being lifted, we are able to start thinking about our Camera Club future in a much more positive light. We are able to start planning for next season, where we hope we will be able to start the season in September back in our hall at the community centre.

Our virtual world for the last year on Zoom has enabled us keep everything going with weekly meetings throughout. We are grateful for the continuous communications Zoom has facilitated and our members have still produced a high standard of Images during the season. Despite the threat and restrictions of the pandemic.

At our latest Thursday meeting we had a great example of Zoom use when George Purchase was able to expertly share his screen and guide us all through ‘Getting the most from auto focus’ where George explained the principals behind the camera’s auto focus system and how to get the most from it.

In Addition David Eckland gave the members news on a photo expedition he was organising in Oxford on May 24th. Rebecca Berman will be assisting with the visit, utilising local knowledge of the area, to ensure great photography opportunities.

David also displayed some of his great Images taken on the previous popular photowalk in London. Another Interesting workshop night, perfectly tailored to Zoom.

Steve


Club Night Summary #108

Social Evening

One of the best things about being part of a camera club is the weekly opportunity to meet and communicate with like minded people, who equally appreciate the creative side of photography.

Our latest workshop ‘members evening’ provided an ideal platform to share stories with other members. In addition to verbal communications, some of our members gave demonstrations of topics by showing Images, using the Zoom shared screen option. This is a really powerful way to convey a story by adding great Images and the opportunity to demonstrate a software manoeuvre.

Stuart Craig gave the group an overview of the new external competition ‘Intimate landscapes’ and explained the requirements while also showing some Inspiring Images to help understand the subject.

Ian Bennell had visited a ‘harvest mouse’ workshop and shared some wonderful Images captured during his visit. He also gave the group a great Insight by describing his day on location.

Arron Dowdeswell gave us an impromptu talk on drones, a really Interesting subject in which Arron is clearly very proficient in this area. Drone photography offers an exciting opportunity to capture different angles and hard to get to places.

Gordon Calder demonstrated the ‘Sky replacement’ tool and once again gave us all a brilliant and Inspiring tutorial with some great examples of his manipulation of Images.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the evening, which once again demonstrated the talent we have in our club.

Steve


Club Night Summary #107

Penultimate Print League Comp

In a difficult and completely unpredictable year we have continued to run our club programme featuring great competitions, speakers from around the world, numerous workshops and social events. Hopefully this has served to Inspire and motivate our members and help distract away from the pandemic we are all living through.

It hasn’t been easy for any of us, when the first lock down struck at the end of last season a number of other camera clubs stopped their meetings which left them in disarray. We are blessed with having a great conscientious and responsive committee who Immediately reacted to the pandemic, quickly organising Zoom connection and ensured we did not miss one meeting in the existing season. Their commitment was such that a whole additional summer programme was organised which continued through to the current season, an amazing achievement.

I would like to personally thank each member of our committee for their support in making our club so successful

Our AGM ( annual general meeting) is on the 20th May, so anyone who would like to get Involved in the running of the club and help continue with this great legacy, either as part of the committee or offering support to the team, please contact us as soon as possible. There are opportunities that need to be arranged for next season.

We have now held our penultimate print league competition (shown as PDIs for practical reasons) Another good night that produced more inspiring Images. The Images were Judged by the experienced Sandy Watson. Thank you to everyone that took part in the evening and congratulations to the higher scoring authors on the night. (don’t forget to can view the Images on our excellent website in the gallery).

Steve