First Winter Club Night, Tues 13th September
Well with the hottest September day in a hundred years it was the first night of the clubs winter season. Now where did the summer go or did the club end it too early lol?
Chris our new chairman introduced himself to the new members and said, “some camera clubs have league systems for competition but our club didn’t want to adopt that system”. Chris sees the camera club as a place for the sharing of knowledge and skills and whilst socialising together there is plenty of knowledge for us all to benefit within the club.
Chris introduced our committee members and each gave an account of their individual roles in the club.
Chris then said, this year’s summer programme has been a good programme but of course some locations picked suited some more than others (I had long trousers amongst the stinging nettles others didn’t) and he was already thinking of the next summer’s programme. Chris appealed to members who may have ideas for suitable local locations for next year. Also to let him know if any member is aware of any events taking place which may be of interest to other members
The Club’s complete winter programme is already on the website but members will be shortly able to obtain a hard copy. Chris went on to say we have a great winter programme ahead of us with lots of variety, there are two critique nights to help members improve their digital images. On the software courses members may benefit more if they have thought of targets or questions before attending the sessions, so something worth thinking about before the start of the courses.
The internal competitions have changed a bit this year and there are now only five competition nights that are dedicated to the main accumulative club competition. However, there will be more of “the winner on the night” open competitions. Also some top quality speakers have been booked.
Dave the club’s internal competition secretary needs to stand down by Christmas so we need someone to take the role over by then, so let him know if you would be interested in doing the role.
Luke in charge of the external competitions said the XRR visions would take place on the 23rd November but entries had to be in by 23rd October, three entries per member for £5. The photographs will be judged and each competitor will have their best entry exhibited, there is a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize for the overall competition.
We are playing host for this year’s first round of the Rosebowl competition and Luke with others will have to pick the best fifteen photographs for the first round and at this moment in time, the club only has the photographs to enter that didn’t make this last year’s final fifteen, which includes my sunset lol. Luke would like members to send to him fairly quickly the entries for possible selection, as the first round is on the 8th November.
So if you have any good photographs, even if they were previously used digital images as prints and you still have copies, please send them to Luke via his email link which was posted to all last night.
I have sent him about twenty five so if you don’t want them to be all my entries please let him have some more lol.
The evening continued and we were then treated to a viewing of last year’s entries on the club’s new projector. The photographs shown to us were from round one where fifteen entries were displayed. As the later rounds followed, those photographs that didn’t quite get the higher marks were replaced by others that became available (that was unless it was thought the judging was considered too harsh on them). Once we reached the final, the photographs had to be whittled down to just eight, where Imagez reached their highest position of 2nd in the competition.
During the showing of the above there were some good comments about the quality of the club’s new projector.
John talked about Chiltern Imagez which is run by us and we would like our members to enter. It’s a print competition where at least one image from every entrant will end up on display at Queens Park Centre in January. Full entry details will be on our website shortly.
After this we all had a coffee break and chat.
Alan explained to the new member’s that had paid the £2 that it was free entry to them tonight and to get their money back. The idea for them is to come along for a few weeks before joining to see if they liked it first, there is no pressure to join but only members could enter the competitions. However, for the rest of us membership fees are now due and £40 will see you through the season with the £2 entrance at the door for hall and coffee charges
Over the last couple of weeks club member’s had been invited to submit two photographs to show where they had been or what they had been up to during the summer period and in the second half of the evening we were shown the photographs on screen with the participating members giving brief explanations to us about each shot taken and the reason for them taking that particular shot.
There was a huge variety of photographs of unusual scenes taken on people’s holidays, favourite themes and some even taken from the club’s summer programme, some of which had Luke looking for possible entries for the Rosebowl.
Finally Alan had brought along about six photographs which were produced to push the limits of the new projector on colour and high end post processing and the projector did well addressing a lot of the images.
Next meet up is
Preparation for Competitions
Tuesday September 20, 2016 from 20:15 to 22:15
Weston Turville Village Hall, School Approach, Weston Turville, Bucks, HP22 5RW –GOOGLE MAP
The processes for entry to competitions will be talked through and explained – digital and print entries will be shown with examples.