This, That and the Other

Hi All,

I am a little bit early this week with the news as I am working Saturday and Sunday at the Middle Earth Festival (next to Sarehole Mill, Hall Green Birmingham B13 0BD). It’s a great Photo opportunity as there are so many characters who all want to be photographed from fair maidens to horrible Orcs, add a few Saxons in the mix and you can fill a memory card up pretty quickly. The best news is it’s a FREE EVENT (the car park is just £2), rumours have it this might be the last festival as Birmingham City Council are continually putting up obstacles of which some might just become insurmountable for next year, great pity. Bureaucrats hey! (another word  beginning with ‘B’ also comes to mind).

Whilst advertising events we have the Stoke Prior Steam Rally next week end (16th/17th) which normally produces some interesting up-close ‘power of steam’ and plenty of oil can photo’s

Last week at the club we tried something different for the Welcome Back Evening with a look at what we have coming up for the next season and it’s quality all the way. From presentations by some of the best photographers around covering Landscapes, Creative, Nature and not forgetting Tim Piles’ nudes, and everything in-between – something for everyone! My thanks to Jan Harris for putting this adventurous programme together. Also my thanks to Adrian Butt for his entertaining break down of the other parts of the programme and in particular the Early  Sessions which is targeted at photographic know-how. The Early Sessions (7pm-7.45pm) is for everyone who wants to share or learn. This week we are doing an introduction to the sessions which is also about what you want to get out of this available time, so please do come along.

Unfortunately we ran out of time for the grand auction although many went home with some great bargains. The quiz proved a hit and congratulations to the winning Roger Tyler and co team members who won both quiz, and both lots of prizes and were so generous in sharing out the chocolates with the rest of us (if only to stop themselves from being sick on the way home).

The main Event this Tuesday is Photographer Frank McGowen DPAGB to inspire us with his travel and landscape photography. It is also Handing In night for the following week’s Projected Images competition in the colour and nature sections (no Mono section this time). As  it’s PDIs just a reminder to get the sizing right (max 1400 x 1050 pixels) and also the naming of the image (see the handbook, but no change from last year) and up to three images per section.

My thanks to everyone who went along to support Angela Garnett with her exhibition of Peter’s (her  husband) work at the BHI on Wednesday. She raised £235 for Cancer Research UK.  

And Finally have you got your tickets reserved yet for the Bill Chambers Memorial Lecture with the remarkable inspirational nature photographer Des Ong in the very prestigious Bromsgrove School Lecture Theatre. Just email Jan Harris on with your name and names of your guests. You can collect and pay for the tickets on the door. Don’t be put off by the low ticket price as it is being part subsidised by Bromsgrove School with free room hire and also by the club paying for Des Ong,  the £2.50 is to cover the tea, coffee and biscuits.

Hope to see you Tuesday.

Best Wishes,


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