This, That and the Other

Hi All,

Our first presentation of the month by Frank McGowen, which after a bit of initial confusion as to whether it was going to be prints or projected images, turned out to be both, two for the price of one – love a bargain. The Bargain continued with virtually a world tour to some of the planets most exotic locations even going underwater to that vibrantly different world, whilst the animal world above was not neglected. Some of those leopard family photos where stunning, quite an achievement in less than two hours, so now we know what travel/holiday photography is all about.

I know some members are off to exotic parts shortly and hopefully we will see their work in due course, although you don’t have to travel great distances to get great photos.

This week we have the first of our monthly projected image competitions in colour and nature sections, I believe there are 133 entries which although over the ideal of 120 images should not be a problem for our judge Barbara Lawton FRPS DPAGB who is not only an excellent and very experienced judge but a brilliant photographer. Hopefully we will learn a lot from her critique.

The early session this week is arranged by the very entertaining (he also knows his stuff) Adrian Butt (on the stage 7 pm-7.45pm) and is all about improving our images with competitions in mind (very appropriate for the evening ahead). Please see Adrian’s email sent out this Saturday morning. PLEASE, any member arriving before 7.45 keep the noise down as it is very distracting for those on the stage, thank you.

As you should know by now (I’ve been rattling on about it for some time) we have the Bill Chambers Memorial Lecture with Guest Speaker Des Ong this Thursday evening, 21st September, 7pm for 7.30pm start at Bromsgrove School.  I could do with a couple of volunteers to help people find the Lecture Theatre as it is about a 5 minute walk from the South Car Park with a few twists and turns (we don’t want any visitors getting lost and ending up in the senior student accommodation accidently).  This is our attempt at putting on something prestigious that will lift our profile both locally and photographically and hopefully make us all feel we have a club of significance that we can be justly proud of.  We still have some seats available, email: or see her this Tuesday – she will have tickets with her.  It would also be tremendous if we could have a full house on the night – drag in your friends, colleagues, work mates, neighbours it will be a good night!

Just a few more quick items, firstly have you paid your subs yet? They need to be paid in this month, as come 3rd October we will have to exterminate you (from our membership that is). I am also looking for help on the 26th of this month for our practical evening when we will be having various tables set up for indoor photography. Dark nights are approaching and who wants to sit in front of a television when we can be doing interesting things with our cameras. Ideas, suggestions and involvement greatly welcome. Whilst mentioning ‘welcome’ we have (so far) six new members whom I would like to welcome to the club, and  hope they find the club beneficial and enjoyable in this wonderful hobby we call photography and call upon all members to also make them welcome.  

And finally it was nice to see a few members at the Middle Earth Festival in Birmingham last weekend, I attach a couple of my images. 









Hope to see you Tuesday.

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