This, That and the Other

Hi All,

Firstly a change to this coming Tuesday’s programme, Warren Alani can’t make it, however Jan Harris has pulled the rabbit out of the hat and found us an equally impressive speaker in Claire Carter. Claire’s a professional photographer covering both family and commercial imagery as well has offering tuition and ‘sell out’ photography workshops. Her main interest is nature and landscapes with a difference as can be alluded to by the title of the presentation ‘Perpetually in Motion’.  Be prepared to be blown away!  

 Last week was a mixed bag as we tried to welcome members and newcomers to a new season:

We handed out some of the remaining certificates and trophies from last year’s awards and the remainder I will post out. 

We also looked at the new programme and what it has to offer with 12 presentations from some of the top speakers around. We have 11 members practical evenings which are still open for content so please let me know what you want or if you can help or have something you can share?

Add 8 monthly competitions, 2 annual competitions, a fun knock-out competition and 3 external interclub competitions we have a full year ahead.

In addition to the main programme we have 19 early (7.00 pm to 7.45 pm) sessions we call development sessions, 4 of which by Colin Close are dedicated to those interested in external competitions and distinctions; Yours truly takes 6 sessions covering editing and lighting. The main feature this year is our member Tony Gervis (who does this professionally) who will take us over the year from picking the camera up for the first time to producing stunning photographs by the end.

The main event of the evening was the showing of 4 members’ (Jan Harris, Jenny Webster, John Davidson and myself) successful entries for the Credit Distinction of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB). This then just left us enough time for a devilishly clever quiz from David Jellie.

This Tuesday’s early session is on Adobe Photoshop Elements which is geared more to photographers than its big brother Photoshop which covers the entire graphics spectrum.  The reason Elements has been chosen is that although there is now a lot of alternative editing and effects programmes around we have to start somewhere and Elements seems a good starting point.

 A couple of Photo opportunities coming up (as brought to our attention by Les Ladbury) are

First we have British National Ploughing Championships & Country Festival on the 13th & 14 October, check out http://www.ploughmen.co.uk/events/british-national-ploughing-championships. Lots of great images of steam ploughs and shire horses to be had, always good competition material. Secondly on 28th October there is the 2018 British National Hill Climb Championships at Shelsley Walsh, again sport is good eye candy for the judges. 

Know of any more photo opportunities please let me know and I will try and pass them around. Thank you.

That’s it for this week, hope to see you Tuesday.

 Roger L