This, That and the Other 14/1

Hi All,

 Sorry, very late with this week’s News Letter. Got to say I enjoyed last Tuesday’s  New Year Party, time just went so quick and I never got chance to talk to as many friends as I would have liked. Massive thanks to Janet Cox and her team of Jill Howe, Liz Perrins, and Gail Lewis for organising and preparing the delicious and generous buffet. Also a big thanks to Nigel Taylor for organising our Quiz Masters, Ross and Matt, who put on a thought provoking, yet very entertaining quiz, overall, a very enjoyable evening. Thanks also to those who donated raffle prizes. I have only so far received positive comments but if you can think of improvements or alternative ideas please let me or another committee member know so it can be considered for future events.

 I understand many members went to visit the Smethwick International Exhibition over the last week.

Gail and I went yesterday and the place was packed with photographers from all over the country taking in some amazing work from forty four countries in both prints and projected images. It was a visual feast to fuel the creative juices. A couple of observations, sport was a very strong subject with just about every conceivable sport covered (notable exceptions being darts and snooker). Art nude, semi nude and portraiture seems to be making a big comeback and travel photography was also a strong theme. There was some superb landscape imagery but not in big numbers and the Ragged Victorians and that genre was very small compared to previous years. Still lifes were few and far between as was digitally created imagery. Having said that there was something for everyone to enjoy. However the most satisfying aspect was seeing the many Bromsgrove members’ images appearing up with the best from the world. A special mention for Jenny Webster who picked up a silver medal, well done to everyone.

 This week we have our own member Richard Chapman on “50 ways to take a Macro” taking us into that fascinating and wonderful world of small, a world that is at our fingertips but we very rarely see.

The early session 7.00 pm on the stage is me and the subject is “studio flash” and how we can achieve different lighting effects.

 Whilst mentioning studio lighting the studio group organised by Colin Close  had an excellent session on Friday with Jessica Taylor who was one of the two models we used at our last Tuesday studio evening. If portraiture is your thing and you would like to get involved with the studio group talk to Colin. Anyway, how about a few images up on our facebook page from Friday’s session.

 Finally, nothing to do with the club but The Middle Earth Festival organisation is holding an 80’s Disco at Wythall British Legion on Friday the 25th of January and I am trying to put a table together, so if you fancy a Friday fun night out (food provided) please let me know asap.

 Hope to see you Tuesday evening.

 Roger L            


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