Fixed subjects have always been a challenge to get a good number of entries however we had 70 odd entries so in the end not a bad entry at all, so thanks to all who entered and of course congratulations to those who got a placing. It is interesting in that one of the top clubs in the region only do fixed subjects so fingers crossed for entries into the “painting by light” print competition in a couple of weeks time. I have got to send off to DS Colour Labs for a couple of prints for myself this week so if you want any of yours included just let me have the image files, the bigger the file size the better, but around 6+ megapixel will normally produce a good A3 size print.
Whilst mentioning last week I must congratulate Nigel Taylor on his selection of Dave Ticker as judge who must be one of the best Judges we have had for a long time, and I’m not saying that because I manage to pull a winner (no money crossed hands I assure you, although it was a nice surprise). Apart from Dave’s excellent critique, suggested improvements and friendly manner he mentioned he was an ambassador for on-One Software a software I use a lot myself (although I use a previous version to the latest one). Does anyone else use on-One? I would love to get a small group together to learn the full potential of what this editing and effects software can offer. Please let me know.
This coming Tuesday we start at 7 pm prompt on the stage with our own Tony Gervis FRPS giving another entertaining and informative 45 minutes of pure gold. Our guest speaker at 8 pm is John Hartshorne LRPS DPAGB EFIAP BPE4*with the “Big Picture Take Two” which I understand is mainly a print showing so if your eyesight isn’t great make sure you get close to the front or bring binoculars (actually it won’t be that bad as there is a lot of large A2 size prints). This is a very respected and well known Midlands Photographer and judging by his web site, I’m sure there will be something for everyone to come away from the evening inspired and recharged.
Yes it’s that time of the year for the biggest photographic event in the UK and it’s just up the road at the NEC. We really are lucky having the Photography Show on our doorstep whilst the rest of the country has to brave our nightmare motorways. The show opens this Saturday and goes on till Tuesday 19th. Check out their website as there is lots going on with lectures, workshops, all the gear you could possibly imagine and some great displays of amazing photographs and imagery. Getting excited already, sorry credit card I might need to wake you up.
Also next week we have the 5-a-side Competition over at Stourbridge PS. on Thursday 14th at The Bonded Warehouse, Canal St, DY8 4LU. Start Time 7.30. We haven’t won this one for a long time so hopefully our selectors have picked the winning entry for our time in the spotlight. I’m looking forward to starting the following week’s meeting with Queen’s “We are the Champions”.
From our last Committee Meeting (of which most of the time was spent on the Summer and next year’s programme and how to improve our projector or more to the point getting a better image from our projector) which looking at last week’s projected images I think Nigel has achieved, a real improvement. A very important item on the Agenda was welcoming Richard Chapman who has agreed to be co-opted on the committee as our Web Master. Richard takes over from Tony Hawksbee who we thank for doing a great job in modernising and sorting out some serious and challenging problems with our previous site. Tony remains on the Committee looking after the General Data Protection Regulations keeping us up to speed with this complex legislation (he is however more than happy to pass this on if anyone is interested).
That’s it for this week, hope to see you Tuesday.