This, That and the Other 25/3/2019

Hi All,

Just got back in from the Midphot Exhibition over at Smethwick and really pleased to see Bromsgrove well represented on the walls and on the projector screen. A particular congratulations to our three ladies (Jenny Webster, Julie Hall and Sue Vernon) who picked up MCPF ribbons. I thought sports images, portraits, travel, landscapes particularly with snow, trains and planes were well covered although still-life which seemed to be coming back last year was poorly represented.

I understand many visited the Photography Show last week and some spent some money and some spent some serious money, cameras, lenses and even a drone. I spent my pocket money on some intriguing macro lights including a UV one so I’m hoping for something a bit different, no doubt time will tell. I managed to snap a couple of the many models walking around with my smart phone (wish I had taken my main camera), couple of pics attached. There were some amazing images around the Hall so if you didn’t come back with goodies you came away with ideas and inspirations.

Last week’s MCPF Travelling Portfolio seemed to go down well after a break of three years so hopefully we will be taking the next one in a year’s time. I thought the commentators had improved on previous years giving a lighter more personal perspective.

Please note there is no early session this Tuesday (nor next week). The main and only event this week at 8 pm is our 4th print competition with a fixed subject of ‘painting with light’. I understand there is a good entry so lots for the judge to work with and hopefully some good critique.

Next week 2nd April is a members’ practical evening and I am desperate for a bit of help please, nicely please. We will have “The John Dignum Bring and Buy Table” and a water/liquid splash and droplet area which I can do unless someone else wants to do it. We need someone to offer a problem/solution software table (Elements and/or Photoshop), someone who can do something nature themed and someone who can do either a macro set-up or a still life. Other ideas gratefully received. Please get in touch with me.

I have heard from our last model Sophie who has now had a few more images but still hoping for a few more: By the way she and her partner Nick are at this weekend’s Comic Con at the NEC (that’s if you can bear another trip to the NEC). I am hoping to be there.

Short one this week so hopefully see you on Tuesday.

Best wishes/
Roger L

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