Vocal Point 26/04/2020

Hi all

Many of you will be aware of this already, but our newer members may not be familiar with all of our recent history. It is now a year since we lost our Chairman Roger Lewis and his wife Gail in a tragic accident. Gail and Roger worked hard in the previous 3 years to develop Bromsgrove Photographic Society and make it the success it became, with membership reaching new heights.

The challenge to your committee in the past 12 months has been to carry on with this legacy. It is ironic that 12 months on we are facing yet more serious challenges to how we function. The past two weeks have shown that it is possible to run very successful presentations with online technology. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, and it lacks the atmosphere and ambience of meeting at Avoncroft, but there is no doubt that it is the way forward until we leave lockdown. Around 50% of members have participated in these meetings, and the feedback has been almost exclusively positive. So, if you haven’t tried it already, then give it a go. This week we have a wildlife presentation from David Boag. David has been a professional wildlife photographer for over 40 years. You only have to look at his website to see the quality of the images that we can expect to see on Tuesday – http://naturalfocus.co.uk/  He is based in Dorset – one silver lining to the current situation is that we can use Zoom to bring presentations to you that may have been unavailable in the past – either due to cost or geographical location.

You will be aware that our AGM is scheduled for 19 May – just over 3 weeks away. We will be discussing the logistics of this at our committee meeting tomorrow night, and I will send further communications after this to let you know how we intend to proceed.

Finally, have you set yourself any photographic challenges during lockdown Mine has been to improve on my photo-editing. I often look in envy at the quality of work that we see on a Tuesday night, so I am swotting up on Affinity photo with a view to improving my own standards. We have a huge library of information and skills available to us on the internet at no additional cost – let’s not waste it.

Keep well


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