13/09/2020 Vocal Point

Hi all

We really should be taking advantage of this Indian summer and getting out and about with our cameras. It has been a miserable summer for many – for obvious reasons but there’s still plenty of time to make up for that. We can take advantage of everything that this country has to offer and now it’s a perfect time to do it. Also, don’t forget that the Autumn colours are on their way – one of our set subject competitions this year will be on “Autumn”. 

Our new season has certainly got off to a strong start. We had over 40 members attending last week’s meeting presented by Claire Carter. Claire gave us a wonderful presentation with lots of useful advice on how to make the best use of the focal length range of our lenses. Her images were stunning and her advice was invaluable. 

This week the main event is an international affair. We are bringing Ian Preece all the way live from New Zealand to your screens at 8-00 pm on Tuesday. The advantage that Zoom gives us is that we can access speakers from anywhere in the world. Ian specialises in Land and Seascapes and his talk is titled Photographing in Aotearoa: Images and Observations.  This should be a special night and I look forward to seeing you all then.

We are also running an Early Session this week at 7-00 pm. I will be doing a Question and Answer session on how to enter club competitions. We have a strong competition section but there are a number of members who don’t participate Some members who do participate may be unclear on the best way to take part. If it’s just not your thing then that’s no problem – our society has much to offer in addition to our competitions. However, if you would like to take part but for some reason never have, then perhaps we can help you understand how easy and enjoyable it is.

To finish with, another international theme. Last year we bought an Olympus camera in Australia. It recently developed a fault. Despite our initial concerns on whether we could get warranty cover through Olympus UK, we had no problems at all. The camera was returned fully functional 8 days after we posted it. The unusual thing is that DHL tracking showed that it travelled through their depots in Lisbon in Portugal, followed by Vittoria in Spain, followed by East Midlands airport. Considering we posted it to a Midlands address, it went on quite a journey in an 8 day period. Well done Olympus.

If you haven’t filled in your membership forms for this year please do ASAP

See you all Tuesday


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