28/09/2020 Vocal Point

Hi all

This week we have seen that you don’t need to go to the opposite ends of the earth to get a first class presentation on a Tuesday night. We were thoroughly entertained by our own member Michael McIlvaney, with want ranks as one of the best talks we have had at Bromsgrove in my time as a member. The feedback has been so enthusiastic. As Michael said himself, street photography can be a marmite genre, but you will always appreciate excellent images and presentation regardless of the topic. I will also say that – to date – figures produced from our members who have expressed a preference for a particular genre – Street photography lies second behind Landscape – maybe not so marmite after all. If you were unable to pick up the live presentation last week you can get it on Youtube at your leisure. Richard has already sent out the link earlier this week.

Yesterday we had our first Practical Outing of the year. Two groups of six socially distancing members attended an afternoon at Ele Rea’s boarding kennels for a chance to photograph Agility dogs in action. Ele and her friend Tania had around 8 dogs in total working on the agility equipment. It was an excellent opportunity to take images of animals in action – the dogs seemed to be having as much fun as we were. Many thanks to Ele, Tania and all the dogs of course. Also thanks to Cressie for the excellent tea, coffee and cakes; and to Richard of course for organising the outing.

This week we are “visited” by Julie and Alan Walker presenting “Nature Photography – Japan and Beyond”. Julie and Alan are two very experienced photographers and this should be another excellent night in our programme.

Finally – as I am sure you all know – the deadline for handing in your images for our first PDI competition is by midnight this Tuesday. Good luck to everyone who takes part.

See you all on Tuesday.

Best wishes

David