25.09.2022 Vocal Point

Morning All

We had a good start to our practical sessions this week with everyone who attended embracing my ideas about getting the most out of model night , thank you for joining in !. I got some lovely feedback , let’s hope it helps on the next model session .

I went to the Photography Show for the first time- can recommend it for next year to you .

The Library exhibition is in it’s last week now so do try to pop in .

Jenny is hosting the 7pm class on Tuesday – a critique session .She will be in touch with regard to how she is structuring it  .

Our first competition of the Year is at 8pm . It is not just about competing but is also a  valuable source of information from the judge, when you listen to the comments on all the images . Next week our judge is Dr Anne Sutcliffe 

To the Novices – I have always made notes on their comments on my images so I can go away and make the changes they suggest (or not -if I don’t agree !) .I have found this really helpful over the years .

 Whether you have entered or not it is still a very interesting evening . I look forward to seeing you there .

Ele 

10.09.2022

Dear All,

Well what a start to the new season-over 40 people  in the hall , many new faces and lots of information and activities, some nice feedback and some new members joining .So a definite kick start to 2022-23.

There was a lot of information given out on the night , the BPS calendars were on sale and will continue to be every Tuesday night . Do have a look at them on a club night .

A big change is the fact we won’t be in a position to Zoom every meeting , competition or the early class on a regular basis . 

We will be having some Zoom speakers broadcast in the hall to widen our choices and enable us to bring you presentations from across the globe . This is exciting and I certainly am looking forward to some entertaining evenings .

Look out for the email that has been sent about the revamped critique group and live critiques planned for you ,  and already has some take up – keep it coming ..

Do pop in to the library to see the excellent display of members’ pictures.

Entry is now open for the first PDI competition ,as per the email from Nick .

We kick off next week with 7pm- introduction for Beginners 

8pm – Glyn Edmonds – Wildlife and Work of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy -this promises to be an excellent talk and comes highly recommended .

I also pleased to welcome Sarah Broomfield and Ian Bowes on to the Committee , so we move forward with a full and active team .

See you all on Tuesday 

Ele 

05.09.2022 Vocal Point

Morning to All,

I hope you had a good weekend out and about avoiding the showers .

Hartlebury Castle proved a fascinating day out and worth looking out for any future re-enactments … the colours , the people, the setting, all made for great photo opportunities . It was really interesting , and proved  every day is a school day !

This Tuesday we kick off the New Season at 8pm at Avoncroft .

There is lots going on and hopefully some new faces .

Please bring your camera ,as there will be some still life tables set .

You will be able to get a taste of what this year will bring , some changes a foot .

I hope to see lots of you there. 

It is a chance to purchase a BPS calendar – another great calendar has been produced . Making a great Christmas present , or looking good on your own wall . Priced at £10 or two for £16

During this month ,do try to visit the library in Bromsgrove where Anne has secured us a display of images from the club . Anne and David have done an excellent job setting it up ,it looks very professional and is a super representation of all the different styles at the Club . 

See you on Tuesday Night ,

Ele 

29.08.2022 Vocal Point

Good evening Members 

I hope you have managed to get out and about this Bank Holiday Weekend with your camera.

It is the last event of the Summer Programme tomorrow night with a meet at Droitwich , please refer to Mike’s email for details of where to park and meet .

We will be launching the new season on Tuesday 6th September with the open night/New Members Night .

And a newly surfaced car park I believe ! 

More information next week but we have plenty lined up to give you a taste of the season to come . Please bring your cameras, there will be plenty for you to do .

After a positive High St display we are hoping for some new faces .

Don’t forget to let us know if you would like to purchase a calendar – another super collection of members’ work to share with family and friends .

They will available on that night and future Tuesday nights .

Hope to see some of you tomorrow at Droitwich 

Ele 

21.08.22 Converging Lines

Firstly, apologies for the lack of emails from the chair recently. Life has got in the way somewhat, but fortunately my fellow committee members have been very good at stepping in and helping out when I have been unavailable – for which I am extremely grateful. Thanks especially to David for organizing the market stall yesterday, and to Ele for chairing the EGM last week. 
Speaking of the EGM, thank you to all the members that attended and/or sent in their votes. It is good to know that we have such support in the committee’s efforts to ensure that the books can be balanced to make sure that the club has a future despite the challenging economic times. The rise in subscriptions that was agreed at the meeting is the first since 2018, and is still less than the current inflation rate, so I hope you will all agree that the subscription represents good value for money. Having said that, costs are increasing alarmingly in many areas, not just the hall fees but also the prices being charged by speakers (especially travel costs), insurance costs, and even the costs of tea, coffee, and biscuits. We don’t want to reduce the quality of the programme we offer, but it’s likely other measures will be needed to reduce costs, increase income, or both. Fortunately there is enough money in the reserves to give us time to make careful, properly considered changes, and to consult with members about preferred options.
It was good to see so many members yesterday coming out to help at the market stall – thanks again. This is always one of the best ways we have to reach out to new members, and we had quite a number of people showing interest. Another good source of new members is personal recommendations, so if anyone has friends that might be interested in joining, remember that our open evening has been moved from its original date of August 30th and will now be combined with the “New members night” on September 6th.
This week’s summer programme meeting is the always-popular Indian meal, at Dine India, 129 Golden Cross Lane Catshill B61 0LA, starting at 7:30pm. I believe Mike Norton will be sending out more details shortly. The following week will be the last of the summer programme meetups, at Droitwich Town Centre, and then the new season starts! Details of the programme up until January are on the website – looks like some great sessions to look forward to.
We have an exciting addition to the programme in October, when one of our speakers, Leigh Preston, will be holding a photographic workshop the day after his presentation. This event will be open to members and non-members, for a fee of £20 per person. See the email from Jan for more information, and please let her know if you want to attend. Numbers will be limited, so be sure to reserve your place early if you want to attend.

Richard

In my excitement to actually send out a chairman’s email earlier, I forgot one of the things I was planning to say…

THE CALENDARS HAVE ARRIVED!

Thanks to some heroic efforts* from the production manager at Ask Calendars, who personally drove all the way from Diss in Norfolk to deliver them, we had calendars available for the High Street stall yesterday. Priced at £10 each, or £8 each if purchasing 2 or more, these should make perfect Christmas gifts for anyone that appreciates fine photography!

(*Of course, if Ask Calendars had delivered when they originally promised, such heroics would not have been needed. But I was still impressed that he offered to do so, and even more so that he actually did)

Richard

04.07.2022 Converging Lines

Not a lot to report this week, that hasn’t already been covered by emails from others, so I’ll just repeat the following announcements:

Firstly, see the email from Ele about the barbecue that is planned for July 26th – should be a lot of fun, so make sure to let Ele know if you can make it.

Secondly, see the email from Mike Norton about tomorrow night’s summer programme meeting, by the canal near the Navigation Pub.

Many thanks to Colin and Mike for their help in setting up – and taking down – prints at the Avoncroft Arts exhibition at the weekend. I don’t know how many of you managed to visit – if you did I’m sure you’ll agree that it was fascinating to see a range of art from local artists in all sorts of media, though of course none could compete with the prints on display from BPS members!

I hope to see many of you at the canal tomorrow!

Richard

27.06.2022 Converging Lines

A bit delayed this week – sorry!

A fun night last Tuesday in the walled garden, with two excellent models – I hope everyone who attended got some good pictures, and (just as important) had fun! Remember to supply some shots to the models as per Colin’s email.

Tomorrow night’s meeting at Upton Warren should also be a good one – lots of wildlife on the lakes, as well as yachts in action. I hope the weather holds up.

Thanks to the calendar selection subcommittee for choosing images for next year’s calendar – some great selections from a wide range of club members. These should be printed in time to be able to show (and sell) them on the stall in Bromsgrove Market in August.

Finally, a quick note about an exhibition this weekend at Avoncroft Arts Centre – the annual exhibition by the Avoncroft Arts Society will feature a variety of works in various media and genres, from paintings to pottery to sugarcraft. We have been invited to provide an exhibit of our members’ work, which given the short notice we will take from the prints recently returned from the MCPF exhibition in Smethwick. The exhibition should be worth a visit if you are in the area!

Richard

27.06.2022 Converging Lines

A bit delayed this week – sorry!

A fun night last Tuesday in the walled garden, with two excellent models – I hope everyone who attended got some good pictures, and (just as important) had fun! Remember to supply some shots to the models as per Colin’s email.

Tomorrow night’s meeting at Upton Warren should also be a good one – lots of wildlife on the lakes, as well as yachts in action. I hope the weather holds up.

Thanks to the calendar selection subcommittee for choosing images for next year’s calendar – some great selections from a wide range of club members. These should be printed in time to be able to show (and sell) them on the stall in Bromsgrove Market in August.

Finally, a quick note about an exhibition this weekend at Avoncroft Arts Centre – the annual exhibition by the Avoncroft Arts Society will feature a variety of works in various media and genres, from paintings to pottery to sugarcraft. We have been invited to provide an exhibit of our members’ work, which given the short notice we will take from the prints recently returned from the MCPF exhibition in Smethwick. The exhibition should be worth a visit if you are in the area!

Richard

12.06.2022 Converging Lines

The first meeting of our summer season got off to a flying start at Harvington Hall on Tuesday. The weather was a little dull, but we managed to dodge the rain and over a dozen members enjoyed a pleasant walk around the pond, trying to get pictures of the fish as they jumped out of the water, or of the photographers as they fell into the water… unfortunately in both cases the action was too fast and unpredictable to be able to capture. These summer season meetings are not just about the photographic opportunities – they are also social events, with time for chatting to fellow photographers that’s not always easy to find on club nights!

This coming Tuesday the summer season continues at Stourport – you should already have seen the email from Mike Norton with the details. There’s always plenty of subjects to photograph in Stourport – colourful canal boats, rowers on the river, people around the town, fairgrounds, etc etc, so it should be a good evening.

Speaking of social events in the summer programme, we are hoping to hold a barbecue this year – July 26th is looking like the most likely date, other details to be announced nearer the time.

Finally, for those of you that might have missed the Awards night (or who want to relive it), the video slideshow that Nigel put together of the winning images from the year is now available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/naDkecagisM . As usual, please don’t share this link outside the club. 

Richard 

05.06.2022 Converging Lines

What a great evening we had on Tuesday at the annual awards – many thanks to everyone who made it such a success, especially everyone involved in organising the refreshments but most of all to Nigel who put in a huge amount of work not only organising all the trophies and certificates, but also putting together the slideshow of all the winning images for the year – a great reminder of the depth of talent we have in the club.

A copy of the video should be available for club members on YouTube soon – I will send round a link.


This Tuesday sees the first meeting of the Summer Program – we will be visiting Harvington Hall (meet at 7pm in the car park). Often a good spot for some nature photography of dragonflies and other insects, as well as the Hall, Church and surroundings. I hope to see you there, and let’s hope the weather is kind to us!


Richard