05/12/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

I just back from a very enjoyable and tiring weekend on the North Devon coast. One of my aims had been to practice some long-exposure photography on water movement. A lovely idea that didn’t factor in gale force winds we experienced – impossible to keep the tripod still – best-laid plans and all that. Never mind some good shots were taken despite all that.

Well done to everyone who entered the 2nd Print competition last week. The standard was high in all sections and our judge Peter Siveter was very constructive in his adjudication and advice.

This week we have had an enforced change to our programme. Initially, it had been set aside for the Midland Bank trophy, however, there are no other clubs participating to allow this to take place. We have decided to run a viewing of the Cwm Rhondda Battle – an international interclub competition for 26 clubs including Bromsgrove. This will be projected in the hall at Avoncroft for the majority of members who will be attending. It will also be available on Zoom for those who are unable to attend.

See you all on Tuesday

Best wishes

David

28/11/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

Our studio nights are always a great chance to socialise with other members whilst practicing your studio photography skills. Last Tuesday was one of the best. Our main set model was Chris Russell – a wood whittler. Chris has a face full of character and his friendly, relaxed manner gave us all an opportunity to get some quality shots. Also, we had Monica and Anne in dramatic period dress giving us some wonderful photo opportunities whilst really entering into the spirit of the evening.

This week we have our second print competition of the year – colour and mono with judge Peter Sivitter. Good luck to everyone that is entering.

You will all be aware that the new variety of coronavirus has taken everyone back to facemask wearing in certain situations. Whilst it appears that the legal requirement applies only to shops and public transport, it would be wise to re-introduce mask-wearing (unless you are exempt) to our Tuesday night meetings – especially whilst walking about in the hall. As before, please be mindful of other people’s personal space.

Finally, congratulations are in order. Ele Rea can now add CPAGB after her name. She was very successful with her images at the adjudication in Newton Abbot yesterday.

I have also overlooked the award of QPSA to Julie Hall a few weeks ago, which has been gained through successful entries in international exhibitions.

Massive congratulations are due to both Ele and Julie.

I am pleased to advise you all that Rebekah nash has successfully attained her QPSA for entries into international exhibitions. Well done Beks.

There will be an early session this week. I will be presenting a session on Affinity Photo. There are quite a few members using it already, but it may be that some of you took advantage of the special Black Friday deal to download it at a special price. Or, you may be thinking about it in the future. Regular users rank it as high as Photoshop – at a fraction of the price.

This week I will do a basic introduction to Photo and at a later date, I will run a more advanced session.

Hopefully, this session will be run on Zoom.

See you all on Tuesday

Best wishes

David

21/11/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

Last Tuesday’smeeting was certainly a treat for us all, with Peter Young giving us an insight into the selection process for the Welsh International Salon 2021. We had a chance to see many top class images accompanied by Peter’s unique and humorous overview of the judging process. 

This week we have our next Model Night. This will feature a wood whittler called Chris. We also have some volunteer models, so there should be plenty of variety on the night. Remember to bring your camera. Due to the nature of this meeting, there will be no early session this week, nor is it suitable for Zoom transmission.

Tuesday will also be the deadline for entries to our 2nd Print Competition – Colour and Mono. The judge will be Peter Siviter DPAGB EFIAP.

Looking further ahead, we will be holding our New Year Party on 4th January at Avoncroft Arts Centre. This is always a very popular night and will feature our usual quiz, a raffle for top prizes including Amazon vouchers, and a buffet. The buffet will cater for the usual range of dietary requirements. 

It is open to members, family and friends and we need to get an idea as to how many people will be attending. A list will be available at the signing-in table starting from this Tuesday, so please indicate how many will be attending and also any dietary requirements. The ticket cost will be £8 per head. It’s time to let our hair down again.

If you wish to attend but won’t be at our club night over the next few weeks, then please contact me directly to book your tickets.

See you all on Tuesday

Best wishes

David

14/11/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

Congratulations to everyone who did well in the 2nd PDI Competition last week, judged by Van Greaves. As ever, the standard was very high. It was also very encouraging to see such a high number of entries into the Novice Nature section. Well done everyone.

Yesterday, we participated in the Cwm Rhondda Battle – an international competition featuring 26 clubs with 4 images each. As expected, the standard was very high, featuring a very wide range of photographic genres. We finished a very credible 12 out of 26, and our thanks go to Rhondda Camera Club for their hard work in organising this competition.

This Tuesday, we are in for a treat. Our very own Peter Young will be presenting to us on “Award Winners of the Welsh Federation”. This promises to be a fascinating critique of images from a very experienced judge.

As previously requested, we need prints to display at the Avoncroft Arts Society exhibition in two weeks’ time. Please remember to bring your work with you on Tuesday evening this week, or let me know if you need to make alternative arrangements. We need work from everyone. If you displayed at the library recently, you should have a print ready to go.

Finally, Christmas is on the horizon, and we all know how difficult present buying can be. So, why not solve your problems by buying a copy of the magnificent Bromsgrove Photographic Society Nature Calendar? At only £7 for 1 or £12 for 2, this is really a bargain. We have sold a lot so far and will be placing a final repeat order very soon – don’t risk missing out. If you cannot be at the club on Tuesday, then let me know, and I will set them aside for you.

See you all on Tuesday

Best wishes

David

08/11/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

A quick question – what do Wales, England, Malta, Scotland, Ireland, USA, Canada, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, and Bromsgrove Photographic Society have in common. Well, we are all participating in the Cwm Rhondda challenge – a 26 club international photographic competition – on Saturday 13 November at 3-00pm. This will be the second year that we have participated and hope to improve on our 4th place from last year – in itself a magnificent result.

Once again we have a very strong entry –

Red Fox in Rainfall – Julie Hall

Fighting Buzzards – Jenny Webster

The Syndicate – Colin Close

Mystic Square – David Jellie

The competition is live on Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bwjkVy12Vw – starting at 3-00pm. 

Our meeting on last Tuesday was extremely good. Not only did Wayne Brittle show us many memorable landscape images, but he also backed it up with some excellent advice and help. He had an excellent presentation manner and would be very welcome back to our club in the future.

This week it is our 2nd PDI Competition – Colour and Nature Sections – with our judge Van Greaves FRPS. Good luck to everyone who has entered. There will also be an early session at 7-00pm Further details and Zoom invites will follow in due course.

See you all on Tuesday.

Best wishes

David

31/10/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

What a great time of year for taking photos – if you can dodge the heavy rain. It’s a timely reminder that Weather is one of our set subjects for this year – the ever-changing conditions at this time are perfect for getting dramatic shots. The Autumn colours are coming to their best and we appear to have an abundance of fungi – they are everywhere you look. So really, there is no excuse for not getting your camera out.

Last week’s practical night went well and many thanks to Jan for running a table on Differential Focusing, and to Richard for his excellent display of macro techniques. Also, many thanks to everyone else who helped out on the evening with setting up, taking down, and also for contributions to our sales table – we made in the region of £60 – every little helps us keep your membership fees down.

This week we have a presentation from Wayne Brittle – “Another Time, Another Place”. Wayne is based in Staffordshire and specialises in landscape photography He has provided us with the following information for his talk – please note that it could be useful to bring a notebook with you.

Here is a little info on my talk:

ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER PLACE

It is all about how I go about capturing my landscapes from the planning stage through to the moment of capture. It includes lots of tips and advice on locations, equipment and techniques. There is a totally open and honest approach to the night, I welcome questions from the members as well as have a bit of fun in the process.  

My slideshow which goes along with the talk is being constantly updated so some new images are appear every talk I give which keeps the show ‘fresh’. I might suggest that it might be useful to bring along a notebook and pen as there is a lot of information to take in on the evening.

As an ambassador for NiSi Filters I give examples of how these filters work for you when out in the field. Also, as an ambassador for Fotopro, Professional Tripod Manufacturers. I show the importance of using a sturdy tripod while out on location.

To view a selection of work then please visit my website at: www.waynebrittlephotography.com and I also have a photography page on facebook at: www.facebook.com/waynebrittlephotography1 and now on Instagram at wayne brittle photography.

There will also be an early session this week – details to be supplied by Richard. Technical conditions permitting, we hope to broadcast both sessions on Zoom.

See you all on Tuesday

Best wishes

David

24/10/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

Congratulations to everyone who had success in last week’s ist Print Competition. As usual, the competition was fierce with a high standard of entry. It was also great to see a large number of novices taking part with some new names on the successful images. The overall entry was lower than some in the past, but it gave our judge – Terry Livesey – plenty of time to critique our entries. Terry judging was one of the best that we have had, with plenty of positive critique for both novices and more advanced photographers. 

This week we have our second practical evening of the season. This is a great opportunity to exchange ideas and advice. Make sure you bring your camera – Richard will be demonstrating different macro techniques and equipment, and possibly a chance for hands-on experience. Jan will be setting up a still life demonstration to show how to achieve differential focusing and hopefully Bokeh as well. We also plan to give you the opportunity to capture water drip slashes and much more besides. Come and have a play. If you need any advice on the night, don’t be afraid to ask.

There will also be a sales table this Tuesday. If you have any photographic items that would benefit from a new home, then bring them along. All we ask is that you donate 10% of any sales to club funds.

See you all on Tuesday

Best wishes

David

17/10/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

Last Tuesday we were treated to our homegrown talent with presentations by Richard Chapman, Colin Close and Tony Gervis. It was a night to inspire us to try out new ideas. Alternatively, new could mean old, with ideas on how to use classic lenses from the analog days. If you didn’t get a chance to attend live on or Zoom, then please remember that the presentations are available on Youtube.

This week we have our first Print Competition of the year – Mono and Nature. Our judge will be Terry Livesey LRPS. It will be the first time that Terry has attended Bromsgrove PS and we should look forward to a new judge at our club. Terry is based in Kidderminster and his work can be viewed at https://www.terryliveseyphotography.co.uk/

Good luck to everyone who has entered prints for this week.

Finally – jumping ahead to the following week, we will be having a practical night at Avoncroft. A bit part of the practical night is to try your hand at something new. Please let me know if there are any interests that you feel would be suitable for these nights. We always are looking for ideas on how to make this relevant for you.

See you all on Tuesday

Best wishes

David

10/10/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

Well, we promised you something different for our first studio night of the year, and I’m sure you’ll agree that we delivered. The kickboxers put on a great show for us with plenty of opportunity for action shots and more static portrait-type images. As usual, this was a well supported night. As a result, each member gets a relatively short time taking shots, but there was still plenty of time to get many images. There was a lot of energy in the room – both models and photographers.

Now is the time to get some images to our models. They helped us out for free, on the understanding that they would receive some images in return. Please don’t rely on other members to do this for you. Colin has already sent out information on how to do this.

This week it is the turn of some of our own members to do a presentation on subjects that are close to their hearts. We have a variety of topics and images to consider. Many thanks to everyone who has volunteered to participate.

Please remember that the deadline for handing in images for our first Print competition – Mono and Nature – is on Tuesday of this week. All details on how to do this have been included in an email from Nigel. Good luck to everyone who will be taking part.

See you all on Tuesday

Best wishes

David

04/10/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

Well done to everyone who entered our first PDI competition of the year last week. The standard was incredibly high in both Novice and Open sections. Our judge – Michael Krier – was fair and helpful with his critique. He really had a tough job picking out what were the best images in his opinion.

This week we move on to our first studio night of the year – so bring your cameras.  Our models will be Kick Boxers from the club that meet at Avoncroft. They are very cooperative and will produce a range of “action” poses for us. This is a good chance to develop your studio skills in a helpful environment. Colin Close has sent out an email on 21st September explaining what is happening during the evening. One thing I would say is please be familiar with the basic settings on your camera and how to change – shutter speed, f-number and ISO. You will definitely get the best from your images by moving away from Auto settings if possible.

The studios will be set up and ready to go by 8-00 pm. The stage will be part of the studio setup. Due to the setting up time before we start, there will be no early session this week.

Please also note, that this evening is not suitable for Zoom transmission or recording.

See you all on Tuesday

Best wishes

David