October newsletter

05th October 2012
The new season is up and running and I was delighted to meet a number of new and prospective members of the BCC at our first meeting.
Sparkles - Patricia Petts - Strictly creative 2011That first evening was the opportunity to share some images of the summer period, with the Olympics and the club outings to Weymouth and Cornwall figuring prominently. It was good to see entries from new members, and particular mention must be made of Barrie Parker’s prints of Laos. We welcome him to the BCC. The Chairman’s choice of the night (a purely subjective judgement) was Martin Halley’s image of King George III, Paul Winstone and a Bathing Machine, at night and in the rain – a good memory of our Weymouth trip.

Round tables On 13 September we held a series of round table workshops; with David Mendus and Monica Weller reviewing member’s images to advise on composition and how to prepare and present material for competitions. These proved to be very popular and, again, it was good to see new members bringing their images to the meeting. Steve Kingswell and Paul Winstone demonstrated Lightroom4 and gave a masterclass on this very powerful software. Finally, Andrew Dobell and Matt Phillips provided a technical advice forum on camera equipment. Altogether, it was a very successful evening.

Q&A Evening. Unfortunately our planned guest speaker did not arrive for the meeting on 20 September and I am very grateful for Keith Hughes for stepping into the breach and hosting the Q&A session for the evening. Since returning from Norway I have got to the bottom of the situation and can assure you all there will be no repetition.

Competition – 27 September. The first competition of the year was an Open one, with Ian Brash as judge. There were some excellent images and congratulations go to the following members who achieved scores of 10;
  1. Steve Kingswell – Red Kite Swoop (pdi) and Fisherman’s Shack (print)
  2. Simon Garrett – Hawk Portrait (print)
  3. Paul Winstone – Jump (pdi)
Forthcoming MeetingsThe full programme is on our website, here which contains details of the club, programme, news and galleries of images from our members. In October:

Thursday 4 October – Close Up and Macro
As someone who has yet to take a successful macro image, I am really looking forward to this meeting. Under the expert guidance of Martin Halley we will be
looking at close-up, macro and extreme macro photography exploring the practical difficulties and their solutions.
The evening will start with a short introduction to the technical elements (dispelling some entrenched myths on the way). We will then quickly move on to the practical aspects, using everyday cameras and equipment with plenty of examples to demonstrate the most common pitfalls and their avoidance.
A short examination of how digital techniques now allow anyone to produce super-macro images that were impossible just a few years ago will be followed by an open discussion and critique of a gallery of images, both good and bad.

Thursday 11 October – Getting your LRPS
Our guest speaker will be Walter Benzie ARPS. In addition to being a member of Guildford Photographic Club and his involvement in the Surrey Photographic Association, Walter is a member of the Council of the Royal Photographic Society and is ideally qualified to talk about gaining LRPS. Walter judged one of our competitions last season and it will be a pleasure to welcome him back.

Thursday 18 October – Open Competition (change of judge)
The second competition of the season is again Open and the judge will be Tony Chaters. A member of Woking Photographic Society for 27 years, Tony has served two terms as President and for many years was their Exhibition Secretary. He’s been an SPA judge for over 20 years and enjoys street photography and photojournalism in general. See his Woking PS page.
The normal rules apply for submitting images; see the website or refer to the previous newsletter.

Thursday 25 October – Club Outing Presentation
Evening light - Matthew Phillips - Summer 2102 Outing - WeymouthThis should be a really great evening as we share the images from this summer’s club outings to Weymouth and Cornwall. These were two very successful outings with contrasting weather conditions and it will be interesting to see the final selection of images.

I am very pleased with the way the new season has started. As we move into October the various members of the club will return from places across Europe and Africa so we can expect some interesting submissions to competitions during the rest of the season.
As with the previous edition, please share this newsletter with anyone you think would be interested in joining us for an evening as a prospective member. They will be made most welcome.
Roger Mendham

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