This Friday’s Meeting
Last week’s main subject was presentation of photographs for competitions. Now, very opportunely, we shall have a reminder of what judges will be looking for. Boxes of prints are circulated each year by the WCPF, our parent body. We shall divide into groups, discuss the prints and try to decide how highly a judge would rate them, and why. And don’t forget – the hand-in for the first of this season’s competitions is only a week away now….
All Geoff Eynon’s friends will be delighted to hear that he is at last home, still in some pain and of course feeling very weak after more than a month in hospital. He will need further treatment, and fears he may not be able to come to the Club for some time, but we can be sure he‘s watching our doings online. Love to you and Dot from us all, Geoff – we’re thinking of you!
The Bath Walkabout Portrait Challenge
Mick Yates (now a Club member) very kindly led a walkshop in Bath in August, during which he challenged members to approach strangers and ask to take 2 portraits, one engaging with the camera and one looking aside. Here are the results, and his comments:
The winners were Andrew Washington and John Bishop. There were many excellent photographs, from all concerned. In the end, I opted for these as both
- had a sense of place, rather than being either classical, almost studio portraits or too far away
- had a story to tell
- were clearly in a series, in pose, style and setting
- were nicely processed and balanced.
The New Season off to a Good Start
Getting on for 50 of us gathered at Beckington last Friday, including 9 new members apparently ranging from their twenties to their eighties. Prints, slides, music and plenty of chat over a glass or so. A good, convivial evening: let’s hope the first of many to come in 2018-19.
This Week’s Meeting…
… is a “Get to Know Your Club” evening, together with advice on presentation of prints from Bill Aven (in the absence of Geoff Eynon) and digital images from David Chedgy. It is of course very much aimed at our newer and less-experienced members. However, probably all of us could benefit by learning some new trick or wrinkle to improve our competition chances. And new members will find it a very relaxed and inter-active evening – so don’t be afraid to ask about anything that isn’t clear. Bring your camera, and just buttonhole likely-looking advisers.
FWCC Summer Events Album
Your favourite photographs from any of the Club’s summer events are requested: the Frome Festival Photo Walk, the visit to Barter’s Nursery, the rainy outing to St Fagan’s, Somerset Speedway, Bath with Mick Yates, Goodwood….
Please send pics to Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org, so that he can create an album page on the Club website.
“At the Going Down of the Sun” at Bristol Cathedral
All of us who heard Marko Dutka speak to the Club last season about night photography of First World War war-graves in and around Bristol will remember his passion for the subject as much as the haunting photographs he showed us. His exhibition is on in Bristol Cathedral until 18th November, culmination of a four-year project. Not to be missed!
Geoff is Poorly
Geoff Eynon, committee member, equipment officer, father of the Club Christmas meal caterers, mainstay of the Club for many years, good company and good photographer, is languishing in RUH when he should have been enjoying a cruise. He's not very well just now, but chiefly very, very bored and fed up. Give him a ring if you can.
Request for Photographs 1
Loveday has had a request from Dave Thompson of Somerset Speedway, who asks those who went on the two trips there this month to post images on the Speedway Twitter account (https://twitter.com/casesrebels), so that their followers can see them, please.
Request for Photographs 2 (a VG Idea from Keith Kemp)
The Festival Photo Walk, Somerset Speedway, St Fagan's in the rain, Bath with Mick Yates, Goodwood..... This summer has seen vigorous Club activity. Andrew is going to create an album page on the Club website, so please send him your favourite pics, whether seriously beautiful or cheerily lighthearted, taken during these events: email@example.com
Subjects to Get Our Teeth Into
We have received the 15 subjects set by Norton Radstock for next May, and they are an interesting and challenging set. It seems a long way away now, but bear them in mind, perhaps, when you're out and about with a camera:
Wheels; Sporting moments; Environmental damage; People in their Element; Symmetry; Lighthouses; Bridges; In an English town/city; Photoelasticity: (an effect created using a polarizing filter while photographing transparent plastic under polarized light); Old & New; Wings; Black and white with one colour; Balloons; Landscape; Farming.
Dark Skies on Exmoor
Dark Skies Destinations are running an evening astrophotography course on Exmoor on the 8th September which they hope may be of interest to our members.The course is called ‘An introduction to nightscape astrophotography’ and is being presented and led by astrophotographer and science presenter Will Gater. You can find out more information about the event, what the course will cover, what equipment you’ll need and how to book (advanced booking is required) here: https://www.darkskydestinations.com/ They advise booking early as there are only a few places left.
Diary Date: Friday 7th September, 7.30 for 7.45, Beckington Memorial Hall.
REMINDER: FREE Street Photography Walk in Bath, Sunday 19th August
Mick Yates (http://www.photobath.co.uk/author/mickyates/) is offering FWCC members a free walkshop. Location and times will be given later to those who have booked. But plraces are limited. If you are interested and have not already done so, please contact David direct (firstname.lastname@example.org) to book your place. Andrew de Mora will be going via Frome and is offering lifts: please contact Andrew direct (email@example.com).
NEW INFO: Changed sizing rules for digital images
In line with WCPF and PAGB, we are changing the size requirements for our digital competitions. Henceforward the maximum size will be 1600 x 1200 pixels (in portrait, maximum of 1200 high). Please note, though, that the sizing for the Salon remains at 1400 x 1050 pixels this year.
1st September, Frome Salon of Photography 2018 opens for entries
7th September, Frome Wessex Camera Club enrolment evening.
FROM WCPF: Notice of an exhibition - Dorset Independent Photographers
REMINDER: FREE Canon Experience Day at Goodwood, Saturday 11th August.
A group of members is planning to visit the London Camera Exchange FREE Canon Experience Day at Goodwood Racetrack from 10.00 am to 3.30 pm on Saturday 11th, leaving Frome at around 6.30 am. Please contact David if you wish to car-share. (firstname.lastname@example.org) NB: bring your passport or driving licence if you wish to borrow the pro equipment to try out on the day.
For further details, see https://www.lcegroup.co.uk/Events/Open/canon-eos-touch--try-day-at-goodwood-motor-circuit_238.html
REMINDER: FREE Street Photography Walk in Bath, Sunday 19th August
Mick Yates (http://www.photobath.co.uk/author/mickyates/) is offering FWCC members a free walkshop. Location and times will be given later to those who have booked. But places are limited. If you are interested and have not already done so, please contact David direct (email@example.com) to book your place.
FOTO FEST SOUTH
Sunday 9th September at Bath University. Classy, though expensive. See http://fotofest.co.uk/foto-fest-south/ for details.
CLUB HOLIDAY 2019
Things have moved fast, and 19 Club members have paid their deposits. We shall be at a large house above Sennen Cove in Cornwall from 7th - 14th June. See
http://www.atlantic-lodge.co.uk/ . There are still rooms available. For more information, please contact Andrew Washington (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ENROLMENT NIGHT, FRIDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER
The new season is not far away now, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone together again after the summer break. We shall have winning prints on view on Geoff's splendid new print stand, as well as a slide show, music and a small buffet. So don't just slide in, pay your sub and slide out again - stay for a while, fill a glass, nibble a nibble, catch up with old friends and maybe make new ones. Looking forward to seeing everyone!