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Camera Club Reports: Club Meetings

Print Competition No 2 - Water

posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

Although we've had Ruari Cumming as a speaker, this was a first for him at our club as a judge. He had 60 prints (21 monochrome and39 colour) based on this season's water theme to wade through.He gave fair and constructive comments, proving himself to be as good...

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The Thames Uphill

posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

Starting from Grain in Kent, Rod Bird walked "uphill" along the Thames to its source in Gloucestershire. Rod told us that it was a primarily a walk rather than a photographic expedition, undertaken as a challenge after breaking his leg.

The first few days he averaged just over 20 miles...

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Touching the Light

posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

Ken Scott travelled all the way from West Sussex to entertain us with his fascinating talk about mountain photography, with special emphasis on the role light plays.

As well as seeing some superb photographs and getting a number of useful tips, we also learnt about the fascinating phenomenon of...

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Digital AV Comp

posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

DIGITAL AV COMPETITION RESULTS

Here are the total scores awarded to the ten sequences

  1. ' WHCC at Bath' - 406 points
  2. 'Whale Meat Again' - 389
  3. 'The Koyoto Effect' - 366
  4. 'My Australia' - 365
  5. 'Snowdon' & 'Murals of Diamante' - 346
  6. 'A Botswana Bestiary' -...

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Studio Evening - No 1

posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

Our first Studio Evening this season gave us the opportunity to experiment with our new Advanced Lighting Kit and a group of around 20 members were able to try various lighting angles including the use of coloured gels to create different effects.

Pam Martin agreed to sit for us...

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Slide & Digital Competition No 2 - Water

posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

The ever popular Peter Jackman returned for the unenviable task of judging 66 digital images and 18 slides on the theme of "Water".

Slides

  1. Nigel Glover-Wright - 36 points
  2. Danny Callcut & Ron Coppock - 35 points
  3. Trevor Haynes - 34 points

One 20 maximum mark)...

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Toyota to Tanzania

posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

The ever popular Dr Peter Brandham, formerly a botanist at Kew Gardens, returned to show us a different view of Tanzania in the form of the strange and exotic plants of the country.

Peter’s tremendous enthusiasm for his subject made for a most interesting presentation as he showed slides...

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Underwater Photography

posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

This week saw a presentation by Trevor Rees, a photographer that unlike most of us, enjoys getting wet - very wet, in fact submerged! Yes Trevor is an underwater photography enthusiast.

Trevor explained to the club how he started over 25yrs ago with this passion and how much he...

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Familiarity Breeds Content

posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

The club was treated to a brilliant slide presentation this week by Chris Palmer ARPS AFIAP DPAGB APAGB. All these letters after his name give an indication of the extremely high standard of his work.

In the first half he showed us many different ways of photographing rock, stone and pebbles...

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Print Competition No 1 - Open

posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

Stan McCartin, one of the club’s most popular judges, returned to give us his usual well informed comments in this season’s first open print, with 19 monochrome and 44 colour prints.

Results as follows:

Monochrome:

  1. Tony Bates - 39 points
  2. Bill Scott - 37 points
  3. Brian Jolley, Helen...

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Footloose In Britain

posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

Clive Jones from Oxford made a welcome return to take us "hiking" around Britain. Starting in the Brecon Beacons we saw the mountains in all weathers and some lovely shots of rivers and waterfalls before moving on to Snowdonia where some of our members have spent photographic weekends. We travelled on...

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Slide & Digital Competition No. 1 - Open

posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

There was a full house for the season’s first open competition of this season when the club welcomed Les Spitz for his first visit as a judge. He had quite a formidable task with 72 digital images and 16 slides to assess.

Slides

  1. Nigel Glover-Wright - 38 points
  2. ...

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Shooting Raw - The Naked Truth

posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

Following his excellent talk at the Digital Group a couple of weeks ago, Carl Chilley again demonstrated the breadth of his knowledge of all things photographic by talking about shooting raw – nothing to do with naturism (especially in October!), but only to do with using a more versatile...

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Selection Evening

posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

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Pinhole Photography

posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

Derek Reay ARPS treated us to an evening of unique and fascinating photography.

After an introduction to the pinhole camera, which most of us probably tried out in our young days, he moved on to the camera obscura, the Victorian invention which uses a whole room as a camera,...

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From Film to Digital

posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

Over 60 members and friends braved the road closures in Pangbourne to be rewarded by an incredible lecture presented by Clive Minnitt who showed a collection of absolutely superb images he had taken in various locations throughout the world.

The first half featured photographs he had captured using slide...

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Opening Night

posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

The first night of the 2009/10 season started with about 50 members turning up to eagerly renew membership, together with a few welcome visitors.

Alan, our chairman, outlined the forthcoming season’s programme in his usual entertaining manner, making for a very light-hearted start to the night.

After the refreshment...

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10 x 8 Evening

posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

This season's final club meeting took a new format with the intention of 10 members having 8 minutes to show their digital images either to music or their own commentary. Due to a slight technical hitch and shortage of time, only 8 members were able to do so....

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The Winners' Enclosure

posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

Members had the chance to view the images which won the four ladder competitions during the season and listen to the authors’ comments on how they had taken them.

Bill Scott - Monochrome prints

Tony Bates - Colour prints

Paul Davies - Slides

Graham Piper - Digital images

Afterwards,...

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The Danube & Audio Visual

posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

In the first half of this week's meeting Eric Needs, who joined the club 18 months ago, took us along the Danube from Bratislava to Belgrade. He explained flood protection measures, which are being used, and showed us varied and interesting shots taken along the way.

After...

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