We’re back, so it was great to be able to meet up once again the clubroom after 18 months of just meeting on Zoom.
Standing in for the Chairman, Frank Collins welcomed back both new and returning members and outlined the programme for the 2021/2022 season.
There is plenty to look forward to with 16 speakers lined up on a wide range of photographic topics from still life to creative, wildlife to travel and much more. There will be 11 competitions for all abilities including mono, macro, nature, landscape and open. Competitions for prints are back again after the long break when it was not practical to include them.
There will be 4 practical evenings for members to take part in and 4 ‘in house’ events for members to enjoy. Using Zoom during the time we could not meet did enable the club to invite speakers from too far away to travel to Devizes so there will be a few of those to enjoy. Also Zoom will be used for some meetings so that members who are away can still log in to see presentations and competitions. See Programme for full details.
Thanks to Dave Eagle there was a splendid array of polished silverware to be handed out as the last two trophy presentation evenings had to be cancelled.
The names of the recipients for the 2019/2020 season were read out and trophies briefly presented, but then in many cases the trophies were then handed straight on to the 2020/2021 winners! Too many to mention individually so see the full list of trophy winners.
After an extended break where members could catch up with fellow photographers after the long time there was a ‘Show and Tell’ session. Members could show some of their recent images and say something about what inspired them.
New member Adam Woodhouse was thrown a bit in the ‘deep end’ as his images were the first to be projected but he very ably told members about his experiments using film with his Pentax Spotmatic camera. This nostalgic little camera, though otherwise completely mechanical, was one of the first options to offer a through the lens light meter. Adam scans his mono and colour developed film images so that they can be digitised for viewing.
Next came Frank Collins who showed some images of his recent visit to Tenby on the Yorkshire coast. He said the light had been very frustrating during most of his stay, but he did manage to show some delightful images of the town bathed in glorious evening sunlight.
Experimenting with a 180 mm macro lens Gerald Clarke showed us the interesting details in his images including the Cinnamon Bug left. He found it great fun to see into the fascinating world of such tiny insects. Gerald has also been experimenting with focus stacking.
Next came Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP with some of his recent images that have won acceptances in International Salons. Among others was an impressive view of Lake Calder Idris was taken with a fish-eye lens. An astrophotography image of the Milky Way was taken at Portland Bill right and Robert got lucky when a passing Druid turned up to act as a model in his image of Avebury.
Dave Gray said that the Landscape Group is now able to meet up again monthly at the club and also resume field trips.
Frank finished off by saying he hopes the season will be straightforward and without all the changes to the programme that have been needed during the last 2 seasons.
Thanks to Frank for all his hard work setting out such an interesting Programme for 2021/2022. PM