Chairman's Oct / Nov Update

Chairman's Update for October/ November

So I eventually got my trip to Scotland and the Outer Hebrides, so for those interested in figures it was 24 days, 2578 miles, 3 different B&B’s and 9302 images (good job the rain kept the number of images down).

I visited Barra, Vatersay, Eriskay, South Uist, Benbecula, North Uist, Berneray, Harris and Lewis and Scalpay. So a lot of places most of them new to me so wasn’t always taken photos but sightseeing also. One of my main hopes was to photo the Eagles but all I got was a glimpse of a Sea Eagle, did get to see Seals and the highlight was the Aurora. So a lot of processing now and hopefully give you a show in the New Year.

For those members who are active in the club you'll know that my first few months as chairman has not been the easiest due mainly to the on going problems with Covid-19.

After a year of Zoom only presentations we have made an attempt to get back to normality and create our 2021-22 programme back in the church hall with the use of Zoom to assist. To be honest this is not really working, we are having an extra expense of a dongle to give us the internet connection and only a handful of members using it. Add to that some technical issues the evenings are not the best. So now we have voted to end the Zoom at Christmas. We will still be using Zoom for speakers/judges but only into the hall. Still on with attendance, due to the lack of numbers our Christmas Buffet evening on 20 December will also be cancelled, so no meeting that evening.

On the plus side we have seen some excellent images in our competitions and noticed quite an improvement in one or two of our members. We now have a new Programme Secretary in Chris Frost, due to his commitment with his degree Darran has had to relinquish the post but we thank him for his time and effort.

There are a couple of changes to the programme and a couple of evenings to be filled and these will be added to the web site when available. We do hope that members can find their way back to the meeting hall, we are taking precautions seriously and do miss seeing you all.

Stay safe out there.

Stuart Chairman

Newsletter #2

Despite a very wet and windy Monday evening, the club’s first meeting back in the hall since December 2019 was well attended and went brilliantly! I arrived early with the intention to help setting up. Well, I got to the hall and there Chris, Mike and Lesley was all set up and rearing to go! Well done Guys, you did us proud! 

Every member coming through the door was greeted with heartfelt enthusiasm. Everyone was a trooper and brought their COVID lateral flow test results with them. Thank you for that guys. 

Our seating was well spaced out but that did not stop conversations flowing and I’m sure me must have sounded like a flock of birds twittering in a tree because like usual it was loud with lots of laughter ringing out. Phil and Chris are new members who joined the club during the last 18 months and it was great to see them there. Guys, I hope you enjoyed yourselves and that we will be seeing more of you. Unfortunately Stuart, our Chairman, could not attend the meeting. Stuart’s mom has taken seriously ill. Stuart, we wish your mom a speedy recovery and please keep us posted on her progress. 

Our ever gallant Vice Chairman, Mike Bond, led the meeting for the evening. Mike, Happy Belated Birthday! Thank you for sharing your very special day with us. Nope, there was no cake. Mike made us believe his ravenous family ate it all…LOL!! 

It was great to see Rod Fry there after his health challenges during the last almost 2 years. If you see Rod walking extra skew, it is from the 3.5kg weight of his new titanium hip …LOL! Rod hopes to receive the second new hip in the next 3-4 months. Dave Collerton was there and has recovered well from his hip replacement during the lockdown. 

Chis Arkell did an amazing job! Chris run the Zoom setup to connect our speaker and our zoom members with us in the hall. The zoom meeting connection was then displayed on the big screen for us. Brian Northmore gave us an excellent talk named “On Dartmoor”. Brian showed us photographs of his 10 year long journey photographing Dartmoor. It was extremely interesting as Brian gave us such a good summary of the history of Dartmoor and how he has tried to capture the remnants of this history with his photography. Then Brian shared his photographic journey with black and white photographs and eventually to colour photography.  Throughout his talk it was clear that we as photographers need to shoot local, understand our environment and connect with it. We need to plan for possible locations, keep well informed of the weather patterns as well as understand our local weather patterns. Always keep a list of future locations of interest to shoot to always have a plan B lined up. Overall: Experiment, Experiment, Experiment. Brian could not see the audience, only the zoom meeting members and commented on how strange that felt for him. He has enjoyed connecting with various camera clubs via Zoom. Brian loves to share his knowledge and experiences with other photographers and have loads of videos on YouTube. You can see more of Brian’s work on his website: https://www.briannorthmorephotography.com/ or visit his YouTube channel on: https://www.youtube.com/c/BrianNorthmorePhotography  

All in all it was a very successful meeting well attended and thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks again to Mike, Lesley and Chris Arkell for their hard work to make everything happen for us. 

Guys, if you have not yet paid your subscriptions for the new season, please may I ask you to do so as soon as possible. If you have not yet looked at our fantastic website that Dave Collerton has set up, please do so here: www.ppcphotography.org.uk If you would like set up a gallery of your images on the site, contact Dave Collerton. If there is any news you would like to share with the club in our weekly newsletter, please contact me directly. 

Looking forward to seeing even more of you on Monday evening. You would be able to join us at the hall or on a Zoom meeting. On Monday evening we are going to listen to a talk by Huw Alban called: “Emotional Landscape”. 

Kind Regards  

Cornelia Frost, Paington Photography Club Secretary

Paignton P C Newsletter & Update

A message from our chairman, Stuart Chapman

Hi All

Well, we now have the 2021/22 under way. The first meeting rather informal was attended by Zoom. There was a fair bit of discussion the main focus raised by the members was, when will we start meeting in person? When starting to plan this year the number of cases was on the increase, especially down here, so we looked at the use of Zoom, but now the trend is reversed we can think of meeting again in person.

So to be democratic I emailed all the members for their thoughts. The response from our 41 paid up members was

Yes.....21

No .....5

Even if all those who didn't vote, voted no, it would still be a majority for the Yes vote.

So how do we put this in practise.

The hall is large enough to have chairs spaced apart, Members can wear masks and hand sanitiser will be available. For the time being we will not serve drinks so please fetch your own. The one prerequisite is that a negative lateral flow test has been done day of the meeting. All our speakers and judges for the remainder of this year are being done by Zoom, so those not attending will still be able to join in.

With these points in mind, we are going for the 4th October as our start up meeting in person. If you have any thoughts please get back by return.

Finally, also on Monday we had a showing of the International Competition which we won. Thanks to Alex for sharing this.

Next week we have a talk from Sheila Haycox. This is on Monday 27th September via Zoom.

Take Care

Stuart

NEWSLETTER #1

Just a quick reminder that next Monday we will be meeting in the church hall but we will still be doing Zoom for anyone not wishing to attend at the moment.

Next weeks talk is by Brian Northmore on Dartmoor .Next week is also hand in date for the first of our competitions, it is Section 1 dpi's with open theme and you can enter up to 3 images. For those new members and those who have forgotten, entries are made by PhotoEntry and the instructions can be found on our web site at http://www.ppcphotography.org.uk/index.php/how-to-guides/10-photoentry

Maximum image size is 1600 pixels wide by 1200 pixels high.

Images must be in JPG format and colour space set at sRGB.

The title you use will be the one projected on the screen.

Any queries please contact myself or Chris Arkell.

Tonight we had a great demonstration of AV work by Sheila Haycox, a very varied selection which gave plenty of food for thought. Showed a great use of timing with music and how simple transitions and careful choosing of images can make a great AV

Stuart Chapman, Chairman

Okehampton Rail 150th Anniversary

We've received this message from Paul Vachon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. regarding the Okehampton Rail 150th Anniversary.  His message is below:

Hi, I'm organising an anniversary event Okehampton Rail 150th Anniversary to celebrate 150 years since Okehampton Railway station was opened in 1871.

Much of the event entails taking the town back to Victorian 1871. With this in mind I'm seeking a photographer who uses a Victorian plate camera and would be willing to dress the part and take some photographs. Do you know of anyone who might fit the bill?.

Kind regards

Paul

About The Club

Paignton Photographic Club is a long established photographic club with members of all ages and every walk of life.

New members are always welcome, we run regular meetings across the autumn and winter inviting a wide range of guest speakers to talk about their photography and give us all hints and tips. Members can also join in our competitions which cater for every level. For the 2021/22 season, our membership fee has returned to £40 for the year. Come join us today.

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