November 7th 2019
As our diary page states, the club meeting next week is 'Chairmans Choice'. While the subject matter will not be revealed until Tuesday evening, I would ask everyone to bring 2 images with them, either prints (in addition to your competition prints), on the back of your camera, on your phone or on a tablet. You will need to view them during the first part of the evening and they can be any image, any size, any subject matter, any age, even previous competition entries. You will not need to share them with anyone - unless you want to - but you will need to make certain assessments about them on the evening. I'll start the evening with general club notices and break just before 8.30pm.
I'm told that Black Friday is with us again on Amazon from November 22nd to 29th. There will be new deals every day plus 'Lightning Deals' popping up throughout each day and Amazon Prime members, including anyone on a free 30 day trial, will be able to access the Lightning Deals 30 minutes before non-members. Now, as I'm not being paid by Amazon to advertise them, I just wanted to suggest that even if the deals look too good to miss, it's always worth checking prices, warranties, delivery costs and delays etc on other sites before buying.
If you're going to the LCE photo show tomorrow at the University Engine Shed, the same applies; check prices of what you're interested in before you go. Having said that, tomorrow could be a great chance to get some 'hands on' with kit, even if you decide to buy another day from another seller.
Our competition theme of 'Blurred' next week, just in case you're still struggling with ideas, asks for images showing creative blur and not something produced by poor focussing! Narrow depth of field, bokeh and intentional camera movement all show creative blur as does a variety of abstract and slow shutter speed techniques.
Next month of course, the theme is 'Glitter' and while the firework season is coming to an end, you may have a few sparklers left (or have been to a display), Christmas lights and decorations also offer endless opportunities as does your collection of diamond tiaras ... December is also our AGM and social evening. The AGM is necessary but shouldn't take too long (although that's down to members) and the social part will include a buffet, music, pictures, raffle and a quiz.
Please consider and submit, as soon as possible, any items for the AGM. We will be very grateful for (and need) raffle prizes, please bring them on December 10th. I'm sure the photo show tomorrow will have something suitable ... anything with a Sony label will be particularly welcome.
October 15th 2019
The annual London Camera Exchange photo show is announced; Friday November 8th at Lincoln University Engine Shed 10.00 - 4.00.
October 11th 2019
Our latest club night saw submissions to our exhibition and competition from 20 members and we had a further 21 visitors, all friends and family of members. This was a truly remarkable turnout which I doubt we shall ever exceed. The whole evening was an experiment; combining an exhibition with the competition; tasking members to produce and display 6 connected images; giving them 9 months to prepare; inviting friends and family of members to attend, and inviting them to vote and to have a system of 'blind' voting.
By far the most satisfying aspect to the evening for me at least was that so many members submitted entries. A massive amount of thought and hard work went into the displays which so many enjoyed and everyone who took part should feel proud of their achievements.
I think we'll have another one next year. Especially if Debs will make another camera club cake - thanks Debs, it looked and tasted wonderful.
And now to the future ... Club committee members have decided on the program for next year and it will be a mix of practicals, presentations and members involvement. As we have only 2 more meetings before 2020, it's only fair (bearing in mind our 6 month rule for competitions) that I give you the competition themes as follows; January - 'Abandoned', February - 'Waiting', March - 'After Dark', April - Bottles and Glasses' and in May, the theme will be 'Parks'. I'll post the full diary in December but we have two practical evenings planned for February and June and Chris Upton has been invited back for our March meeting as so many enjoyed his Thoresby Colliery presentation. Our out and about evening will be on August 11th.
Finally, I'm looking forward to joining the Day Trippers for a visit to Burghley House on Monday.
September 29th 2019
I'm now all set for our mini exhibition with images printed and mounted. I've also checked our display boards, given them a bit of a clean up and made sure they are suitable for our October evening. There is ample board space for our collections and with a variety of fixings (velcro, sticky pads, double sided cellotape and pins) available to everyone on the night, we should have no major problems in getting the collections on show.
Display boards will be placed on the long tables and each collection will have their own large panel space with either a blue or grey background. I will allocate a number to each collection and these will be used for voting, we're not using counters this time; folded voting papers will be dropped into the ballot box throughout the evening. Another long table will be used for tea/coffee/biscuits and kept well away from the displays, everyone will be reminded to keep food and drink away from the displays.
All members and visitors will be given an information and voting sheet on arrival. Don't forget, members still have to pay subs on the night, your guests come in free! If your guests are arriving after 7.30pm, signs will be on show directing them from the playground car park to the main hall. I plan to be at the school by 6.30pm to help set up the boards etc; everyone must use only
the playground car park.
Club committee will be meeting next Tuesday (October 1st) to review our efforts so far and plan for the future months. Now is a good time for you to contact me with any ideas, suggestions or criticisms.
Octobers Day Trippers on Monday 14 October is to Burghley House.
The estate has a house, a surprise garden, a sculpture garden, a lake and the all important deer.
Usual arrangements, Skellingthorpe at 10:00 or Burghley at 11:00.
The house is still open thru October if you would like to have a look inside. Photography is permitted in the house with the usual restrictions of no tripods or flash.
There are 3 levels of admission;
The house and garden of surprise = £19:50 (annual pass)
The garden of surprise = £13:00 (annual pass)
The park (deer) area is free.
September 13th 2019
Congratulations to Nick and Phil as joint winners of our 'Human Portrait' competition and to Derek for a worthy 3rd place.
Our latest club night welcomed Steve Smailes who spoke of his experiences as a freelance photographer whose work is regularly featured on the Lincolnite website. He also has his own site as a wedding photographer.
At our meeting next month we host our own mini exhibition which also serves as our monthly competition - any 6 images, taken since February 2019 and linked in some way, printed to maximum size 7x5 and presented in whatever format members choose. We will have our display boards available and plenty of table top space.
I'm hoping for a very good turn out especially as the evening is open for members to invite friends and family. Voting papers will be available to all members and guests and winners will be announced just before 9.30. We also hope to photograph all the collections/exhibits and show them on our website.
Guests will be free to arrive and leave at any time between 7.30 and 9.30 and members will be responsible for looking after (and controlling) their guests. Please remember we are all guests of the school and must respect everything in the building and grounds.
September 8th 2019
Latest Day Trippers news from Chris;
"This months day trippers will be to Stanage Edge near Hathersage in the Peak District National Park. The venue has some beautiful views across the park but has no local facilities ie no permanent food or drink outlets. Stanage Edge basically only offers opportunities for landscape and big sky photography. There may also be some sheep and wildlife about but it is a bit late in the year for most of the birds.
There are a number of car parks in the area but I propose to use Hollin Bank Car Park as it is the only one with toilets. This car park has the added advantage, for those wishing to get the widest angled views, that the path up onto the top of the edge is less demanding than other sections of the edge. The charge is £4 for 4 hours or £4.75 for all day.
Recommendations; Food and drink, sensible clothing and shoes, tripod and filters if you have them.
Journey time is approximately 1hr 30mins. Leave Skellingthorpe at 10:00 or meet at Hollin Bank car park"
Thanks to everyone who has recently submitted more new images, special thanks and congratulations to Emma (our newest and youngest member) for her first folder images. However, we still have the majority of members who aren't sharing the results of their photographic endeavours .... Personally, I have a few hundred images from shoots over the past few months still waiting to be sorted and processed but I'll get them done as soon as I can - honest!
If you need a reminder about the October mini exhibition, scroll down to the Feb.14th news entry and remember that friends and family are welcome to attend and view the entries. You might also wish to bring your camera to capture the results of all the effort which I know you're all putting into this venture.
I've started putting a few ideas together for the October committee meeting when we hope to agree on the 2020 programme and I'm grateful to those members who have made useful suggestions and comments. All members are encouraged to contact me with more ideas for next year; speakers, activity, competition themes, rule/format changes, website changes ... We're always hoping for more volunteers to join the committee; the pay is awful, the hours are long, the work is back breaking and the thanks are non existent but of course none of this is true. What is true is that there is no club without a committee to organise everything.
August 16th 2019
At our last meeting, we said farewell to Andy who managed to call in just hours before the removal van pulled up on his drive. Andy has been a valued and active member for several years and we thank him for his support as a member and as a club secretary. Perhaps we'll see some of his images on another clubs website.
Derek kindly volunteered to store and look after the display easel which Andy returned; we'll need the easel for our October meeting when we our invite friends and family to our mini exhibition.
Club committee members will meet on Tuesday October 1st, 7.30pm at the Stone Arms, Skellingthorpe. I want us to review club activity during the past months and start preparing the club diary for next year. I encourage all members to contact me with their views, comments and suggestions for future club activity and competition themes.
July 11th 2019
A new section has been added to show the images from those who attended our recent visit to Lincoln Mosque. I thought the visit was both educational and inspiring and the images that are starting to come through show some of the wonderful photo opportunities we were offered.
June 14th 2019
Our June 11th meeting welcomed Chris Upton who gave us his 'Thoresby Colliery' presentation consisting of a variety of projected images, large prints and copies of the book he produced as a result of his project. Many members expressed their admiration of his project and the quality of his images, I think it was one of the best guest presentations we've ever had and we plan to invite him back early next year.
The Day Trippers group continues to thrive due largely to the efforts of Chris who researches the possibilities for a productive day of photography without travelling too far afield, without spending too much cash but offering a variety of photo opportunities. In recognition of his work for the Day Trippers group, Chris was presented with a wooden bowl hand made by Barry and the thanks of all members. Fortunately, a few phone cameras were able to successfully record the event.
May 6th 2019
For those keen, or even curious, about our new Facebook page, Nick has provided a link - you must first sign up for a Facebook account then request to join the camera club group which isn't open to the general public. If you have any problems, Debs is our Social Media manager.
Follow this link;
April 12th 2019
We have a new facebook page, set up and run by Debs; "Camera Club Skellingthorpe ". For users of the previous facebook page, please note it is no longer controlled or monitored by us and all interested members are urged to register with, and use, our new page.
March 13th 2019
Debs has kindly agreed to take on the role of monitoring and controlling our Facebook page, your current committee is now; Graham (Chairman), Rick (Treasurer), Katy, Debs and Derek. In addition, I currently hold the club projector, Rick has the studio flash kit, Malcolm has the display boards and Katy is looking after the laptop. We do however need someone else to take over the care and storage of the display boards so anyone who has some available, dry, space, let me know.
Feb 22nd 2019
This is a copy of my email to all members, sent 22nd Feb. 2019;
"As you should already know, a monthly newsletter will no longer be sent out, all the latest information on club activity will be posted on the 'News' page of our website. I urge you to look at this on a regular basis and if you're looking for information but can't find it, contact me via this 'chairman' email address.
Feb 14th 2019
A reminder of some details about the Mini Exhibition which will form our October 8th meeting;
Produce 6 images, linked by any theme of your choice, maximum print size 7x5in.
Present them in any way suitable for viewing.
All images must have been taken between February and October 2019.
The October meeting may be opened to friends and family of members.
Members may be asked to speak about their presentations.
Images of presentations may be added to our website.
Feb 13th 2019
Last nights meeting saw our new chairman deliver his ideas and hopes for the forthcoming year including an insight into a few of the competition themes and details of the mini exhibition planned for October. All members were encouraged to submit more images, refresh their own folders or even start one of their own.
Rick and Nick were winner and runner up in the 'Markets' competition, Debs (newly enrolled committee member - thanks Debs) shared her birthday cakes with members and a side table of WhiteWall printing examples helped provide variety to the evening.