Well, it seems all the work the committee has done over the summer to promote Hitchin Camera Club has been a great success, since we had a jam packed opening evening with 42 people attending including a number of visitors and guests.
For those who couldn’t attend the evening started with Andy welcoming everyone and saying a few words about the club, before outlining the evening. After Andy’s introduction Marcus gave a run down of the programme, saying a little about this years guest speakers and subjects they were going to discuss. Then Tony gave a short presentation on competitions, including some guidance on how to submit images, and where to find further information on the website. Finally Terry rounded off the first part of the evening with an update on HCC’s work with the Garden House Hospice in Letchworth.
Just before the half time break Andy introduced our new and potential members to HCC’s tradition of celebrating success. Of particular note is Jeremy Linton’s who not only received his BPE-1 for having 25 acceptances for to the British Photography exhibitions, but was awarded a Gold medal for his photo of Therfield Health at the Beyond Group’s National Exhibition.
For the second half of the evening, a number of camera club member’s spoke about 2 of their favourite images, describing either the background to the image or some of the technical details about how it was made.
- Jeremy Lintott spoke about a macro shot of a dragon fly, and then showed in detail his Gold Medal winning shot of Therfield Health including showing some of the interim steps in post-processing the image.
- Tony Maynard-Smith gave a very interesting presentation on 2 examples of environmental portraits, explaining the back stories behind his images.
- Tony James showed 2 images from his recent travels including a shot of wildebeest, and a Vietnamese basketmaker. Tony also spoke on what it was like to be a new member and how much he’d got from the camera club during his first year.
- Andy Hyde chose 2 images from the “Deck of Cards” assignment from a couple of seasons ago. Although both of the images were “studio” shots, one relied heavily on PhotoShop, however the other was done completely in-camera with no post-processing trickery.
- Tom Salmond showed 2 landscape shots, showing how he’d captured the Dorset coast and part of the lake district using a Lee Filters “Big stopper”.
Andy then closed the meeting, leaving everyone with the following reminders;
- Carmen Norman
Will be visiting us next week (21st September) with her landscape photography presentation called Learning from the Masters.
- Open Competition – 28th September
Our first competition will soon be with us. Don’t forget;
- Print entries MUST be in by 21st September
- Digital entries MUST be in by 24th September
You should send your images to Gareth as normal.
- You must be a paid up member to enter the competition
You can pay you subs online!