November Update

It’s been a few busy weeks down at the Club, or probably more importantly, in the background. The new Committee had their first meeting round at Neesam Towers. Mrs N. came up with the goods in the form of her legendary chocolate tiffin, and we even managed to sort out some club business. All eight members, including our brand new treasurer, Stewart, managed to attend.

Once the minutes are finalised, I hope to put them in the Members’ Section, so you can keep tabs on what we’re doing around the running of the club.

So what has the club been doing?

I sent out what was hopefully the first of a series of illustrated Club Newsletters to all members. This seems to have gone down well so I will continue to see how it goes.

In October, Club member, Frank & his wife Barbara, gave a talk on the public gardens they had visited over the last few years. This was ably demonstrated with a good selection of colour prints, some of which can be seen in Frank’s Gallery.

At the same meeting Peter Freeman gave a talk on 3D photography. He demonstrated some of the equipment he uses , discussed techniques and handed out some of those red & blue cardboard glasses so we could see for real some of his 3D shots. I’m not sure if anyone else was motivated to go off and try some of their own 3D shots. I did, and am definitely going to do some more. I even ordered a couple of pairs of 3D specs from Ebay for future use!

At the end of October we got knocked out of the Melbourn Cup by Hitchin in round One. There’s always next year. There’s a report here.

Then we had a talk on California by Ron & Maggie Tear. Both Ron and Maggie are regular visitors to the club in their capacity as competition judges, so it was nice to turn the tables a little and make judgements upon their photography. I think Ron must have bought a new wide angle lens just prior to their trip; we certainly got to see Las Vegas through a different persepctive.

On the 7th of November I gave a talk to the club on my collection of artifical lighting and accessories. I gave a brief intro into some of the different accessories available for both flashgun and studio lighting, including some DIY accessories. I also showed some of my portrait work taken over the course of this year. At a later meeting it would be nice to be able to get members to actually use some of the gear in a live, bring-your-camera-and-have-a-go type evening.

Then last week seven of us made the trip over to Ampthill Camera Club to take part in the annual Bedfordshire Invitation Competition. Seventeen clubs took part, showing six digital images each. Sadly, LGCCC came just joint 13th out of 17. Leighton Buzzard were the winners with Stevenage coming second. You can see a report on the event here.

We’re fast approaching our Christmas break so just a few meetings of 2013 left. Just a heads up that our December 5th meeting will be our discussion and showing of the “Summer Challenge” when members will be invited to bring some work they did over the summer break. If there is time we may also look at a brief introduction to Picasa software.

December 12th sees our final meeting of the year, our Xmas Social, which might involve a little challenge or two.

Keep snapping!

Garry Neesam

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