Yes, it’s February again – that means two things are certain – snow and the now famous KCC Exhibition.
Thank goodness we have such spirited helpers among our members. Out of our membership of about fifty fourteen came along to help frame the prints and sixteen came to hang them in the library. Many hands certainly make for lighter work!
Opening night was the usual success with a good attendance of club members, partners and friends. Steve kept everyone supplied with drinks and nibbles and the usual ‘crac’ ensued.
Our judges for the evening were Ros & Martin Billingham, the folk who make those fabulous bags.
Here they are admiring John Pugh’s thirty year old workhorse.
No one envied them their job of choosing two winning images from the excellent prints on show.
And so, a decision has been made – cross your fingers and wish…
Mike Morris struck gold with his “Fisherman’s Cottage” winning the trophy for best General print.
And Geoff Cooke created a splash with his “Waves” !
The Exhibition will run until 28th March acting as a window to our club.
This year’s Christmas Fun Night just had to make up for last year’s disappointment when the “Beast from the East” came to visit. The wine, the fish and chips, the quizzes the mince pies and, of course, the skittle alley, same old formula but why change if it still works and work it did with everyone having a good evening and a chance to wish their friends Season’s Greetings until we meet again in January.
Every so often a small contingent of KCC members lead by Derek Aston take themselves off on a little adventure in order,they say, to get a few snaps under their belts ready to do battle in forthcoming competitions. Those of us not privy to these little excursions think that is is more likely to be an excuse to get away from household chores and cafe crawl, we shall see… In the meantime take a look at these pics and draw your own conclusion.
On a recent club night Mike Webb, a respected member who is into most things photographic, introduced us to “Photo Marathons” a concept that was new to us all. Mike related his story of his experiences during one such event around the city of Bath.
The idea is that one turns up at a pre-arranged meeting place to be handed a list of subjects to be photographed. Apparently 20 is the usual number. Each subject is to be shot strictly in the order that they appear on the list as a jpeg without any post processing and in the landscape format only. A time is set for entrants to accomplish this and hand their card to the organiser to be uploaded onto a computer. Prizes are awarded for images displaying photo skill, interpretation of the subject etc. Subjects are chosen to allow for much varied interpretation.
Not only was Mike’s talk a great success, especially hearing of all the pitfalls that he encountered, but we decided there and then that the club ought to arrange a marathon of our own.
We thought to start in a small way as a “tryout” with Kidderminster as our venue and just five subjects :- ” Looking Down”, “Looking Smart”, “Steps”, “Old”, and “Out of Place”.
As it happened, our rather cautious approach was a good decision as the weather on the day chosen was torrential rain and rather windy. However, twenty members came along, got well soaked but entered into the spirit of the day in typical KCC style.
Our thanks must go to Les and his team at “Coffee #1” for not only letting us set up our “headquarters” in the cafe but also generously gifting us with prizes for the winners.
Here are a few shots of the day followed by the results and pictures taken on the evening set aside for prize giving. We made full use of Brian Swinyard who was judging round one of the print league.
One hundred images, printed and mounted – well done Brian!
Highlights show top results
Stee won the wine and chocolates donated by the centre management.
Every year a lot of preparation goes into our Annual Fun Night and this year was no exception. Unfortunately, this year the elements turned against us. The six inches of snow on Sunday on top of Saturdays covering coupled to the forecast of temperatures well below freezing on Monday made the decision to cancel the only option to ensure the safety of our members.
Our intrepid Chairman ventured forth and found the playground totally unuseable as a car park. Here are his pictures.
Maureen sent an email to everyone advising of the cancellation, Jill cancelled the fish and chips, Steve has stashed the wine until the Exhibition and the skittle alley remains uncollected.
Jill will refund all monies paid at the next meeting.
Every year at about this time members are kicked into action to form teams to compete against each other in the now famous “Team Challenge”. Each team must provide ten new images, a mixture of prints and DPIs to put before an independent judge who will award points out of 20 to each image. The team with the highest marks wins a “valuable prize” (don’t hold yer breath!).
Part of the fun is the choice of team names. As you can see below some prove more imaginative than others and it seems the choice proves often more challenging than providing the images!
This year the prize went to Marion’s team – Shephard’s Delight. Here they are receiving the aforesaid “Valuable Prize” from judge Alan Lawrence. Marion can’t wait to get into that tin!
Bringing our 2016/17 Season to a close we held our usual Awards Night except that it was such a glorious day that we found it appropriate to serve Strawberries and Cream instead of our usual American Supper type of fare. Wine and nibbles came as a given of course. Thanks to Wendy for picking all those strawberries (from Morrisons!) and doing a great job dishing them out. Steve was our barman and as always did us proud. Thanks must also go to Jill for organising the trophy engraving and sorting the certificates and to everyone else who played a part in making the evening a success. John projected a selection of the season’s best DPIs and Brian put on a display of the notable prints.
All we need to do now is gather some new images ready for the New Season.
Yummy, Yummy – and the Strawberries were nice too !
Some of our trophy winners were on holiday but here’s a group that were present to receive their awards.
Someone suggested that we should have a photograph of all that were present. Then it all went rather crazy – must have been the strawberries!