As the nights get longer and we get more reluctant to take our hobby out into the cold it’s time to investigate indoor pursuits. Every year we have a “table top” evening where various members bring along lights flashguns and tripods etc to demonstrate new and interesting ideas for a spot of indoor creativity.
This year we invited Mark Wilbury along to show us the gear and know how that he uses in his everyday professional life. It was a great evening, Mark not only bought along his equipment and props but also a small team of his colleagues and filled several areas in the clubroom with enough new ideas, and useful tips to enthuse us during the winter months and beyond.
Images courtesy of Duncan McCormack
The club’s October outing this year was admirably hosted by Terry Jamieson when he took a coachload of members to Devil’s Bridge via Aberystwyth on the Vale of Rheidol Light Railway.
It has become the norm that the weather for our outings has been fine and this trip was no exception.
Thanks Terry – a good time was had by all.
Images courtesy of Terry Jamieson & Brian Hardy
Terry Jamieson was the star of our day on the 30th of June. Terry works as a volunteer at the National Trust property Brockhampton Manor. Not only did he get us access to the site an hour before the official opening time but also gave us a private guided tour, coffee and cakes in the staff room (homemade by his colleague Jill) and even a lesson on the art of dowsing. What a hero!
It really was a perfect day. The house is picture perfect and the weather was incredible making ideal conditions for those of us looking for the more chocolate box/calendar images.
Just look at these pictures and enjoy.
It’s that time of year again when we celebrate the end of another excellent season with a meal at “La Brasserie” and the presentation of trophies to the successful winners. There is now a break in our programme until September to give us all a chance to collect a few “winners” ready for the start of the new competitions and the committee members to take a bit of a breather.
It seemed such a good idea at the time… meet in Bewdley at 6.30 pm, stroll leisurely about the beautiful little town for two or three hours taking pictures here and there and then meet at the George Hotel for a drink and a natter. Unfortunately, the glorious weather that had been prevalent during the day went away at about the same time as our arrival to be replaced by dull grey skies and light, rather cold drizzle. Undaunted, a fair number of us did stroll but an equal number beat an early retreat to the George.
Jill did a head count and revealed that thirty members turned out, which out of a total membership of around fifty, was a pretty good effort. Such is the enthusiasm of the KCC people but it’s not clear if this was for the photography or the beer!
Some shutters did get pressed – see below – it is hoped that more will be added later.
By George it’s the Lady’s Loo – By Jill Harris (With added rain spots!)
As much as we love our clubroom it has to be said that the decor cannot be described as upmarket. The room was originally a school hall and retains quite a few of the original features. There are bookshelves all round now standing empty their only use is a resting place for the occasional coffee cup or handbag and possibly, would you believe, camera. There is a false ceiling of (1960’s ?) polystyrene tiles probably hiding the original vaulted ceiling. These are now an interesting shade of grey. The huge bulbous radiators with their six inch pipes around the room are still there and in working (?) order creating an atmosphere that is usually too warm or too cold but hardly ever just right. Even the old bell rope is there, but pull it if you dare!
Last year the whole received a coat of paint, hurrah we said – but the finished result turned out to be two shades of a bilious green.
We decided that what we needed to do was to put our own, special KCC stamp on the place. Fifteen frames were duly purchased and fifteen prints from the 2015 exhibition were chosen. A small working team moved in and spread these around the room to cover at least some of the pallid eau de nil. Magic! We now have a clubroom that looks like it is used by photo enthusiasts and is much admired by the other users, the trustees et al.
This year’s Studio Night was certainly different with a visit from Kaz in her full suit of Medieval Armour and a demonstration from Wendy of her pop up studio plus a demonstration from make up artist Jordan . The make up was lost on Kaz who spent most of the evening inside her tin suit.
There was the usual three studio sets (not counting Wendy’s !) kindly supplied, as usual, by John & Maureen, Steve Ficken and Terry Livesey and most members had a chance to photograph our lovely models, Laura, Emily, Kerry, Anna and the handsome Nick.
Some images from Terry Livesey
…and some from John Pugh
….and a few from Duncan McCormack
Refreshments served in the corridor as the tea room housed Wendy’s Pop Up Portrait Studio.
Kaz – our Knight in Shining Armour
Wendy’s “Pop Up Photo Booth” was a great success and a huge source of fun. Taking up most of the room usually used as our tearoom it sat there like a giant, white blancmange luring the unsuspecting, curious person into it’s interior where, in an instant, it presented one with a wonderful, colourful print demonstrating just how silly one can behave when there’s no one but a camera to bear witness.
Wendy hires her booth to wedding receptions,stag and hen parties, etc. For further details contact Wendy via her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LBCphotobooth or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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It is probably a little known fact to KCC members but our John Pugh, among his many other interests, is a bit of an expert on heavenly bodies of the extra terrestrial kind. Realizing that this year’s eclipse was not going to be witnessed again until 2026 he couldn’t wait to photograph the event. Most of us would stay clear of attempting this amid dire warnings of instant blindness should one look directly at the sun.
John, not wishing to be known as ” Blind Pugh” selected the densest filter in his collection which was one normally intended for infra red images and therefore almost opaque to the naked eye. This was too small to attach to the Fuji 200mm lens he wished to use but he just held it in front and shot away with 1/4000 sec at f22 and -3 stops exposure compensation dialed into the Fuji XE-2 camera. You must agree that the result is excellent and a superb record of a once in a lifetime event.
If you have taken great eclipse images that you would like featured on this page please send them by email to Len.
…and here are some more, this time from Ray Rogers,
with a rather interesting “as it happened” sequence.
Ray took these on his Fuji XT-1 1/2000 sec at f6.7 with ISO 800
Thursday 12th March had twenty of us winging our way down to London again, this time mainly to visit Greenwich. The trip was organised by our Amazing Andrea and was a great success even down to the weather (how does she do that ?!)
Andrea must have been relieved to see that the coach was all we expected and was driven very professionally by “Bill” of Harris Coaches.
Greenwich has so much going for it that we all came to the conclusion that it would take more than a day’s visit to fully appreciate what there is on offer and, best of all, so much of it free.
Having whizzed round the Maritime Museum, The Cutty Sark, The Queens House, The Painted Hall, The Observatory etc, etc. We were picked up by Bill and taken to the spectacular Canary Wharf for the evening before setting off home at about 7.30. There were aching legs and sore feet but these were compensated by cards full of interesting images some of which can be seen below.
Nelson’s Uniform showing the damage caused by the shot that actually killed him.
- Ray’s Chinese Takeaway
This is Derek’s phone showing his GPS status as zero longitude. Strange things have been known to happen at this point such as blurry photos…
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Every year for the whole of February Kidderminster Library allow us the use of their splendid gallery to mount our annual exhibition. The exhibition consists of seventy four framed images from our membership of fifty two members. This year forty four of the members contributed allowing the club to show a real cross section of work from all skill levels.
The opening night is always a highlight in the club’s calendar and very well attended by members and their partners. It has become tradition that a trophy is awarded to the authors of the best images in the General and Advanced classes. We always try to obtain the services of a well known local person to act as judge for the evening and this year Loz Samuels the Arts and Play Development Officer for Wyre Forest Council kindly stepped into the role and seemed to relish the challenge of choosing two out of a diverse selection of images.
This year’s winners were Martin Rowe (General) and Steve Ficken (Advanced)
Of course, the exhibition requires much preparation and planning beforehand and a special mention must go to Maureen Mundon who, for the last two years has made “hanging day” so much easier thanks to her meticulous planning. Without all the heroes who give their time on preparation days the installation would be far from the pleasurable task that it always turns out to be.
A special mention also to for Duncan and Elsie who, once again, kept the wine and nibbles going on opening night
It is hoped that the images below give a taste of the occasion. Here’s to Exhibition 2016 !
Choosing the prints…
Job well done – now it’s off to Nero’s
Time to go home …?