Friday, 29 January 2010

Malden Camera Club AGM

Malden Camera Club AGM

Last night we held the Annual General Meeting of Malden Camera Club. The meeting was well supported. In my report to the AGM I said that I have enjoyed my year as Chairman and thanked everyone for their support and understanding. I was re-elected as Chairman of the Club so this blog will continue for its 2nd year. I would like to welcome Hugh Griffiths as Vice Chairman who replaces Simon Lane who stepped down as he is moving out of the area. Roland Adams jointly with Nadia Zahran will manage the Club programme.

The AGM voted on propositions relating to the contentious issue competition rules, thanks to Richard Weston these have now been consolidated in a single rules document.

Looking back over the last year, we had a well supported programme which I hope catered for everyone. Putting together the programme is not a simple or straight forward task and I would like to thank Nadia and Sandrine for all they have done in putting the programme together.

The Annual exhibition was a success and I would like to thank all those who helped organise it in particular John Rowe.

If the Club is to continue to flourish we need the active involvement of all members, it was touch and go last year whether or not we be able to run the Annual Exhibition because the work fell on just a dedicated few. I would encourage members to come forward to help and offer their skills in helping with meetings and events.

The internal and external competitions have been well supported and I would like thank Brian Bailey John Horne and Simon Lane for all they have done to help with the competitions. We will continue to support slide competitions as long as there is a demand from members.

Club outings included the Downland Museum at Singleton, point to point horse races and a visit to riverside at Kingston, proved very pleasant finishing in a pub.

John Horne continues to maintain and develop the club website which has been successful in attracting interest in Malden Camera Club and provides a resource for members.

Looking to the future my personal observations were :-

We looking to update our digital projection equipment, provide a laptop loaded with software to help run the DPI competitions, edit images. Also we would like to purchase colour calibration equipment for the projection of digital images and the laptop. We are seeking funding from various sources such as the Lottery to fund this.

Online Club resources and activities include; Flickr web page, facebook, website, Chairmen’s Blog. I have now started to email notices and information to members and considering setting up a Yahoo Group to improve this facility.

To conclude,

I wish :-

To increase the public profile of the Club

To make the Club a success we need members’ active participation in the Club

I would like to see Club membership rise

Greater success for the club and its members in external competitions

And finally I took the opportunity to thank members of the Committee for the support they have given me through the year and all the members who have given their help and support throughout the year.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Butterfly at RHS Wisley

Originally uploaded by Fred Dawson
It well worth getting down to RHS Wisley between now and the end of February to see the butterflies in the Glass House. I took my macro lens and flash and got one or two good images

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Hawk in flight

Originally uploaded by Fred Dawson
I shot this last year as I was learning to use a telephoto lens. I used spot metering to ensure the bird was correctly exposed. I would have liked the bird to be a little sharper, but was pleased to see the amount of feather detail captured

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Hyper Photography

Hyper Photography Jean-Fran├žois Rauzier

Built monumental images each one by the assembly of several hundreds of photographs, microcosms in which one can immerse oneself and lose oneself, the hyperphotos of Jean-Fran├žois Rauzier offer such dimensions that a multitude of details are there to be tracked. One could for example traverse the beach of the memories on more than 20 m length to the resolution of a photographic pulling (which amounts of billion pixels!) and to thus leave oneself to photographic hunting in the image

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Surrey Inter-Club Slide Competition

16th January
Surrey Inter-Club Slide Competition at
Molesey Methodist Church, Manor Road, East Molesey, KT8 9JU.
5.30 p.m. for 6.00 p.m. start. 14 clubs taking part.
Judge: Chris Palmer ARPS, DPAGB, APAGB, AFIAP.

Entrance fee for members of non-participating Clubs, who are all very welcome, will be £2.00.

Monday, 11 January 2010

External Competitions

Dates for your diary 2010

Judge: Chris Palmer
Hosted by: Molesey Photographic Society
At: Molesey Methodist Church
Manor Road – East Molesey – KT8 9JU
5.30pm for 6pm

Round One: Molesey – Kingston - Malden
Judge: Glyn Edmunds
St Mary’s Church Hall – St Mary’s Road
East Molesey KT8 0SS
Start 8pm

Guildford House Gallery – 155 High Street – Guildford
3rd April – 1st May 2010. Open 10am to 16.45pm
(Except Sundays & Mondays)
Entry Forms from John Rowe or on-line:-
All entries to me by Thursday 21st January

Friday, 8 January 2010

The rise of the camera-phone some thoughts to ponder

From todays Guardian some thougths to ponder on the use of camera phones and digital cameras

The rise of the camera-phone
Everywhere you go these days, there are people with camera-phones – many of us record, document, and upload the minutae of our lives. But, ultimately, should we be doing it just because we can?

Monday, 4 January 2010

Happy New Year

I wish all our members a very Happy New Year.

The next MCC meeting takes place on Thursday 7th January and features a talk on Portraits Liz Keevil (Kingston University).

Do not forget to bring your entires for next weeks competition; Best Print and Projected Image from 2009 Judge: Bob Turner FRPS

New Malden Village Voice

I have been lucky to have a picture I took in the snows of 2009 featured on the front page of New Malden Village focus