The summer is almost over and we have had our first meeting of the season, in a new and modern venue, Pineholt Village Hall. I hope you did not have a problem finding your way there or of parking. We will all find it a little strange at first as we get used to a new arrangement of the seats and coffee and tea facilities. Overall I am sure that we will find it a great improvement compared to the old Elmscroft building which was getting very tired. Following the first meeting we have already received some thoughts regarding improvements and we will try to make things a little better for you. One major concern is the quality of projected images. The new Pineholt projector is found to be wanting in almost every area. It will be fine for general information but sharpness, colour and contrast do not come up to the best that can be achieved. There are some possible ways forward:
1. Use our original projector which is true HD. However it has always proved a little dark and since the time I successfully applied for a grant from the national Lottery to buy this and a laptop, 8 years have elapsed. If we cannot get this working to everyone's satisfaction we have a few options.
2. Buy a Canon Xeed LCOS projector. This is the projector of choice and is used by the MCPF, Cheltenham Camera Club and Bristol Photographic society. The images are top notch and cannot be beaten with current Technology. Everything else pales in comparison. Unfortunately the cost is around £4000. Too much for our current budget.
3. Apply for another grant from Awards For All (National Lottery)
4. Explore purchasing a cheaper HD projector
All these avenues will be explored by the members of the committee on your behalf.
You will already have been using the new and much improved club website. The aim has been to make the website easier to use and easier to update. So there should be no excuse for not having up to date information on the site in the future. We must thank Ellen for all her hard work in redeveloping the site. Please can we have your feedback on the site.
We are very fortunate that Hucclecote Parish Council, who are responsible for the hall, are allowing us to have permanent storage space for all the equipment we need to run the club. We have bought two new storage cupboards that were fitted into the hall’s storage area last week. We have to be very grateful for this as most camera clubs don’t have on site storage facilities.
A major problem has been to replace the print display racks to fit in the hall. You may recall that the racks at Elmscroft were purpose built to fit on the stage – unfortunately these racks are of no use at Pineholt. After much thought two of your Committee members have built print display racks. Special thanks to David Whittle and John Bishop for designing and constructing the new racks. The design uses the hall’s picture rail from which to hand print racks. So far we have built 4 racks giving over 13m of display rail. The only permanent features are 8 small support hooks screwed to the picture rail. The stands are design to be disassembled for storage and then quickly assembled and hung for use. You will see theses in action during the first Competition.
We were pleased to see the two Gills back. Gill Uren had a serious accident requiring her to be in hospital for a few days. Gill is still recovering with Alan’s support and Angela visited Gill to give her our best wishes and to deliver a card and pot plant. We wish Gill and Alan well and hope to see them continue to attend the club meetings. Gill Poppleton has returned after some years away from the club and we welcome her back. ( See programme for The Ron Poppleton APAGB DPAGB Retrospective on 9th October)
It is not only a new season with a new venue but we are also making other changes, which are covered below:
1. To meet the requirements of the new law for data protection we have produced a membership form for all members to sign that gives the club permission to use your data for limited club purposes only.
2. The Friday monthly technical meetings will be reorganised. These meetings ran out of steam at the end of last year. After some thought, the Committee have decided to try a new and more inclusive format. The idea is to enable members to get together, on a Friday evening, to discuss photography, raise technical matters and socialise with members. We are asking you to be positive about the idea, participate and see if it develops into a worthwhile forum. The information about these is now on the website and will be coordinated and run by Ellen Badat. The initial meetings will be of particular interest to new members who are trying to get to grips with their equipment.
Later in the year there will be a structured series of talks on Photoshop and Lightroom organised by Mark Kemp. These meetings will depend on the number of people who wish to attend. So please indicate your interest to him
Overall it has been an interesting summer break and now that you have had a chance to see some of the activities of members at the first meeting I am sure that you can’t wait to see the rest of the seasons offerings in accordance with the programme so ably put together by Bob Train.
Can I just leave you with a few pithy words from a well know photographer.
”You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” ― Ansel Adams
Good shooting to you all
Bob Harding, Acting Chairman