A brief log of the meetings held so far this season.
Saturday 11th May 2019: Annual Dinner and presentation of awards and prizes. An enjoyable evening and congratulations to all those who gained awards.
Monday 15th April 2019: Print and PDI of the Year. The best of the best. The final meeting of the 2018-9 season was judged by Alan Walker. Congratulations to all for the excellent culmination of a year's effort!
Monday 8th April 2019: The AGM. Thanks to all who brought in snacks and nibbles.
Monday 1st April 2019: This week, the re-scheduled talk by Stuart McGlennon ........will have to be re-scheduled!! Sadly once again Stuart was unable to make it. However we had a thoroughly enjoyable talk from Rob Duncalf on Drones, concentrating on still photos. Thanks Rob!
Monday 25th March 2019: We brought our cameras, flashes, tripods and lenses. It was a photoshoot without models, we at least, not professional ones. We all took turns to photograph each other!
Monday 18th March 2019: The Story of the Stars Illustrated using Astrophotography. A very interesting and fabulously illustrated talk from Jeremy Gareth Hunt.
Monday 11th March 2019: The 4th Open Competition. The Judge was John Fare, an old friend of the club who gave an interesting and thoughtful examination to around 60 Prints and PDIs over the evening. Thank you John.
Monday 4th March 2019: There was supposed to be an illustrated talk from Stuart McGlennon. However, owing to a short notice high priority commitment, Stuart was unable to attend and so Your Ancient Scribe himself gave a illustrated presentation on Panama including the San Blas Islands and the Canal.
Monday 25th February 2019:Several member brought pictures and PDIs for discussion and critique in open forum.
Monday 18th February 2019:Our friends and neighbours from the Workington Photographic Club visited and presented images and experiences.
Monday 11th February 2019: The Panel of Three (prints) and Triptych PDI competition was this week judged by Pax Garabedian. Pax is a regular and welcome guest to our club and gave us lots of insight into his way of judging images. A good evening and congratulations to all those who gained awards.
Monday 14th January 2019:Mark Gilligan returned to the club (is it really 4 years since his last visit!) to talk on Wastwater Photography. Mark runs courses for photographers in the Wastwater area and his talk was all about 'knowing what you want, studying the frame of the shot and getting the best out of the situation'.
Monday 7th January 2019: To lead us into the New Year gently, we chose to have a 'minimal' table top exercise session. An enjoyable chance to chat amongst ourselves.
Monday 17th December 2018: Our Christmas Bash! A great turnout and equally great fun. Rob and Linda Duncalf had put in a lot of work and hosted a fun quiz that was 'mostly' photography related. Thanks also go to Sue who had collated a collection of images that each depicted 'a Christmas Carol'.
This was followed by a vote to find the favourite.
This image by Chris Wood
All this was topped off with a smörgåsbord donated by ourselves. A good night - Happy Christmas everyone!
Monday 10th December 2018: The first meeting back in our old haunt, the Crossfield Community Centre, Cleator Moor. A short programme this evening. members showed the images they had taken at our practical evenings this season, typically the macro session and the bonfire night special. Authors had the opportunity to explain the techniques used and everyone joined in with questions and suggestions. After the break Chris Wood showed a selection of images taken at 'Out of Hours' meets over the summer. The images had been edited into video presentations with music accompaniment - well done Chris!
Monday 3rd December 2018: This week we held our Open Mono Image Competition. The judge, Gerald Chamberlain is a regular and welcome visitor to our club and despite being asked to 'crack on a bit', he gave a full and fair assessment of his view of each image.
Monday 26th November 2018. A really enjoyable evening! We had a return visit from Clive Gidney (our compsec Adrian's brother), he spoke about purchasing a place on photographic holidays - either workshops or just trips facilitating your own photography. He illustrated his talk with some glorious images of building designed by Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona as well as other scenes from that exciting city. Also some great images from a trip he made to Portugal featuring live models. In the second half Adrian gave an illustrated talk on wild camping and the advantages it presents for getting great shots.
Monday 19th November. Our MACRO practical evening. Most members brought their cameras and other equipment and together with a wide variety of 'things to photograph, we had half a dozen tables for members to circulate around.It was a chance to help each other gain experience and expertise and a good productive evening.
Monday 12th November Our 2nd Open Competition was judged by John Tillotson who gave us an entertaining and perceptive march through 65 entries - and still stayed within our time limits. Well done JT
Monday 5th November There was a practical session to try photographing fireworks (or lights). Well, in the event, we did both. Ian Cutts provided the sparklers and Adrian and I twirled lights around. Adrian later moved up to ignited steel wool for a bit more drama!
Monday 27th OctoberAn excellent and enjoyable presentation from Cain Scrimgeour. Cain is a young man fairly newly established in his profession as a film and still nature photographer. He kindly showed some of his images and films and explained the techniques involved in obtaining his shots.
Monday 22nd OctoberA 'Double Bill' in the form of the Hendren Trophy for 'best PDI of a Lake District landscape' and its print counterpart the Harry Bowness trophy 'for best print of a landscape'.
Monday 15th OctoberA nightmare for all those who hate creepy crawlies, but joking aside, an amazing presentation of the techniques and examples of Macro Photography by local photographer Alf Branch.
Monday 8th October We had a Lightroom presentation by Adrian Gidney, of possibilities and options to consider when planning for the Set Subject competition in the new year. The after the tea break there was an opportunity to try taking some shots of moving light patterns.
1st October 2018 Very kindly, Keith Snell returned this week to judge the PDI entries for our 1st Open Competition. Thanks to all members who contributed by submitting entries and congratulation to those who were awarded places.
24th September 2018 Our 1st Open Competition was severely hampered by good old Microsoft insisting on performing a protracted update on the club's computer. This prevented images from being shown on screen. Our visiting judge, Keith Snell rose above this problem and treated us to a detailed scrutiny of the high number of prints that members had submitted. It did mean that the PDI section had to be postponed until next week.
10th September 2018 Presenting images for competitions is in two flavours: print and projected digital image (PDI). Prints need to be mounted on a card matte and techniques for doing that process were explained at this meeting and there was an opportunity to put the techniques into practice.
3rd September 2018 The opening meeting is traditionally an opportunity to meet up after the break and to welcome new members. Additionally a short talk was given by Adrian Gidney on sizing images for submission to our competitions