September News from Newark & District Photographic Society

From Peter Yeo…..

Hello Lincoln Camera Club members, greetings from Newark & District Photographic Society.

Our new Society season began on 3rd September after what seemed like a long “summer break” …….. a summer that was officially the wettest since records began, a summer when few of us avoided a good soaking, and fewer still managed to get a decent sun-tan.  At this point I have to mention Jo Longmire who once again made me as jealous a can be when she arrived with a tan that might have come out of a bottle but was, I am assured, courtesy of  a holiday in Turkey.  Istanbul has a lot to recommend it to photographers, but find a good beach and a magnificent tan can be yours!

On Monday 3rd September we had a talk by Anthony Pioli FRPS, FBPE, from Buxton in the Derbyshire Peak District.  The talk was called “Photographing Insects and other Small Animals”.  The Peak District was the first of Britains’ “National Parks” and is a very popular place for walkers, climbers, naturalists and photographers.  Anthony knows the area well and showed in his talk some of the wide variety of insects he has seen and photographed over the years.  The talk was illustrated with charts, prints and slides.

On the 10th September we have a talk by David Severn LSWPP, from Nottingham, entitled “Where’s the F in Photography?”  David used to be in the printing industry but courageously took the plunge and became a freelance photographer a couple of years ago.  He has a great sense of humour and we can look forward to a whole series of images that show the “fun” side to his photography, both professional and camera club exhibition work.  He opened his own professional photography studio in August 2011, so we will also be shown some of the work he has created there.  I don’t know how he finds the time for work as David lectures in our Region and is also President of N&EMPF.

17th September sees the first of our Photographer of the Year competitions which will be judged by Chris Forster EFIAP, FBPE from Rolls-Royce (Derby) PS.  Chris is an outstandingly good, and successful, photographer, and is the ideal person to judge our members work in Open, Monochrome and Natural History prints and to get the competitive side of Newarks activities for 2012/2013 off to a good start.

On the 24th September we will host Robert Sanders from Stapleford, Nottingham, as the judge of the second part of Heat One of POTY when he will comment on the work submitted in the form of digitally projected images in the categories Open, Monochrome and Natural History.  Robert is well known as a lecturer in the N&EMPF region using colour slides and digitally projected images to illustrate his hobby of hot-air ballooning, and travel around Scottish islands and in Europe.

During the summer break our members have had the chance to go on “days-out” arranged by John Flint, our Treasurer, and we look forward to seeing some results shortly, some of which I hope to able to share with you.  My own summer has been spoiled somewhat by a broken water-pipe in my computer-room, discovered in the early hours of the morning after we returned from holiday.  It seems that water had been spraying around for only an hour or two, judging by its spread.  However, water can do so much damage in a very short time, and I have had to dispose of well over 100 prints from my talks, and reprint or re-mount another 20 or so, and throw away 20 print storage boxes distorted by water.  On top of this the floor-covering has had to be discarded, and ten days given over to using an industrial dehumidifier and fan unit to dry the place out.  Fortunately we are covered by insurance and the company has already paid my claim in full, with not a single word querying the amount claimed……… it pays to hang-on to receipts!

According to our Programme we will be engaged in an inter-club competition with LCC on the 18th February 2013, so take this as advance warning that Clark Springman will be chasing you for work.  Our members look forward to seeing pictures from the USA as you have such different scenery and activities to us over this side of the Atlantic.

Peter Yeo FRPS”

Best wishes,