The last meeting at Fisherrow for 2012 was a good fun evening with a quiz set up by Anita and Ross, which we thank them for the effort they put in. Everyone was a winner – with the ‘Christmas Cracker’ answers we now know that the first viable photo was taken in 1827 and the first long exposure was 8 hours and that Sam Fox has had the most ‘boob’ exposure!
The ‘Four Way’ competition hosted by Stirling C.C. on Wednesday 5th Dec. proved to be a bit of a disaster for us as we came third, at least we were ahead of Haddington CC, Edinburgh just piped Stirling to the post by a single point.
Our problem was that we did not have enough images to choose from, so it is essential that we now re examine our procedures and way of operation.
Firstly we must build a full data base of members images, as I have been requesting, we want everyone to join in and co operate and let me have any images that you feel would be worth looking at. This can go back to last year, so will everyone again look through their images and let me have digital images in jpeg format. Either via a CD or e-mail.
Please ensure that the file name is set out as follows – club number and short title
e.g. 00 sunset delight.jpeg
We are now going to set up a small panel, consisting of two committee members and another - they will appraise the data base and select possible images, we will then make contact with the selected members and if thought advisable, to suggest some improvements. With respect to Print entries we will then request for the selected print to be brought in and again discuss any changes and re print. To start with Joe, myself and Jennifer will tackle this task.
All work that is submitted to external competitions must be the total work of the submitting member although help and suggestions will be given and hopefully taken on board.
Our next external competition is the ’12 Way’ on Sunday 10th Feb. Therefore we will need to send in our entries by the end of Jan. so there is not much time if we are to make a better impact and get us back up where we ought to be.
Jim Tod has come up with a proposition about holding some workshops outwith our normal meetings, I have done this for Portrait Workshops, which I hope to resume early next year.
So long as they are self funding (room hire in the region of £5.60 per hour) and it is lead by one person in charge and I am fully informed, then it will then go under the ‘banner’ of the club and be covered by the club’s insurance.
The club laptop/projector can be used, so long as they are cared for and locked away after the session.
So if a group want to get together let me know and we will take it from there.
Next Thursday (13th Dec.)we have our Christmas Dinner at the Ravelston Hotel, Musselburgh – 7 for 7.30pm.
The night photographic outing on 20th Dec. will be lead by Joe Fowler who will guide us around Edinburgh. Meet outside Fisherrow Centre gates 7pm, for car sharing – leave cars outside Fisherrow Centre or they could get locked in.