2016 09 - New Season

18th September 2016
Retford & District Photographic Society - Press Release - Joy Allison
6th September 2016
Images by Jane Brownley, Joy Allison, Jayne Mair and Dik Allison

All Ready for the New season

The new season began with a good crowd of returning members and a rewarding number of visitors. It was an opportunity to reflect on the summer's activities and to anticipate what we have to look forward to in the coming months.

Lesley Wilson, who so ably plans our excellent programme of photographic themed evenings, gave us a quick run-down of what is in store. This is a mixture of tutorials and speakers with competitions and practical evenings. We have an enticing combination of returning favourites and new, hard to get speakers to fill our Monday evenings until May.

An enduring difficulties for members is how to adapt their digitally projected images (DPIs) for competitions and submission with our press releases to match the precise size requirements for each purpose. Dik Allison has spent the summer writing some software especially for us which will do all this automatically. This was his opportunity to demonstrate how it works and it will soon be available on our web site.

Dik was followed by Des Lloyd, our member who won the Daily Mail Great British Wildlife Challenge 2016. He described the four day photographic trip to Slovakia which was his prize.
Following a three hour flight and longer drive to the hotel he and his six fellow photographers had less than half an hour to unpack before they had to be ready to set out with their cameras.

They went to a wild mountain area which is a national nature reserve. The general public are excluded because of the danger of wolves, brown bears and particularly wild boar. They were warned to use no scented toiletries and to carry no food or drink at all other than water in case the bears smelt them. They were taken to hides where they were locked inside until they were collected.

The first three day and night sessions were very disappointing as nothing at all came within camera range. On the last day they had had to leave their hotel at 2am packed and ready to fly home. They were driven 30km for a final session of photography. The final hour more than made up for the unsuccessful days which went before when three bears appeared in the clearing in front of them and gave Des and his colleague a wonderful chance to capture their images. We were treated to some excellent prints which Des brought along to show.

Last season the Society was fortunate enough to be awarded a grant by Awards for All, the small grants section of the Lottery. Joy Allison reported that our final report has been accepted and signed off. She then showed some images of our displays last season, which had improved as the new kit, purchased with the Lottery funds, arrived. This coming weekend we will be displaying in Bakewell for the first time.

The final presentation was given by Jane Brownley, organiser of our summer trip to the Farne Islands. She told how the weather looked ready to spoil everything as the islands were closed for the four days leading up to our trip. To her immense relief, on the morning we were to go on to the islands the weather relented and we were able to go. More amazing was the fog lifting on the islands, while it hung around all day at sea and on the mainland, allowing members to enjoy a great day's photography which Jane illustrated with photographs from the people attending.Jane concluded with advance notice of next year's trip to Northumberland, which will be based at St Abbs Head with a trip to Bass Rock to see the gannets.

Everyone then had a chance to chat over a buffet - no doubt the first of many this season for our sociable club. We were pleased to be able to welcome our visitors and new members and hope to see them again next week when we look forward to a practical session when members will be sharing their skills to look at everything from composition to framing prints. We are always pleased to see new faces and returning members, so if you are free on a Monday night just come along or contact us via our web site and we will look out for you. We are there every Monday evening.

Weekly meetings continue until May 2017. Guests and new members are always welcome.