What’s on at the Club tomorrow

Tomorrow is Round 1 of the Mono Print competition to be judged by Steve Lawrenson ARPS APAGB

Next week is a presentation by Darren Woolway ARPS entitled “Artificial and Mixed Lighting”

Next week is also hand in for the Mike Gleave Nature Cup

This cup is a one-class PDI competition and you can enter up to 4 images. See below for guidelines on entries.

 “Nature photography depicts living, untamed animals and uncultivated plants in a natural habitat, geology and the wide diversity of natural phenomena, from insects to icebergs. The photographer, whatever photographic medium is used, must have taken the original image. Photographs of animals, which are domesticated, caged or under any form of restraint, as well as photographs of cultivated plants are ineligible. Minimal evidence of humans is acceptable for nature subjects, such as barn owls or storks adapting to an environment modified by humans, or natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves, reclaiming it. No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Colour images can be converted to greyscale monochrome.”

Results of the two SLF competitions on 13 November

Mono prints – we came second – so progress to the semi final, which will be held at Old Coulsdon on 18 February 2020.

Matt Teager was awarded a certificate for “Leaving the Rat Race Behind”

Colour prints – we came fourth – so go to the plate round which will be held at Bromley on 6 February 2020.

Peter Ergis was awarded a certificate for “Illegal Parking”

KCPA Ross Cup – 16 November

Bromley came joint 11th out of 36 entries, which is exactly the same placing as last year.  Ashford Photographic Society came first with 139 points; we had 130 so not so far off the winning score. Besnik Mehmed’s “Lady in the Snow” gained a Merit Award and “Piercing Shadow” by Julie Langman was selected for the judge’s comment.

Photography Competition

Kent Wildlife Trust is running a free photography competition this year. They have introduced a new professional category this year in addition to reviewing the traditional ones.  Entrants are encouraged to submit their best Kent wildlife images for a chance to win a minibreak at Bumble Barn, Stelling Minnis courtesy of Kent and Sussex Holiday Cottages. The competition closes on 8 December, further details including how to enter can be found at: https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/get-involved/photography-competition

Next Camera Club Outing

Birmingham Day Trip: Christmas Markets and Walking Tour – this Saturday 23 November

Free but please book your own train tickets.

Catch the 9:23am train from Euston to Birmingham New Street (other, slightly longer options are available from Marylebone to Birmingham Snow Hill so please meet at New Street Station at 10.50am if you choose one of these). It’s then up to you what time you leave Birmingham – trains back to London run until around 10pm. When we get to Birmingham, there are two possible walking tour options: a City Centre Walk or a Digbeth Graffiti Walk. We can decide as a group, which we’d prefer to do, divide into two groups or do both if we have time and are feeling active! Afterwards, there will be time to spend at Birmingham’s Christmas Markets: the largest German market outside of Germany/Austria. Please book your own train tickets but let Charlotte know that you’re joining this outing too. 

Christmas Meal – Thursday 12 December

This will take place at The Oak in Widmore Road. There is a deposit of £10 payable with the choice of either 2 courses at £25.00, 3 courses at £30.00 or 3 courses including cheese at £32.00. All these prices include tea/coffee and a tip. https://www.theoakbromley.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/xmas-2019-flyer-set-menu.pdf

Further planned outings can be found at the end of this Newsletter.

What’s on this coming weekend and soon as Christmas seems to have arrived!

Christmas at Kew Gardens on now and until Sunday 5 January

Kew’s incredible botanical gardens will be undergoing another magnificent seasonal makeover in 2019, as Christmas at Kew lights up the space’s iconic buildings and the weird and wonderful plants that call it home.

This year, the mile-long, twinkling trail holds some new surprises. There will be a shower of silvery vines at the Treetop Walkway while down below you’ll be able to spy folkloric illuminations of mythical fairy creatures and Will-o’the Wisps. And if that wasn’t enough, there will also be new glittering spiral tree installations and laser projections illuminating the iconic Temperate House.

Listen to the singing holly bushes, walk through the Tunnel of Light and its thousands of pea-lights, warm yourself by the fire garden and gawp at the jets of light dancing above the Palm House Pond.

Winterfest at Wembley Park – on now and until Friday 3 January

A family-friendly light festival with several installations. Walk through the Sonic Runway, a light tunnel from Nevada’s Burning Man festival, or gaze up at the largest LED tree ever seen in London. Wembley Park, free, just turn up.

Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park – Thursday 21 November to Sunday 5 January

It’s the first weekend of huge free Christmas festival Winter Wonderland. Funfair rides, theatre shows, an ice rink, an ice kingdom, Santa Land, a grotto, food and drink stalls, Christmas markets, a big wheel and much more are part of the fun this year. It’s free entry, but can get a bit spendy once you’re inside — you’ve been warned. Just turn up (but book ahead for some attractions).

Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park – £10-£12, book ahead, Friday 22 to Sunday 24 November (and next weekend too)  

If you go down to the woods today… you’ll be met with dozens of colourful lights. Syon Park’s Enchanted Woodland — one of London’s original light festivals — is a family-friendly trail through west London woodland, with floodlights, strobes and lasers lighting the way.

Palace History – Fulham Palace – Sunday 24 November 12:30pm-1:30pm £6, book ahead

Get to know Fulham Palace better on a guided tour of the house and gardens, home to the Bishops of London for over 1300 years. Find out about the people who have lived here, and how different generations of residents influenced different architectural styles in the building.

Last Chance To Get Tickets For The London New Year’s Eve Fireworks

A final batch of tickets for the New Year’s Eve fireworks by the Thames goes on sale next Thursday (28 November).

The tickets are released at midday on the Mayor of London’s website (currently showing as sold out, until the new batch goes on sale). They cost £10 each, and grant access to the riverside viewing area, close to where the fireworks are set off.

PAGB e-News Nos. 242

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And don’t forget its Black Friday this week and Stir up Sunday, the day when you traditionally make your Christmas puddings.

Forthcoming Camera Club Outings

Highgate Cemetery Tour – Sunday 12 January 2020£12 per person (friends/relatives welcome too) 

Meet at the entrance to the East Cemetery at 11:00am to explore this section. We can then go for lunch together in one of the nearby pubs before returning to the West Cemetery for a private tour at 2:30pm. No tripods unfortunately. 

Please email Charlotte if you’d like to come and we will collect payment at a later date. 

York/WhitbySunday 5th to Tuesday 7 April 2020

Sunday 5 April: travel up to York in the morning, walking tour around the city in the afternoon and time for sunset/evening photography

Monday 6 April: private minibus trip to Whitby via the York Moors, Goathland etc. – full itinerary to be confirmed (maximum 16 people so first come, first served)

Tuesday 7 April: more time in York before travelling back to London in the afternoon/evening

When I first put this in the Newsletter the cost was £106 for two nights’ accommodation at the Travelodge Central Layerthorpe (per room) plus around £50 for the day trip (depending on final numbers).

Charlotte will organise the above but you’ll need to book your own train tickets – these go on sale 12 weeks in advance so please put 12January in your diaries to get the best price! We’ll send out a reminder nearer the time too.

As Charlotte will have to pay in full for the Travelodge accommodation to get the saver rates, it’d be great if you could email her to let her know that you’re coming and she will contact you to give her bank details. The cost is £106 (this forms your non-refundable deposit). If you’d like to share a room, please her know who you’re sharing with and transfer £53 each. Partners/relatives/friends are welcome on this trip.