Reminder – Outing 11 August

Will be the Autumn Walk around High Elms ( and a Meal at Shampan 4 at The Spinning Wheel on Sunday 11 August.  The plan is to meet in the first car park along High Elms Road when coming from Farnborough at 3.00 p.m.  If this car park is full we will be walking in the direction of the Golf Club.  I’ll have my phone on (07929 911685) so anyone using a different car park can find us.  We’ll take a slow walk around High Elms, the aim being to drive to Shampan 4 (Grays Road, Westerham, TN16 2HX) arriving about 5.30 p.m.  Could you let me know if you will be coming as we’ll look out for you and also we can let Shampan 4 have an idea of numbers.


Things to do this weekend

Summer in the City Vintage Bus Tour – Saturday 10 August starts at 2.30 p.m.

This private event has taken place annually since 1983, developing from a fun night out with a single preserved bus into a large scale fund-raising event. Nevertheless it has always remained a private event for vehicle owners, their friends and families to have fun and should not be confused with ‘free vintage bus services’ which offer free rides to the public.

However, enthusiasts are very welcome to view and photograph the buses at the start of the run in Hyde Park and along the route.

Medway Queen Photographic Competition 
The presentation for the winners will be held on Saturday 10 August at 2 p.m. at The Medway Queen Preservation Society, Gillingham Pier, Pier Approach Road, Gillingham ME7 1RX. The Master of Ceremonies will be Mr Glyn Bareham LRPS CPAGB representing the KCPA and Parkwood Camera Club, who judged this competition, and the Mayor of Medway Cllr Mrs Josie Iles accompanied by Mr Steve Iles as her consort, will be presenting the prizes/certificates. We are hoping that there will representatives of TVS, Radio Kent and also the local press to record the event, obviously you too, if you bring your cameras!

The winning images from this competition will be on show in the Visitors Centre where there will be refreshments. You can view the Medway Queen memorabilia in the Visitors Centre or maybe visit the Lightship which is berthed in the slip.  Bring your family and enjoy a trip down memory lane or a history lesson on the Medway.

Winning images will be on show for 2 weeks and winners may collect their images from the Medway Queen Visitors Centre after the weekend of 17 August.


E-mail from Rod Wheelans at PAGB re e-news 100th Celebration Issue

“When the idea of 100 pictures from 100 photographers was suggested I wondered if I could get that many.  The first e-mail on the subject was issued by our distributors in Australia at 11.30 pm (UK time). By 10.30 the next morning, when I logged in again to my e-mail, more than 200 had already arrived. Perhaps the final total will be a 4 digit number!  I will have to reconsider how this is going to be done but please keep sending your pictures. It is going to form a wonderful archive of amateur photography in the early part of the 21st Century. As well as e-news 100, I now also intend to produce a DVD which will be available through the Recorded Lecture Service and which promises to be a “must see” for clubs.

However I am already putting in about 5 hours per day to the production of CDs for the 2013 GB Cup – another week at least – and the incoming flow of “100” images is awe inspiring. Please check what you sent. If it does not comply exactly with the rules shown below for Format, Size, Titling, etc., I will not have the time to fix it and you are likely to be deleted. If you got it wrong, please redo your picture file and send me it again. It would help if you put “100 Replacement” as the e-mail subject. Many of you sent a picture as a png in the body of the e-mail. I can convert this simply but I will NOT have time. Please resend as an attached jpeg. Please be aware that I intend to use the File Name as the Title of the image without retyping them all. (Does anyone know of software (PC/PS Bridge) which will ovelay the File Name on the image automatically?) If you gave a very long file name, including all your photo honours for example,this may appear in very small font.

1 You may enter only one photograph which must be entirely your own work. Composite images are permitted provided all component images meet this requirement.
2 Files must be jpeg format, RGB mode (for both colour and monochrome PDI) in sRGB colour space. The maximum dimensions to be 1400 pixels horizontal by 1050 pixels vertical. (Please
note: NOT 1400 pixels vertical).
3 They must be titled Your Name_Title of Photo and saved as jpeg quality 10.
4 The photograph must have been taken after 1 August 2008, the date of the first e-news.
5 Although we will be publish as small thumbnails you should the ensure best quality possible.
6 We will publish the first 100 received. Readers will be asked to vote for the one they like best and we hope to come up with some good prizes!

The next issue of e-news around 18 October will be a Print Championship Special.
For those of you addicted to your shot of PAGB news I am sorry that there will be no e-news in September.”

Another e-mail from Rod

“I have now received many hundreds of your favourite photographs. This is wonderful! As well as the 100th Issue which will contain around 200 photographs and photographers I intend to do another issue with perhaps another 200. In addition I will be producing a DVD for the PAGB Recorded Lecture Service which will be a “must see” show to fill an evening at your Club! Every picture will be retained to form a fantastic archive of UK amateur photography in the early part of the 21st Century.

If you haven’t sent anything yet, and there is surprisingly little from the current “big names”, then you are probably too late to make it in to either of the “centenary” e-news but please send your favourite photo anyhow. It is worth you sending it just to be part of this archive which will eventually be lodged in the photographic archive of Birmingham Central Library with other PAGB material already held there. I also have other ideas about using these pictures but it is too soon to talk about it yet.”