What’s on at the Club tomorrow

Tomorrow is the Mike Gleave Nature Cup Competition to be judged by Darren Pullman AFIAP. As it is the last meeting of the Club at the USC before the Christmas break after the Nature Cup competition we’ll have some nibbles which it would be great if you could bring along some yourselves and do bring along any Christmas cards for other members.

Next week (12 December) is our Christmas Meal 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

Last week’s presentation by Darren Woolway ARPS entitled “Artificial and Mixed Lighting” was a great success. See attached a couple of photos Peter took of the evening. Our thanks go to Nayna our model for the evening.

Next Camera Club Outing

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. 

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

Arctic Photography 2020
We have had an e-mail from Secret Atlas who are putting together two Arctic photography expeditions in Greenland and Svalbard for photographers looking to develop their portfolios and build skills. It’s an amazing opportunity to get up close to wildlife and photograph some of the most remote, polar environments on the planet. If you are interested in finding out more please visit:

Greenland, Scoresby Sund –  here

Svalbard (Wildlife and Photography)  – here

They offer tours to the most remote places on earth and a 10% discount to photography groups





What’s on this coming weekend and soon

The Santa Express is stopping at The Glades – 7 to 24 December

The Santa Express waits in the North Pole for most of the year, only starting to stoke its burner and fire on all pistons in December, ready for the Christmas rush. In the run up to the festive season The Santa Express visits magical locations across the land, and this year it will be making a stop at The Glades, Bromley. Here it will collect sacks of letters to Santa and transport vital cargo to the Elves Workshop whilst Santa’s Reindeer rest ready for the big night! 

Passengers for The Santa Express will check in at The Glades Station location in the main atrium, where they can visit the station ticket office, to meet the Station Master and receive their Santa Express train ticket. As you proceed to board, the conductor will check your ticket and be sure to clip it.

Once aboard the train The Santa Express Engineers will guide passengers as they explore and make their way through the train. Along the way, little passengers can write a postcard to Santa and tell him their favourite thing about the festive season, before they head to the engine room to meet the main man himself; Santa Claus. Here you can grab a Santa Selfie and tell the big man all your Christmas wishes. As our little passengers alight the train, they will be given a cuddly toy to take home with them.

Ever After Garden at Grosvenor Square – throughout December

Remember lost loved ones with a walk through the Ever After Garden at Grosvenor Square, which is made from more than 27,000 illuminated roses. Support The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity by planting your own rose for a small charge, in memory of someone close to you; and take time out of your busy schedule to reflect, slow down, and be grateful.

Enchanted Eltham Palace and Gardens – 5 to 22 December (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays)

Make the most of winter evenings with an enchanting experience of light, colour and sound as the grounds are transformed into an illuminated world.

Follow a charming trail as you step through tunnels and pathways of twinkling lights and marvel as the gardens burst to life in remarkable, unexpected ways. Uncover magical secrets hidden deep within the grounds, including dancing fairies and extraordinary talking trees.

Brighten up the Palace’s historic walls with a new interactive colour display and ring the bells of the new Chime Time installation to play a favourite seasonal tune. Strike your best pose as you step through arches of sparkly lights for the perfect wintery photos.

Admire the ancient moat as it comes to life with fountains that rise and fall to beguiling music and lose yourself in a captivating miniature maze of light. Wander along mirror ball alley as they shimmer in the moonlight and see beams of light criss-crossing through the night sky.

Then try your luck at our fairground rides and games, enjoy warming mulled wine and tempting mince pies and browse for Christmas gifts in the shop. There will also be a selection of delicious halloumi burgers, scrumptious steak burgers, veggie chilli nachos, festive traybakes and hot chocolate.*

Remember to book early to avoid missing out. 

*Please note that fairground rides, games and food and drink are available at a small additional cost.

Old Flo – Saturday 7 December  – 11:00am-1:00pm

Take a free guided art and architecture walk around Canary Wharf, celebrating Henry Moore’s sculpture Draped Seated Woman — otherwise known as Old Flo. Hear about the architecture of the area too, and learn about some of its key features. Cabot Square (Canary Wharf), book ahead

Festive Fayre – Hampton Court Palace – Friday 6 to Sunday 8 December

Stock up your kitchen for Christmas at Hampton Court Palace’s Festive Fayre. The food festival features live cookery demos from Michel Roux Jr, Alex Hollywood, Chris Bavin, Barney Desmazery and Marcus Bean, plus producers selling everything from booze to cheese to coffee to sweets. Tuck into street food to power you through the day, and enjoy live festive music on the bandstand. Hampton Court Palace, included in palace admission, book ahead

Santacon – Sunday 8 December

Look out for large numbers of people dressed up as Santa and generally behaving as though they are on a pub-crawl, which for many is exactly what they are doing. At a set time before midday, Santas assemble at three different meeting places in central London—exactly where and when is emailed to Santas only the week before. The three groups of Santas each set off on a different route through London, spreading glad tidings, visiting famous landmarks, and enjoying the odd snifter along the way. Santa flag-bearers lead the way and Santa herders keep Santas on track. Lost or late Santas can find out where Santas will be next by checking the Santanav Twitter feeds.

Dora Maar Retrospective – on now and until 15 March 2020 – Tate Modern

Explore the breadth of Dora Maar’s radical career at her largest retrospective ever held. During the 1930s, Maar’s photomontages became celebrated icons of surrealism. Yet her political and innovative work also explored everything from fashion and street photography to abstract painting. 
See over 200 works that reveal the extraordinary life and career of this pioneering artist. 

Forthcoming Camera Club Outings

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.