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Breakout Group Information

This is somewhat out of date and will be updated as soon as possible.
In the mean time we have a sub group of Nature & Wildlife run by Lyn Bracey and is about Butterflies. More info to follow.

Here is the Break Out Group info for the start of the 2017/2018 season.  It is in three sections for ease of addition to the Club website and update as needed.

•             The Break Out Group Concept is explained

•             The Groups are listed with their Coordinators identified

•             The Timetable lists the Group meetings currently planned.  Note that Landscape (9th Sept.) and Local Photo Shoot Groups (16th Sept.) meet soon.

Groups meet at 7pm (to 7.45) in the Mill Green lounge area, unless advised otherwise.  Coordinators will contact their existing Group members. Those interested in joining a Group should complete the Contact Form – I will have something available for the Club meetings on the 9th and 16th September.  Alternatively, if contact with the Coordinator hasn’t been possible, then you will still be welcome to turn-up and join the Break Out Group meeting.

Please look through what is available and decide what you would like to join – successful groups have active participants.  And if what you want isn’t there, then perhaps step forward and offer to be Session Coordinator for a topic of particular interest to you.

The programme is intentionally only loosely coordinated. There may be clashes as the season progresses, depending on your interests.  Please resolve those with your Session Coordinators as necessary.

I now need someone to take over my role.  Any offers please?

Martin Burrage

The Break Out Group Concept

This special feature of our Club was started to address two main needs:

•             Members have varied interests and these may not always be addressed in our normal Club meetings.  This may be particularly true of special interests.  And in-depth discussion can be difficult.

•             We are a large Club and getting to know other Members can be a challenge in our normal meeting framework.

Our Mill Green meeting venue has an excellent lounge facility.  It is ideal for holding a number of small, informal meetings.  And mostly we have the area to ourselves.  The Break Out Group meetings make use of the lounge and have the following features

•             An informal addition to regular meetings. Members follow their interests

•             Open to all.  Groups can be on any topic – if something interests you but isn’t covered, then why not start a group?

•             Groups can be anything from 2 or 3 members upwards.

•             Groups must have a Session Coordinator.  He or she facilitates the meeting, contacts Group members as needed, and acts as the contact point.

•             Groups set their own agenda, meeting timetable etc. (Golf Club use of the lounge needs to take priority. Members are welcome to make use of the bar.  And please: Members should remember that help may be needed at 7.45pm with our normal meeting set up.)

•             Groups could meet elsewhere, at other times etc. Open to your suggestions!

•             Activities are run “by the Members, for the Members” and not by the Club committee.  Generally, if you join a group expect to participate and contribute to its activities!

•             An excellent opportunity to meet and get to know other Members

•             Please be prepared to share email addresses within your Group for the purposes of your Group’s activities. (Club policy is not to make email addresses available and so Groups need to address email communication separately.)

The Break Out Groups – September 2014

If you are interested in joining a specific group then please contact the Group Coordinator. You can do this by signing up on the Group Contact Form that will be available at the Club meetings on 9th and 16th September.  That is the preferred option to reduce admin.  (If you are unable to do that, then please contact the Group Coordinator directly if you have an address, or me via the Contact on the Club website.)

The following have meetings scheduled in the programme:

Landscape group. ( Rachel Dunsdon. )  All aspects of landscape photography. (See Club website.)  Rachel is contacting former members. If interested, please contact her (details in members booklet) and/or come to the first meeting. Group needs a new coordinator to continue.

Local photo-shoot. (Eric )  Photo walks in the local area. (See Club website.)  John is in contact with former members. Please come to meeting if interested. And / or complete Contact Form

Print clinic (Paul Lambeth) Advice and discussion of prints.  Paul is keen to assess level of interest and themes – please indicate your interest.

Experimental Group (Derek Dewey-Leader) see Club website for earlier work under Derek’s creative guidance.

Nature / Wildlife Group (Bill Wastell)  All aspects of nature and wildlife photography. (See Club website.) Bill is keen to hear from prospective members.

The following have not yet been added to the programme:

These groups ran last season.  What happens depends on Member interest.

Camera System groups:

Two groups ran last season:

•             Nikon Users (Lyn Bracey)  Date to be confirmed

•             Canon Users (Coordinator now needed please!)

Why not cover other systems/types?  Sony?  Olympus?  Pentax ? Compact Digital?  Please indicate interest and offers to act as Coordinator.

Print Workshop

Ken Busbridge (Dragonfly Digital) is our in-house printing guru.  Ken has kindly offered to run some workshops again this season.  We think it sensible if these cover specific themes depending on Member interest.  Please indicate your interest and topic areas.

Eileen and Dave’s print mounting demo.

Our special thanks are due to Eileen and Dave Pegrum for their offer to provide a practical demonstration of print mounting again this season.  This takes some effort to put together, and so they will run a session, by specific arrangement, in October timeframe if there is identified Member interest.

Street / Urban Photography Group

Richard Burn is not able to continue as Coordinator in the way that the group needs to develop.  He concluded that “it’s one of those groups that really needs to get out and put the subject into practice”.  Member interest?  Anyone willing to pick-up on Rob Powell’s Borough Market initiative of last June?

Mill Green Clubhouse Photos

You may have noticed that we now have photos on the Mill Green lounge area walls.  This has needed careful liaison with the Mill Green management and Rachel Dunsdon has led that effort.  The photos all have a golf course theme and went up on 1st September.  Rachel will lead further development depending on feedback received.

New Groups?

Going for Distinctions – RPS, PAGB

Rachel Dunsdon LRPS has offered to act as Coordinator for Members interested in working towards an external Distinction – there are a number of options.  Please register your interest.  (Note: The RPS has recently issued revised requirements.  The Club has 10+ Members who hold RPS Distinctions.)

Dabbling with Macro

Chris Cooke and Martin Burrage have discussed exploring macro photography.  Please register if you are interested in taking images on a set subject(s), and then comparing and discussing the output.

Over to You?

Is there a topic that you would like to see covered and where you are prepared to be the Coordinator?  If so, then now is the time to propose a New Group.  Please register your interest.

Additionally, please note the following activities:

Dave Foster’s Beginners/Improvers Workshops

Dave has asked me to draw your attention to these and it is a pleasure to do so.  His workshops provide a great service and opportunity for members. Please register your interest and Dave will send you all the details of dates etc. (He will be in contact later in the month on his return from holiday.)

Scott Kelby 7th Annual Worldwide Photowalk

Saturday 11th October.  Organised by Bill Martin – see separate Announce.

The Break Out Groups – Meetings Timetable

Meetings are held in the Mill Green Club Lounge, 7pm to 7.45pm on Tuesdays before the normal Club meeting, unless indicated otherwise.

9  September

Landscape Group ( Rachel Dunsdon. )

16 September

Local Photo Shoot Group (John Fogarty)

23 September

Print clinic (Paul Lambeth)

30 September

Experimental Group (Derek Dewey-Leader)

7 October

Nature / Wildlife Group  ( Bill Wastell) *** Other groups – please avoid scheduling to meet on this date ***.

11 October – Saturday

Organised separately by Bill Martin – see Announce  Scott Kelby Worldwide Walk – Registration needed!

14 October

Camera System User Groups. To be confirmed

21 October

Local Photo Shoot Group (John Fogarty)

28 October

Experimental Group (Derek Dewey-Leader)

4 November

Print clinic (Paul Lambeth)

11, 18, 25 November, 2, 9 December  To be advised

16, 23, 30 December No Break out (16 Club Party/ 23, 30 No Club)

Updated: 25th October 2017 — 6:22 pm

Local Breakout Group Next Meet 18th March 2017

Local Breakout Group Announce February 2017
 
 
Breakout Group Day 18th March 2017 – be there or be square!!!
The cold weather is ,I trust, now over – so I  think we can get back on the road with our meetings.
 
We do tend to concentrate on street photography that I think is enjoyed by most – particularly as the journeys do not need to be far.
 
I am suggesting going back to the South Bank and concentrate on limited areas – i.e. work the subject.
 
 
The Southbank is good for it allows not only for street photography but also iconic  cityscapes particularly at low tide at allows for different views than usual..
 
….. and on that day:-
 
Low Tide 0000
High Tide 0610
Low Tide 1219
High Tide 1830
 
Sunset is 1804 – which the approximate time when the light will be at its best but obviously would make for a long day especially important for the Cityscapers – how’s your dedication !!!!! .
 
So there is scope for different types of photography.
 
That area is also close of e.g. Borough Market which will be open and gives more opportunity.
 
It will be necessary for those most interested in street photography to split into very small groups ,and hopefully not to appears as part of a group – as otherwise it does not work. Basically we need to get lost in the crowd. 
 
I would suggest we meet at the sound floor cafe at the Tate at 1030 with a view to organise ourselves so we can “get on the road” as it were by no later than 11 am.
 
Nearest Station is Blackfriars which is a 5 minuter walk from the Tate. South side exits.
 
For the future I also want to arrange Landscape type days – Therfield (near Stevenage) is a good choice but also for coastal locations. 
 
I would like to know how far people are prepared to travel on both days and how late people are prepared to start/finish for it is a crime not to time it for the best light.
 
Maybe September onward would be best for this as the days will be shorted.
 
Anyway please let me have your views and let me know if you wish to come on the 18th March. 
 
Please ensure I have your mobile if you are coming.
 
Finally due to holiday arrangement I will need to finalise everything by mo later than 10th March.
 
e-mail for reply is:    wgclocalbreakoutgroup@gmail.com
 
Kind Regards
 
Eric

 

Updated: 19th February 2017 — 4:00 pm

EAF: Event Posters – Oct 2014 – Dec 2014

 

EAF: Event Posters – Oct 2014 – Dec 2014 Posters for EAF and Club Events: Oct 2014 – Dec 2014

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These events are listed in the Events Diary on the EAF Web Site. Click on a poster to display the full-size PDF poster which is suitable for printing and putting on your club notice board. Alternatively, you may prefer to forward this communication directly to your fellow club members.
 
Lecture: Colchester Photographic Society
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Colchester Photographic Society
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Exhibition: Loughton Camera Club
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Event: East Anglian Federation
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Lecture: Colchester Photographic Society
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Exhibition: Colchester Photographic Society
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Colchester Photographic Society
Exhibition: Suffolk Monochrome Group
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Suffolk Monochrome Group
 
 
 
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NB. Please prepare your poster and send to us well in advance of your event date as we cannot guarantee to get last-minute poster submissions onto the EAF web site in time to publicise your event. Generally, the latest date to get a poster published in this newsletter is the 15th day of the preceding month.
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Updated: 29th September 2014 — 7:39 pm

EAF: What’s On In Our Region – Oct 2014

 

 


EAF: What’s On In Our Region – Oct 2014 EAF and Club Events – Oct 2014

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What’s On in our Region Oct 2014
These events are listed in the EAF Events Diary for Oct 2014. Click on an event to go to the EAF web site to get more detail from the listing in the Events Calendar.
Please circulate to your members.
Date Event
06 Oct 2014 “Adobe Lightroom” by Peter Stokes (Club Event)
07 Oct 2014 Pauline Fowler at Colchester PS (Club Event)
13 Oct 2014 RPS Lecture by Tim Flach (RPS Event)
16 Oct 2014 “Tuition: Beyond Auto Mode” by Bob Brind Surch (Club Event)
18 Oct 2014 Annual Exhibition – Loughton CC (Exhibition)
27 Oct 2014 “Monochrome Landscapes of East Anglia” by Barry Freeman ARPS DPAGB (Club Event)
28 Oct 2014 Barry Marsden at Colchester PS (Club Event)
If you would like your event listed in the EAF Events Diary and here in future mailings, please contact the Publicity Officer or see the printed EAF Diary for details of whom to contact and the details you need to supply.
 

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Updated: 29th September 2014 — 7:39 pm

2013 – 2014 Competition Winners

2013 – 2014  Competition Winners

League Colour Print Cup 

1st  Bill Wastell  & Martin Parratt  ( joint winners )

            3rd Derek Dewey-Leader

League Mono Print Cup

                1st Martin Parratt

                2nd Rachel  Dunsdon

                3rd Martin Burrage

League DPI Cup

                1st Richard Burns

                2nd Chris Mansfield

                3rd Colin Mahoney & Derek Dewey-Leader ( Joint )

Annual Colour Print Cup

                1st June Sparham

                2nd Bill Martin , Rachel Dunsdon & Martin Parratt ( Joint )

                3rd David Cole & Colin Mahoney ( Joint )

Annual Mono Print Cup

                1st Monty Trent

                2nd Eric Cheek

                3rd Derek Dewey-Leader & Bill Martin ( Joint )

Annual DPI Cup

                1st Andrew Chu

                2nd Derek Dewey-Leader & John Russell ( Joint )

                3rd Bill Martin

5 of a Kind Cup

                1st Paul Lambeth

                2nd Rachel  Dunsdon

                3rd Carl Kurstein

League Winners Cup ( All Media )

1st Martin Parratt

2nd Bill Wastell

3rd Paul Lambeth

The Knockout Cup

                1st Colin Mahoney

                2nd Monty Trent

                3rd Lyn Bracey &  Bill Wastell ( Joint)

The Committee Cup (Awarded by The Committee to the member who best represents the spirit of the club.)

Carl Kurstein

Updated: 24th June 2014 — 2:36 pm
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