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Summer Break

On 13th April we held our Annual Print competition for the first time in two years, having previously been unable to meet in person due to Covid restrictions. There were no leagues, with all members competing equally, and 4 categories: open colour, open monochrome, nature and people.

Due to the competition being for physical prints I sadly have no digital images to show you, but huge congratulations go to all our winners which were:

  • Open Mono
    Bill Pickard with ‘Maasai Warriors’
  • Open Colour
    Gordon Mills with ‘Sunset Klong Muang Beach’
  • Nature
    Gordon Mills with ‘Dalmatian Pelicans Lake Kerkin’
  • People & Portrait
    Ann Bench with ‘We Can All Be Different’

In addition, we hold an annual Lakeland Trophy competition which consists of a panel of 3 prints depicting Lakeland or Cumbria, and our 2022 winner was Jeff Bagnall with ‘Wansfell ponies’ – well done Jeff!

Our season has now finished and we are embarking on a summer break. Although formal meetings won’t be taking place, Club members will be meeting regularly in small, informal groups for days out and details can be found on our private Photoshoots Facebook page.

Our 2022/23 season starts in September. Details of the new programme will be available on the programme page of our website shortly. In the meantime, we hope you all have a wonderful summer – fingers crossed the weather will be kind and we can get out and about with our cameras!

Happy Holidays!

The Club’s final meeting of 2021 took place on 8th December, when we had the chance to put on a judging hat and offer constructive critique on images sent to us by North Fylde Photographic Society in our annual image swap.

It’s easy to judge the Judges, call them idiots and whisper loudly that they clearly have no idea what they’re talking about (I’ve done it myself!) but I don’t think we appreciate how difficult it is to set aside our own bias, likes and dislikes and critique images that may not be within our own field of interest or photographs that we wouldn’t necessarily take ourselves.

Outstanding photographs are easy to discuss, and terrible photographs are easy to pick apart, but these are the exceptions in a competition and it’s much more difficult to have something positive and helpful to say about all the other pictures which might only have a couple of technical issues but also don’t have any particularly noteworthy qualities. That’s definitely what our Club members found when trying to judge North Fylde’s images and I hope we’ve all gained some appreciation for how difficult judging is.

The Club is now on its Christmas break and our next meeting takes place on Wednesday 12th January when member Dylan Reynolds will do some live editing of members’ images.

So far this season we have been conducting dual meetings both via Zoom and in person at the Community Centre, however due to the spread of Omicron we are expecting this to change and will keep members informed via email, on our Facebook page and on our website as to the situation before the next meeting.

Members are reminded that images for the next Open competition must be sent to our Competition Secretary by Sunday 2nd January 2022 – please make a note in your diary!

Wishing everyone a very happy, safe, Christmas and we look forward to seeing members old and new in 2022 ☺️.

New Season Begins

The new 2021-22 season begins on Wednesday 15th September at 7.30pm with a welcome and introduction by club member Jeff Bagnall, who will be hosting the evening and giving a talk on his 1/52 photography challenge.

Jeff will briefly preview the new programme and explain how things will be working this season as we try to gradually get back to a kind of normality at the club (see below for further information). After this he will give his talk and share images from his recent photography challenge, discussing the images, the locations and the techniques he has used. It is intended that the talk will be informative, hopefully good humoured and might encourage others to think about a photographic challenge.

After much discussion in respect to the current Covid situation, the committee have decided to hold all meetings via Zoom but with two ways to participate. Members and guests can either stay in the comfort of their own home and join in via Zoom – an email link to the Zoom meeting will be sent out to all members and registered guests each week. Or members and guests can meet up in person at Castle Street Community Centre, where a screen and speakers will project the Zoom meeting. This gives those members happy to mingle in person a chance to meet up, but also allows those members who are more cautious to safely join in.

Members and guests wishing to attend in person please note the following, which include terms and conditions imposed by the Community Centre:

  • Spaces are limited by the Centre to 12 in the room we use. Anyone wishing to attend in person MUST REGISTER beforehand. Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis – please see the email sent by Club Secretary Maureen for more information or contact us.
  • Attendees need to bring their own refreshments.
  • Attendees need to bring £1 with them to cover the cost of the room hire (note: no change will be available).
  • Sanitizer will be provided by the Centre.
  • The Centre NHS QR code will be available for scanning on a mobile phone.
  • Windows will be open for ventilation.
  • Members are asked to observe social distancing and to wear a mask when using toilets and corridors for the safety of others using the Centre.
  • Some cleaning of surfaces and equipment will need to be carried out before leaving and we ask all attendees help with this.
  • Please do not attend if you or anyone in your household has had COVID-19 symptoms in the last 48 hours.

Due to restrictions at the Centre meetings won’t be fully back to normal this season, not least in terms of having to restrict numbers, but we hope this compromise works for all club members – please bare with us while we navigate the constantly changing coronavirus situation.

Looking forward to seeing members old and new on Wednesday! 😊

Success is in the details

It’s customary to wish everyone a Happy New Year, but I think it’s fair to say 2021 hasn’t gotten off to the best start as we dive back into lockdown due to Covid. It goes without saying that our Club meetings are having to continue via Zoom and it’s highly unlikely we will be able to meet in person before the end of the season in April.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom. Club members have been busy over the holidays learning new skills, producing excellent images and in the case of Dylan Reynolds winning medals!

Dylan loves macro photography and keeps both jumping spiders and mantids as pets, which he uses in his fabulous pictures. He is a member of The Fellowship of Photographers Association, from whom he has recently been awarded 2 silver medals for his insect macro images.

The FPA is a new free to join organisation for photographers of all capabilities and genres. They hold a monthly submission for work, from which they pick photographs worthy of special recognition. It’s not a competitive environment and images are given awards based on merit, which is a great way of recognizing individual talent.

Dylan’s recent success doesn’t end there, however. He uses a Laowa 100mm Macro x2 f2.8 lens for his insect photography and has made the final of the 2020 Photographer of the Year competition run by Venus Optics, the makers of Laowa lenses, with his jumping spider picture above. We wish Dylan lots of luck in the competition!

Our first Zoom club meeting of the year takes place on Wednesday 13th January at 7.30pm when Jo will be giving another tutorial on Photoshop covering curves, levels, dodging & burning and cutting out for composites. Guests and new members are welcome, with a half price offer on membership fees – see our Membership page for details.

Current members are reminded that images for our next Open competition need to be sent to Dave Nelson by Friday 8th January at the latest. Please make sure your images are the correct size and format for competitions – details are in the Members’ Area of our website.

We look forward to seeing everyone next week!

New Season

After we had to abruptly end our last Club season early due to lockdown, we are delighted to announce that our new season starts on Wednesday 16th September, running through until 28th April 2021. We meet at 7.30pm each Wednesday, with a 4 week break in December for Christmas & New Year. Unfortunately for now, however, due to Covid-19 restrictions we will not be meeting in person at our usual Castle Street venue. This situation will be reviewed at the end of the year.

Instead, members have been meeting via Zoom as a trial during our summer break which has proved to be popular and successful so we will be continuing our programme of events online. This includes speakers, competitions, workshops, editing advice, terrible lighting, dodgy backgrounds and plenty of banter! Here are a few of the motley crew on one of our summer Zoom meetings:

There is the opportunity to ask questions or have a chat with other members at the beginning and end of each Zoom meeting. During competitions and demonstrations, however, members’ sound will be automatically muted so as not to distract the judge or speaker if your doorbell rings or your dog starts barking 😉.

If you are thinking of joining Kendal Photography Club we realize it can be daunting to come along to a club where you don’t know anyone, and even more so to join in a Zoom meeting. But we were all new once too and are confident that whatever your area of photographic interest, experience or level of skill, the club will provide a great focus for your photography.

Don’t worry if you’ve never used Zoom before – it’s been a learning curve for most of us. You will need either a phone, tablet, ipad, laptop or computer with a webcam and microphone (they usually come built-in). Download either the FREE Zoom app from the play store on your phone/tablet, or download Zoom for laptops and desktops here (choose Zoom Client for Meetings). The software will install automatically. Each week, you will receive an email from the Club with a link to our meeting – simply click the link, making sure you choose to share your video and audio when prompted.

Please either email a committee member, comment on this blog post, get in touch via Facebook or use our website Contact form if you have any problems or questions. If you’re interested in joining Kendal Photography Club, either as a member or guest, visit our Membership page for details.

We look forward to seeing old and new members alike 😊.