New PhotoWalk

Jon has just watched the Country File weather and it looks as if the weather is not going to be too bad on Thursday.

So our next photo-walk will be on Thursday.

Until things are a bit more settled, and we are sure that cafes and toilets are open, he decided to go to Bantock Park again.

Thursday 15th April at Bantock Park.

Time 11.00 in the car park.

A good time to take pictures for our Facebook challenge “Spring”

Hope to see you there, stay safe.

Getting up to date.

A few notices. As long as Covid restrictions are relaxed, it has been decided to start the groups Photowalks again. The first walk is to take place this week.

Thursday April 1 (not a joke)

Bantock Park at 11am

We decided to use Bantock again as it gives us plenty of space to be in groups no larger than 6. Please wear a mask at all times apart from having a drink or food.

Christmas meal.

Lindon House has been booked by Ian for Friday 17th December 2021. Hopefully we will be able to meet together by then.

Midphot 2021.

30 Days of Photoshop

As promised here are the details of the Photoshop Course.

One lesson per day but all of the previous lessons are available. I haven’t timed all the classes but I think they are about half an hour long. I have watched the presenter Aaron Nace for several years and find his style quite refreshing, if slightly strange at times. I have never had a problem with excessive emails or pushy sales technique.


Don’t sign up click on FREE in the top line.

Scroll down to Free Tutorials on the left hand side, then down to “30 days of Photoshop.

Start with 01 “Welcome to 30 days of Photoshop”. When he says Sign Up and points up don’t. If you scroll down there is a Sign Up free box. Put your email address in and this ensures you get any extras available.

Further down you can just click on a blue link for Day 1. Under each video is a link to download the images he uses and the course details and Calendar.

Any problems give me a yell and I will see if it can be sorted.

Have fun and keep safe.


MCPF General Meeting

From: mcpf <>
Sent: 07 February 2021 11:43
To: paul.fieldhouse


          You are invited to the MCPF GENERAL MEETING that will take place on
           SATURDAY 13TH FEBRUARY 2021
               Via a Zoom Link

The meeting will begin at 2.00pm.

You will need to register your intention to attend this meeting by WEDNESDAY 10th FEBRUARY 2021 as only confirmed attendees will be allowed to join, this is due to security reasons.
The link for the meeting will be sent out to you after this date.
Please confirm your attendance to
In order to save time at the meeting, it would be helpful if apologies and amendments could be sent to the General Secretary in advance of the meeting.
This is also the last day for getting your PDI entry into Midphot
Midphot enquiries: Lu and Ralph Duckett   tel: 01283 740291

General Meeting enquiries:  tel 01538 754060

More bad news I am afraid.

Members of Grange camera club members will remember Bernard Danks and his wife Daphney. Bernard passed away some time ago and his wife has now followed him. Bernard was our chairman a few years ago. On the day I was informed I was looking at a picture that was taken on one of our trips a few years ago. We had a delightful coach trip to Consal Hall near Leek.

Club trip to Consall Hall.

Front row. I don’t know the name of the driver, (owner of Consall Hall), Maisey in green.
Second row. Daphney (Bernard’s wife), Jean (Derek’s wife). Third Row. Derek (past President), Bernard.

In the background is Andree who is also no longer with us.

Interest in Kamlan 50mm f1.1

Following the interest in Jon’s pictures at Wednesday’s Zoom meeting, he asked me to put some details on our site. The lens is a Kamlan 50mm f1.1 costing around £150. At this price, it is not autofocus. f1.1 lets in a lot of light which makes focussing a little easier.

Jon’s picture taken (with permission) in the Mander centre.

Photo walk

The next Photo Walk will be this Thursday, 17th December.

Bantock Park again to try some low light photography, possibly light trails and light painting.

Meeting in the car park at 2.30 as usual.

A torch, tripod and remote release would be useful but not essential.

All Covid precautions will be observed.

Zoom Meetings and Photo Walk Changes.

Tomorrow’s (7/12/2020) Zoom meeting will be a Committee meeting in preparation for Wednesday’s Interim AGM. This will be an open meeting, so if you want to log in that will be fine.

On Wednesday (9/12/2020) we will hold an Interim AGM to hold us over until we are in the position to hold an actual AGM. Please try to attend on Wednesday.

On Thursday Jon is planning a Photo walk in Wolverhampton and the Mander Centre. The object of this walk is to photograph the Christmas decorations. After discussion, it has been decided that the group will meet outside Caffe Nero at the Queen Square end of Darlington Street (Beaties) at 2pm. Jon is discussing this with the Mander Centre management and will confirm later. At the moment the only condition is that there will be no tripods allowed, the normal Covid precautions will be observed.

Andree Hickey and Mike Maddox

Andree’s funeral.

Leave the house at 11am on Tue 24th November.
The Church is St Andrews in Bilston Street, Sedgley.
The cemetery is Beacon Hill in Dovedale Road where they should be there at noon. Dave Macdonald has been asked to represent the club.

Mike’s funeral.

Monday 30th November at 11.00 a.m. at the URC in the village. Although the number of attendees is limited, Janice asked if I would attend to represent Mike’s friends at Compton G. Obviously I said I would be there.

The collection will be in aid of Compton Care.