Summer programme + your computer.

I do hope that everyone is well and taking excellent photos

I have been off line for sometime to ensure that I could not be responsible for sending you a virus. Nothing is certain, “except death and taxes” but I have done everything I can to make certain my machine is squeeky clean. To make this possible I backed up all my photos to three hard drives. One of these drives is kept in a different location and is not connected to the internet. I have a cloud service which has all my photos. I scanned my computer with Microsofts own anti virus program (OK but not the best). I scanned with Kaspersky Total Security which was rated the best by Which and with Malwarebytes which is a free program which checks areas that even Kaspersky does not reach. I have also forced my computer to upgrade to “The Windows 10 Creators Update” so every possible avenue has been covered, I hope.

Being as this is a major upgrade I also recreated my Recovery Drive. If you don’t know about the recovery drive it is a more than 4GB flash drive which can help you troubleshoot and fix problems with your PC even if it won’t start. If you have not made one it is a very good idea. If you want to make one and don’t know how to, then give me a ring and I will try to talk you through it.

I do hope that the last few weeks has been a wakeup call for many people, it would be a terrible thing to loose all my photos, all those memories going back to the beginning of the last century. Food for thought?

First Summer Meeting tomorrow at the Institute

A message from Jon.

Hi John, I did say to bring a camera and a macro lens if people had one and mentioned things round and about the buildings such as the flower beds etc. Tripod or beanbag or gorilla pod may also be useful.

Express and Star article should be in tomorrow’s edition. They are also coming up to copy photo some of the exhibits for a future feature. Should be at 3pm if anyone is interested.


A.G.M. and the Express and Star

Todays post includes the Agenda for the A.G.M. on Wednesday.

Compton G Camera Club

Annual General Meeting: Agenda 26th April 2017 

1. Apologies

2. Election of Committee Members

3. Reports, to include Summer Programme and Visiting Speakers

4. Annual Fees

5. Occasional Visitors Fees

6. Programme Printing

7. 2017 Exhibition

8. Any Other Business


Also the clubs display of pictures from the Wolverhampton Speedway. A group of us have been taking pictures and a selection is in the Central Library for a couple of weeks.

While we were finishing the display, photographers arrived to take our pictures. So if you spot a picture of Jon pretending to be a flower don’t be too surprised.

Wolverhampton Photography

Central Library Display

From Monday 24th Compton G have a display in the Central Library, Wolverhampton. The theme of this display is “Speedway”.

Part of the display will be pictures taken by club members at Monmore Green of Wolves Speedway. The remainder will be on the history of speedway including Ladies speedway.

Club trip to Wolves Speedway.

Jon will be leading a trip on Monday 24th of April.  We will meet on the car park at 6.30pm. We will be trying to complete our display in the Central Library.

Wild Bytes Cafe.

Don’t forget we also have a display of members photographs in the Wild Bytes Cafe, Darlington Street, Wolverhampton

Wildlife Film and Photo Competition

To celebrate the Wolverhampton Art Gallery’s summer blockbuster – the Natural History Museum’s 52nd Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition – staff are on the hunt for Wolverhampton’s very own wildlife film and photographers.The competition is open to anyone living working or studying at a WV postcode aged from five years upwards and is divided into four categories which are; 5 – 11 years, 12 – 18 years, over 18s and film.

Winners will be announced at the official launch of the exhibition on July 22 and prizes include afternoon tea at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, free entrance to the Natural History Museum’s 52nd Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition and work will be displayed to the public in a dedicated exhibition.

Only one entry per person and we regret we are unable to accept postal entries. Images must be sent in a jpeg format and 1024 pixels on the longest edge /1MB.
Films must be no longer than five minutes in length including credits and need to be uploaded to YouTube.

All images should be clearly labelled with entrants age and contact details. The closing date is Friday 9 June and winners will be notified in the week commencing Monday 19 June.

Images, films and for further information please email:

Tony found the information flyer in Perton Library this afternoon.


Wild Bytes Cafe

Jon will be setting up your pictures at the Wild Byte Café exhibition on Saturday. The Exhibition opens on Monday.

Don’t forget the subject for Wednesday is “Religious Buildings”. As usual upto 8 images on an USB stick or prints if you prefer.

Express and Star

Well we made the Express & Star, in an article by Jessica Labhart we are described as a “From high octane action to serene scenes, top snaps have it all. Club is a picture of health after 42 years”.

The article can be found on page 61 on Saturday 1st April. No this is not a joke!

Pictures from Jane, Jon and myself are featured and quotes from: Geoff, Jane, Jon and Mike.

Thanks to all members who helped bring about this excellent piece of advertising.

On a different subject, if you haven’t given Jon your picture for the Wild Byte Café exhibition, then please bring them in on Wednesday. Please mount and tape a hanger to the back. It would help if the picture had a name, title and a price if you want to sell. Either on a strip across the bottom right corner or Blue Tac a label under the image. Put your name on the back.


Express & Star

It would be very helpful if members could bring in images which could be used in an article about the club.  Jon will be having a meeting tomorrow and will taking sample images to illustrate our work. He would particularly like images from our practical sessions.

Don’t forget the BBC Four series on photography. “Britain in focus: A Photographic History. In a series of three programs Eamonn McCabe explores how science and technology allowed pioneering photographers like Roger Fenton and Julia Margaret Cameron to create a new art form. Although this series has finished it is still available on iPlayer and can be downloaded and kept for 18 days or streamed for immediate viewing.