It is with great sadness that I have to inform members that Ray Smith died over the summer break. Mike Maddock will represent the club as the memorial service clashes with our first meeting.
A message from Jon George, chairman for the 2017/2018 season.
Hi everyone, welcome to our website and to Compton G Camera Club’s new season. If you are a new visitor to our website and are interested in joining us I would like to extend a warm welcome. We are a friendly, non competitive club and have many members able to offer and share knowledge with anyone who is new to photography and wishes to learn and find out more.
Although we are noncompetitive, we strongly believe in offering constructive criticism and advice on how to improve an image, which is of use to anyone who is wishes to learn more about photography.
We have an interesting and varied programme in place for the upcoming season. This comprises visiting speakers, presentations by our own members and themed projects, where the members are given a brief to produce images for eventual display to the whole club. We have also displayed photographs at various locations in the Wolverhampton area including three in the Central Library.
This year we have also introduced practical sessions, usually once a month on Friday evenings, where opportunities are provided for you to use and learn more about your camera and methods of lighting etc.
I hope this message whets your appetite if you are thinking of developing an interest in photography, so why not pay us a visit, and have a chat over a coffee, when our new season starts in September.
Our new season starts on September 6th at 10am.
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?
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.
Todays post includes the Agenda for the A.G.M. on Wednesday.
Compton G Camera Club
Annual General Meeting: Agenda 26th April 2017
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.
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
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: Wildwolverhampton@wolverhampton.gov.uk
Tony found the information flyer in Perton Library this afternoon.
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.
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.