Fifty people attended the first meeting of our 2018 / 2019 season and we were delighted to welcome nine additional guests. Alan Dibbo first presented trophies held over from our annual dinner. Jane Brownley then followed and outlined our new programme, including a great variety of topics, practical sessions, internal events and competitions and annual events with other clubs. This month we look forward to learning how photograph the stars without expensive telescopes. We are fortunate to have a visit from Tesni Ward, a professional young photographer who has featured in BBC Wildlife magazine.
Over the summer we ran a new competition on our Flickr siteand members selected their favourite image. The standard was high, making the decision on one favourite shot a hard one for everyone. After votes were counted, the result was a joint win for Anna Blow with a lovely shot of ‘Beach Huts at Sunset’ and John Manifield with his beautifully portrayed pair of owls in a tree entitled ‘Home Sweet Home’.
This summer Dick Lewis visited an international exhibition France, where our own Spike Walker was featured. Dick showed beautiful images from the visit in an audio visual presentation. He drew an interesting comparison between the similarity of Spike’s images of microscopic subjects with those of a French astronaut showing massive features on earth which he had photographed from space. It was a treat to see something we could not have visited.
Jane then recounted the successful club summer trip to wildlife hides in Dumfries and Galloway. The long drive was worth it judging by the images. Jane is now planning for 2018/19.
It looks like a great season to be a member with many new and interesting topics. We encourage anyone considering coming along to do so soon.
We meet at 7.30pm on Monday evenings in St Joseph’s Hall, Babworth Road, Retford until the end of April 2019. Visitors are always welcome. Please let us know through the website if you are planning to come so we can look out for you, or just come along any Monday night.
For more information see on www.retford-photographic.co.uk.